Sunday, July 20, 2014

a few more dinners

As a family we are starting to find some recipes we really like which was the goal and is very exciting for me.  We were at the beach last week (pictures to come soon I promise) but before we left we did a good bit of home cooking.
Elijah still says he wants to be a chef so he helped me make these meatballs.  He did not love putting his hands in the meat to squish it together but did his best.  It was really helpful to have two people when we were making the actual balls and dredging them in flour.
We used some of the meatballs to make this dish.  It was yummy and pretty easy to make according to Neil who did the cooking.
We all loved these so much.
We changed this one up a bit by using leftover grilled sausage but it still turned out tasty.

So there  you have it.  Next up beach pictures.  I'm also working on Christmas skirts for Emily and her friends Abby and Ella.  Plus several projects that never got blogged.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

summer break

Well it seems as if I've taken a blog break.  I really didn't plan too but life has been full and we've been enjoying some much needed family time.  Here are some highlights of the last bit.
Emily finished Kindergarten.  I didn't make her a new outfit for this but she did wear an outfit that I made her so that's a win.
We inherited a guinea pig.  One of or swim coaches was moving cross country from grad school and couldn't take Muffin with her so we took her.  She is fitting in well and the kids just love her.
I made Emily another pair of vintage pjs this time using the super cute bloomer bottoms.
Elijah swan the 2K at NC Open Water this year.  He said it was hard.
Elijah finished 5th grade and is off to middle school in just a few weeks now.
He also went to sleep away camp again.  Not surprisingly he spent most of his time swimming there as well.
Our swim teams pool finally got finished a opened.  It was a long wait but totally worth while.  Remember most of these kids swam outdoors in a heated pool through the winter.
Emily was just a little bit excited.
So I've got a few projects in the works I'm sure I'll post about them eventually but in the mean time I hope you all have a happy summer.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Still Eating Don't Worry

The end of the school year has been crazy here so we've been going out a bit more then I would like.  We've also been using our list of things we know we like which has been great.  Its so nice to make things that the kids already know they like.  Here are a few new things we've done recently though.

One pan baked salmon.  It's so good and so easy we've made it twice already.

Backed Chimi Changas.  These were tasty.  Emily only ate the filling but the rest of us were pleased.  They held a lot of heat though so let them cool or cut them up for little kids.

This is eggs, cheddar cheese, and potatoes.  Everyone was pleased.
Pesto chicken pasta salad.  I made this on a night when I knew we would all be walking into the house hungry at 8pm.  I used regular pesto and a can of oranges instead of the specific recommended ingredients.  I also mixed it up hours ahead of time and served it cold.  

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

PJ Day

During spirit week this year one of the days was PJ day.  Easy enough right?  Except that the girl can't wear nighties unless they have bottoms and no one can wear tank tops.  No big deal if it weren't also hot.  I know I could have gone shopping and gotten both kids new pjs but finding any for Emily that truely fit the rules would have been hard and finding any for Elijah that were topics he liked would have also been hard so I decided just to make them instead.
Emily's Pjs were made from a 90s pattern I picked up a while ago, Simplicity 9943.  I made shorts instead of bloomers to go under it though to keep up with the dress code.  Elijah's shorts were made from burda 9641.  Not a pj pattern but a shorts pattern that I had on hand.  I bought the fabric for Elijah's shorts since I don't have much boy fabric in my stash but the fabric for Emily's set has been hanging out in the stash for way too long.  There was a time when I would have said it was too nice for PJs but now I figure if its been there more then a year just using it is the ne goal.  Elijah's shirt was done with freezer paper.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Pink Eyelet Ruffles

I let Emily pick some fabric out of my stash for a dress.  She picked a pink boarder print eyelet that had been hanging out in there for a few years now.  I really wasn't sure what to do with it since the border ran down both sides so it needed somthing with staright edges and not a whole lot of length.  I ended up deciding on desigh 22 from Ottobre 3/2006.
I thought the ruffles would be fun even though I ended up not having enough to do all three ruffles out of the boarder.  The center ruffle is cut from the middle of the fabric.  The rest of the dress in made from a pink and green floural print that has also been hanging out in my stash for years.
I made her some cute little matching shorts to go under the skirt.  The eyelet is a little seethrough and I make her wear playground shorts to school anyways so this seemed like an easier solution.
The pattern is actually pretty easy.  It runs a touch wide but I think that works well with the style.  Its actually the 2nd time

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Strawberry Season

One of the things I find most interesting about adulthood is how much time  I spend doing thing that I never would have considered in my teens or even early twenties.  On that note I have made 4 batches of low yield pectin free strawberry jam since Sunday and I may still make one more.  We went strawberry picking on Saturday and as I'm sure many of you know if you don't deal with those berries fast they get gross.
I use the Strawberry Lavender Jelly from this cookbook.  I haven't done really any of the other recipes but they all look good and we have loved the strawberry one.  Its not so loaded with sugar and so it tastes like strawberries instead of well white sugar.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

dinner take 3

We've been doing pretty well on the dinner front here though truth be told many of our recent meals have been simple throw together type things.  I know I say this all the time but hopefully things will settle down a bit soon.  You know its crazy when you get the practice schedule for the week and call the other mom in the carpool to say "I thing I've figured out how we can make this work".  That said here are the actual recipes we've done lately.
Spaghetti sauce with lentils mixed in.  Elijah liked it Emily was alright with it and Neil and I were fans though it was a little rough on our tummies.  I think we just aren't used to so many lentils.  I'll put it on the make again list though.  We don't go meatless as often as I would like and this was a step in that direction.
I used catfish instead of tiliapia bc I pretty much treat white fish like an interchangeable ingredient.  Kids didn't eat the topping but loved the fish so its a win.
I've wanted to try these forever and they did not disappoint.  All of us liked them very much.  Emily did much better with the white sauce then she does with the typical red sauce.
This is what I used in the enchiladas and now I have several bags in my freezer for future meals or maybe just future enchiladas.  Nice flavor easy to deal with and I used boneless breasts so I didn't have to worry about finding tiny chicken bones while shredding.