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July 14, 2014

How to add Hidden Pockets to your Shorts (FREE Tutorial + Pattern)



 I'm sure by now you've all heard of the Sunny Day Shorts pattern by Oliver + S.  

They are so fabulous.  So far this summer I have made 5.  Kinda addicted, eh?

Well, I decided to try these shorts out with some hidden pockets that you add into the seam.  

They work really great.  So great, in fact, that the last 4 pairs I've made I've included the pockets in them.


Here's some cute little cheesers for you this afternoon.  
These are all their summer PJs-- hence the rather crazy fabric.


The boys are also wearing their BYU shirts which I talked about Here and Here.



 Click HERE for the full Free Tutorial + Pattern



July 10, 2014

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

I kinda wanted to give this post the subject, "Something Old and Something New... a taste experiment with recipes" ...Or something  that made since better express my thoughts on this fun treat.


Last fall I traveled across the country with my baby to spend a week seeing my family.  While staying with my mother one night I asked if I could go through her large recipe box (almost all hand-written recipes on index cards).

I went through and grabbed tons that I had remembered, felt nostalgic about, looked easy, or seemed tastey and typed them up for my own collection.

Among them, I grabbed this recipe for Banana Cake.

This one I grabbed because it looked so easy, plus it looked so cute and old fashion and I totally remember my Mother making it.

BANANA CAKE
1/2 c. Crisco
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 c. mashed bananas
4 TBS. milk

1 tsp. baking soda in 1/2 c. warm water
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder

350* for 30 minutes.  Mix first 5 items well.  Alternate warm soda water and flour.  Last 1 tsp. baking powder, mix well.

Isn't that a cute old fashioned recipe?  Where's the butter?  Where's the spices? But the thing that really appealed to me-- simple, mix it all in one bowl.  It seems like all the new recipes I try out all ask me to dirty 3 bowls in the process?  Not my favorite.

So, I had this recipe from my Mom, but I didn't seem to have any frosting that I had written down to go with it.  I'm sure she had some go-to that she used.

So a quick search around, landed me at this one from Our Best Bites.  This one seemed so modern.  Definitely my Something new.



The cream cheese to powdered sugar ratio was intriguing so I just had to try it.  Result? It was really delicious, but definitely tasted like cheese cake.  It was thick and impressive.

Pair this old recipe with this new one?  Wow, it was so fantastic.  The cake was a little plain, the frosting was a little intense-- that combo was perfect.  

Add the fresh fruit on top?  And you're just talking Crazy town Delicious!


July 8, 2014

A Look at our Girl's Camp Crafts

So we did it.  We can all check Go To Girl's Camp off our Summer to-do list!

As you may remember I was in charge of the crafts this year.

We made Luminaries and headbands.  

They really turned out fantastic!!

I wanted to share a bit of the photos from the Big day(s)!  Technically I ended up going up there twice, but only busted the camera out the second day.  The first day I was running around like a crazy woman trying to help everyone.

First, here's a look at the youth finishing off their Luminaries.  
Day one, everyone pretty much got their stencils drawn, cut out, and sprayed the gloss on their jars.  Quite a few of the girls learned that if you put too heavy a coat it looks goopy.  Two light coats are better than one thick one!



Day two, everyone peeled off the stencils and added the wire.  Which, I might add is no small task.  Team work was often the key here.



But the girls knew a good place for help. 
 (below) He alone probably made half the girl's handles.


Here I am, below struggling along.  I made about four handles and worked up quite the sweat each time.


I had to laugh as one of the girl's sat down and just went to town and made her handle in like 30 seconds flat.  I marveled and told her, "Wow, you must have experience working with wire."

She shrugged and said, "Not really.  But I do build fences and work a lot with barbwire."

Ha, ha, no wonder she was a natural!

Here are some of the Luminaries all done.  Aren't they great!

I wasn't there for testimony, but I heard all the girls brought theirs and it was fantastic looking!


The headbands were really self directed.  I had print outs of all the directions and the girls just came and helped their selves and made some really cute headbands!

Here they are chatting and working.  Isn't that the best way to do crafts?




I have only a couple finished projects.  Here's a headband made into a bracelet.


And two cute headbands.



 Girl's camp was So fun! 
 It's such a special place and I'm so glad I was able to be a part of it this year!

July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July


I LOVE the 4th of July. 
 I love this day where I can celebrate my free country, enjoy time with my family and friends, eat good food, then top it all off with a firework show.




We got together with friends this morning for breakfast at a park, then decorated our bikes and had our own parade.  It was so lovely.


Tonight we'll check off grilling meat, treats, and fireworks.  
YAY!


I found inspiration for my chalkboard design HERE