Monday, October 29, 2012

Gray & White Chevron Blanket… With a Train!

Hi friends! Just wanted to show you this chevron afghan I recently shipped to a sweet baby boy in North Carolina.

Crochet Chevron Baby Blanket {puddintoes}

I can’t take credit for the design idea… This was a custom piece for a very excited new grandma, made to match her grandson’s nursery!

Gray Chevron Baby Blanket {puddintoes}

You can look for a few more chevron baby blankets soon.  I really love the gray and white chevrons and stashed a few more design ideas in my sketchbook. 

Train Chevron Blanket {puddintoes}

Cute!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sunday words


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Be joyful in hope,

patient in affliction,

faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Few Favorite {31 Days}

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Have ya’ll been checking out the blogs on the 31 day journey, over at the Nesters?! This year, there are over 1200 31 day series to choose from!!  Pinterest testing, crafts, recipes, freezer cooking, + so much more -- There is such a wide variety of topics offered, there is sure to be something of interest for everyone! 

These are just few of my favorites...
{*} Nester’s topic this year is
Home on Purpose. The lovely hostess with the lovely home.  Helping us love our homes just the way they are. :)

{*} Candace at His Mercy is New is sharing
31 days of praying the Psalms  It will be a blessing to you!!

{*} 31 days of Grace Through Trials is over at Studio JRU.  Find encouragement for your heart, especially if you are in the midst of a trial. 

{*} This next 31 dayer is teaching a unique advent series to prepare our hearts this Christmas season… and there are activities for your kids, too!! 31 days to anticipating ADVENT.

{*}  This sweet girl is writing 31 days of God's Word as letters to her boys! She shares Scriptures that are meaningful to her in the letters. Wouldn’t this be great to do for our kids?!

{*} Lastly, Erin Leigh is sharing lessons on scripture art journaling – sqeee!

So many fun 31 day series… I can't possibly visit each of them even once, let alone keep up with them each day.  So tell me – have you found any favorites that are not mentioned here?  Please leave me a comment so I can check them out too!!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sunday words

 

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Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,

clothe yourselves with

compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Colossians 3:12

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pumpkin Spice + Vanilla + Amaretto + Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer

DIY Coffee Creamer - pumpkin spice, vanilla, amaretto, peppermint mocha ... via the Prairie Cottage

I get a lot of questions on the pumpkin spice coffee creamer, but not too many of you find the post of these other creamer recipes… so I decided to combine them all in one post!

That, and answer some of the questions I get related to these recipes.  Which reminds me – please, please, please make sure you have enabled your email so that I can respond to you!!  If not, I have no way to contact you to answer your questions, which is very frustrating!

So anyway.  In no particular order, here are the answers to frequently asked coffee creamer questions:

1.  These recipes use powder coffee creamer. One national brand is called “Coffeemate,” but there are also generic and store brands of powdered coffee creamer.
2.  Any brand of powder coffee creamer can be used.  It is not necessary to use the Coffeemate brand.  Just make sure it is plain, unflavored powder creamer.
3.  Pumpkin pie spice is a blend of spices that is sold in the same section where you find cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.  There are also DIY recipes for making your own… a quick search on Google or Pinterest will find you a recipe for pumpkin pie spice. 
4.  These creamers are added into a cup of already brewed coffee, to add flavor.  It is not the kind of mix that is used with hot water alone. 
5.  It keeps well and does not need to be refrigerated. 
6.  It is fine to use more (or less!) sugar, extracts, spices, etc.  Adjust to your personal tastes :)
7.  Splenda may be used in place of sugar. 

Pumpkin spice, peppermint mocha, vanilla   amaretto coffee creamer mix ... via the Prairie Cottage

AND here are the recipes:

(Directions are the same for all flavors and are at the end of the post).

VANILLA
3/4 cup powdered coffee creamer
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract

AMARETTO
3/4 cup powdered coffee creamer
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar

PEPPERMINT MOCHA
3/4 cup powdered coffee creamer
1/2 cup cocoa
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

PUMPKIN SPICE
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup powdered coffee creamer
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla

DIRECTIONS:  Place all of the ingredients for the flavor you are making into a food processor.  Process for about a minute, or until it is powdery smooth and the texture is even.  Store in a glass jar or other airtight container that has a lid.

Add 1-2 tablespoons of flavored creamer to each 6-8 ounce cup of coffee. 

**Don’t forget that flavored creamers make great gifts!!

**Double, triple or quadruple the ingredients, so you don’t have to make it as often. Just sayin’.

 Also.  A little whipped cream on top makes it even better!

Homemade pumpkin spice, amaretto, vanilla   peppermint mocha coffee creamer via the Prairie Cottage

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Sunday words

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Whoever is patient has great understanding,

but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.

Proverbs 14:29

Monday, October 8, 2012

Candy Corn Sugar Cookies

Candy corn cookies--- ThePrairieCottage

Time again for candy corn cookies!  The weather has been plenty cold enough around here for cookie baking and these are so fun for fall.  No mad frosting/decorating skills required…

Candy Corn Cookie Slices ... the Prairie Cottage

Start by making a batch of your favorite roll-out sugar cookie dough recipe. I always use my Grammy’s Danish sugar cookie recipe

Candy Corn Cookies -- theprairiecottage

Divide dough into 3 parts… slightly over half for orange, about one-third for yellow and the smallest amount is left plain. Using gel food coloring for the orange and yellow portions, knead it into the dough.

Form into three long rectangles.  Stack the orange rectangle onto the yellow.  Then shape the white (plain) dough and perch it on top.  Shape and pinch the dough until it resembles a triangle.  It doesn’t have to be perfect –

Cover completely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30-60 minutes.  Slice thinly and bake, following your recipe’s baking instructions.

Candy corn cookies--- ThePrairieCottage

That’s it… an easy + fun treat!

Blessings to you! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Sunday words

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A man’s wisdom gives him patience;

it is to his glory to overlook an offense.

Proverbs 19:11

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Awesome Autumn Giveaway!!

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I have exciting news for you today!!  I was asked to participate in the Awesome Autumn Giveaway at Yellow Bird + Yellow Beard!!  My very own candy corn garland is in one of the prize packages! 

There are 6 awesome prize packages featured in the Awesome Autumn Giveaway…. 6 winners!  Each package is brimming with yummy fall + Halloween + Thanksgiving goodies!  Be sure to enter to win each package…. my garland is part of package number 4!

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Good luck everyone!!

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