Monday, June 30, 2014

Apple Pie Dress

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This is my new favorite.  We have dubbed it the Apple Pie Dress.  Why? because it looks so sweet on and it is as American as.... you guessed it... apple pie.

Perfect for picnics, parades, fireworks, and day trips to the Alaska Sea Life Center.

You should have heard her squeal when she touched that thing. 

It was a little chilly down by the ocean in Seward, so we had to throw on a little sweater. I also made a little pair of ruffled capris just for added sweetness.  Can you believe that view.  I grew up in Alaska and still the awesome beauty of it never fails to impress me.  

But back home here in Utah this is just right for keeping cool.

And although it was the picnic plaid print that originally inspired this dress, I find I really love the chevron seam on the bodice.  It was my first time trying chevron seams and I am very please with how they turned out. 

Making a chevron seam is actually pretty easy.

When you cut out your pieces cut first piece so the stripes are how you would like them and then cut your second piece turned 90 degrees from that.  You can check that you did it right by laying the pieces right sides together and they should line up.  Then sew then together with the lines all lined up and you should have a perfect little V.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Chocolate Fudge Frosting Just Like Grandma Used to Make. Well as long as Grandma made really good chocolate fudge frosting.

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My Alan recently had a birthday and his cake of choice was triple chocolate cake with chocolate fudge frosting.  He is a smart boy.

This frosting is a classic and don't be surprised if you find yourself wanting to just eat it with a spoon.

Chocolate Fudge Frosting
Will frost about 24-30 cupcakes.

1 cup butter
7-8 ounces of unsweetened chocolate (you can use the squares or the powder, just make sure you follow the directions on the powder i.e. you will need more butter)
2 lbs confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar)
1 generous ;) teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of milk

Melt the chocolate and butter on low in a small sauce pot or if you have one use a double boiler.  I don't have one but I have never had a problem just using a pot for this recipe.  In your mixer combine confectioner's sugar, vanilla, and 1 cup of milk.  Blend in the melted chocolate.  Add the rest of the milk until you get the consistency you want.
Then let it stand (usually about 5 mins) and it will be ready.  The frosting will get thicker as it cools.

And since you might be wondering what is in triple chocolate cake: it is a box of chocolate cake mix, a large box of chocolate pudding, 1 cup or so mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, 4 eggs, 1 cup oil, 1 cup sour cream, and 1/2 cup of water all mixed together and baked at 350 degrees.   So basically it is really good.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Easter 2014

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This year, like I have for the past many many years, I made Emma an Easter dress.  And like in many of the years past, I got it made just in time.  I actually got this idea in my head for a dress that had kinda a chevron/ikat pattern that radiated out from from the waist and then dissolved to white.  BUT guess what... no fabric designers had read my mind and made the fabric that I saw in my head (note to self, start your own fabric line so you can just read your own mind and then you will have all the fabric you could ever want.)

I looked high and low, near and far, and didn't find the fabric I wanted. (I also procrastinated a bit)  Then less than a week before Easter I found the Michael Miller Glitz line online.   The bad news was, I was out of time to order it online and still have time to make the dresses.  So I started calling around and NO ONE HAD IT!  (note to self, open your own fabric store so you can always buy all the fabric lines you like and then you will have the fabric you want when you want it.)  Anyway, finally I found some... and it was only like a 40 minute drive each way to get it... No big deal.  But they only had just over 2 yards of the pink confetti left in stock.  And I just had to use the pink confetti.

So I bought all that they had and had to go home and rethink my design.  

I am so happy with the result.  I wish I had had more so that I could have used more of the condensed dots on the bodice and I wish the skirt was a little fuller, but I would have had to give up the pockets and I kinda adore the pockets. 

I also adore that Emma still loves to match her baby sister.  

Bonnie's dress is made out of the left over bits after made Emma's dress.  The top is all pieced with whatever bits I could salvage. As it turned out, I love the piecing, but my favorite part of the dress are the sleeves.  I was quite truly out of fabric and I had kinda messed up, so I found some pink organza and nude tulle and layered them to make a little ruffle sleeve.  Yay for happy accidents, right?

Don't you love how in every picture of Bonnie with the boys they are totally watching over her.  She is a lucky girl.  

Don't they look so cute in their Easter finest?  After church we went over to visit Great Grandma.  They kids love going over there... they just don't all love being asked to stand still and look at a camera.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Jumbo Frosting Tips Are The Key

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Over the years I have had a lot of people ask me how to make a pretty cupcake.  In fact I have a post with tip on pretty cupcakes.  But fastest and easiest way to a pretty cupcake is by using a very large frosting tip.

And jumbo frosting tips just happen to be on Pick Your Plum today (Along with about 20 other amazing deals).  So if you have ever wanted jumbo frosting tips I suggest you head over them and get some now.  Like right now.  Before they are all gone. Like click here and you will be there. 


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