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Blogger of the Month: Colorful Texas

texas rainbow button embroidery title

I’m a Texas girl, through and through.

And one of my favorite things about Texas is how vast and diverse it is.

Plains, woods, lakes, desserts, beaches, even mountains. You can find it all here.

And thinking about how beautiful and varied our state is reminded me of a rainbow.

So here is a Texas rainbow embroidery craft, just for you.

texas rainbow button embroidery supplies

The supplies for this craft are pretty simple: an embroidery hoop, some yellow fabric (I used duck cloth), a Texas shape, buttons, needle, thread, and scissors.

texas rainbow button embroidery tracing

The first step is to trace your Texas shape on to your fabric.

texas rainbow button embroidery stitching

Then start stitching on your buttons. I added the larger buttons first and then filled in the holes and edges with the smaller buttons. Keep adding buttons until it is as filled in as you want.

texas rainbow button embroidery finished

Trim the fabric around the back. Then admire your finished project!

Post Written By: Julie @ Julie is Coco and Cocoa
Julie @ Julie is Coco and CocoaI love to knit, craft, and eat. I’m a Mom, a handmade shop owner, and a college student. I blog about crafts, recipes, and my three crazy boys. Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | G+

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Hassleback Potatoes in the Toaster Oven

Have you had Hassleback Potatoes? They are somewhat like a baked potato and french fries mixed together. That fluffy baked potato inside french fries. They are really tasty, especially when you’ve got cheese and a pat of butter between each slice.

Hassleback Potatoes in the Toaster Oven | The TipToe Fairy

The only drawback is that they cook a long time in the oven. I don’t like to heat up my kitchen using the oven. It makes the whole house very hot, especially in our mild climate in Texas. I am always looking for ways to use the crockpot or toaster oven to prevent cooking in the big one.

Hassleback Potatoes in the Toaster Oven | The TipToe Fairy

The last time I made Hassleback potatoes, I decided to experiment with making them in the toaster oven. It worked! Now I don’t have to heat up my entire house with the big oven, I can just use the little toaster oven and get some amazing potatoes.

These are super easy to make. You just slice almost all the way through, but leave them connected. Then brush with butter and olive oil and bake. Some cooks like to put the cheese on a few minutes before the baking time is up to really get it melted and bubbly. I prefer to do it when they just come out. They’re still hot enough to melt the cheese, but the cheese doesn’t get hard and crispy.

Hassleback Potatoes

Ingredients
4-6 medium sized Russet potatoes or 2-3 baking potatoes
1/4 cup butter
2 tbsp olive oil
sea salt and pepper to taste
Toppings: cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, etc.

Directions
1. Preheat toaster oven to 425.
2. Scrub potatoes. Then, slice as thinly as you prefer, but not all the way through. I like to slice them between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick. Use a good large knife or this will be difficult.
3. Place foil in toaster oven pan, then add potatoes.

Hassleback Potatoes in the Toaster Oven | The TipToe Fairy

4. Melt butter and olive oil together. Brush generously over the potatoes. Then, add salt and pepper.
5. Place in oven and cook for 30 minutes.
6. Add another round of butter and olive oil, this time getting into the slices. Then, cook for an additional 30-45 minutes.
7. Check at the 30 minute mark to make sure they are done. They should be soft and the slices should be falling open.
8. If desired, add cheese 5 minutes before baking time is up. Or add cheese and slices of butter after the potatoes are taken out.

Enjoy!!

Hassleback Potatoes in the Toaster Oven
 
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Ingredients
  • 4-6 medium sized Russet potatoes or 2-3 baking potatoes
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Toppings: cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, etc.
Instructions
  1. Preheat toaster oven to 425.
  2. Scrub potatoes. Then, slice as thinly as you prefer, but not all the way through. I like to slice them between ⅛ and ¼ inch thick. Use a good large knife or this will be difficult.
  3. Place foil in toaster oven pan, then add potatoes.
  4. Melt butter and olive oil together. Brush generously over the potatoes. Then, add salt and pepper.
  5. Place in oven and cook for 30 minutes.
  6. Add another round of butter and olive oil, this time getting into the slices. Then, cook for an additional 30-45 minutes.
  7. Check at the 30 minute mark to make sure they are done. They should be soft and the slices should be falling open.
  8. If desired, add cheese 5 minutes before baking time is up. Or add cheese and slices of butter after the potatoes are taken out.

 

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