Okay everyone, let’s grab a couple of cookies and a cup of coffee and talk about today’s plans…….
Signs of Spring
After thinking about all we saw and the materials we purchased yesterday I decided to make the theme of this Sewing Stay-cation “Signs of Spring”. I know, it’s totally appropriate isn’t it? Spring is the time of hope and renewal. It is the season of Easter, baby lambs and new flowers. Everything stirs to life during spring and I thought it would be the perfect counter-point to some of the fear and uncertainty that is gripping many people.
I purchased the wool because it comes from sheep and the flannel because it’s colors held the promise of new life. One of the things I love about St Patrick’s day is its all about the green which is just so darn happy and hopeful.
I know what to do with the wool, I saw something at “Sew Nice” that I loved and decided to flagrantly copy. It was this pin cushion……..
Sweet, huh? I changed the design just a little bit (not much) to include flowers that are in my back yard. So far, this is what I have come up with…..
I also bought some pretty maroon colored embroidery floss to attach everything together. As I write, I am thinking I will use the glue gun first to hold things in place and then follow up with the thread.
What About the Flannel?
Great question. At first, I thought about making a version of a chenille scarf. Have you ever made them? You cut 5 to 7 layers of scarf on the bias; stitch several lines the length of the scarf and then cut channels between your stitching lines that go to the middle layer but not past it. After you wash and dry, everything fluffs up….I guess like a sheep. But lately I have been thinking about using my night-gown as a template to cut and stitch a Sewingjourney Stay-cation Nightie. What do you think? Scarf?? Nightie??? Ahhhg!!!! I’m not Su-u-u-re!!!!
The good news is I have today, tonight and tomorrow to figure it out. Also, the second good news is there is no such thing as a bad choice. Both would be pretty cool. If you have an opinion send it too me. If not, I will let you know what I decided on the next post.
The recipe for Guatemalan Breakfast Cookies (Champurradas)
Although this isn’t a cooking blog some of our follower’s have been to Guatemala. So Myrt and Annie, this is for you!!!
- 2 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, room temperature
- ¾ cup grated piloncillo sugar (you can use brown or even regular here)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs, plus 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup sesame seeds
Directions: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat together butter, piloncillo sugar, and 3/4 cup granulated sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add whole eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition, and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low; mix in flour mixture until fully incorporated. Cover bowl with plastic and refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough into balls (if dough becomes too soft, refrigerate until firm). Place egg whites, sesame seeds, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in three separate shallow bowls. Working with one ball at a time, roll first in sugar, then egg whites, and finally sesame seeds until thoroughly coated. Divide evenly among four parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until golden around the edges but still tender on top, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer sheets to wire racks and let cool completely. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days.
Take care everyone. I will talk to you soon!!!! XXOO