I have been in a baking mood lately. Maybe it is because we have not yet turned our furnace on. I think I am trying to stay warm by oven power! I made cupcake bites again, and Seth helped decorate. If you want to know what these are, go to Bakerella and see her recipe and designs. Her site is very cool with lots of variations on the theme.

My neighbor Jen brought me a birthday basket with the supplies to make her famous Tomato Basil soup. Seth has wanted the recipe for a year and she has always been meaning to get to it for me. So for my birthday I got all I need to make my own soup. My conclusion? It was good but it's one of those things, food always tastes better when someone else makes it. It was goodthough and probably has very few calories as it is so full of veggies. It was great on a cold winter night but I really needed some grilled cheese to complete the meal.
I went to a little gift shop today and found some cute mittens for $40.00. Yep, you know I didn't buy them at that price! But i cannot stop longing for them. I wish I'd had my camera, I would have photographed them. They were made from "reclaimed" fleece and wool. This means the lady either cut up her husband's old clothes or shops at Goodwill. She got her supplies on the cheap and there is no way you can convince me that there was enough labor in them to justify the forty bucks. I do need to find a thin warm additive to put between fleece or fabric layers to keep your hands warm when you wear the mittens. Maybe if they are two layers of wool/fleece they will be warm enough.
I am on a mission to make my own now. I'll have to make a prototype and see how it goes. I stopped at Goodwill and got a sweater today for $1.99. I am going to cut it up and turn it into a bag. Any leftovers will be saved for the mitten scrap pile. I'll let you know if any of this works out. Until Later, Happy Crafting!


Anonymous said...

as one who rarely cooks, I'm with you on someone else making the food... but what a nifty idea to give you not only the recipe, but all the ingredients for the soup!

can't wait to see what your bag looks like!! :-)

---it's Steph...stupid blogger's not letting me use my own identity to post...

Auntie said...

I think the food gift was a pretty cool idea. Not only did you get the receipe but the ingredients so you didn't have to shop and make guess work of what it was you needed.

$40 bucks for gloves?? Sounds a bit much to me too.

Auntie said...

Does you phone not have a camera on it? I think you need a new phone if it doesn't...Oh Santa!!

Shoe Gal said...

Hi Aunt Judy! I found this tutorial on how to make a faux Snuggie (per one of our previous conversations):