Tuesday, July 31, 2012

the before...

so i hope i'm not the only one who spends ridiculous amounts of time on pinterest collecting bunches of wonderful ideas. i might be spending more time there then most, shameful really...but i'm finally going to spend sometime actually crafting these wonderful projects.

this fabulous xl grape fanta t-shirt is first on my list.

there are so many cool tutorials on pinterest on how to customize t-shirts that i just have to try one. and while i don't really sew, my cute mama is a former professional seamstress so i've got help. in fact maybe i'll actually learn something.

stay tuned for the after!
xo, carly

Sunday, July 29, 2012

cookie #2: oatmeal coconut crispies

sundays are becoming cooking days in our house. i prep food for the week like cutting up fruits & veggies, making dressings & marinates, and making cookies from a cooky book recipe. sundays are quickly becoming my favorite day of the week. today i made oatmeal coconut crispies and they are delicious!

-1 cup shortening (part butter or margarine)
-1 cup granulated sugar
-1 cup brown sugar (packed)
-2 eggs
-1 tsp vanilla
-2 1/2 cups flour
-1 tsp soda
-1 tsp salt
-1 cup rolled oats
-1 cup flaked coconut

mix shortening, sugars, eggs and vanilla until fluffy. measure flour by dipping method or by sifting. blend flour, soda and salt thoroughly; stir into shortening mixture. blend in rolled oats and coconut (dough will be soft). shape into 2 rolls, each about 2" in diameter. wrap in waxed paper, refrigerate overnight.

heat oven to 400. cut into 1/4" slices. place on lightly greased baking sheet. bake about 12 minutes or until lightly browned. makes about 7 dozen cookies.

my notes:
once again i used all butter, no shortening. also i love butterscotch chips in oatmeal cookies so i added some into half this batch and i would highly recommend the addition. and if you don't feel like planning far enough ahead to refrigerate overnight, there is a recipe variation to make oatmeal coconut drops...make as directed above except use only 1 3/4 cups of flour. then drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased (or parchment-covered) baking sheet.

xo, carly

Thursday, July 26, 2012

a little card...

i've been needing to make some thank you cards but i am woefully out of practice when it comes to cardmaking so it took me a ridiculously long time to come up with something simple. here it is (don't judge me too harshly)...

i used...
-bazzill cardstock for the card but because i've had it for eons, i have no idea what color it is.
-paper doilies, quartered and adhered with spray adhesive.
-kaiser rhinestones, which i think are discontinued.
-and a thank you banner i made because i didn't like any of the stamps i had.

thanks for letting me share!
xo, carly

Sunday, July 22, 2012

cookie #1: peanut butter

i baked my first batch of cookies from the cooky book today, peanut butter for old times sake. i had forgotten how much i love this recipe and how much i love peanut butter cookies! here is the recipe direct from the book...

1/2 cup shortening (half butter or margarine)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 egg
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp soda
1/4 tsp salt

mix shortening, peanut butter, sugars and egg thoroughly. measure flour by dipping method or by shifting. blend all dry ingredients; stir into shortening mix.

heat oven to 375. roll dough in 1 1/4" balls. place 3" apart on a lightly greased baking sheet. flatten crisscross style with a fork dipped in flour. bake 10 to 12 minutes. makes about 3 dozen 2 1/2" cookies.

my notes:
i hate shortening so i use a 1/2 cup of butter. i always throw in an extra spoonful of peanut butter and i use adams all-natural pb. i roll my 1 1/4" balls in granulated sugar before placing them on the cookie sheet and criss-crossing them with a "plain" fork, no flour. and one more thing, double this recipe because they go quickly!

i hope you love this recipe as much as i do!
xo, carly

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

a new project...

i made my first batch of cookies when i was 8, peanut butter with a few burned fingers. the recipe came from this adorable book, well not this exact one because that one still resides in my mom's kitchen. this book i picked up at one of my favorite thrift shops.

it was quite a thrill to find the cookbook that started my love affair with baking and you know i already loved cookies!

in the spirit of julie & julia, i'm planning to bake my way through this cookbook, in no particular order and avoiding any cookies that don't sound fabulous to me of course! i'll try a new cookie recipe and then tell you, dear reader, all about it, because as it says in the book, "happy the home with the full cooky jar".

xo, carly

Monday, July 16, 2012

long, long time...


i know it's been more than awhile, but i'm happy to say i'm back! for those of you who follow my blog, you know that my little family moved about a year and a half ago. and i have to say everything has been really different since then. last spring i accepted a job i was really excited about. i planned to still operate carly tee photography & design but more on a part-time basis. unfortunately my plans didn't work out. with the demands of my schedule (and my wonderful partner/hubby's) it just wasn't possible to do both. so until further notice, carly tee photography & design is on hiatus. not gone, just on hold.

oh, and about the job, i'm happy to say that i left it this spring. it just wasn't right. now i've recently joined the sweet and amazing team of girls at ellen hutson llc...check it out here, i'm thrilled to be back in the crafting industry and thrilled to work with such nice girls.

now you might be wondering what's going on here at the blog and my answer dear readers, is a little makeover actually. with a new name and a new direction, i plan to share a little bit more of me. of course there will still be some photography, lots of crafting, baking, cooking and other random little bits that make me happy. i invite you to visit often and share with me the pretty pieces that make you happy too!

xo, carly