Homestead 80/20 Bread

With the extra meals being prepared at home now, we have brought out our family's favorite recipes to bring a little extra comfort.  For me there is just about nothing more comforting that a hot slice of homemade bread slathered with butter.  My hubs loves to slather his in honey, but that is another story!  

I learned how to make bread on our farm as a little girl.  It's funny how many skills you lean on when you can't go to a grocery store or restaurant for your meals.   My grandma had this huge, deep, metal, hand-crank bread maker.  I loved turning the handle to knead the bread.  The best type of bread was a mixture of wheat and white.  I love to call it my 80/20 bread.  

I love the texture of this bread with 80% enriched baking 20% fresh ground wheat.  If you don't have the ability to grind your own wheat, you can find 100% ground whole wheat in most baking sections of stores.  The other ingredients are so easy and simple.  I do want to add a link for my favorite flour.  I absolutely love Big J Milling , Golden Loaf Baking Flour.  It is so good!  Everything I make with it is light and perfect in texture.  
Homestead 80/20 Bread

3 cups of warm water
3 Tbs Olive Oil
2 Tbs Honey
1 Teas. Flaky Salt
2 1/2 Fast Rising Yeast

Mix together is a mixer or large bowl.

Slowly add 2 cups of Whole Wheat Flour mix together.  Add 3 cups of flour one cup at a time.  Mix together and switch to your kneading attachment if using a mixer.  Add the last two cups of flour if needed.  Up to 7 cups total.  Add a little Olive Oil if you thing the dough is too dry.  The dough should be soft and slightly sticky.  Preheat over to 375 degrees.

Let the dough rise for a half hour, divide into two halves.  Spray a loaf baking pan and form the dough halves into loaf shape and carefully lift into pan.  Tap the pan on the bottom to remove any air bubbles.  Let rise 15 minutes.  

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and brush with butter or olive oil.  Enjoy with a slather of butter!

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Nothing But Honey Bundt Cake

A little of this a little of that and you have a honey of a bundt cake!  This is one of my most asked for recipes.  It is a cake that can be made in advance and refrigerated until the party begins.  It takes a few ingredients from your pantry and an orange.  You will love this comfort cake especially this spring, with resources limited and we are all craving a bite or two of something sweet.

It had a hint of honey and orange, and the fragrance made my kitchen smell like my favorite Tea & Honey candle.  Oh my gosh I was in heaven.  It only took about an hour to make and because it isn't too sweet, it would be a perfect cake for a brunch too.  Again the secret to this cake is the pudding in the mix and the Honey Orange Glaze that is brushed over the cake. This extra hint of flavor sends it over the edge.

To make this cake you will need....

Nothing But Honey Bundt Cake

One Yellow Cake Mix
One Small Package of Vanilla Pudding
3 Eggs
1/3 Cup of Vegetable Oil
1 Cup of Water
1 Teaspoon of Real Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1 Orange
3 Tablespoons Honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a mixer add the cake mix and pudding packet.  
Add eggs, oil, water, vanilla, and sour cream.  Mix together.
Zest the rind of the orange and add to the batter.  Squeeze the juice of the orange into the batter and mix together.  Add honey.

Pour batter into a greased and floured bundt pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes.  Tip over and tap the bottom to release the cake.   Let cool while you make the glaze.

Honey Orange Glaze

1 Cup of Sugar
3/4 Cup of Water
3 Tablespoons of Honey
Juice of one Orange

Add ingredients and bring to a boil for 3 minutes. 
 Brush onto cake with a pastry brush.  Let soak in while you make the frosting.

Cream Cheese Orange Frosting

4 oz. of Softened Cream Cheese
3 Cups of Powdered Sugar
Juice and Zest of One Orange
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
3-4 Tablespoons of Milk

Add all ingredients in a mixer and whip on high. 
 Add milk a little at a time until you get a smooth consistency.  
With a large spoon drizzle the frosting over the cake in a back and forth motion to cover the cake.  Sprinkle with a little orange zest.  

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Salvia & Grace - Flourish Wildflower Pattern

What a crazy time in our lives with the drastic changes to our everyday hustle and bustle do to the illness that is affecting most of the world.   Most of us are being asked or compelled to stay indoors, our ability to work has been altered, and for sure we miss the association with family and friends.  We were in California when the state cancelled everything, then our home state of Utah closed down...and then more and more.  By the time we came home, we we felt lucky to find food in four different grocery stores and even more fortunate to have a box of toilet paper from Grove on our doorstep.

After unloading our van, which was loaded with 600 kits for our California Pinners classes (which didn't happen) and cleaning the house from top to bottom, we both took a deep breath and our hearts felt heavy.  Heavy for everyone whose lives have been changed, and especially for those who are sick and lost.   It took a day or two to get into a new rhythm.  Mike had to restructure a few of his remodeling jobs and I had to cancel most of my teaching/workshops for the spring.  And once that was through, all I wanted to do was go pick up this Flourish embroidery hoop with all of it's warmth and familiarity and stitch.

Hand stitching is a comfort to me.  I picked it up as a single mom years ago, and stitched my way to sanity and a little joy with each piece I worked.   I have found that when life gets turned upside down, finding something you love to do with your hands that is simple and familiar can settle what seams out of control.  It seems like each stitch is one thought going up through the fabric of consciousness and then back through the cloth and out of mind.  

I have been working on our Flourish Wildflower Embroidery Hoop for two years, which makes if even more loved.  Slow stitching at it's best.  This month's flower is the Salvia which is a member of the Sage family and it represents the virtue of grace.  I though about how grace fits into this time in our lives.  If you take the meaning of grace as being accepted for where you are, loved for who you are, and acceptance.  It makes perfect sense this value is something we all need right now.

Each of us has been affected by the virus that has changed our world, and we all handle it in different ways at different times.  One moment we feel energetic to make a difference and the next we can feel like the world is heavy on our shoulders.  I have to admit, high stress slows me down, until I get back in a grove.  I accept this about myself.  I refuse to judge myself for the feeling that weigh my heart down at moments.  I choose to give myself a little grace, forgive the negative thought and choose a better way.  It is all grace...all love.

When I went to stitch this sample, I decided to through a curve and add thin silk ribbon to the varied blue blossoms instead of embroidery floss.  I wanted a little extra texture to the Lazy Daisy stitches, and I am happy with how it turned out.  You can watch a highlight video on my Instagram on how to stitch them with silk OR you can go to the Tweetle Dee You Tube Channel and watch how to stitch the Lazy Daisies with floss.  Either choice will be beautiful.

The stem was a simple Back Stitch with a variegated floss which I then wove a secondary thread through each of the stitches to give the stem a little extra texture.   

The leaves are a little different.  If you look closely at the leaves of the Salvia flower they have delicate little "barbs" of them.  So, I created a base for both leaves with a Satin stitch across the width of the leaf, following the shape to the points.  Once that was filled in, I made simple stitches up the center to create the "vein", then I made long straight stitches from outside the satin stitched edge into the center to meet up with each of the straight stitches.  

This created the little "barbs" and added a little something extra.  The thread I used was a varigated pearl cotton type thread from Sue Spargo  called Eleganza Bird's Eye.  I love her thread collection for embroidery.  The way her pearl cotton is woven creates quick color variations and it is silky smooth to embroider with.  Plus, let's talk about the dimension it brings to my embroidery!  No other floss can give the umph her's does.

The silk ribbons I used were from a company named Thread Nanny.  They offer collections of thin dyed silk ribbons that come on spools.  This is helpful because it eliminates some tangling and ware that comes when suppliers "bunch" up their ribbons.  Pulling their ribbon off a spool makes it smooth and straight, ready for stitching.  

Of course, the word "grace" is stitched in Ecru DMC Pearl Cotton and is made with a simple back stitch...tiny stitches needed to get around the curves.  

To download the patter for the Salvia & Grace Flourish Wildflower, right click on the image and print it OR you can trace it right off of your tablet screen onto your fabric with a Pilot Frixion Pen.

I speak for both of us in wishing you all the love, protection, and blessings you need to get through this health situation.  If you need a virtual hug, reach out to us through a DM or email.  We love you and thank you for your support for our little home business.  It was created out of love and we hope you find some inspiration and hope here.

Keep celebrating, dreaming and creating  

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Pansy Petal Embroidery

There are a few flowers that thrive in the coldest temperatures to summer's heat, but none as sweet as the little  Pansy Petal Embroidery  For a flower with such delicate petals and leaves, it is the first bloom in flower beds as the snow is beginning to melt.  I can plant it knowing it will thrive no matter what Mother Nature throws at it.  

Then there are the colors!  So many different shades and combinations of color.  Even the stems and leaves vary in their shades of green.  So, when I was wanting to stitch a spring floral onto my hand-dyed stitching cloth, with it's shades of grey and lavender, the little pansy was my first choice.  Each of our naturally hand-dyed stitching cloth pieces is batch dyed using plants, nuts and seed to get a vintage soft appearance to the cloth.  This allows for the colors of the embroidery piece to stand out.

We now have this Pansy Petal Embroidery Kit and Pattern available in Our ShopOur patterns include the artwork, stitching guide and suggested colors as well as how to instructions.  Our kits include the pattern, hoop, stitching cloth, batting, floss, needle, scissors and marking pen.  Bascially, everything you need to complete the project is sent in one darling little bag.

One of my most loved jobs at Tweetle Dee is drawing in black and white a floral or element and then adding the colors.  With this design, I began with blending the flosses into one beautiful variegated strand and then the black and white came along.  So, a little backwards, but if you know me well, you know I am a very unconventional designer and am happy in the end because I never follow the rules.  

My only rules are that is has to look well-loved, and be what came out of my heart and mind.  If you haven't tried one of our embroidery kits, you should!  All of the stitches are super simple and rewarding too.  Our YouTube Channel (link in the sidebar) as hints for how to start as well as demos for the different stitches.  We would love to have you join us on the channel and try something new or again.  

We love you...we think you are all the most awesomenest friends and we love creating projects that are simple enough to do in a day or two and are beginner, yet beautiful!  Thank you for reading our blog, shopping Our Shop, coming to our classes and sharing us with your friends.  We have been blessed by each of you.  I hope you have a fabulous week and go try something new today, celebrate a vistory, dream big and know we are cheering you on!

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Irish Chain Barn Quilt

Happy March dear friends!  We love the beginning of March because we know spring is soon on its way, even if we got 4 inches of snow last night!  It's all about believing in seasons and that they come and go.  We are ready for green and even if you live where everything is still white, we can have a little green in or on our homes with this beautiful new design, The Irish Chain Barn Quilt .

This design was created last fall at the request of some darling grand kids from the midwest who wanted to honor their immigrant grandmother who came from Ireland, built her farm along with her husband, planting clover each spring, and who loved to quilt the Irish Chain.  We added her colors and a little blue to represent the blue skies that wrap their farm from the north, south, east and west.  

Painted in our favorite Prairie Paint colors, Iron Gate, Lambs Ear, Fir Bough, Homestead House, and Larkspur Blue.   Our paints are available in Our Shop.  We framed the quilt in walnut sealed in our finishing oil which makes it weather safe and non-toxic to have in your home.  All of our sealants and paints are VOC free and non-toxic.

We hope you enjoy this new pattern.  We are working on a colorized template for those of you who love to paint your own barn quilts, it is available as a ready painted piece in a 22", 33" and 44" with custom colors available upon request.  I am also working this up as a fabric quilt pattern which will be soooo fun to sew on a big repeating pattern.  

We wish you a happy spring and a very happy March! 

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Hive & Home Barn Quilt

Our newest barn quilt in the Whatsoever Ye Sow Collection for 2020 is so darling!  I love bees.  Maybe it came from my nickname A-bee.  It seems every year I receive a bee hive or piece of jewelry with bees on it.  My husband says it is because I am always busy as a bee.  I know you will love this Hive & Home Barn Quilt no matter your level of obsession with the little yellow and black cuties.

This gorgeous barn quilt it sealed for indoor or outdoor display.  Can you imagine it in a solarium or garden shed?  I just may need my hubby to build me one this spring.  I am in the process of entering the artwork for this quilt into my digital world to create a fabric quilt as well.   So, watch for it and the other Whatsoever Ye Sow Barn Quilts coming this year from our Tweetle Dee Shop.

I'm hanging this one out by the garden door in hopes that we get more sunshine and less snow.  I'm dying for those flowers to bloom and this may just bring them out.  

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Honey Peanut Butter Cookies

Are you the one who loves to eat peanut butter right out of the spoon?  I know no one admits it is their secret craving saving, but I'm here to bust that craving our into the open with the bestest peanut butter cookie recipe ever!  One bite of these sugar crusted, peanut saturated and honey touched cookies will satisfy any craving you have.  These Honey Peanut Butter Cookies are an old family recipe that you will want's that good!

Honey Peanut Butter Cookies

1/4 C. Room Temp Butter
1/2 C. Sugar
1/2 Cup Fresh Peanut Butter (Adam's Chunky is our Favorite)
1/2 C. Honey
1 Room Temperature Egg

 Mix in a mixer until smooth.  Sift together and add into the mixture slowly...

1 1/4 C Flour
1/4 Tsp. Salt
1 Tbs Baking Powder

Mix together and chill for an hour.   Line your baking sheets with baking parchment paper and preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Roll into Ping Pong size balls and roll in Raw Amber Sugar.  Place on cookie sheet about 1 1/2" apart.  Use a slotted spatula to make the lines (or a wide fork).  Press one direction and then the opposite direction to make a criss-cross pattern.  Bake for 6 to 8 minutes.  Let cool on a baking rack.  

Be prepared to eat them all...well, just sayin' these are soooo good with the crust of the raw sugar and the light, soft texture with a hint oh honey and a burst of yummy peanut better.  You can thank me later!  If you would like to watch me on Fresh Living follow the link and learn how to honor your PB addiction!
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Tweetle Dee Stitching Cloth

A field of flowers, a basket of weeds and a wilting seed pod all the bounties of the mountain we live on and love and now they are forever sealed into our hand dyed stitching cloth and in Our Shop for you to stitch, piece, and quilt with.

Tweetle Dee Hand Dyed Stitching Cloth

The inspiration for the Hand-Dyed Stitching Cloth came from my boredom with flat colored embroidery cloth.  You know I love depth of color and texture in all of my work whether it is in paint layers, hand- variegated threads, or fabric, I want my pieces to look well-loved, or vintage.  I adore the faded colors of these stitching pieces.  

With each batch we brewed, the colors out of hiding and the water baths were like a cherished prize wine.  As the cotton linens were added to the pots we could see those beautiful living colors blend into the fibers making each piece unique with the folds of the fabric and pockets of dye.

This process is done for each batch of stitching cloth.  It takes a lot of love and time to make each full fat or half fat perfect.  We fell in love with this little bit of extra to each of my embroidery pieces.  As you stitch you will too,  knowing that those colors came from a hand picked bloom, seed, or weed  and now add that little something special to your embroidery or quilt piece.

You can purchase all twelve colors in The Shop in a Full-Fat 22" x 22" and a Half-Fat 11" x 11".  Whether you use them for quilting, slow stitching or embroidery, you will love stitching with these fabrics!  

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Grandma Rose's Sugar Cookies

 Recipes get passed down through generations for many different reasons.  Some for traditions, or remembrance of the maker, and some because they are just too good to forget.  I found my Great Great Grandmother Rose's Sugar Cookie recipe in a stash of loose paper recipes my mother gave to me.  For years I have used my Grandma's Sour Cream Sugar Cookie Recipe and that is the one my children have loved forever.  

This Valentine's weekend I decided to try my Grandma Rose's cookies to see what the difference is and why my mother, who is a fabulous maker saved this one with stars and hearts.  My mom wrote a little note that these cookies were made when she would visit Grandma Rose as a little girl and that the scent of them baking always reminded her of her favorite grandma.  So, there you know why I had to try them.

We had our kiddos over and made them with them after church on Sunday and indeed the house smelled of sugar and nutmeg.  What I discovered when I made them was their texture is that of a macaroon.  They are so soft on the inside, it was like biting into a soft pillow with a puff of sweetness in the layers.  Goodness, even my husband said they were the best sugar cookies I've ever made.   I had to tell him it was a different recipe!  I'm sure Grandma Rose Helena Fay was looking down with a smile on her angelic face and we know why they were passed down through at least four generations of baker-makers.  You will love these cookies!  If you are not a fan of nutmeg, you can omit the amber spice...but I promise you, they are so good with it.

Grandma Rose's Sugar Cookie Recipe

1 Cup of Soft Butter
1 1/2 Cup White Sugar
3/4 Cup Evaporated Milk
2 Teas. Real Vanilla
3 Eggs Room Temp.

Mix together in an electric mixer until a golden yellow smooth mix.  

Sift together and add to mix...

1 Teas Baking Powder
1 Teas Baking Soda
1/2 Teas Ground Nutmeg
3/4 Teas Salt

Mix in electric mixer until all the powder is incorporated.  Add one cup of sifted flour at a will take 3 1/2 to 4 cups of flour for the dough to hold together with a slight stickiness.  Use a rubber spatula to push the dough into a ball and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.  

When chilled roll out on a floured mat or counter and cut to 1/4 inch thickness.  Cut into shapes and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until they are slightly tan of the bottom.  Remove from oven and let sit for a few minutes on the tray to cool before moving them to the cooling racks.  Once on the cooling rack, let the little sugar cookies get totally cool before you frost them!

Creamed Butter Cream Frosting

1/2 Cup Soft Butter
2 Teas Real Vanilla
2 Cups Powdered Sugar

Mix in an electric mixer until the powder is blended with the butter and vanilla.  With your whisk attachment on a slow speed drizzle 1/4 Cup of Whipping Cream in the mix.

Mix at a medium speed until the mixture starts to fluff a little.  Slowly add more powdered sugar a little at a time until you get the consistency of frosting you want to frost with.

This Creamed Butter Cream Frosting is like a soft buttery puff cloud in every bite.  I love a good butter cream...but adding Whipping Cream instead of milk and giving it that extra whipping to fluff it, gave it a lightness that you usually don't get in a frosting unless they have added shortening (which I do not like).  This frosting held up to all the swirling our kids gave it and stayed soft overnight.

These two recipes should go in your file to pass down as well.  Grandma Rose would be so happy to have shared it with you!  xoxo 
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Prairie Paints Are Here

We are so very excited to announce that our 
Prairie Paint Collection is here!  

The dream of creating our own paint line with the 32 signature colors we paint our barn quilts and furniture with seemed like the impossible dream a few years ago, but here we are!  It is launch day and we could not be more excited to share these uniquely formulated paints with you our dear friends.

We knew we had to create a paint that was thick, so thick.  It also had to have immense color saturation to allow for one coat coverage.  It had to adhere to various surfaces, and hold up to indoor and outdoor elements.  

Hay Down Prairie Paint 

After a lot of testing we created a unique formula that is a chalk-gel paint.  We loved the finish of the chalk paint and the thick-smoothness of the gel.  It is amazing to paint with and we fell even more in love with it when it came time to antique it.  The colors do not "bleed" onto each other...the reds stay red with one coat and each color has the vintage-dusty, well-loved look that is our signature.

Old Walnut Prairie Paint

We have used these paints in our classes around the country for the past year and have had favorable reviews from our students.   Everyone who has painted with them has been anxiously awaiting their release.  

 Here are some answers to the common questions we receive.

  •  Our paints come ready to use, no mixing needed. 
  •  They can be thinned for a lighter finish.  
  •  They are the colors & paints we use on our barn quilts and vintage signs.
  •  We have tested them indoors and out for the past year with perfect results.
  •  They have zero VOC, are non-toxic, and odorless.
  •   You will LOVE them!

Old Orchard Prairie Paint

Burleigh Blue Prairie Paint

Each color in our Prairie Paints Collection has a special story behind it's name, those stories come with each color you choose.  We will be highlighting a color each month and sharing those stories with you here on our blog, along with special paint projects using the paint of the month.

Both of us have designed and created many things over the years that we loved, but nothing has brought us more pride and joy than creating our very own Prairie Paints.  We can't wait to see what you create with them.  You can find them in our online shop, Amazon and at your local retailers soon.  
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Tweetle Dee Spring Workshop

I know it's still snowing across most of the US, but we are having visions of Spring up here on the mountain.  Well, maybe visions are more like day dreams!  We just can't wait for the flowers to begin peaking their heads up through the snow because it means it is time for us to gather for the best painting party ever!

We checked our calendars and set the date for the Spring Workshop for Saturday, April 25th.  It will be here is Woodland Hills just 30 minutes south of Provo, UT.  We will begin at 10:00 with a light breakfast and a demo on how to choose a board and different types of base coating.  Then we will get to the best part of choosing patterns, and colors from our Prairie Paints Collection and begin painting any size barn quilt you can dream up!

We love these "paint anything" parties where creativity goes crazy and everyone leaves with the barn quilts of their dreams.  Seriously, it is the best and we hope you all can make it that Saturday.  We always have surprise gifts for everyone, and word has it this class will be something fabulous.

So go to The Shop and register under the "workshop" category.  The cost is $100.00 which covers your supplies, a 22" pallet, and breakfast/lunch.  If you want to paint something bigger or more than one...or whatever you want, there is a slight additional expense that can be paid the day of the class.  So get your besties together and register now before the spots fill.  

We can't wait to spend the day with you!

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Tweetle Dee Print Shop

 We are so excited to share with you the newest addition to the Tweetle Dee family.  We have been collecting our favorite photographic prints and barn quilt photographs from our past five years and now have a fabulous new way to share them with you.  

These beautiful pieces are printed on linen in full color and technology that allows for every aged color, stained wood knots, blades of grass, etc. show in amazing depth and texture.  When placed side by side you can see all the character of each classic piece.  

Each photograph tells a story and we are so pleased to bring them to our shop with free shipping on each framed piece.

Farmer's Daughter Print

Corn and Beans Star Barn Quilt Print

Prairie Trail Print

The Feathered Star Barn Quilt Print

Olmstead Hill Print

The Path Home Print

The Texas Star Barn Quilt Print

These beautiful prints are statements pieces that tell a story.  Make them a part of your home in varied sizes, all framed in walnut.  They also make amazing gifts!  Go to the shop and order yours today.  Free shipping on all orders, no code needed!

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