Friday, August 20, 2010


In our house, rolls are a yummy treat. I make rolls called Lion House Rolls. If you are ever in Salt Lake City, stop by the Lion House or any Deseret Book and pick up some rolls. They are awesome! Here is the recipe I use:
2/3 C Dry milk
2 C really warm water
Mix the two ingredients together until the dry milk dissolves.
Add to this:
2 TBSP yeast
1/3 C sugar
1/3 C soft butter
2 tsp salt
1 egg
1 C flour
Mix these ingredients on low. Add 4 more cups of flour 1 C at a time.
Let the dough rise about 30 min.
Turn out dough on to floured surface.
Knead in flour if needed.
Roll out and ***shape as desired.
I follow the instructions for the Lion House rolls and cut the dough into rectangles and roll them up.
Let rise until double in size. This is roughly 1-1/2 hrs.
Bake at 375 around 15-19 min.
Brush the tops of hot rolls with melted butter.
*** You can brush melted butter on the dough after it is rolled out before it is shaped.

If you want the actual recipe, it is in any Lion House Recipe book. You will also find a lot of delicious recipes in each book.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Halloween tutus

Yesterday I made these tutus for my two girls. They will look great during the Wee Witches Weekend at Gardiner Village! I am going to make them some shirts as well.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Book Purse Tutorial

Welcome to my first Tutorial! I am making a few Christmas gifts. I know, it's early, but Christmas always sneaks up on me and I spend more time behind the scenes in preparation. This year, I want to enjoy the season. I am making a book purse for a niece. I looked at a variety of tutorials, but I tweaked them to make my own.

First, gather your supplies:
A hard bound book - make sure you won't be tempted to keep the book!
1/4 yrd. Fabric of your choice
A hot glue gun
Card board paper

Using an exacto carefully cut out the pages of the book, leaving only the hard cover.

Now, decide how wide you want the purse to open. Trace this on a piece of paper to serve as a template. Trace the outer edges.

Place the paper own the wrong side of the fabric and cut 1/4-1/2 inch from the edge of the paper. Fold over the tops, from the right side to the wrong side and sew it down. (It kind of looks like a bikini top when placed side by side!)

Make the handles. Cut two strips of fabric 3 inches by 12 inches. Fold in half length wise and press with iron. Open up and fold edges into fold, both sides. Press, fold in half and press.
Lay the book open and measure from one side to the other, add 3/4" all around. Cut out. You can fold the fabric, but I would recommend to wait until the poster board is cut out. Measure just one side, cut 2 pieces of poster board 1/4" less on all sides.
Begin to assemble the purse. First, glue the sides in the ends of the book with the right side of the fabric facing out.
Next, spray one side of the poster board with spray adhesive. This will allow you to place the fabric tightly against the poster board. Place the poster board with the sticky part on the wrong side of the fabric, with some fabric folded on the other side. Next, place the handles where you want them to be. I placed mine 1-1/2" from the ends. Hot glue them in place.
Glue the inside of the purse. Begin from the base and work up. Have the right side of the fabric facing out.
Viola! You have a book purse. I wanted to make another, but my husband wanted the book!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Preparing for Winter

I know it's still summer, but I am getting ready for winter. When November rolls around, it never fails that my husband gets a nasty cold and I go to the store to stock up on cold medicine. I finally have decided to be proactive. I am buying my supplies before the cold season hits. This is the plan:
Every other week I buy something to go into the medicine cabinet. The first was throat lozenges and cough drops. Next week I will get some Dayquil. I also plan to get some things for the girls to help them when the cold season begins. I hope that I will be prepared this year and will not have to make any surprise trips to the store.