Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Here're the classic "Kids at the church in their Easter clothes" pics. Dylan wore his shirt from Jana's wedding with some khakis from Gap, and Sydney got a new dress that I MADE! I could not believe that I actually made a dress. And how easy it was! I participated in this multi-part sew-along, which was way fun and helped me learn a lot! Just don't look too closely at my stitching ;). I also used this tutorial (again!) to make a matching little purse. So adorable! Notice the little crochet flower addition as well. Yay!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easiest Cinnamon Rolls EVER!

I wanted to make some cinnamon pull-apart bread today, so I made my dough...and it didn't rise. Sad. I suck. Luckily, I had some crescent roll dough in the fridge, and it saved the day!

Aren't they beautiful?

SO GOOD. And easy!
Make the crescents according to the packaging, but before you roll the dough triangles, brush each one with melted butter, then sprinkle on some cinnamon and sugar mixture (I made 1 cup sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon, but I had tons left). Then roll and bake, and right after they come out, dribble some powdered sugar glaze on (probably about a cup of powdered sugar and a few tablespoons of milk - add a little milk at a time to the sugar til it is as thin as you want it). Ridiculous how easy it is, and how gorgeous they are!

Kid approved!

Messy face = delicious! :D

Thursday, April 14, 2011


I am WAY (too) excited about knitting! I've attempted to knit in the past, and I always seemed to have a hard time getting going. I think my biggest problem with both knitting and crocheting is that I don't want to do beginner projects. I really want to be able to do crazy fancy stuff, but I just don't know how. Enter YouTube. Thanks to many, many awesome tutorials, as well as this free pattern (again with the Lion Brand), I successfully created my first knitted project! It only took me all 4 sessions of General Conference to finish (that might sound like a lot of time, but I thought of it as a good thing). What's cool about this pattern is that it helped me to learn a bunch of basic knitting techniques that I will need for many other projects. K1P1 ribbing, Stockinette stitch (specifically the purl stitch), k2tog, p2tog, and even changing colors (click on each technique for the YouTube video I used to learn it)! Oh, and I used Lion Brand Cotton-Ease yarn, which I am completely in love with. Yay yay yay!