Monday, December 10, 2007

Monday's Treats

If you're looking for some more amazing and creative gift ideas, I've got some really neat ones for you!

One of my friends from Island Singers made this present for me. She took two pairs of my Hubby's old jeans and turned them into this amazing tote! She is one amazing lady. Let me tell you, I have a miserable time using the sewing machine, so I could never do anything like this! Don't tell anyone this, but in my high school Home Economics class, I had one of the football guys thread my sewing machine for me all the time! I can cook and bake, but I cannot sew! I wish I could! I think that football guy even sewed most of my apron for me and I remember getting 84% on that project!

This tote is great! I can put a lot of things in it and it has an inner pocket made from one of Hubby's jean pockets. I've stopped using plastic grocery bags, so having lots of sturdy bags like these really comes in handy.

This is the inside of the bag. It's lined with lots of colourful material. Fun!

Another truly amazing find is this bag made from Kool-Aid Jammers. Another very talented and creative lady in Island Singers makes these wonderful, fun, funky bags. The bags are sturdy and have velcro tabs to open and close the bags. Each bag has an inner pocket as well.

If you would like to order a bag, I can get you in contact with the maker of these Kool-Aid Jammer bags. You can get them custom coloured as well. The lady who makes the bags puts all the money from the bags into her nephew's education fund. What a novel idea!
She also makes lunch bags. The bags have an inner pocket for lunch money or what have you. There is a velcro enclosure and the strap is very sturdy.

These would make very cool presents for any kid on your list! Aren't these bags just really fun? I love them!
Since you already know I can't sew, I'll have to redeem myself by letting you know that I can cook (and bake). I don't really like eating sweets, but I love making them for other people to enjoy. One thing I like to do is to make little baskets or containers of baked goods for family and friends. I made these chocolate brownies for our little gathering after the concert.

I have to admit, they weren't as moist as the ones I made on Saturday. It's amazing how two minutes too long in the oven can really change a recipe! They were still yummy (according to Hubby)!

Since I'm in the sharing mood, here's the recipe!
Beware! This is not a figure friendly recipe!

C's Festive Chocolate Brownies
1/3 c shortening or butter
1 c brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 heaping tsp cocoa
1/2 c chopped nuts (I don't use nuts because our nieces have nut allergies. Instead, I used festive sprinkles!)

Melt butter, add sugar, then add egg. Sift in flour, salt, and baking powder and cocoa. Mix all ingredients well. Put in greased 8x8 pan and bake at 375 F for 20 min or until set. Ice while still warm. I make my own icing. It's the same recipe as my sugar cookie icing recipe. I'll post that at a later date.

Aren't the tiny candy canes and snowflakes adorable? You can buy them at WatkinsOnline!


Ellie said...

Oh my goodness! Do you know if she sells her things at the Gore Bay farmer's market? I bought a jean purse which is made the exact same way when I was there the last time!! I LOVE it!! My daughter keeps trying to steal it from me!

BTW, email me with your address, and I will send you some bath fizzies!


C said...

Hi Ellie!
You are the BEST!!! I'm so excited about the bath fizzies!
The lady who makes the jean purses doesn't sell them at the farmers' markets. She teaches her students at the high school how to make them and made one for me when I commented on how much I loved hers!

The other lady sells her bags (the Kool Aid Jammer bags), but I don't know if she sells them at any of the markets.

Do you go to the Gore Bay market?

Ellie said...

Hi! When we were at the Gore Bay market the last time, which was 3 years ago ( way too long, and even teh large amount of whining I did to go back didn't work!). We really liked it! I have also been to the one in Mindemoya, but didn't get to Little Current. Is there a big one there?


Anonymous said...

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Ms. Mamma said...

Yum! And I love the bag! Cool!

Uncivil said...

Hey, now you can always feel like hubby is with you when you go shopping.

Wow! What kid wouldn't love that "Kool-Aide" bag???
I'm an adult......well sometimes.....and I love it!

OK....I'm hungry all of a sudden, and nothing in my house will do after drooling over your Chocolate Brownies:(!!!

C said...

The farmers' market in Little Current is good too, but I really like the Gore Bay and Mindemoya ones. There was one in M'Chigeeng in the summer too. I went to that one two or three times last summer.

Hmmmm...When you and your family come back to the Island, we'll have to plan a trip to the farmers' markets.

Thank you for lurking, but thank you even more for leaving a comment! :) Thanks for your kind words. I was wondering if I put too much of my real self into the blog and perhaps I should make it less personal. I have a hard time going incognito though! My true self always seems to pop out somehow! LOL!

C said...

Hi! BTW, check your e-mail :) What are True's favourite colours?

I know what you mean! I'll be turning 32 in 7 days and I love those Kool Aid Jammer bags! LOL! Wish I could send you some brownies! LOL!

Uncivil said...

That's right C .....your Bday is 12/18.......mine is 4/18.
My Dad's is 12/19 and Mom's is 12/22
I always felt like they got the shaft at Christmas time cause so much money was spent on Christmas that there wasn't much left for their birthday!

hotmommy said...

That is so cute! Chris I sent you an e-mail requesting an order for some bags ! I know the kids would love those ! Like you I'm crap at using the sewing machine so i won't even try!

Girlie Monkey said...

hahahaha a football player helped you sew! Too funny!

caninecologne said...

wow, your friend sure is crafty! those kool aid jammer bags look cool. how much is the tote bag and the lunch bag? i would totally use those and i'm 38 (but i look 25! ha ha)!

i hated sewing with a machine in junior high. we had to take a home ec course for one semester and shop (metal and wood) for the other half of the year. i made a really crappy drawstring tote bag. i got lucky and earned a 'c' on it. i'm better at sewing by hand. cooking class was more fun - biscuits, pizza, peanut butter cookies.

C said...

Actually, being the only girl in the family, I always got DOUBLE the presents! I never got ripped off :) Now, the only problem is that I have so much STUFF! I really don't need anything else. Really! LOL!

Hot Mommy:
I just sent an e-mail asking for your bags to be made :)

C said...

Sadly, it's true! LOL! I still can't use a sewing machine. Perhaps the memories of me running Middle Brother's hands through the sewing machine have an impact on my relationship with sewing machines. When I was 2 or 3, I took MB's hand and put it under the needle and sewed his hand. He was a year old or so. I have no idea why I did it. I was still a baby too! I don't actually remember doing it, but my grandmother and my mother keep reminding me that I did it!

C said...

I can't remember the exact price of the bags. I'll ask her again though. What's TC's favourite colours? Would she prefer a single coloured bag or a multi-coloured bag?

Palm Springs Savant said...

wow your friend is really talented, those are cool.

hey thanks for the recipe...I need to make some new stuff for Christmas

Ellie said...

I am going to try those brownies in the next couple of days, they look yummy!!

I love M'Chigeeng! Is there still a candle shop over there, I think it is called Sprit Wind Candles? my kids loved this shop, not for the candles, but because we saw our first live Luna moth on the building!


japanmanpete said...

Can you make me some of those chocolate things?


louann said...

Those bags are the utest! I think the Kool Aide bag would be good to use at the beach. Very cute.

t said...

Those are funky little bags! Can I order some too? sending email now.

PinksandBluesGirls said...

Wow, I am so envious and inspired by people who can knit, sew or do anything creative like that with material! I'm a lost cause! :)

And WOW do those brownies look AMAZING, C! I'm going to have to borrow that recipe! :) Thanks for posting it!

Jane, Pinks & Blues

AnnieM said...

Totally adorable! I need to start baking ASAP!

caninecologne said...

hi c
just got your email. thanks in advance for the bags. you are too sweet!

tc would probably like one with pink in it. as for me, the 'grape
(or purple). if not, multicolor is fine!

is it snowing in manitoulin yet? it's so cold here! 46! ha ha, yeah, we're wimps in san diego.

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