Archive for January, 2010

Go Green – Reusable Lunch Totes

Go Green with reusable lunch totes. These totes are on my ETSY site. They are large enough to hold reusable plastic storage containers, thermos or the reusable sandwich and snack bags.


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Pumpkin Bread and Brownies and IEP’s

This time of year I get the opportunity to thank Marc’s Resource Specialist and all the school staff which have dedicated so much time to his success. With both Marc and Mary having ADHD I have annual IEP’s to review their progress and set new goals. Both Marc and Mary have shown tremendous growth over the last 5 years and I credit much of this success to their Resource Specialist and the school staff all who work diligently to assist them. When I meet for the IEP’s I take the opportunity to say thank you for the job they do. This year I am making brownies and pumpkin bars. I hope they enjoy them.

Pumpkin Bread

  • 3 1/2 Cups flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 1 -15oz can Pumpkin
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2/3 cup water

Combine all dry ingredients and set aside. In a separate bowl mix eggs, pumpkin, oil and water; add dry ingredients and stir. pour into 9 x 13 cake pan. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

I made these in the “Perfect Brownie Pan” that Sheila gave me for Christmas, the pan ia a pain to clean but the desserts look very cute.

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Baby Ring Sling

I have just completed making a baby sling for Kasey it was on his wish list of baby thing he wanted. The pattern was amazingly easy 2 1/2 yards of fabric( cut in half the long direction) and 2- 3″ rings. 

I lined the sling, but the sling is often made without the lining. All I did was sew the two fabrics right sides together the long way then cut one end down to a point and sew the point closed. I then turn the fabric so the right sides were out and pleated the open end down to about 5 inches, I then folded over the pleated end and threaded the two rings through before I stitched the end down. I now have a completed sling. 

Baby Ring Sling

Baby Ring Sling

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Journal Books

Today is a rainy day so I have bummed around all day in my pajamas and looking for a project I could do without leaving the house for supplies.

Here are three journal books I created today using standard composition books I purchased during back to school when they were .25. I used scrapbook paper I had in my collection. To give the books an aged look I sanded and inked the edges and on some of the books I have torn paper that is inked. The books are finished with trim and stickers.

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Easy Corn Chowder

It is raining cats and dogs today and the rain is expected all day so I am adding this soup to my menu. I think I have everything I need  here so I will not need to make a trip to the store. With any luck it will become a household favorite like the potato soup.6 pieces of bacon or 1 cup cooked bacon crumbles 

½ onion diced 

1 carrot shredded 

2 medium potatoes cubed 

1 can corn (17oz) 

½ Cup Water 

3 TBS Flour 

1 ½ cup Milk 

Salt and Pepper 

Cut bacon into 1″ pieces, cook until crisp. Reserve 2 tablespoons drippings in pan. Add onion and carrots and sauté until tender. Add to crockpot with  potatoes, add canned corn undrained, water. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Combine flour and 1/4 cup milk in a small bowl until smooth. Stir in remaining milk. Pour into corn mixture. Turn Crockpot to high and cook for an extra 30 minutes. Stir in bacon and salt and pepper to taste. 

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Upcycling a Shirt to a Purse

Here is a small purse that I made from a shirt and pair of jeans Mary had outgrown, I kept the front buttons and shirt pockets intact for the cute appearance, the pockets are even large enough to hold most cell phones for easy access.I lined the inside with denim from the outgrown pair of jeans and used additional shirt fabric for inside pockets. I am a believer that a purse cannot have to many pockets.

The bamboo handle was purchsed at Joann’s

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Hobby Horse

I spent some time today making a hobby horse for Mary’s party. This was such an easy project and was completed in about 1 hour, though I had to take breaks to take the kids to the movies and to cook dinner. Imagine how much I could get done if I had my elf Clarence back.

I am making these so we can have a horse race at the party, it may seem that the girls are a little old for this kids of toy but Mary assures me it will be cool and I am not in a hurry to make the kids grow up any faster than necessary. If everything works out well I should have a whole herd of these wild horse by next weekend.

I made this one from upholstery fabric that was on sale for $3 a yard and it looks like the yard will make three horses.

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Cricut Expression

Wow! Sheila came up yesterday and we spent the day playing with her new Cricut Expression (a Christmas gift). This was something we had looked at for the last year but with me unemployed it was not something I was prepared to buy.  I made name tags to add to the purses for Mary’s upcoming party and cute ribbons for the girls who win the games. I thought the ribbons for a horse party were perfect.This machine is awesome and Sheila was wonderful enough to leave it with me to play some more. I can wait to see what else I can create.

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Barbeque Sauce Recipe

Today when I was at the store they had beef brisket for $1.49 a pound so I just had to get one. It is now in the crockpot cooking. I will cook the meat all day and then I will drain off the fat and water and tomorrow it will go back into the crockpot with a batch of this BBQ sauce to simmer on low all day and it will turn into a delicious dinner for two families.

You can use this sauce on beef, chicken or pork and if you cook the meat in your crockpot even the inexpensive pieces of beef and pork turn out great.

This recipe is courtesy of Shawna, when she used this to make BBQ sandwiches at our Family Reunion two years ago I was able to get the recipe from her so once again I am using it for dinner.

3 Cups Ketchup

1/2 Cup brown sugar

1/2 Cup red wine vinegar

4 TBS Worcestershire Sauce

4 TBS Dijon Mustard

2 tsp liquid smoke

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp pepper

1 tsp salt

After whisking it together I put it in the empty Ketchup bottle to keep in the fridge.

Today I mixed this up because Sheila is coming up for a playdate tomorrow and I like to send her home with some shredded BBQ meat so she and the guys can make sandwiches for dinner.

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Mickey Wipe Case

Here is a cute custom wipe box for the first family member to comment on this post.

I used Mickey fabric for the Disney fans we have, but if you would like a different print just let me know.

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