4th of July Fabric Buntings... Or Procrastination at It's Finest


13 years ago, our Walmart had a great fabric section and in the post-9/11 Americana decor phase they carried a very nice selection of patriotic fabric. I, of course, stocked up on quite a bit of it. I made THESE dresses for my girls a few years ago, but still have a shoebox tote packed full of it.

2 years ago I started to make some 4th of July fabric buntings. I cut all the triangles and sewed a bunch of them together. I even ironed a few of them. But it was summer. I was enormously pregnant. I would have had to iron more to make bias tape. Ehh... Back in the tote they went.

Last week, I pulled the tote out and decided to finish one of them. All I had to do was iron and sew the triangles to the bias tape (which I must have gotten at a thrift store or something since then.) It took me maybe a half hour to do all of that.

Since I realized how easy it was and still had plenty of triangles cut out- and some red and blue ones sewn- I finished another one. My 9yo daughter sewed the rest of the triangles together. She did a pretty good job! I finished it up and we gave this one to Grammy. We even hung it up on her mantle for her. It earned a few "wow"s from my 3yo nephew. :)

I have enough triangles ready to go to make one more of these, but I need bias tape. I just don't feel like making any. So, maybe in a few more years I will make another one. :)

Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans!

Raspberry Custard

My kids love to pick wild raspberries! I did get to make one batch of ice cream this year, but for the most part, I am only "allowed" to make raspberry custard. Everyone in this house loves it, except for me. I am picky and I just don't like seeds. So, based on the recommendations of everyone else in my household, you should give this recipe a try! :)

Raspberry Custard
1 1/2 cups wild raspberries 
4 eggs
2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 unbaked pie shell
Spread raspberries in bottom of pie shell.
Beat eggs. Stir in milk, sugar, and vanilla.  Pour over raspberries in pie shell.


Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 425 degrees and bake for an additional 15 minutes.


I got this recipe from my mother-in-law. Sometimes, I skip the pie crust, just because I am lazy or forget, and that works, too.


Zucchini Mock Crab Cakes


Seriously. The zucchini thing is getting a bit out of hand. So, here is another creative recipe -this one I got from Meemaw!

Zucchini Mock Crab Cakes

  • 2 cups zucchini, grated or shredded
  • 1 medium onion, grated (I skip this part cause I don't care for onions so much)
  • 1 tsp. Bay seafood seasoning
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed

Mix well; shape into cakes. Fry in oil until golden brown.

Zucchini Bread


The zucchini continues….
I am picking over two dozen a day! It is quite ridiculous!
So, today I give you, zucchini bread. Not an original idea for zucchini, but it is devoured quickly year-round in my house! When I have zucchini coming out of my ears like I do right now, I shred the zucchini and put it in freezer bags to freeze for later use. Just thaw and drain the water off when you make it.

Zucchini Bread

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup grated zucchini
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. baking powder
(I don't have an 1/8 tsp. measuring spoon so I always guess or double the recipe)

Beat eggs. Beat in sugar. Stir in oil, vanilla, and zucchini. Mix well. Add dry ingredients. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.