Wednesday

Tweetle Dee Designs Barn Quilt Supplies

The day is finally here that the Tweetle Dee Design Co's barn quilt supplies are loaded in the shop and ready for you!  Most of the student's that take the Barn Quilt Class ask how they can purchase additional boards and patterns...because let's face it, this may be the most addicting thing since Dirty Diet Cokes!


 We now offer the 22", 33" and 44" barn quilt boards pre-cut, sanded, and painted ready for you to add your favorite designs.  As well, the shop has 10 beginning patterns with more to come soon!


To find the shop, go to the top of the home page and click on the My shop tab, it will take you to the shopping site.  You will find the boards and patterns under Supplies.  


The shop also has numerous barn quilts for inspiration and purchase....and of course custom orders are available.  I hope this helps many of you who have been frustrated trying to find your barn quilt supply fix!  


Tuesday

Winter is Here

We woke up this morning to freezing, wet, and white stuff all over our yard!  I'm especially excited for this winter season and the holidays it brings.  I already have my tree up and the house decked out.  The Thanksgiving turkey is in it's brine and we are ready to gather together to celebrate...so this morning's snow was like getting a little tease from mother nature!


I have posted in The Shop a new wool applique and embroidery pattern called Winter Wool.  It is the fourth in a series of seasonal wool applique patterns from Tweetle Dee.  It is small and simple to put together.  I love the dark night and the snow...my favorites!  

I hope you enjoy this pattern and this teaser of winter.  I know there is much more to come in the next few weeks!  I'm ready.  Welcome winter! 


Friday

Barn Quilt Table Runners - Fresh Living

Tis the season to gather family and friends around our tables, so I thought I would add my favorite barn quilt designs to my table scapes this year.  They add a element of color and texture to your table.  They are super easy to make and so on trend with the farmhouse style we all love! 


 All you need to make a barn quilt table runner is a surface to paint.  I make most of my barn quilt boards myself and they can be purchased on in my shop, but if you are anywhere near a Joann's or a Home Depot, it is just as easy to find pre-cut and sanded wood bases for under $10.00.  



I also visited my local Habitat For Humanity and found old cupboard doors for under $3.00 that work fantastically!  If you are using a board that is pre-finished, I recommend painting your base coat in chalk paint because you don't have to prepare the wood.  If you are using an unfinished wood, any acrylic paint will work for a base coat.



Once you have your wood and it is prepped with a base coat, you are ready to paint your design.  I love traditional and simple geometric designs.  You can find a variety of patterns on my site, my Instagram (@tweetledeedesignco), and on Pinterest.  I also have a full tutorial on How to Paint a Barn Quilt which will give you all the painting and finishing techniques you will need.



I love to use my square barn quilts as serving stations, such as the hot cocoa station pictured below.  They work great as serving trays and show off your pies and cakes beautifully!



I recommend finishing your barn quilts off with a 50/50 mixture of stain and Linseed Oil. This seals the wood and antiques it slightly.  It also makes your barn quilt wood food safe.  So you can serve your favorite appetizers, cookies, cakes, right off of your barn quilt!  How cute is that?




If you want your barn quilt elevated you can find legs at Home Depot for under $4.00.  All  you need to do is pre-drill a hole where you want your leg, add a little wood glue for stability, and screw in the leg.  Let dry and paint.




I hope this post has given you some ideas on how to use your barn quilts in new ways, and that your holiday table and treats shine especially bright this season!  You can watch the full segment on KUTV Fresk Living.  Happy Holidays!

Mini-Pies In A Lid - Fresh Living

As you know, I am soooo in love with pie anything.....pies in a jar, pie pops, pie bites, pie...pie...pie etc.!  I thought I had mastered them all until I thought of "pies in a lid".


They are the easiest most simple way to make a little individual pie I have ever seen!  All you need is a wide mouth canning jar lid and ring, a baking sheet, non-stick spray, your favorite pie dough and filling.  Lay the rings on a baking sheet and place the lids inside the rings.  Spray with a coat of non-stick spray and press your pie dough into the lid.
I found the easiest way to do this was to find a round "template" to cut the dough out.  I used a round plastic bowl just a half inch larger than my wide mouth rings.  This allows for extra dough to pinch into a lovely crust.  Pour in your filling and bake at a normal temperature.  I have found that these little pies bake in a quarter of the time of a regular pie...so set your timer accordingly.
Once they are finished baking let cool a few minutes and pop the ring and bottom off the shell and serve! They come out perfect every time.  I am busy making some up for our family's Thanksgiving feast...a little apple, pear & cranberry, and of course pumpkin!  I hope you have fun with this new little idea!!!

Conference Cinnamon Rolls

This afternoon I taught my newlywed daughter how to make Conference Cinnamon Rolls that she has eaten twice a year since she was a toddler.  I only make them twice a year when we gather together to listen to our church leaders speak at the LDS General Conference.  Hence the name Conference Cinnamon Rolls.  Her favorite job as a little girl was to lick the beaters and she still does.  I'm posting out of request from my children and friends who have had these and love them.  Enjoy!


Conference Cinnamon Rolls

1.  Preheat Oven to 200 degrees.

2.  Make Dough

In a mixer add 3 cups of warm water, 2 Tbsp. SAF instant yeast, 4 Tbsp. sugar, 4 Tbsp. oil and 1 Tbsp of salt. Mix together on low speed for a minute.  Add 4 cups of flour and mix until it is a wet dough.  Add  3 half dollar size drops of soy lecithin.  Mix again.  Add 3 more cups of flour and mix together.  You will want the dough to just pull away from the bowl.  It should be soft and a little doughy but touchable.  If you need to add a little more flour to get this consistency.  

Knead on medium speed for 3 minuets and let stand for 15 minutes.  This helps the dough to relax.

3.  Mix 3 Tbsp. of Saigon Cinnamon with 4 Tbsp. of sugar.  Set Aside.

4.  Melt one stick of butter.  Set Aside.

5.  Rub your counter down with some oil to work with the dough.  

6.  Softly roll the dough out into a rectangle about a 1/3" thick.  Let rest a few minutes.

7.  Brush the rectangle of dough with melted butter.

8.  Sprinkle with a cup and a half of brown sugar.  Make sure to get the sugar to the edges.

9.  Sprinkle the Cinnamon/Sugar mixture over the brown sugar.

10.  Take the long side of the dough and carefully roll towards you to make a cinnamon roll dough "log".  Pat the ends into shape.

11. Break off a piece of unwaxed and unflavored dental floss about two feet long.  Slide the floss under the dough to about a inch and a quarter length.  Lift up the ends of the floss, cross over and cut the roll pieces.

12.  Place the rolls in a deep greased 9" x 13" pan.  (You will need two pans).  Place so they are barely touching each other.  Once they are all cut, lightly pat down the tops to make the circle shape.

13.  Place the pan of rolls in the 200 degree oven for about 15 minuets to raise.

14.  Once raised, turn the heat up on the oven to 350 degrees and cook until lightly browned on the top.  About 20 minuets.  

15.  Once they are done, brush the tops with the remaining melted butter.  

16.  Make the cream cheese frosting,

In a mixer with a whisk attachment add 1 stick of softened butter and 1 block of softened cream cheese.  Whisk together.  Add 2 Tbsp. of vanilla.  and 3 Cups of powdered sugar.  Whisk together. Slowly add a Tbsp. of milk and whip until you get a soft frosting consistency.  You may need to add a little more milk or powdered sugar to achieve the balance...but you'll get it.

17.  Spread the frosting over the rolls and enjoy!!!

We hope you love this recipe as much as our family has.  They are sooooo good!   


 
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