Have a Great Weekend

snowmanThis photo was from a couple of weeks ago, when we had the big blizzard. Thankfully we’re supposed to hit 60° today so we have big plans to throw open the windows, shift a few things around, and do lots and lots of painting. I can’t wait. What are your plans for the weekend? Whatever they are, I hope you have a great one. See ya Monday!

family, home • Saturday, November 7th, 2009 • 6 Comments »

Homemade Pita Bread

pitasEvery once in a while I like to make sandwiches using pita breads, but I almost choke at having to pay $3 or $4 dollars for a package of six. Let’s face it, they are hard, taste of nothing, and are filled with a bunch of nasty preservatives. Yesterday we decided to make some, and I was absolutely thrilled with how they turned out. I searched for a recipe online and ended up using this Pita recipe. It was really easy, but just a little time consuming, though I had two kiddos perfectly willing to help out. After tuckering out from the kneading, my six year old went off to play and I finished up. I had forgotten how sore my arms were after holding a 22lb. baby for five hours the other night, but it was a good workout and I made it through. They were a huge success and the first four out of the oven were eaten immediately. I followed the recipe exactly and used my cast iron pizza pan to bake them on. These will definitely be made again, they were so good. I knew they would be better than the store bought ones, but the difference is unbelievable. Try them out, you won’t regret it.

family, food • Friday, November 6th, 2009 • 16 Comments »

Tic Tac Toe From Nature

woodentictactoeMy kids love tic tac toe, especially the boys. I often find bits of paper with their games scrawled on them, so I was excited to see this in a book I recently checked out of the library. Green Crafts for Children: 35 Step-by-Step Projects Using Natural, Recycled, And Found Materials is excellent. A lot of kid’s crafts books have maybe one or two projects that I would actually want to do with the kids, but this has a bunch, so many that I’m going to purchase the book. My six year old gathered all of the sticks and rocks and I helped him tie the smaller sticks into crosses. The boys have been playing with it and are really enjoying it. I love that it is made of natural materials, and love that there was more than just playing a game involved. There was gathering of materials, creativity and time involved in making it, and then the fun in playing it again and again. This is just the first of many projects out of this book that we will be working on, you guys should definitely check it out if you can.

family, home, kid's art, nature • Thursday, November 5th, 2009 • 9 Comments »

Meeting Ree, The Pioneer Woman

PWbookI’ve been enjoying Ree Drummond’s blog, The Pioneer Woman, for quite some time. Last night she was doing a book signing for her cookbook in Denver. As that’s only an hour and a half away, hubby, baby, and I took off for an evening of fun. We got there just a few minutes after 7:30pm when the signing was scheduled to start. The book store was packed, and I mean jam packed. Hubby went off to do some browsing and the babe and I got in line. I was next to some great gals and the chatter flowed, it was a good thing because we were all in line together for the next five hours. It was a long time, but it was actually pretty fun. We got to know each other a bit and for several of those hours we were sitting on the stairs, so at least we weren’t standing, which is handy as the babe is 22 pounds. We finally got downstairs and at 12:40am I finally met Ree. She was so sweet, and gorgeous, and she spent a few minutes chatting and signing my cookbook. The babe had been awake the entire time, amazing I know, and had fallen asleep literally less than a minute before meeting Ree. She signed my cookbook and took some pictures and after saying goodbye to my new friends we were off. We pulled in the driveway at 2:45am. It was a long, tiring night, and I would do it all over. I was really pleased that Ree was everything I expected and more, what a sweet gal. This of course is why I haven’t been able to function today, at all. I don’t drink anything with caffeine in it as the babe already doesn’t sleep well. She doesn’t need help staying up, so I have been craving several pots of coffee today. Alas, no caffeine for me, but I definitely see an early bedtime.

books, food • Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 • 13 Comments »

Blue and White Striped Jugs.

blue and white jugsYou will have to pardon my very short post today as I didn’t get home until 2:45am last night and can barely keep my eyes open. I am wondering how I am going to make it through this day (though it was a fun night), I’ll tell you all about it shortly. In the meantime, look what I found at a local antique store, two blue and white striped jugs all the way from Staffordshire, England. I am always surprised at what shows up in thrift and antique stores and wish that the items could tell their story. Have a great day and I’ll fill you all in later.

food, home, thrift store finds • Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 • 9 Comments »

Paper Flowers

paper flowersA couple of weeks ago I was brainstorming for ideas for decorating my girl’s room and making paper flowers was one thing I thought of. Last week I saw Lisa’s paper flower tutorial which is great. There are also some paper flowers in Green Crafts for Children which is a fantastic book. I ended up using Lisa’s tutorial as a base but used tissue paper that was 8" x 8" instead of 8" x 16". I also rounded the corners for more defined petal shapes. I love how they turned out and my daughter had a lot of fun making a bunch. We made enough to fill a silver bucket for her dresser (I’ll show you all the finished bouquet as soon as her room is done). You should definitely give these a try, there are so many variations, and they are inexpensive and quick to make. They were a huge success.

family, gardening, home, kid's art, nature • Monday, November 2nd, 2009 • 10 Comments »

Charlotte’s Web

sunset play nightYesterday was a blur of normal day activities, baking bread, washing diapers, math, very short naps for the babe, lots of snuggles and reading. The day finished off with all of us going to the local community college for a musical performance of Charlotte’s Web. My kids loved it, my oldest cracking up quite a few times. It was a busy, very long day, and by the time I got the babe to sleep it was 10:00, time for me to go to bed. Today I’m off with the babe for a day of some fun with my mom, hopefully getting some more Christmas cookies baked and in the freezer (all part of my plan to not go insane in December). I just wish that by turning the clocks back tonight that it really meant that I’d get an extra hour of sleep, in reality it just means the kids are up an hour earlier. Have a great weekend, everyone!

family • Saturday, October 31st, 2009 • 3 Comments »

French Press Cozy

french press cozyYesterday started another blizzard here, turns out we beat the October snowfall record by 2 inches (still more forecasted) as the highest since 1906. Yeah, it’s a lot of snow. Perfect playing in kind of snow, and lots of it. We’ve been snuggled up since yesterday and are now getting in a wintery kind of mood. I guess we won’t have a real fall this year, oh well. We’re trying to keep the thermostat a bit lower and just bundling up to make up the difference. Generally this works, though I noticed that my hubby was having to microwave his coffee to warm it up as it cools off really quickly in the chilly air. Even though I like my coffee sweet and milky enough that it no longer resembles coffee, I know that microwaving it is not the ideal way to have hot coffee, especially after he has gone to all the trouble to roast his own. So, when the kids were resting I pulled some charcoal yarn out and crocheted this cozy up. I love quick projects that are easy and this one was a breeze. A big hook, fat yarn and 40 minutes later I had a french press cozy. I tried to make it masculine and not all girly, and he loved it. I might have to make some more of these for gifts, they were so easy and I think that they will do a great job of keeping the coffee hot till the last drop.

crochet, home, sewing • Friday, October 30th, 2009 • 13 Comments »

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

cutting out patternat sewing machine.jpgstitching ornaments on.jpgstuffing tree ornament.jpgcompleted ornament.jpgpaper and fabric ornament.jpgMy kids were thrilled when I told them that this year, instead of using our normal christmas tree ornaments, we are going to do a homemade tree. I should have known that they would jump to it straightaway. For a couple of weeks now they have all been making ornaments out of paper, crayon, coloured pencil, markers, and plenty of cutting and glue. A couple of days ago my six year old said he wanted to make one out of fabric. He worked it all out on paper and showed me what he wanted. Apart from ironing and threading needles, he did it all, including using the sewing machine for the first time. He loved working on it and was so proud when it was finished. I just love the art my kiddos come up with and this was no exception. It will definitely have a proud place on our tree this year.

family, kid's art, sewing • Thursday, October 29th, 2009 • 10 Comments »

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

pumpkin bread puddingI love bread pudding, no, I really love bread pudding. I think it is the one desert that I just cannot pass up, though I am a bit of a purist. I don’t usually like things added to it or unusual flavours, this is the one exception. I love that it tastes like autumn and is not overly sweet. I don’t feel bad at all about letting my kids eat big servings as it’s full of yummy goodness and not that much sugar. In fact, when I gave some to the babe, she started doing a happy dance with a big grin plastered onto her face. Speaking of the babe, she has not been settling down well at night (she has never been a good sleeper) and she has not been staying asleep well, so I need to go finish up that tutorial for the little fabric birdy while my hubby has all the kiddos occupied since my normal blogging time (evening after the kids are in bed) is shot helping the babe get some rest. Here’s the recipe, I hope you enjoy!

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

  • butter for the baking dish
  • 8 ounces of stale french bread, sliced 1/2″ thick and then into cubes
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 300°.
  2. Butter a shallow 2-quart baking dish and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, whole milk, pumpkin, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and salt.
  4. Add the french bread and let it sit for about 20 minutes to soak the custard mixture in.
  5. Pour mixture into the buttered dish.
  6. Bake on a baking sheet until it is firm and a toothpick or knife inserted in the middle comes out clean, approx. 60 to 70 minutes.
  7. Serve warm or room temperature, or even cold either plain, or maybe with a dusting of confectioner’s sugar or a dollop of whipped cream.
  8. Enjoy!

UPDATE: The tutorial for the fabric bird is here in my side bar. Enjoy! I’d love to see any birdies you make.

food • Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 • 7 Comments »