Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Homemade Yogurt

I have always thought that yogurt was tough to make.  I recently decided to give it a try and it turned out GREAT!  I wish I would have started making this yogurt a LONG time ago!  It is going to save me SO much money!
I got my recipe from Salad-In-A-Jar blog and I definitely recommend heading over there and checking it out!  She even has a video on how she made it!  It helped me out!  Check out the Recipe and Video HERE.
Salad in a Jar incubates her yogurt in the oven, but my oven does not go that low.  So I incubated my yogurt in a ice chest with towels.  I also put a towel on the top and then closed the ice chest.  I then set it on my dryer for about 8 hours.
It worked out GREAT!  When I pulled the yogurt out it was still warm and looked like yogurt!
To make Greek Yogurt you have to strain the Whey off.  I used a regular strainer lined with Cheese Cloth.  Keep all of the Whey because I have a great bread recipe that I will soon post that uses Whey!  When it is strained, you just whip it and add your flavorings.  I flavored ours with honey and sugar.  It was Great!

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Jean Quilt Tutorial

My husband and children love quilts!  Especially homemade ones!  So for Christmas this past year I made my husband a "Levi Blanket" out of old jeans that we wore out over the years.

I started out cutting my jeans into strips.  I cut them into 4, 5 and 6 inch strips, it all depended on how small my jeans were that I was cutting.  To me, this is the most time consuming part.

  I sewed the strips into rows.  Then go a head and place the rows into the order you want them to be sewn into.  I was planning on using a flannel sheet that I picked up on clearance a few years ago that we never used.  So I laid the sheet down and then laid the rows of jeans on top of that so I would have the right size of top.  Once you have your rows laid out in the order you want them to be in, start sewing them together to make your jean top.

Now on to the pictures...

Lay your sheet on your frame.  It's best to have help and it's more fun too!

Clamp your frame together and put on stands. 

You know how much I love yard sales!  Well, I picked up a huge roll of batting at a yard sale for $1!  Actually my husband found it and bought it asking if I could make him a jean quilt with it...

Lay out your batting and smooth out any wrinkles.

Now put the jean blanket on top and pull tight. Clamp the corners and use pins along the sides to hold down the all the pieces of the quilt.

Now time for the fun part!  Tying the quilt.  We wanted to put our ties right down the center of each strip that I sewed.  We used 3x5 inch cards to space out the ties along the strips.

With a few people working, you can really crank a quilt out fast!  As you finish rows, roll the sides up and then reclamp the corners.  This way you can tie the middle of the quilt.

Once it is all tied, all that's left is finishing up the edges.  There are different ways to bind a quilt.  I did it the easiest and quickest way I knew how to do before my husband came home!  I trimmed the all the layers down, but left the flannel sheet about 2 inches longer than the rest.  Then I folded the flannel over the jean part and sewed.

Now we have one heavy, but warm, jean quilt!

Questions:  How do you do the edges?
I don't do anything to the edges.  I have made many jean blankets and haven't had any problems with the edges.  I just sew them together using a straight stitch.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Feature: Shabby to Chic Queen Creek

We decided to do a feature on Shabby to Chic Queen Creek.  Shannon is the one behind this fun blog.  She takes old furniture and makes them new again.  I love her decorating style.
  And she lives out in Queen Creek and that's where we are all from!  Small world!

Here she distressed this beautiful piece of furniture.

And I love the way this secretary desk turned out. 

And she also uses chalk paint, something I have been wanting to try.

So if you have some time, head on over to Shabby to Chic Queen Creek and take a look at all of her treasures she has redone! 

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Throw Pillow Covers

My husband's Aunt just led me to a great discovery at Hobby Lobby. Maybe you all already know about this, but I had never seen these...Throw Pillow Covers!

They have the cutest colors and textures. Every time I stop by Hobby Lobby, I have to stop myself from walking down that isle. It's the isle by the fabric, where they sell the curtains.

Every once in a while, they go on sell for 50% off! That means I picked up these beauties for $3! Can you believe that?! I can't even sew them for that cheap?

Instead of buying new pillows, just recover them and they will look as good as new!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Slip Extender WINNER!

Slip Extender Winner!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

{Giveaway} Last Day to Enter!

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Enchiladas made with What?

We love enchiladas at my house.  They are easy to make because I just throw in whatever I have on hand, and it always tastes yummy!

Last night I made some enchiladas.  

The secret ingredient...old tortilla chips!  Do you ever throw away those chips at the bottom of the bag that are to tiny to eat, or maybe they are a little stale?  Well, don't do it!  They make the best enchiladas!

Here is what I do, but I never make them the same, so take it for what it's worth.

I made my own enchilada sauce.  Nothing fancy, just tomato sauce with garlic salt and chili powder.
Spread out the sauce on the bottom of your dish.  Dump it the tortilla chips.
Add cooked hamburger, cheese, beans, canned green chilies, whatever you have.  
Layer what you have and add more enchilada sauce, topping it off with some cheese.


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Monday, January 23, 2012

Valentines Rice Krispie Treats

A couple days ago, we made some Valentines Rice Krispie Treats.  They turned out super cute, were really easy and my children LOVED making them.

Valentines Rice Krispie Treats

3 Tbs butter
1 Package of Marshmallow (10oz) or about 4 cups of Mini Marshmallows
6 Cups Rice Krispie Cereal
Sprinkles (I used red, pink and white)
Gel Frosting
Heart Shaped Cookie Cutters

1. Melt Butter in large saucepan over low heat.  Add Marshmellows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
2. Mix in Rice Krispie cereal.  Stir until well coated.
3. Add some sprinkles to the mixture.
4. Spread evenly into a 13x9x2 inch pan coated with cooking spray.
5. Add sprinkles to the top of the Rice Krispies and let cool.
6. When cooled, cut with the Heart Shaped Cookie Cutters.
7.  Draw hearts on the Rice Krispie Treats with the Gel Frosting.

HAPPY Valentines Day!

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Feature Friday: The Rusty Pear

One of our friends has a great blog called The Rusty Pear. (Love that name!)
Her and her husband up-cycle and bring to life old furniture. Check out this end table makeover.



Check out their little Cowboy Bed Room with a tongue and groove wall and shelf.
LOVE it!

They also make beautiful new furniture. Look at this small hutch.
Large Hutch

Angie is also a Very Talented Photographer. I love this photo that she has of the Mesa, Az Temple. It is listed in her Etsy shop, The Rusty Pear for only $3.50!
Visit her photography blog out HERE!

Isn't this soft pink earflap beanie with twisty ties just adorable?

Make sure you stop by one of her blogs or her Etsy Shop to see some more of her wonderful creations from The Rusty Pear!

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Slip Extender GIVEAWAY!

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We have a really exciting giveaway to announce!!!

Brooke has been making Slip Extenders and has been selling them on etsy.  She has finally decided to do a GIVEAWAY!  Before we get into the details, lets looks at some of the slips she makes...

White Eyelet Lace Slip- 2 Layers- My Favorite

Ivory Lace- 1 Layer- SO CUTE!

Tulle Slips- She can make them in any color of tulle!

These slips can be worn with MANY different outfits! They will make your skirts and dresses a little more fancy and will add a little extra length.

Now on to the GIVEAWAY!!!

Brooke is going to be giving away one slip!  The best part is that the winner will choose which slip they want!
5 Ways to ENTER...
(Make sure you leave a comment for EVERY entry)

1. Follow Babblings and More Blog!
2. Follow Babblings and More on Facebook! 
3. Go to Babblings and More's etsy page and tell us what slip is your favorite! 
4. Blog or Facebook about the giveaway. (Either give us the link or tag us on Facebook.)
5. Vote for us on Picket Fence. You can enter everyday on this one! Just click on this button...

 During the giveaway, we are also offering our readers a discount of 15% off any item in our shop.  Just put in the coupon code- SISTERSROCK

This giveaway will close on January 24th at Midnight and the winner will be announced January 25th.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

So You Think You Can Sew Voting and GIVEAWAY Winner

**Voting is closed.  Thank you to everyone who voted!**

Hey everyone, the voting for the So You Think You Can Sew Competition is now open!  Please head over there and vote for Briana's Double Bubble Tulle Skirt.  We need all of the votes we can get- the competition is really tough!  Thank you for all of the votes we got last week!  We really want to make it to the FINALS!
Go vote HERE!
This is Round 3- Apparel (anything that can be worn- clothing, bags, etc..)

Now time to announce our Soapy Layne Giveaway Winner!

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Alecia @ ChickenScratch NY- Already follow Babblings and More
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