April 29, 2013

Super Fabulous Lemon Bars

Let it be known, I'm a sucker for anything lemon.  Just a huge fan of all things lemon

The other day I had a fresh Meyer lemon that needed to be picked from my own lemon tree.  I knew just what I wanted to whip it up into-- some Super Fabulous Lemon Bars.


So I quickly hopped onto Food Gawker and looked up some good lemon bar recipes.  I wanted to also use up a lot of eggs and use lots of fresh lemons.  I stumbled upon this recipe which fit the bill perfectly.  

They were seriously the best lemon bars I'd ever had-- like the kind you pay $5 each for at fancy shops.  They were set up so nicely and they were thick and sweet, and yumm....I need to go make some more....


As I went back to see the recipe so I could link it up here, I realized it was adapted from a Barefoot Contessa recipe.  Ah, no wonder they were SO fabulous.  

These come highly recommended by me and are my new go-to Lemon Bar recipe.

See my other Lemon posts here.

April 24, 2013

Glazed Salmon with Broccoli Rice


Here's another great one from Real Simple, click here for the recipe.
Easy, delicious, quick to adapt to be gluten free (just make sure you use gluten free soy sauce).

I thought the salmon was really yummy this way.  The kids really liked it, too.

The "broccoli rice" I thought was a little strange.  But I guess true to it's description-- it was rice with broccoli in it. We served it with some yummy corn on the cob and it made for a really yummy meal.




April 23, 2013

Fox in Socks




Last week we were able to attend the fantastic 1st grade program, "A Book is a Magical Thing".  We were able to see fantastic acts about different wonderful books.  My personal favorite part was when we watched the performance by Fox in Socks.

We were super impressed when the Fox performed on the xylophone.  He was quite the fantastic actor, who even fell asleep a little bit during the production.

Confession, this fox is actually my son.  And I made his costume.  Shocker, right?

Well, it was a really simple costume I put together real quick one afternoon.  I took THIS mask template and readjusted it to look more foxy.

Then I added a bunch of white felt to his sweatshirt and baste stitched it on.

 For his tail I sewed up some red felt, with a white tip.  Then I added button holes to the top, so it could be strung on a belt.  He wore Dad's big blue socks.
 Put it all together and you've got one cute Fox in Socks and a fantastic actor. 



April 18, 2013

Little Miss Dress-- Size 2 t PDF Pattern




I mentioned earlier that sewing by following a "for realsie" pattern is hard for me-- like super hard-- like give me a headache and make me go crazy hard.  I never seem to know what they're talking about.  Of course this means I need more practice so I can become more fluent in speaking the language of patterns. 
 All in good time.

Well, after spending more than a week decoding my baby's Easter Dress Simplicity Pattern ( Click here to see more) ...

I decided for dress two I would be drafting my own pattern and making things up as I went.  Somehow that is way easier for me. And of course, being fresh off making that last dress that got my creative wheels going. I drafted this pattern using one of my girl's shirts, some yellow paper, lots of measuring-- and I believe a little bit of luck.


It turned out really well. and I gave myself two thumbs up for a job well done. 



And because I love and encourage sharing in my home all day.  I decided to take a little extra time and make this into a affordable PDF Pattern to share with you all.  It is size 2T.




Love her natural curls.


You know how when you're knocking yourself out, trying to be funny so your daughter will look at the camera so you can get one decent picture and you don't notice that her dress has shifted slightly after 3 hours of church?....Yeah, that's what happened here.  I promise it fits really well, it just needs a teeny tug to the left on the shoulder.

 Click here to view everyone's Easter outfits.

April 10, 2013

Kielbasa + Potatoes


Kielbasa is one of those products that was introduced to me, by my husband  I am positive I never had it once growing up.  But turns out I really like it.

You can buy Kielbasa Gluten Free-- so of course that's a score.  I found this recipe via Life's Ambrosia and was excited to see that I could easily adapt it for my family.  It's quick and has a fantastic clean up, since you cook everything in one pan.

And I will mention that we cooked everything in coconut oil.  Since my husband has an intolerance to olives, that means no olive oil.  Darn it.  And since he's on a rotational diet, we have to always switch up which oils we do use.  It was because of this that I discovered coconut oil.  Have you ever used it?  It's fascinating   It tastes nothing like coconut, to me.  Put it in your hot pan and it melts in seconds.  I enjoy using it for cooking all the time.

Apparently there's a million uses for it-- like dry hair-- but it's so expensive I can't bring myself to use it for selfish pursuits-- like softer hair. 
 Again, this recipe is really simple.  Grab all your ingredients.

Chop 'em up and cook.


Click HERE for the printable recipe.

Kielbasa and Potatoes

Ingredients
2  TBS. Coconut Oil (or Olive oil)
4 medium size Potatoes, diced
Sea salt and black pepper
1 Red Onion, chopped in wedges
2 Tomatoes, diced
1 pound GF Kielbasa


Directions
Chop up all ingredients. Boil potatoes about 6-8 minutes in large pot (until just beginning to get soft). Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.  Add drained, boiled potatoes.  Season with sea salt and pepper.  Cook without stirring about 5 minutes.  Stir potatoes.  Cook another 5 minutes.  Stir.
Stir in onion.  Cook 10 minutes.  Add tomatoes.  Cook 5 minutes.  Add Kielbasa.  Continue cooking until everything is crispy, brown and ready to eat (5-10 more minutes).  



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April 8, 2013

How to add Blingy Straps to Flip Flops

 I've already raved about how I enjoyed using Gemz.

Bling on a roll is so versatile you could literally add it anywhere you need some more bling...like new flip flops.




I'm so thrilled to be seeing the warm sun again and to be able to play outside.  Why are winter's always so long?  Well, a sunny day last week brought out some spring shopping. We came home with some new flip flops for my daughter.   I thought they were so cute (and cheap $2) but knew I needed to add a strap to them so they wouldn't fall off her feet.  Adding some bling was a simple way to dress them up.

Here's how to make them.:
MATERIALS:

3. Elastic
4. Needle + Thread


STEP ONE: Measure how much elastic you'll need.  You want it to wrap around the straps of the flip flop, but be tight enough to hold the foot in place.  Cut out two pieces of elastic.


STEP TWO: Hand sew the elastic in place on both sides of the strap and on both flip flops.


STEP THREE: Measure and cut out Bling on a Roll.  I cut my strip from a bling strip that was 4 bling's long.  I only needed three, so I cut one off.  They're super easy to cut through.


STEP FOUR: Hand sew bling into place.  It should be sewed loosely on with extra space in the back. 
So when the foot is in, it stretches into place correctly.

That's it!


Time to go out and enjoy that sunshine.




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April 5, 2013

Recycled Plant Bottle using Gemz


Have you heard of Gemz

Look at how simple it was to add sparkle to an ordinary, recycled glass bottle.




The craft gem sheets cut into any shape you want - customization in a snap! Before I opened up my package I was thinking each of the gemz were individual. But, they're all together-- which made my project a lot easier.


As I was trying to decide how to decorate my glass bottle, I came across this design from Spoonflower.  I loved it and decided to copy it's pattern for my bottle.
mirrah_leaf

Here's how to make your own Recyled Plant Bottle.

MATERIALS:
1. Glass Bottle
2. Gemz

STEP ONE: Cut your gemz the strips length, counting over every six gemz.

STEP TWO: Do this same thing for both your colors.


STEP THREE: Cut the gemz through the bottom-- making this shape.
I was pleasantly surprised at how easy these strips were to cut.  I was expecting them to be easy in between the gemz, but cutting right on top of the gemz was super easy, too.


STEP FOUR: Make a pattern-- make sure all the gemz are cut out facing the right way.


STEP FIVE: Peel off the back and attach your gems to your glass bottle.


STEP SIX: Keep going around and up the bottle, until done.


My next step was to add my new plant.  I have a philodendron plant, which had one sections sticking out all crazy.  I decided to cut it off and replant it in my jar with water.
Cutting off plants and sticking them in water was something my Mom used to do all the time, when I was growing up.  It takes months and months, but eventually these cut offs will grow their own roots.

STEP SIX: Add plant-- enjoy the Sparkle!


This cute new plant bottle has a new home on my lamp, for me to enjoy.  It's sparkle is always catching the sun and making me happy.

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