Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fun Fabric Bookmark

I made these fabric bookmarks as a "happy" for a special friend.  They are a great way to use up leftover scraps from previous sewing projects. 

You can use two pieces of the same fabric or two coordinating pieces.

Here are the directions...

You will need two 7" x 2.5" scraps of fabric and a piece of 7" x 2.5" batting.  Stack the three pieces with the batting on the bottom and the fabric (with right sides facing each other) on top.  Sew using a 1/4" seam allowance around three edges, leaving one of the short edges open.  Turn the bookmark right side out, making sure the batting is in the center.  Fold the raw edges from the open end under and press all sides.  Add a ribbon to the open end and topstich around the entire bookmark.

Super Easy!


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Friday, October 29, 2010

Halfway to 2

At almost 1 1/2...
I am very active and love to run and climb.  My favorite toys are my cars and trucks and my basketball.  I love to "read" books and I love when my mommy reads to me.  I can say a few words like mommy, daddy, shoe, ball, bus and Bible.

Right now, I am getting more teeth.  It's taking a long time for them to come in.  Sometimes it hurts a lot and I get a little grumpy.

My mommy says I have wild hair and she cuts it every couple of weeks.  I usually wear a hat when I'm having a bad hair day.
 One of my favorite toys is my iphone.  I play with it all the time and every once in a while I let mommy use it to call daddy.

I'm getting excited about Christmas.  I can't wait to open my presents and to visit Grandpa and Grandma.  Daddy says we are going to build a big snowman.  

Well, I better go now.  I still have to empty out the kitchen cabinets and play in the toilet before it's time to take a nap.



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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Yummy Oatmeal!

 This yummy recipe tastes just like a warm oatmeal cookie.  It is put together the night before, making busy mornings a little less hectic. 

There are many variations of this recipe on the internet, but this is my personal favorite...

 (printable version)


1/3 cup butter (melted)
2 eggs
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons milk
3 cups oatmeal (regular or quick oats)
1/2 cup raisins (optional)


Grease a 1 1/2 quart baking dish.  Crack eggs into dish and beat well.  Add brown sugar, baking powder, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.  Mix well until there are no lumps.  Whisk in melted butter and both measures of milk, then add the oats.  Stir well and refrigerate overnight.  Stir in raisins and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

A Trip to the Corn Maze

Last weekend we drove out into the countryside and visited our local corn maze. 

  There were hay rides and pig races and so many other things for Drew to see and do!


Drew's favorite part was the farm's petting zoo.  

 He was so excited to see the animals, but he wasn't too sure about getting close enough to touch them.

Though he did have a little face time with a donkey...

and was finally brave enough to pet a squealing pig!

He ended the evening by driving his own little tractor.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Comfort Food

 Potato soup is one of my favorite comfort foods.  It is perfect for cool, fall evenings.
This is one of my mom's tried and true recipes that we enjoyed growing up.  

This basic recipe is perfect just the way it is, but when I'm feeling creative sometimes I spice it up a bit.  I have added 1-2 cloves of fresh minced garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of thyme or 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon cajun seasoning in place of some of the salt.  I have also added crisped bacon.  

Serve with fresh garlic bread for a yummy meal.

Here's the recipe...

Slow Cooker Potato Soup
(printable version)

6 cups cubed, peeled potatoes
3 cans chicken broth
2 cups onion, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup carrots, thinly sliced
1/4 cup butter
2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
3 t. dried parsley


In a large slow cooker, combine the first 8 ingredients.  Cover and cook on high for 7 hours or until the vegetables are tender.  Add milk and parsley and cook an additional 30 minutes until heated through.  (This can also be made on the stove, by simmering the first 8 ingredients until tender and then adding the milk and parsley.)


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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Retro Rice Bag

Here is a simple sewing project that would make a cute Christmas gift.  

It is perfect for headaches, bruises and ouchies.  I made this one for my son who seems to constantly have a boo-boo.

 Here are the instructions for making this little project:

Cut two 9"x5" pieces of fabric.  Using a 1/4" inseam sew the wrong sides together leaving a 1" opening. 

Turn the fabric right side out and top stitch around the outside of the bag (except for the 1" opening).  Fill the bag with rice using a funnel and carefully top stitch the opening closed.  You can add a ribbon at this step if you would like.

To use, heat in the microwave at 30 second intervals until it reaches desired temperature.  

It can also be stored in the freezer to be used as a cold pack.

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