Tuesday, December 25, 2012

mmmm Cinnamon Rolls :)

Happy Holidays y'all!!! 
 I am enjoying all the blessings God has sent my way!!! We are blessed beyond our imagination,all of us- each and every one of us.
 Thankful for the blessing of vacation time so Maani can spend a day at home,thankful for the blessing of having a home,heat,food and warm cloths.I keep thinking about the less fortunate people who don't have a home or warm cloths.
 We have snow around our home today.Winds are gusty and freezing.And I sit in my home knitting away! I still have tons of knitting to do before I finish all my orders.yayyy
 This morning,I made cinnamon rolls for the boys.Well, they were more for me :D but I knew they'd enjoy them too :)
So I used "the gracious pantry's" recipe  and it turned out AWESOME!!! I am in love :D
 They are the most delicious cinnamon rolls ever.They are so delicious even without the frosting and the sticky-ness.

First off... I added about 2 tsp of yeast in warm water and added 1 tbsp of honey.And gave it a few minutes to rise while I measured the other wet ingredients.

Then I added the dry ingredients. I used Whole grain pastry flour.
 the other wet ingredients,skimmed milk,egg,almond extract and olive oil.

pour everything in the dry ingredients and mix them using the dough hook.

 I ran the mixer for a good 10 mins.I had to add a little more flour ask it was a VERY sticky dough.
 15 glorious minutes of kneading!!! tada... definitely loving my KA Stand mixer.
 Then, I let the dough sit in a warm place for an hour.After that punched it down a little bit and let it rise again for an hour ( all night )
Next morning, I turned the oven ON at 375'F and  rolled the dough on a flour dusted surface,
gave it a layer of honey,sprinkled some cinnamon, added some chopped walnuts and some raisins.
and rolled it into a log.
I cut the dough into 1" thick slices and set them in a baking dish sprayed with PAM spray.And let them sit out on the counter top for about 15 minutes or if you have time, you can leave them for an hour.
an hour later,tada!!! they took over the empty space in the dish.
Bake them for about 14 minutes...

...and enjoy!!! 

 take a closer look :) 
 they are disappearing fast :)
 Thank you so much Gracious Pantry for this FAB recipe!!!
Cinnamon Roll Ingredients
1 packet active dry yeast
1/2 tsp. honey
1/8 cup warm water (100 – 115 degrees F)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup honey
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. olive oil + a little extra on reserve
1 egg
3 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
Have a blessed day y'all!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Headbands,hats,leg warmers,so much yarn.Oh my!!!

So... a few weeks ago,I finished knitting a very warm headband/ear warmer for myself.Day 1 of wearing it,I was out and about running errands and I got compliments on the headband and the general question of "where and how much?" A lady even mentioned she will purchase one from me.And thats how it all started! I can't be any happier :)  
 I've made 3 with this color combo. love the gray with pink.
 see the pretty flower!
 this is wool! very soft and warm and such a gorgeous color.
 I love the fact that these headbands don't weigh your hair down...and you can still style them anyway you like :) They are perfect for working out,running,shopping and just lounging.

This rose is my fav!!!

It looks so cute
Plus... W got a new hat :) He saw one at Gap and loved the color combo.So he asked me if I'd knit one for him.This was the one that Gap has. 

They have it in two color combos.We loved them both :) 
 so I found similar colors of yarn and found a similar pattern....

 and knit one hat for him.I just LOVE that bright orange pom pom :) W is so happy with his hat! 

and one for me :)
A lot of my friends emailed me with their favorite colors and I am so thankful that I found yarns in everyone's choices.I have been knitting and knitting and knitting past few days.

Look at how pretty she looks with here little headband :)
Aite friends! gotta go finish knitting,so I can send out all the custom headbands and hats to some very happy customers  :) 
If you haven't placed your order in yet... email me soon.I would love to knit one for ya. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

The neglected blog ,part dos- painting,redecorating and such...

lets start from where I left at the last blogpost.
So...as I was saying, I painted the house and did some redecorating in February.Lets take a look.
 W and I had a time of his life at the Home Depot. First off... some of the Martha Stewart brand interior  paints were on sale, God always makes a way for my tiny wishes come true :) and I got 60% off retail price of the paints I bought.LOVE IT!!! Thank you sweet God. 
Then, the paint expert at Home Depot was a sweet and kind man.He educated me about paints and painting.And was super nice with Waaiz and allowed Waaiz to mix the formula for paints and then put the paint cans into the tumbler.It was such a cool experience for W! He and the paint expert shared their expertise on the color wheel and color mixing.haha.
Here is the before of the foyer area 
it was a family affair :)

 He is so excited to paint :)

 Good team work W!!! all 3 of us make a great team.
 Some more painting and cricut decals on the foyer hallway in the front room

 Now we have 5 more areas to paint...
and tape! yikes... 
 Here is my elf taping the surfaces for me as I get ready to paint.He knows how much I dislike taping.
 I got this gorgeous metal jewelry holder as a present from my niece, so I painted it silver to match the bathroom colors.
looking pretty... I also gave it a hint of chocolate brown color as well to match the curtain.

then, I found this tray I got from a gift exchange years ago... it wasn't sturdy for kitchen use so I decided to paint it and use it on the bathroom countertop. Here is the before of the boring bamboo tray.
After a coat of black craft paint and some sparkly card stock, it looks like a completely different tray.
 Added some left over mirrors to the shower curtain hooks.

then I found this as my inspiration... at some fancy home dec store,
 and a few bamboo skewers, black craft paint ,mirrors,styro foam disk and hot glue later ,here is my version... 

 I found this picture at a blog and thought this was such a fun idea... 
So, I went to Michaels and found some neat nylon baskets (AT 80% off retail price) and hung them on the bathroom wall. Total cost under $10 . FUN!!!

 I love all things sparkly :) 
 This was from JoAnns, it is one of their yard and patio decor item but hey! it looks FAB on my bathroom wall :) 
What makes it even better is the fact that one of the flower was coming off and they had it marked down to 80% off the retail price of $29.99. When I took it to the register to check out, my cashier noticed another leaf coming off so she gave me an additional 10% off! So I paid a few dollars for it.SCORE!!! 

Here is a view of the bathroom as I see it in the mirror.
everything re purposed or bought at clearance. Total cost of everything (including baskets,paints and shower curtain) $ 50 
Then, my gears shifted from the bathroom project to the craft room project! My craft room is basically a  family room. We hang out there pretty much all the time! So, it has to be pretty,cozy AND functional. 
Maani bought this sturdy bookshelf for me from a yard sale years ago for $5. W and I decided to give it a new look, so... he and I painted it black.

 I had some green fabric sitting in my closet.It matched my craft room color scheme perfectly... the stripes were silver and lavender.So I stapled it to the back wall of the book shelf. I put the book shelf together after the paint dried and ....tada!!! neat, huh!  
I have an old papasan chair in my craft room that was bought from a garage sale years ago,its cushion was getting pretty thin and it wasn't as cozy as I would like for it to be.So I went on a pillow hunt around the house and found some that weren't being used so I used the fiber filling to fluff up the papasan cushion, found this at JoAnns on clearance at 90% off (winter clearance plus additional 20% off) 

so I cut it and sewed the cover for the papasan cushion and the foot stool's cushion.

painted the frame in black,added a cushion covered with my fav Bryan Adams T shirt that is 5 sizes too big on me now, and here we have a picture of the finished product!

 Here is me wearing that same T shirt a few years ago,sitting (and probably blogging) on this very chair a few years ago.
I definitely like the floral print cover better! plus it is fleece so it is extra cozy and warm.
We also decided to change the lavender in my craft room to a brighter and more happier shade of lavender. More taping and more painting,yikes!
Here is my assistant,taking a sketching break :)

 While the paint was drying... W and I re purposed a few other things to make my craft room prettier.
I went to Office depot with my fav picture with Maani and got an "engineer's print" in black and white for $3.60. They printed it exactly to fit my picture frame ($10 from a clearance store) It was a gorgeous golden frame with a pretty painting.But we painted the frame black.
and framed the giant print out of our photo,added a quote and awe!!!
aren't we cute :) 

I bought these Bombay frames from a friend's garage sale years ago... time for them to be refreshed :)

Finished decorating that corner of my craft room!!! See the frames painted black,silver and green? I love it!
Then,I found a frame from JoAnns :) This one had some minor cosmetic damage...so I got it for $60% off the retail price of $19.99 ,teeheee

I thought with the light pink background and a boring black shadow box frame it needed some upgrading and I did just that :) a new sparkly background and  some rhinestones to the frame.Added a quote on the wall and viola!
Cinderella - Proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life! 
heehee ain't that the truth ;) 

We were almost done painting the deep red hallway,bathroom and craft rooms were done.So we took on some projects in W's room.
First off we painted an accent wall in his room with a bright blue color,love it!!!Then we did some spring cleaning in his closet and donated all the stuff that was either too small for him or he wanted to get rid of them. He took out some of his fav T shirts that were very very special to him and framed them.
bought two $19.99 frames in the last chance clearance bins at Michaels at 90% off and here we have framed art :)
And then he had some comic book pages that he wanted to keep.So we made a few fun collages and framed them
Super cool!!!
Here is the family room arch.I thought it needed some extra "oomph" 
 So, I put my cricut to a good use again :) MORE QUOTES!!!
                                                  My inspiration picture and the quote,

my version on the family room arch :)

Since my love for cake decorating,baking and doing things I think I can't do... I found a Mary Poppins saying, "For every task you undertake,becomes a piece of cake"
 So... I did this!
adding colors
Final product. My kitchen looks pretty :) I love the colors.

I haven't done much painting or decorating in the bedroom yet, but I thought of this decal and used my Cricut and brown vinyl.I think it is cute :) 

 the night I got done with all the painting and projects... my last wisdom tooth decided to show up ,crooked! in a tight space.So it punctured the flesh and got infected and the teeth on the top row chopped on the swollen flesh and made it into a badly swollen wound.
 So, I had to go to the dental surgeon and had that wisdom tooth taken out,plus the top one that was chopping on it.yikes! I like 2 for 1 deals alright but not this one.
Lucky for me, my tooth fairy (aka husband) brought some gorgeous wedges :) 
 My next project is to make this for my craft room wall.How appropriate for me :)