Suga’ suga’

Today I made a double batch of sugar cookies before work. As I was working a split shift I ended up coming home in between and baking the rest and decorating the works.
I used a recipe my mother gave me and doubled it.

3 1/2 cups of flour
1 egg
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups sugar.

Cream sugar and butter. After creamed add egg and vanilla. In separate bowl add dry ingredients and slowly blend together. Chill in fridge for about an hour. Cut out. Cook 350 degree for about 8-10 minutes.

Here are some pictures of my cookies. I made these early so I can put them in the freezer and pull out at a later date.

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Making a list, checking it twice…

I have been so busy with work, more work and house related activities squeezing in time to work on Christmas prep has been hard.
But while hard, I’ve still managed to get a lot done. I am almost done mikes quilt top (the hardest part in my opinion).

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I have also almost finished all my carving gifts.

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Besides these I have finished picking up most I my stocking stuffers, wrapped the gifts I have so far and I have sanded the wood platters I’m giving to select family members.

How are guys doing with your gifts?

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Christmas, it’s a comin’

This past week since coming home from America a lot has happened. Firstly mike and Evan each filled their deer tags, meat was cut, wrapped and put away. Cupboards were put in and countertop installed. Mike and I got our Christmas gift – a dishwasher. Let me just say that I did not realize how much I missed having one until we bought a new one. We have been without one since April and it’s been a long couple of months. Let me tell you!
We had a professional come and install our propane fireplace and dad is working on the mantel now. We have started decorating and the tree is up and we will probably even decorate it this week of not then we will do it this weekend. Things are moving along.
Renovations are coming to an end and it feels so good.
Here are some pictures :

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Deer burger

This weekend mike and Evan got their deer. After weeks of hunting they went out early this morning and within an hour they each had a deer. Although not huge they are a good size and will make a big difference in the amount of money we will spend on meat.

I do realize that hunting and deer meat are not for everyone but we are trying to save money, eat less from supermarkets and spend more time outdoors rather than in front of a screen so for us it was an all around win.

We just got a new toy, a kitchen aid meat grinder, so we ground up some of the meat with garlic and parsley (yummy!).

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After making deer burger we used the ears to make a dog treat – think baked pig ears, only venison ears, they are very popular in Europe. We baked the shaved ears for 3 hours on 225 degrees. Dogs loved them!

Still no eggs from the hens, Brussels sprouts are still growing and getting a decent size.

Cheers to all – what are you doing to save money?

Quilting time

This week mike and Evan went hunting so I had time to clean everything, make wonton soup and get started on mikes Christmas gift – a flannel plaid quilt.

I am almost done all the prep work I’m short 13 squares though. After laying it all out I noticed I was short. I will get the rest of the fabric on Monday morning and then I’ll cut and pin it all to get ready for sewing. I have to be careful through because I want it to be a surprise. I’m hoping to have time Thursday morning and Monday to really get a good chunk of it done. I made him a quilt when we first started dating by two years ago our new puppy Lexxi chewed I into pieces.
This is my inspiration quilt –

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So after getting fabric Thursday before work I spent the evening between trick or treaters cutting it. I figured I was short about 1 meters worth of fabric. I was wrong. I need another meter. Here is the fabric I have so far!

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I think it will look awesome and not only was all the fabric on sale but I got a soft sheet for the backing at value village for 4.99 so far the quilt has cost me $30 which isn’t too shabby. It will end up probably costing me 45$ total. But considering a brand new quilt is about 150-200$. I think I’m doing pretty good.

What are you making for Christmas?