Thursday, January 28, 2010

Car Seat Cover

Wahoo one more project done! I love this fabric.  It's Lotus by Amy Butler just in case anyone wants to know.  I thought about doing a tutorial on how to do car seat covers, but it soo easy anyone could figure it out.  All it is is a blanket made out of 2 yards of fabric (one yard per side), plus you need 1/8th yard for the straps.  And then you just sew straps to the top of the blanket. Add a little ric-rac and some ginormous buttons and and there you have a cute car seat cover. Tada!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Every mom needs a good recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I have tried a lot that are okay. Some that are too buttery, some that are too flourey.  This one is just right.  So I thought I would share it with you so you can quit wasting your time making cookies that don't turn out good.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup Butter softened (don't use margarine, that's just gross)
1 cup brown sugar
2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups flour
2 (7-ounce) Hershey bars chopped up or 1 (12-ounce) package of chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts (if you like them)

Heat oven to 375 degress.
Cream butter and sugars.  Add eggs and vanilla and beat well.  Mix in salt, baking powder, baking soda, and flour.  Add chocolate and nuts. Mold into golf-size balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Press slightly.  Bake 7-10 minutes.  Cookies will be very soft.  When cookies cool they will be firm.  If you cook them until they are brown and firm they won't be very good. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies. 
Recipe adapted from "Remedies for the "I Don't Cook" Syndrome" by Janet Peterson.  This recipe book was my bible when I was first married.  I used it soo much that the spine fell apart and I had to take it to the copy store and get it spiral bound.  I'm happy to say my cooking skills have improved since then.  I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as mine does!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

72 Hour Food Kits

With all the earthquakes going on in Utah and around the world I decided it was time to get the food part of our 72 hour kits done.  I've had the supply part done for a few years but I haven't been to motivated to get the food part done until now.  Thankfully has a great supply list and it made the whole process pretty easy and painless. I only did three kits instead of four because the kit is only good for one year.   I would rather spend my time and money on something cute and fun, but this was a necessity that needed to be done.  It's amazing the peace of mind that you get once you have everything you need in an emergency. If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear. :-)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Three Little Projects

So I've seen a few people around with fancy camera straps.  But when you look close at the stitching on them it's always crappy quality.  Just for fun I went to some of the popular websites to see how much they cost and I couldn't believe that people were paying $25 plus for a bad quality cutesy camera strap.  I came across this tutorial on Cluck Cluck Sew (sorry, no link, I haven't figured that one out yet) and decided to give it a shot.  My total cost of materials was a whopping $3.  $1 for the fabric and $2 for the Pellon fusible fleece.  It only took me about 15 minutes to do from start to finish and that's including turning it inside out twice to get the width just right.  I'd give this project two thumbs up.  Inexpensive, quick and functional.
My other project was to make refrigerator magnets.  All ya do is modge podge scrapbook paper onto a clothespin and glue a magnet on the back.  It's pretty darn simple!  My little sister gave me the cute scrapbook paper and matching flowers for my birthday last year.  I'm glad I found a way to display it and enjoy it everyday.
I love how it makes the fridge look so much more organized and cute.  Before it just had random advertising magnets on it.
And lastly, my crocheted headbands that I ordered came in the mail yesterday.  I do have to say that I didn't make the purple bow.  I got that one from a neighbor when Macey was born.  The nice thing about the crocheted bands is that you can put your bows on a clip and then stick it through the weave.  That way you can put a different bow on it.  I've still got more bow and flower ideas I want to do before the baby is born - but at least I'm off to a start.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Blessing Dress - Part 1

I've got the material and pattern now.  Wish me luck! :-)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Burpy Rags

I now have the burpy rags crossed off my list.  Macey was quite the little spitter when she was a baby.  No matter how many times I have cloroxed and oxicleaned these things they still have yellow spots on them, the majority being in the middle.  Since they are still perfectly good and I'm too frugal to buy new ones, the obvious solution is to put a strip of flannel down the middle and cover up the spots.  I think they turned out pretty cute if I do say so myself.  I have some pink and brown ribbon that would look super cute to put on the ends or on either side of the flannel but I decided against it because I don't want to be wiping my babys face with something that has ribbon on it - it's just not soft.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Crayon Roll

I've seen soo many awesome tutorials for crayon rolls all over the internet that I decided it's time to make one for my little girl.  I was surprised out how easy it was.  If I wouldn't have used rick-rac for the edging it would have gone a lot faster too.  We took this to church with us yesterday and now I'm wondering why I didn't make one a long time ago.  It's soo much more convenient than keeping the crayons in a plastic bag because the crayons stay in place instead of rolling around on the bench.  Macey loves it, I love it.  I'd say this project gets two thumbs up!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Laundry Room

I know it's not a huge difference but I've got to start somewhere.  We have lived here for over five years and for over five years I have had the best intentions of getting the house decorated.  However, every time I go into a home decorating store I get soo overwhelmed by all the different styles and color schemes that I walk out empty handed.  So that's why I'm starting in the laundry room.  If I mess up the curtains it's not that big of a deal, right?  Joanns was having a sale on their home decor fabric.  I figured with it being 40% if I don't like it I can always start over.  I was actually happy that I don't hate the finished product.  Now I've just got to figure out what color I want in the front room. Well, now I've got one project down, a whole lot more to go.  But I'm off to a pretty good start, wouldn't you say?

Friday, January 1, 2010

A New Year

A new year - a new blog.  Now that Christmas is all packed up and over with I'm realizing that I have less than three months before this baby is going to be here.  I've got a list of projects I would like to get done before she is born, therefore I have started a blog to document my projects.  I have two big projects (blessing dress and a quilt) and a whole lot of smaller projects.  After I had Macey I think it was 8 or 9 months before I was able to pull my sewing machine out and actually work on something.  So, I'm determined to get the project/sewing bug out of my system before this baby is born.  It's also a place to post my favorite recipes and home decorating (or lack thereof).  Why the title Ten Cow Chick?  Well, it's a long story, but once Justin made the joke that he was going to get one of those vinyl lettering stickers for the back of my car that says "Ten Cow Wife."  For some reason that made me laugh soo hard I almost peed my pants.  If your not familiar with the movie Johnny Lingo - it's a reference to that.  Unfortunately the blogspot address 10cowwife is already taken.  Soo, here I go.  Wish me luck! I've got a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it in!
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