Sunday, November 28, 2010

Eye Spy Bags

I was recently asked to make some new eye spy bags for a fellow mom's group mom. Her son turned 2 this month and loves puppies. They were having a puppy themed party which led her to ask me to make bone shaped eye spy bags. She found the cutest buttons and charms at Michaels that all had something to do with dogs. (I am sorry that I didn't get a picture before putting them in the bones. I would love to share them with you.) Using muslin, I cut two bone shapes for each of the bags. Into one of these bones I cut a rectangular opening that I covered with vinyl for the window. I stitched them together, leaving an opening to fill with the rice and charms. After they were filled, I closed the opening. I am so happy with how they turned out. Carrying out someone else's vision can be so much fun!
Here are the Christmas bags that I made for her kids.
I am hoping to get more of these made up for a craft fair that I am doing this weekend. (Wish me luck and lots of good sewing time.)
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Turkey Barrettes

I couldn't help myself. Sorry!! When I saw the tutorial for these goofy gobblers at Keeping It Simple I had to make a few, er six, to go along with the turkey shirts. The only thing I changed from the tutorial was to use heat transfer paper for the beak and eyes.
Here is part of the flock.
You know that I have to get the projects made for Peachy while she still lets me dress her however I want. :o)

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble

Have you gotten your fill of Thanksgiving cuteness??? Here is just a little more. When I saw the turkey shirt tutorial at The Cottage Home, I knew that I would have to give it a try. Three shirts later . . .
Meet the Goofy Gobbler
And Tiny Turkey
And Mr. Tom
Don't worry, I shared the wealth. Little Peachy got to keep one shirt and the others were mailed away to other adorable little ones.
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Friday, November 19, 2010

Foodie Friday: Grilled Pizza

Although grilling season is a distant memory here, I came across these pictures today and decided that I should share our pizza grilling techniques with you before I loose the pictures. Mr. Cherry and I have worked hard on perfecting on pizza grilling for several years now. Each season we seem to get better and better. When we first started, we usually ended up burning the bottom of the crust before the rest of the pizza was completely cooked. Then one day I read somewhere that you could use a terra cotta saucer from the garden department as a stoneware pizza dish. We now only use our saucer for grilling our pizza.
Here's the play-by-play of pizza making at Bowl of Cherrys:
1. While Mr. Cherry starts the grill, I get the dough rocking and rolling. (Of course I use my basic dough recipe for this.)
2. Once the charcoal is ready, the saucer is put on the grill to preheat. (Spread the coals more to the outside in a ring shape.)
**You will want to season your saucer with shortening or olive oil the first few uses and every once in a while after that.**
3. We roll out the crust and place it on an inverted pizza pan generously covered in corn meal. (This is the key to keeping the crust from sticking.)
4. The rest of the pizza is assembled on top of the crust. (The pictures show a bbq chicken pizza. I will share that recipe later.)
5. Once the saucer has been preheated, it is time to transfer the pizza to the saucer on the grill. This is a bit tricky. We usually use a combination of sliding, spatulas, and luck. Before putting the pizza on the saucer, you will want to add plenty of cornmeal to the saucer.
6. We don't have a firm cooking time for the pizza. It is kind of a wait, see, and smell technique. You have to wait to be sure that the pizza is cooked all of the way through. You want to smell a bready smell which indicates that the crust is done. And you will want to see that the toppings are all cooked and the cheese is melted.
7. We usually transfer the pizza bake to a pan from the saucer before bringing it in.
 MMM, makes me long for spring!

8. We have yet to have success with grilling back to back pizzas. Usually the second pizza just doesn't turn out quite right because the heat is off from the first.

Thursday, November 18, 2010