Butterscotch Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Butterscotch Cinnamon Roll CookiesRemember our cinnamon roll cookie recipe from a couple of years back?  I bet you do if you’ve made it because it’s one of my most requested!  I have a fun spin on that recipe to add to your holiday cookie trays.  What’s better than cinnamon roll cookies?  Butterscotch cinnamon roll cookies of course!

Butterscotch Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Filling
2/3c chopped butterscotch chips
3tbs brown sugar
1tb cinnamon

Cookie Dough
1 cup shortening (all vegetable or butter  flavor)
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I add a little extra)

1.  For filling combine ingredients in a food processor or mini chopper and chop until you get a sandy texture.  Set aside.
*If you do not have a food processor or mini chopper, you can chop the butterscotch chips by hand or put them in a plastic baggy and break them up with a rolling-pin.

2.  For cookie dough, combine shortening and brown sugar in large bowl.  Beat at medium speed with electric mixer until well blended.  Beat in eggs and vanilla until well blended.

3.  Combine flour, baking powder, salt and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in small bowl.  Add to creamed mixture and mix well.

4.  Turn dough onto waxed, freezer, or parchment paper. I recommend the shiny side of freezer paper.  Spread dough into a 9X6 rectangle near top of paper using a spatula and your hands.  You can also use a rolling-pin to help flatten the dough.  Smooth over any cracks with your finger.

5.  Sprinkle 4 tablespoons of cinnamon mixture to within ½ inch from edge.  Roll up dough jelly roll style starting with end closest to the edge of the paper (so your log will end up closer to center of paper).  Go slowly and smooth over any cracks with your fingers.   This is a stiff dough and can be difficult to work with as it cracks easily during the rolling process.  Just go slow and you’ll master it!  Dust your completed log with the remaining cinnamon mixture.Butterscotch Cinnamon Roll Cookies 2

6.  Roll your log up in the freezer paper and freeze overnight (I’ve even froze this for a week or two).  Trust me, you want to freeze for as long as you can to make cutting this stiff dough easier.

7.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Place parchment paper on a baking sheet.  Slice dough ¼ to ½ inch based on preference.  Thicker slices are less likely to fall apart.  If you do have any cracking, just smooth the cookie back together.  It will still taste the same.  Bake for 8-12 minutes or until slightly browned on top.  Cool on sheets for five minutes and then transfer to cooling rack.

Sewing Tutorial: Felt Pumpkin Pie

Felt Pumpkin Pie TutorialWelcome!  Today we’re going to finish off our Thanksgiving Dinner Set with a big slice of pumpkin pie! Play food is a great beginner’s sewing project and can be altered to make food as simple or as fancy as you’d like.

This tutorial will focus on creating the set with a sewing machine, but you could also hand sew the items.  If you don’t sew, you could use felt fabric glue to glue the pieces together.  When making felt foods please keep the age of the child you’re making the project for in mind.  Children who still put things in their mouth should never be given small objects as these would pose a choking hazard.

When making felt food you can use whatever type of felt you desire.  Craft felt is easy to work with, cheap and easily obtainable but it will not wear as well as wool felt.  Craft felt may get pilly over time, but you can wash it with warm soapy water and use a lint shaver to get rid of pills.  If the item doesn’t contain a pipe cleaner or glue, you could even run it through the washing machine.

Wool felt will wear better and last longer.  If you’re creating something that you’d like to pass down from child to child, wool felt is best.  If you plan to use wool felt, you may want to first practice on craft felt so you don’t waste money on the more expensive stuff.  I typically use eco-fi felt which is made of recycled plastic bottles.

Let’s get started!  You will need the following to create your Felt Pumpkin Pie:

  • Felt in orange, tan, and white
  • Polyfil to stuff the slice of pie
  • Scissors
  • Monofilament thread or coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Hand sewing needle
  • The fully illustrated and detailed pumpkin pie slice tutorial which can be downloaded here. Do not scale the file to fit, print as actual size:  Pumpkin Pie Tutorial.

Grab the turkey leg tutorial here, and the sides here.

 

Sewing Tutorial: Felt Turkey Leg

Sewing Tutorial:  Felt Turkey LegWelcome!  Today we’re going to make a felt turkey leg for a Thanksgiving Dinner Set! Play food is a great beginner’s sewing project and can be altered to make food as simple or as fancy as you’d like.

This tutorial will focus on creating the set with a sewing machine, but you could also hand sew the items.  If you don’t sew, you could use felt fabric glue to glue the pieces together.  When making felt foods please keep the age of the child you’re making the project for in mind.  Children who still put things in their mouth should never be given small objects as these would pose a choking hazard.

When making felt food you can use whatever type of felt you desire.  Craft felt is easy to work with, cheap and easily obtainable but it will not wear as well as wool felt.  Craft felt may get pilly over time, but you can wash it with warm soapy water and use a lint shaver to get rid of pills.  If the item doesn’t contain a pipe cleaner or glue, you could even run it through the washing machine.

Wool felt will wear better and last longer.  If you’re creating something that you’d like to pass down from child to child, wool felt is best.  If you plan to use wool felt, you may want to first practice on craft felt so you don’t waste money on the more expensive stuff.  I typically use eco-fi felt which is made of recycled plastic bottles.

Let’s get started!  You will need the following to create your Felt Turkey Leg:

  • Felt in brown and cream/white
  • Polyfil to stuff the turkey leg
  • Scissors
  • Monofilament thread or coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine
  • The fully illustrated and detailed turkey leg template provided here:  Sewing Tutorial – Felt Turkey Leg. Do not scale the file to fit, print as actual size.

You can grab the felt mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, and crinkle carrots by clicking here.  And don’t forget your pie!!

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Sewing Tutorial: Scrappy Turkey

Scrappy Turkey TutorialLooking for a fun and easy way to create a one of a kind piece of clothing for your child to wear this Thanksgiving?  Look no further!  Our Scrappy Turkey can be created with little fabric, minimal sewing experience, and is as versatile as it is cute.

You can go simple and let the turkey’s feathers lay flat, sewn down to the piece of clothing.  Or you can give them a bit of flair and let them stand up as those shown in the picture do.  Little hands love a 3D piece of clothing that lets them explore.  Using different types of fabric that have different textures is also fun for them.  The fabric choices and embellishments are endless and entirely up to you so that you can create a truly unique piece just for your little turkey.

To create your turkey you will need:
– An item to attach your turkey to.  You could use a bib, t-shirt, even the butt of a pair of pants.  You can hand make the article of clothing or buy a ready to wear piece to embellish.
– Several small pieces of fabric large enough to cut your turkey and feathers from.  Colors and fabric type can vary to suit your own tastes.
-An iron on fusible stabilizer that can be sewn.  I prefer Heat and Bond Lite – sewable.
– Sewing machine, scissors, thread, pins.  Hand sewing needle – optional.
– Embellishments such as ribbons or buttons – optional.
– The detailed and illustrated Scrappy Turkey Tutorial PDF available for download here. Print actual size DO NOT scale to fit:  Scrappy Turkey Tutorial.

The most important part of this project is to have fun.  Your turkey does NOT have to be perfect to be cute and enjoyed by a child.  They love whimsy and having an item made just for them.

This pattern is provided free of charge.   You may do what you want with your finished piece, but please do not try to sell the pattern.

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Sewing Inspiration: On The Go Toddler Pants

Can you guys tell my sewing machine is officially out of storage?!? Haha, haven’t got around to any new sewing tutorials yet, but I am certainly getting my machine back up to speed.

Little brother had to have new pants after big bro’s new birthday outfit was created yesterday.  This Moda print fit the bill for a busy little guy who’s always on the go and loves any kind of car.  The best part, I was able to whip these up in about an hour, while watching two toddlers.  Nothing better than cute and easy!

Sewing Inspiration: I’m A Hoot

I’ve sewn birthday outfits for my boys a few times in my last four years of motherhood.  Sometimes they request one, sometimes they prefer regular jeans and a t-shirt.  My oldest son is about to enter his fourth year and this year he requested an outfit.

I’ve had this adorable Moda owl print for a few months now.  My son picked it out on a little shopping trip this summer and I’ve held onto it waiting for the right project.  As I was cleaning out my sewing desk a couple of weeks ago, I found an iron-on that matched it perfectly and thus this year’s birthday outfit was born.  He loves it – and that smile makes me happy!

 

Seeds of Doubt

The BetweenI’m not happy.  Over a short time I’ve gone from being fully content and fulfilled to being…broken.  I can try to pinpoint one reason, but really it’s a culmination of many things that have built up inside me for some time.

I’m afraid if you ask my husband if I’m ever truly happy, he’d tell you no.  There’s been a mark on my soul for a long time that I never fully let go of.  Through sickness, health, richer, and poorer that dark shadow hangs over us – ever waiting to engulf me.  When I’m taken down, so is he.  So are we all.

I’ve coped with my emotions through writing most of my life.  Adding in all sorts of other artistic expressions over the years – musical instruments, crafts, sewing.  I’m not stupid – I know I could likely call a doctor and find a pill that produces that same magical calm, probably a more stabilizing, longer lasting one.  I don’t choose to fight my body, I choose to learn to live with the highs and lows.  I’m mostly good at it – but sometimes I lose my light and all those seeds of doubt seep into my being and I’m simply lost.

The last few weeks have been a nightmare for me.  Still a bit on edge from my last miscarriage, there was a period of calm that made me feel like I was ready to face more change and so I ushered it forward.  I pushed myself a bit too far and I pushed myself off the small ledge of normal and spiraled deeper into the darkness that both scares and entices me.

I painted over rooms in my home that brought me peace, put away all the plaques and photos that made me feel grounded.  I donated bag after bag of possessions, some containing more memories than articles of baby clothes.  I gave away the sewing desk that was more than just a piece of furniture to me.  Sure, it was a $10 thrift store find. But it was huge, it was sturdy, and it was where I found peace.  I sat at that desk and found solace when my husband was working third shift and I was left alone with an infant and young toddler. The desk caught hours of lonely tears and it brought me a companion when I felt like our lives were sinking.  Through the quick whir of the needle and the sharp clip of the scissors I created love and warmth through thread and fabric.  In an afternoon I packed her up and said goodbye.  I did it all to sell our home, our house.  It’s in the wrong place.  It’s too far from friends and family and I’ve created what feels like a kingdom of isolation.

It has all left me on edge more often than not.  I’ve brought babies home to this house.  I’ve mourned miscarriages in this house.  I’ve given up a career to be a full-time mom here and I’ve watched my husband lose a job he enjoyed.  I’ve seen first steps, first words, long nights, birthdays, richer, poorer, sickness, and health…  These four walls have housed it all and I’m raw and scared and hurt to say goodbye.  I am also hopeful for what will be, but mostly I am scared.  I don’t handle fear well.  I learned to put on a brave face early in my life.  It doesn’t bode well to show fear when there are people in your life who will exploit it.  While those people are long gone from a presence in my life, their influence forever remains.

I’m trying…I’m really trying.  Some days I am failing.  I’m trying to wade through the uncertainty to find clarity and slowly it’s coming.  It’s hard for me to live in the between – trying to enjoy what is happening now but being ever vigilant and ready for what is to be.  I ask for patience, understanding, and maybe just a hug when it’s too much for me to keep juggling it all.

To prospective buyers of my home, I ask that you overlook the smaller sewing desk I’m about to put out…I can’t be calm or grounded or keep this house show ready without some sort of myself in it.  I’m a bit jealous of you.  This home was purchased as my forever home.  I really wish I could pick it up and move it about 50-60 miles towards my family.  I’m going to cry a lot of tears when you do buy it.  I’m going to lose it in my oldest son’s room the last time I look at it.  I had the vision of that room in mind for so many years before he was ever born.  It was the first place I took him when he came home from the hospital…

Alas, there are new memories to be made and we will find a home that feels more like a home in physicality and in spirit.  I hope our home is that place for someone…it sure has been a good place for us to start our family and learn to live and not just exist.

While I’m wading out here in the between, trying to balance what is and what will be, I’m starting to come to the surface again.  These are murky waters, but there’s a light out there brighter than the darkness that looms within.  And I’m fighting for it…

Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie

Gingersnap Pumpkin PieWhat’s better than pumpkin pie?  Pumpkin pie with a gingersnap crust of course!

Crust

  1. Crush 2 1/2  to 3 cups of gingersnaps in the food processor or by hand.  Combine with 4tbsp of melted butter and firmly press into a lightly greased 9″ pie pan.
  2. Bake in a preheated 350*F oven for 10-12 minutes.

Pie Filling

Ingredients

  • 3/4c sugar
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp pumpkin pie seasoning
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4tsp cloves
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 15oz can pure pumpkin
  • 3/4c whole milk or heavy cream

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425*F.
  2. Combine sugar and spices in a bowl, set aside.
  3. Beat eggs and stir pumpkin into eggs.
  4. Stir sugar mixture into eggs and pumpkin.
  5. Slowly stir in milk or cream.
  6. Pour mixture into your pre-baked gingersnap shell.
  7. Bake pie for 15 minutes at 425*F,
  8. Reduce temperature to 350*F and continue to bake for 40-55 additional minutes.