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Friday, January 31, 2014

Fall Back Friday

Quote of the Day:

"Grammy says I put the twinkle in her eyes"

 Author: Unknown



This is an older post for Fall Back Friday


Ice Cream Bread

You need ice cream that is not sugar free or low fat...just regular full fat ice cream. This one (the top picture) is made with just chocolate but just imagine how awesome a loaf of Ben and Jerry's Rocky Road or Cherry Garcia bread could be. I have made it with Chunky Monkey and it is delicious. I will include that recipe too so you can try it. Go with bold flavors of ice cream such as peanut butter or butter pecan.(I went with Chocolate Chunk) Don’t forget, you can also add extra ingredients into the mix to make it less plain and more flavorful. Experiment and have fun with it!

Ingredients        
1 pint (2 cups) ice cream, softened $
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour $
Preparation
Stir together ice cream and flour, stirring just until flour is moistened. Spoon batter into a greased and floured 8- x 4-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 40 to 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of bread comes out clean. Remove from pan, and cool on a wire rack.
Note: Batter may also be divided evenly between 2 greased and floured 5- x 3-inch loaf pans. Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of bread comes out clean.

I do suggest experimenting. The bread that I made even with the Chocolate Chunk was not as chocolaty as I would have liked. My husband liked it, but I also thought it was kind of dry. If you try and experiment and come up with something out of this world, I'd love to hear about it. 

Beginning next Monday, I will have a new name for my blog. As it grows and develops and changes, the current name Teeny Tots Treasures does not pertain. It leans more toward being the grandmother that I am. I asked my family to come up with name possibilities and I got great ones. But the one that I'm going to go with is Gammy's Corner. The reason this so great is because, before my breast cancer, I bred Cocker Spaniels. My website was called Cocker Spaniel Corner. My husband and I are known as Gammy and Dach (Dak) These are shortened versions of Grandmother and Grandfather in Welsh. My husband is only the 4th generation to live in the United States. I believe that his family comes from Cardigan, Wales and their name is Davies there, instead of Davis. 

I would also like to share that my sister and her husband who are older than the average adoptive parent, have adopted 3 special needs children. Savannah came from Viet Nam and had a heart murmur. She was one when she came to us. She is now 5 and in kindergarten. Christian is an African-American child who's mother abused drugs and alcohol. I believe that he was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. He is legally blind. He is also 5. Their youngest adoptive child, Marlee, has tubular sclerosis. Between them they also have 4 grown biological children and one grandchild. I don't know where she finds the energy to take on what she and her husband has taken on and I'm so proud of them. Her husband has written a book about their process of adopting. If you are considering adopting or know someone who is, please consider a special needs child. They need love and a forever home too. The link will take you to his book.

Thank you for letting me share and enjoy.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Organized my Space


Quote of the day:

Blessed be the ties that bind generations

 Author: Unknown





Dedicated and Organized Space

I know that I am fortunate that I can do this. For the longest time, my space was the dining room table. Then I'd have to put it away for those times that we wanted to eat at that table. Plus it was always an eyesore when visitors came. So I moved to one of the rooms vacated when our children left home. Still an unorganized mess. So, I asked my husband to help me and we set it up so that it is so wonderful to go into that room and sit down and find something to do. I love it.

I maintain a second blog that is my journal of the first year of my recovery from breast cancer. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Getting Ready for Valentine's Day

Quote of the Day:

Between the earth and sky above, nothing can match a grandmother's love.

 Author: Unknown






Getting Ready for Valentine's Day

I'm getting ready for Valentine's Day. These are 3 of the embroidery designs that I bought. They were so easy. The red shirt will be given to Luke, my grandson. The others will go onto my shop that I have on Etsy. My shop is primarily for children, but if you have and project that you do well, it's not hard to open a shop on Etsy and sell you projects. I bought these designs from Embroidery Library .com. I have yet to be disappointed with the software that they send me. 

My machine is a Brother and I love it. It came with some free lessons and I have paid for some more lessons. It is so much fun. Some pointers given to me by the teacher...use chop sticks to keep the material you don't want near the needle away. It saves your from sewing your fingers. Another was that if there is a small spot that didn't cover as well as it should, colored sharpie pens fill in great. It does work.

Enjoy and thank you for letting me share.
I also maintain a second blog about my journey with breast cancer and the road to recovery:



Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Crayon Art

Quote of the Day:

Being grandparents sufficiently removes us from the responsibilities so that we can be friends.

 Author: Allan Frome









Crayon Art

The top picture is done on an 5X7 canvas I bought at Michael's and the middle is on another 8X10 board that I also bought at Michael's. This has burlap over it. The last picture is the photo that I pinned from Pinterest. Notice where the blow dryer is. The top picture was my first attempt and I pointed my dryer mostly at the tips of the crayon. The middle picture is my second attempt and I did as the Pinterest picture showed. I personally like the second attempt better, but when given the choice, my granddaughter, Hailey chose the first one. I did put newspaper at the bottom to catch the drips. I sort of wish I'd used computer paper instead. What dripped on paper was pretty too.

Thanks for letting me share.
I also maintain a second blog about my journey to recovery with breast cancer:


Monday, January 20, 2014

Embroidery for my Grandsons

Quote of the Day:

Being a grandmother is our last chance to act like a kid without being
accused of being in our second childhood.

 Author: Unknown





Embroidery for My Grandsons

Evan Michael is into dragons. Luke likes the movie Cars. Jacob is actually into Ironman. I chose the phoenix for him. I haven't been doing this very long with my embroidery machine. I love it, but I have made some discoveries recently. These designs are made by a digitizer and not all digitizers are the same, nor the people creating them. There are a lot of designs to be bought on the internet, but they are not all created equal. I found out that the licensed designs some are selling are not really legal. I'm told I won't get in trouble if I'm not selling my t-shirts. I tried the Ironman I purchased and it tore the t-shirt apart, Jacob at 5 loved it anyway. I also tried the "Mater" above and it's quality is not what I'd like to give to Luke.  I went to a couple of reputable companies recommended by the company that sold me my machine. They are Dakota Collectibles and Embroidery Library. You can google these for the website. You can tell the difference just by touching them. The dragon and phoenix are softer and flexible. Mater is very stiff...like cardboard.

I also just discovered something else. The embroidery that I have done in the past on the cheap side does not come out of the dryer well. It curls up. I washed the shirts with the dragon and the phoenix and they both come out of the washer and dryer just fine. So the saying "You get what you pay for" is very true in this case.

I also maintain and second blog about my first year recovering from breast cancer. You may know someone that might want to compare notes.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Red Velvet Swirl Brownies

 Quote of the Day:

Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment
you're just a mother. The next you are all-wise and
prehistoric.

 Author: Pam Brown





Red Velvet Swirl Brownies

Makes 16 brownies
Ingredients:
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
For the Red Velvet Layer:
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup cocoa powder
Kosher salt   ( I didn't use Kosher salt )
1 tablespoon liquid red food coloring or 2 teaspoons food coloring gel
1 teaspoon vinegar
2 eggs
¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup chopped walnuts
For the Cream Cheese Layer:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
¼ cup sugar
1 egg
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation:
Prepare the pan: Butter an 8x8-inch baking pan and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Mix the red velvet layer: Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Transfer to a large bowl and mix between each addition of the sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, salt, food coloring, and vinegar. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl and combine with the cocoa mix. Fold the flour into the chocolate batter and combine lightly. Add the walnuts and stir.

Mix the cream cheese layer: Blend the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla in a medium bowl.

Assemble the brownies: Pour the red velvet layer into the bottom of the prepared pan, saving ¼ cup batter for the top. Gently spread the cream cheese layer on top of the red velvet layer. Then randomly dollop the remaining red velvet batter over the cream cheese layer. Using a skewer or the sharp end of a knife, drag the tip through the cream cheese mixture to create a swirl pattern. Bake for 30 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before cutting into 2x2-inch brownies.

This is an easy recipe and it makes your house smell wonderful when it's cooking. I got the recipe off of The Talk on one of the rare occasions that I actually watched TV in the afternoon. Just copy and paste from here to keep the recipe. The top picture is the picture they had with it on the The Talk.com and looks very red. The bottom picture is my brownies. It's not as red. I think that is because where it asks for cocoa, I used dark chocolate cocoa. But it still tastes wonderful. I would make it again. Thank you for letting me share. Enjoy.

I also maintain a second blog with my journal of the first year of recovering from breast cancer. If you know someone with this disease, maybe the insight will help.


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Jeans Wreath



Quote of the Day:

As a reward for being a great mother you become a grandma and when you have great grandchildren that's because you are a great grandma!!

 Author: me!! (Suzie Griffith)






Jeans Wreath

This idea came from Pinterest. If you read my blog regularly, this comes as no surprise. For this wreath, I used a wreath frame. These can be bought in any craft store. I paid about 2.50.
I cut strips of approximately 6 inches by 1.5 to 2 inches from old pairs of jeans. It took a little bit less than four of the pant legs. I tied each of the strips onto one of the two inner wires, alternating as I went. I crammed as many strips into the sections as I could until it was complete. For me on the pink row on the outside, I used pink camouflage material. I am a breast cancer survivor. So this is decorated for me. The pink ribbon is salt dough. Salt dough is 1 cup salt, 1 cup flour and water until it has the consistency of dough. You bake at at 250° for 2 hours. I actually made 1/4 of the recipe since I didn't need that much. Once baked, I painted it pink and tied it on with some of my cross stitch floss. Enjoy and thank you for letting me share.

I also maintain a second blog that is my journal for the first year of my recovery from breast cancer. You may know someone that could use the insight.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Pop Tab Necklace



Quote of the Day:

An hour with your grandchildren can make you feel young again. Anything longer than that, and you start to age quickly.

 Author: Gene Perret




Pop Tab Necklace
I earlier posted how to do this as a bracelet. Then I wondered about the necklace. I bought the ribbon crystal brooch at a craft store. I think it only cost about $4.00. The ribbon on the whole roll cost me about $2.50. So I have plenty for some thing else. Each side is about 3 yards of ribbon. When I finished it, the sides not including the left over is about 12 inches long. I'm giving this to my granddaughter Hailey. She can use the left over to tie it around her neck at the level she wants. UPDATE: I gave it to Hailey and it was too big for a necklace. She's using it as a belt. What a clever idea. She takes after me.


The above picture shows how I made it. How about an ankle bracelet? You'd have to figure out how to attach it to your ankle. 
Enjoy and thank you for letting me share.

I also maintain a second blog that is my journal about my first year with breast cancer. May be you know someone that may want to know what someone else went through. Breast Cancer - Open in Front


Friday, January 10, 2014

Monogram Decorations

Quote of the Day:

Always and Forever is a Grandmothers love

 Author: Kathy




For my granddaughter Hailey.



For my grandson Luke.

These letters for their last name are about 5 or 6 inches tall. You can buy them at craft stores such as Michael's or A.C. Moore. They range for about $2.50 to $3.50, at least in my area, Virginia Beach. The smaller letters are about 1 inch to 2 inches tall. Hailey's is purple because that is her favorite color. Luke's is green because that's my daughter's favorite color. At 16 months, Luke doesn't care what color it is. I chose sports decorations for Luke because I know he'll grow and play one of those sports. His dad does avidly. I just stuck with the purple for decorations on Hailey's. I attached pop tabs on the back to use as hangers for the wall. I have this glue called E6000. It is great. I love it. It has never let me down. Thank you for letting me share and enjoy your day. Stay warm out there.

I also maintain a second blog about my journey with breast cancer. I kept a journal the first year of my recovery.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Growth Timeline for my Grandchildren

Quote of the Day:

Always and Forever is a Grandmothers love

 Author: Kathy
Jacob (now 5)

Luke (now 16 months)

Growth Timeline

When my first grandson was born in 2008, we started taking monthly pictures with a giant Teletubby. Every month on the 10th we'd take his picture so we could see how much he'd grown. I am very upset right now that I can't lay my hand on that file of pictures. I am really sorry we didn't think of it for our own kids or our first grandchild, Hailey. In the top left picture for Jacob, it is his hospital picture. The one beside that is his one month picture. The bottom two pictures are his 8th and 9 month pictures. It is so much fun to look at these and see how they changed.  

My daughter did the same thing but changed it up just a bit. She dressed him in the same thing for each monthly picture. The top pictures for Luke are the same as Jacob, newborn and 1 month. Luke at 8 months in the lower left you can tell how active he's getting. All year his theme for his room and just about everything was Very Hungry Caterpillar. So he's dressed in a tie and diaper cover with the Very Hungry Caterpillar material. His cake was also Very Hungry Caterpillar.

It is really a great idea and you'll love looking at them when they are older. I would recommend what my daughter did for little boys. The same outfit is such a good idea. You may not want to have your 1 year old daughter in nothing but a diaper, though. Enjoy and thank you for letting me share.

I also maintain a second blog that is the journal I kept the first year of my breast cancer recovery.





Monday, January 6, 2014

My Grandchildren's Mistletoes

Quote of the Day:

All Grandmothers like letters. Even if they just consist of a squiggle and a dirty finger mark.

 Author: unknown










My Grandchildren's Mistletoes

This was definately an evolution. My daughter, Emily, had to put Luke's footprint on in Germany and then sent it to me. Luke's is on the far left. She did all the decorating. All I had to do when she sent it to me was put the rest of the grandkid's footprints on it. We kept the New Years Eve so their mamma and daddy could celebrate without children. So, we spent New Year's Eve color the bottoms of their feet. We had so much fun with Jacob because he's ticklish. 



We decided to paint brush the paint on their feet to make sure we didn't miss any part of their feet. I love what I got. When it dried, I added the red bows at the top. I just used a red sharpie to put on their names and the year. What a wonderful keepsake for Christmas 2013. Thank you for letting me share and enjoy your day.

I also maintain a second blog about my journey with Breast Cancer. Maybe some one you know may benefit from my journal that I kept for the first year. 


Friday, January 3, 2014

52 Week Money Challenge

Quote of the Day:

A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the terrible things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do.

 Author: Lois Wyse






There was a time when we didn't have 2 nickles to rub together. We lived paycheck to paycheck. So I started hiding $5.00 from each paycheck. I didn't put it where my husband could find it. It just looked like a check I'd written. Before long I had $100.00 hidden in my check book. What a relief to have that cushion. 

Not that we need it now, but I like the amount that I'd collect at the end of the year if I try this 52 week challenge. I started December 15, 2013. By this time next year, Christmas should not have to come out of pocket. I can use these funds. I plan to do it the same way I hid money way back when. I have grown in the habit of not paying attention to the hidden money. So I'm confident that I'll pull this off. 

I think it's a great idea. Even if you only make it to the 7 month mark, you'd still have a bit of money for whatever use you need. 

Enjoy your day and thank you for letting me share.

I also maintain another blog about my journey with breast cancer. Some one you know may benefit from what I've been through.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

How to Make a Pop/Soda Tab Bracelet

Quote of the Day:

A house needs a grandma in it.

 Author: Louisa May Alcott





Pop Tab Bracelet

This took me a while to figure out. The above picture is what I had to go by and I just didn't get it. When I finally did, I thought maybe better pictures for anyone that wanted to try it would help. The part I didn't get at first is the way that the ribbon intertwined to connect the pop tabs. In some areas, these may be known as soda tabs. I hope my pictures help if you are interested in trying this little project. Mine came out too short for my granddaughter. So I'll start again and make it longer. But I enjoyed making the little one first.

I also maintain another blog about my journey with breast cancer. Breast Cancer - Open in Front