Rosie the Riveter

This year Lily and I attended our area’s AHG Day Camp.  It was a great experience, as are most AHG events. Our theme was World War 2.  One of the local Patriots developed the camp. I learned so much about this time in history in preparing to lead on of the groups.

I have the Rosie the Riveter song stuck in my head. I had always seen the propaganda poster for Rosie the Riveter and her “Can Do” attitude. Little did I know that the term Rosie the Riveter first appeared in a song written by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb.

As I have said before, I love making SWAPS.

Rosie the Riveter SWAP

I spent quite a bit of time searching for a World War 2 themed SWAP with no success, so I know I had to create one.  I altered the iconic picture to read “AHG Can Do It”. Then I added a scrap of red and white dotted fabric (similar to the headband Rosie wears) and added a pin.

If you would like to make this SWAP, all you need to do is print this Rosie the Riveter SWAP on card stock and add a safety-pin and fabric swatch (optional).  Don’t forget to write your name and troop number on the back.

A list of my other SWAPS can be found in the American Heritage Girl heading at the top of the page.

The Miranda Hat

A new week is here and summer is slipping away. My summer is slammed packed with activities, but I am trying to catch up on sharing some of my older projects.  Today I am sharing a hat I made for my niece.

Miranda hat

I obtained the pattern from the blog Project Stash. The pattern can be found here.

For this hat I opted to use some Red Heart Super Saver acrylic yarn in “Pretty ‘N Pink”.  I loved the pattern of this hat. It knitted up fairly quickly and had just enough variations to keep me interested.

The pattern writer said that it could be made with one skein of yarn. I totally agree I even had enough left over to make a quick headband for my daughter.

Cake Decorating Class for AHG – Sour Cream Cake

Previously I shared with you that I am helping a group of Tenderhearts and Explorers earn their Cake Decorating Merit Badge.

We began by going over color theory. As I explained to the girls, cake decorating is like any other type of art, it needs to be visually appealing.

Next, we made cupcakes (Requirement #1). When I make cake, I used a doctored cake mix to create a Sour Cream Cake. For, we also want it to taste great. This is my favorite white cake. It is extra moist.

Cupcakes made previously. Topped with royal icing letters.

Cupcakes made previously. Topped with royal icing letters.

1 white box cake mix
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
a generous dash of salt
1 cup sour cream
1 cup water
3 eggs
1 Tablespoon flavoring

In a bowl, mix together dry ingredients, with a whisk.

In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients with an electric mixer. Add 1/2 of the dry ingredient and mix well. Add the remaining dry ingredients.

Divide batter between two 8″ round prepared (greased and floured) cake pans. Bake at 300 for 20 minutes, then increase temperature to 325 and bake another 25 minutes.

TIPS: I use Pillsbury cake mix, and Lorann Princess Cake and Cookie Emulsion. The crazy cooking temperatures helps the cake to raise evenly.

NOTE: Please be sure to read the AHG Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements.

Pasta Limone

Today is National Fresh Spinach Day. Spinach is my daughter’s favorite vegetable. Around my house we eat it in salads, quiche, twice baked potatoes and in pasta limone.

Pasta Limone If you are unfamiliar with this dish, it is a super quick creamy pasta dish with fresh lemon taste. Any meal I can make in less than 30 minutes is a win for me.

1 lbs. spaghetti noodles
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic minced
1/4 small onion minced
1/4 cup whipping cream
1- 10 ounce bag fresh spinach
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Cook spaghetti noodles in salted water until al dente. Reserve 2 cups of pasta water before draining.

In a separate skillet, heat oil till shimmering. Add garlic and onions and cook till softened (about 2 minutes). Whisk in 1 cup of pasta water and cream, bring to a simmer. Add remaining ingredients. Cook until spinach is wilted.

Add reserved pasta water if necessary.

OPTIONAL: Top with additional cheese and fresh basil if desired.  We eat this as a meal without meat (with a side of fresh fruit), but grilled chicken is a great addition.


As always here is a printable recipe card to add to your collection (Pasta Limone Recipe Card)



Snood, Take 2

In April, I showed you the Snood I made for my niece. (See the post here).

While visiting her this summer, she requested I make her another one.

Purple Snood

I used the same Snowflake Pattern, but this time I made the small snood. I believe it fits much better. I used Caron Simply Soft Party yarn in Purple Sparkle from my stash.

She loves it and wears it to skating lessons.

Cake Decorating Class for AHG – Color theory

This summer Lily is working on her P.R.A.Y Award with a group of her friend. She also wanted to work on her Cake Decorating Merit Badge.

Fortunately, I am able to do easy / basic cake decorating. I took my first Wilton cake class 16 years ago when I was a newly wed. Long story short, I am teaching the Cake Decorating Merit Badge to a group of Tenderhearts and Explorers.

A cake I made previously for a Court of Honor

A cake I made previously for a Court of Honor

We began with a little color theory. This was to complete requirement #2. However, I also able to cover Artasic #4. Using a handout I created, and a box of crayons we discussed primary and secondary colors, tints and shades, warm and cool colors, and complementary and triadic colors. After having the girls color the handout we worked on tinting icing.

I am making the handout available for you to download here (color wheel worksheet).

NOTE: Please be sure to read the AHG Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements.

July Dishcloth

Here it is July. I can hardly believe summer is almost half over. My determination to knit a different dishcloth each month to include in my Christmas gift sets continues.

July Dishcloth

For this dishcloth I used my trusty size 6 needles and a skein of Bernat 100% cotton yarn. The color is “Torrent” or navy blue for those of us who are less technical. The pattern is by Emily Jagos, and can be found for free here.

Hope you enjoy and happy knitting.

Camera Day

Did you know that today is Camera Day? Many of us use camera everyday, so why not take some time and work on the Photography Merit Badge.

This summer, Lily and her friends worked on this very badge. She has enjoyed learning to use my DSLR, and now prefers to use the manual setting instead of the automatic features. The group went to one of the local parks to practice what they have learned.

My favorite Explorer level requirement is number 9. The girls are to caption one of their photos with a scripture verse. Here is Lily’s picture of the trail.


We used Microsoft Publisher to add text to the photo. Then, we saved the image and had it printed at the local photo store.

Lily chose to use Jeremiah 29:11. Psalms is full of wonderful verses that can be used for this requirement. Check out these for inspiration – Psalm 19:1, Psalm 24:1, Psalm 34:8, and Psalm 145:3. If you have another great verse to use, please share it in the comments section below.

NOTE: The text of the requirements have been simplified here. Please be sure to read the full text in the Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements.

I moustache you a question…

Are you ready for summer camp? Summer camp is always a load of fun, but before camp begins that is lots of work to do – planning, shopping, packing and most importantly making SWAPS. Camp would not be complete without lots of SWAPS to trade with new friends. Today’s SWAP is an easy one.

Moustache SWAP with free printable

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Quiche Lorraine

Do you remember the book Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche from the 80′s? The book is supposed to be a guidebook to all things masculine. First, I have never read the book. Secondly, quiche is not a girly food. All the “real men” in my life eat it. Quiche is just an omelet in a crust.

Quiche Lorraine is my husbands favorite.

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