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Necktie Baby Shower Bunting

Written by JaNae on . Posted in Baby Shower, Crafts, Holidays

Necktie Bunting

Last weekend some friends and I celebrated the arrival of a sweet new baby boy. A small shower was held in the little man’s honor, and I was asked to make this cute bunting for the occasion. I love buntings because not only are they super showy, but they are so so so simple especially with the help of my Sizzix Eclips. I found this cute tie shape from lovepapercrafts.com, cut it out on my machine, and was ready to go.

I always use my sewing machine to put any bunting together because it’s quick and simple, and it makes it so whatever shape you are stringing together stays put and doesn’t slide around. I use clear thread and adjust my sewing machine on a wide zig-zag setting. For this bunting I used baker’s twine, but you can use yarn, jute…any sort of string. Simply line the twine or string along the top of your shape, and zig-zag stitch across the top of it. When you get to the end of your shape, place the next one in line and repeat.

Sewing Bunting

Here’s a close up of how the stitching will look.

Bunting Stitches Close-Up

Aren’t they cute?!

Necktie Bunting 2

My Favorite Honey Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

Written by JaNae on . Posted in Breads (yeast), Food

Picture of Bread

I grew up with an amazing mother who made all our bread.  I think she realized that making bread rather than buying bread for a family of seven was much more affordable and delicious.  My mother is actually quite famous in her small town for her delicious white bread.  As a kid, I loved coming home from school and smelling that fresh baked bread aroma.  My mom would always serve us up a warm slice lathered in butter – comfort food at it’s finest.

I knew that I wanted to carry on the tradition of homemade bread for my family, and while I can’t say I’ve never bought a loaf or two of bread from the store, the majority of the bread we eat comes for my kitchen.  While I do make my mom’s white bread often, I try to keep my family on the whole grain variety.

I can’t tell you how many whole wheat bread recipes I have tried through the years.  There have been many that I have found and loved, but I keep coming back to this one given to me by a friend several years ago.  It comes together fairly quickly for a yeast bread, requiring only one rise time, and bakes up beautifully.  It has a soft, chewy texture and holds up well enough to slice up for sandwiches.  The recipe makes five 4×8 inch loaves.  I usually freeze three or four of the loaves, and I’m always delightfully surprised at how well the thawed loaves hold up.

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

INGREDIENTS
5 1/2 c hot water
2/3 c honey
2 T yeast
2 T dry milk powder
2/3 c oil
2 T gluten
2 T salt
13-14 c whole wheat flour (I use freshly ground hard red wheat)

DIRECTIONS
Generously coat five 4×8 inch pans with non-stick cooking spray. In an extra large mixing bowl combine the hot water, honey, yeast, dry milk, oil, and gluten. Mix well and allow to sit for 5 minutes. The mixture should begin to foam during this time.

Add 7c of whole wheat flour and the salt to your water mixture and mix well.

Continue to add remaining flour until you have a firm dough. You may not need all the flour. The dough should be sticky to the touch but firm enough to be rolled into a small ball in the palms of your hands. Knead dough for 5 minutes in a mixer, or 10 minutes by hand.

Form dough into 5 equal sized loaves. Allow the dough to rise in pans until the loaves have doubled in size. Preheat oven to 400. When the bread has fully risen, bake it in the oven for 5 minutes at 400, then decrease the oven temperature to 325 and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes. Remove the loaves from the oven when the bread is nice and browned on top. Let the bread rest in the pans for 5 minutes then remove from pans and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack. Store bread in large twist tie plastic bags at room temperature or in your freezer.

How to Make a Paper Cone for Gift Wrapping

Written by JaNae on . Posted in Crafts, Holidays, Valentine's Day

Valentine Craft

I saw the idea for these paper cones for gift wrapping a few years ago on Cake Journal and fell in love with them.  They are so cute and pretty basic to put together.  You can fill them with any small candy or treats.  I stuffed mine with a Valentine variety of white chocolate popcorn – so yummy!  Fun to make and they come together quickly once you’ve gathered your materials.  Use them this Valentine’s Day or adapt the colors and embellishments for any occasion.

Craft Materials

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • cardstock
  • cone template found here
  • tissue paper cut into 8 x 20 inch rectangle
  • embellishment (optional)
  • ribbon
  • glue stick
  • stapler

Step 1: Trace the cone template onto your cardstock and cut out the cone.  Glue the long egde of your tissue paper on the rounded edge of the cone, folding little pleats into the tissue paper as you work.  This will be the inside of your cone, so if your tissue paper has two sides make sure the wrong side is facing you as your glue the paper onto the cone.

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Step 2: Adhere glue to one of the straight edges and fold cone together.  It works well to use your fingers to mold the tip of the cone as you secure the paper to the glue.  Use the stapler to fasten the cone together.  In the photo you’ll see I have only one staple, but later I added a second staple near the middle of the cone for extra stability.

Valentine Craft

Step 3:  Glue the embellishment onto the front of your cone and fill it with goodies.  I used a disposable piping bag to put my popcorn in which fit beautifully into the paper cone.  If you’re using wrapped candies you probably won’t need an additional bag.

Valentine Craft

Step 4: Finish the cone off by tying the tissue paper up with a bow.  Simple cuteness, right!?  Enjoy!

Valentine Craft

Hand Sewn Paper Heart Valentine Craft for Kids

Written by JaNae on . Posted in Crafts, Holidays, Kids, Kids' Crafts, Valentine's Day

Kids Valentines Heart Craft

I love Valentine’s Day!  Aside from Christmas, I truly think it is my favorite holiday.  It’s not a super overwhelming holiday with tons of prep work or build up.  It’s just a fun, extra-lovin’, happy day where we get to do a few extra special things to show those we care about how much we love them.  What’s not to love about it, right?

When I was a kid, my mom came up with these cute hand sewn paper heart valentines which my siblings and I made to share with our schoolmates.  I loved spending the weeks before the holiday getting my Valentines ready to take to school.   I always felt proud to pass these babies out.  These are unique and simple enough to make them the perfect kid craft.  My 5 year old and I had a blast making over 50 of these last year.

Scissors, Paper, and Yarn

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • colored cardstock (you can use heavy poster board for an even sturdier Valentine)
  • clear sheet protectors
  • heart pattern found here
  • yarn
  • candy or small trinkets for filling the heart
  • scissors
  • hole puncher

Step 1: Trace the heart pattern onto your cardstock and onto your clear page protectors.  Cut the hearts out.

Heart Outlines

Step 2: Overlay one of the clear hearts on top of a cardstock heart.  Use the hole puncher to punch holes around the perimeter of your heart taking care to keep the hearts directly on top of each other.  I punched my holes about a 1/4″ in from the edge of the heart, and about 1/2″ apart from each other.

Hole Punch Hearts

Step 3: Cut a little over 1 yard of yarn and starting at the top center of the heart, begin sewing leaving about 6 inches of yarn hanging out the front of the heart to use later when you tie it all together.  Begin sewing by taking yarn over the edges of the heart and up through each hole.

Threat Hearts with Yarn

Step 4: When you have sewn nearly all the way around your heart, leave a few holes without stitches to make room to fill the heart with candy.  Once the heart has been filled, sew up the remaining holes, and finish the entire heart off with a bow.  Ta-da!  You’re finished!  Now, go share some Valentine love!

Finished Valentines Heart Crafts

2014 Primary Theme Signs of Salt Lake Temple

Written by JaNae on . Posted in Church, Primary

I threw these simple “Families Are Forever” theme signs together to help out our Primary Secretary.  Our presidency likes to put signs on the classroom doors and on the backs of the teachers’ chair to assist the kids with the new year change of classes.  I thought they may be useful for others as well.  The images are 5×7 inches.  You can download the files and print them in your local photo department.  Easy peasy!

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