Tuesday, September 07, 2010

:( no peach jelly

I was saving up all my vine peaches and the couple left over peaches we got in July to make some jelly with. It was going good, tasting delicious, and I strained it and put it back on the burner for one last boil to thicken it up. Took the dogs outside and checked the mail, and by the time I got back in the house it was burnt beyond saving :(

I'm totally bummed over it, it was the whole harvest of vine peaches. Now I'll have to wait until next year. I'm trying to convince myself to sew something to cheer myself up. I got some new fabric and this nifty little thing this last weekend.

SideWinder bobbin winder

Tony convinced me to get it because Hancock Fabrics had it on sale during their Labor Day sale. I had been eyeing it before, and I'm glad that he talked me into it. It's a pretty handy little thing, I went ahead and loaded up all but one of my bobbins with the new thread I got (was running out of most colors for awhile). It's really quick and easy to use, definitely happy with it.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Hooray! and Yum!

So I got so frustrated with the serger that I asked on the knitting and sewing forum on craigslist for advice. And the advice that the nice people who gave me very quick responses got it working! The problem was that there are actually small disks in the tension knobs that you have to literally pull the thread into, not like with a regular sewing machine where you just kind of guide it into the tension, this is like you're flossing its teeth, lol. So I gave it another go and now it's working beautifully. I'm so happy, and I was so excited the night that it started working that I whipped up this little purse just using the serger :)

Now we just need to move so the serger and the sewing machine can sit side by side and I can swap from one to the other as needed, instead of having to put one on the floor while I use the other :P It's not that big of a pain, but it would make things easier to not have to do that.

So in other news, I made these this morning:

They are chocolate cupcakes, and partway through baking I stuck a peanut butter cup in the middle of each one. Then I made delicious peanut butter frosting that I found over at Joy the Baker's site. She did a post about these cupcakes here I just used the frosting recipe, I used my own chocolate cake recipe instead (mostly because I was being lazy and didn't feel like writing down 2 recipes). Next time I think I will try out her chocolate cake recipe for them because mine stuck to the cupcake wrapper. I'm not sure why, but I'm having that happen a lot to me lately, anyone know what causes that?

Just a warning, if you like peanut butter, that frosting is so freakin delicious that you will want to just eat it all by itself. I had a couple spoonfuls left over from piping it on them, and I'll admit it.... i totally just ate the rest on it's own. It's awful, but true. It's that yummy. Now I'm wishing that I had followed Joy's picture suggestions for the frosting though... it is very very sweet and with how much I piled on I'm having a tough time convincing myself that I can handle a second lol!