Saturday, September 25, 2010

sewing projects

I ordered a few fabrics to help spruce things up around my house.

First, two from this girl.

I have loved this stripe for awhile and am always on the look out for fabric that incorporates my 50's aqua kitchen counter color. I am thinking about using this for a new curtain on my kitchen window.

This cute floral is for the seat on an old chair I found at Woolworths. This chair lives in my front dining room and has had and old ugly brown seat for far too long.

I love the fabric with the wall color in this room, the question is...
Should I paint the chair?? I need help!

This fabric should be arriving any day now and will be transformed into pillows for my bedroom.

Now comes the hard part...actually completing these projects!

Friday, September 10, 2010

caramel corn

I love caramel corn. My grammie loved it too. One of my favorite memories of her was always visiting the caramel corn store in the Modesto mall. We had to stop there. Every time we were in town. And we had to get the largest bag of fresh caramel corn.
And then we had to buy a second bag to make sure we would have some when we got home. Because the first bag never lasted that long.

Lucky for me, my mother-in-law has a great caramel corn recipe. Its simple, classic, and reminds me of my grammie.

Hope you like it too!

- Pop 6 qts. popcorn

- Divide popcorn between 2 foil covered, sprayed baking pans

- Melt butter, add brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring for 5 minutes

- Remove from heat, add baking soda and vanilla. Try not to lick the spoon. No really, dont even touch your pinky finger on it. Its hot. I know this from experience.

- Stir caramel over popcorn. Mix well

- Bake at 250 for one hour. Stirring every 15 minutes.

- Let cool a bit, break apart, and put in air tight container. If you can resist eating all of it at once. Difficult.

Sue's Baked Caramel Corn
1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup karo syrup, light or dark
1 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. vanilla
6 qts popcorn
**you can also add nuts if you like. our preference: almonds.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

labor day

Our Labor Day weekend in pictures....

My friend (and co-worker) Crissy's baby shower. Only 4 more weeks till her little one arrives.

Lovely wedding of friends from church

Annual Frantz family Labor Day trip to the beach.
Tennis, walks, paddle ball, Village Grill, Klondikes, Brad's breakfast, Wiebe family, intense domino game, quality family time.
The best.

Thanks Labor Day.
See you next year.