Saturday, July 13, 2019

Chicago Crunch Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

When I was a teenager my great grandma gave me one of her most special possessions: her cookbook. I was so blessed and happy that she would give me her cookbook, since I was one of many great grandchildren. But grandma knew that I loved to cook and that I would cherish her collection of recipes.

The recipes grandma saved are quite varied, some were cut out of the newspaper or a magazine. Other recipes are written in grandma's own handwriting or another family member's handwritten recipe that they had shared with her.

Over the years I have enjoyed being able to flip through grandma's cookbook and see her dear handwriting. I have also enjoyed trying many of the old-fashioned recipes she saved. Some of our favorites have been her Chili Sauce, Cherry Crumb Cake and Dairy Delight, yum! : )
 The recipe that I most closely associate with my great grandma is Chicago Crunch Chocolate Chip Cookies. Among all of grandma's family her best loved recipe was definitely "Chicago Crunchers"! It seems as though every time we stopped by her home grandma was in the process of making a batch of Chicago Crunchers or had just made a batch. Most of the time we would leave her house with a tin of her Chicago Crunchers to take home with us.

Even after all of these years I still think of grandma every time I make a batch. I remember watching her make them when I was growing up, it was her way of showing her love for all of us.

Chicago Crunch Chocolate Chip Cookie

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp.salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup margarine (I use butter in place of the margarine)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 Tbsp. milk 
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup vegetable oil (I use canola oil)
1 cup corn flakes
1 cup quick oats
1 package 12 oz. chocolate chips

Sift flour, baking soda and salt.
Beat margarine, butter brown sugar and granulated sugar, egg, milk and vanilla until well blended. Stir in flour mixture alternately with oil until well mixed. Stir in corn flakes, oats and chocolate chips.
Drop by heaping teaspoon fulls onto ungreased cookie sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes or until golden brown.

If you decide to try this recipe I hope you will enjoy it as much as we have over the years. You never know - it may become a family tradition for you as well.

 I also wanted to mention that I listed a couple of new aprons today and I am running a midsummer sale. All of the items in my shop are 10% off plus if you spend $50 or more you will receive free shipping. If you are interested please me be sure to visit my shop. The sale will run through next Saturday July 20th.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Springtime Aprons 
Spring has finally arrived where I live. It is such a joy to see the first spring flowers bloom. Our crab apple tree is about ready to blossom, and our favorite springtime birds have returned after the long winter. Over the weekend Jemimah spotted our first Baltimore Oriole of the season, as well as the return of beef cows across the road. It is wonderful to see her delight in these signs of spring's return.
The past few weeks have been busy with spring cleaning and garden preparations. Adam has increased the size of our garden and has plans of planting sweet corn this year.

I have also found time to sew some aprons for my Etsy page, Lilacs in Spring.
Yesterday I listed eight aprons and a few kitchen towels. The first apron shown in this post is sewn from a fabric that truly reflects the season! While sewing the apron I seemed to spot a different flower with each step of the sewing process. There are irises, roses, lily of the valley, daisies and more.
If you are looking for a new spring apron be sure to visit my page and take a peek at my new listings. I have some other aprons cut-out so hopefully I will be adding some other aprons in the next few weeks.

Are you enjoying beautiful springtime blooms where you live? What is your favorite?

"Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight." Psalm119:35

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Frontier Shirt

 Each Christmas I try to make a special gift for Adam. This year I made Adam a Cavalry/Frontier shirt. I have admired this style shirt for gentlemen for quite a while and have dreamed of sewing one for Adam.
Last winter Adam and I watched "Call of the Wild" from 1935. We both really enjoyed the movie, and Adam decided that he must have a shirt like the one Clark Gable and his friend wore in the movie. The shirts worn in the movie were sewn from a thick checked wool. The shirts looked so warm and cozy, just perfect for traveling across Alaska. It seemed the perfect time to sew Adam a square bib shirt.
I was excited to begin work on the shirt, but had a little difficulty finding a pattern, mostly because I didn't know what to call the style. I was delighted when I came across the Folkwear Frontier Shirt Pattern. After more than one failure in making garments for Adam I went forward with this project with much caution. Thankfully I found the pattern to be extremely well designed! All of the pieces went together perfectly and the construction methods recommended by the pattern were perfect.
I love all of the details in the design of this shirt. The front "bib" covers a slit in the front, so the shirt can easily be pulled over the head.
The construction method for the back yoke was terrific and went together with greater ease than I had expected. It looks a bit wrinkled in the picture due to a number of washings and it is flannel. When I make another Frontier shirt for Adam I plan to use wool or at least a wool blend.
I also liked how the v-design from the back yoke was mimicked in the cuff.

Most of all I am so pleased that Adam is enjoying his shirt! He loves to wear it on the weekends while working outside. He says that it more comfortable than wearing a t-shirt and yet keeps him nice and warm. He has even chopped wood while wearing this shirt and claims that it allows him a greater range of arm motion than a typical button up shirt.

Friday, January 18, 2019

McCall's 1104

A few years ago I began collecting vintage apron patterns. I enjoy the variety of styles and unique details found in older apron patterns. It is amazing to contemplate just how many different apron patterns were available in the 1930's through the 1960's. Women must have enjoyed sewing aprons during that time period and they must have enjoyed individualizing their aprons to reflect their own special sense of style.
 One of the first truly vintage apron patterns I purchased was McCall's 1104. Originally I found the pattern on Pinterest, and then began searching for a copy to purchase on Etsy and Ebay. Thankfully it is a fairly common pattern, and from what I have observed it appears that it was reprinted more than once.
One of my favorite features of this apron is the back button design. I dislike aprons that ties at the back of my neck, as they seem to pull and grow uncomfortable throughout the day. When I discovered this design I was immediately taken with the back button closure. Not only is it cute, it is comfortable! After making two aprons from this pattern for myself I can attest to the fact that this design is very wearable for a long day of working.
Besides being practical I think this apron is very flattering! The smooth front and slight gathering at the sides above the waist are a perfectly lovely detail.
Over the years I have had great fun selecting fabric and coordinating bias binding for these aprons. I think the fine bias binding adds the perfect vintage touch.
One fabric that has proven to be a favorite when paired with this apron design is this sweet chicken print. Last week I used the last of this fabric to sew one last golden/cream chicken apron.

I am hoping to share a little more about the vintage apron patterns I have collected and currently sew and sell in my Etsy shop. I have added a page at the top of my blog specifically for this type of post.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Fixing My Eyes on Jesus - Review

This beautiful, daily devotional by Anne Graham Lotz will help you start each morning with a focus on Jesus. Fixing My Eyes on Jesus will encourage, uplift, renew, and challenge you on your spiritual walk.
Trusted Bible teacher, bestselling author, and CEO of AnGel Ministries Anne Graham Lotz understands how easy it is to lose focus on Jesus and stray off course. Stay on the right path with this beautiful, daily devotional that is perfect for new believers as well as those more seasoned in the faith. Selections from Scripture coupled with Anne’s insightful meditations help you stay connected to the Lord all week. This edition has large type for ease of reading and makes a beautiful gift for a friend or family member of any age.
 Fixing My Eyes on Jesus
Daily Moments in His Word
By: Anne Graham Lotz

Each year I enjoy adding a new devotional to my morning quiet time. This year I was delighted to have the opportunity to receive a copy of Fixing My Eyes on Jesus by Anne Graham Lotz. Over the years I have read a couple of her books, including similar daily devotionals. 

This volume includes 365 daily devotions. Each devotion begins with a Bible verse and is followed with a few paragraphs to apply the truth of the verse to our daily lives. Though short in length I find there is much to consider in each devotion. I love the theme of Fixing My Eyes on Jesus - what better way could we start our day or year? Anne Graham Lotz shares way we can fix our eyes and thoughts on Jesus in a way that is easy to understand and apply.

Fixing My Eyes on Jesus is truly a beautiful book. When I opened my copy I was expecting a smaller book, it measures a generous 6 5/8" wide by 8 3/4" long. The cover is faux leather and embossed with gold lettering. On the back cover Hebrews 12:2 is embossed in gold lettering, I thought that was a uniquely special touch.

Fixing My Eyes on Jesus would make a lovely gift! It is definitely a book I would share with loved ones. Throughout the year ahead I look forward to being further inspired to fix my eyes on Jesus!

*I received a complimentary copy of Fixing My Eyes on Jesus from Book Look Blogger in exchange for my honest review*

I love how Hebrews 12:2 is imprinted on the back of this book!

" Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2