Recipe Swap Hop: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I’m sharing delicious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! I took a cooking class a long time ago in high school and I happened to find my little recipe book and decided to try this yummy recipe.  I made it for my family, and they all loved it! Here’s the recipe:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Credit to my Cooking Class teacher from High school


1/2 Cup butter
1 1/2 Cup of sugar
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
2 1/2 Cups of flour
1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Egg
1 Cup of Canned Pumpkin
1 Teaspoon of Nutmeg
1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
1 Cup of Chocolate Chips


Preheat over at 350 degrees
Cream together: butter and sugar (with electric beater)
mix in egg with wooden spoon
Mix in Pumpkin and Vanilla
In a separate bowl, soft dry ingredients together
Combine with egg mixture, add chocolate chips
And put spoon full on greased cookie Sheets

Bake for 15 mins.

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Sheath Dress (A tutorial)

So I actually have something super exciting for you today! I got my pretty lycra cotton fabric (a combination I was a little afraid of) and I knew right away what I was going to do with it! I wanted to make a sheath dress, now that summer is over I think it's perfect to wear with some boots or some heels. The fabric is a bit thicker which makes it perfect for the Fall :)

I got the original idea from yet another dress at Ruche (not longer available), I just knew I had to have it, but I knew it would be more fun to make it by myself! 

Making this dress was super easy!

All you need is:

  • A dress that fits well and is of desired length
  • Medium Weight Knit Fabric (I used about 1.5 yard, I wear a size S/M and I'm 5"3')
  • Marking pen, scissors, sewing machine, the basic stuff.

1. First you lay out your fabric, you will need two fabric panels right side together.
2. Grab your dress and pin it to the fabric, I didn't really do that but you can to make sure the dress is secure and your fabric won't move.
3. Trace the whole dress without the sleeves. You can use a yard stick to make it a bit straighter, make sure to trace the curves too! **Leave a little ease just in case, if it's too big you can always make it smaller, but not the other way around!

4. Cut out and use a sewing machine to sew the sides and top
5. cut neckline
6. cut and attach sleeves (link to a tutorial on how to attack sleeves)
7. hem sleeves, and bottom and neckline (I used this zig zag setting for the fabric because it's stretchy)


Pacifier Clip Tutorial and some other links

So I posted a Facebook status which said, "What should I sew next?" and then this guy that served his mission here many years ago said, "you should make something for my baby!" and that's how this post came to mind. 

I got really excited about the idea of some early practice sewing for a baby. Because when I have children, I want to make them a lot of stuff. So here I will share with you how to make an easy pacifier clip. I have no idea how to use it, my brothers and I never used pacifiers, and I actually don't even know if this guy is going to have his baby use pacifiers...but whatever, right?

Total disclaimer because I don't want people to think I'm another baby crazy mormon girl: I am excited about the idea of someday having children with the man I will marry. Just not any time soon. I am definitely NOT in a hurry. 

What will you need?

  • fabric
  • ribbon (or lace if it's for a girl, these are for a boy so I'm going to stick with regular ribbon)
  • suspender clips


1. Cut a your fabric! you'll need one 10 by 2 (inches) rectangle. Leave some allowance.
2. Fold the rectangle in half and sew.
3. Cut excess fabric.
4. Turn the rectangle right side out and press with the seam in the middle

5. Sew down both sides of the strip.
6. Loop the suspender clip on one end of the strip. Fold twice for a cleaner look.
7. Sew to secure.
8. cut a 6 inch strip of ribbon and for the other side of the strip inside.

9. Insert ribbon and sew
10. TA-DA! You have a pacifier clip! Too bad I don't have any pacifiers around here to show you what it looks like, but you get the idea. 

I also wanted to share with you some of my favorite baby DIY, these are super easy and would be super fun to try!

I can't wait to make this cute little blanket! with a 49ers back of course, it seems so so easy! I wish I could make it now, but that'd be weird.
This diaper strap tutorial is super easy to follow, great for the beginner seamstress. And it's super cute!
A little tutorial and pdf pattern on how to make your own bib! I feel like I will be using this a lot someday. 
Finally, this baby snuggler is my favorite, I just made it for this same couple, can't wait for the little baby to try it. It was straight forward and easy. I loved making it. :)
Here are some pictures of the one I made. cute huh?

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Holla holla Halloween

About a week ago, my little brother Ivan informed that he wanted to be an ice climber for Halloween. Of course that meant that I had to make his Halloween costume. So on Monday we went to Joann's and bought absolutely everything so that I could make him the blue ice climber costume.

I knew what I was going to do, but I didn't know how time consuming it was going to be. And I needed to have it ready by Friday (yesterday) because we had a branch party at church. 

I'd also promised my other brother, Renato that I'd make him a lemon grab costume.

 I didn't know how I was going to make both costumes before Friday. 

I felt a little overwhelmed but in the end it all worked out. 

So I worked hard all week, and this is what I came up with:

Try to tell me these costumes aren't the most beautiful things you've ever seen and I will punch you in the face. Lol jk. I worked super hard and I think they came out super well. 

I didn't use a pattern to make any part of the ice climber costume. And it was pretty easy to be honest, just time consuming. I found a "tutorial" (though it was lacking in steps and explanation) on how to make the lemon grab head online. 

I'm glad this week is over haha I loved making these for my brothers and I loved seeing their faces as the costumes came together. They seemed happy and that's all that's important. Oh, and I was hipster princess jasmine. Yep


Trying new Trends

I've always been afraid to try new trends,
I usually stick with dresses that are form fitting or I add a belt to make them form fitting.

But lately, a few trends have been calling out my name.
I am dying to try out some boxy dresses
and some leather

For some reason, I am deathly afraid of leather, but I've seen so many of my favorite bloggers rock the trend and it gives me hope that I can pull it off too.

Liz from Cotton and Curls is my absolute favorite, she rocks those boxy dresses like no other. I also love Merrick from Merrick's Art, she's so great at mix and matching, and I am loving that skirt!

What's a trend you're afraid to try? Maybe it's time we all think outside the box and try something new!
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Package Idea: Suit Up!

I've never really been very creative when it comes to the packages I send Joey,
but I wanted to change that for the next few packages since I had some really good ideas!

So I am starting a new "series" per say. It'll only happen when I have ideas for packages, so it might be a while until you see the next post.

And if you have any super cute missionary package ideas on your blog  and would love to link up, leave me a comment and I will feature different ideas on my blog! 

For this package I made him a "Suit Up" themed package.
Everyone who sends internationally knows that if a package is over four pounds then it's going to be ridiculously expensive, so I couldn't add everything I wanted. This is why you won't see my boxes super decorated on the inside, I would love to do that but it just wouldn't work out well for my wallet. That's okay though, I really think Joey is going to appreciate it no matter what.

Cards -
I printed out these little necktie cards and had each member of my family write on them congratulating him on his first year on the mission. Print those out, here.

Inspirational sign-
I love all those "Keep Calm and Carry On" inspired posters and sayings, I was lucky to find this "Keep Calm and Suit Up" poster that went along with this package idea. You can find the printable file here.

Staying in the "Suit Up" theme, I thought he could use some new ties that I didn't make him. I am sure he loves the ties I make him, but some other ties never hurt.

September Necktie-
I also included his September necktie! I wrote about it here

 One of the missionaries serving in my area gave me a great idea! He gave me this missionary planner and told me that I could personalize it by writing scriptures on the inside and putting a picture on the front. I took this special picture, but I decided to put it on the back so he wouldn't get in trouble. haha I loved doing this, you might want to ask your missionary to send you a planner of his own so you can personalize it! I know that Joey will love this!

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Socks and Shirts-
If you want to suit up, you totally need some black socks and some shirts. And I am sure he could use some anyway, right? I also got him this really cool Pday shirt from this website

Tie Bar-
I absolutely love this tie bar :) and it was only $15 to have both sides stamped! The picture at the bottom is an inside thing between Joey and me. You can find the etsy shop that sells it here

What better way than to spiritually "suit up" than with a CD full of hymns specially for missionaries?! You can get it for free, here.

What have you sent your missionary lately? Got any cool package ideas to share? Halloween Packages? I don't think I will be sending one. I'll just sent him his tie, but I'd love to see what you come up with!
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