Monday, March 17, 2014

Spinach Fettuccine

For St. Patrick's Day, my kids demand green food, just as they demand to wake up to hearts leading the way from their bedrooms to a great Valentine's Day surprise and glorious Easter baskets, etc. The aftermath, I now suffer for doing cute things on holidays when they were younger that I may not necessarily feel like doing anymore. But, anyway. I made the obligatory green pancakes this morning. I got away with the inclusion of lettuce for lunch. And for dinner, I decided to try the Spinach Pasta in the Blendtec Twist Jar recipe book. I had a bunch of spinach from my Bountiful Baskets that I recently started to participate in that I needed to use. The pasta looks really appealing in the Blendtec photo, but I wasn't too sure it would turn out so well.

No, I don't think you're supposed to have to put this much flour on the pasta dough, but I had to.
It wasn't too hard to mix. The ingredients are pretty simple: spinach, white whole wheat flour, egg, and water.  I didn't have white whole wheat so I used whole wheat pastry flour and organic all purpose flour and omitted the water because I had just washed the spinach.  Well, I was right. The resulting "dough" was pretty sticky. I had to dust everything many times with more flour. (I should have just added another 1/4 to 1/2 cup of flour directly to the dough, but I felt I needed to stick to the recipe on this first go around). I cut them fettuccine style with a knife and let them dry for a while. Then, I had a heck of a time trying to peel them off my board. That's where I really started loosing faith in this recipe. But I made myself go on and threw them in the pot to cook them for about 6 minutes in boiling water. I made some grilled chicken strips (OK, they were frozen) and cream cheese sauce to help everyone with the task of eating this.

Much to my surprise, although, they did NOT look pretty, they tasted great and the texture was ... normal! The kids loved it!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

English Flowers Blouse & Lindy Hop Pants


Pattern: Ottobre 1/2013 #29 English Flowers Blouse & #30 Lindy Hop Pants
Fabric: Heather Ross, Crafty Chloe found at Hancock Fabrics; cotton dot fabric JoAnn's brand
Notions: zipper, reused button, cheap green buttons from Walmart and a couple cute green flower buttons from JoAnn's
Total Cost:  I don't remember, probably about ~$12.00 blouse; ~$7.00 pants
Size: 122cm
Child's Age: 9


[Shoes: Umi Moraine Mary Jane Silver]
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So back when I made the Passenger Trenchcoat about a year ago, I immediately wanted to make an outfit to go along with it just as in the magazine, with the English Flowers Blouse and the Lindy Hop Pants. Loved the whole outfit. I managed to churn out the blouse not much later, but the pants. Oh the pants, I just got around to making today!



I always have a hard time picking a size. I don't like to round up and go the safe route because I like things to fit right not like gigantic hand-me downs. Unfortunately, sometimes I cut it too close, and things end up very fitted as did these pants. Her measurements are just all over the place!  I should have gone up at least one size more even though the actual waist is still too big on her.  I was going for something similar to the magazine model with the dot fabric. This is the closest I could find. It's a JoAnn's fabric which I wasn't too excited about at first, but it really ties in well with the blouse, I think. This style of blouse is not the easiest to pull off.



The sewing was pretty straight forward. I think my collars are coming out a little cleaner. My tucks on the blouse were not as uniform as I expected them to be. I was working with a very small piece of fabric as I had overlooked that piece when cutting out the rest of the pattern and barely had anything left. But the overall effect was great. I found this fabric at Hancock Fabrics. It's one of those little gems you spot and then look at the label and realize why you liked it so much. It's from Heather Ross's Crafty Chloe line.