Friday, March 29, 2013

Basic Breadsticks

As I've mentioned before we celebrate the end of the week with pizza & a movie.
We have had this tradition for over a year now and our entire family looks forward to it.

We take turns for who gets to pick the movie,
 but we always have homemade pizza & bread sticks.
I thought I would share my quick bread stick recipe with you today!
(This dough recipe can also be used for a pizza crust)

1 cup warm water
2 1/4 tsp yeast (one pkg)
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp oil
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups flour

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.  Combine warm water, yeast, & sugar.  Let stand 5 minutes.  
Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Prepare baking sheet/cookie sheet by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.
Roll dough out to a large rectangle, about 1/2" thick.
Lightly brush with melted butter and let rise.
(I usually just let it rise while my pizza is cooking; about 10-15 minutes)
Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Brush again with melted butter.

Finally (here's the greatest tip) dust with 1/3 packet of dry ranch seasoning.
Buttermilk ranch is the best.
Cut & serve.  Eat 'em while they're hot!

I like these bread sticks because
you don't have to take the time to roll, twist, double-rise, etc.
And the ranch seasoning is a perfect pairing with pepperoni pizza:)

Long-live Friday nights!

Monday, March 25, 2013

I had the chance to do a fun Easter tutorial that is featured over at The Ribbon Retreat!

Go visit their blog to find the instructions for my Easter Carrot Garland...
You'll be "hoppy" you did;)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Chevron Chenille Blanket

 I used Aesthetic Nest's fantastic tutorial to construct this quilt for my new baby girl!
It is so happy. And modern. And heavy.

Heavy, in a good way.  Ya' know?
Like the camping quilts that were made of old levis and flannel...and I'm pretty sure they were lined in LEAD!  That's why they were so warm!
Although no lead was used in my version, 
this has quickly become my favorite snuggle blanket for me & my new girl:)  
It's big enough for us to BOTH fit under and take a good nap!
Definite keeper...
the blanket AND the baby:)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Fruit Stripe Dress

Easter is right around the corner!
You know what that means: candy, bunnies, baskets, AND
This is my "Fruit Stripe Dress".  Do you remember Fruit Stripe Bubble Gum?
That catchy song always blasted during Saturday morning cartoons,
 "Yipes! Stripes!  Fruit Stripes Gum!  It's the yummy, fruity one.."
Anywho, the fabric for this dress reminds me of fruit stripe gum.  Big Whoop.

This fully-lined dress features a trendy, hi-low skirt...which I totally love:)

But this girly version is gathered with over 4 yards of fabric! (just in the skirt alone)
Maybe it will be so heavy my girl will be forced to sit still during church!
This pattern is Butterick #B5845.
 I've never done a drop-waist bodice before, but I like how it turned out.  
It reminds me of a ballerina:)

And then it has a simple zipper and classic tie in the back...

The pattern suggests a bulky bow/flower combination.
I wasn't completely sold.
So I did construct the bow with tails, but placed it on a pin so it is removable.

I usually try to make these optional because in Idaho you usually have to wear a sweater over Spring dresses;  bows & flowers just look lumpy under sweaters:(
Apparently the skirt construction is perfect for curtseys and dancing!
My girl loved to twirl & pick-up the sides.
She also thought the 'train' was like a brides'....precious.

I love the 'pop' of light yellow lining...
As I said earlier, the dress is fully-lined, so it lays & moves beautifully.
Here's a close-up of my thrifted fabric:
yum. fruit stripes:)
 And finally, how cute is the hem that shows from the long back skirt?!
 Overall, I am pleased with how this fun, springy Easter dress turned-out.
The pattern was somewhat challenging with some sizing issues and an 8-piece bodice (!), but I would totally use it again.
I am linking this to Amy's "Sew Off" at Nap Time Crafters!