Roo's Casa

Black Apple Doll
November 30, 2009, 2:26 am
Filed under: Crafts, Kids, Sewing

I ruined my Black Apple Doll when I painted the face. I erased the other doll to show you what it looked like before I painted.  I am so upset since I thought they were so cute before.  I just wanted their eyes to be open and I don’t quite have the skills to paint a face.  So now I am going to start over and do the face before sewing it all together.  You can find the Black Apple Doll Pattern on the Martha Stewart Website. 


Shrinky Dink Train
November 30, 2009, 2:19 am
Filed under: Christmas, Kids

I made this train for one of my kids a few years ago and now another kiddo wanted to make one, but this time he did the coloring.

Perler Bead Standing Tree
November 27, 2009, 2:25 am
Filed under: Christmas, Crafts, Holidays, Kids

My son came up with this idea all on his own.  All he did was made one of the tiny advent ornaments from Perler and then used the round plastic shape that came with the kit to make a rug. He left 2 beads out on in the middle of the round “rug” part so that the trunk can fit into the hole and stand up.

Turkey Roll
November 25, 2009, 8:28 pm
Filed under: Fall, Holidays, Recipes, Thanksgiving

Last week I made this turkey roll from Food Network and it was great!  The only problem was that I couldn’t find turkey breasts so I had to use chicken.  It had such a nice look and flavor though. I would definitely make this again.  I also couldn’t find the twine so I used toothpicks.  The kids didn’t like the sauce that accompanies it, but liked the roll itself.

Mini Pumpkin Pies
November 25, 2009, 8:23 pm
Filed under: Fall, Halloween, Recipes, Thanksgiving

I loved the way these mini pumpkin pies looked on Bakerella’s website.  I made them using a Pillsbury crust and they were surprisingly easy.  I really don’t like to eat all of the chemicals in Pillsbury though so next time I need to make these with a homemade crust.  Check out her site to get the recipe.

Chocolate Heath Bar Pie
November 25, 2009, 8:19 pm
Filed under: Recipes

This is one of my favorite pie recipes to make.  I have adapted the recipe from the Mrs. Fields’, I Love Chocolate Cookbook.  This year I am making this for my son’s birthday and Thanksgiving.  

1 1/2 cups Oreos crushed- I use the fake Oreos from Whole Foods, using the center and all. It ends up being 15 cookies.

5 tablespoons butter, melted

1 tablespoon sugar- I use less than the original recipe since I keep the centers in the cookies.

Mix up all of the above and press into a pie pan. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. 

6 ounces milk chocolate ( I used Hershey’s chocolate chips, next time I will use a different kind of brand of chocolate since these made it a little bit too sweet)

3/4 cup half and half

8 oz. cream cheese

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla

3/4 cup Heath bar chunks ( you can buy a bag of these or break up your own using candy bars)

Melt the chocolate over a double broiler or in the microwave. Warm up 1/2 cup of half and half and then add to the chocolate and stir.  In another bowl mix up the cream cheese, brown sugar, vanilla, 1/4 cup half and half until mixed well.  Add the chocolate mixture and blend again.  Add in 1/2 cup of the Heath bar pieces. Place into the cooled pie crust and top with more Heath bar pieces. You can use whatever is left or less if desired.  Cool the pie in the refrigerator at least 2 hours.  I like to make it the day before so that the flavors blend a little more.

Kid’s Advent Calendar Part 2
November 25, 2009, 5:44 pm
Filed under: Advent Calendar, Christmas, Crafts, Kids, Sewing

adventThe advent calendar is almost done.  So after glueing all of the numbers down and the tree, my kids made the ornaments that will go into the pockets.  

2The kids made the ornaments out of Perler beads, which was perfect because it became a craft for them as well.  You can find all of the patterns for the ornaments on the Perler bead site and also the pattern for the tree.  

3For the tree I actually traced it from my computer screen onto two papers so that I didn’t waste ink printing all of that color.  Then I taped the two parts of the tree together and just drew an outline outside of the tree two times to enlarge it.  I tried several other tree patterns and this tree just seemed the best for our ornaments to all fit.  

4Now my next decision is how to hang the ornaments on the tree. I always thought I would place little velcro dots all over the tree and the other part of the velcro would be glued to the ornament, but now I am not so sure it will hold up.  I worry that the velcro will be too strong and be difficult to use.  I also couldn’t find red velcro dots, so I had to cut my own circles which don’t look too great.  Using buttons is an idea.  I could stitch buttons on all over the tree and then thread some floss through the ornaments to hang them.  There will be some tests over the next few days to figure out what looks best.  I definitely want something that looks decorative even when the ornaments aren’t hanging yet.  

Just a note: the tree measures about 15.5 inches tall  and 10.25 inches wide at the widest part. The blue background fabric is about 34 inches tall (without the 1.5 inch pocket turned to the back so total it would be 35.5 inches before sewing) and 15.5 inches wide. I just spaced the pockets to fit.  There were no exact measurements on placing the pockets.  

IMG_8271IMG_8273I am also giving a kit to make all of this to two of my nieces for their birthdays.  Each kid contains the already assembled calendar, but they glue on the numbers, and then all of the beads and other supplies to make the ornaments.  The kit even includes a little book with all of the ornament patterns.






ETA: I decided to go with the buttons. Here are some pictures:











Here is a boy version I am starting for my son: