Friday, April 8, 2011

Sometimes you just have to move on..

...and take all your friends with you!! I have a new blog! My very own space on the internet! Please follow me to My Busy Little House . I'm super excited to have my very own site. I'm still trying to figure it all out and tailor it to my needs but it's up and running now. :) From now on I'll be blogging there only. So come help me move! You don't even have to lift anything!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I made a bible cover. No really.. I did!

Once again I've craft swappin' on Craftster . This time it was for the March Birthday Swap. The idea is if your birthday is in March you sign up and post a little bio about yourself along with a wish list of crafted items, supplies and extras you would like. Then you wait until someone claims an item from your list to send you as a birthday gift. Well I picked a lady in Virginia who is actually pretty similar to me. She's a crunchy, homeschooling mommy who had a list I could have made myself. One thing on her list was a surprise from her Wist so I headed on over and saw a bible cover.. this bible cover . I thought " Hey! I can make that!" I search for tutorials but quickly realized a zippered cover wasn't going to happen. ( Have I mentioned how much I dislike zippers??)

All was not lost though because I found this pattern and knew it was the one! I love the my partner loved black and white and found the perfect material.

It was a very straight forward pattern and very easy to put together. It turned out so very nice. Here it is.

It looks sharp. I was really really impressed with how it turned out! I love it when I make something for someone else and I am genuinely proud of it.

Here is the inside where you put the bible. There is a small pocket for pens. The whole kit and caboodle is tied closed with with a ribbon.

It was really fun putting this together for my partner. I hope she likes it. :)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

New Things are Comin'!!

Keep an eye out here for some changes, folks! Thanks to my oh-so-awesome friend I am starting a new and exciting adventure on the internets. Woot!

In the meantime.. PLAYDOUGH! Who doesn't love homemade playdough? Kneading the warm, just made dough in your hands. Forming balls and pancakes and swirls and little people and animals. Even as a grown up I enjoy homemade playdough.

The kids and I decided to make some yesterday. I didn't want to make a big batch because I hadn't tried the recipe before so we picked a Koolaid packet to colour one ball and mixed it up. By the way, a colour for playdough is the ONLY reason we keep Koolaid in the house.

So after a tense debate on what flavour of Koolaid we should use the group decided pink lemonade was the colour of the day and we got to work. I ended up adding more flour that the recipe called for to get it to the right texture and we learned that pink lemonade Koolaid doesn't make a very vibrant pink. More a a flesh tone really ( this actually proved very interesting for the kids as they have made various body parts with the dough).

Even the baby got in on the squishy playdough action. She sat on my lap squeezing the centre of a big ball between her fingers and squealing. Pure joy!

Today was day 2 with the playdough and it's still going strong. Well, if you don't count the bits that made it in to a certain little girl's mouth. I think next week we'll make another batch using the blue Koolaid packet and hope to get a more vibrant colour.

Here's the recipe we used:

2 cups flour
1/4 cup salt
3 tbsp oil
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 small packet of Koolaid
2 cups boiling water

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. ( Note: I think next time I'm going to add the Koolaid to the water. I think it might make the colour more even.

In a measuring cup mix oil and boiling water then add to dry ingredients and mix.

Knead until you have a nice smooth ball of playdough. ( Here is where I added small amounts of flour at a time until it wasn't sticky anymore.)

Have fun!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Hmm.. what's this? I bet it tastes good!

I know, I know. Where have I been?? I've been here. I've just been quiet. I'm having a trying time and I guess I haven't been chatty. I did attempt to post a blog the other day but my wonderful, all hands and feet, baby decided to delete it. I'm sure she was trying to be helpful.:) Well, I'm here now and have something to say. lol

Today was grocery day. I don't like attempting groceries by myself during the week. Have you ever tried managing a herd of monkeys in a grocery store? I have! My 4 monkeys. Even though they have all been there many, many times every time is like a new adventure to them. It's bright. It's colourful. There's stuff at eye level everywhere! And the people. There are always new people. Needless to say a trip to the grocery store almost always puts new gray in my hair. Sometime you just have to venture out, monkeys and all. Today was that day.Mother Hubbard's cupboards were bare.

We started our trip with the usual warnings. " Stay with mommy. If you won't stay with mommy you *will* sit in the cart. Don't touch anything!!" Even with the warnings the monkeys were immediately captivated with he wonder that is the grocery store.

I don't think I have ever said my kids' names so much in their entire lives. Even random customers knew all their names in the first 30 seconds. Making my way through the produce, where I start my shopping always, was looking grim. That was until I wander across this vision of beauty. This beautiful piece of fruit with hot pink skin and leaves curling from it's soft body. What was that? My son noticed it at the same time. " What is that?" "I think it's a dragon fruit. I think.."

My son took the fruit out of my hand and went over the the lady stocking the produce to ask her what it was. I walked over too and asked a boatload of questions. Surprisingly I was the only one who asked about this fruit. She told us that you peel away the pink skin and the flesh is white with a ton of little black seeds, like a kiwi. We were all intrigued. I decided today was the day we were trying dragon fruit.

My son also found a passion fruit and although I have no idea how we would eat that I threw one in the cart any how.

The rest of the trip was actually pretty manageable. I think the kids were really excited to try this mysterious fruit. So was I really. I love trying new things.

At this point I need to apologize to anyone reading this post. I am not a good foodie. :( I didn't even think to take pictures. Can you believe that? Guess I'll have to buy another one. :)

When we got home I cut up some veggies and cheese for lunch and while the kids were eating I sat down to my pretty dragon fruit. Peeling it was very easy. Underneath the thin pink peel was a bright white flesh peppered with little black seeds. I sliced it up and gave everyone a piece. It was glorious! A very mild, sweet flavour. It was actually pretty similar to kiwi. It was also a huge hit. I will be buying more.

Let me just tell you that is pretty big in the teeny tiny place I live in. Very rarely can you find truly exotic fruit in the local grocery store. The produce lady told me if I wanted to see more things like that then I should talk to the manager. She also told me I need to buy them. Makes sense. lol I can imagine there are very few people around here who would try something they had no idea how to eat. I am game for trying most anything though. Apparently, so are my kids.

In the spirit of trying new things and keeping these new things coming to my grocery store I'm going to try to pick up new produce every grocery trip. If I'm buying they will keep supplying. This is my hope.

In the meantime, I think I'm going to stop in again tonight and buy another dragon fruit. This time I promise to take pictures. :)

What new thing have you tried recently?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

What Did You Have For Supper?

I had pure yummy in a bowl with biscuits on the side! Cream of Cauliflower soup with cheese biscuits. Oh my gosh it was yummy! Winter is definately soup season and I've been having a great time playing with recipes.

The soup:

So thick and creamy! And so easy to make. Onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots and cauliflower all boiled in stock then pureed. Add some milk, nutmeg, a splash of sherry and voila! Soup!

The biscuits were your basic biscuits with cheese and garlic added.

I brushed them with melted butter and garlic powder when they were done.

I'm really trying to eat a real food diet. I think we were exsisting on so much processed that we were starting the think that's what food is supposed to taste like. No, dear tastebuds, THIS is what food is supposed to taste like.

What did you have for supper ?