Friday, February 27, 2009

My Etsy Store Doors Are Open!

I have been a busy bee in my craft room and having fun creating!
My doors to my Etsy Store "The Beehive Cottage" are open!
The store entrance is on my sidebar!
I have a lot more ideas up my sleeve but this is the start of things!
Do you have an Etsy store? I know it is really popular these days!
Thanks for visiting!
Some cute journal/notebooks & pads!

Maryjane xox

Buttermilk Pie! My Favorite!

Oh my goodness, did I make A PIE last night! I have made pies before but this is the BEST I have ever made! It melts in your mouth and goes right to your heart & soul, then down to your tummy!
My hubby loves me even more if that is even possible!
I found the recipe while visiting Ruthanne at Warm Pie, Happy Home! Oh, I love that girl Ruthann! The recipe I used is the second one she posted by a cutie pie Southern girl named India. Watch India's video Click HERE , then tie on your apron and whip yourself up a Buttermilk Pie!
I guarantee it will be one of the best pies you will ever make!
Make sure your first bite is when it is slightly warm...
Buttermilk Pie, Oh My!
"Pat in the Pan" Pie Crust
(you can also use a frozen pie crust)
2 1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup oil
2 T milk
1 1/2 t salt
Mix together and "pat" into the pan and make a pretty edge. set aside.
Pie Filling
Mix together until frothy:
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup melted butter - cool and drizzle in bowl
1 t vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
(no buttermilk? Make your own:
1 cup milk & 2 T cider vinegar. Stir, chill.-Martha Stewart)
2 T flour
4 eggs
Pour into pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or by tapping the side of the pie pan and center barely moves.
Make sure you take your first bite when it is a bit warm! Oh, so good!

As Ruthanne wrote:
"This pie's so good it makes me mad at my mama."
~Glory Road

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Little Tag Book

I just had to share with you this darling Tag Book I bought on Etsy from
Lorraine at Sweet Pumpkins. She used PINK flocked vintage wallpaper for the cover which has a pearl sheen. Her work is so pretty and I love the way she packaged it with special little touches!
A blogger friend asked what I will use it for. I am going to write in it my blessings I am grateful for! A sweet little gift tucked inside! Wishing you a wonderful day!
Maryjane xox

Monday, February 23, 2009

Making Crafts!

I had fun making some handmade gifts for my oldest grandchild (out of 11)
Ashley who just turned 17! Wasn't she just a baby the other day?
I bought a big "purple" (her favorite color) journal filled with lots of pages. I copied her driver's licence picture and Googled all the other pictures and printed them all out on a heavy card stock. Then went to work decoupaging!
I also had fun mosicing an A for her to put on an easel or hang on her wall. Slipped some $$ in the journal and there I had a perfect gift she loved!
I use to make crafts all the time and it was kinda nice to get in the swing of it again!
I am on a roll now! Have a wonderday day!
Maryjane xox

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My Guardian Angel!

I LoVe Etsy because I can find the sweetest handmade things! My latest find is this darling Guardian Angel handmade from a wonderful artist Emily at Etsy shop for RememberMeEmily.
This little angel is so realistic and a special treasure!
Wonder what I should name her! Any ideas? Sweet details Maryjane xox

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Yummy Frosted Heart Cookies!

I want to take a moment and thank all of you that come by to visit me and thank those who leave comments. I love reading them! I am touched by the outpouring of love, support and kindness shared here and as I make visits! I have learned so much from all of you!
Your friendships mean so much!
Wishing you all a very Happy Valentine's Day! A little Valentine treat...I have been making these big Valentine cookies for years and now my daughters make them for their families. Easy as can be, as you can see! Yep, a Wiltons heart cake/cookie sheet and a bag of sugar cookie mix! Makes about 12 big cookies.
Frost, sprinkle and watch them disappear!
Request for frosting. It's semi-homemade and yummy! Thanks daughter Shelli. xo
Mix together: 1 can store bought vanilla frosting
1 box powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 tablespoon milk Don't you love handmade Valentines? Nancy Jo made this pretty one for me! She added some sweet touches! ***Nancy Jo just reminded me of a funny cookie recipe story we share! A while back she posted the yummiest plate of cookies on her blog. I asked if she would share her recipe with me. She said yes, but was sending it snail-mail. When I got the mail, I was sure surprised when I opened the package and found a cookie mix from the store! Heehee! What a cute, clever friend!
Thanks Bunches Nancy Jo!
Have a wonderful day
Maryjane xox

Monday, February 9, 2009

Soups On!

Even tho I live in Sunny California, we have had some cold and rainy days! Thankful for and welcomed rain. I LOVE a rainy day so for a cozy comfort food I made some homemade chicken soup. Seems to hit the spot every time. I bought these white ceramic serving trays at HomeGoods recently and the china, a serving for 12 (YES, more plates!)I bought several years ago at an antique store. While making the soup I had a "aah~ha" moment for picture taking! A girl and her PINK camera!
Maryjane xox

Friday, February 6, 2009

I Made My Own Laundry Soap!

Cost to make: $12.63 = 8 1/2 cents a load!
16 pounds of laundry soap!
This recipe makes:
150 full loads = 2 Tablespoons per load.
Now that is some washing!
Ahhh, the smell of fresh laundry! I have wanted to make my own laundry soap for a couple years now and I finally did it! I am so excited because I am saving tons of $$.  This recipe is Aunt Jenny's over at MaryJane's Farm which I am a member. I am Farmgirl Sister #44! I have learned so much from MaryJane Butters and all the farmgirls! MaryJane is a True Blue Farmgirl and has taught me how to crochet through one of her many books! I have all her books & magazines and cherish each one. Check out her website! I know you will enjoy your visit
UPDATE! You gals have asked and *YES I LOVE the laundry soap and will never go back to store bought!
*Yes, it works well in hard water.
*White vinegar for the rinse cycle & NO your clothes will not smell like vinegar. Promise!
*You can find washing soda in the laundry section.

**HE front loader machines, dissolve 1 to 2 tbs. of detergent to hot water to make a liquid, then add to machine.
It works!
*Store in a 2 gallon airtight container.

 It should last me several months
and cost just a few cents a load! I bought all my supplies at WinCo.

3 bars Castile, or Zote Bar Soap 

4 lbs. Borax

3 lbs. 7 oz. Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

4 lbs. Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

Mix and store in airtight container.
1 to 2 tablespoons per load.

***Wash darks in COLD water.

REMEMBER it makes NO SUDS but cleans super!

You can grate the soap by hand but it was much easier using my KitchenAid attachment!
It has a nice fresh smell like a cool breeze.
I no longer use fabric softener.
I add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle to soften fabric, brighten whites and eliminate cling. No vinegar smell left on clothes! Honest, it works!
I think my Grandmother's would be proud of me!
Now off to do some laundry.
Oh honey, I need to add something to my "Honey Do List"...
a cute little clothesline! Pretty, please? XOX

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Never Enough Plates!

A sweet graphic for you to make a Valentine with or
add to your sidebar!
Love, Me! xo
Just a little idea for a centerpiece. I set a little
flower arrangement on a cake plate and added a
vintage crochet doilie underneath! I am a plate addict! I just love dinner place settings! I have many and will be sharing some now & then. I used the bowl to this setting in my last post with the yummy chicken pot pie. It sure made it taste better!
Do you collect them to? Oh, please say yes!!! Have a wonderful day!
Maryjane xox