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Pirate Parrrty Invites!

Pirate Parrrty Invites!

I’m getting ready to send these “bad boys” out for my son’s birthday party. His last two birthdays have been small family affairs. Since he’s been asking for a pirate birthday, and he’s due for a big sha-bang, I’ve been putting a little more effort than usual into this one.

With this design, I was going for a cute – but sort of realistic – but not too cartoon-y pirate theme.

So, how did I do?

AND, because every pirate needs his very own plate set…

Personalized Pirate Plate Set

Get your very own Personalized Pirate Plate Set! Now available in our store.

More Pirate-y crafts arrr coming your way…

 

Cat Damask

Cat Damask

Mee-WOW! Cat Damask Pattern

Say hello to my new Cat Damask pattern.  Rats, cheese, fish bones, yarn balls, a canary…this pattern has it all.

How fun is this one with my initials done in a circle monogram font??

What can I make with this fun pattern? Hmmmm……

cat damask logo

cat damask logo

My First (very ugly) Dewberry Cobbler

My First (very ugly) Dewberry Cobbler

Dewberry cobbler has to be one of the most amazing desserts on the planet. Why else would we brave snakes, bugs, sunburns and thorn-pricked fingers to pick those juicy little berries? This year we had just the right combo of sun & rain at just the right time to give us an awesome crop of wild dewberries. If you’re gonna pick berries, you need a few essentials: snake boots, a gallon container and a big stick. To make a 9×13 cobbler you’ll need about a gallon of berries.

dewberry checklist

The biggest, juiciest berries always seem to be growing in the middle of a barbed wire fence or weaving through a bunch of cactus.

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The berries need a good soaking after picking to get the worms out. Thankfully my berries didn’t have a lot of worms this year – yay!

dewberry post2I would definitely consider myself a dewberry picking pro…but a dewberry baking pro…not so much. My mom usually makes cobbler for us, but this year I decided to put on my big girl panties and try it all by myself. Nearing the big 4-0 and no longer being a “spring chicken”, I decided this was the year I needed to confront my Pie Crust Fear. After a ten minute Pinterest information overload I chose to make a crust recipe that used only butter (I didn’t have shortening anyway) flour, ice water and a food processor. One pie recipe would be used for the bottom and one for the top. For the berry filling, the recipe was something like this:

  • Place a gallon of dewberries on the stove top in a pot with 2 cups of sugar
  • Add in a couple tablespoons of cornstarch mixed with a little water. Cook the berries for 10 minutes until the juices begin to thicken.
  • Roll out one pie crust recipe and place in bottom of 9×13 pan. My crust stuck like crazy, so I’ll try greasing pan next time.
  • Fill the pan with the berry mixture and top with the second pie crust. Bake at 400 till the top is brown and the berries are bubbling.

So here is my first cobbler…and my first pie crust recipe. It is a cobbler that only it’s mother could love…but at least it was delicious (covering it with vanilla Bluebell ice cream didn’t hurt either)! I forgot to make those little fork holes in the bottom crust and it puffed up, spilling juice all over the top. Those cute little pinched sides are non-existent because I was basically in full panic mode at that point. Next year’s will be better…maybe.dewberry post2

Vintage Cookie Jar Centerpiece

Vintage Cookie Jar Centerpiece

Easter has always been a big to-do in my family. I can remember when my brother and I were young, my great grandmother would buy us real live rabbits each Easter. We kept them in an outside hutch next to a well house, but I don’t think they ever lasted through the summer.

My mom goes crazy on our baskets every year, stuffing them with a very unhealthy amount chocolate and Christmas-time-worthy-gifts and wrapping each one with an insane amount cellophane – topping them off with professional, florist-looking bows. She still uses the same baskets my brother and I have had since we were born! She even made us hunt eggs into our college years! Mom would hide large bills in the eggs to ensure our participation, but most of the time it looked like a gory rugby match instead of the idyllic Easter hunt she was envisioning. My brother and I finally get a break now that I have kids.

This year instead of giving mom a basket full of candy she won’t eat, I came up with the idea of doing a centerpiece for the table using a vintage piece of china in the Metlox Poppytrail Sculptured Daisy pattern she uses to set the Easter Table. This reasonably priced cookie jar I found on Ebay made the perfect base for a centerpiece. The arrangement was made by filling the base with wet floral foam and adding in flowers and fillers from our local grocery store. A few egg picks were added to finish it off, and voila! A pretty little centerpiece that doubles as an Easter gift.

Easter Centerpiece