Saturday, September 24, 2011


{Marian, Emily, Trisha, Jeannie, Jana, Shelly, Hilary, Sandy}
What a wonderful time we all had at Time Out for Women ( Shelly was a wonderful Bed & Breakfast host and it was so nice to just be a mile from the University. I loved that we were all together the whole time and then could talk about each motivational speaker from our different perspectives. We want to go again next year, probably in February to Ogden, so if anyone else wants to join us we'd love to have you along.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Burlap Wreath

I really want to make this wreath! Any other takers?

Friday, July 15, 2011

Bread Demonstration

We got together and had Emily demonstrate her easier, homemade wheat bread. It was yummy, and fun to get together! (Emily uses the Baker's Secret 8x4 bread pans from Smith's.)

Whole Wheat Bread Recipe (makes 2 (8x4in) loaves)
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/3 cup gluten flour
1 1/4 Tbsp instant yeast
2 1/2 cups steaming hot tap water (120-130F)
1 Tbsp salt
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup honey or 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 Tbsp bottled lemon juice
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

Mix together first 3 ingredients in mixer with a dough hook. Add water all at once and mix for one minute (check the temperature of your water with a thermometer); cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Add salt, oil, honey or sugar and lemon juice and beat for 1 minute. Add last flour, 1 cup at a time, beating between each cup. Beat for 6-10 minutes until dough pulls away from sides of the bowl. This makes a very soft dough. (If the bread still is not pulling away and feels really sticky when touched, you may need to add extra flour. Add in slowly until reaches proper consistency, usually 1/2-1 cup more flour.)

Preheat oven for 1 minute to lukewarm (about 170 F) and turn off oven. Turn dough onto oiled counter top; divide and shape into loaves; place in oiled bread pans. Let rise in oven (that's warm but not on) for 10-15 minutes until dough reaches top of pans.
Emily made a huge batch, so all the loaves weren't quite raised to the top of the pan, but most were. Sorry this picture isn't good, but I was not allowed to open the oven to get a good picture.
Do not remove bread from oven; turn oven to 350 F and bake for 30 minutes. Remove bread from pans and cool on racks.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Angry Birds

Does anyone want to join the angry bird craze and make the game for ourselves? Kate insists we need to make this game so she can play, especially since her dad won't let her play his phone all the time. Great Klub idea, huh?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Drum roll please...

I'm excited to say that Carter's room is officially decorated to my liking and original plan. Well, I might hang things on the shelf hooks, but for now I'm pleased. The reveal...Here's the shelf my mom and I refinished. Plus, my mom painted that rifle I bought at Wood Connections red. I needed a little color on the shelf.
So here's his room. I know the blessing outfit doesn't really fit the decor, but I love it displayed. Someday I'll change that, but for now I'm leaving it.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Some of our projects

Marian refinished this beautiful end table. It looks brand new now. Here, Jeannie is glazing the entire thing to put more brown in it. Glaze is really fabulous stuff. Wipe on, wipe off.
Emily decided to change her entry table to white. It's not quite finished, but should look fabulous.
And, here is a shelf my mom and I repainted for Carter's room. I'm thrilled with how it turned out. I also glazed over my crafter's paint to get the perfect color. Hopefully, reveals of the finished projects follows soon.