All posts by Rachel

Tea Time

My family loves hot tea, one of my favorites is vanilla rooibos. My favorite way to prepare it is to put one teaspoon of vanilla tea in an infuser in a cup, then pour boiling water over it and let it steep for 10 minutes. remove the infuser and add 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar. Enjoy!
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I have been starting to cross stitch and embroider and thought I would share some pictures of my latest projects.
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Since I am enjoying embroidery and cross stitching so much I want to try quilting soon. If you know of any good quilting books or websites it would be a great help if you would leave me a comment. The first quilt I want to make will be a simple one with some embroidered pictures on a few of the squares.

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A New Puppy

On July 11th we got a new puppy. I had been wanting a pure lab puppy for three years but they cost so much money was not able to get one. My parents said if I could find a puppy at a low price, a good breed mix, and we all liked it we could get one. I was searching several hundred puppies a day on Craigslist. One night at about eight I had been looking at so many puppies which made me want one even more. I got onto Craigslist and saw that an hour before someone had posted a free puppy that was eight weeks old. She was just so cute with her big floppy ears and was just the right breed mix, lab/fox terrier. I showed my dad the ad and he said my mom could call to ask about the puppy. The next evening my dad, mom, Sarah, Caroline, and I were on our way to get the puppy which we were naming Penelope or Penny for short.

She is now five months old and weighs 37 pounds. She looks and acts mostly fox terrier so I call her a giant fox terrier. She loves people, she is a little over protective of me, she is brilliant, and learns new commands quickly. Since she is so smart she can be stubborn. She loves to play, she is sweet, funny, she loves fall, and will lay outside on the porch swing for hours at a time. She is just a wonderful puppy!

Penny loves toys. We got her her first stuffed toy a few days ago, a stuffed chicken, which she loves. If she wants to play, she will go get her chicken and hold it in her mouth, squeaking it and looking up at you until you will play tug of war or throw it for her.

She also loves her walks. I usually take her on one every night and when she sees I have my walking shoes on and have her leash she will get all excited and try to pull me to the gate. If I only have my walking shoes on or only have the leash she won’t get excited since she knows we aren’t going on a walk. She learns quickly.

I use the “It’s Me Or The Dog” training method which I think is by far the best method. I have watched most of her shows and have seen a lot of useful tips. I have not read her book but I want to get it soon.

I will continue to post stories, pictures, and videos of Penny so you can all get to know her.

Here is a picture of Penny I just took the other day. She had just woken up and I let her outside to lie on her swing. ;)

Penny on the swing 10/11/09

Here is a picture of her the day we got her.

The Sweater

I am trying to make Maggie some sweaters for fall and winter. I was going to make a mock up, so I did not use material that I liked just in case. I measured Maggie from head to toe, then I made the pattern. Afterwards, I cut out some felt and started the sewing. I realized I sewed the sleeves up! Then I seam-ripped it and started the sewing process again. When I was done, it did not look the best, but it would do. I tried it on Maggie; it was a little tight just while putting it on, I thought. But when it was on her, the top part of the neck was WAY too tight. The sleeves were too tight where you could not get them off! So I went to cut the sweater off. I will post a new pattern that works and a photo for Sew Crafty Friday.

My Birthday!

My Birthday is on August the 6th, so I just turned 14! On my birthday my Mom, Dad, and I went to the Houston Galleria (which they need better maps!) We found our way to Chile’s and got GREAT food. My Dad got some chicken poppers and corn on the cob, and my Mom and I split some mushroom fajitas which came with guacamole, tomatoes, sour cream, onions, and chicken, so it was sooooo good! After that we looked around the mall and found a Border Books we went there and found a lot of books on sale! So I got “The Cookie Bible” for seven dollars. My mom got some school books and “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” on CD. After the mall we went to Wal-Mart to get some Mountain Dew for our party. We went home and ate cake, drank M-Dew, and opened presents. On our birthdays We do our parties with our family only and I like it that way. I made my cake which was a lemon meringue cake from my Taste Of Home baking book. Here is a recipe:

Coconut Upside Down Brownies

I have made some coconut macaroon brownies, but the way you were suppose to layer them made them over cooked on the top and under cooked on the bottom. I didn’t care for that brownie recipe. Over all they weren’t very good. I made my own recipe, and I used a brownie recipe from my “Taste Of Home Baking Book” with my own coconut topping.

Rich Chocolate Brownies
2 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup butter, melted
1 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 350°f and prepare a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Use baking spray and spray the bottom and sides of the dish. Then tear a piece of parchment paper (NOT wax) and place it on the bottom and sides of the baking dish. Spray the paper.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add butter; mix well. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; add to batter and mix well. Set aside.

For the coconut mixture
1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1 14oz bag of flaked coconut
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Mix together and place it in the bottom of the pan. Spread the Brownie batter on top of the coconut and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean.