Limited But Here

I am still floating around the blogosphere. My laptop went bonkers and won’t let me online so everything I do is being done from my phone and little galaxy pad. WordPress has this mobile app but it is somewhat limited. The tech world has left me in the dust and I will have to catch up. (Figuring out what new computer to get is like choosing a new car.) So please forgive me while I muddle through.

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I have been working on different thing since Christmas. This bag was made for my daughter. I was tempted to keep it for myself but my love for her won out. (I do love you miss JL.)

I used this tutorial from noodlehead.

I love the way it turned out

Fussy Cutting and a New Year

Sorry I was gone for so long but life got hard and complicated. We did manage to give the grands a wonderful Christmas.

The holidays are over and I am more relaxed and ready to work hard in my studio. AKA the dinning room.

I made a lot of the Christmas gifts we gave this year. Of course most will still be very late in the giving.

I think crafting and blogging are like walking and chewing gum at the same time, easy for some and not for others. Maybe you just have to get in a rhythm.

Yesterday I managed to fussy cut pieces for two caps and a quilt.
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This fleece started out looking something like this. I wanted the ducks whole on each panel of the cap crowns. The squares are 6 1/2 inches and will be used for a baby quilt.
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And I almost finished this cap for grandson little J.

I hope to get more done today. Just keep on working, working, working, gotta keep on working rawhide. Did I just date myself? Ok, that’s even before my time LOL.

Charity Blanket Squares – Crafters Call to Arms

Calling all yarn lovers.

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Found this great idea and wanted to share with you all as I know you too will want to join in and gift a few blanket squares to charitable causes.

It is very brave of our fellow crafter to volunteer to join all the donated squares as we all know this can be the most trying part of blanket making!

As soon as enough generous crafters pledge squares to make this a viable project the instructions will be published and we can all get going, I can just hear it now needles clacking and hooks a-hooking, it is after all the season of goodwill.

To pledge your interest click on the link below and leave a comment.

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Help Needed to Crochet for Charity

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Remembering Mom and Pumpkin Crumble Muffins

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A few of you have asked for the recipe for these awesome pumpkin muffins. I hope your family enjoys them as much as mine.

This recipe was developed by my mamma, Carolyn Waters Maynard. She was an awesome and dynamic lady who was taken to heaven much too soon. Parkinson’s disease robbed us of this wonderful woman. Mom was a chef and worked in many restaurants and on guest ranches out west. She was known for her cooking, both in the family and around the country.  She had newspaper articles written about her and her campfire cooking. We all miss her very much.

Mom's Newspaper Writeup

I didn’t inherit the gene for being creative in the kitchen but my eldest daughter did. She trained at The Culinary Academy of America in Austin, Texas. (We are very proud of her.)  My sisters defiantly excel in this area. I learned to cook only because I like to eat. I am a foodie. I love good food and will not eat poorly prepared food. Can we say a little OCD in this way? When you see a recipe on this blog it will most likely come from someone else. I may have tweaked it a little but probably didn’t create it.

Pumpkin Crumble Muffins

Muffin Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
1/2 cup water
3 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1½ cups raisins (optional)
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Crumble Ingredients:
1 cup oatmeal (If using old fashioned oats pulse in food processer once or twice)
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 stick (½ cup) butter

Step 1.  Make crumble. If using old fashioned oats pulse them in the food processer once or twice. You want them course but not whole. Put all crumble ingredients in food processer and pulse until mixture looks like course sand. You may have to add a little more oatmeal if mixture is too clumped together. You will be sprinkling this on top of the muffin batter in Step 4.

Step 2.  In a large mixing bowl, beat sugars, oil, eggs, pumpkin, and water. Make sure the ingredients are well mixed.

Step 3.  In a medium mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, and salt. Using a whisk make sure dry ingredients are well combined because you can’t once you add this to the wet ingredients.  Add to the pumpkin mixture; stir only until mixed. Don’t overwork the batter as this will make the muffins tough.

Step 4.  Mix raisins with 1 tablespoon flour so they won’t sink into the batter as badly. Fold in the raisins and nuts. Spoon the batter into muffin tins sprayed with cooking spray, filling them 2/3 full. Sprinkle crumble over top and bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.

Step 5. Let cool and enjoy.

A Non-Crafty Week and Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins Cooling 2This week has truly been insane. Last Friday the hubbs informed me it was time to move my studio out of the livingroom, we are renovating, into the dinning room, we will be renovating. So once again my stuff was boxed, moved, and reset. This wasn’t as bad as times past but time-consuming nonetheless. The last time this happened my shoulder was broken in four places so my family packed it. I am still looking for things I know I have. I digress.

In the middle of all this, daughter #2 came home with her two children to stay for an unspecified amount of time. She will be going back to school and will stay here so we can help with the grands. This is something we want for her so we are happy they’re here. It was unexpected and did cause upheaval and chaos. Think, two kids and three adults in a two bedroom, 950 square foot house. It may be tough for a while but we will make it work.

During all of this I did manage to make my pumpkin muffins. The kids and the grands love them. They can’t wait for the weather to cool down enough for me to bake. (Much too hot here to put the oven on from June to October.)

One Perfect Muffin

I would love to offer you one but they are gone gone gone. Leave a comment and you may convince me to post my recipe.

My Computer ate my Post!

I don’t believe this I posted, it was there, it showed up on my Facebook page, two people read it, and now it’s gone. Did gremlins eat it? Is it somewhere in a black hole? I just don’t know.  I will reconstruct it and try again. Here are some nice pictures I’ll share in the meantime.

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Mother and Son (dd and dgs)

This is daughter #1 and grandboy M

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JJ wears gramdpa’s cap

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Grandboy Little J and his favorite thing (cars)

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M and dad

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Grandpa and grandboy A

Love them much. I love dd J, my youngest. For some reason I can’t find a picture of her on here.

A Little Tease

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This Sunday we didn’t have the grands so I planned to get an early start and work on the Halloween outfits.

I got a good start. Cutting out done. First applique’ applied. Then, the thunder rolled and the lightning flashed and the power went out. No air, no sewing machine, no surger, no iron and no fun. It was out for over 4 hours. But I could work on my crochet. My crochet hook is powered by only me, me, me. So I sat on the porch and worked on slipper socks.

I promised to show something special for the grands Halloween but sad to say I’m not done. So I am sending you this little tease and hurrying back to work.