I saw this idea for a sewing kit in a jar at It all Started with Paint and decided I would make this for my sister's birthday. Her birthday is today. Happy Birthday Rebecca!
It was pretty easy to make, except that I'm not very experienced with a hot glue gun so I had a little trouble glueing the pin cushion into the lid. I finally got it to work. Also, it was the middle of the night after a very busy day hosting my 6 year old's birthday party. Fatigue had set in and I'm sure it affected my crafting skills. (I wanted to give this to my sister while she was visiting.)
I didn't have any stuffing or batting to fill the pin cushion so I used some cotton gauze squares from my ample supply of burn wound dressings. It looked a little lumpy, but it worked.
I filled the jar with a few basic sewing supplies including three vintage wooden spools of thread from a really cool local reuse shop, The I.D.E.A. Store.
I made a simple, frugal and useful gift. Hope you like it Rebecca!
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I have been making my favorite chocolate cake recipe as cupcakes. Cupcakes are so easy to make and they are simply fun. I served cupcakes at both birthday parties we have given the boys this summer and they were very well received, but hey--- who doesn't like cupcakes? Here is my favorite chocolate cake recipe, baked as cupcakes.
Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting
1 cup cocoa powder
2 cups boiling water
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2-1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs, at room temperature
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Chocolate Cake Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Put cupcake liners in cupcake pans. This recipe will make more than your average 24 cupcake recipe. Expect 30+ cupcakes. For even heating, bake them in two or three batches so that there is only one pan in the oven at a time. Place the pan in the center of the oven.
2. In a medium bowl, stir the boiling water into the cocoa until smooth, and set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, and set aside.
4. At medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar for 4 to 5 minutes.
5. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
6. Turn mixer down to low speed. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with the cocoa mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
7. Stir in the vanilla, and do not over-beat.
8. Spoon the batter into the cupcake pan. I fill the cupcake liners about 3/4 full. This recipe makes nice flat topped cupcakes that are easy to frost.
9. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
10. Remove from pan. Cool on cooling rack. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
Chocolate Frosting Ingredients:
1 6-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 cup)
1/2 cup half-and-half
3/4 cup butter (1-1/2 sticks)
2-1/2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)
Chocolate Frosting Directions:
1. Combine the chocolate chips, half-and-half and butter in a heavy saucepan.
2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate chips melt. Remove from heat.
3. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar, stirring well.
4. Put icing in mixing bowl and refrigerate until cold. Then mix with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
I have been using a delicious recipe for Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting from Annie's Eats.
Here is a picture of some cupcakes I made earlier this summer with chocolate icing. I swirled chocolate and vanilla on some of them to make this really pretty effect.
Vanilla beans add wonderful flavor and those pretty little flecks to recipes and they are so easy to use. Simply slice the vanilla bean lengthwise, then scrape out the insides.
Discard the outer skin and add those beautiful little bean flecks to ice cream, icing, cake batter, whatever makes you happy. Your options are endless.
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We LOVE this recipe for bread machine breadsticks so much that when my bread machine quit working we went through breadstick withdrawal. I knew we had to have these breadsticks so I tried making them by hand and it worked. They were just as delicious as before and they were actually pretty easy to make. I have been making these regularly without a bread machine and they come out perfect every time.
This dough also makes a delicious pizza crust. Simply top with your favorite pizza toppings after rolling the dough out onto the pan. Don't let the dough rise a second time, just bake the pizza after putting on the toppings. It makes a deliciously sweet breadstick crust.
1 cup warm water
2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
3 TBS brown sugar or sucanat
1/4 cup oil (I use olive oil)
3 cups of bread flour (all purpose works too)
1 tsp. salt
Dissolve the yeast in the water. Add the rest of the ingredients in and mix.
Dump onto a floured surface.
Knead into a smooth dough (five minutes or so).
Put dough in a bowl to rise for about an hour or so. Cover with a towel.
Once the dough has risen, roll the dough onto a 10 x 12 lightly buttered cookie sheet. My cookie sheet is larger than 10 X 12. Just use a large cookie sheet and don't worry too much about the dimensions.
Using a pizza cutter, cut the bread sticks into 24 pieces.
Let rise for about an hour. Cover with a tea towel again while it is rising.
Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes.
When breadsticks come out of the oven, drizzle 4 TBS melted butter on top,
then sprinkle with 1/2 tsp or more garlic salt.
Finally, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve with pizza sauce for dipping.
*You can reheat any leftover bread sticks at 375 degrees F for 5 minutes or so until they are warm. My boys gobble these up, reheated for lunch.
How did this happen? How is it possible that my son is six years old already?
What a big birthday boy. It has been a fast and wonderful six years since we became parents. We love you birthday boy!
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Hi, I'm Faith, a former Family and Consumer Science teacher turned work at home Mom blogger. I love God, my family, and food. You can usually find me in the kitchen preparing family friendly, homemade recipes and taking lots of pictures.
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