Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sugar Free Cheesecake Recipe

This is probably my most favorite "sweet treat" recipe since I found out I was diabetic 5 years ago. I was never a cookie or candy lover...but...I LOVE a good slice of pie.
For those of you who are watching your fat or cholesterol intake...use a fat free cream cheese and sour cream....only use the egg whites and one of the yolks...then add 3 tbsp of flour.

1 cup grahm cracker crumbs
2 packets of Splenda
3 Tablespoons of Margarine, melted
4 8oz. packages of Cream Cheese, softened
20 packets of Splenda
4 eggs
3 heaping Tablespoons of sour cream
1 Tablespoon of vanilla
1 Package of frozen mixed berries (strawberry, blueberry and red raspberry)
4 packets of Splenda
1 Tablespoon water

Combine crumbs, Splenda and margarine: press onto bottom of 9" springform pan. Bake at 325* for 10 minutes.

Combine cream cheese and Splenda,(add in the flour if you are choosing this method)...mixing at medium speed on electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Blend in sour cream and vanilla, pour over crust. Bake at 450* for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 250*, continue baking for 1 hour. Loosen cheesecake fron rim of before removing the rim of pan. Chill.

Place the frozen mixed berries in a 3qt pot. Add Splenda and water. Heat on low until berries are no longer frozen. They do not need to actually cook. Chill. I use the topping per slice rather than over the entire cake.

Friday, January 29, 2010

In Memory of Ralph.....

Randy is leaving tonite to go to Tomah, Wisconsin for some ice fishing...along with our daughters boyfriend Josh and his friend Dean. Brrrrrrr. He will be staying at the camper tonite and on Saturday he has to sign up for the 1st annual Ralph Kosch Ice Fishing Tournament. Ralph is my husbands father who passed away almost a year ago. He owned a sporting goods shop just off Lake Redstone between Reedsburg and LaValle Wisconsin called 4 Seasons Sports...My mother in law recently sold it to a man from here in Illinois. In honor of Ralph...the man who built that business from the ground up and invested 13 plus years into it....he is naming the Ice fishing derby after him. It is a very nice gesture and should attract alot of contestants.
I am not going....I got sick last night...finally got what everyone else had. I could feel it coming on yesterday and chose to ignore it, hoping it would go away...but then...around 4PM it hit me full on. I am achy, stuffy, probably have a fever, and am just plain tired. I don't have time for this...I have too much to do. And it is so cold here....1 degree outside this morning....and I KNOW I have to go purchase some muslin today to make more dollies.....I have things to ship...I wanted to invite my daughter and Handsome Pants for dinner tonite...UGH!!
Anyway....I am hugging my trusty box of Aloe Kleenex and taking some DayQuil...that should knock me out.... YAY!! I really don't like the feeling of my head floating above my shoulders...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Kats Country Prims NEW Selling Blog

I have decided to create a selling blog...I have a few things listed there now with PayPal buttons to make your pattern purchases. I will be doing another giveaway there at the end of an effort ot promote that blog. And I may list finished dolls there when they become available. If you love doll making and sewing...check it out at this link and follow that may be pleasantly surprised in the near future!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

St. Patricks Day and Valentine's Day NEW

I worked 'til 9PM last night to finish these new dollies that are now listed on ebay. The first one is another St. Patricks Day/Irish themed Annie...with the cinnamon wool hair. I have given her a little wooden St. Patricks day card with a wire hanger to hold. It isn't visible in this photo...but I assure you it is there. The second one is a Valentine's Day themed Annie in bright pink, red and a hint of purple. I have given her a wooden heart with HUG written on hangs on her wrist from a wire hanger. Both hanging accessories are removable to use somewhere else if you choose.
You can view more photos of these lovely ladies by clicking HERE and HERE. Thanks for taking a peek!

Saturday, January 23, 2010


Today I am off on a fabric quest...believe it or not...I am looking for halloween fabric...spider webs to be exact...wish me luck...I think I will need it...LOL!
I jus thought I'd take a minute this morning and show you all what is newly listed on eBay...I have done up some sets of little 10"-11" AnnaMarie Annie dollies. This first set is a set of Irish lasses done in St. Patricks Day fabrics...
This set is done in Valentines Day fabrics....I just love these little dollies....I save scraps of muslin while making the bigger dolls just to use for these little cuties...and these use up excess pieces of fabric from the larger dolls also....Pattern is available for this 11" AnnaMarie...
To view more pics of these HERE and HERE. For pattern Click HERE

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


I have been thinking about this for quite sometime....and yesterday when I was looking for something in the craft room and stumbled upon 2 forgotten dollies...I knew it was time to do this. So...these 2 dollies had been lost in the mass of forgotten fabric for who knows how long. I think these were 2 of the first dolls I made about 2 years ago from a pattern by Patties read that correctly...2 years they had been buried beneath fabric. They were a part of my grubby/blotchy staining phase...LOL.

I remember why I had put them in there, never to be seen again. The yarn that I had originally used for their hair frayed and puffed up on me...It looked HORRID!! to the craft table they went...both of them tucked beneath my arm. And I began to rip their hair off...LOL... I gave them both an EXTREME MAKEOVER. They both recieved NEW HAIRDO'S and even some new blush.

I have listed one, that I gave some raggedy red wool hair,(not a full head of hair) on Ebay starting bid $9.99. This one I have given some medium brown wool hair (not a full head of hair...just along the seam line) and decided to use her as a giveaway doll. She wears a mock 2 piece dress. The bodice is a red and white check. The dress skirt is an out of print Debbie Mumm featuring old world Santa's. She wears blotchy stained bloomers beneath that are gathered at the leg openings. She has painted leg stripes. Her facial features, including her nose, are hand stitched...and lets not forget those button eyes. She has medium brown wool hair with a matching fabric bow accented with a button just off center in her hairline.

So...lets get this started! All you need to do is comment on this 16" Button Eyed Annie to be entered. If you post a link on your blog, I will enter you a 2nd time. The giveaway deadline will be February month from today. I will draw a winner on February 20th and post the winner here on my blog on February 21st.
To view the other doll listed on HERE.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


I'll admit it...I was excited to get these 2 Freckles done. I had just purchased these shoes and could hardly wait to get them on her. These 2 were done a bit differently. I usually give them ponies...but these have pigtail braids. And I really like this look for her.

The first one is done in a blue daisy floral print with a coordinating plaid apron. Her shoes are a blue suede with little flowers across the toe...REALLY CUTE!

The other is done in a pink and white check with floral print dress. She has a matching patchwork print apron. Her shoes are a pink and white polka dot canvas slip on....HOW FUN!! Wish they made these in adult sizes. Her hair is a cinnamon wool.

You can check them out HERE and HERE for more pics.

Friday, January 15, 2010

New Listings on Ebay

NEW ON EBAY!! These are 2 of the new Simply Courtney finished dollies I have listed on Ebay... One wears a creamy beige tonal swirl pattern blouse with a heart/Valentine print skirt. She has soft brown wool hair...YES...a full head of hair. Painted, drawn, shaded and sealed facial features.

The other is an Irish Annie...all dress and ready for St. Patricks Day. She wears a green and black striped shamrock print blouse with a patchwork print skirt featuring Leprechauns, shamrocks, pots of gold...etc. I even created a prim hang tag for her which has Irish Annie written on the front.

Both dolls are one of a kind. Check them out when you have a minute to spare.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

New Pattern

I have been working my self ragged lately trying to keep things listed on ebay every other day...UGH....but yesterday I hit a stand still when I ran out of thread. Oh well...I needed a break...
Y'know....I get so bored making the same thing over and over....I don't see how some of these dollmakers can make the same doll day after day...and yeah...I understand that you are using different fabrics...and I actually get excited just to see how they will turn out....I don't know....maybe it is just me...maybe it is just the fact that I am cooped up...too cold to do anything more than venture to the mailbox...and too trecherous too with the snow.
So....I designed yet another doll for pattern....she is AnnaMarie named after someone very special to me...paper pattern #124....she is 10" tall....and similar to Hannah and Lil MaryAnne...just smaller. She is listed on eBay and on my Etsy shop. Check them out for more photos.

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Apparently I have let nearly 2 months pass without writing anything in my blog....UGH...holidays...glad they are over.

Christmas went off without a hitch....well...there was that big ice storm on Thursday....broken branches were everywhere from the weight of the frozen snow and ice. But hey....every thing has a bright side. The broken branches from the crooked pine tree were laying everywhere in the front yard. And it is weird that I had just told my husband to cut me some so that I could lay them atop the suspended ladder above the breakfast bar....and let them droop over the cabinets. So....amist sleet, rain and snow....I pulled 2 well over 8 ft branches up onto the porch and began cutting smaller branches from the large one.... They were so heavy from the frozen ice....I had to put them into the tub to thaw...and from there they went to their perspective places to hang.

And you know you are old when the only plans you have for New Years Eve is sitting at home, having your parents for dinner, and planning to stay up to watch the ball drop in New York on tv....but never making it past 10:30. Woo Hoo....ain't this livin'?

Well....I have decided to throw myself head first into patterns this year....yep...that was my resolution. We will see how long this lasts.....May perhaps?

Above is my new pattern Simply Annie with a heart garland. You can find her on eBay or my etsy shop....check it out for more pics.