Winter Sewing: Easy Headband

The ice has melted and left us with brutally cold temps. When we go out now, it is just to feed and check on the animals, then we run right back in. I thought some fast and easy sewing projects would be fun to get us through the last weeks of winter. I have started my spring cleaning. I am completely done with the kitchen, but you can’t spend all your time cleaning. πŸ™‚ So, I pinned lots of little fun sewing projects on Pinterest and started with this one.

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Kraftie Katie has a wonderful tutorial and made it so easy!

Here is each step as I completed them:

Cut out two strips of fabric. Each 6" x 22"

Cut out two strips of fabric. Each 6″ x 22″

Fold each strip in half long ways and sew up the long sides.

Fold each strip in half long ways and sew up the long sides.

Turn right sides out.

Turn right sides out.

Make a plus sign. Be sure the seams are in the middle.

Make a plus sign. Be sure the seams are in the middle.

Fold the bottom one over the top.

Fold the bottom one over the top.

Fold top piece over making sure seam is not showing.

Fold top piece over making sure seam is not showing.

Bring all four ends together and sew.

Bring all four ends together and sew.

Now you have a hand band. See how easy?!

Now you have a headband.

See how easy?!

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A Birthday Celebration, Gummy Bear Cake, & Homemade 100 Grand Bars

 

Smart, beautiful, fifteen years old, and still keeping us on our toes!

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100,000 Buck Bars

About 25 caramels, unwrapped

2C. milk chocolate chips

3/4 C. Rice Krispies cereal

1 Arrange caramels on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Use the back of a metal spatula or large spoon to flatten caramels to about 1/4″ tickness. Soften caramels in the microwave first, if necessary. Use your fingers to shape as desired.

2 In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips in the microwave according to package directions; stir until smooth. Add cereal and stir until well combined.

3 Coat each flattened caramel in melted chocolate mixture and transfer to waxed paper.

4 Refrigerate until chocolate is solid.

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Happy Birthday, Sissy Pooh!

We Love You!

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A Winter Wonderland, Muffins, & Chocolate

The warm temps have left us! We weren’t left empty-handed though. We have ice!

See for yourself and watch your step. πŸ™‚

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What to do when there’s all this ice? Bake and eat! Madison likes to bake and we like to eat.

These muffins were delicious! We had them with berry jam. They would be great with just chocolate chips, blueberries, strawberry jam, or plain even.

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Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 cup raspberry or strawberry jam

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl, lightly beat eggs; add milk, butter and lemon peel. Pour into dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Spoon half of the batter into 12 greased or paper-lined muffin cups. Make a well in the center of each; add jam. Spoon remaining batter over jam. Bake at 400Β° for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Yield: 12 servings.

And now for the chocolate. We almost always bake our bread into brownies because it just bakes faster and is easier to cut? πŸ™‚

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Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Ingredients:

3 medium large ripe bananas
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)
1 cup (6 oz) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chunks or chips
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×5″ loaf pan with nonstick baking spray.

Mash bananas in a large bowl. Whisk in melted butter, then brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract. Set a sifter or fine mesh strainer over the bowl and sift in the baking soda, salt, flour, and cocoa powder. Stir mixture with a wooden spoon until just incorporated. Then gently stir in the 1 cup of chocolate chunks or chips.

Transfer batter into prepared pan, sprinkle with mini chocolate chips, and bake 55 to 65 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Keep bread wrapped tightly at room temperature for up to 4 days, or serve immediately.

I hope everybody else is still getting the warm temps. If not, I hope you are inside cozied up enjoying some kind of baked goodness.

Have a great weekend,

:)Vicki

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A Few Warm Days

A picture post of the past few warm crazy days!

Burning the garden off. Getting ready for spring!

Burning the garden off. Getting ready for spring!

I mowed the orchard. In January! And Quentin gave each tree a fertilizer spike.

I mowed the orchard. In January! And Quentin gave each tree a fertilizer spike.

Always an audience!

Always an audience!

An epson salt soak for Rusty's hurt foot.

An epson salt soak for Rusty’s hurt foot.

Chicken hospital.

Chicken hospital.

Every chicken loves a clean nesting box.

Every chicken loves a clean nesting box.

I started my winter sowing. Broccoli, Kale, & Cilantro.

I started my winter sowing. Broccoli, Kale, & Cilantro.

Quentin's cat, Dirt, lounging around recovering from surgery.

Quentin’s cat, Dirt, lounging around recovering from surgery.

Bernard, the best guard dog ever.

Bernard, the best guard dog ever.

Brownie pie. Just top with ice cream :)

Brownie pie. Just top with ice cream πŸ™‚

Double chocolate cookies. You can never have enough chocolate.

Double chocolate cookies. You can never have enough chocolate.

Hope you all are having a wonderful week!

:)Vicki

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This Week’s Menu & Household Budget

There really is no menu this week! It was more of a freezer/pantry stocking week. πŸ™‚

We will have Cheerios for breakfast this week along with our usual options: eggs, toast, and oatmeal.

There is a log of deer baloney thawing in the fridge for lunch this week. We will have baloney sandwiches with carrot sticks and either apples, bananas, or oranges.

Madison is planning to make all our snacks this week.

We spent $62.70 at Dollar General Market this week.

We purchased(When I say we I mean Quentin. He did the shopping)

Gallon Milk

Butter

Gallon Ice Cream

Cheerios

Frozen Carrots, Cauliflower, Broccoli

Frozen Peas

Frozen Broccoli

6lbs Oranges

10 lbs potatoes

2lbs Carrots

3lbs Bananas

Buttermilk Biscuits

2 loaves of bread

1lb bacon

1 dozen eggs

4lbs sugar

5lbs Self Rising Flour

Chocolate Chips

Baking Cocoa

Toilet Paper

Kotex

Cat Food

Bunny Berries-Good for the Garden!

Columbo in his burrow.

Columbo in his burrow.

Rabbit manure is high in nitrogen and phosphorus and very beneficial to your vegetable garden. It will improve your soil and worms love it! It is a cold manure and does not have to be aged. It can be spread on your garden right away.

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Collecting bunny berries is easy! Just place something under your rabbits favorite potty corner to catch your fertilizer. In just two to three days, you will have a large load. Sprinkle it throughout your garden all winter long and till it under in the spring.

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Columbo does his job very efficiently!

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Rainy Day Thrift Shopping

Thrift shopping is perfect for rainy days. We spent the morning thrift shopping and had lunch out. It had warmed up quite a bit when we got home, so I was able to clean up around the yard.

We all found quite a few treasures today. I picked up two candle holders. One for 25 cents and one for $1.50. I used a couple of glass plates that I already had to make a couple of cake stands. Thanks to Pinterest for the idea. πŸ™‚ So for $1.75 I have two adorable cake/cupcake stands.

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I was able to find a pair of shorts for Madison and a pair for McKenzie. I am just a wee bit closer to meeting my goal of having spring/summer clothes bought by the time spring rolls around.

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Madison found a horse model kit for $2 that will be perfect for Animal Anatomy next year. It is a Skilcraft and costs over $150!

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Bub was in Lego heaven. He found a ton of Legos including older Christmas sets still in the packages(we LOVE Christmas Legos) and a Lego checker game.

There were 2 Christmas trees, a Santa, angel, and a reindeer.

There were 2 Christmas trees, 2 Santas, angel, and a reindeer.

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It was a very good treasure hunting day!

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