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Monday, August 16, 2010

"I Did It" Monday



I am so excited! I have been wanting to sew some pillow shams for my bedroom for quite some time. I had leftover curtain material that I wanted to use and that limitted my design because I only had so much. I wanted something different. Time was ticking away. I change all the elements(curtains, comforter, pillows) twice a year and October first, I will be changing to the fall/winter set. I was thrilled when I came across a tutorial at Sew Much Ado showing some fabulous throw pillows with shirred middles. They were to die for. Now, all I had to do was figure out how to adapt them to sham size. Well, I did it! I feel a boost in sewing confidence. I am a little disappointed I was not able to match the stripes, but I had a small amount of fabric to work with. I had a little helper along the way. I guess I couldn't have done it without her! Here they are with all the other pillows on my bed. I like alot of pillows! I love toile so I was so thrilled to have enough left over from 2 tablecloths I purchased from TJ MAxx years ago to make the gathered middles in these pillows. It ties them in to the throw pillow covers I made last year. What do you think? I am very happy with them. Now on to a recipe I made last night that I thought was really good and kind of unique. They are peanut butter mini muffins. Here is the recipe: Turn your oven on to 350degrees. Lightly grease(or use papers like I did) 36 mini muffin cups. Cream together: 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter, 1/4 cup softened butter, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar. Add: 1 egg. Then add: 3/4 cup buttermilk, 3 Tablespoons oil, and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla. In a separate medium bowl, sift together: 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt . Mix your dry ingredients in with your creamed ones. Divide batter evenly among your muffin cups. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup baking M&Ms. Bake 15-17 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. cool on wire racks. Prepare chocolate glaze: melt 2 1oz. squares semi-sweet chocolate in the microwave per package instructions. Add 1 Tablespoon butter. Stir until melted. When the mixture is smooth, put it into a zip-loc baggie and snip the tip(very small snip). Drizzle over muffins and sprinkle with more mini M&Ms. Enjoy! I hope everyone gets the week off to a good start. Take care. Nancy


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9 comments:

  1. You did it! Made pretty pillows and made yummy muffins and both made you happy. That's a win in my book!

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  2. Good for you...you've been quite domestic and it all looks great! ;) Hope you have a wonderful day! Be sure to visit my blog for a great giveaway!

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  3. Cute shams... I like your idea about changing things up. I really should do that!

    L.

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  4. That gather is great! What a fun idea!

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  5. Cute! And your little helper is so cute! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

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  6. Thanks for sharing your project at Anything Related! ~Bridgette

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  7. Your pillows are just so pretty!
    Micki

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  8. Good use of fabric and the muffins look yummy!

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  9. Congrats on your shams!
    That is something I will not attempt..lol.
    I get too frustrated when sewing.
    We have a few things in common I noticed. We both work at preschools for one and as I was reading some of your other posts, I had to giggle as I have no house plants either. I would kill them.
    The only reason my garden is even growing is due to my 18 yr olds relentless urge to plant and grow stuff. Mustve got that from my mother as is it past me by rather rudely lol.

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