Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Blog Contest! Enter For A Chance To Win A $50 Gift Certificate!

If you have children or grandchildren, I think you will appreciate this blog and the products and articles/posts that they make. I have been reading the Precious Kids blog for several weeks now and I always learn something new.

It has been a long time since I had little ones around...but now that I am a grandmother to a precious 5 month old baby girl...I am refreshing and learning about all of the new products and stuff.

We all need to protect our children and grandchildren and My Precious Kid has some great products for that. They also have baby sign language items which is something I am interested in.

While you are there entering the contest, I encourage you to browse around the entire site.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Amish Style Apple Pancakes Recipe

Living here in Pennsylvania, we often come in contact with local Amish or Pennsylvania Dutch people. About 25 years ago, this recipe was given to me by a local woman. To this day, this is one of our favorite pancake recipes, especially during the fall cooler months of the year.

Amish Apple Pancakes Recipe

2 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
6 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons butter or margarine (we use butter)

In mixer or blender, beat flour, milk, eggs, vanilla, salt, and nutmeg; set aside. Heat oven to 475 degrees. In cast iron skillet for 5 minutes, add 2 tablespoons butter; melt. Add sliced apples and fry 2 to 3 minutes. Pour mixture over apples. Bake at 475 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 425 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut in wedges.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Boo! Happy Halloween Primitive Pillow

Halloween is fast approaching and I decided to stitch up a primitive Halloween theme'd pillow. I can't remember where I got this pattern at but I stitched it up on tea-dyed muslin and then framed it with hunter green homespun fabric and a hunter green homespun backing. I filled it a hypo-allergenic pillow to make it allergen free. It only took me 2 days to make (one day to do the handstitching and the second day for the machine sewing).

I think it turned out boo-tiful :)


Monday, October 19, 2009

Primitive Snowman and Holiday Throw Pillows

I love to spend time stitching up primitive home decor items, especially when they are of a holiday theme. I recently found a website called Primitive Stitches and you can visit the site ----> HERE

I decided to get back into doing craft shows and craft making again as I really miss it. Anyway, I recently purchased about a dozen patterns from Primitive Stitches and love them! They are easy and they quickly arrived in my email.

The picture above shows the adoreable Stanley Snowman pattern which I turned into a primitive throw pillow.

The above picture shows the primitive holiday tree pattern that I also stitched up and turned into a throw pillow. I was fortunate enough to raid my great aunties sewing box and found some vintage 1970's buttons to use for it.

I stitched both of them on tea-stained muslin that I personally stained and then the back cover is done in a check pattern homespun. Both are filled with a 14" square poly-fill pillow that is allergen free. I used only DMC floss for the stitching.

I think they turned out fabulous and I can't wait to show them at my craft shows.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Trick or Treat? Give Me Baby Food Please!

This past weekend, my hubby took our daughter J and Baby G out shopping. While out, he decided to purchase a cute Halloween Costume for Baby G...its way too cute! She modeled her new costume for us a few days ago and didn't mind wearing it.

She will be a cute little turtle this year for her first Halloween! We are hoping she collects some baby food as she is now enjoying the vegetables, especially sweet potatoes!

Time sure does fly, she is now 4 1/2 months old and we just adore our first little grand child.


Monday, October 12, 2009

Little Girls Aprons

I have been busy again making items for my craft customers...I always get busy during the holiday shopping season.

In the above photo is a cute cherry print childs apron in a girls size 4/6. It is done with a cherry print cotton fabric which is accented in solid green for the apron ties and pockets.

The above apron is also a girls size 4/6 apron but done in a little heavier duty cotton fabric with an all-over brightly colored handprint design. I wish I could get more of that fabric because it makes great craft & art class aprons for children. This apron also has 2 front pockets.

I can make these aprons in a size 3/4 or a size 5/6 and they are machine wash & dry.

Papa John's Pass The Pie Contest!

I love a good Pizza and you will not find a better pizza than one from Papa John's! So I am encouraging all of my Central Pennsylvania blog readers to head on over to the Pass The Pie website and enter today for your chance to win Pizza for a year!

Here are some details about the Pass the Pie Central PA program:

This sweepstakes is open exclusively to Pennsylvania residents of the following counties: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York.

The winner will receive a year’s worth of free pizza from Papa John’s.

To enter: fill out the form at http://www.passthepiecentralpa.com and share contest details with friends through Twitter or Facebook.

Everyone who enters will receive a special discount to Central Pennsylvania Papa John’s locations for their time.