Felt Snowman Ornament

This is a cute little felt Christmas ornament I made for our ornament exchange one year.
We have a really large family so instead of having a gift exchange we started an ornament exchange. It's not mandatory so not everyone participates. It's wonderful to receive the little gift boxes in the mail containing each homemade ornament. And many of us add other small gifts like specialty coffee or tea, candy, fudge, cookies, jams, bookmarks or other goodies.

Many family members live out of state but for the ones close to me and who want to make crafts for Christmas we started a Crafting Group. It's a great way to stay in contact with friends and family while enjoying time set aside just for a hobby we love.

This ornament is made of felt and cross stitching thread and is really pretty easy.

What You Need:
  • White or off white felt
  • Orange felt
  • Black buttons
  • Black cross stitching thread
  • A sheet of 8 ½ by 11 paper

Face and nose pattern and supplies

The first step is to draw and cut out a pattern. Using the 8 ½ by 11 paper draw a square sort-of oval for the head. Next draw a long thin oval for the nose. Cut them out, these are your patterns.
Place the paper carrot nose pattern onto the oval paper head pattern to make sure they are the right size.

Sew button eyes and carrot nose onto white felt

Now using the head pattern, cut out 2 white felt ovals for the head. Set one aside.
Using black cross stitching thread, sew 2 black buttons for the eyes onto one of the white felt ovals.
Now using the paper nose pattern, cut out one orange felt nose.
Using black cross stitching thread, sew the orange nose below the button eyes onto the white oval.

Using black cross stitching thread, sew X's in a half circle shape for the mouth.
Now place the remaining white felt oval against the face oval and stitch together, leaving a small opening to add stuffing.
Add just a small amount of stuffing to give your snowman head a little roundness.
Stitch the hole shut.

Finished ornament on the tree

Add a pretty ribbon to the top for hanging. I used black satin ribbon and attached each end to the sides of the snowman head. I also knotted the ends of the ribbon to give it an ear muff look.

Add gift tags

Add a tag. I made my tags by printing the text on cream color paper, cutting into tag shape, then aging them with a mixture of brewed coffee and tea.

Here is a link to the Gift TagTemplates

It's the most wonderful time of the year!


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Grand Champion Pumpkin Cake

It's November already, (yikes! how did that happen!?) and I finished packing away all the Halloween decorations. I've been busy making a list for our Thanksgiving dinner and corresponding grocery list. I usually try out a new dish or dessert at Thanksgiving so have also been scanning through a few cookbooks for ideas.

I purchased a Pumpkin Cookbook way back in 1992 which was put together by The Crusader Sunday School Class at Calvary United Methodist Church in 1982 for a fundraiser. I purchased the cookbook at the Circleville Pumpkin Show and it's full of everything pumpkin!
One of the recipes in the book is for this Grand Champion Cake, called “Pride O' Pumpkin Cake”.
The note with the recipe states:

"This recipe was a Champion and Grand Champion for several years at the Circleville Pumpkin Show. I first baked it when I was sixteen years old and it won a Blue Ribbon!
I have baked it every year after and it won more Blue Ribbons, also placing as Champion and Grand champion. It's a very good cake."


The creator of the recipe was not listed in the cookbook so I did a Google search and found this in an old copy of the Circleville Herald dated October 14, 1955:

"Mrs. Evans, a Salem Woman's Society Hostess's recipe, won top honors in the Pumpkin Cake Division of the (Circleville Pumpkin Show) Exhibit. The recipe for the pumpkin cake is as follows: Two and one fourth cups cake flour, three teaspoons baking powder, one half teaspoon salt, one fourth teaspoon soda, one and one half teaspoon ginger, one half teaspoon allspice, one half cup butter or shortening, one cup firmly packed brown sugar, one half cup granulated sugar, one egg and two egg yolks, unbeaten, three fourths cup buttermilk, on half cup chopped walnuts (optional), three fourths cup canned pumpkin.........

The Circleville Pumpkin Show originated in 1903 when George R. Haswell, then Mayor of Circleville and Superintendent of the Water Works, made a small display in front of his store using corn fodder and pumpkins for decorations. Other merchants picked up the idea and the store front decorations grew in interest and attendance. Soon a permanent organization was formed, incorporated and a board of trustees was set up. The purpose of all this being to promote a friendly relationship with the people of Circleville. The addition of baking contests, vegetable growing contests and the display of entries made for an even bigger and better festival each year. Today it is billed as the Largest Free Show in the world!
At the Circleville Pumpkin Show 

My father was originally from Circleville and it's a town I love. I have only missed attending the Circleville Pumpkin Show a couple of times over the last 25 or more years because to me, it is a festival straight out of pumpkin heaven!

Tips and Suggestions:

  • To make cake flour mix 1 ¾ cups of all purpose flour with ¼ cup cornstarch.
  • I used Libby's canned pumpkin
  • I use Saco Cultured Buttermilk blend
  • Walnuts are my choice for this cake or nuts can be omitted.
  • For Icing I use Whipped Butter Cream Icing but Cream Cheese Icing is good too!
  • I make this a sheet cake because it's easier but a layer cake looks much better.
  • These would make great little mini cakes for gift giving.

Grand Champion Pumpkin Cake

2 ½ cups cake flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon each of cinnamon, ginger, all spice
½ cup butter, softened (1 stick)
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 whole egg
2 egg yolks, unbeaten
¾ cup buttermilk
¾ cup pumpkin
½ to 1 cup nuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and spices. Set aside.

In a large bowl cream together butter and sugars until well blended.

Cream together butter and sugars

Add the whole egg and the egg yolks one at a time, beating until mixed and light.
Add 1/3 of the flour mixture, alternating with 1/3 of the buttermilk, beating after each addition until batter is smooth.

Mix in a little flour mixture and buttermilk at a time, alternating after each

Fold in pumpkin and nuts
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes in two 8 inch round cake pans. Allow to cool completely, then frost with butter cream or cream cheese frosting.

Mix in pumpkin and chopped nuts

For a sheet cake, bake in a 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Allow to cool completely then frost with butter cream or cream cheese frosting.

This cake disappeared quickly which is always an indication to me that a recipe is a keeper.
I hope you have lots to be thankful for this Holiday season and I think this cake may be one of them.

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Thanksgiving Paper Craft

I got the idea for a Fall Decorated Christmas Tree from my sister Kathy a few years ago. Her tree is 6 foot tall and in their living room.
Mine is just a 4 foot tree and in my kitchen bay window. 

I decorate this little tree for fall with autumn leaves, acorns, pumpkins, etc. , then add Halloween ornaments towards the end of October.  In November I use a fall/Thanksgiving theme.

Since my Christmas Vintage Paper Ornaments turned out so well last year, I decided to make Thanksgiving ornaments too!
It's pretty much the exact same steps or directions as the Christmas ornaments except using creams, browns and black colors of scrap booking paper. And instead of Santa I used black silhouette cut-outs of pilgrims and turkeys.

These also make cute gifts.


Start a Crafting Group

I usually make Christmas ornaments every year and give them out as gifts to a select few friends and family. Some years, some of my sisters and I and other family and friends also have an ornament exchange.
To me, it's wonderful to see all the talent and hard work put into each home crafted ornament and I cherish them as keepsakes throughout the years.
My daughter Alexis and I, my son's girlfriend Jennica and a couple of our friends decided to start an Ornament Crafting Group meet-up each year.
Our Crafting Group is for making Christmas ornaments but this idea can be used for starting a knitting, sewing, quilting or painting group or any other type craft. The group could also be for lessons or instructions to learn a new craft!
Lately we have kicked around the idea of having a painting group or class later this winter. 


Halloween Apothecary Bottles

It's October and Halloween is almost here! 
Every year we host a Fall Party, put up lots of decorations, bake everything pumpkin and even dress up in costumes

The first week of September we had an Under the Sea Baby Shower and I used small glass bottles to make favors for that party and had about a dozen little bottles left over.
I decided to use the extra bottles to make these apothecary bottles for a Halloween display. But any small bottles will work.
I usually save small and medium glass food or spice jars to use for seed saving and they would work great for this project too. 


Freezing Green or Sweet Bell Peppers

This year I had an over abundance of many different types of peppers, so decided to freeze a few of the Bell Peppers.

Not only are bell peppers packed with lots of flavor, they also add important nutrients to any dish. 
One red sweet bell pepper provides an entire day’s worth of vitamins A and C, (more than twice the amount found in an orange) and are a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E!

Bell peppers belong to the nightshade (Solanaceae) family of plants, along with chili pepper, cayenne pepper, eggplant, tomatoes and potatoes (except sweet potatoes and yams). Their scientific name is Capsicum annuum. This scientific name, however, is used to refer not only to bell peppers, but also to wax peppers, cayenne peppers, chili peppers, and jalapeno peppers.


Candle Lantern Redo and Updating

We like having candles on the table when enjoying our dinner outside on the patio. 
But I also use lantern candle holders when camping by hanging on Shepard’s hooks around the camp site.
The newest ones are battery operated that look and work great and not messy with melted wax. 
Recently I found an old lantern in a thrift store that was designed to hold a pillar candle. 
I thought I could revamp it with little effort and besides, it was 50% off!

Once home the lantern had to be washed and scrubbed. Because the top opens up, I was able to remove all the glass panes, including the pane that had the price written on it in crayon.


More Halloween Costume Ideas

My son Daniel as a ninja, early 1990's
It's nearly Autumn and October. Yeah!!
The weather has been cooler here during the day and chilly at night which to me is just wonderful. And we're already seeing the edges of leaves beginning to change color. I am in the mood for everything pumpkin and even found a pumpkin salsa! I'm so ready for hearty stews, college football, bread baking and hot casseroles.

We have an annual Fall Party and dress up in costumes every year which is always lots of fun, I think this year is our 11th or 12th consecutive annual party! We had fall parties on and off before that too!
This year I'm a little behind getting our costumes together, I usually start weeks earlier than this,  but this year we had an Under the Sea Baby Shower to host, a new barn to build (which isn't 100% finished) plus trying to keep up with the vegetable gardening, canning, stocking firewood for winter,  (and hay) feeding livestock and raising a pig.

Last year I wrote 2 blog posts about previous costumes we have worn, made or someone wore to one of our parties.


Under The Sea Party Ideas

My youngest son and his finance are having a baby in December. Daniel and Jennica had their first date on March 17, 2010, got engaged early this year and set the date for the wedding for March 17, 2017. Unexpectedly, they found out in May they were going to have a baby. When they saw the doctor for the first time she told them their estimated date of conceiving was March 17th!!
We created very unique Pregnancy Announcement Cards to send out to family and close friends, and then started planning a baby shower. Jennica choose Ariel's Under The Sea theme and this is a few of the things we did for the party. The nursery will also have “Under The Sea” as the theme or d├ęcor so we can reuse a lot of the items we made.
Our new barn isn't quite finished, the walls have not been covered, but it worked out great for the party. 


Hot Pepper Relish

We grow numerous varieties of peppers in our garden every year, hot, sweet, mild and use them fresh in salsas, Pico De Gallo, on sandwiches, sliced on pizza, diced in casseroles and stuffed.
If there’s any left over at the end of the season, I dice and freeze them to use through out the winter months.

Recently, I've read many rave reviews online about Hot Pepper Jelly so wanted to give it a try. I made a couple batches using popular recipes, but I found it seem to lack the “hot” and the pepper “flavor” and was way too sweet for our tastes.

I played around with the recipes and decided instead to use my pickle relish recipe but make it into a Hot Pepper Relish-Jelly. Still sweet, but just not as much and with a stronger hot pepper flavor and heat.

If you’re like me, you sometimes need to come up with a quick snack to serve when last minute guests arrive. One of my favorite tricks is to pour hot pepper relish over goat cheese or cream cheese and serve with crackers.
Everyone seems to love it as it disappears quickly. This also keeps the hungry masses occupied while you finish making dinner!