Thursday, April 17, 2014


I got Our Jubilant Nest back under my name and moved the photos and files that support it. Then, when I deleted the "goofed" account, it deleted my three other blogs, even though this account was admin. Yeah. But, the good news is that I have this blog back! Yay! Stay tuned...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Birthday Thea!

Thea is one year old!

I'm still looking for a new platform.  The cake tutorial is here. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Naturally Colored, Heart Shaped Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

Start with your favorite sugar cookie recipe.  I used the sugar cookie recipe from The Martha Stewart Living Christmas Cookbook.

We left these out for Bettina to find in the morning.  She was beyond excited.

Make the food coloring: Simmer in a covered saucepan two red beets that have been cut into small pieces) in about 2" of water for around 30 minutes.  Then to concentrate the dye, remove the lid, lower the heat, and let the water evaporate until there is about 1/2" of liquid left in the pot.

To make white frosting:
Mix 1 cup confectioner's sugar, 4 tsp water, and 1 tsp vanilla extract

For pink frosting:
Mix 1 cup confectioner's sugar, 3 1/2 tsp water, 1/2 tsp beet dye, and 1 tsp vanilla extract

Don't worry, your red cookies won't be lumpy, that was my first batch of frosting and I upped the liquid for the recipe presented here.

For pinky-red frosting:
Mix 1 cup confectioner's sugar, 4 tsp beet dye, and 1 tsp vanilla extract

Hint: For the smoothest frosting, make one color of frosting and apply it before the beginning the next color.  I find smoothing the frosting over the cookie with the back of a spoon to be a good application method.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Tulle Rose Headbands, Thinking of Moving

These were made for the girls as Christmas gifts.

Odelia found the black headband in her stocking.

Bettina found the pink in hers.

These were made by hot-gluing fabric to a plastic headband and then gluing on tulle netting and roses.  I also ran matching ribbons down the side then lined the inside with non-slip slipper-type grip fabric so they wouldn't slide from their hair.


On another topic completely, I have been inactive here for so long in large part out of frustration with my Google accounts.  Quite a long while ago, I attempted to open a gmail account for our eldest daughter to use for accessing online classes.  Somehow, Google took that information and used it in my account.  So now all of my Blogger, Picasa, Gmail, etc.  is in a completely different name and linked to an eight year old's profile.  Inconvenient to say the least!  After attempting to locate answers/assistance, I have discovered that I am not the only one that this has happened to and that there is no real way to transfer it all back.  So, I am considering picking up my blogging momentum on a site that offers customer support.  Does anyone have any suggestions for me?

Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Little Red Riding Hood

"Guatemalan girl"  Yes, I know it is a Puebla dress...

Ready for candy, but missing her barrette.

Thea's not so sure what this is all about.  Her pod had a sweet white flower sewn near the stem, but it didn't make it in the picture.

Hey, we did get a shot with her headband!

Little devil is making me dizzy.

Bettina and Odelia really loved Janeen's Halloween party.

Trick-or-treating is way more exciting than dinner.

Now dark, the accessories have all disappeared and the girls are ready to loot the neighbors.

As you may have guessed, I made Bettina's Little Red Riding Hood Costume and Odelia's "Guatemalan" (let's just go with Mayan, shall we?) costumes.  I only made slight changes to Thea's costume.  Her pea in the pod is from Odelia's first Halloween, purchased before I ever learned how to sew.  Hope your holiday (if you celebrate) was wonderful too!
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