Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Frosted Ginger Creams

I have had a few inquiries about the ginger cream cookies I posted on facebook so I wanted to post the recipe for those interested. These are great cookies because they don't need to be cut out and decorated as intensely as gingerbread men and are not as gingerery as the gingerbread men.


  • 1 c shortening
  • 1 c brwn sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c molasses
  • 2 T vinegar
  • 5 c flour (about)
  • 1 T ginger
  • 1 T baking soda
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 T butter or margerine
  • 2 c confectioners sugar
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 3 T milk or cream
  1. Cream together shortening and brown sugar until light; beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well to blend. Add molasses and vinegar.
  2. Sift together 4 c. flour, ginger, soda, baking powder and salt; stir into batter. Add additional flour as needed.
  3. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto lightly greased or parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes. (I baked for 13)
  5. Let cookies cool
  6. Meanwhile, blend butter and confectioners sugar together, add vanilla and milk or cream and beat until smooth. Spread over tops of cooled cookies.
****as a note...I did not have enough to ice all of the cookies so you might want to double it.***

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

My Eyes Beheld Trees

Felt To The 1st Degree

out the window
snow is falling . . .
white everywhere I look

Kim Calmes

Monday, October 25, 2010

Brand new treasury from Jennifer Jones Jewelry featuring great red gifts for the holiday season!
My yellow pear coasters were featured in Monet Wares "Perfect Day Off" Treasury which is perfectly yellow. Please take a peek:)
Featured in a treasury by Missie Rabdau about enjoying your porch in the fall. Great teasury which embraces the best of relaxing in the out of doors. Take a look
My Annie II in Black and White Dandelion was featured in a Black and white Treasury by Jennifer Jones Jewelry. Please take a look.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Apple Treasury

I have been lucky enough to be in another treasury this one featuring Apples! Please take a look!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A New Product

A valuable item for travel. Lies flat in your suitcase; when you get to your hotel room, attach the caddy to the towel bar or to a hanger and voila! A nice neat hotel bathroom!
Perfect gift for your little one or your teen. One large pocket on the top and three pleated pockets along the bottom.

This is a great addition to your bathroom or bedroom. Tucks conveniently behind the door or on a towel bar to keep all of the small hair accessories in one place and not all over the bedroom or bathroom. ***It is equiped with three tabs that velcro onto the back so that you can move around if desired****.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Treasury

My Upcycled Cavaricci Denim bags was posted in a treasury by Earthstyle if you would like to take a look at the collection the site is

Well we just got back from taking Nathaniel and Nicole to the airport. We had a wonderful time with them and Jason and Abby when they were up. The definate highpoint (in more ways than one) was the proposal at 12,000 feet plus. They saw alot of Colorado and probably got tired of riding around in the jeep but it is beautiful. We had to get their pictures at everypass we went over that posted an elevation. I think we got somewhere around 6 or 7. But now it is back to work.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Waiting on Kids

So the first weekend with Nathaniel and Nicki was suppose to be a camp out but it has been getting very cold in the evenings (low 30s) and I don't like to camp in the cold. That and it being a holiday weekend the campgrounds were already packed by wednesday! I would have been camping around more people than I have around my house in the mountains. So I promised we would have a campout here BUT we would be able to sleep in our worked. We have a big campfire ring and we have logs to sit on and Rich fixed a horseshoe pit and we have the makings for Smores! So while we were waiting for them to show I got our dinner ready...Hobos These have been a favorite of the guys since the times we took them camping as kids. I come from a big camping family and my mom made these when we went camping. The above picture is when they are all ready to wrap up. If you would like the recipe for them here it is:


I tear off a sheet of the NON Stick Foil, (I know it is a littl more expensive but it is worth it) about a foot and a half long. On that sheet put:

1/3 lb of ground meat in each(not lean)
cut up potato
mini carrots
frozen beans
a little celery
1/3 stick of butter in each
2 T Olive Oil in each
sprinkle with salt and pepper, a little dry cilantro, garlic powder and Dill

Wrap them up making sure to fold over the edges. Wrap that package in another piece of foil the same way. Cook over a hot charcoal fire for 15 minutes each side. Remove from the fire and slit open with a sharp knife and eat right out of the foil if you like!

Friday, September 3, 2010

These are the visitors I had in our yard this morning. They are so nice to see.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Nate and Nicky's Visit

I am getting so excited....Nathan and his girlfriend Nicky are coming to visit Tomorrow! They are coming for a week and we have all sorts of neat things planned. His brother Jason will be picking them up at the airport and bring them up to the mountains on Saturday. We had originally planned on going camping but it has been going down to the low 30's at night...burrrr. A little cold for sleeping outside even for me! Rich and I were always big campers which we have gotten away from after all we live in the mountains!

Oh My Goodness!

Yet another Treasury! I'm am starting to feel guilty but honored none the less and the excitement doesn't wear off either! So if you want to take a look

I have to say that those pretzel roll buns look very yummy.

Another Treasury

Wow! I was fortunate to be in another treasury. This time with 2 items! You can check it out.

Sunday, August 22, 2010


I always feel it is a great honor to be chosen for someones Treasury, I was notified this morning that I was in a fellow Etsian's Treasury please take a look at it when you get a minute.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

My Sales

I have had an exciting past two days. Yesterday I posted the Amy Butler napkins see in my previous post and they sold the same day. I had them left over from Burro Days and said that I was going to list them if they didn't sell then forgot about them. Today a made a reall cute Annie bag out of the new fabric I purchased , a blue and white hawaiian floral and it sold the same day. I know that this doesn'tr seem like much to alot of people but I have been working so hard at promotong my sops and I guess it is starting to pay off. Just excited.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

My Friends Etsy Store

If you have a new addition to your family or need a gift for someone who has please check out my friend at Crystals Cozy Cottage. She puts a lot of love and time into each piece she creates. And how about her own design for fingerless gloves, the color is great and they look so soft and comfortable.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

For the Patriotic Dog

Just made a great set of Patriotic neckerchiefs for my Grand-Dogs that are in the service in Hawaii with my wonderful son and his family. They are 2 pugs one beige and one black that are atationed there along with my sons family. They can be found in my Etsy store

Monday, August 2, 2010

New Computer Bag

This is a beautiful computer bag! Styled after the Japanese art of Origami the bag is folded and sewn together in a way that it has two outer compartments and a larger one in the middle which closes with a magnetic snap. The front and back compartments hold full size files.Constructed in a beautiful Batik pattern and contrasting navy solid cotton lining, both side compartments close with an elastic loop around a large green wooden button and are accented with two beaded fobs and two charms imprinted with "inspire" and "wish" on the bottom.The bag is stiffened with cotton batting.The bag measures 16 by 16 inch and has a drop of 15 1/2 inches from top of strap to top of bag.This is a beautiful bag and fabric with rich earth tones and is the only fabric I have of this pattern. It will be a "one of a kind" so you better snap it up fast!

Boreas Pass Fairplay to Breckenridge

We have had so much rain here recently and yesterday was no different. After trying our hand flyfishing in the ponds to no avail and we couldn't finish staining the cabin because of the impending rain we decided to take a ride over Boreas Pass. It was beautiful to see the huge storm clouds building up. We saw a moose and a car which had gone over the edge somtime recently. The wildflowers were magnificent and have stayed for quite a while because of all the rain. It was a wonderful ride.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Neckerchief For A Blind Friend

The other day I stopped in to see my long time friend Robyn that I had not seen since I had moved back to Colorado. She was on Staycation and getting ready for a big BBQ that she was hosting which we went to yesterday. Alot of good food and beer was consumed by alot of people. But I noticed her Great Pyerinese sp? had very huge white eyes! The dog is only 3 years old and went blind all of a sudden. He is a great dog but walks very gingerly bumping into things occassionally. All Robyn has to say is "careful" and he changes his direction a bit. So I made him this neckerchief:) I didn't get a picture of him but maybe I will later and post. He was very appreciative!

Saturday, July 31, 2010


My husband and I were sitting at the dinner table the other night and my Mom called. Not that that was surprising because all through the years when she called it was more times than not...while we were eating. The weird thing was is THAT she called. About a year ago she was diagnosed with beginning stage Alzheimers. She never calls just to chat anymore and any phone call made by me lasts only a couple of minutes now. It kills me to see what this disease has done to her so far. What I miss the most are the conversations. She will talk with you but she will not offer up any opinions or add anything new. At 80 she was still a vibrant women doing many things on her own and for other people. She loved to travel but now only feels comfortable in front of the tv doing word search puzzles.

Enjoy your parents while you can because even though she has not passed away she is still none the less gone.

I miss my mother.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Going to the Dogs!

In between working on my Sister-in -laws Christmas napkins I started on a new product...embroidered dog neckerchiefs. Colorado is such a big pet state I thought that I would get some of these made up before the christmas craft show. If anyone in the world ever reads this let me know what you think:) You can see them at

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Burro Days a BUST for me

Well Burro Days did not go so well for me the first day as I didn't sell ANYTHING. My friend Jim sold three birdhouses, it was very slow. I didn't go back the second day as I thought of several things I that I could be doing other than bruising my ego that day. Too bad as Jim sold 9 birdhouses on the second day. The only person that really inquired about any of my products was a foreign lady asking about my felties and then an older couple asking if I knew who around here made the nylon scrubbies! I don't and it p....d me off that she was asking me! Oh well maybe the Christmas craft show will be better. I have attached a picture of the great folded bag I finished...Annie named after my mom. This is a great small shoulder bag! Styled after the Japanese art of Origami the bag is folded and sewn together in a way that it has two outer compartments and a larger one in the middle. Made with a vintage looking fuit and butterfly pattern and contrasting dark green floral pattern, both side compartments close with an elastic loop around a covered button and are accented with two beaded fobs and two charms imprinted with "be kind" and "laugh often" on the bottom.The bag is stiffened with cotton batting.The bag measures 9 inch x 9.5 inch and has a drop of 18.5 inches from top of strap to top of bag.This is a very cute bag and is the only fabric I have of this pattern. It will be a "one of a kind" so you better snap it up fast!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Amy Butler Lacework in Brown Reversible napkins

Boy I am puttin' em out today. Maybe I should stop and clean house. Just finished these with the Amy Butler Fabric on one side and a light green cotton on the other, embellished with a brown stitched sprig of basil. This fabric is great and a beautiful combination of brown, pink, green and gold. This is a set of five which will be posted on my Room At The Table site if they don't go at Burro Days.