Jul 21, 2014

Treasure Box Tuesday 29

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White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing by Clayton Family Kitchen:

Vintage Map Travel Journal DIY by The Pin Junkie:

Lemon Berry Eclairs by Pink Wings

And it seems that many of you had a serious potato craving going on...we had some delicious potato recipes linked up last week:

3. Cooking With Kyle: Homemade Egg Potato Salad by Pam's Party and Practical Tips
4. French Style Roasted Potato Salad by This Silly Girl's Life
5. Mini Potato Top Pies by PicNic
6. Cheesy Broccoli Potato by Love Food Will Share
7. Grandma's Potato Salad by Meatloaf and Melodrama
8. Potato Patties by Remembering Those Fabulous Retro Recipes
9. Sausage & Pepper Potato Swirl Hash by Sumptuous Spoonfuls
10. Baked Fries with Garlic Butter by Recipes for Our Daily Bread

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Jul 13, 2014

Bib and Burp Cloth Set

Another grandbaby is coming in a few months, and I am sewing a few things for him. When his big brother came along almost two years ago, I sewed several burp cloths made from cloth diapers (I'm sure you've seen ones like them all over Pinterest). They were his mom's favorite ones to have handy- bigger and more absorbent than many of the others she had tried.

This time, I added a matching bib to one of the burp cloths. I love the way it turned out, and I thought you might like to see it, too.

I found the bib pattern at Haberdasheryfun.com, and the template for the tie at Freetimefrolics.com. Both are free printables. Thank you, ladies!

Wash and dry your fabric and diapers- you want everything to shrink now, not after. Make the bib according to the directions at Haberdashery.com (I used flannel front and back), then cut out a tie shape from a contrasting color. You can sew it to the bib like Freetimefrolics sewed hers (hemming the edges and attaching with a straight stitch), or I attached my tie with a small zigzag stitch around all the raw edges.

For the burp cloth:
You'll need prefolded cloth diapers and flannel fabric. Wash and dry all.

  1. Cut a long rectangle of flannel, 4 and 3/4" by 18 and 1/2". 
  2. Press under 1/4" on all sides. 
  3. For the applique (in this case, a dump truck!): Cut a 2 and 1/2" by 2 and 3/4" piece of flannel and sew it on to one end of the long flannel rectangle, stitching around all sides of the raw edges of the applique with a small zigzag stitch. (You could make this applique any size or shape or color you want. I have done squares, circles, hearts, and even owl shapes).
  4. Center the flannel rectangle, right side up, onto the middle of the diaper. Cloth diapers tend to vary a little around the edges, so you may have to fold the short ends of the rectangle under a little more. Stitch around all edges of the flannel rectangle with a small zigzag stitch. You can do this without a walking foot, but it goes more easily and smoothly with a walking foot. 
Once you start making these, you can't stop :)

Bib and Burp Cloth Set may have been taken to some of these fun parties, including Metamorphosis Monday!

Bib and Burp Cloth Set was featured at Threading my Way~
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Jul 7, 2014

Treasure Box Tuesday 27

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Almost Sourdough

Hungry for sourdough bread but lacking a starter, I was happy to run across this recipe. It does not produce a true sourdough bread, but it's a great substitute. There's just enough of a slightly tangy flavor to satisfy that particular taste, yet mild enough for everyone. The dough is easy to work with, and produces a tender, hearty, pleasantly chewy loaf.

The originator of this recipe called it "Quick Sourdough Bread." Yes, compared to creating your own starter and waiting for five days until it's ready to use, it's "quick", but you still have to start this bread the day before you want to bake it. Totally worth it, by the way- my family really enjoyed this bread.

The day it was baked, it seemed a little sweet, but by the next day, the flavors had melded and balanced. That said, I will cut back on the sugar a little the next time I make this, just to see which version we like best.

You may not want to bake during these warmer months, but pin this one for later- you'll love me for it this fall.

Almost Sourdough Bread  Print Recipe
Makes 2 (9X5) loaves

2 and 1/2 cups warm water, divided use
3 tablespoons instant mashed potato flakes
3/4 cup sugar
1 envelope active dry yeast (2 and 1/4 teaspoons)
1/2 cup oil
1 tablespoon salt
6 to 7 cups bread flour

1. The day before: heat one cup water until warm, about 110-115 degrees. Mix it with potato flakes, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl. It should start foaming a little within a few minutes. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight. 
2. The next morning, heat remaining 1 and 1/2 cups water until warm, about 110-115 degrees. Mix it with the oil and salt and stir into the yeast mixture. Stir the flour into this mixture until smooth and well-combined (I did this with a stand mixer, using the dough hook, and used all 7 cups of flour).
3. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85 degrees), free from drafts, about one hour or until double in size. Stir or punch dough down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half. Lightly knead each half 6 to 8 times, shape into loaves, and place in two 9X5 loaf pans that have been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Cover and let rise until doubled in size.
4. During the last few minutes of rise time, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Uncover loaves and place in preheated oven. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown, rotating loves about half way through baking. Place pans on wire cooling rack for 15 minutes, then carefully turn loaves out of pans onto wire rack to finish cooling. Let cool completely before slicing or wrapping to store.

Cook's notes: I used a dark metal loaf pan and a glass Pyrex loaf pan. The bread in the metal pan was done in 35 minutes. The bread in the glass Pyrex pan took 40 minutes.

Recipe from Gooseberry Patch

Almost Sourdough may have been taken to some of these fun parties!

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