Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I pressed the pieces, then sewed the tube into the hole left by turning on the rectangle. I top stitched around the whole thing to secure the tube.
If you use corduroy or another type of fabric that stretches, be careful not to sew the long edges against the grain. Otherwise, it will look like this:
Monday, September 27, 2010
Then let it sit for another 5 minutes. Cut it in half, scoop out the seeds (they're sort of like pumpkin seeds) and then start shredding it with two forks, as shown below. Don't be afraid to shred it to the skin.
Then put the spaghetti-like strands into a baking dish. I add salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, and spaghetti sauce. Then I bake it at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly. Yum.
I never thought I'd like squash!
Sunday, September 26, 2010
First I have to find some furniture I don't mind possibly ruining. Then I have to find some cheapo fabric I don't mind ruining, too!
here is some info
this woman just attacked the chair.
I wouldn't choose this fabric...but still, looks good to me.
more info. my parents have two chairs just like these that were my grandmother's. the fabric is horrid. i could start with them!! just give me a few weeks.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Luckily, I was able to get it off using silver polish.
Crayola has a whole portion of their website devoted to removal of their products. In case you're wondering, they claim WD-40 removes crayon from brick, concrete, carpet, chalkboards, cloth car interiors, painted walls, plastic, and tile.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
These were really easy to make. Here's a tutorial suggestion.
I love flannel. It is so nice and soft.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
But I feel guilty feeding him a hot dog every day. Too much salt.
He loves my mom's meatloaf (it was my grandmother's recipe). I can't make it myself b/c I don't think it is all that healthy (sorry mom!) and I don't have a place to buy the mix around here (she gets it at a small, family-owned grocery store).
My solution: make him meatballs. I made 1.5 dozen this morning and plan to freeze them. To my delight, I found some grass-fed beef at a farmer's market this weekend and used 1 pound of the ground beef in the meatballs.
I added 1 cup of Panko breadcrumbs (the Japanese kind which are flaked instead of ground so it is lighter and has more volume than regular crumbs).
Then I added a small amount of salt, pepper, an egg, minced fresh basil (I didn't measure) plus I chopped 1/2 an onion and shredded a carrot.
I'm hoping he eats these meatballs to get some more iron and protein into his diet.
Monday, September 20, 2010
So we bought a fake plant. Also, I wanted a flower arrangement or something for the living room's coffee table. I'm not one usually into flower arrangements...but I decided to make an exception. I didn't want to spend much money. So for $11.75, I made this:
Luckily, this was the set of tools my husband allotted me for crafting use, so he won't be upset they are now kaput.
Then I poked the remaining stem into the foam brick. This should be done with the brick inside the container so one knows how far the blooms should protrude. Live and learn.
I tried to make things symmetrical.
I think it looks good. It isn't too "floral-y" for me!
Friday, September 17, 2010
But then I found bran cereal at Trader Joe's last month with NO HFCS!! Yippie!
My husband is running a marathon next weekend, so he needs to carbo load. He requested that I make these muffins to help him with the carbo loading (also defined as 'eating as much as possible' by one of my Exercise Physiology professors in grad school...real technical, right?)
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups bran cereal (like Kellog's All-Bran)
- 1 1/4 cups fat-free milk
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil (I always use a little less)
- 1/2 cup raisins
Directions1. Place raisins in a bowl. Cover with boiling water.
2. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
3. In large mixing bowl, combine the bran cereal and milk. Let stand about 2 minutes or until cereal softens. Add egg and oil. Beat well. Add flour mixture, stirring only until combined. Drain the raisins, fold them into the batter. Portion evenly into twelve 2 1/2-inch muffin pan cups coated with cooking spray.
3. Bake at 400° F about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
I had found this cute apple fabric on clearance and had to get it b/c it is pink and red. I then found the pink fuzzy backing on sale, too. This probably cost me about $5 to make!
Here's what I did: When I was cutting the fabrics, I just used a saucer (from my kitchen) to round the edges. I sewed the two fabrics together (right sides together) like normal, leaving a hole for turning. Then I topstitched the edge with a zig-zag stitch.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
I started trying to search each store's individual site to find where to enter the codes...but that was taking too long. So I googled "check balance of lands end gift card" and this website came up that links to lots of different store's pages where one can do this.
I'm not being paid or anything, but thought I'd share this tip with my readers.
I wish I had thought of that idea for a site!!
Friday, September 10, 2010
No binding required! Start with the front pockets fully stitched...
Add a ribbon in the top center to act as a hanger, if desired.
Stitch around the whole thing, but leave a hole for turning at the bottom.
Turn, press, and then topstitch everything. Make sure you close the opening you left to turn it.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Game Room Hutch
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
When we first listed the house to sell four weeks ago, I went through and put away all of our pictures, my husband's bobble head collection, and other random things that just are always 'there'. Safety pins, snow globe that doubles as body spray, a ribbon from a stuffed animal that our son took off, you get the picture!
But the lesson is that I like the way my house looks without all the stuff around. It is nice to not have piles of mail sitting on the kitchen counter. Or by the computer. I'm wondering if I'll even unpack the other things when we finally get settled into our own place. To enjoy our new space more, I'm maybe going to leave it "de-cluttered". I might have to convince my husband to go along with this. Even though his bobble heads were free (at sporting events), I'm not sure I'll be able to give them away without some convincing.
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 pinch ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup mozzarella
- In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, sugar, yeast, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, basil and black pepper. Mix in the vegetable oil and water.
- When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Punch dough down; place on greased baking sheet. Pat into a 1/2 inch thick rectangle. Brush top with olive oil. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.
- Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
- 1/2 cup uncooked bulgur
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cooked chicken breast, shredded or cubed
- 3/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1/2 of a red bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 of an English cucumber, diced
- 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1. Combine bulgur and 1/2 cup boiling water in a large bowl. Cover and let stand 15 minutes or until the bulgur is tender. Drain well; return bulgur to bowl. Cool.
2. Mix together the lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper to make the dressing.
3. Throw all the other ingredients into the bowl and then toss with the dressing.
Friday, September 3, 2010
2. Sew them wrong sides together, leaving a hole for turning. Clip your corners so they'll be nice and sharp. (See?)3. Turn right sides out. Press the whole thing so your edges are crisp.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
But they crack and split open sometimes. That's weird.
I found a source in Better Homes and Gardens (August 2010) which says that, "A prolonged dry spell followed by rain can cause ripening tomatoes to grow so rapidly that the skin splits. To prevent this malady, maintain constant soil moisture. Water deeply and mulch around plants to reduce evaporation."
Interesting! Guess I should have been watering more regularly all summer! We'll eat them anyway.