Well, no time like the present to start the holiday baking, I say, and thanks to all your nice comments, and interest in my cookies, I'm going to devote at least one or two posts to just those starting next week. First, though, I want to show you the last two mug rugs I made......(and if I have time, I still have ideas for about 3 more, but who knows if the swap will be over by the time I have time to get out the machine again??? It's only been two days, and I already miss sewing.)
First, let me introduce, "Rudy":
"Rudy" ended up at 6 x 9 inches and was super simple to make. I have come to realize that the simple mug rugs are the most admired, probably because they're the easiest to copy. lol (Which, incidentally, doesn't bother me a bit, I might add!!) I'm here for inspiration.....
Then, since I hadn't done a crayon method quilt in awhile, I thought that might be fun for one. Who knows what will happen after it gets laundered though.
I called that one, "Let's Decorate". It's 8 1/2 by 6 1/2" and was done with my usual crayon method which I've described many times. Personally, I'm not crazy about that one......probably because I like brighter colors for Christmas.
THEN..............ta-da..............I made 1 of three pies I will be bringing to my sister's for Thanksgiving. I love making this one since it can be made ahead of time and frozen. (Just call me, Mrs. Smith!) And tell me, who doesn't just love a good pecan pie?
There are a million recipes for pecan pie on the web, and I think mine is either from there or a combination of a few different ones, but the thing that I LOVE is my pie crust recipe. It's super simple and has never failed me:
NO FUSS HOMEMADE PASTRY
Mix 1/2 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt with a pastry cutter until blended
Slowly pour in 3-4 Tablespoons ice cold water, stirring until mixture comes together.
Shape dough into a ball, press into a disk shape, wrap in plastic and refrigerate 30 minutes.
On floured surface, roll chilled dough into circle to fit your pie plate. Flute edges.
For pies needing prepared crust, bake 450 degrees 10-12 minutes. For all other, bake as recipe suggests.
Happy baking! And I'll be back next week with a bunch of cookie pictures and recipes (since I'm not sewing..........phooey!)