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.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Beef and Peppers GOODNESS

I grew up with this meal and it remains one of my favorites.  But here is a fun little tidbit: I was a vegetarian before I got married; meat would really upset my stomach.  So generally when I parents served anything with meat, I was very good at hiding it and then dumping it.  Mom, if you're reading this: Sorry, I love you. I ate meat occasionally (who can pass up turkey dinner?)
Anyway, this was one meal that I could eat.  Beef usually made me sick after I ate it.
So here is the recipe so you can make it!!  It is very fast, very easy and it's a one dish meal; just add rice!  It's also very easy to double if you need extra.

You will need:
  • Oil to stir fry in (I use olive oil)
  • 1.5 pounds of beef cut into strips
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 1 chopped onion
  • minced garlic to taste... maybe 1 tsp.
  • 2 peppers (I find if I use colorful veggies, my kids are more likely to eat, so tonight we used green and yellow)
  • 3 stalks of celery chopped
Sauce:
  • 1 beef boullion cube
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 1 tbsp corn startch
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (or to taste)
You need to brown your beef and sprinkle it with salt and peppers.  
Then add you onion, garlic, celery and peppers and stir fry that until the vegetables are tender.
While you are waiting for everything to stir fry go a head a mix you beef cube, water, corn startch and soy sauce together.
When the vegetables and beef are good, pour in the sauce and mix around to allow thickening.
And that is it. When it's thick, it's ready to go.
Serve over hot rice and enjoy!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

How About a Fast Easy Crock Pot Meal?

I know, I used this picture already... but it's a lovely shot of my crock pot!!
Pulled Pork Goodness!!
What you need:
  • 1 Pork Roast that will feed you family (I used a 2.5 pound shoulder roast)
  • 1 bottle of BBQ Sauce of your choice (I used Bulls Eye Original sauce)
What you do:
  • Put a little sauce on the bottom of you crock pot dish
  • Put roast in pot (I just put mine in frozen... but thawed would be fine too!)
  • Poured my sauce over the roast.
  • Put lid on pot.
  • Cook for 8 hours on low or 5 hours on high.  You want the roast to be falling apart when it's done.
  • Pull roast apart into pieces and serve on fresh buns (I have a killer recipe I will share soon) or hamburger buns.  You can put some sauce that the roast was cooked in on the pork too if you want.
I serve this with salad and a nice glass of milk.  I have also done this with chicken.  It is a HIT in our house and yes, it is that fast to do.  I love fast meals!!
So, go make some and let me know how it turned out!  I would love to hear what you all did to yours.

It is FINISHED!!!!

After months of working on my quilt, it is finished!!  I am so excited to have it finished and learned so much working on it.  I really enjoyed this project and can't wait to do another one.
Completely finished.  Sorry, my lighting wasn't that great tonight.

I had a couple of areas come loose, so I fixed them.  I like the little something it adds to the quilt.  I have to admit that I love things that aren't perfect. 
Okay, so I had no idea what I wanted to use for the backing of my quilt.  I was really torn between minky swirl fabric, plush and flannel.  I decided to go with flannel.  I am happy with it.
So, I decided to stipple my quilt instead of hand quilting it, or sending it to a lady with a long arm machine.  I am so happy that I decided to do this.  You can find an awesome tutorial HERE on how to do free motion quilting.

Now, onto the next project!!!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

And the Winner is....

Mrs. Shymanski!!
Thanks to all who entered the CSN Stores giveaway.  It was sure fun to do.


I couldn't figure out how to use Random.org, so Aiden served as my drawer.  He had a blast!!
Mrs. Shymanski, watch your email for an email from me with you gift code from CSN Stores!

Friday, February 18, 2011

CSNStores Giveaway!

I am so excited to be hosting this give away!!
Today is currently a -27*C outside, so the kids and I decided to look at some swing sets that we would love to put in our yard when we have a bigger yard. Not only does THIS site have swing sets, but it also has trampolines, playhouses, bikes, lawn games and much much more.  This was much fun to do with them.  We really really need a HUGE yard!!
Also, go to CSNStores and shop from more than 200 stores.  I have to admit, I was amazed at the prices and selection.  You can shop kitchen items, furniture, and baby/kid items to name a few.
Here are two things on my wish list:
 I love the color... can you imagine it with a pretty vinyl custom decor on it.  Drool!!
My blender has bit the dust and I am really in the market for a new one.  I just love Cuisinart!!

To enter the giveaway for a $15 gift certificate from CSNStores all you have to do is leave a comment telling me what you would want on your wish list from them.
For a second entry go like Dana Made It on Facebook (on the top right hand side of the blog) and then come back and leave another comment with your name so I can verify that you like the page.
For a third entry publicly follow my blog.  Just click on "Follow" on the right hand side and then leave another comment telling me that you publicly follow.

Also, please make sure you leave in your comment your email address so I can find you! Giveaway closes February 24th at midnight PST.
A winner will be chosen at random on February 25th!!

Good luck!!

*Disclaimer: The comments in this post are of my own.  The give away is provided by CSN Stores.  Thanks, CSN!!
*Giveaway now closed!!*

It's on its way!!!

Okay, so I couldn't resist.  I ordered a Silhouette SD last week and got one heck of a steal on it.  I bought it from this amazing site, www.scrapbooksteals.com .  I can't say enough good things about The Steals Network.  I order tons of stuff for my kids from www.babysteals.com and www.kidsteals.com as well.
These are deal of a day sites, and they rock.
Okay, onto the Silhouette.  I knew that this one was coming for a bit.  It has been hinted on their Facebook Page.  I saved and waited and last Friday checked my computer, promptly, at 8AM like every morning to see what was on sale.  I didn't want to miss it. And guess what, it was on sale!
I jumped for joy, quickly added the Mega Bundle into my cart, and checked out.  Then I went back and ordered the Rhinestone bundle and Fabric Interfacing bundle.

Yes, you just read that one right!  The Silhouette can now CUT FABRIC!!!
Oh the projects I have in mind.  I can hardly stand it.  And I think my bank account may be weeping a bit, too.
So what can you all do with the Silhouette SD?
You can do scrapbook pages, cards, custom apparel, vinyl decor, glass etching, sketch designs, temporary tattoos, paper crafts, and NOW cut fabric.
This all makes me excited.  The machine just plugs right into the computer and away you go!

I could also use some help learning how to use this glorious machine. If you have any tips, let me know.
So, tell me... what projects do you have in your mind right now while you wait for spring?  If you had a Silhouette SD what projects would you want to do?
Check out the Silhouette homepage at: http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/

*Disclaimer: This is not a give away or an ad The Steal Networks sites.  All these opinions are of my own and I am really interested to know what projects you would want to do and see.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentines Crafts!!

So I saw a lot of crafts that I really wanted to do this year.  I will link you up to a great blog that has a lot of crafts listed for Valentine's Day from other blogs, but here's what I did.

This heart garland was so fun, easy and fast to do.  I have never used felt before and now am addicted to it.
Go HERE to "Made By Rae" to see what you need to do.
I will be playing with more felt at a later time!
 I really wanted to do something different and fun for Aiden to give out for Valentine's Day at school.  This was super fun!  I got the idea HERE, on MADE.  It really was another super fun and easy craft.
Aiden wrote his name on the back of all the hearts and we filled them with jellybeans and a ju-jube heart.

I always make a batch of sugar cookies whenever we have something we could possibly celebrate.  The kids love to decorate them and I love to do this with them.  This year we iced them with an almond butter icing.  So good. 

And, as promised, HERE is a link to a post on MADE that has tons of little projects you can do.  So many that I want to play around with.  Ah!!

Happy Valentines Day!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Crock Pots!!!



Crock pots; I love them!  I love to cook in my crock pot. I think I use mine at least 3 times a week. We have basketball and piano around the same time that I should be preparing dinner, so this beauty makes life easier.
Do you LOVE your crock pot?

Okay, so I'm going to post some yummy recipes as I make them, but to get us started, lets do a Crock Pot Lasagna. I will admit, I didn't really know what to think when my sister in-law told me of this recipe, but I had to try it.
Okay, here we go.  
You will need:
  • 8 lasagna noodles broken up into bite size pieces (try oven ready since they will be in the crock pot for 8 hours on low... I found mine got soggy because I boiled them first.)
  • 1 pound ground beef scramble fried
  • 1 28oz can of diced tomatoes with the juice
  • 1 5.5oz can of tomato paste
  • minced garlic, oregano, and basil to taste-just eye ball it.
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • about 2 cups shredded mozzarella 
So you need to put the cooked meat into your crock pot and then add the remaining ingredients, except the noodles. And then give it a stir.
Now top with your noodles, cover and let the crock pot go on low for about 6-8 hours, or on high for about 3-4 hours.
*Note: My mom did this as well, and she added her noodles slightly cooked 2 hours before serving and her noodles weren't soggy.

Let me know how it turns out!  I would love to hear what you did to make this recipe your own, as well!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Vase from a Mason Jar

Okay, Aiden brought me home some flowers the other day because I was having a horrible day.  He returned all the pop bottles, and this is what he came home with.  He melted my heart.  And we really needed something to put them in.  So I had a great idea pop into my head.

And this is what you do:
Supplies:

  • A Mason canning jar (I have a 1 quart jar pictured here)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon
  • Decorations
What you do:
  • Give your jar a quick clean and dry it.
  • Determine how long you want your ribbon.  I just cut and tied a bow around the jar to make sure it was long enough.
  • Using your hot glue gun, glue the ribbon to the jar.  I just added dots in 4 points.
  • Place a flower or decoration through your bow.
  • I placed some crystal like flowers on the jar to give it more of an embelishment and so Aiden could feel like he had something to do.
  • Add your water and flowers when everything is dry and in place.
  • Enjoy.
This seriously only took 10 minutes and I love how it looks.  It give my table a fun little spring pop, especially after that 14 inches of snow we got the days.  
Any questions, just shoot me an email!
Cheers!

          

So late posting this... but here we go!

 Well, my niece and nephew were here the other night... late.
So, Kirby helped me put my quilt together.
This girl was so good at trying to make sure that no two squares that were the same were near each other.
After about an hour we found that no matter what, some of them would match.
But it was fun to work together.


So, I was impressed at how well even my pinwheels and owls actually matched up.
Not back for my first quilt!

Now to just get my boarders on and pick my backing.
That is my goal for the middle of February.
I want to be quilting this thing and have it finished by the end of February.
But, what do you think for a backing:
Minky Swirl or Flannel....
I don't have anything picked out yet to even show you examples.
Hum...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Happy New Year!!

Well, the holidays came, food was ate, games were played, family time was had and in we had a blast.  What didn't get done were the projects I needed to get done for Christmas.  It was a little bit hectic, but that's alright.
One project has now turned into Emily's birthday present for her 3rd; I can't believe she's going to be 3.  She got half for Christmas.  I will post pictures once it is all complete.

My quilt top is almost done.  My 8 year old niece helped me figure out where to put the owls last night.  She was such a help and I had fun chatting with her while putting it all together.  I plan on doing the boarder tonight and then I really need help picking out what to use for the backing.
I have also, at least, another 1000 projects I want to complete this year.
The hubs just bought a new TV and then our couch's spring came right through the cushion... so needless to say with those two new additions to our living room, an TV stand is greatly needed.... ours right now is really falling apart.  We have a plan in mind.  I can't wait to share it with you.
We are also debating about putting up our lovely trailer for sale this year, so lots of organization needs to be done in our home.  A few things are in mind to be built to make it look great: like a garbage can holder that can also sit our microwave on top, bookshelf, and hopefully a little bit of storage for our kids' room.  I also want to make some new valances and curtains for our home.  All of these projects are adding up though.  Yikes!!  I think I'm going to need to win the lottery.
I have lots of new recipes I want to try and hope to share with you, too.
It's going to be a very exciting year.
Also, I am trying to give this blog a little facelift and try to expand.  This is going to be a fun project, too.  I hope!!
Cheers!!
Happy New Year and all the best to you all in 2011!!

Monday, January 10, 2011

11 Step Program for Those Thinking of Having Kids

So, I got this on Facebook the other day and I know it has nothing to do with crafts, cooking, or anything that I made.  It's a good laugh, though.  I laughed so hard.  Anyway, enjoy while I get ready to do up a few posts this week.

Lesson 1

1. Go to the grocery store.
2. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.
3. Go home.
4. Pick up the paper.
5. Read it for the last time.

Lesson 2

Before you finally go ahead and have children, find a couple who already are parents and berate them about their...
1. Methods of discipline.
2. Lack of patience.
3. Appallingly low tolerance levels.
4. Allowing their children to run wild.
5. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child's breastfeeding, sleep habits, toilet training, table manners, and overall behavior.
Enjoy it because it will be the last time in your life you will have all the answers.

Lesson 3

A really good way to discover how the nights might feel...
1. Get home from work and immediately begin walking around the living room from 5PM to 10PM carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 pounds, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly. (Eat cold food with one hand for dinner)
2. At 10PM, put the bag gently down, set the alarm for midnight, and go to sleep.
3. Get up at 12 and walk around the living room again, with the bag, until 1AM.
4. Set the alarm for 3AM.
5. As you can't get back to sleep, get up at 2AM and make a drink and watch an infomercial.
6. Go to bed at 2:45AM.
7. Get up at 3AM when the alarm goes off.
8. Sing songs quietly in the dark until 4AM.
9. Get up. Make breakfast. Get ready for work and go to work (work hard and be productive)

Repeat steps 1-9 each night. Keep this up for 3-5 years. Look cheerful and together.

Lesson 4

Can you stand the mess children make? T o find out...
1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains.
2. Hide a piece of raw chicken behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.
3. Stick your fingers in the flower bed.
4. Then rub them on the clean walls.
5. Take your favorite book, photo album, etc. Wreck it.
6. Spill milk on your new pillows. Cover the stains with crayons. How does that look?

Lesson 5

Dressing small children is not as easy as it seems.
1. Buy an octopus and a small bag made out of loose mesh.
2. Attempt to put the octopus into the bag so that none of the arms hang out.

Time allowed for this - all morning.

Lesson 6

Forget the BMW and buy a mini-van. And don't think that you can leave it out in the driveway spotless and shining. Family cars don't look like that.
1. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment.
Leave it there.
2. Get a dime. Stick it in the CD player.
3. Take a family size package of chocolate cookies. Mash them into the back seat. Sprinkle cheerios all over the floor, then smash them with your foot.
4. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.

Lesson 7

Go to the local grocery store. Take with you the closest thing you can find to a pre-school child. (A full-grown goat is an excellent choice). If you intend to have more than one child, then definitely take more than one goat. Buy your week's groceries without letting the goats out of your sight. Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys. Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.

Lesson 8

1. Hollow out a melon.
2. Make a small hole in the side.
3. Suspend it from the ceiling and swing it from side to side.
4. Now get a bowl of soggy Cheerios and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon by pretending to be an airplane.
5. Continue until half the Cheerios are gone.
6. Tip half into your lap. The other half, just throw up in the air.

You are now ready to feed a nine- month-old baby.

Lesson 9

Learn the names of every character from Sesame Street , Barney, Disney, the Teletubbies, and Pokemon. Watch nothing else on TV but PBS, the Disney channel or Noggin for at least five years. (I know, you're thinking What's 'Noggin'?) Exactly the point.

Lesson 10

Make a recording of Fran Drescher saying 'mommy' repeatedly. (Important: no more than a four second delay between each 'mommy'; occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet is required). Play this tape in your car everywhere you go for the next four years. You are now ready to take a long trip with a toddler.

Lesson 11

Start talking to an adult of your choice. Have someone else continually tug on your skirt hem, shirt- sleeve, or elbow while playing the 'mommy' tape made from Lesson 10 above. You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.

This is all very tongue in cheek; anyone who is parent will say 'it's all worth it!' Share it with your friends, both those who do and don't have kids. I guarantee they'll get a chuckle out of it. Remember, a sense of humor is one of the most important things you'll need when you become a parent!

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