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September 2015

Fall is here, and just in time for some Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes!

Okay, so who among us is not hooked on the Salted Caramel kick?  There is Salted Caramel flavored frosting, coffee drinks, alcohol drinks, chocolates and so much more.  I found an amazing recipe on the website Table for Two for Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes that is to die for!  I made them last night and thought I would share the recipe with you.

I ran to the grocery store and Van de Walle’s Candies after work and picked up all the supplies for these delightful little morsels.   Little did i know how amazing these would be!

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Ingredients for the cake, because of course you can’t use just a cake mix!

1 box chocolate cake mix

1 package of Jello Chocolate INSTANT pudding

1 cup sour cream

1 cup vegitable oil

4 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

You can add 1 1/2 cups of mini chocolate chips if you would like… but they certainly are not needed. I did not put them in my cup cakes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, divide batter out into your cupcake papers and bake for 18-22 minutes.  I did all my baking while I worked out on the treadmill! 🙂  15 minutes on, couple minutes off while pulling them out and filling up more cupcakes and then back on the treadmill!

Now for the amazing, absolutely spectacular Salted Caramel buttercream frosting!  I went to our local Candy store and purchased fresh caramels for this!

Ingredients for frosting:

15-20 caramel candies (make sure you unwrap them….melting them with papers on might not taste to good)

3-4 tsp heavy whipping cream

2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature

1 1/2 tsp kosher salt (divide into 2)

4 cups powder sugar

Now this is a bit more intricate than baking the cupcakes, so no treadmill this time.

Place your heavy whipping cream,1/2 of the kosher salt and caramel into a small sauce pan, melting caramels over a medium heat. You will need to stir periodically so that it does not burn on the bottom.

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While this is melting, place your butter and the remaining salt into a bowl and mix until creamed. I used a hand held mixer but if you have a hands free one, even better for this project!

Once your butter has been creamed add 2 cups of powdered sugar, mix until completely mixed together.

Once your caramel has melted completely, slowly drizzle in the caramel while the mixer is on low (this is why a hands free mixer is helpful).  If Caramel hardens as pouring put back on heat just enough to be able to pour into bowl with easy.

When Caramel and first part of powdered sugar and butter is mixed, add the additional 2 cups of powdered sugar.

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The one main thing I learned was to make sure when you frosting your cupcakes, both the cupcakes AND frosting need to be cool, otherwise, no matter how pretty you make the frosting on top, it is just going to turn into a nice tan blob! 😦  I even used a piping bag to make the frosting all pretty and fancy for y’all, but failed miserably because the frosting was still slightly warm. While it doesn’t hurt the taste of the cupcakes, the presentation doesn’t look as great as these babies taste!

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I hope y’all enjoy this recipe as much as we LOVED eating them!  They are truly worth the time to make!

Happy Fall!

Jessica

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WHAT???? Summer is over???

How was everyone’s last weekend of the Summer? Can you believe that we are already into September?  We are going into my favorite time of the year, but I still can’t believe that they Summer is over with!  We hope you all had a wonderful weekend and had a beautiful Summer as well.

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Just a few things that I need to get out there…..

For those of you that are doing our Summer Blocks of the Week, we are in the process of getting those all out to you.  It is going to take us a bit longer than a week to get those out to you. We are dying wool 24/7 trying to get all of it dyed to finish all those Border Wools, but dying hundreds of yards of Christmas, Sage, Clover and all those other colors is taking a bit of time.  We did get about 200 of those out this weekend along with all the Cotton SBOWs, so those of you in Wool only please be patient with us we will get those out to you as soon as we possibly can, along with your Freebie Finishing kits and Backing Fabrics for those of you that ordered it.

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One key note:  If you were in the SBOW Summer Breeze, if you pre-paid for your SBOW, you did not pre-pay for your Finishing Kit ($40, Sashings and Border fabric not yet put on the quilt below) if you ordered one.  We did not charge you at the time that we charged the Blocks, just incase you ended up needing less of the Border fabric than we thought you did.  We wanted to make sure you had exactly what you would need and not have an excess.  Thank you for understanding.

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If you did not get into our Summer Block of the Week: Somewhere In Time we are going to be doing it as a Block of the Month starting in October 2015.  Sign up today to ensure your spot in this beautiful quilt!

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As always the quilt is absolutely SPECTACULAR, and Linda Hrchka of the Quilted Pineapple has it in her very capable hands and we can not wait to see what she does with this quilt!!

We also received in our Shop Sample Kit for Latimer Farms by Paula Barnes and Marcus Fabrics.  This is going to be such an amazing Block of the Month program starting in January of 2016.  I love the setting on this quilt!  So different and I love all the blues and variety of blocks through out the quilt.  IMG_2056

Sign up as soon as you can, I see this BOM filling up fast.  We only ordered for a certain amount of kits, so once it is full it is full.  Here is just a sampling of some of the fabrics that are in this kit!  They are beautiful aren’t they??IMG_2185IMG_2186

I am off to do the Madison Quilt Show this weekend and then on to the AQS Show in Chattanooga, Tennessee next weekend!  Hope to see some of you there! Stop by and say hi!

Happy Sewing!

Jessica

Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop

How to finish that Punch Needle you have sitting around….

Looking for a great new way to finish that Punch Needle Project that you have sitting around?  Haven’t started the Punch Needle because you don’t know what to do with it after it is done??? The guys have been busy in their workshop, just like Santa’s Elves,  making up these awesome boards to mount your project on!

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Aren’t they amazing?   I love this idea!  You could also put wool projects on them as well.   We can make them any size that you would be interested in doing.  When ordering you should measure at least 1/2″ all the way around the project and that will give you the board dimensions that you need to tell us.  If you would like for yours to be larger, that is ok too, it is all a personal preference.  Place the Punch Needle Board into your cart and then in the Comment Section when finalizing the order please place the dimensions that you would like for us to make the board.

We know you are going to be asking; How do we mount this on the board once you get it? Well we will also be providing you with a sheet of paper to tell you how to mount it on your board!  Easy Peazy!!!

Have a wonderful week!!

Jessica

Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop

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