Monday, September 3, 2012

Bags, Bags, Everywhere Bags!




My inventory is growing....these are some of my favorites!



 I made this reversible tote this afternoon and finished it up after dinner. The large front pocket is divided in half. The tutorial listed to the left for the large tote can be used to make this bag. 


Here is the same bag reversed. The large pocket is divided into 2 small and 2 large pockets. I think I like this side best. It's my favorite shade of green!



Another view with the lining showing...

I have another batik bag ready to cut out. It is in spread out all over my dining room table. My ironing board is also set up in my dining room. Meanwhile, my sewing machine is set up on my porch on a large table. There are threads and scraps of cloth everywhere from the last two days of sewing. So, for tonight I am calling it quits. Time to regroup and reorganize. I am going to straighten out the two rooms before bed. I like waking up to a clean house.

It's also my daughter's first day of school tomorrow. She is a senior in high school--class of 2013. It's hard to believe that her last year of school has finally arrived. My oldest daughter graduated from High School in 2001 and my middle daughter graduated in 2005. So you can see my children are pretty spread out. I have had 26 years of first days of school. All are bittersweet in some way....

She is college bound so we will be taking some college visits over the next several weeks. It should be an interesting and exciting year for all of us.....and I'm sure it will be over before we know it. Time sure flies!

Have a nice evening! 




You Can Have Your Pie and Eat it "Two" !


Chocolate Cream Toffee Crunch Pie

I cooked enough chocolate pudding yesterday to make two chocolate cream pies. Originally planning to have a dessert night Saturday night (but then plans changed) I had all the fixings for the pies, so I made them anyways!

Cooking the chocolate pudding took forever! Or it seemed so. Six cups of milk takes a long time to boil on the stove top. But in the long run, it is well worth the time. Once the pudding was cooled for five minutes, I stirred and poured into the crusts.


I did not have whipping cream on hand so this is when I headed out to the grocery store yesterday and got sidetracked by the Labor Day Sale at Joanne Fabrics. If you saw yesterday's post, I bought some fabric, supplies for a fall floral arrangement, among other things. Here is the fabric I found that was 50% off the clearance price! $3.00 a yard.....


I love both of these fabrics!



Then I also bought a few fat quarters. I used to have quite a stash but with all the bag making, my stash has been seriously reduced. Time to stock up!





OK, back to the chocolate cream pie. I headed over to Hannafords after shopping at Joanne's (they are conveniently located in the same plaza) and grabbed some whipping cream.


whipped it up of course


grabbed a bag of Heath bar crunch topping bits


Piled on the whipped cream after applying a healthy layer of heath bar crunch


....so that it looked like this


At this point you can either leave it covered in whipped cream only, or add some more chocolate toffee crunch.....the only thing better than the pie....


is two pies.....I actually took one pie out to my parents last night. It is a really easy dessert to prepare and  it is always well received by family and guests. It is equally delicious in a regular pie crust as well.

I was reading some blogs in my blog list this morning and saw that Karen, over at Sew Many Ways , also made chocolate cream pie yesterday! What a coincidence! I guess great minds think alike! I have to give her credit though, she made a much healthier version than I did. She was also faced with a crummy "crust crisis". Check her post out here and see how she handled it.

Anyways, I (the bag lady) am off to go sew some more bags. In the next few days, I will be taking the ETSY step. I am trying to build up a small inventory first--my neighbor wants every one I make and two other bags that I posted have been promised to friends that requested them.  And I still owe my mom a bag from Christmas, then Mother's Day because I couldn't find the fabric she asked for. So every step forwards feels like a step backwards sometimes--although I certainly appreciate the support of my dear family and friends. I am so blessed!

"Cut my pie into four pieces, I don't think I could eat eight."
Yogi Berra