33/150: Thankful for Pizza Pizza!

 

Pizza! Pizza!

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Mmmm… I have been craving pizza for some time now. Even though the best pizza place in town is only 14$ for a family sized pizza, I decided to go homemade. It was about the same price because I already had most of the ingredients.  I had my teenager over for the weekend so I decided it would be a nice treat. Besides, my husband is working late and who doesn’t wanna come home to pizza?

 

 

 

I started my dough around 2-230 pm. I left it to rise while I engaged in Mario Party 10 with the boys. we had fun, until the Gamepad died and all thats left is 2 wii motes. Oh well, Mom’s out. While they continued to play their video games, I prepped my veggies, meat and cheese.

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The recipe I used for my pizza dough is here.

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For these pizzas our lineup included: red, green, yellow, orange peppers; finely diced leek; celery; canned pineapple; and a sub pack with included pepperoni, bologna and ham. I purchased  preshredded cheese (marble and herb-garlic/mozza) and used the remaning orange cheddar in my fridge.

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Everyone picked their toppings, my oldest had everything except pineapple and my youngest just went with meat and cheese. I threw ’em in the oven for 20 minutes @ 450*F and voila! It was so good, the boys were silent while eating and my youngest in begging for more. Success!

 

 


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It also happens to be Canadian Thanksgiving tomorrow (or just Thanksgiving, as we call it here). I don’t like cooking turkeys. I don’t see the need to cook a giant bird till it completely dries out (no, I’m not very good at cooking turkey) then throw half of it out because everyone in my house is too good for leftovers. Gee. Not too mention I have absolutely NO freezer space. I can’t even save it… So I’m going the stuffed bird route, but a little less traditional. I’m excited to share this modernized dinner with you!

Sneak peak ingredients:

  1. Chicken breasts
  2. Stuffing
  3. Cranberry sauce
  4. Potatoes

 

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32/150: Hedgehogs & Chili Dogs

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Growing up,  my sister and I loved Sonic the Hedgehog. We rented the games every weekend until we saved enough to buy them. I was completely infatuated with that fast blue hedgehog. Since my hubby bought Sonic for Lego Dimensions, my son has been all about it. We began watching the original Sonic the Hedgehog (1993) cartoon but he has moved on to Sonic Underground (1999) now.


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Sonic: forgive the awful picture please!

My most recent project is a plush Sonic. I found a great easy pattern by WolfdreamerI started him over a month ago, then ran out of the appropriate color yarn (which is appparently discontinued now). So I cheaped out on the spikes . I did 4 large and 2 small instead of the 6:4 the pattern calls for. All in all it looks great either way.

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I pinned him together using safety pins. I’m impressed with how well he turned out, and my son is super excited about it.

 

He is supposed to have 6 large spikes and 4 small… but as I noted, there was a yarn shortage. The arrangment may change.

I started sewing him this morning. Wow. It is not easy. I have ripped his face apart so many times today. Once I was on a roll, it went smoothly.

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It took me ALL DAY to sew the eyes, muzzle and ears.

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Of course, when I am done with Sonic I will be making Tails and Knuckles. My son has requested “Manic” from the Sonic Underground franchise. So we shall see how far I get on personal projects this winter. I am certain he would be excited to wake up Christmas morning with the whole set.

 

 

 


Chili Dogs

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Well, tonight I decided to do Sonic theme night. I was already working on the Sonic project. So I made some baked potatoes and chili dogs for dinner. I must say it was a blast from the past. I remember begging mom to make chili dogs.

It was pretty basic. I used some Chicken weiners I picked up the other day, hot dog buns, cheese and chili. Since I love pickles and relish, I made sure to add relish.

For the chili, I have a few cans in the cupboard. My father in law insists on sending home these canned care packages… So I warmed it up and grated some cheese.

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Voila! Chili Dogs and homemade tater tots!

The potatoes are Russett’s cut up small. I tossed them in Vegetable oil (I usually use Olive oil, but I’m all out) and seasoning then baked them at 450*F for 25-30 min and prepared dinner as they baked.

 

Recap : Ingredient list

1 can of chili (feel free to make homemade; my recipe is here)

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

1 pkg hot dog buns

1 pkg weiners

3 large russet potatoes.

 


PS: I hope you enjoyed this post. Thank you for your support! My hands are healing nicely, I caved and went to the pharmacist to get temporary relief. It is working and I am anxious to get back to crochet!

31/150: Sewing Machine Update

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RIP Keni the Kenmore

It has been an interesting week to say the least. My sewing machine was having tension problems so I took it to the doctor. The doctor told me she couldn’t be repaired. Sure, I’ll accept that. It is 50 years old and probably sat in some old lady’s basement for 30 years, unused, before she died and it was donated. But it did help me rediscover my love of sewing. That phone call broke my heart and I knew I couldn’t readily replace it. This, just as all my fancy fabric is coming in.

 

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Today we went for a drive. On the way back I figured we should stop at the sewing machine doctor and deal with the dead patient. I told them to recycle her and decided to browse their selection. I saw a few really nice (kinda pricey) machines. The resident expert showed me a few machines and I fell in love with the Janome HD718.  The price tag? 399$. Guess its not that bad, considering Walmart sells worse quality for the same price. My husband didn’t even hesitate. He pulled out his wallet and we walked out with new sewing machine. When I asked him why, he said, “Because you’re worth it.” Awww.

 

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I’m excited to set it up and get started. Unfortunately, it is almost as heavy as my last one and doesn’t fit in the sewing table. I have a temporary table that I hope will hold until I get around to purchasing a more stable one.

 

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In another strange stroke of luck, I found 100$+ worth of needle felting supplies on the local buy and sell for 50$. 3 grocery bags full of roving wool, needles, and other necessary supplies. I have been wanting to get into it, but the starter kits alone are 50$. So I asked my husband if it was ok and he said go for it. So now I have that to look forward to as well.


 

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I’ll wrap up this post now… I have a Sonic amigurumi that is half sewn together and some other crochet projects that require my immediate attention. I’ll get around to playing with my new sewing machine this weekend, I hope. There are quite a few personal things that need to be taken care of this week, so I’m booked solid with no time for me or my projects.

Have a great week and hopefully my next post isn’t too far from now!

 

 

 

30/150 : Hey Big Spender

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I went on a shopping spree this week. Last month, my husband spent 300$ on shoes and another 300$ on computer monitors. Do you know what could buy with that much? So I decided to spend some money on me. I went to Yarncanada.ca and ordered 50$ worth of yarn and spent 20$ on Etsy for fabric. I would like a new coffee maker and perhaps some nice ergonomic crochet hooks. Even then I still don’t think I could match my husband;  I get small things that add up… he does large purchases. I’m stoked to see what I can find for my collection.

 

startrkI also took my sewing machine to the doctor. It hasn’t been serviced or looked at since I got it, and it is nearly 50 years old. Holy cow was that thing heavy! I had to take it out of the table and carry it to the car. Even after service it will only be an extra 100$. So I have quite a bit of spending left to do if I wanna catch up to my husband. Except I’ll have more then 2 monitors and 2 pairs of shoes. Maybe in a few months I will fork out that kind of money for a new sewing machine? I have challenged myself to make/sell that dollar equivalent to a sewing machine – I better get started!

 

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When my sewing machine comes home, I will be making PJ pants for my son. He picked out Legend of Zelda. I am waiting on the fabric to come in, so I want to work on the pattern. I have a stack of store bought patterns and would you believe I have not one for PJ pants? The solution is simple: some craft/brown wrapping paper and trace a pair of his current pj pants. I will make them bigger of course. Maybe while I’m at it I can sew his tunic! Hopefully I get around to it all before Christmas.

 

knightasWith halloween just around the corner and my first year with a full stash of DIY ingredients. My son wants to be a Nexo Knight. I have a few patterns for armor and helmets. I am going to take a broken plastic shield and make a cover with fabric or crochet. I would like to make myself a costume but I doubt I’ll get around to that this year.

 

 

 

Update: Just as I was posting this, the sewing machine repair shop called. She’s done. She cannot be fixed, but he offered a deal on a new one 😉

29/150: Just Peachy!

I am probably the only person I now that does not like peaches. The prospect is delicious, but they always end up tasting like feet to me. Recently I found a jar of peach jam my grandmother canned. I won’t eat it alone or with toast – but I remembered a trick momma used to do: throw it in a biscuit. So today we made baking powder biscuits with Peach jam. They took me less than 20 mins to throw together and are out of the oven in less then 20 minutes.

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First, I popped open my can of jam. Then I mixed flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. I added brown sugar and whisked the ingredients together. Add cubed butter and mix with a pastry blender or 2 forks.

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Mix together milk and jam, add to dry ingredients 1/3 at a time.

 

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Scoop onto prepped cookie sheet: approx 1/4 cup size each.

 

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Bake at 400*F for 18 minutes.

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Peach Jam Biscuits

Preheat oven to 400*F

2 cups flour

1.5 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

6 tbsp butter, cubed

1/3 cup peach jam

1/3 cup milk

 

  1. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and brown sugar. 
  2. Add butter, mix with pastry blender or 2 forks
  3. Whisk milk and jam together, Add in 3 parts until evenly blended .
  4. Scoop onto cookie sheet in 1/4 cup portions
  5. Bake at 400*F for 18 min (approx 15-20 minutes depending on your oven)
  6. Serve warm with butter!

Enjoy!

28/150: Prospects

Since my hands are on the mend and I can’t comfortably crochet, I’ve decided to devise a list of 5 projects I hope to accomplish by the new year.

1.  Jolteon

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Jolteon and Glaceon are my favorite Eeveelutions. I have yet to make either of them, due to lack of needed colors in my stash (and at the local Walmart). There are a few patterns I have found.

 

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2. Charizard

This has got to be my all time favorite pokemon. He carried me throught he first 3 gameboy games. This is a pattern for mega charizard Y.

 

3. Something for myself

This is unclear. I would like a top or a skirt. I have a few patterns I am anxious to try. Maybe a corset tank top, a scarf and gloves set; I desperately need a headscarf or headband to tame my hair. Maybe a a nice warm poncho to curl up with.

 

 

 

4. Ninjago winter set

 

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My 8 year old is very excited about the release of the Ninjago movie this weekend. He got invited to a party at the movie theater. This project is a surprise for him, the sooner it is done, the better.

 

5. Ninjago Kai doll

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Inspired by this lego guy pattern, I felt the need to make a Ninjago doll. I would like to make all of them, I think my son would really like that.

 

6. Household items

This is actually something I should be right on. I am slowly running out of dish cloths and pot holders. I could benefit from a few coasters and table runners around the house.  I would love to play more with Crochet Thread. I have an enormous collection I hope to utilize for household items, jewlery/crafts and some clothing items.

27/150: Back to Basics

5 Alternatives to the Boring Sandwich!

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Like every kid, my son is fussy about his lunch. I hate packing sandwiches, especially since he is in a nut free school and he would live off Nutella. I hate making sandwiches everyday, and I like sending different things (because I love baking!). This is  list of alternatives to the boring sandwich. I will make a post of 5 homemade nut free snacks next!

 

1: Homemade Cheddar Biscuits 

I love baking powder biscuits. Quick, easy, no rolling and they go great with my coffee. I make baking powder biscuits a lot in the winter for soups and snacks, they are even good for sandwiches if you make ’em big enough.  I like to throw chopped up ham in there for an extra food group. Along with the biscuit, I pack a juice box (his favorite is apple), a Yogurt tube, a sweet snack (homemade cookies) and once in a while he gets a second healthy treat.

 

2. Homemade Pita Pizzas

This one is a favorite among everyone. Pitas, pizza sauce, cheese and toppings of your choice. Can be made the night before and thrown in cold, or heated fresh on the morning (just make sure you let it cool off before packing it!)

 

3. Chicken fingers

 

Sometimes I get lazy (or ambitious, depends who you are in the morning) and I buy frozen chicken strips and throw ’em in the oven in the morning. 20 mins and they’re ready. In that time, I wake my kid up, pack the rest of his lunch, make his breakfast and  dress him. I usually throw in a container of ranch for him to dip and Voila, no labor. Sometimes, I make him a chicken burger instead, but the method is the same.

 

4. Egg salad Wrap

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My son loves scrambled eggs. So this morning I got ambitious and made egg salad. I realized I have no bread but I do have tortillas. I add some red peppers, celery, green onions, salt pepper and a dash of paprika. I even fried up bacon and threw it in there. Bacon and eggs for lunch? Heck ya!

 

5.  Croissant-wich

Ok, so this one is sort of a sandwich. My kid loves cheese croissants, so I decided to stop sending them alone and start making them into sandwiches. I like to bake my own, but in this case, they were a pack of 12 mini croissants. I slathered on some sauce (mayo), some roast chicken breast and a leaf of lettuce. My son is fussy, but he always tries to eat it all.

 

That’s it: 5 alternatives to the boring classic sandwich. I hope you enjoyed this list. I will be taking my own pictures soon, I need to invest in a camera that isn’t attached to my cell phone!

 


End note:

 

Apologies for not posting in long while. I got a really bad reaction to some yarn and my hands are completely inflamed. I am waiting on a visit to the doctor for some relief cream. Until then, I’m going to work on other projects. Hopefully dig out my sewing machine and finish those projects.