Crafts and DIY

How I put Build-A-Bear on the Back Burner

Each year for either Valentine's Day Or Christmas, I take my youngest two children to Build-A-Bear (BAB) workshop to pick out a friend. My daughter also likes to collect Beanie Boos. Each time she gets a stuffed friend its a different animal. My son is an Avid Star Wars fan, a true lover of the Dark Side. He always gets the Star Wars Edition related bears. Recently, they hinted around at going to BAB for summer family fun day time. Honestly, it's been averaging 91 degrees here; Mama feels like going nowhere. The heat and humidity just drain me. My solution…sew a bear.

I already had this pattern from some 99 cent pattern sale. Plus I needed to practice sewing darts on something small. This pattern has plenty of darts, despite only having only two pieces.

I cut out the pattern onto some remnant fabric I picked up at Hancock's (please come back!) before they went out of business. My daughter's rabbit required a little over a yard. The dog only required a yard.
After sewing the animals I allowed the kids to stuff them. I had to leave a section of the back open for that. They stuffed them quite full.

I then attached the eyes, sewed up the back–I learned how to ladder stitch to do this.

I then decided to satin stitch a quirky little nose on each. Here is how they turned out: Dotty and Kylo Pup.

The kids loved them just as much as the BAB ones. Score one point for Mom! For now, I managed to keep the trip to Build-A-Bear at bay.

Food

Kool-Aid Sherbet Review

Recently a fellow blogger posted how Kool-Aid Sherbet has become one of her kids favorite treats. My own kids also love sherbet; I think it's part of their genetic code inherited fron their Dad, who loves sherbet! I make a lot of home made cake batter ice cream, but I never thought of making sherbet until recently after suffering sticker shock at my local grocery store. Needless to say this pin on pinterest intrigued me.

When Nellie over at Butter with a Side of Bread posted this last month, she stated how she successfully blended this by hand. I decided to make the recipe in my ice cream maker.

I doubled the recipe using 2 Cups of half and half and 4 Cups of whole milk. I only used 1 1/4 C. of sugar. I wisked the sugar in the milk until it was dissolved. I then added in two packs of Black Cherry Kool-Aid. 

Once the Kool-Aid was blended, I followed the same steps as if I were making ice cream. 


I set the timer on 30 minutes. This usually gives me soft serve ice cream. I then transferred the sherbet into a freezer safe container. To harden the mix I let it freeze another 30 minutes before serving. It was still very soft. 


It was firmly set after two hours. My husband and kids loved the sherbet and are excited to try more flavors. In the future, I will reduce the sugar to one cup because I thought it was really sweet. The flavor was stronger than store bought sherbet. Afterward, I wondered if I could double the base but use only one packet of flavor. By the way, I only got a tablespoon of this one. It was gone by the time I got home from work. 

I have since tweaked the recipe to mimic the creamy flavors found at the store.

For orange sherbet here is my recipe:

  • three cups of whole milk
  • two cups of heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 C. Of sugar
  • 1 packet of Orange Flavored Kool-Aid

Have you tried Kool-Aid Sherbet? What were your favorite flavors? Leave a comment below.