Thursday, December 1, 2011

Day 1 of 12 Days of Christmas

I really wanted to come up with something fun to get ready for the holidays, so I thought I would do a 12 Days of Christmas and show you some sort of craft, food item, or project you can do in 1 day.
This is the Cat Apron!! I made this for my youngest. She LOVES kitty cats.
This apron took me a total of an afternoon to make. The face is appliqued and the whiskers and mouth are hand stitched.
I made a few changes to this apron that the pattern (McCalls Pattern HERE). My daughter LOVES pockets, so I added an extra one. She LOVES calico kittens, so I added two extra colors. And instead of using the triangle pattern piece to cut the ears and nose, I used my Silhouette SD (they are now selling their new Cameo!! EEK!!), with the sewable fabric interfacing.
I am loving how the apron turned out.
I wish I had a picture to show you of it in use, but my daughter is just too darn fast.
Anyway, this was a FUN one to do. You can choose between a cat, dog, rabbit and frog. I have the dog and rabbit yet to make for my other two rug rats.

Let me know if you make one. I would love to see it!!

*All of these comments are mine and not endorsed by McCalls or Silhouette. They don't even know me!*

Friday, November 4, 2011

I need to apologize for the lack of posts. It has been busy getting back into the routine of back to school. My little guy had a rough start being out of his routine from last year. Really, the only thing that remained the same for his was his TA, we love her. He is happily adjusting and doing very well with is studies.
I have also been helping my niece with her first quilt. She is making it for her brother that was just born. Very exciting!!!
We have been working hard on trying to get our food storage going. You know, I am having fun trying to figure things out.
So, lets get a discussion going:
What things to stock up on?
I am needing ideas.

Pintrest

Anybody else out there addicted to Pintrest. I find myself constantly pinning. I am in love with all the inspiration I find out there. We have tried a many new recipes, started a few crafts (and finished, I might add) and found many great tips and tricks to help us out.
Click on the button to the side of the blog to follow me.
I can't wait to start posting some of the things I have done.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Some Goods from the Garden

Well, we don't quite live where we have yard space for a garden. For the past 4 years we have tried to used our greenhouse to learn and every year it has been ripped apart by the cats in our neighborhood.
Anyway, this year, my husband's parents allowed us plant in their garden. We took advantage of that! It's only a 2 minute drive from our house and a great reason to go over and visit.
My husband brought home some goods one day that were ready to be picked. The kids picked strawberries; and strawberry picking has become a favourite thing for the kids. They also brought home some zucchini and broccoli. Oh my, heavenly!
So, our first strawberry pick brought us about 8 pounds of berries which was turned into jam. The last pick was more than this cool whip bucket. I decided I was going to make Strawberry Sauce from the blog Our Best Bites. Oh my, it was heaven. I can't wait to go saskatoon picking and make some up with that. It will be nummers!
 So, here are our pickings!
What you need to do with the strawberries, if you are making sauce is SUPER easy. I mean, so easy it was crazy!!
Take the stems off your berries and chop. You don't have to get them super small, but you will be cooking them and then pureeing them (which I didn't get a picture of... sorry) eventually.
 I had some store bought strawberries that were looking a little sad, so I plopped them into the bowl as well.
Afterwards, put them in a pot with about a good amount of sugar... I used maybe a cup (I will post the actual recipe below) and some almost extract.
YES, I just said ALMOND. You can also use vanilla. I won't judge you.
Cook them up until it looks a little saucy and you can break up the strawberries with the spoon.
 After that, let you berries cool slightly and then place in a blender.
Puree to your desired consistancy and place in a jar.
This freezes great, as well.
I had enough for 1 quart jar.
Let if cool before you place a lid on it. Mine sealed itself.
 We have enjoyed our syrup straight up, on french toast and pancakes, and also on ice cream and angel food cake.
Now for the recipe from Our Best Bites

Strawberry Sauce
1 pint of strawberries
1/3 cup white sugar
1 tsp almond extract of vanilla extract.

As for the zucchini... my wonderful mom brought in her food processor and I grated it up. I have 7 1/2 cups in my freezer ready to go for bread, meat balls and anything else I want to hide this super food in.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sorry for the lack of posts.....

But it really has been one of the most hectic few weeks.
I have been working on a few projects when I've had the time,
trying to figure out projects,
and trying to get back into the cooking knack.

Also, you may have noticed the URL changed and my blog name changed.
Here is why:
when I first named my blog, I had no idea there was another URL that was close to the same as mine (and I have referred to MADE quite a few times-- I love her blog since I've found it).
So, to save much confusion, I changed my blog URL and name.
Also, I find this way I can add some other ideas as well, not just limit to items that I made. I can incorporate my family adventures, too.

Let me know what you think!

And I hope to post again really soon!

*FREE* Pattern Month over at Grosgarin

I found a little treat for you all.
Free Pattern month over at Grosgrain.
A free pattern for every day of the month.
Ah, I am excited!!
Go and check it out!!
source

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Colorful Birthday Party

So, we just had Jillian's first birthday party. It was fun. But if you want to know about it, you can see it on my personal blog HERE.
We're here to discuss crafty baking stuff.
So, the cake was SUPPOSE to be a 7 layered rainbow cake. Well, I stopped at 5 layers and then had to make the cake into 2 cakes (one became a three layer cake; the other became a two layered cake).
The cake was Vanilla Sponge; perfect for a little one to pick up and NOT made a huge mess.
The filling was crushed pineapple and whip cream.
And the icing... oh the icing... it was wonderful. It is literally called "the best icing I've ever had".
I will post recipes below.
One of the cakes. I used Wilton color sugar since I have TONS in my cupboards.
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