Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I am in love with this cardigan. I see myself wearing this to my ritual Thursday library morning with my boys.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
As in my brother sewing machine which looks very similar to the one I have pictured above. I received this lovely sewing machine from a certain Mr. C. who happens to be the love of my life and fulfills most of my every whims, including my desire to learn how to sew. My poor dusty sewing machine has been set aside for months now, since mid-December to be exact and I finally found the courage and time to sew a little project on it. This was as simple as simple can get, though I did use a very fancy stitching for my project and am quite pleased with myself and my sewing machine. My simple Valentine's day project found below was just what I needed to gain some confidence in myself and renew my passion for sewing. I feel a succession of late night sewing rituals beginning. Now if I could just figure out how to finish cutting my pattern for a bag I would be all set.
These are the little 'bean' bags I made for the boys for Valentine's day. Quick and easy. I didn't have any beans on hand so I used couscous instead and found it to be a great substitute for the beans. I dropped in a little bit of peppermint extract to get rid of the whole-wheat smell that was really not very pleasant to the nose. Peppermint is supposed to be soothing right? So this means the boys will hopefully not be throwing these bags at each other, right?
A sneak peak at some more Valentine's day fun and it is off to finish knitting Mr. C's scarf.
Valentine cookies. Delivered to neighbors and friends with home made cards. Our Valentine's day buffet.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Our wintry weather has had me busily baking in the kitchen. Fresh made bread. Check. Cute valentine cookies made with pink frosting from scratch. Check. My husband tested them out for me this evening as they are a new recipe and we are going to be giving them out to friends and neighbors. He actually said, "they taste like love." Just the effect I was going for since they are for Valentine's day and all. I swear that man says just the right thing, at just the right time. A well paid, sincere compliment is a highlight of my day. I am going to make some more cookies and dip them in chocolate and while I have all of this ooey, gooey, chocolatey - I am in heaven - goodness just laying there, in a bowl, begging to be eaten, I might as well make some chocolate dipped strawberries and cherries. I think they will be the perfect accompaniment to our Valentine's day bags.
Pictures of said bags to come along with the cards the boys are making to be attached to said bags.
In case you were in need of a good bread recipe. Here it is adapted from soulemama.
(makes 1.5 lb loaf, set to 'basic' with medium crust)
1 1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons butter @ room temperature
1 tsp salt
3 cups of flour (we do 2 cups unbleached white, 1 cup whole wheat pastry)
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (or, one package)
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
We also decided that we needed to make these cupcakes topped with fresh picked strawberries from Carlsbad. These local strawberries are amazing! The best I have ever had. Makes me want to grow my own strawberry patch.
We are going to try to do a hand made Valentine's day this year. Do you have any great ideas you would like to share? I will hopefully be sharing some completed projects with you soon!