Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Hey, look at me


I got this special German edition of Burda magazine a few weeks ago, and look who's in it. This is the Godet Skirt I made last December in a fuscia stretch velvet.


I left the magazine out to see if anyone would notice. Yes, people (regular, normal people that don't sew) actually do pick it up to peruse it at my house. Yeah, no one noticed. My kids were pretty excited about it though.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Square foot garden


This is our third year of our square foot garden. It's a fun thing to do with the kids. Teaching them where food comes from. They think it's pretty much akin to magic when they see it grows from a seed and doesn't come from a box.


So this year, we planted a couple of zucchini. I don't eat zucchini. I was born a finicky, picky eater. You know, like those weird people on that TLC show Freacky Eaters that only eat potatoes. It's only been a couple of years that I started eating lasagna (before this, it kind of struck me like vomit) and most recently, I've learned to eat oatmeal. Yes, oatmeal. This took several tries as I couldn't get over the slimy texture at first. I'm still not that fond of water. Enough of my weird eating habits. I could go on and on. The point is, I don't want my kids to turn out this way, so I try my best to introduce them to healthy foods. OK, and in this case ... chocolate.

Anyway, now the zucchinis are really, really big (apparently you're not supposed to let them get this big) and I need to figure out what to do with them. Here's one of my first attempts using an internet recipe, Chocolate Zucchini Bread found here [NotesFromMyFoodDiary.com]. Success. Warning: this is REALLY chocolate-y.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Yum



This is currently my favorite breakfast:

- Kodiak Whole Wheat Flapjack mix pancakes
- with fresh mangoes
- and Kodiak Raspberry syrup (there's also a Marionberry syrup that is equally good)

Delicious! And if you eat this outside, it's even better.

If you're trying to make the switch from white flour baked goods to whole wheat, like I've been trying to do for a few years now, this pancake mix is a sure winner.

This also helps explain, why there are less posts about sewing and crafting. I've been concentrating my efforts on eating yummy things.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Explorer Vest


Pattern: Explorer Vest Little Things To Sew by oliver + s
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This is an oldie I made last year but it's a super favorite that he still wears all of the time. It's also been very popular among the guys. More than once, we have been out somewhere that a guy will comment to him about his vest, how cool it is, and how they wished they had one!

This was pretty easy to make up. The pockets take the most time obviously, you can omit some, but then, what would be the fun in that. It is lined with another cotton on the inside. The binding around the arm openings makes it so you don't have to do any tricky turning of the vest.

It's just about ready to hand down to the little brother, but first I'll have to make him a new one.




Monday, July 8, 2013

Did you see this?

Sew Mama Sew is sponsoring an online sewing contest. I just got wind of it so I was too late to try for it, but there is a Community Bee for those interested in sewing along with the weekly contest challenges.
 


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Summer


Summer has been getting in the way of blogging and well, uh, sewing lately.

I have, however, been making plenty of use of my Blendtec for healthy smoothie snacks. I was even motivated enough to buy a popsicle mold and make semi-healthy fruit pops. My kids are always begging for treats like this in the summer and I'm pretty stingy when it comes to buying candy, junk snacks, ice cream and anything else kids really like a lot. So I thought I would pre-empt their whining for popsicles by making them in secret.

I've made the pineapple ones from this Blentec recipe and yesterday I concocted my own mango recipe. This is what I used, it will make more than you need, but you can always drink the rest.

My three-year-old, Super Disgusting, kept asking me for these one day for about two hours. I couldn't figure out --What the hell he wanted!!!

- "Mom, can we have some pachios?"
- "What?"
- "Mom, can we have some pachios?"
- "I can't understand you".
- "Mom, can we have some pachios?"
- "You want some pachios?
- "No!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can we have some PACHIOS!?"

I figured it out several days later.

My kids loved these. My husband did too. The only problem was that they wanted to keep eating more. I did too.


Mango "Pachios"

3 mangoes
1 cup greek (or plain) yogurt
2 tblsp. agave nectar (or honey or other sweetner)
2 packets of Splenda-type sweetner (I wanted to make sure they were going to be really sweet this time)
It's possible I added about 1 tblsp. of vanilla protein powder. I don't remember. It's not critical to the recipe.
A little bit of Cranberry-Raspberry juice. Ok, it was probably about 1/2 cup.
1 tsp. orange zest
2 cups of ice cubes

Mix in high powered blender (Ice Crush/Milkshake setting on Classic Blendtec).

Poor into popsicle mold. I dropped a couple of raspberries in there too.
Makes approx. 14 pops