I am pleased to announce that in Phoenix we are beginning to have moments that dip below 100 degrees. (Mainly those moments are in the mornings and in the evenings.) Therefore, my ban on turning on my oven has ended! I made a pan of brownies to take to choir practice on Sunday and everyone was pleased! I am kind of in the mood to bake my husband some oatmeal cookies, which are his favorite. But, for today, I am going to share with you one last no-bake dessert that is surprisingly amazing and creamy. I found the recipe at Life, Love and Sugar and I had to try it. (I must confess, that this time I did toast my graham cracker crust for a few minutes, as she suggested, but you don't have to do that. I just like it better that way.) Here is how mine turned out!
There are people in my family who do not love avocado. They were afraid to try this dish. But, bravely, they did and they were amazed that you can't even taste the avocado, but it makes the pie so creamy and the lime flavor is perfect! Paired with the coconut, it is a real hit! So, head on over, get the recipe and enjoy!
You may remember photos of my empty living room from past posts. I posted about my carpet and new furniture, but my living room was very bright because I hadn't yet put up the drapes. I loved the brightness in the daytime, but there was no privacy at night, so I began my hunt for drapes that would coordinate with my carpet and furniture.
Tip # 1: Carry your couch pillow with you in a bag to get the perfect color that you are looking for.
That is what I did! And, guess what? Nothing that I could afford gave me the look that I wanted. I was trying to avoid making my own drapes because of the time it would take me. But, when I had no luck, I went to the fabric store. The store was having a 50% off sale on their decorator fabrics, and I found the perfect color! But, I figured I needed about 11 yards or so of fabric and even at $10 per yard, that was going to be over $110! So, I decided, to try to cut costs even more, I would go to SAS, our discount fabric warehouse and see if I could get lucky finding the same color that I had fallen in love with at the regular fabric store. Jackpot! I found the same color drapery fabric in the clearance section of the SAS for $3.99 per yard! Plus, one spool of the perfect match of thread. After tax, the cost of my drapes came to just under $50!
Tip #2: Measure, measure, measure! Measure your windows before you shop and figure out how much fabric you will need, and add a little just to be safe. I ended up getting 11 3/4 yards of fabric because I had to use two different bolts because one didn't have enough on it. So, I didn't want a seam suddenly in the middle of my drapery panel, so I had to buy enough for 3 panels and then buy enough for the fourth panel from a different bolt. Now that I am finished, I wish I had figured the panel length a little longer because in retrospect I would have made a deeper hem.
Tip #3: Make french seams! No raveling allowed and you want the back of the panels to look as good as the front! I have taught french seams before on my pillowcase post, but I will go over it again.
Tip #4: Finish the edges of your panels very neatly, because they will show and be noticeable and no one wants to see puckering! I used my sewing machine's hem stitch to make a nice edge finish that looks great, if I do say so myself.
Tip #5: Decide how you want to hang your curtain in advance so that you will have measured for the correct amount of fabric and you will know what to measure for. I decided to have a casing with a 2"piece above it that would shirr onto the rod.
Remember that through all of these steps, your iron is your friend! Press down your seams, press down your hem lines. This will help you end up with a beautiful finished look.
Tip #6: Hang your drapes up to hem them to the right length. I feel bad that I forgot to take pictures of my husband putting up my drapery rod. He didn't even complain when I made him take out one end and put it up 3/16 of an inch higher because it didn't look even. Our house is old and not everything is square anymore. That is one reason why I felt I needed to hang the drapes to hem them. If I had only measured, they would have surely looked crooked.
Once I finished the pinning, I took the drapes back down and sewed in a nice finished hem. Then, I pressed the drapes and we hung them up! I am so pleased with the results and with the cost! Next, I am going to make tie-backs, but that will be a topic for another post!
Sewing your own drapes really isn't very difficult. It is all straight stitching. I think that the most difficult part is just the length and volume of fabric. It took me 3 days (a few hours per day) to finish these. I did one side each day for 2 days and then the hem on the third day. It was time well spent for me! Now I have money left over to spend on other parts of my house. Let me know if you think you will give this a try!
I have some dear people in my life who are diabetic. Some of them asked me if I would come out with a sugar free Hot Cocoa Bomb! Since last year, I have been putting a lot of thought into it. I have had the Hershey's Sugar Free Chocolate Chips in my pantry for a long time.
I just wasn't sure about the filling. I didn't want a terrible after taste like I sometimes experience with sugar free products. I wanted the sugar free experience to be as great as with my original product. Also, cost was a factor. I did find some sugar free marshmallows on line, but they are super expensive. I had to figure out what else I could put in the bombs. Then I found Russell Stover Sugar Free Chocolates!
I decided that these might work to flavor my bombs!
I was nervous about how well the sugar free chips would work, because I have had less than successful experiences with flavored chips. But, they melted really well and then hardened perfectly in the molds. The flavor of the chocolate was delicious and left no funny after taste in my mouth.
I used peppermint patties and peanut butter cups to make two flavors of bombs, (peppermint and peanut butter chocolate obviously!). I just broke them up and put them in the shell. (See my tutorial on this post.) I also added a little peanut butter powder to amp up the peanut butter flavor. I have blog posts about two kinds ofpeanut butter powder here, and here. I also usedSugar Free Nesquik! The results was delicious! No yucky after taste, just delicious Hot Cocoa! I am still deciding how to decorate the bombs with out adding sugar. Maybe a few chopped peanuts on top of the peanut butter ones, and I can probably find some sugar free peppermint candies to crush for the peppermint flavor. Any ideas?
Since Cocoa Bomb season has begun, look for a special give away coming soon! We are so excited about it!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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