Archives January 2015 | William and Heather Kate

DIY Facial Cream Experiment

DIY Facial Cream Experiment

I spend an inordinate amount of money on creams, ointments, and what-have-you on my face.  I’m sure my dermatologist likes to see me coming.  For some reason, I have developed very sensitive skin that gets dry patches of eczema if something I am allergic to even so much as brushes my skin.  The trouble is, I’m not sure what I’m allergic to, and I have no intention of doing the co... »

10 Ways to Re-Use Monogrammed Pocket Tees

10 Ways to Re-Use Monogrammed Pocket Tees

All these cute pocket tees and now what to do? Am I the only mom who shudders at tossing out monogrammed clothing? You can hardly resell it or even give it away, but even these ratty old t-shirts cry nearly aloud when I try to cull them out. I’ve made a list of things I want to do with our selection of last year’s pocket tees, but finding time to do them will be all but a miracle. Inst... »

Tonight’s Chili

Tonight’s Chili

Most of the time when I make chili, it is an afterthought because of the weather.  It’s not usually something I put on my weekly menu.  Because of that, my chili inadvertently ends up being a different concoction of canned tomatoes and other ingredients just about every time I make it.  Either I’m digging through the panty trying to figure out what would taste good together in a pot of... »

Fluffy Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

Fluffy Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

My son loves red velvet cake, but he’s not too wild about the usual rich cream cheese frosting.  When he was in first grade, he requested that I send red velvet cupcakes to school for his birthday.  I wasn’t too sure about first-graders liking red velvet, but I figured I would try it out on them.  So I concocted a fluffy butter-cream style cream cheese frosting for the cupcakes to hope... »

Why I Learned How to Sew

Why I Learned How to Sew

When I was a young child, my mother was always sewing, cross-stitching, smocking, or making some other wonderful thing.  I quite appreciated having no limits when it came to shopping for new clothes, because anything that didn’t fit just right was just an alteration away with my mother around.  Strangely enough, however, I did not have much interest in sewing as a child.  Aside from one litt... »

Gypsy Skirt Re-make

Gypsy Skirt Re-make

Once upon a time I had a favorite old pair of Levi’s.  They were perfectly broken in, gloriously worn out, and holey in all the right places.  Until one day when I put my foot right through the knee when donning them, and alas, they ripped too much to be worn again without serious repair.  Though my much-more-stylish sister declared on facebook that there wasn’t any such thing as jeans... »

Quick-mix Spritz Cookies

Quick-mix Spritz Cookies

Every Christmas I make dozens and dozens of spritz cookies.  Partially I make them to share with others, and partially I make them so that I can overdose on the dough.  Granny Foy’s spritz cookie dough has to be one of my favorite things in the entire world.  My mom used to host open house parties at Christmas for the hundreds of people in my dad’s church choirs, and every year she mad... »