Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Field Notes

As you may know I am a lover of all things vintage. If it's old, rusty, worn out, and faded then I love it! If Grandma threw it out then I think it would be perfect in my kitchen.

I found this cute Field Notes notebooks and they are perfect vintage government issue. This was a total impulse purchase. I decide in about 20 seconds flat that Hubby needed these notebooks for work. His work does take him out in the field a lot and he does carry around a little notebook for notes. What a better notebook then one that is actually called 'Field Notes'!

The order arrived in two days and they threw in all kinds of freebies. The pen cracked me up because I actually used to work for the federal government and we were issued those nondiscript black ball point pens all the time. The 'band of rubber' was too funny! It's not a rubber band it's a band of rubber. It also can be used for long as it's general.
Field Notes: "I'm not writing it down to remember it later, I'm writing it down to remember it now."

Monday, February 23, 2009

Snow & Movies

Another snow storm moved through this weekend and dumped more snow on us. The kids loved going out to help Daddy shovel a little. I took these pictures from the warmth of the house. I enjoy the snow much more from the kitchen. Nothing warms you up like good friends, food and a funny movie from the 80's. A couple of us got together this weekend to eat some yummy snacks, knit a little and laugh at all the old corny jokes of Sixteen Candles.

I casted on another Itty Bitty hat for a friend who is going to have a baby in April. My socks I want to make with the yarn from Alohaknitter has been cast on but I've only worked about 2 inches of it so far.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Popular Quotes

"A room without books is like a body without a soul." — Marcus Tullius Cicero

Saturday, February 21, 2009

After Valentine's Day Party

We have had more Valentine's fun this year than ever before. We decided the kids didn't have enough sugar this week so we got them all together and poured sugar down them and let them run wild. Not really....we are very responsible adults and would never do such a thing. After Valentine's Day party with way too much yummy food. Yummy soup, salad and sandwiches....and of course chocolate and treats for the kids. These are pink popcorn balls. We sat them in front of the kids and then made them eat their lunch first. It didn't go over well.
They each decorated a cookie with sugary frosting and pretty sprinkles.
Then we let them loose with glitter pens! (the horror!!) At one point two glitter pens went missing and you have never seen mothers move so fast looking for them. Look at Bubby...he's thinking, "My mom never lets me play with these at home...interesting."

Everyone had such a wonderful time! Somehow it looks like I'm supposed to host the next holiday party. Not sure how that happened but it looks like St. Patty's Day is at my house!

I hope your week was just as sweet.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Summer Picnic Thank You Cards

I have two aunts who are always sending the kids gift packages so I made them some blank thank you cards with their initial on the front. I used the Cricut for the letters and the Summer Picnic Paper Pack from Stampin' Up! I stamped 'thanks' with the Amazing to Zany stamp set and Real Red ink.

I've been saving this paper pack for 'something important' which is crazy. I need to stop doing that and just cut the paper. I'm sure I'll find a much cuter paper pack next week!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Paper Dolls Card

This is the second card I have made exclusively with my Cricut....the first card I forgot to take a picture of. I used the Paper Dolls Cricut cartridge and Summer Picnic paper from Stampin' Up! The little clown turned out so cute I wanted to make every little paper doll on the cartridge. Each little body part and piece of his outfit are different pieces of paper cut with the Cricut.

This Cricut is turning into my new best friend!....without all the drama.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

More Toast

I knitted these tiny little leg warmers for beautiful little Hannah. Her mommy wraps her all the time and I was worried her little legs were going to get cold. As if it gets cold where she lives. I used the Toast pattern and they were really simple. Like socks but without the foot part (the hard part).

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Toasty Dr. Suess Gloves

Almost every month I have a Creative Memories all day workshop at a local church. My dear friend Chris helps me every month with these workshops. She doesn't have to but she does anyway. She is always the first one there and the last one to leave. She might be just trying to get away from kids I don't know. Before Christmas she asked for some fingerless gloves. She plays piano at a number of area church's and has to practice during the week in the sanctuary when the heat is usually off. She wanted something to keep her hands warm but she would still be able to use her fingers. She also wanted them to be black and white just like the piano keys. I found this Toasty pattern and thought they would be perfect.

I have never knitted gloves before and ended up knitting them over three times. They still aren't perfect but I gave them to her anyway and I'll knit another pair later. Look at my fingers go! I look like I am really playing something crazy hard....yeah you know I'm not. I'm just making noise...much to the Alohaknitters dismay. She let me use her piano for a prop. She is probably still recovering. That's the problem with people who can actually sing or play an instrument....they don't like it when you are totally off key.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Braided Bread

I love it when friends feel the need to bring me gifts like this!

Tart & Tangy Card

I made this cute and simple thank you card using the Tart & Tangy stamp set from Stampin' Up! The paper is Summer Picnic paper pack from Stampin' Up! and I could just eat it with a spoon it's so sweet! I want to paper my whole kitchen in it's 1950ish look.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine's Day Cookies

We met with friends this week to make Valentine's cookies. We have discovered it's a lot easier to get a group together and make a bunch of cookies all at once then to be alone at home. When I'm alone I make one pan, frost them and then I'm done. Sissy was getting very good at stamping out the hearts. Bubby did a couple....Notice how hard he is pressing....making hearts is hard work!Then he got tired and said, "I'm outta here...time to play!"He made it back in time to frost the cookies. Such concentration! Every sprinkle had to be just right.

Sugar Cookie Recipe

2/3 cup shortening

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon grated orange or lemon zest (I didn't have any of this so I omitted it)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg

4 teaspoons milk

2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream shortening, sugar, orange peel, and vanilla thoroughly. Add in egg and beat until light and fluffy. Add in the milk and mix. Sift dry ingredients together, then blend into cream mixture. Divide dough in half (thirds if you double the recipe), slightly flatten between two sheets of waxed paper, then refrigerate for one hour (or freeze for 20 minutes.)

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Transfer shapes to lightly greased cookie sheet and then decorate.

The Frosting

1 cup butter

1 cup Crisco

4 tbsp milk

2 tbsp vanilla

2 lbs powdered sugar

Cream together butter, Crisco, milk, and vanilla. Mix in powdered sugar. Mix for at least 5 minutes.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Super Easy Chicken Pot Pie

This Chicken Pot Pie recipe is my 'go-to' recipe when someone needs a meal given to them. If you have a baby, are sick or die then I am going to show up at your door with this pie frozen for you.

I know some of you think you have to cook a whole chicken and then pick it clean to make a Chicken Pot Pie but I am here to tell everyone it doesn't have to be that hard. Shhhhhh....don't tell my friend Meagan. In this relationship she is more Martha Stewart than Martha Stewart herself! She is always cooking a chicken down for something.

List of main ingredients: Canned veggies, cream of chicken soup and canned chicken breast. If you will notice I use only the finest ingredients that Aldi's carries. (Notice those green bananas? This picture was last week and they are STILL green. I don't know when they pick those things but they are green forever!)Since I was using a small tin pie plate I only had to use once can of each. If you are using a larger pie plate you may want to add more chicken and veggies. I dump all canned goods together in a bowl and then add 1/3 cup of milk, rosemary, thyme, and pepper to taste (about a teaspoon of each). I then add all the mixed ingredients to a pie shell. See pie crust recipe here. Cover top of pie and back at 400 degrees for 45minutes to 1 hour.

I made 4 pies this particular day and had a lot of crust left over. I layered it in a baking dish with butter, cinnamon and sugar. Layer of dough, butter, cinnamon and sugar, repeat. I then baked it for about a half and hour at 400 degrees. The baking time will depend on how big you make your crust pie. Cool and make icing using powdered sugar and milk. Pour over top. Very yummy and the kids love to help.
It's just like pie without the filling.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Wanted Birthday Card

This is the card I made for Hubby's birthday. I used the Wanted stamp set and the large and small star punch. The paper is the Manchester paper pack and the ribbon is Caramel Gingham Ribbon. All from Stampin' Up! I also busted out my Cricut! This is a VERY simple banner and there is nothing fancy about it but it was so much fun to make such huge letters with the kids.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Edgar and I

I finished reading The Story of Edgar Sawtelle last week and I have to say it's one of the best books I've ever read. I could not recommend it more. The author is so descriptive I swear I could smell the hay in the barn and feel the late summer sun hitting my back. It was a truly amazing book and I'm a little sorry to see Edgar go.

We're Melting!

This past week we have had temps in the 40's and even in the 50's. It's been such a welcome change! The other day we were walking into the gym and the snow was starting to pull away from the sidewalk a little so you could see the grass. Bubby goes running up to it and yells, "Mommy look! It's GRASS!" Poor little guy has spent half his life in snow. haha!

I kept the stove going this week and cracked the windows a little to air out the house. I feel like we have been closed up for so long.

This little taste of spring is over I think. It's getting colder today and snow by this weekend. It will be better with some more snow cause the piles that are left are so dirty and ugly and new snow will make it all pretty again...did I just say that out loud?

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Homemade Pizzas

We made homemade pizzas the other night. Bubby was all about rolling out the dough.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Itty Bitty Hats

I knitted a couple of little hats for my friend Jenny's new baby girl, Lillian. I knitted the white cable baby beanie first and since I never check gauge it was HUGE and would fit my almost 3 year old's head. This is a super easy hat to knit. You do not have to knit in the round and the cables make it look all fancy. So, after making the HUGE white hat I decided another tiny little hat was needed. This is the Itty Bitty Upside Down Daisy Hat.
The actual hat was a breeze to make but the petals gave me such fits. I redid them 4 times and I'm still not happy with them but I have to get this hat in the mail or the child is going to be a year old already! I think I'll practice and make a couple more....AFTER I knit myself some socks!