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Picked from the Tree: Angel Food Cake

I come from a long line of divine cooks.  Their recipes were written on hundreds of little cards and shared. Eventually some of those cards were passed on to me.  Every once in a while I like to pull one of those recipes from my ‘family tree’ and get all nostalgic.  ’Picked from the Tree’ is a series where I document those recipes from my family tree and maybe share a memory or two.

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Growing up we had an angel food cake with basically every family get together.  If the family was getting together angel food cake with fruit  was pretty much a givin’.  Usually the fruit in the Spring/Summer was fresh strawberries, and in the winter it was peaches from our backyard that had been frozen.  The peaches were the best when they weren’t fully thawed yet, not sure why, but it was heaven.

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Sometimes my grandma would share stories about her time growing up in rural Ohio near the end of the depression (I loved those stories because she was a little bit of a tom boy like me.  In fact she was on the first women’s high school basketball team to win the state championship. So cool.).  One of my favorite stories though is about how she helped her mom to support their family through the toughest times of the depression.

My great-grandpa was a farm equipment mechanic and even when people couldn’t pay him he would still fix their equipment for them.  Sometimes they would trade, but most of the time they worked on credit he knew he would never see.  Grandma always told me it was because he didn’t feel that he had the right NOT to help someone harvest their livelihood, even if they couldn’t help him with his.  So my great-grandma and grandma would help out where they could to raise a little money.  They would go door to door selling fresh eggs, dressed chickens and angel food cakes.  She once told me that it took her years, almost until she was an adult, to realize that the people they were selling these things to didn’t really need to buy them – they raised their own chickens and eggs – but back then people would do whatever little thing they could to help.  I’ve always loved that story.

So, here is my angel food cake recipe in memory of my grandma.

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Angel Food Cake


  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup minus 2 tbsp flour + 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 12 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Heat oven to 375* with rack in lowest position
  2. Mix powdered sugar and flour/corn starch mixture and set aside.
  3. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy.
  4. Beat in granulated sugar 2 tbsp at a time adding vanilla and salt at the end.
  5. Continue beating until stiff and glossy meringue forms.
  6. Sprinkle the sugar/flour mixture 1/4 cup at a time over meringue. Fold in just until the sugar/flour mixture disappears.
  7. Pour batter into an UNgreased angle food cake pan, running a knife through to release any air pockets.
  8. Bake 30-35 minutes or until the cracks feel dry.
  9. Immediately turn pan upside-down over a heat proof bottle (I use a glass coke or rootbeer bottle). Let cool, hanging, for 2 hours.

Lifestyle Studios Blog Hop: Fabric Gift Bag

Welcome!  I hope you’re all enjoying the little blog hop today. I love seeing all the different ways people use the different products from We R Memory Keepers, don’t you?

Mother’s Day is coming up and I was so excited to try an idea for a gift that I’ve had for a while now. This Lifestyle Studios Design Team Blog Hop seemed like the perfect chance.


I had tried out the new Gift Bag punch board with paper before.  It took a few tries to get it right, but I finally figured it out (the video I share below especially helped) and the results were so cute!  However, I wanted something a little longer lasting than a paper bag so I decided to try it out with fabric.  I tried a few different ways and here is the one that worked out the best for me.


Here are the supplies I used:

Applique interfacing
Heavy weight, single side adhesive interfacing (not pictured)
Gift Bag Punch Board
Scissors (not pictured)
Hot Glue Gun (not pictured)


First, you need to reinforce the fabric to give it some body and structure so it will stand.  Also, if you decide to use multiple fabrics you will need to applique them together.  In the pictures above you can see how I added the heavy weight interfacing to a piece of muslin and cut it down to size.  Then I appliqued the patterned fabrics to the front and used a decorative stitch on my sewing machine to make sure the edges stay down.

Once the fabric is all ready to go, it’s time to get to punching and scoring on the board.  I just followed the directions in this video and it all worked out perfectly. There were a few little adaptations I had to make, but they are super simple.

Some pointers about punching:

You are punching the bottom of the bag.  So, if your fabric has a top or bottom (like mine had) make sure you’re punching the bottom.

Also, you want the right side of the fabric facing up so that the score lines work out the best.


As for the slight modifications I had to make – the punch isn’t made for fabric so it won’t punch all the way through.  But that’s not a problem at all.  It leaves a nice little score line so that you can just cut along the lines.


And this is what you’ll end up with.  It’s just like the paper turned out and works just the same.  All I did next was clean up the edges then hot glued the bottom tabs and the side of the bag closed.


And since the reverse hole punch on the board doesn’t punch through the fabric too well, I pulled out my handy dandy crop-a-dile to add the ribbon holes to the gift bag.


Ta da!!  A perfect little gift bag for the mothers in your life.  I’m sure they’d love it full of chocolate or other yummy goodies.

Remember that if you want to purchase your own Gift Bag Punch Board or Crop-A-Dile, or anything else from Lifestyle Crafts or We R Memory Keepers through for that matter, you can use my code for 20% off your purchase.

LSS Coupon Code

And guess what’s awesome?  There’s a giveaway going on today over at the We R Memory Keepers blog.  They’re giving away one of these great Crafters Totes.  Who wouldn’t want one of those?  So run over there and try your luck at the giveaway.

Aqua Tote bag

And just so that you don’t get lost on this great Blog Hop, here are those of us from the Lifestyle Studios Design Team that are participating.  Happy hopping!

Aimee’s Armoire

Benzie Design

Cokie Pop Paper

Cutesy Crafts

Ginger Snap Crafts

Gluesticks Blog


Kutz Paper Scissors

Making the World Cuter

Midwestern Girl

Missy Dear (you are here)

One Scrappin Mama

Popsicle Toes

Pretty Providence

Scrap Time

Sew Craft Create

Snapping Monsters

The Creative Mom

Tried & True


We R Memory Keepers (the giveaway is here!)

Andrea Worley

Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear.

Fabric Easter Basket

I had grand plans this year to design and make a great little fabric Easter basket for Abi.  And then I realized something, my brain doesn’t work while I’m pregnant.  For some reason I just could not figure out the very little and simple math involved in sewing something with a round base. So, after many frustrating and failed attempts at designing my own I found a fantastic tutorial on line and went with that one.

Easy Fabric Easter Basket with eyelets

The pattern I used is from a guest post Owen’s Olivia did for a blog called Somewhat Simple.  If you’re not already familiar with and following those blogs, you totally should be. Go ahead and check them out.  Don’t worry, I can wait.

Are you back?  Great!

So, as I was saying, I got the pattern from Nancy’s guest post HERE.  I pretty much followed it exactly, but I did make one slight change.  Instead of using a canvas fabric for the interfacing I used a pellon ultra firm stabilizer.  I did that mostly because I already had it on hand :) and I felt that the extra structure would be great for a basket that might get some heavy use out there on the hunt.

Eyeleted Fabric Easter Basket

Isn’t it darling?! But once I had it all finished up and showed it to Abi she asked, “But where are the bows?”  because obviously all Easter baskets need bows.

She told me she wanted two bows, one on each side of the handle.  So I racked my brain for a while about the easiest way to add a couple simple bows when it hit me.  I have a perfectly good Crop-A-Dile that has been sitting waiting for a great little project.  Two little eyelets on each side of the handle would be perfect for stringing some ribbon through.

Eylets on Fabric Easte rbasket

So that’s just what I did.  If you’ve never used a Crop-A-Dile before let me show you really quick how I did it.  It looks intimidating at first, but it is really really simple.  I forgot to take in process pictures this go around, so here is the process demonstrated on some scrap fabric. And please excuse the Band-Aid.  For some reason my rotary cutter decided I didn’t really need a thumb anymore.

Fabric Easter Basket DIY

1 – Gather supplies: Crop-A-Dile, your project, and eyelets
2 – First use the correctly sized hole punch on the side of the Crop-A-Dile and punch holes.
3 – Next I found it easier to set the eyelet into the hole rather than onto the Crop-A-Dile.  It was much easier to get it in just the right spot that way.
4 – Use the Crop-A-Dile to set the eyelet into the hole.
5 & 6 – Make sure that the eyelet set correctly on the front and back.
7 (not pictured) – Step back and admire your handy work before tying the ribbon through the eyelets to make your daughters requested bows.

Fabric Easter Basket with eylets

That’s it!  And the best part?  the project only took me about 2 hours (with my prego brain slowing me down and everything) so you could easily whip one of these out before the festivities this weekend.

Remember that if you wan tot purchase your own Crop-A-Dile, or anything else from Lifestyle Crafts or We R Memory Keepers through for that matter, you can use my code for 20% off your purchase.

LSS Coupon Code

And be sure to let me know if you do make one!  I would love to check it out!

Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear.

Easter Pom Pom Chick Tutorial

A few weeks ago I contributed this fun little project to the blog Reasons to Skip the Housework. I thought it’s such an easy and great last minute project for Easter I’d post it here as well.


Who’s ready for Spring?  I sure am.  I’m hoping that by decorating for it, Spring will get the hint and stay a while.  And these little chicks are the perfect fun and quick project to get started.

But first, let me introduce myself!  My name is Missy and I blog at MissyDear.  I’ve been blogging for about 5 years, but about a year ago I handed my first blog over to a friend that’s taking great care of it so I could put all my focus on my family, the MissyDear blog, and my handmade shop.  I blog all about the crafts I’m doing, the food I’m eating and the fun I’m having with my family.  I’m so excited to be part of the Reasons to Skip the Housework and to get to know you all a little better!

So, let’s get back to the adorable little pom pom chicks shall we?  Have you ever made a pom pom?  They are so quick and EASY!  You may never buy them again.

All you need to get started is:
thread (I used DMC floss so it would be a little bit stronger than sewing thread)
pipe cleaner


Now lets get started:

1 – Wind the yarn around the fork.  The more you wind, the thicker and bigger your pom pom will be.  For the chick you will want a small pom and a larger pom.

2 – Tie a piece of thread around the center of the yarn and pull it as tight as you can get it.  The tighter you tie it, the less likely that pieces will fall out of the pom pom after it’s finished.

3 – Now just pull the yarn off the fork and cut the loops all the way around.

4 – To finish it up you give it a little “hair cut.”  Trim all the way around until it’s all even and as small as you’d like it.  Also “fluff” it a little near the thread you tied it together with to try and diminish the line as much as possible.


Now lets move on to the assembling of the chick:

5 – Grab a large and a small pom pom.  I sewed them together, but you could just glue them and save yourself time.  Either way works just as well.

6 – Next I trimmed down my pipe cleaner so that the chicks little legs would be extra scrawny and cute.  You can see in the picture the difference between where I trimmed and where I hadn’t yet.

7 – Finally cut the pipe cleaner into two legs, two sets of toes, and one beak and glue them to the chick.  I don’t have a picture of the gluing, but you’r smart people and I’m sure you can figure it out :)

Viola!!  You’ve now made yourself the most adorable and fluffy little chick.  I’m sure it would look great in a center piece on your table.


Follow along on my blog or social media and make sure you tag me if you make yourself a little chick!  I’d love to see it!!

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Picked from the Tree: Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

I come from a long line of divine cooks.  Their recipes were written on hundreds of little cards and shared. Eventually some of those cards were passed on to me.  Every once in a while I like to pull one of those recipes from my ‘family tree’ and get all nostalgic.  ’Picked from the Tree’ is a series where I document those recipes from my family tree and maybe share a memory or two.


These little cookies been a family favorite for as long as I remember.  Whenever I’m craving some chocolate and have none on hand, this is where I turn.  I may not have a bag of M&M’s handy, but I always have oatmeal and baking cocoa in the cupboard.  I’ve never posted them before, although I make them almost weekly, because they’re not the most attractive of desserts (in fact, we called them ‘gorilla poops’ growing up) but once I made them today I thought, “Who cares? They still taste amazing.”


So, here you have it.  My families version of these fairly common, extremely delicious cookies.

Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies


  • 2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1 cube butter
  • 3 tbsp cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 c oatmeal
  • big 'ole scoop of peanut butter


  1. Boil sugar, milk, cocoa, vanilla and butter for 2-5 minutes while stirring constantly.
  2. Add the oatmeal and peanut butter.
  3. Spoon onto wax or parchment paper.
  4. Let sit until firm.

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