I have jury duty at traffic court today, so now is as good a time as any for a post about killing time by loom knitting.
Can you tell it's jury duty at traffic court?
I've been loom knitting like a machine lately. Last month, we drove up to Dallas for the Parker County Peach Festival. It was really hot, and we will not be going again, but we saw some friends and it was nice to get away for the weekend. On the way home, I decided that being a passenger was BORING, so I picked up a pack of assorted circle looms and a skein of chunky yarn. Everything except te yarn is included in the pack, though there are few supplies nesessary, a hook, plastic needle and loom. You will need a small scissor.
I figured it out pretty quickly, and made 2 small hats by the time we got home. I feel like the sizing is off. I feel that the 3rd largest ring (in my case the orange) is the best size for an adult, the next smallest for a toddler, and the very smallest for a newborn.
Everyone is getting a hat for Chistmas. M is modeling one for you.
I get to share my day with a seeing eye dog, isn't she cute? Jury duty has at least one perk today!
This is a dish I found on Pinterest
that I've tried once before, it's pretty delicious. My fancy-ass All Clad crock pot that we rec'd as a wedding gift 5 years ago died the morning I attempted to make this recipe. Lame. So, I bought a new one at Walmart for $15, and it works just fine, so there, All Clad. This is not the first or even second All Clad product that I have had to throw in the garbage, and All Clad's customer service is basically non-existent. So, if you're considering forking over the extra $$ assuming that you're getting a better product, I urge you to reconsider.
Crockpot Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin
- 2 pounds Pork tenderloin (I buy the hormel brand, 1lb tenderloins when they go on sale for $5-7 ea and then freeze them)
- 1 bunch chopped fresh sage (or 1 tea ground)
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Pepper
- 2 cloves Garlic; chopped
- ½ cup Water
- ½ cup Brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Cornstarch (I've also successfully used potato starch)
- ¼ cup Balsamic Vinegar
- ½ cup Water
- 2 tablespoons Soy sauce
- Mix together the seasonings: sage, salt, pepper and garlic.
- Rub over tenderloin. Place ½ cup water in slow cooker; place tenderloin in slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- hour before the roast is finished, mix together the ingredients for the glaze in a small sauce pan: brown sugar, cornstarch, balsamic vinegar, water, soy sauce.
- Heat over medium and stir until mixture thickens, about 4 minutes.
- Brush roast with glaze 2 or 3 times during the last hour of cooking. (For a more caramelized crust: remove from crockpot and place on foil or silpat lined sheet pan, glaze, and set under broiler for 1-2 minutes until bubbly and caramelized. Repeat 2 to 3 more times until desired crust is achieved.)
Serve with remaining glaze on the side.
This is a Pinterest
recipe that I feel has a misleading title (but isn't that how most most Pins are titled?). It says Brown Butter Salted Caramel Cookies, but it's really a Snickerdoodle made with browned butter and salt. Still delicious, just not what my brain was expecting. Mine ended up perfectly chewy on the inside and crisp around the edges, with a tiny caramel surprise in the center.
You'll need to find these: they're individually wrapped caramels, usually found in the candy aisle in the grocery, and in my childhood pantry, as well as every pantry in 1955. Unfortunately, they were really difficult for me to find here in 2013, but I finally stumbled on them at Walmart, of all places.
For those of you who are not caramel fans (like my husband), know that they only have one small quarter inch square piece of candy in them, and it really compliments the sea salt nicely, so tough it out, or just give them all to me.
Also note that it takes only a tablespoon of Greek yogurt, I bought enough to Tzatziki bomb everything in sight, which was unnecessary.
Brown Butter Salted Caramel Cookies Yield:
2 dozen cookies Prep Time:
10 minutes Cook Time:
Brown butter snickerdoodles with a caramel surprise inside!
Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups all-purpose Gold Medal flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup unsalted butter, sliced
1 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
1 cup caramel squares, cut into 1/4's
For Rolling the Cookies:
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Sea salt, for sprinkling on top of cookies
Directions: 1. In a medium bowl, Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
2. To brown the butter, heat a thick-bottomed skillet on medium heat. Add the sliced butter, whisking frequently. Continue to cook the butter until melted. The butter will start to foam and browned specks will begin to form at the bottom of the pan. The butter should have a nutty aroma. Watch the butter carefully because it can go from brown to burnt quickly. Remove butter from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the brown butter and sugars. Mix until blended and smooth. Beat in the egg, yolk, vanilla, and yogurt and mix until combined. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
4. Form the dough in a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. You can chill the dough overnight.
5. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Measure about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into balls. Flatten the ball with the palm of your hand and place a piece of caramel in the center of the dough. Wrap the cookie dough around the caramel, making sure the caramel is completely covered with dough.
6. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar. Roll the balls in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place dough balls on a large baking sheet that has been lined with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper. Make sure the cookies are about 2 inches apart. Sprinkle the cookie tops with sea salt.
7. Bake the cookies 8-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies begin to turn golden brown. The centers will still be soft. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, or until set. Transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.
Recipe adapted from Ambitious Kitchen
Now that M is almost 2 years old, I find that I have more and more time for crafting and cooking. I'd like to share those things with you since I have very little human interaction, unless of course you count the demanding, tiny human interaction of an almost two year old, which I do, since it makes me feel like less of a lonely hermit.
So, stay tuned! I'll be trying out lots of recipes and crafts from Pinterest and just generally gluing and glittering anything that will hold still for 5 minutes. See you soon!
Mine does this a lot. It leaves little room for sewing.Please contact Jenny at Stitchin Jenny
or Sarah at Crafty Ever After
for sewing instructionThanks, hope to see you in 6 months or so!Shawn
Yes, it's missing a sleeve, but I feel like if I don't just go ahead and post about it already, then I never will.
Hubs and I went to Italy last month and I fell in love with this couture clothing store for babies in Florence. Why is there such a store you ask? I haven't the foggiest, but it's there, and it's amazing. In the back of the store, they have racks and racks of robes and nightgowns, I've never seen so much lace in one place. The owner chooses from her decade’s worth of fabric stash, and they make everything on-site. Again, it's amazing. Unfortunately, none of them fit my American plus-sized rack and I couldn't go home with one, and it's a good thing I couldn't, because the price was nearly $1,000 US.
So, I scrapped that plan. When I got home, I went to the fabric store, bought a 99 cent Simplicity pattern and about $90 worth of seersucker fabric, some eyelet lace, and went at it.
Because the seersucker was so thin and see-through, I lined it, so one of the things I changed about the pattern was, I got rid of the facing and cut double the amount of the front and back panels instead. I raised the neckline before I cut out the pattern pieces as well.
I also changed was the sleeve pattern piece. The one it comes with ends up being tube shaped, which is great and easy for a simple sleeve, but I wanted poofy sleeves. Using the original sleeve as my template, I traced it onto tissue paper and put a much higher "arch" on the top of the sleeve, that way, it adds an inch or 2 of fabric that can be gathered later on. I cut double sleeves to use for the lining as well.
The pattern fit is meant to be big, but it still needed a couple darts at the shoulders so it wasn't so slouchy. In hindsight, I probably should've tried to fix this on the pattern first before cutting, but the darts look ok now (you can see they are just pinned in the picture).
I used pre-gathered eyelet lace around the neck and the bottom of the sleeves and a smaller eyelet lace higher up on the sleeve, the kind you can weave ribbon through (that's what makes the sleeve gather around the arm.
It was a simple project, even with the changes, and it's just darling. It should be big enough to accommodate my growing belly, but not be huge after the baby is here.
Shawn, 18 weeks pregnant
I've missed my sewing family and friends so very much! In summary: Classes at Glitter & Glue Guns are still on hold.
I am 5 months pregnant with our first child, a baby girl! It's been a difficult pregnancy so far, I am still battling morning sickness that seems to never end sometimes, and that is what initially put everything on hiatus for a while. Now that am feeling well enough to get back into the sewing studio, our house is for sale (time for a pool and a bigger studio!). That has made it doubly hard to get back to the action.
But I'm working on some alternative solutions and will keep you posted!
In the meantime, my daring friend and former SewCrafty cohort teaches sewing at StitchinJenny
, check it out!
Also, I am making some super cute things that I just have to show you later, like a robe to wear to the hospital and at home later, and a grocery cart cover for the baby.
I am also tackling a vintage cross stitch pattern that matches the baby's nursery, it's Bambi!
Pics to follow!
Have a great week everyone, and happy sewing!
I know, I know, but there are good things to come and it will all make sense to you (and to me, I hope), very soon.
Intermediate Series - March
Happy Valentine's Day!
Our first Beginner and Intermediate classes have been scheduled in March. Yay!
Contact GGG if you're interested in signing up for either Series. Don't see a date or project that works for you? No problem! Contact
GGG to schedule your own class!Beginner Series
: Wednesdays, March 16, 23 & 30 @ 6pm-8:30pm
We're making an envelope pillow case, a tote bag, and pj pants
You bring: yourself!
: Thursdays, March 3, 10, 17 & 24@ 5:30pm-7:30pm. Since this is a small class, start time is flexible as long as we talk about it in advance. We're making Retro Butterick pattern 5209
You bring: Butterick pattern 5209 in your size, Fabric, Thread, & Zipper.
If you're reading this, all 2 of you, it's probably because you know me from Sew Crafty Houston
. Hi! You probably also know that SCH is closing its crafty doors after 3 years of granting crafty wishes. I have taught there since we moved to the newer location on 19th in October 2009. It's an amazing place where people could learn or just gather with friends or like-minded people. It was important to me because, well, it was super cool, and it also helped me with my sometimes difficult transition to Texan life. I'm going to miss it very much, but I hope to see you all soon!Click here for a goodbye note from the owner, Sarah.