Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

Around here, we usually don't do much Valentine's Day celebrating. Manufactured romance isn't really our scene.
I do, however, try to give little treats to the ladies I visit teach and this year, I had a brilliant, beyond brilliant treat idea that I just had to share!

I've been seeing a lot of recipes around the internet to make your own Iced Animal Cookies.  Since these were some of my childhood favorites, I have pinned several recipes.

When I remembered I had these cute cookie cutters in my baking pantry, my idea was born.

Why mot make iced Valentine's cookies to give to my ladies?  These were very fun to make and oh so delicious.  Yes, I did have to try one.  I mean I couldn't give them away without making sure they were edible, could I?  But, lest you think I have fallen off the Eat Clean wagon...

Here is the lunch I was chowing while I was baking.
For a complete tutorial on how I made the cookies, click on my What's Cooking tab.


Other than that, there hasn't been too much going on.  As I said in my last post, I spent all of last week recuperating from a monster sinus infection.  Even with antibiotics, I am still clearing crud out of my head.  Yuck!  On the bright side though, since I didn't leave the house all week, I had plenty of time to quilt.
I finished the baby quilts.

I challenged myself with some unfamiliar quilting techniques and am quite please with the results.

I bound them both with binding made from several leftover fabrics.  This is one of my favorite things to do with binding.

After that, I put this quilt top together using a couple of charm packs from my stash.  This one will be used as a throw for the end of my bed.  I'm excited!  I hardly ever keep my quilts for myself.

I'll be making an inner border from one of these solids, but I still haven't decided which one.  Though, I'm leaning toward the darker blue.  I think it will "pop" more than the others.  The outer border will be more of the same white I used for the sashing.  I think it will be quite lovely.

With my recent burst of creativity, my UFO closet is slowly changing from this (these are the un-quilted tops. Only two left!)...

to this (all my finished quilts).  Very exciting!  Now I just need a few friends/acquaintances to have babies.  I definitely have some gifts ready.

The last thing I'll leave you with is this.  I found these earlier this week while shopping at Deseret Book.  This is one of my very favorite scriptures and I think this plaque is just lovely.  I snapped it up at a bargain price (even better!) and here it sits in my library.

They have these matching collectible coins showing each piece of armor, as well.  This is the one I bought first, but I will be collecting them all.  While I don't exactly know what I will do with them, they are too awesome to pass up.
Suit Up!