Thursday, March 22, 2012

Easy Solution Easter Dress

 Not feeling like spending a lot of money on a froofy, frilly Easter dress?  That's the boat I'm in.  Joanna is going to be in her uncle's wedding in May, and I didn't feel like getting her another fancy dress.
SOOO....I got inspired by all the t-shirt dresses I've been seeing,

and decided to make one of my own. 
I bought some fabric and a shirt from Target....and this is what I came up with:

It needed a little embellishment...
And here is my happy model:

Here she is trying not to smile... 

 And some hair clips to go with it:

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The NEW Strawberry Jam

For years now I have been searching for the perfect strawberry jam recipe.  I've tried cooked, uncooked, low-sugar, regular sugar, extra sure jell, you name it!  I never really like how it turns out.  Usually it's too runny.  Last time it was a complete disaster!  Well, this year I happened to stumble upon an recipe that was used by my friend Amber.  And the best part is, it uses INSTANT CLEAR JEL, so NO COOKING is involved!  Also it used 1/2 THE SUGAR so you can actually taste the strawberries!   So, today after we picked 75 quarts of strawberries in 1 hour, I decided to try this recipe.  So far, I LOVE it!  Here is the recipe:
2 1/2 c. sugar
5TBSP + 1 tsp Instant Clear Jel
5 c. crushed strawberries

Mix the sugar and clear jel well.
Add to the berries and mix well.
Let set for 10 minutes.  Fill jars. 
Freeze or refrigerate.