Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Butterfly Mobile

Happy Last day of August!
For those going back to school, good luck!
I saw a mobile online similar to this on Prudent   I had leftover scrapbook paper and I found a twig when we went to the beach recently.  I've had the beads since I was a kid.  I grabbed a ribbon out of the scrap box.   A thread and needle and your there.  I really enjoyed making this, and the little one was ecstatic.  It's going in her room. 
She's really been enjoying her tea set that she got from her cousin.  I had to keep her busy while I made this. 

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 Butternut Squash Chicken Pasta

Friday, August 26, 2011

Baked Ziti

Who doesn't love baked pasta...especially one this easy. 
8oz cooked Ziti noodles
3/4 lb Ground beef or sausage, cooked with a garlic clove minced
1 1/4 Cups of Cottage Cheese
1 Egg
2 cups of Mozzarella cheese
1/2 Tbsp Parsley
1 Jar Marinara Sauce
Digging in!
Mix Cottage Cheese, Egg, parsley, Salt and pepper.  In a separate bowl, mix together pasta, meat, and sauce.  Layer half of this mixture on the bottom of a greased dish. Top with cottage cheese mix, and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.  Layer another of the noodles.  Top with more cheese.  Cover with foil, and bake at 350F degrees for 25-30 min.  Take off foil and bake an additional 3 or so minutes to brown a bit of the cheese.   

I hope you like it. 
This is the Circle blooms framed art on Anthropolgie for $698.  Shew....but I think this is something me and my little girl could make together!  I'm picturing a round foam brush, .25cents? and some paints I already have. $0.  And a sheet of paper....$0.01cents?  I think we can manage it. 

Which rug would you pick?
I'm not buying one, but its good to know what you like.
I hope you are all having a good week.  The weather has been more comfortable!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Retro Steamed Coffee Towel

I hope everyone is having a good week.  Life can be hectic, and well, plain hard.  There are many joys in my life that I remind myself of, then give my daughter a hug and dive into a little small something creative.  This one I did in an hour.  It's like I just had to do this, so all would be right in the world. Kinda like cooking...or especially baking!  I'm not that good at it, but it totally changes my mood.  I think I'll make another loaf of bread....

Anyway...on to the towel.

 I used freezer paper and drew my stencil. I cut it out carefully with an exacto knife. I ironed it on in pieces.
 I painted it in Red and waited 30 minutes to peel it off.  I then waited a few hours and ironed it with a cloth over top.
 I really like how it turned out.  Retro...and I love coffee!

So many possibilities! What would you want stenciled on your towel?

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Spanish Chicken Pasta

1 6-8oz bag of precooked chicken breast strips
4 oz cream cheese
1 Cup Chicken Broth
1 Tbsp Flour
1/3 of a Red Pepper cut into strips
1 Garlic clove, diced
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/3 Cup of Salsa
1 Tsp of Paprika
7 Oz of cooked spaghetti noodles

Saute Garlic and Red Pepper strips in 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil for 1 minute.  Add Chicken, and cook for 2 minutes.  Empty this mixture into a bowl, and use this same pan for 1 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp of flour.  Stir till the flour is absorbed and whisk in chicken broth slowly, watching for lumps.  Add paprika.  Stir until bubbling, then add Chicken mixture and cover.  Cook for 5 Minutes.  Add Cream Cheese and salsa and stir.  Cook 1 more minute, then serve over spaghetti noodles. Add some fresh pepper and chives.  Very Tasty!
I hope you'll give this a try. 

I had a very great weekend, filled with cakes and pies.

And water!
Boy did she have fun! 
 Someone made this whale...a very nice job!

A metal dinosaur....that she wasn't allowed to touch.  I told her he could bite.

Please stop by and leave me a comment!  How was your weekend?

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Painted Pillow Nest Copy

I recently got an email from The Nest for their new magazine.  Page 4 was my inspiration for this painted pillow.
You can see The Nests magazine 2011 issue for free hereThe Nest

I quickly made a pillowcase out of leftover curtain material and put in a pink zipper that I had.  (and no, I didn't break out my zipper foot for my machine...I just winged it with the b foot)
Swiper no swipee!
 I grabbed the acrylic and fabric paint colors, I had on hand, and used a foam brush to make my paint swipes.  I let it dry and then put a cloth over top and ironed it to seal the paint.  Now I can wash it if need be and the paint should stay true to its color.  

Then I stuffed it with the poly-stuffing and zipped it close.   Viola! 
 My baby loves the park!  The weather had been particularly nice as of late.  She loves the swing here too!

And wants to start driving soon!
Mommy, can I take this home?
How have you been enjoying your summer? 

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cucumber Feta on Focaccia

Cucumbers are in season, and these make a great appetizer or addition to a meal.

Fresh Focaccia (I made mine in my bread machine and then baked it)
2 Tbsps Olive Oil
3 Ounces of Feta
1/2 Tsp Lemon Juice
Salt and Pepper
1 Small Cucumber,sliced thin.

In a small bowl, mash together feta, 1 Tbsp oil, and lemon juice with a fork. Season with salt and pepper. Spread feta mixture evenly over Focaccia.  Add cucumber slices over top.  Drizzle more olive oil, lemon and salt and pepper over top.  Serve. 
A very tasty treat.

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Garden Salsa

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Honey Ginger Chicken

2 Chicken Breasts 
1/2 cup Honey
1/2 cup Soysauce
1 cup water
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2-1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2-1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
Cut Chicken into bite size pieces.Toss in  2tbsp. cornstarch. 
Heat skillet, and add chicken to 1 tbsp oil olive. 
Saute chicken for 6 minutes or until cooked through. 
Mix together honey, soy sauce, water 2 tbsp cornstarch, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Whisk until smooth.  Pour sauce over chicken. 
Cook until sauce starts to thicken. 
Sprinkle with sesame seeds. 
Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until chicken starts to soak up the sauce. 

This recipe is really wonderful.  Easy to make and very satisfying.  I hope you'll try it!

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Monday, August 8, 2011


 Seems like one of the hottest summers in years.  My potted garden is growing and I'm finally getting peppers.  The red is the super chili. 
 Something ate all my broccoli, but it is making a comeback.  My banana peppers and green peppers are well on their way too.

Are you growing anything?

Morning Oven Hashbrowns

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Quick Baby Quilt

I had two hours I could put together, so I jumped and made this quilt. 
The little one was all over it, while I was making it.  She LOVES the animals.
The back side is from an old sheet I had more than 10 years ago.  Wow, how time flies. 
I sewed the batting in between the fabric, so it has some stability to it.

Organize it Photo
So does anyone know where I can find these kind of tongs for less than $8?  I didn't think they'd be that expensive.

Teller Wine photo
And what is a good/decent pepper mill grinder?   These are cute, but they run $30. 

Biscuits and Gravy

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Freezer Paper Shirt Stencil

 I had seen some things on freezer paper stencils in the past.  I'd never thought to buy any of the paper before.  But it seems all the stars were in alignment, because I finally had everything at the same time, and my daughter was napping. Easy Peasy. 

 Get you some freezer paper in the plastic wrap/foil isle.  My cost $2.29 a couple months ago.  I found a plain shirt and some acrylic paint and a brush.  Find a design that you like and cut it out of the freezer paper. 
 An exacto knife would be good here, but mine was in a box somewhere. 

Iron the paper shiny side down onto your shirt.  I also placed an extra piece of the freezer paper inside the shirt after I ironed so the paint didn't bleed to the other side of my shirt. 

I pulled and tucked the collar of my shirt in, as it was too t- shirt like, to give it a blouse effect.
 Apply the paint to your ironed on stencil.  Let dry for 30 Minutes, then peel off.  Let dry another 24 hrs and then place a cloth over top of your painted design and iron for 10-15 seconds.  This helps it not to fade while washing and drying. 

I sewed where I had pinned, and I was finished.
 I will totally be using the freezer paper again!  I loved this, and I was done before the little one was done napping.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Cupcake Toddler Shirt

About two months ago, I bought this iron stud cupcake for a $1 at Michael's. 

It didn't take but a couple minutes to make this cute shirt.  It also turns out I had some cupcake printed shorts I had bought for 50 cents at a garage sale in early summer. 

Case in point, Never underestimate the power of iron on's.  I really love them! 

I have finally cleaned off my sewing table, so now maybe I can concentrate again.  Hopefully I'll have something good for you!~

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