February 25, 2009

There are so many different variations of Fruit Dips available. Even with this recipe you can play around a lot.

Fruit Dip:

7 oz. Marshmallow Cream (1 jar)
8 oz. Frozen Whipped Topping thawed (1 tub)
4 oz. Cream Cheese softened (1/2 package)
1 tsp Lime Juice
Lime Zest


Blend all ingredients until smooth. Sprinkle with a little Lime Zest and serve with sliced fruits and/or Graham Crackers.

Use a different Citrus fruit juice and zest - grapefruit, orange, lemon.
Use Cranberry flavoring and dried cranberries.
Use a flavored Cream Cheese instead.


February 24, 2009

I confess, this is the second quilt I ever started. Not the first I ever finished though. My first quilt ever started is not complete yet either. The top was finished and I decided I didn't like it. I am planning to re-finish it soon so it will work for my son's toddler bed. So this will be my second quilt started, and if I actually quilt it this week as planned it will be my second quilt finished!
I learned a few important things about quilting while making this:
1. Once you've completed a block trim it down to size before attaching all the blocks together. You can see why that's important when you realize half of my blocks are not lined up properly.
2. The question of pre-washing fabric is a large debate among quilters. In this case seeing as all the fabric was the same company, the same line, and it just meant i had to iron and do a lot more work to get it all done I wish I hadn't pre-shrunk. Oh well.
3. Quilting Patterns can lack a lot of information. I think the one I got assumed that the quilter would understand a lot more than I do. So if you can learn from the Internet, a friend, or a class you might find the patterns make a lot more sense.
4. I just put the batting and the back all together. I used a spray adhesive to make them more stable while I quilt. I may pin it as well, but I'm hoping the adhesive will be enough.

Best of luck on your firsts (or seconds).

So I'm sure to some it looks like I bought more junk. Just wait and see what I do with the $10 worth of items that I purchased. I'm excited about this!

February 13, 2009

Months of anticipation all boil down to this:

My Birthday/Christmas/Valentines gift is "Out for Delivery" and I will hardly last as long as it will take to arrive. I have the most awesome husband in the entire world. Seriously - he always seems to know exactly what I want - even when I don't give blatant hints (like he got with this gift). Anyhow - if I seem a little busy or distracted in the next little while, it will likely be this - or the Egyptian Flu.

*Update: it has arrived and I have already taken over 100 photos. (Not that all of them are worth keeping.)

February 12, 2009

So recently I have come down with a serious case of the flu. I just wanted to let everyone know.

I've been hot, cold, sniffly, nauseous, and had many other symptoms.

But don't worry. It's not contagious.

P.S. Have you heard of the Egyptian Flu? After 9 months you become a Mummy!

February 11, 2009

Are you a pizza lover like me? I love it. Growing up at my house we made home-made pizza every Friday night. It was the best pizza ever. I look forward to continuing this tradition with my own kids.
I must confess however, making the dough takes time, and patience. Something I don't have when it's lunch time, or when dinner should have already been served. Thankfully my sister taught me a really fast, simple recipe for mini-pizzas. It's delicious, fast, and if you love thin-crust pizza, you will love this.

Flour Tortillas
Pizza Sauce
Toppings (Ham, Pineapple, Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Peppers, etc.)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place tortilla(s) on a baking sheet. Spread thinly with pizza sauce. Be careful not to use too much at this point or your toppings will all slide off. Top the pizza with the cheese and then your toppings. Again, don't put too much on or your tortilla won't hold it all. Place in the oven and cook for 5 minutes, then turn it to Broil and broil the top of the pizza for about 1-2 minutes. This is to get the cheese bubbled up and slightly browned.

I'm already in a hurry right? So if I don't happen to have pizza sauce, or don't feel like opening a large jar of spaghetti sauce, I just use a little ketchup and shake on oregano and garlic powder. It's not perfection, but it's still yummy.
I also cut the toppings smaller than I normally would. For example, crushed pineapple, or tidbits are much better than chunks. Remember, the heavier the toppings, the more likely it is to all fall off the tortilla.

February 6, 2009

(New Post on the Private Blog)
I have tried several methods of baby wearing:
  1. The Ultimate Baby Wrap: So much hastle to get wrapped properly and then within minutes it is stretched too much to hold the baby well. I also got warm all wrapped up with this on in the summer.
  2. BabyBjorn: My husband loves this, and I do too, now. My problem with this carrier was it was so big and bulky for everyday use, and not perfect for a newborn. That and when our son was around 4 months and facing out, he sucked on it the whole time he was in it. That was the first and last time his vomit was dark green.
  3. Snugli: You would think it would be just like the Bjorn but it was not as comfortable, or as easy to adjust.
  4. Baby Sling: Our friend had one made for us. It ended up being my favorite carrier. Not only is it easy to use, it's comfortable, and cute. I love that there are 3 positions for using it. I also appreciated how small it bundles up. The fact that I could use it without asking for help was a huge bonus.
Hence, when I had a baby shower to attend last night, and no desire to go shopping, I quickly searched for a pattern. Lo and behold, there are a few free patterns to follow, and it was super easy to make.

I used stretch sateen cotton which is supposed to be very comfortable for the baby. I also made it reversible, not just for the two fabric options, but because I think it gave it a more finished and professional look.

So for those of you who sew here's the pattern I followed: Handmade Adeliade's Free Baby Sling Pattern. Be sure to read the instructions on how to sew it all together. I messed up the end stitch

I also gleaned information from Karma Baby's Free Baby Sling Pattern. Her pictures and instructions worked a little bit better for me, but I relied on the other for the reversible instructions.

I'll soon create my own tutorial for all to download. Until then, enjoy the above sites.
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