I am so happy to finally show you all the items I have been working on for my sister. To recap from my past posts, I have been planning a shower for my sister and have been crocheting a baby blanket, baby bag, hat, and bootie socks for my sister and her (soon to be born) son, Matthew, before I left for my trip to the Bahamas. The shower turned out great and she was very pleased with the items.
I have to start out by saying "I am so pleased with the way this dress turned out!!" My oldest daughter has been wanting me to make her dress for a while so I finally "buckled down" and made her one that she absolutely loves.
I went to half price books and found this wonderful book by Mary Jane Hall called "Crochet that Fits" and it has gorgeous, yet simple projects for the beginner crocheter.
I made the body of her dress from the lion brand yarn in lilac, and the sleeve and border of the dress in Bernat's baby coordinates in orchid. I also added a ribbon above the waist to add a little more "pep" to the dress. The straps for the dress can come off the shoulder as I lined the neck and shoulder with elastic, but she will have to keep them up for now!! ;-)
I can't wait to get started on my skirt! Will post that later...but for now, here is Caleah's dress!
When I was back at home in the Bahamas, one of the things I made to sell was this creamy delightful peanut butter pie. This desert is so light and creamy that even one (like myself) who is not a peanut butter fan can really enjoy this pie. It is very rich in flavor (not peanut buttery) and will certainly be a "crowd pleaser" at any event!
Peanut Butter Pie:
6 tbsp cold butter
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup peanut butter
2-8oz packages of cream cheese
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk (room temp.)
3/4 cup peanut butter
3 cups already whipped sweetened heavy whipping cream
white/dark chocolate shavings for garnish (optional)
chopped peanuts for garnish (optional)
Prepare the crust first. In a medium bowl, mix in flour, salt and sugar. Chop the butter in small lumps and cut into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in the peanut butter. Press into 10 inch pie dish and bake in 350 degree oven for about 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly brown. Remove and cool on rack.
For the pie, beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until smooth. Add the peanut butter and beat until smooth. Next, pour in the milk and beat well. Fold in the 2 cups whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture and spoon into the prepared crust. Refrigerate until firm. Remove from fridge and shave white chocolate on top. Add the remaining whipped cream and garnish with more dark chocolate and top off with chopped peanuts. Enjoy!!
It has been quite a while since my last post. I have taken a long break and now I think I will get back into the full swing of things. This summer has been an eventful one for me. From crocheting baby items for my sister's shower (hopefully I can upload photos of them soon) to making shawls for my friends... I have been really busy!
Right now, I would like to share with you a shawl I made for Miss Dauntae. My girlfriend wanted her to have a shawl to wear for church. It is made from Bernat baby coordinates yarn in white shimmer. It was designed by me and she loved it. She shows the various ways in which it could be worn.
The best way to describe me is a person who loves to make others happy. Whether I bake something sweet to eat to satisfy the soul, or crochet something to wear to warm the body, I aim to please those around me! This gives me joy and a sense of fulfillment that I have done my part in making others happy!