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Monday, December 16, 2013

Still Here!

Hey Everyone!

I'm still here!  I just got a new computer after being without one for months, so expect to hear from me soon!  I have lots of fun things to show y'all.  :) 

Let me know if you're still blogging too!
~McKenna

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Craft Fairs!

I have HUGE news!

Drum roll please.......

I started my own business!!!!  :D

It's called Sweet McKenna's and we have already been in 2 Craft Fairs!

The first one we went to was Another Bloomin' Festival on March 30th.

The second one we went to was Grayson Day on April 28th.

Here are some pictures that we took at Another Bloomin' Festival:






They were both a success!

Thanks for reading!
~McKenna

Monday, April 1, 2013

Winner of March Giveaway

The winner of my March Giveaway is.....

Reaper from The Stitching Reaper!

Congratulations!

Please email me with your snail mail address.

April's Giveaway will be announced soon...

~McKenna

Catch Up

Hey Everyone!

The Craft Fair is over (post to come about it soon) and I am ready to cross stitch again!  I really missed it!  :)

But before I can go back to stitching, I need to blog about some exchanges, prizes, and RAKs that I've received.

First up....RAKs

I received this Mar Bek pattern from Anne.
Thanks Anne!

I received these patterns from Maggee.
Thanks Maggee!

I forgot to take a picture, but Eileen sent me several Joan Elliot charts.  :D

Thanks Eileen!

Now....Exchanges

I did a Valentine card exchange with Ariadne, Lija, and Kerri in February and have just gotten around to posting about it.  :P  So sorry girls!

Here's what Ariadne sent me:
She also included some floss and a pattern.
Thanks Ariadne!


Here's what Lija sent me:

Beautiful!
Thanks Lija!
Here's what Kerri sent me:

She included an adorable bunny scissor fob!
Thanks Kerry!
Thanks again for exchanging with me!  Sorry I posted so late.  :\

Now.....Giveaway Prizes

I won a bracelet from Annette's Acre!
Here it is:
Did I mention that she made it?  So cool!
Thanks Annette!

I also won a Traveling Pattern from The Grey Tail!  It's Thankful For Ewe.

She included some extra threads.  :)
Thanks again!

I am now off to pick the winner of my March Giveaway....

Monday, March 18, 2013

March Giveaway!

I'm so excited for this giveaway!  I love sending out my little octopi to the winners!  :)

Here is March's prize:

It's a light green octopus amigurumi.
The Rules:
  1. Be a follower of this blog
  2. Comment on this post only telling me if you want to be included
Extra Entries
  1. Post a link on your sidebar
  2. Post on your blog
Deadline:
    March 31st

Good luck!
~McKenna

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Winner of February Giveaway

Hi Everyone!

Sorry I haven't been around lately!  After I was sick, I had to catch up on school and work. 

Thanks for all the well wishes!  :)

Now onto the fun stuff...

The winner of my February giveaway is.....

Katie from Jeremiah's Mom!

Katie, please email me with your address and I will get it out to you within the next few days.

I'll be announcing my March Giveaway soon....

~McKenna

Monday, February 25, 2013

Be Back Soon

Hi Everyone!

I've been sick, and hope to return to daily blogging within the next few days.   :)  Thanks for hanging around!

~McKenna

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Secret Stitching Sweetheart

I joined a small blog hop for Valentine's Day this year over at Serendipitous Stitching.

We were each emailed a picture of a Valentine themed piece that someone secret stitched, and we have to post about it asking who stitched it.

Who is my Secret Stitching Sweetheart???

I have no idea!!!

Here is the picture I was emailed:

Look at all those specialty stitches!!
Beautiful!
So.....who is my Secret Stitching Sweetheart?

REVEAL YOURSELF!!!!  :D

~McKenna

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tasty Tuesday

Swirled Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Do you like cheesecake?  I do too.  It's one of my favorite desserts!  

This recipe calls for jam to swirl in before it's cooked, but I didn't have any on hand.  :P  

So instead I swirled a little cocoa in the batter and TA-DA.....Swirled Chocolate Cheesecake Bars!!!

Truth be told, I actually prefer them with jam swirled in.  Everyone is different, so you'll just have to figure out which you like better.

Ingredients:

Crust:
  • 1 stick of Butter, softened
  • 1/3 c. Brown Sugar
  • 1 c. All Purpose Flour
Filling:
  • 8 ounces of Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/4 c. White Sugar
  • 2 Tbs. Milk
  • 1 Tbs. Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 c. Jam, any flavor  OR  2 Tbs. Cocoa
Directions:
To prepare the crust:  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Here is what you will need for everything:



Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and mix with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute.

Before and afters:

Before

After


Add the flour and mix for 1 more minute.

Here is what your crust should look like:



Press the dough into the bottom of a greased 8-inch square pan and bake for 10 minutes.

See here:



To prepare the filling:  Place the cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl and mix with an electric mixer on low speed for 2 minutes.

Then, add the milk, lemon juice, vanilla, and egg.

See here:



Mix for 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined.

Here is the finished filling:



At this point I took about a third out, mixed the cocoa in with what I took out, poured it back in with the rest of the filling, and lightly stirred it.

Spread the mixture over the baked crust.

I did that here:



If you want jam instead of chocolate, add it now and swirl it around with a knife.

Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Finished:



Let it cool completely and then serve!

I hope you enjoy this recipe.  I sure did!

~McKenna