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

baby_jolteon__with_pattern__by_aphid777-d7gyatj

img src: aphid777.deviantart

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.

 

jolteon

img src: deviantart

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

 

ninjagohat

img src: Pinterest

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

Lego Doll

img src: littlehouseincolorado

 

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.

Advertisements

27/150: Back to Basics

5 Alternatives to the Boring Sandwich!

captlog

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

Egg wrap

IMG SRC: WrapStar

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. 

 

 

 

26/150: Back to School

backtoschool

Back to school season! My little guy is going into grade one, he is so excited. I’m excited to finally get a break. More crocheting, more baking, more blogging. Just all around more relaxation. Less coffee- I don’t think so. He did very well with his first week back. Have I accomplished much? Not really, still sinking in that I don’t have a kid here all day. My husband will be working more, so I will have more time to work on my projects.

ninja2

 

I got a new blender last week. The Ninja brand. It was a 80$ blender on sale for 50$. I have been wanting a Ninja set and this one is even better then the one I wanted. This thing whips up a smoothie in 30 seconds and cleans so easy. Those blades. Sharp.

Fruits Ahoy!

Fruit

I love fruits and vegetables, so in celebration of this amazing blender I want to share a basic smoothie recipe with you. They are great for breakfast, lunch, snack, on the go and my personal fave: detoxing.

Note: These are approximate portions. If it is to thick, ad a little bit of juice at a time till desitred thickness. If too runny, add ice or another scoop of frozen yogurt.

fruit smoothie

Img Src: http://www.delish.com/cooking/g1457/healthy-smoothie-recipes/

Fruit Smoothie

6 oz fruit punch or berry punch

2 tbsp frozen mangos

2 tbsp frozen strawberries

1 tbsp Frozen Pineapples

1/2 banana

1 (heaping) tbsp frozen yogurt (your choice! try Vanilla or Triple Berry)

Throw all ingredients in blender. Blend til smooth. Serve. Enjoy. Feel free to mix it up. add blueberries, raspberries, kale, spinach. Feel free to substitute Juice for milk, almond milk or coconut milk. 


 

 

25/150: Strawberry Cream Tarts

Strawberries & Cream

IMG_20170904_211524275

Yum Yum Yum. My favorite dessert has got to be strawberries and cream. As long as I have whipping cream and strawberries in the house, I can make a bang on dessert. My usual route is vanilla cupcakes but last night I got adventurous.

I purchased these small tart shells a while back. I left them in the freezer, until last night. I decided to use them for a quick easy dessert.

IMG_20170904_203145793

I pulled out the whipping cream and added a tbsp vanilla and a tbsp white sugar then mixed it up. I let it set in the fridge while I tended to my presliced, thawed strawberries.

IMG_20170904_203241568

I added some sugar and honey, then I put them in the fridge to set while I baked my empty tart shells. When the sells were cooked, I let them cool for a while (15-30 mins) then filled them: one scoop whip cream, one scoop strawberries, one scoop whip cream, one scoop strawberries.

IMG_20170904_211527267

You may fill them however you like, and use whatever fruit you choose. Try using fresh fruit!

I hope you enjoy this treat as much as I do! It works up quick, and is made with relatively healthy ingredients.

24/150: Coffee, Crochet & Captain Janeway

Coffee & Captain Janeway

janewaycoffee4

In case you don’t know, Captain Janeway is the lead character on the show Star Trek: Voyager. It aired during my formative years, 1995-2001.  My dad was a huge Star Trek fan. We watched all the TV series and movies. Recently, my husband and I began to re-watch Voyager. I really admire Captain Janeway; and she loves coffee almost as much as I do. I love everything this woman says, and she always stands up for herself and her crew. There are not many lead female characters these days with her kind of integrity. I admire her for this. It is my evening ritual (after dinner is cleaned up) to sit down, turn on Voyager and crochet (is this still the 90’s?). In my old age I’ll be crocheting and wondering why it always makes me think of Star Trek.


Crochet

IMG_20170903_083223111

Messy Bun Hat, in progress

Back to my coffee and the matter at hand. I started a Messy Bun hat. I used Red Heart Camo Wool and Red Heart Comfort magenta for the outlines. I followed the idea of this pattern, but used a smaller hook.

IMG_20170903_102136467

Complete

 

I’ve started a similar project with multi-colours. I am going to make some gloves to go with them. I will try to type up the actual pattern I’m using so you guys can participate too. Hopefully I can sell a few this winter, both locally and online. I am not overly confident in my skills. So making stuff for anyone other than my kids is nerve racking. I’m focusing on building a collection of merchandise. I’ve also began working on an online store. I will link it when it’s done.

Messy Bun Hat

Looks Great!


 

Gardening Update!

 

 

My flower is still growing. It’s been struggling with the heat and the smoke. There has been no measurable rainfall for almost 3 months. Despite all that, my flower is pulling through and growing a third stalk. It is almost time to transplant to a larger pot.

 


 

Apologies for the short and scarce posts. I’m actually working on many projects right now. Most of them are 75% finished, I plan on finishing them up as I finish up Season 4 of Voyager.  School resumes on Wednesday so I may have more time during the week, if I choose not to waste it. 

22/150: Preparation for Fall!

 

Back to School means Back to Fall!

 

fallpunpkins

Good morning! With all this heat and all these fires around me, I’m desperately craving fall. The cool breezes, the changing colours, Apple Spice Tea. We can’t forget Halloween. What are you planning on doing? I’m not a big celebrator of Halloween, but I have a 6 year old, so it’s fun to dress up and eat lots of candy. I would like to make my costumes this year, but I have barely got around to familiarising myself with my sewing machine. It has a tension problem I need to fix. Crocheting is a fun fall and winter activity, even though I did it all summer long. When buying yarn the other day, the teller was like “knitting already?” I laughed and said “I Crochet all year long!”

In preparation for this favourite season, I have compiled a list of  fall inspired Patterns and recipes. I hope that posting these will inspire me to get up and get my Crojo back.

Fall Inspired Crochet Items

 

1: Candy Corn Dress

sunshineandmarmalade_small

Who doesn’t love candy corn this time of year? This baby/toddler dress is so adorable I may have to replicate it in my size.

 

 

 

 

 

2: Candy Corn Leg Warmers

Candy-Corn-Crochet-Leg-Warmers_Large500_ID-1793563

I want to make a pair of leg warmers and these will work up quick and easy. Change the colors to suit your preference. I may go with less bold coloring. I may have to make that previous dress and pair it with these. What a cute fall outfit.

3: Candy Bowl

ghostbowl I will probably make a few bowls/baskets this fall. They are so versatile, and much better then the cheap plastic ones from the dollar store. Change up the design, the colors, the size and add your own personality to it. Fill them and give them away at holidays or birthdays.

 

 

 

 

4: Cowboy booties

1

I love cowboy boots and if I had a baby, she would have all sorts of homemade items like these. Modify the pattern to fit your feet if you’re ambitious. I may replicate this pattern in my size for some cute slippers this winter.

 

 

 

 

5: Messy bun beanie

485d67980a7e2581f0358fb0903b4ec0

Who doesn’t love a fun beanie? And wearing your hair up at the same time? Try these, they are cute, fun and simple. I’m working on this pattern right now. I will let you know how it turns out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tasty fall recipes

I cannot wait to try out these gems. I love fruit and veges so these make my mouth water as we speak. I want to share these with you and you can be certain I will be trying many of them. I have a lot of apples right now, and I am always looking for creative ways to use them. (I can’t just eat an apple, I have to dress it up!)

 

  1. Hasselback Apples

hassapple.jpg

I came across this one by chance, I cannot wait to try it. Don’t they look so tasty? Yum!

 

2.  Carrot Apple Saladcarrot-and-apple-salad-101961734.jpg

Bless Rachel Ray. Her recipes always come out amazing and I cannot wait to try this salad with my next big meal.

 

3: Apple Peanut butter cookies

applepbcookie.jpg

I was looking for some tasty fall inspired cookies and found these to fit my Apple theme. I enjoy peanut butter cookies and my kids like apples with peanut butter so why not mix the two for a beautiful fusion of flavors?

 

 

 

 

4: Brown Butter Apple Loaf

appleloaf.jpg

Oh my goodness does this ever look tasty! I love breads and loafs. They always work up so fast and go great with my coffee!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5: Stacked applesauce Cake

54ea829f743bf_-_51cakr66

This one is on here because it looked so darn delicious my mouth started watering. I will probably try this during the fall/winter. So simple, you can dress it up or eat as is. Yum

 

 

 


I hope you enjoyed this list. I haven’t been feeling inspired lately so I thought I would round up some inspiration for all of us. Don’t be shy to share your attempts with me in comments. I appreciate your continued support!

21/150: Sunday Dinner

Good morning everyone. It’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been taking my time with my current project. School is on the horizon, hopefully I can get more done this winter. I’ve been putting off sewing because every time I clean up my room and my sewing corner, it gets used for something else.

cookbook

Today’s recipes brought to you by Better Homes & Garden 

It’s been a while since I posted any recipes. I have a lot of recipe books so I want to share some of my favorites with you. My all time favorite go to appetizer is Bruschetta. Yum. Individually I am not a fan of the ingredients but once they are fused together you have a delightful treat.

Today I am going to share with you an entire meal. I hope you cook along with me!

Appetizer: Bruschetta

Prep-Cooking time: Total 35 min makes approx 36 (Go ahead and half it!)

NFF-Cherry-Tomato-Bruschetta-WEB3

1 tbsp Oilve Oil

1 tbsp (fresh) chives

1 tbsp (fresh) basil

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 clove garlic, minced

2 cups chopped roma and/or yellow tomato

0.5 cup finely chopped red onion

salt and fresh ground pepper

1 8-oz baguette, french style; cut in 0.5 inch slices and toasted*

  1. In medium bowl, stir together olive oil, chives, basil, lemon juice, and garlic. Add tomato and onion, toss to coat; season to taste
  2. To serve, use slotted spoon to scoop mixture onto each slice of toast. 

* I don’t toast the baguette before adding the mixture. I brush the baguette slices lightly with olive oil then add a thin slice of mozzarella  cheese or a scoop of shredded mozza then I toast it all together. 

 

Nutritional Info (per slice)

23 cal; 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat); 0 mg chol; 43 mg sodium; 4 g carb; 0 g fiber; 0 g pro

Daily Values:  91 % vit A; 2% vit C; 1 % cal; 1% iron


 

Main Course: Chicken Parmigiana and Risotto

Chicken Parmigiana:

Prep: 30 min / Cook 25 min / 4 servings.

chicken-parmesan-horiz-a-1200

0.33 (1/3) cup chopped onion

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tbsp butter

1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained

0.5 tsp of salt

1/8 tsp salt

dash of pepper

0.25 cup fresh basil

2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

0.33 (1/3) cup bread crumbs

4 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

0.5 tsp dried oregano, crushed

1 egg, beaten

2 tbsp milk

3 tbsp oilve oil

0.25 cup shredded mozza

1.For sauce: In a medium saucepan cook onion and garlic in hot butter over medium heat until tender. Carefully stir in undrained tomatoes, sugar, salt and pepper. Bring to boil, reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered approx 10 min or to desired consistency*, stirring occasionally. Stir in basil, set aside; keep warm.

2. Meanwhile, place each chicken half between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Using Flat side of meat mallet, pound chicken lightly to approx 0.25 inch. Remove Plastic.

3. In shallow dish, stir bread crumbs, parm cheese and oregano. In second dish, stir egg and milk together. Dip chicken in egg mixture, then in crumb mixture to coat. 

4. In large skillet, cook chicken in hot oil over medium heat for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden. Transfer chicken to serving platter. 

5. Spoon sauce over chicken. Top with Mozzarella and remaining Parm. Let stand 2 min or till cheese melts. 

 

*Creamy Tomato Sauce: After preparing sauce, add 3 tbsp whipping cream, half and half or light cream, stirring constantly/ Cook and stir for 3 minutes more, then add basil.

Nutritional Info: Per 3 oz chicken & 1/3 cup sauce

418 cal; 24g fat (9g sat); 152 mg chol; 715 g sodium; 15g carb; 1 g fibre; 34 g pro

Daily: 11% Vit A; 24% Vit C; 19% cal; 11% iron

 

Risotto:

Prep: 10 minutes/ cook: 15 min/Makes 4 servings

Chicken_Parmesan_Risotto

0.5 cup chopped onion

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp butter

1 cup uncooked arborio rice* (I usually use Jasmine or Basmati, whatever is on hand)

2 14oz cans chicken broth

0.5 cup finely grated Parmesan or Asiago (or a mixture)

1/8 tsp black pepper

 

  1. In large saucepan, cook onion and garlic hot oil and 1 tbsp of butter until onion is tender. Add rice. Cook and stir over medium heat 2-3 min or until rice begins to brown
  2. In another sauce pan, bring broth to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer. Slowly add 1 cup broth to the rice mixture, stirring constantly. Continue to cook and stir until liquid is absorbed. Add another 0.5 cup to rice mixture, stirring constantly. Continue to cook and stir until liquid absorbed. Add remaining broth, 0.5 cup at a time. Stir constantly until liquid is absorbed. (approx 15 min)
  3. Stir in remaining butter, Parm and pepper.

 

Nutritional Info per 3/4 cup:

290 cal; 16g fat (6g sat); 23 mg chol; 685mg sodium; 30g carb; 0 g fiber; 8 g protein

Daily: 5% vit A; 2% vit C; 13% calcium; 12% iron


Thank you for joining me today. I hope you enjoy this dinner as much as I do! Have a great Sunday!