I’m not going to bother posting a tutorial for this project! But I wanted to show what I made for my little guy. He loves belts.
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Photo credit: kconnors from morguefile.com
Also, some of the recipes called for roasting the squash. From my experience after making baby food, a squash is nearly impossible to cut in half when it is raw. So cutting it in half and placing it in a baking dish to roast for an hour was not in my ability (or time frame!)
The following recipe is how I ended up cooking the squash to suit my tastes.
(Tasty, yet healthy. Not sweet. Could be mistaken for mashed potatoes.)
2 small potatoes, any type
1 butternut squash, any size
splash of milk (~2 Tablespoons)
2 cloves of minced garlic
salt & pepper
1 T butter
1. Peel the potatoes and cut them into quarters. Prick the squash with a fork and microwave it for about 8 minutes, turning it over halfway through cooking.
2. Remove the squash from the microwave and slice it in half. Scoop out the seeds and then take the skin off of the squash. Place the potatoes in a steamer and steam for 5 minutes.
3. Add the squash and steam until all pieces are very tender and mashable. (I made up that word.)
4. Place in a large mixing bowl and use a fork or potato masher to mash the squash and potatoes.
5. Add minced garlic, milk, salt & pepper. Using a hand mixer, beat all ingredients until smooth. Add the butter and beat some more until it is smooth.
I then put it in a casserole dish, covered it, and put it into a 300 degree oven to keep it warm.
I can't believe I actually LIKED squash!
I can't wait to make this again! Finally, an abundant vegetable prepared in a way that I *LOVE*!
Monday, October 17, 2011
This was another *FREE* project! This shelf was in the old house we tore down to build this one. I spray painted it and then glazed it to put in our kids’ bathroom. (My hubby, who so wonderfully hung the shelf, placed the pictures on it. I haven’t yet decided how to decorate it, but I’m pretty sure they’ll be moving off of it!)
Here’s an up-close picture so you can see the glazing and antiquing.
Here’s what I started with. I had to strip the old paint and finish (no photos for this stage).
After I spray painted it a dark blue color, I thought it was just too flat. It lacked depth, so I glazed it. To glaze, you just apply a color of paint and wipe it off before it dries. Easy.
This is the paint I used! Inexpensive.
I used a foam brush to apply it and then a rag to wipe it off.
Please note: It is important to let the spray paint dry COMPLETELY before glazing. You will end up wiping into the spray paint coat if you attempt to glaze before the under coat is dry.
After I glazed it, I took sandpaper and rubbed the edges to make it look a little worn. It looks pretty good for a free shelf.
It’s tough to get good pictures in a bathroom!
Friday, October 14, 2011
I wasn’t completely happy with my zipper pouch. I made some more, with a few improvements.
Improvement #1: Attaching the fabric one piece at a time to the zipper. I attached the outer fabric first.
Then I attached the lining fabric. This ensures you won’t miss either fabric and leave a hole.
Improvement #2: Press both fabrics after sewing them onto the zipper.
Improvement #3: Open the zipper before sewing the side seams. This makes it much easier to turn!
Hope these minor improvements help you enjoy your zipper pouches even more!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
I’ve been thinking about window treatments for our house. The only rooms with curtains now are our boys’ rooms, and that’s just to help keep out the sun!
Love these grommet curtains!
I have no window coverings of any sort in my kitchen yet. I like this idea!
These Roman Shades are cute.