Monday, December 8, 2014

Weekend Breakfast Treat

Our kids LOVE doughnuts - particularly the ones at Krispy Kremes.  I think one of their favorite part of watching them make them.  So I thought - hey why not make some at home!  So I stumbled upon this little recipe here for copycat Krispy Kremes.

I made the dough the night before and used the morning as the final rising state for the dough - after shaping it with cookie cuts.  Then into the shortening fryer - be very careful about the temperature - shortening heats up very quickly and will burn your doughnuts instantly.

We made used both the doughnut part and the hole :).  Frying was super fast.

After frying, let it cool for a minute or so and keep it in your favorite topping.  We had plain sugar, glazed and glazed with sprinkles.

The verdict YUMMMM.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy Birthday Aya

Our little girl is now 2.  We celebrated her second birthday a couple of weeks back with a Frozen inspired theme - a little snowflake here and there.  Olaf "Summer" inspired food :).  Here's some pics of the preparation and party festivities.

A cake stand and some pretty cupcakes makes for pretty center piece and birthday cake.  I love the way the lace wrappers for the baked cupcakes turned out and the little raspberry on top is the perfect touch.

I had a little extra batter left over so I made mini cupcakes as well.   Perfect amount for a little mini-cupcake snowflake dish :).  

The frosting dispenser I got from Amazon was perfect - super easy to use and frosted up all 30 cupcakes super fast - and pretty.

As part of the food table, I made little fruit skewers.  Clean and easy for the little kids to eat - and fun too!

I love the way the little banner turned out for the utensils.  A few little scraps of paper, twine and staples.

We also adorned the light fixture with these cute little paper lanterns and snowflakes.

I wish I took more pictures of the cookie decorating table, but with all the kids at the party I didn't have time :).  But here's a little glimpse of all the spindles that were used for the sugar cookies.  The kids at a great time decorating their little snowflake, Olaf and other sugar cookies.

Great party and now we'll be gearing up for the holidays.  Have a safe week everyone!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

End of Summer Harvest and Draught

We're enjoying the last tomatoes, zucchinis and basils as summer comes to an end.

Instead of gearing up for a late summer/fall planting we have decided to let our garden rest for remainder of the year.  California is in a serious draught and it just seems wrong to be watering the garden.

We have already let our back lawn go...and planning on planting more draught resistant plants/trees and fake grass for the kids next spring.

Though we might have some good rain this winter (fingers crossed), we must still make a conscious effort to conserve as much as we can even when we're not in a draught.

NO no ... we are not getting rid of our vegetable garden assure it will be back next spring.  But we'll be renovating the water system to be more effective :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Got Boxes?

So things have gotten a little ... out of control?  Summer activities, kids being at home and a whole lot of sunshine has taken it's toll in the living room.  BOXES BOXES BOXES!  Deliveries to our little shop continues but we had been lazy about opening them :(

Don't worry!  They're mostly fabric restocks and shipping supplies so no outgoing orders has been delayed (PHEW right??).   I'm grateful for these slow summer days and don't mind the build up of boxes for a week...or 3 ;).

As usually - the shop is always open and napkins and such must be made for our wonderful customers.  Here's a snack that is ready to be folded and packaged by yours truly.

OH I just LOVE those bicycle prints!  I can't seem to get enough of that fabric...and I guess I'm not getting enough since it's always backordered...eek.  So I'm glad I have a few more yards left before the next big shipment.

Really random, but do you like the sight of thread?  Like the little threads left behind after a good day of snipping?  I do :). 

Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Modern Color Triangle Quilt

I've been waiting to make this quilt for a while...waiting for the right color combo to show up in my stash...
Now it's DONE :)
I'm happy to share this clean modern triangle quilt:

I absolutely adore the little pop of mustard yellow and aqua.

I backed it with a single piece of the Rainy Day fabric from Blend Fabrics.  The colors match just perfectly...again a piece of fabric that I was waiting to use on just the right project.

I will be making more of these triangle quilts :) - they are SO fun to make and I adore the results.

Another addition to the JAQ Studio little Etsy shop HERE.

Quilt Information:
Modern Patchwork Triangle Quilt
Front: 100% Cotton Prints
Batting: Warm & Natural 100% cotton
Backing: 100% Cotton Print - Single Piece
Completed Dimension: 41"x64"
Quilting Method: Straight line quilting along each side of each seam
Binding: Machine Stitched for extra durability
Sold HERE.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Lazy Summer Days

Countdown to school begins as the last few days of lazy summer days ends.

Our comfy outdoor sofa has been a comfort for us.  

The kids enjoying a mid-year sugar cookie decoration fun as we experiment with painting on frosting. They love all the fun colors and paintbrushes.

Perfect children cookies :)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Busy Summer Days

The kids are off to grandmas today as I catchup with some studio work...ha housework can wait right???

Nothing like freshly cut fabrics to make this girl smile :).  This one is ready for the new coral chevron quilt...hopefully in time for the holidays...we'll see.

And a little bit of flag bunting.  My new favorite thing to do when I have a bit of time.  It's a long process but fun.  This one is for a shabby chic flag bunting.

Good times :)

Monday, August 4, 2014

No Linky Party This Week - Vacation Time

I'm taking a short little vacation this week to hang out with the kiddos and catch up on the store cleanup work.  Have a great week everyone and see you all next week as we continue our linky party :).

Take care!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Made By ME #137 Linky Party and Features

Welcome! :)  Another great week here - lots of great projects to inspire from last week's party - some highlights below.  If you have something to share please join our party this week at the end of the post.  Have a terrific week everyone!




...and onto this week's "Made by ME" Linky Party.  
Happy Linking everyone! 
... and don't forget to visit our fellow bloggers :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Made By ME #135 Linky Party and Features

Thank you for visiting!  It's been a busy summer here and I'm sure a lot of you are feeling the same way.  So thank you EXTRA for taking time out of your day to share your fantastic projects :).

Here are some highlights from last week's party - scroll down to add your project to this week's party.




...and onto this week's "Made by ME" Linky Party.  
Happy Linking everyone! 
... and don't forget to visit our fellow bloggers :)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Made By ME #131 Linky Party and Features

Hello there and welcome to another week of the MADE BY ME party - a creative sharing space to show off your new creation.  Here's some wonderful project features from last week.  And of course we all want to see your new project, so scroll down to add yours to this week's party :).  Have a terrific week everyone!




Party after the jump :) ...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Made By ME #130 Linky Party and Features

It's HOT.  Summer begins I guess ;).  Great time to stay inside and work on beautiful projects to beat this heat.  Here are some awesome ones from the linky party last week (THANK YOU!) and link yours this week at the end of the post :).




Linky Party after the JUMP...


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