Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Peanut Butter Cookies

On Monday I made peanut butter cookies! Yummy! I love this recipe so much and they always turn out so gooey and peanut buttery!

You will need:

2cups regular flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup dark brown sugar (lite brown works too)
1 1/4 cup white sugar
1 cup salted butter or margarine
3 large eggs
1c creamy peanut butter
2 teaspoon vanilla
1.) Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.
2.) In a different bowl combine both sugars, butter, eggs, peanut butter, and vanilla. Mix well.
3.) Combine the two mixes and stir until you have a soft dough mixture. It will look like this:

4.) Drop cookies on a baking sheet (I line mine with aluminum foil for easy cleanup, sprayed with Pam). I use a tablespoon sprayed with Pam to get uniform cookies. Be careful not to make you cookies any bigger than a tablespoon or they may run together while baking (like some of mine did) They look like this:

5.) Grab a fork and a small bowl of a little white sugar. Dip the fork in the sugar and then press down cookies in a criss cross pattern with the fork, getting some sugar on the fork each time keeps the fork from sticking to the cookies. They look like this:

6.) Bake at 300 degrees for 15-18 minutes. Be sure to keep checking them and pull them out just as the edges start to brown for optimum gooeyness. This mix makes about 4 dozen; plenty to share with friends and family. Enjoy!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Money Monday

I'd like to introduce you to another of my hobbies. Couponing! I'm an extreme couponer, which means I use coupons 95% of the time I buy something (food, clothes, restaurants, anything) and I stockpile groceries and beauty/health items when I can get them free or 80% or more off retail.

This Money Monday series will be a review of all got over the weekend with coupons and how much money I saved. If you would like to do what I do, I suggest you join the coupon forum community We Use Coupons. You'll find me there using the username apsufan82. Now, down to business!

Everything in this picture has a retail value of $135.52. Can you guess how much I paid for it? Allow me to give you a layout of my purchases. I visited three different stores.
2 bags Lay's Chips
1 bag Cheetos Puffs
6 Ronzoni Smart Taste Angel Hair pasta boxes
Kroger milk 1/2 gallon
3 cans Roserita Refried Beans
2 bags Mahatma Rice Mixes
2 Nivea Bodywash
2 Sun Detergent
MinuteMaid Lemonade
Healthy Life loaf Bread
10 Banquet Frozen Dinners
2 bags dry Pinto Beans
Retail Price: $63.31
Coupons: -$19.40
Doubled Coupons: -$4.95
Kroger Plus Card: -$19.04
Price to me: $19.92
Food Lion
Scott Paper Towels 8ct.
3 bags Doritos
Snyder's bag Pretzels
Food Lion brand chunk cheddar cheese
Scott TP 8ct.
Food Lion Angle Hair pasta
Store brand Vitamins
2 cans San Marco Refried beans
2 packs Food Lion peanut butter crackers8ct
El Paso Taco Shells 18ct
Retail Price: $57.64
Coupons: -$29.89
MVP Card: -$10.16
Price I paid: $17.59
Rite Aid
Crystal Lake store brand 24pk bottled water
2 Finish Quantumatic Dishwasher Kits
Retail Price: $14.57
Coupons: -$14.00
Price I paid: $1.23 (tax + .57)
The final cost of everything in the picture to me was $38.73! Wow!
My husband and I also had fun going to Hardee's and enjoying two little thickburger cheeseburgers, two orders of fries, and two drinks for $5.35. We also enjoyed a free fountain drink after all of that shopping from a local gas station that had put a coupon in the paper for the free fountain drink of any size.
If you have any questions about anything please leave me a comment and I will answer as soon as I see it! Thank you!

Quilt Along Blocks Week 2

I sewed these together this morning in between loads of laundry. These are my week two quilt along blocks for Amy's quilt along.
One is a plus block and I'm not too happy with how mine turned out. I must have not cut one of my blue dot squares right or not got my seams perfect because the rose fabrics doesn't line up on each side perfectly. Oh, well! I don't normally correct mistakes like that. I only use my seam ripper for huge mistakes! When it is all quilted no one will notice anyways.

The other block is a double four patch block and I really like how it turned out. I love the green and blue fabrics together.

Here are all of my blocks so far:

Can't wait for week three, Amy!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Word for the Weekend

This post will be an ongoing series called "Word for the Weekend." I will post it each Friday and share a scripture passage. I pray that God will speak to you in some way through what I share.

My scripture for this weekend comes from two of my favorite passages: Proverbs 31 and Titus 2. When I attempt to do anything I ask myself, "Does this bring glory to God?" You may not think that everyday tasks you do bring glory to God, but I have to tell you they do! These verses prove that point. They also lay out how women should live, which is in a way that glorifies God.

Proverbs 31 is a mother's advice to her son. Beginning in verse 10, she tells him what kind of woman to marry. Let's examine that passage. Words in italics are mine.

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. She is rare.

11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. Her husband trusts her and he is not lacking.

12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She constantly loves him. She doesn't mock him and his goals are her goals.

13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is industrious--and willing to be! She desires to help her family.

14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She is thrifty and doesn't always buy what is easy to grab. She waits for that bargain so that she can be sure her husband has "no need of spoil" v.11.

15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She doesn't need anyone else to motivate her, she motivates herself.

16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She is an entrepreneur.

17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She doesn't shy away from doing hard work. She isn't afraid to sweat!

18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She isn't only willing to do hard work, she is willing to work long hours.

19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She is also willing to work consistently.

20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She has compassion on people and is generous in giving.

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She makes sure that her family has everything they need so that when hard times comes they are prepared.

22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. She knows how to clothe her family.

23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. Her husband is the leader of her family.

24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. She makes extra money using her talents to help her household.

25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She isn't afraid of hard times and isn't easily swayed.

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She is smart and her words are gentle.

27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. She knows what needs to be done for her family and does it!

28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. She is blessed! Amen!

29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. She isn't satisfied with ordinary or second best.

30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. She is a woman after God's own heart.

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. People praise her because of her virtuous nature.

Now, I don't know about you, but, Oh! how I desire to be a virtuous woman!

Titus 2 shed a little bit more light into the kind of woman God would have us to be.

3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; Women must have good, proper behavior that is holy. In order to do that we must not be gossips, not drink, and remember to teach good things. Our lives are our example; our teaching tool.

4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, Older women are to teach the younger. You are always older than some other woman/girl! We should love our husband and children, which may seem simple enough, but how many times have you acted in way that you didn't love them?

5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. We are to be discreet, meaning modest. Modest in dress certainly, but also in the way we live out our lives. Modest women are not loud, rude, or crude. They don't dress in a way that would cause a man to sin in his heart. The verse says we are to be chaste, which means staying pure until marriage. We are to be keepers of our homes, not being idle in our tasks at home. The verse says that we are to be obedient to our husbands, meaning we should remember that Christ has put our husbands as the head of the household for a reason. The reason we are to act in this way is so the Word of God is not blasphemed. We don't want to say we are Christians and not follow every word of this God-inspired scripture. Then, how would be good examples unto others so that they may come to the saving grace of Jesus?

This weekend's Word has been lengthy and it won't always be that way. I've shared what the Lord would have me to. May it be a blessing to you.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Completed Walker Tote

I finished Granny's walker tote I was telling you about yesterday. The pattern I chose worked perfectly and I am so happy with the end result! I can't wait to give it to her. The pattern came from here, in case you'd like to try it for yourself. The instructions were easy to follow. You do need basic sewing skills. It took me about three hours to complete. Two things I omitted from the pattern were the bottom ties and the middle button.
This was the first time I have ever used my machine to make a buttonhole. I was very pleased with the buttonhole foot and ease of use. I now have no fear of it for when I use it again! Here are a few pictures of the completed tote. I'll share a picture of it on Granny's walker when I give it to her.
Here is the front of it. The pattern called for pre-quilted material for the tote body but I just quilted up the body myself using my free-motion quilting foot. That way I could use the material I wanted and it is cheaper!
Here it is with some stuff in it to show how the pockets are set (three in the front). I like how it has a huge bag area in the middle for lots of things. This could be used as her purse so Granddaddy doesn't have to carry it around, ha!

And here is the back. It has two wider pockets on the outside.

Pretty cute, huh? What do you think?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Half Year in Review (Part 2)

Here are the rest of my completed quilts from this year since I began quilting. It sure does seem like a lot of quilts for just six months! Once I got going I couldn't stop!

#6-Crazy Cats:


#8-Rainbow Sherbet:

#9-Granny's Garden:

#10-Daddy's Log Cabin:

I talked to my Granny yesterday. She has had a rough year so far after having back surgery. She expressed a need of a new walker caddy since she got a new walker. The old one I made her doesn't fit on her new walker.

I went to Hancock Fabrics today because they had their Butterick patterns for $0.99. No such luck, though, in finding a walker caddy pattern. I searched online and came up with this one. It is cute and I think it will fit nicely. I'm going to leave out the bottom straps because her walker doesn't work like the one pictured. I'll post pictures once I get it finished. A new pattern is always a challenge for me and I can't wait to tackle it!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Quilt Along Blocks Week 1

Presenting my first two blocks for Amy's quilt along over at Amy's Creative Side! I've been reading her blog daily for several months now and was so excited when she announced a quilt along. I had been wanting to do one ever since I heard there was such a thing! I have also wanted to make a sampler quilt. So, she must have had me in mind ;)

I'm attempting to use up some of my overflowing scrap bin for this project. I just grabbed some kinda-matching fabric for these blocks and went for it. I can't wait to see how every one's turns out!

Half Year in Review

I began quilting in January of this year. I'm a little late in starting a quilting blog! However, I decided that this blog would be more than a quilting blog because I will share other things I enjoy like cooking and getting great deals with coupons.

In an effort to catch you all up on my quilting progress I will post pictures of all my completed quilts this week in different posts.

#1- Nine Patch:

#2 -Pink Ribbon Wishes:


#4-Simple Strips:

#5-Flight of the Birds:

Those are my first five quilts. More to come later. If you have any questions leave them in the comments and I will answer as soon as I can!

I must go start supper now...we are having breakfast! Turkey bacon, scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, and biscuits!