Monday, March 4, 2019

Pi Day Enjoy PIE 3.14



Suggestions and how-tos at "Happy Pi Day 3-14"

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Green Mint Chocolate Cake

Green Mint Chocolate Cake

Green Frog Gifts loves anything green -- and this green mint chocolate cake is a great dessert to serve for any holiday get-together or St. Patrick's Day pot luck.  Simple as pie - well simple as cake.

Prepare cake mix as directed.  Substitute 1/4 cup of Creme de Menthe for 1/4 cup of the required water.   Add the oil and eggs as directed.


Optional: If you like a chocolately chunk component (and I do).  Take 3 Hershey's chocolate bars and chop them up.  Put into the batter and stir.

Bake and cool the cake.

Now for the topping - once the cake has cooled you will want to spread on the hot fudge layer.  Since the fudge is so thick I usually warm it in the microwave before spreading on the cake.
It'll still be warm on the cake so I stick the entire cake with the fudge layer into the freezer while I flavor the whipped topping.









I add a tablespoon or so of Creme deMenthe to the whipped topping and stir.  Add green food coloring if you want a deeper shade of green.










Cut the Andes mints into random chunks.
Spread the green Creme deMenthe flavored whipped topping on the cake over the fudge layer.  Randomly drop the Andes mints onto the top of the cake.




Share at your potluck or holiday meal.


Enjoy every crumb.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Soft Molasses Cookies

In a few days - on Feb 23rd my good friend Cheryl would have celebrated her birthday.  One of the last things she shared with me is this recipe for cookies I loved - her soft molasses cookies.  I have replicated (pretty closely) her recipe card motif.  I will make them for Valentine's day in honor of a very good friend.
They are yummy!  And the very best friendship cookie.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

10 Minute Table Runner

Table Runner
A quick and easy table runner using just two pieces of coordinating fabric.  For the center you'll need 1/3 of a yard of fabric.  For the back and the border you will need 1/2 yard of fabric.  The construction takes just four seams.  Add a button to the place where the end seam meets, or embellish with any trim or appliqué that you wish.  Batting for the table runner is optional.  But if you choose to use it you will want a width that corresponds to the finished width of the runner when you get the pieces sewn together.  If I wanted a little padding I would use 1/2 yard of pre-washed flannel and adhere it to the wrong side of the 1/2 yard fabric and treat it as one piece.

This first try at the 10 minute table runner actually took me 30 + minutes but I added some stitching on the triangle ends, and it was the trial run.  Still pretty fast.


This runner is an outdoor, black and white holiday theme; but any theme could be incorporated.  Just choose two contrasting fabrics that reflect the theme. The white fabric shown here actually has a silver speck throughout the fabric.  The black fabric features a deer and trees and several holiday themed phrases: "peace," "happy holidays, " and other phrases that invoke the holiday spirit.


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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Vintage Paper Pieced Trees - a project inspired.

I was gifted with several paper-pieced trees and wanted to do something special with them.


Vintage paper pieced trees - not quite precise were pressed and put into groups of four.



Each tree, in the individual groups, was turned so that regardless of which way the topper was turned, at least one tree would be positioned standing.  The tree squares were joined together with a sashing (approx. 1 inch finished).  The block was trimmed to be a 15.5 inch by 15.5  inch square however it seemed that the center was too bland - too much blank space. So...

Triangles were appliquéd into the center space to form a quirky square that called to mind a star, although with only four points.  This particular topper was accented with yellow.  The finished topper is approximately 15 inches by 15 inches square - although the perspective of the photo makes it seem otherwise.

Two additional toppers were made.  One accented with red sashing and a another with green.  While not clearly visible in these photos, there was accent stitching in the featured color (red, green, or yellow) along each side of the trees.  That stitching is somewhat visible in the picture of the red accented topper.
The accent color gave each of these toppers their own personality.  The backing for these toppers corresponded to the accent fabric.
Fun, fun... a fun project to see these topers evolve from these paper pieced trees into uniquely fun pieces for the holiday.


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Monday, October 8, 2018

Camouflage in the Kitchen - Not Your Usual Decor

Kitchen Decor - Camouflage in the Kitchen

The request was to make some valances for the kitchen windows, a table runner, some place mats and whatever else...

So what colors or theme do you want for your kitchen?  Apples, chefs, pineapples, red, blue???? The answer "camo."  Me: "Camo?"  Yes, he wanted camo.  Not military camo, but more the duck hunting camouflage type.  So the hunt was on (pun intended).  I found this "Camo Ground Cover Tan Fabric."  It was just what was needed.  So  the next question was, "What color/s can I put with this to give it a little pop?"  I immediately got a phone call, "What do you mean, color?  If you put in color it would not be camouflage."  I could only use the colors that were in the camouflage material: browns, tans, ....  In the process, I discovered what he really wanted was a table topper not a runner for his breakfast nook table -- another fabric and set of place mats and so forth would include the table runner, but not this project.  So, here's what came about for his camo kitchen.












All were a "hit" including the potholders with the ducks flying over the pond, despite the "no color" mandate.  Fun success.
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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Big Mug Mats - 6 inch hexagon


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Big Mug Mats


Some who try to drink an ample amount of water each day use large thermo mugs in order to keep track of what they are drinking and to keep the water handy throughout the day.  These mugs call for BIG mug mats.

Here's a simple design that makes up in just a few minutes, uses small pieces of orphan material and gives those water drinkers a home for their BIG mugs.  We included some "moon" themed fabric in these mug mats as they are intended for someone who we love "to the moon and back."  It's always fun to create something that contains a message or hidden meaning even if it is only known to you.  Each of the backs of these mug mats are a small floral print (gray) on black.
Resources that will be helpful in making your own.

  1. 6 inch hexagon plexiglass template: Amazon.com has a variety of rulers - search for "Hexagon Ruler" - my recommendations include the Fons and Porter template or the Joan Wright template.
  2. Video demonstrating the technique and procedure for making the big mug mat.
    Craft Genie demostrates making square, round and the hexagon mug mat.  The technique is the same for any size mug mat.  The hexagon instruction starts at 6:44.  "Folded Fabric Coasters."  (WEB) https://youtu.be/s2RZ9Lwom40   
  3. You can also convert these mats to hot pads by putting a piece of heat resistant fabric inside the layers.  We recommend Insul-Bright, a reflective batting that has a reflective side to reflect heat and cold back to the source. Available from a variety of sources and most often comes in a one yard x 45 inch piece.

Enjoy sewing creatively.
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