Cashew Cookies

So, in addition to our sewing group, my awesome neighborhood also has a cooking group. The theme this month? COOKIES! This recipe is a family secret and I might get disowned for sharing it, but it’s a chance I’m taking. Plus, that would mean my mom would actually have to comment on my blog. Ha! These suckers are delicious. My mom used to make my grandpa a batch every year for his birthday. One year, when she lived in Florida, I made them for him instead. He took the container from me and went straight in the other room to hide them so he wouldn’t have to share. THAT is how good they are….kind of like a carmel cashew shake in cookie form.

Cashew Cookies

1/2 c butter
1 c brown sugar
1 egg
1/3 c sour cream
2 c flour
1/4 t salt
3/4 t baking powder
3/4 t baking soda
1 t vanilla
1 3/4 c salted cashews

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and sour cream. Add dry ingredients. Add vanilla and cashews. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.


1/2 c butter
3 T cream
1/4 t vanilla
2 c powdered sugar

Brown butter. Add rest.

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Actual titles of emails in my spam folder

Your best naked pic - Uh….
Sell your Kidney! – The exclamation mark TOTALLY convinced me! As did the capital K!
You’ll peck her like crazy – I will?
Destroy all cops! – Are there people that really want to do that? Again with the exclamation point!
Olsen sisters shot – Like a photo shoot or a gun shot? And why would anyone care either way?
Friend sells stuff – As long as it’s not my stuff, I probably don’t care.
Thnx for yesterday letter – Wlcm for today number.
and my personal favorite
Energy for your dude piston
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Turn dishtowels into placemats

This is one of those projects I found on the old memory card.

I got the idea from Erin over at House on Hill Road. I can’t find her original post, but click on over anyway. You will not be sorry you checked out her blog. And don’t even start making her twirly skirts…your daughter might have 5 or 6 of them before the week is up. Trust.

Step 1) Find some cute dishtowels. The ones I used came from the stuff Martha Stewart did for Kmart. They already had the ric rac on them.

Step 2) Cut the dishtowels in half across the width.

Step 3) Hem the raw edge. I serged it and then folded it over 1/4″ or so twice.

That’s it!

You could also embellish. They’d be super cute with more ric rac or ribbon or even some appliques.

Be warned, though, that they *might* make you want new dishes.

Well, if you’re insane like me they might.

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Thinking outside the pumpkin?

Did you know I CANNOT handle the phrase “outside the box”?

Well, I can’t.

I came across an old memory card the other day. It has a bunch of old projects on it. Some of them are worth revisiting. Some are not. :o) At any rate, I should have enough blog fodder to get me through getting my house back together. My floors FINALLY got finished yesterday and we had shutters installed as well. I think all the furniture can go back where it belongs now. Well, after I finish caulking and touching up paint and stuff.

Rambling…anyway…Halloween is approaching quickly. Sadly, 3 out of 4 children have opinions this year. It looks like theme-y public humiliation is a thing of the past.

This picture was on the old memory card:

This was the first year that I ever decided to think beyond a) store bought costumes or b) costumes made straight from a pattern.

Keller’s Jedi pants? Totally traced a pair of his pajamas.

The Jedi tunic? Not even a tunic! It’s just 2 strips of fabric criss-crossed on his body and another strip for the belt.

The Jedi cloak? I had him lay on some felt with his arms straight out and traced. The hood is just a rectangle folded in half with a seam on the top. Felt is fabulous for Halloween because you don’t need to hem it. It’s also CHEAP and comes wide.

Yoda? A bear costume pattern. I drew the ears by hand and put them on lower than the bear ears were supposed to go. Amazing difference when you make the jumpsuit green instead of brown and furry, ey?

Yoda’s tunic? A long felt rectangle that I cut a circle in the middle of to go over his head. His head is huge, so I had to add the little slit in the front. The belt is another strip of felt.

Yoda’s cloak? Same as above, but I did have to hem this one.

And if you’re considering the Mario Brothers, Toad, or a cute vampire…the details and how-to from last year are here.

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Freaky Friday: Blue Cricket Design

Hi there! Can I just say….CHAR rocks! I’ve fallen for her and her blog! It was love at first sight the moment I saw her dreamy Blue Piano! I knew instant friendships awaited us. We are too much alike it’s almost scary! Over the last few weeks we’ve discovered we have a daughter with the same name, the same chair from IKEA and we live in the same city!

Coo Coo! Coo Coo!!!

The blogging world is fun that way isn’t it. We get to meet awesome new friends!

ok…to the matter at hand!

I’m Becca. The Creative Director behind Blue Cricket Design!

( do you like how I just gave myself that fancy title!)

I can’t tell you how excited I am! Halloween is my all time favorite Holiday and with it just around the corner I can barely contain myself! Be on the look out over at Blue Cricket for Halloween Decorating Ideas, Party ideas and spooky food recipes! My post list for Halloween alone is over flowing! I’ll be hosting a Pumpkin Decorating contest and sharing readers ideas! This Halloween is going to be SPOOKtacular!!!

I’m not only passionate about Halloween. I love to anything that gets my creative juices flowing! Come see what I’ve been up to. You’ll find my collection of craft projects, sewing how to’s, photoshop tutorials, recipes, giveaways and more!

Here’s a few of my favorite projects I’ve got ready for you to enjoy…

Adult Skirt revamp

Retro Pattern Greeting Cards

Dresser Draw Ribbon Organizer

So consider yourself personally invited to Blue Cricket Design! Come and join in on all the fun! I can’t wait to meet you!

Thanks Char ! I LOVE all the crap you’ve made!

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Sewing group was last night. We made Phoebe bags.

My friend Casey wanted a little one for her daughter Paige.

We copied the pattern at 65%. I left the strap the same thickness as in the original, but shortened it.

If you’re in Utah, you can watch my sister on Studio 5 this morning.

You know who else is going to be on? Heather Bailey, aka the woman whose fabric made my sewing room what it is today (a mess — ha!). And I almost cried tears of joy the 2 times she commented on my blog. Seriously. I don’t think my sister’s nearly as excited about that as I am. Kids!

And, tomorrow I’ll be blog swapping. Look forward to meeting someone new here!

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Apparently Macy reads craft blogs, too

Look what we woke up to this morning:
Keller’s already informed me we’re putting it away for next year.
And happy anniversary to me!

I think I’m more giddy about it than last year’s present. Weird, ey?

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Why yes I was a child bride, thanks for noticing.

We went to a resort on our honeymoon where anyone under 21 had to be accompanied by an adult at all times. Good thing we were so deliriously in love that I wanted to be accompanied at all times.

Thanks for knowing that when I’m 9 months pregnant and I trip on a book and yell “I CAN’T POSSIBLY HAVE A BABY WITH ALL THESE BOOKS LAYING AROUND!” that the right thing to do is take me to a furniture store to order book shelves (that won’t be in ’til the baby is 2 months old).

Thanks for coaching kids’ soccer teams, even though you don’t know anything about soccer.

Thanks for going on field trips and riding the smelly bus.

Thanks for indulging my need to make stuff and telling me that I’m good at it (even if you’re making it up).

And, perhaps most importantly, thanks for taking the poop covered kid still strapped into his high chair out into the backyard and spraying him off with the hose so I didn’t have to deal with it last night.

THAT is true love, folks.

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Watch your mouth

Macy had a friend over today. We were discussing hand-me-downs.

I told them to be grateful they didn’t get hand-me-downs from their 6 year old brothers.

You know, just joking around.

They went upstairs and reappeared looking like this:

I think those pants Macy’s wearing might even be Campbell’s.

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