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.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Neil's Hat

I little bit ago I realized that I had made all of us hats but Neil so I got him some pretty soft green yarn and got to work.
He was supper excited about this Fibonacci Cable hat.  I was not supper excited about using dk weight yarn though so I made him the youth size using bigger needles and worsted weight yarn.
I'm happy with this one and love the not quite instant gratification of knitting hats.  I still need to get buttons and block my sweater though.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

dinner take 2

Laura Anne's beef stuff
Brown one onion and a pound of ground beef together. Spoon off the fat. Add one jar of whatever kind of spaghettis sauce you like, mix with cooked macaroni and whatever veggies the kids like. Bake at 350 for about 1/2 hour, add cheese to top and bake until melted. Make ahead and freeze.

I ended up leaving out the onion bc I thought we had some but we didn't.  I chopped some zucchini and carrot in my food processor and added it to the beef.  All went well and all ate dinner.

Worlds Best Chicken

Turns out this was our first sort of fail.  Neil and I liked it but the mustard taste was too much for the kids. I served it with roasted carrots and zucchini.

Chicken ParmCasserole

I made this using real fresh mozzarella and the leftover stuffing mix from last week.  It was great.  

Potato Pancakes with Big Chunk Apple Sauce

This is a Trader Joe's thing.  We use their frozen potato pancakes with a jar of big chunk applesauce, and sour cream.  Its yummy, the kids like it, and its easy.

Neil and Elijah made Cream of Mushroom Soup from the Julie Child cookbook and it was incredible.  Eaten well by all.

Taco Nachos for May 5th.

All from Trader Joes Nacho chips, ground beef, pineapple salsa, yogurt guac, cheese, sour cream, and refried black beans.  I browned the beef and added a can of fire roasted tomatoes, cumin, chilli powder, and corn.  Then I set it all up on the counter and everyone had some but not all of the options.  Don't worry we will finish the lasts bits off later in the week.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

90s flashback

We have or well had I'm not sure about their current status a local store that was like a thrift shop just for craft supplies.  Now as great as this sounds I had never been until recently when they did a big fundraiser with foodtrucks to raise money to move to a new location.  As part of this they had things very deeply discounted and I bought a huge pile of vintage and not so vintage patterns.  Here is the first one.
This is Simplicity 7834 from 1992.  Does that count as vintage?  It feels like it shouldn't but the style also seems older then the 90s to me.
I picked this one for the cute back detail though I'm glad she wanted to wear a shirt under the top.
As for the pattern it really isn't great.  The top takes a good bit of time to put together and in the end could have been done better differently.  It was also way too short.  I added the bottom ruffle and it would still be a belly shirt.  I also added the ric rac and ribbon detail.  The shorts have pockets which Emily loves but other then that the fit is awful.
Both fabrics have been in my stash for a while as were the trims so it was a great stash busting project.  I also like how little and cute she looks in this outfit.  She has started to favor more big girl things and its fun to see her look little.  Oh and Janet I hope you recognize the purse.  She uses it to carry around her lip gloss.