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Jun
27
2010

It’s gonna be a bright, bright, bright sunshiny day…

and likely a scorcher with a high of 97.  You know, I just don’t understand the whole “heat index”/”actual temperature” stuff.  Look, if it feels 107, then it IS 107.  K?  And apparently, it isn’t going to get any better for the next, say 60 days or so and while I will tend to things outside early, early in the day and late, late in the evening, most of my time will be spend indoors.  I started off the weekend cleaning book shelves.  Ridding myself of 10 (more in some cases) of magazines.  One part of me wanted to gather them by year, wrap them in brown paper and store them.  But NO.  NO.  NO.  I am 50 years old (very nearly 51) and there are important worthwhile things I need to do.  Decluttering is at the top of that list.  Some useful things I will be offering up in my etsy shoppe.  I have quite a lovely collection of vintage cookbooks/booklets and I have looked at and read them all and now it is time for them to find new homes.  I will also be looking for places to sell tons (and that might be literal) of gently loved schoolbooks from our 22 years of homeschooling.  Yes, Benjamin is still in “school” but he will be a 9th grader this year so I have absolutely no use for 6th grade math books!

Also, with both Hannah & Rachel going to college in August, the baking business will no longer be something I will pursue.  I have no desire to do it by myself.  It isn’t that much fun!  And it is an awful lot of work.  It has been a good little cottage business that we have moved in and out of over the years.  But I do not care to stand on my feet as many hours a day as that requires especially on top of the baking I am doing preparing the next NQJC cookbook.  So I have found a friend (Hiya Nan) who might be interested in some of my paper products: cake boxes, pie boxes etc.  What she doesn’t want, I will add to my etsy shoppe.

Then there is the haberdashery that is my life!  The dictionary calls a haberdasher: a dealer in sewing notions and small wares. Oh yeah…that would be me.  I deal with them on a daily basis!  But I have accumulated way too many to ever use so they will be making appearances in my etsy shoppe as well.   The balance will find their way onto and into aprons, tea cozies, market bags and other such lovelies that, yes, you guessed it, will be part of my wares over on etsy.  You will all know just as soon as I have my shoppe set up!  I have the banner up and categories named so if you want to take a peek and bookmark it here’s your link:

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I mentioned I am working on book 2 of the NotQuiteJuneCleaver cookbooks ~ cakes…YUM.  And I am still trying to get at least one quilt square (hexagon??) done a day.  So maybe a year is a reasonable goal to finish the pieces to the quilt? Maybe?

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I will be posting more pictures of finished hexes soon.  It is going to be so pretty.

Okay, my tea cup is empty (yes, I drank a cup of tea instead of a POT of coffee this morning).  Got to get rolling around here.  Still two more areas of my computer cabinet to clean and organize this morning.

Please PLEASE check back often – I have an AMAZING giveaway/interview coming up…the first of at least three that are confirmed – one a month is my goal.  And now I will leave you with this little tidbit that could have actually been writing by me but I borrowed it.  VERY fitting though!

I know a little bit about a lot.  Actually,  just enough to make me dangerous.

Mar
11
2010

NotQuiteJuneCleaver’s Spring Fling Giveaway and SO much more!

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Happy Spring!  I promised you a giveaway and here it is!  I will be giving away three lovely prizes! The first prize will be this vintage patchwork apron I grabbed up on one of mine and Rachel’s antiquing excursions.

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I love this apron! A lot.  So please know how much I want some who will love it as much to have it! And with the apron you will get this vintage cookbooklet from 1950! It is FULL of great recipes and some amazing ads! You will love it.

Second Prize will be a bag of  my personal blend coffee (beans or ground) and this ADORABLE coffee mug!Q5EVU

And last but not least, a pound of granola (if you have a special request such as no nuts, I will happily oblige) and  a tin of loose chocolate chai tea!


So there you have it!  THREE prizes and now THREE ways to enter!

  1. Leave me a comment on this post. Tell me about Spring’s arrival at your house.
  2. Steal the button below, talk about this giveaway on your blog/facebook,  if you have one and tell me so I can take a peek.
  3. If someone leaves me a comment and says they surfed over here from your blog or facebook page, I will add your name AGAIN.

I will be posting more pictures soon.  Jumping back in with a great giveaway like this feels GOOD!  And will be a great way to introduce you to my new shoppe.

Thanks to all of you have been so faithful and keep stopping by even when I have been MIA.  Talk to you all VERY soon!

Oh okay…I will give you a recipe to round out this post.  This is for those who will, like me, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day next Wednesday.

Bailey’s Fudge Cake

1/2 cup butter softened
1 cup brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup chocolate syrup
2/3 cup Baileys Irish Cream
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans
pecan halves

GLAZE:
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels melted
1/4 cup sour cream room temp.
1 tablespoon Baileys

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9″ round cake pan. Cream butter and sugar, blend in eggs. Add chocolate syrup, Baileys, coffee crystals and flour, mixing until well blended. Fold in chopped pecans. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 55-60 minutes., until center is firm and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan onto wire rack to cool. Dip one end of pecan halves halfway into melted chocolate to coat, place on waxed paper and chill.

To remaining melted chocolate add sour cream and Baileys. Spread over top of cooled cake that has been placed on a serving platter, letting some chocolate drizzle down side of cake. Decorate with dipped pecans. Cool to set topping.



Dec
04
2009

Happy Holidays Giveaway!

UPDATE, PLEASE READ: I just got this email from Joan – YAY!

don’t forget I will send the winner a copy of A is for Apron as well ~ joan

Thanks JOAN!!! How generous! The winner is going to be ONE LUCKY CHICK!

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As promised! I have to first introduce you to a wonderful apronista I met over at etsy.  I LOVE THAT PLACE! Anywho, her name is Joan and she lives – well not to far from me actually over in Texas.  I found her retro inspired aprons and ordered one – maybe 2 years ago. Look, I am not going to lie to you, Joan has the cleanest, closest, prettiest stitches I have EVER seen.  Where I sew, she is a seamstress!  I have since ordered several aprons from her and I also have a book she is featured in call A is for Apron. We have talked several times over the phone about aprons, family, cooking – you name it, we’ve covered it.  So when I found out Simplicity was putting two of her designs out in pattern form,  I was so excited for her and told her when it was out and for sale I wanted to do a giveaway!  The pattern is ADORABLE.  It’s two styles of aprons with Mother/Daughter sizes, plus potholders, sachets and felt Christmas cookie patterns!

Here is your chance to get this pattern, a apron kit (rick rack included!) with Christmas fabric and a “plate of Christmas Cookies” – all the generosity of Joan!  And I thank her so much for providing a great package for some lucky apron loving reader!

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Oh, the vintage bread bowl is NOT included.  That was my granny’s.

You know the drill…leave a comment, consider yourself entered to win.  But with a little twist.  Please share your very favorite holiday “kitchen” memory with us. It can be a favorite dish you cook, or decoration you put up…just something related to our “hearts of our homes” ~ our kitchens.  You have until next Friday December 11  to get your comment posted.  I will not put any names that come in after midnight CST on the 11th. On the 12th, Saturday I will draw the winner!   And if you would like to get an extra chance, take this button, post it on your blog and let me know, and I will add your name a second time.  Fun huh?

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So Happy Holidays from me and Momomadeit!  Oh…get over there and look at her etsy shoppe!  Here’s the lnk: Momomadeit!

Good luck everyone!

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