December 17, 2007

Soup Contest Winner

Drumroll please....and the winner is...

Cox Family!

Baked Potato Soup
8 potatoes, baked as usual
18 Tbsp butter
1 and 1/3 cup flour
12 cups milk
1 lb cheddar cheese
1 tsp salt
1 16-oz package sour cream
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 bunch green onions (optional)

Take baked potatoes and scoop out the pulp; set aside. In a LARGE saucepan, melt the butter. Add the flour and stir until mixed completely. Slowly add milk while stirring constantly. Heat to a boil, stirring often! (It’s important to keep stirring to keep the milk from burning). Heat until mixture is thickened. Add cheddar cheese and salt. Mash the potato pulp and add to the batch, stir to combine until all the cheese is melted. Take the soup off the heat. Add the sour cream and stir to incorporate. Serve in a bread bowl or regular bowl. Can top/garnish with bacon and onions, if desired.


Congrats and please email your mailing address to email(at)maidensofvirtue(dot)com so we can send you your copy of the 28-page The Hope Chest Record Book! (Please email within 7 days or we will have to pick a different winner).

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest... it was a tough decision to pick the winner!

December 8, 2007

My Finished Apron

I mentioned in my post, "Random Musings on Aprons," that I was making myself a "frilly" apron. Well, true to my word, I did! One thing I learned - I do not enjoy sewing with stripes! :-) But I am still happy with the way it turned out. And here are a couple of pictures:
Apron Front
Apron Back
If you like this apron, I made it with Butterick brand pattern #6816 (don't laugh, it's a Mrs. Santa pattern) out of calico fabric. If you would like to make it exactly as I did, I made my own ruffles instead of using eyelet trim as it calls for in the pattern (it includes a "guide for ruffle" for each of the different ruffles and I just used those as if they were regular pattern pieces, and then made very narrow hems along the bottoms). I also did two pockets instead of one, and did not put ruffles on the pockets, and I just cut my own instead of using the pattern piece provided (but you could use either).

I think the only thing I did differently as far as the actual sewing was that it said to leave one section open on the strap (by the ruffle) for turning it inside out but I didn't and just sewed it and it worked fine (hope that made sense). By the way, for keeping the shoulder ruffles from getting caught in the stitching, it works well to sort of roll them away from where you will be sewing and pin them in place. I think that was all!

If you don't know how or don't want to sew one, there are some lovely feminine aprons and

December 5, 2007

This Blog is "Moving"...

Due to some "issues" with Blogger, I am switching The Girlhood Gazette to a WordPress blog. The new web address is:

So for any of you that have this blog bookmarked, etc. you should change the address. The new blog also has a lovely new design. From now on I will be posting all my posts on the new blog.
I hope you all enjoy it!