Tea Box

Hello Friends! Whoops, yesterday totally got away from me. How has everybody’s week been? Mine has gotten of to a great start. I have been eating well and worked out everyday! That is such an accomplishment for me after not doing much at all and stuffing anything in my mouth that caught my eye.

I have done some cleaning in a couple of the closets, I haven’t finished the closet in the spare room but I took some things out that didn’t need to be in there, which will give me room for other things.

Jules, We love cookies here! We used to make some every weekend but then we kind of got away from it. I am happy to spread the cookie love around. I am glad you are want to try the recipes. I look forward to hearing what you think of them. I am not sure I could say which one I like better. They are so different from each other. I have everything to make pizza at home too but I was feeling last weekend. The dough I got at the store is very good, made fresh everyday. I have a waffle maker as well, just a cheap one from Aldi’s. It works well for the few times we make waffles. Maybe I will get some waffle inspiration from you 😉

I haven’t been reading Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest but as I mentioned a couple posts ago I went to the library to return books that Little Man had checked out and the library’s powers took over my mind and made me check out two books. Ok, maybe I just can’t stop myself from looking at the books on the shelf.  So here is what spoke to me this time.

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The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel is a collection of short stories. I have only been reading short stories since last year and this is my third book of short stories. I have read a few of them and they are different than other short stories I have read. A couple of them I really enjoyed and a couple of others I didn’t quite get. I am still looking forward to the other stories.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley is the second book.  I got this book because in the new book section there was the seventh book in this series, As Chimney Sweepers come to Dust, and it sounded really good but I always have to start a series from the beginning. It’s about a young girl named Flavia de Luce, who is an aspiring chemist, and comes across the body of a man and is intrigued and investigates. I hope it is as good as it sounds, especially since I want to read the seventh book.

In sewing news, I did finish my box that I was making with these squares

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Here it is filled up with tea 🙂

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Here is closed and some of the sides and bottom

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It came out a lot better than I thought it was going to. I am really happy with it. It’s the perfect addition to my other tea boxes.

I am off to enjoy a little dessert and tea before bedtime. Enjoy your day/night my friends!

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Soup and Fabric

Hello my Friends! How is everyone today. I hope you are all doing good. Today Little Man had a half day so after i picked him  we made lunch together, then drew some pictures. I worked out…it’s my second day and my muscles are yelling at me. Then Little Man and i looked for a game on the computer that we can both play and meet in, so a virtual world. We decided on Wizard 101. It’s actually a lot of fun. You make a character and right at the start you have your first battle, before you can even register for wizard school! Something mysterious and evil is happening in wizard city and you have to get to the bottom of what is going on. There are a lot of different missions and characters for you to help. I must admit i have gotten hooked. Of course Little Man loves it.

Yesterday i told you i started a new sewing project. It’s a small one and I haven’t gotten far but i will show you the fabric i am using.

DSC01161My grandma sent me this fabric scrap last year sometime. I found it when i was looking for fabric to throw together to make a quilt with. Anyway, i just had the sudden urge to do something with it.

I grabbed this fabric scrap for my back.

DSC01162And i cut some squares out of both of those and some batting.

DSC01163My original plan was some coasters. Not because i need any but i thought they would make cute ones. But once i had sewn them, they were too small for my liking to be coasters. Sorry in advance this pics were taken at night.

DSC01164So i decided i am going to sew them together to make a box like these, that my grandma made me a long time ago and that i put my tea in.

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I did not bind mine like she did, i did not have the right fabric to make my own bias tape or any in a color that would suit and well that was too much work for me. I have three squares sewn together, after sewing on the fourth i realized it was upside down in relation to the others, so i had to rip it off. Then i set it down and haven’t picked it back up. Not because i don’t want to but i have come to realize that a big part of my hand issues is the pinching action i am doing when handing sewing or holding knitting needles. So i thought it best to take a break and then things to just busy. I hope to work on it some more but i am not going to push myself. It will only make things worse. I think it will be really cute and can’t wait to finish it!

Now on to the Cream of Broccoli Soup I made yesterday. It is from my book The Drop 10 Diet Cookbook. I got it last year when i was starting to get tired of the same old healthy meals and needed some new ideas. It has some pretty good recipes in it and i am finally getting around to testing some of them. This is my second one this week. The other one was Peanut Chicken Finger and those were pretty good as well but because you aren’t frying them like most chicken tenders are, so the breading made it a bit dry, you needed something to dip your chicken in. Anyway on to the soup.

I am going to tell you up front i made a huge mistake right at the beginning with the edamame, i didn’t take them out of their shells. I don’t know why, i just got it stuck in my head that i didn’t need to. And this is my first time using them. So right before pureeing i was digging in my soup to get all the beans out of their pods. I missed a couple but it could have been much worse.

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I gathered up all my ingredients. Did my chopping and dicing.

DSC01177Put the olive oil, broccoli, onions and curry powder in the pot.

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Oh my the smell of the curry powder was wonderful!! Then i added the potatoes, edamame(with shell, silly me) and broth.

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Let it simmer, with a lid on, until the potatoes were done. Added the broccoli and Half and Half.

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Let that simmer for about 10 minutes or until the broccoli is done. I would let it cool a bit before pureeing if you are using an immersion blender and then if you are me, you dig furiously around with a spoon and your fingers to find all the edamame and the shells that happened to come apart while cooking so you can save your soup. Then puree and pour into a bowl.

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And Enjoy. I was quite worried about how this soup was going to taste. I hate cream of broccoli soup in a can or soup mix or bag, basically store-bought in any form.  It’s just too thick for me and i don’t care for the taste. This soup was delicious, i think the curry spice really added something special to the taste and i could have eaten the whole pot.

So, friends grab yourself a bowl of soup, curl up with a good book and take a moment for yourself.  Especially tomorrow, or possibly today when you read this, because its National Readathon Day. Little Man and I will be grabbing some couch time for sure and doing some reading. Together and on our own. Hopefully i can make some more of a dent in my Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest. I am about 1/3 of the way through. I went to the library today and i always say i am not checking anything out, i have plenty at home to read and…I ALWAYS WALK OUT WITH A BOOK!! Even if it’s just a cooking or craft book or something for Little Man, i can not walk out of there with nothing. I think they have some sort of mind control going on in those places 😉 I got two today, yep they get me every time.

Little Man and I are making cookies tomorrow so I will share those with you next time along with the books i checked out.

Friends, have a wonderful day, do some reading and eat some soup!

My New Bag!

I took these pictures really quick.  So I warn you they are not at their best.

I have been really wanting to sew a bag for myself. I had a few different bags bookmarked online and in my books.

I finally decided on the Folk Bag from One-Yard Wonders.

Here it is!

I am very happy with how it turned out!  It is some of my better sewing. The owls make me very happy and I love the colors.  I find myself being drawn to turquoise more and more.

Here is a close-up of the lining!  Still love Lime Green 🙂

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Sadly there have been a couple of casualties in my knitted socks so I must get back to knitting my mystery sock so I have a finished pair soon!

I also have a trip coming up soon and I should be able to finish another pair of socks during that trip and hopefully that will make up for what I lost.  Poor, Poor socks but they were very loved and kept my feet cozy in the cooler months. I may try some darning but I have never done it before so i am a bit unsure about it.  if you have any tips let me know!

Weekend/Wochenende

We don’t have much planned for the weekend.  It’s rainy and gloomy outside. Perfect for cuddling inside.

Wir haben nicht viel furs wochenende geplant. Es ist heute regnerisch und kalt. Ein richtiger kuschel tag. 🙂

I am hoping to turn this fabric into a hat for Little Man.

I mochte mit diesen stoff ein hut fur mein Kleinen Mann machen.

And some reading with a cup of tea.  I love the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. I am a bit late in the game and only started reading them in June but I gobbled up the first 7 books in just a couple weeks and made myself stop before starting book 8. They are so funny and some of the stuff that happens to Stephanie is really unbelievable but I think that adds to the books and her character.  I like them so much that even though i checked them all out from the library, i have decided these need to be a permanent fixture in my library. So i have been checking out used book stores. If you are a late-comer like me and haven’t read these then give the first book a try.

Und lesen mit eine tasse tea.  Ich liebe diese serie von Janet Evanovich. Die serie gibt’s auch auf Deutsch un das erste buch heisst “Einmal ist Keinmal”.  Der Serie gibts schon lange bei uns aber ich habe es erst ihm Juni angefangen. Die erste seiben bucher habe ich innerhalb ein paar wochen gelesen! Schnell zum lesen und du willst sie nicht runter setzen.  Aber dann habe ich eine pause gemacht sonst habe ich keine mehr in der serie zu lesen. Ich habe jetzt buch acht angefan.  Die bucher sind sehr witzig und sachen passiern zum Stephanie Plum das einfach unglaublich sind, aber das ist das komische.  Die sind romanze, krimi und blodsinn zusammen in einen buch und das braucht mann ab und zu! 🙂

I hope you have a nice weekend and hopefully i will have a hat to show off next time.

Ich hoffe sie haben eine schone wochenende und nachstes mal habe ich eine hut zum zeigen.

Some Bags

In the summer I get the urge to sew but there really wasn’t anything I wanted or needed to sew.  Plus it hasn’t been unbearably hot very often so I was able to knit on some of my bigger projects that have been neglected.

Then we did a summer reading program at our local library during July. Little Man got a cute plastic bag with the theme of the reading program on it but it wasn’t long before the book corners had stabbed the bottom of the bag full of holes.  So I decided to make him a tote bag for his books.

I had fun making it so I decided that not only did he need a bag but my grandma needed some bags.

And as i was going through my fabric I came across some that i thought would make a great bag for me 🙂

So over the past month whenever i got the urge to sew. I made a bag.

Little Man’s, Both of my grandma’s in the middle and then mine.

Little Man’s fabric was on clearance and Joann’s awhile back.  My grandma really likes Batik fabrics so I got  those at a local fabric store for her.

Little Man picked out the cat fabric for my grandma’s second bag. I was only going to make her the Batik one but he really wanted her to have a cat one too and really you can never have to many tote bags 🙂  The fabric for my bag was on clearance at the local fabric store awhile back and I had liked it instantly.

The bags are reversible if you want them to be.  So here are the insides of the bags, still in the same order as before.

I made the bags by combining two patterns. One from Simple Sewing by Lotta Jansdotter and this tutorial.  Aside from Little Man’s bag I let the size of the cut of fabric decide how big the bags would be.  I am very happy with them.

Grandma got her bags today in the mail and was very happy with them as well.

Cake, Raven & a Blanket

How the time goes by…I never meant to be gone so long but we have been plagued by a succession of colds, Aidan and I not hubby…he never gets sick.

Last time I posted about Little Man’s Valentine’s gift but that wasn’t the only gift i knit up.  My mom had a special request and I obliged.

Pattern: Ferdinand the Raven (pattern on Etsy)

Made for: Babsi

Dates: Feb 15-16, 2009

Yarn: Vanna’s Choice Baby in Aqua and Duckie

Needles: US 4 douple points and crochet hook i think 3.00 mm

Notes: Quick and fun pattern. Easy to follow and the little crochet bits added a nice change.  He is supposed to have a little tuft of hair on the top of his head. I forgot to put it on and didn’t realize until I already gave it to my mom!! Next time I go over there I will add the tuft. I think he looks just as cute without 🙂

On February 21 hubby celebrated his birthday and Little Man and I always bake him a cake. Little Man really gets into birthdays even if it’s not his and this year was no different.  He had some trouble figuring out what to give Daddy so we went over some of his favorite things: Tools, Tv, Computer and Making Knives.  As soon and he said “Knives” something in his brain clicked and he said “That’s it! I will get Daddy and knife and we will make him a knife cake.”  And that is exactly what we did.

To me it looks more like a pirate sword than a knife. Cutting a cake freehand is not my forte At All but hubby knew right away what it was and that was all that mattered and he loved it.  I was so proud of Little Man coming up with that idea and we had a good time making it.

Last Summer i started making a blanket based on this pattern.  Remember this?

Those were from my blanket, still unfinished but that is my goal for this week-i really am so close.  Anyway Little Man wanted a blanket like mine as well so we went and picked out some fabric in the Fall and i washed it right away.  A few weeks later I cut the squares and the sat in a pile, in my closet for monthes.  Last Sunday it suddenly hit me that though it is freezing outside it hopefully won’t be that way for much longer so i better get that blanket done.  I finished all the sewing by Monday.  I did not want to quilt it, I don’t have the patience for it, so i decided to Tye the quilt. I spent almost all day hunched over it with a few breaks it’s finished. 

Bad Close-up of the tyes:

 I am very happy with the end result and have decided to use the same technique on my blanket which means i should have mine soon as well!

I love the fabric Little Man picked and they are a good reflection of the things he likes. 

We already snuggled and read bedtime stories under it 🙂

Sluggin Along

Elmo was very cute 🙂 I am glad we went.  All the friends were doing little skits about what they wanted to be when they grew up. Little Man had a good time but was bummed that Elmo never came to say Hi to him.  Every time some of the characters came off the stage to say Hi to the people in the first few rows you could see him looking over there longingly.  Made me want to go down and drag Elmo over to us 🙂

Here are some pictures-please excuse the occasional head and sound equipment.

Saturday we had some fun around the house and i made my favorite salad:

Taboulleh/Tabouli

Recipe from back of Arrowhead Mills box of bulgar wheat

1 cup bulgur wheat

1 1/2 cups boiling water

1 1/2 tsp salt,optional

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup Olive Oil

Dash of garlic powder

2 tomatoes, diced, i like to use Roma- not as juicy

3 cups chopped parsley

4 green onions chopped

Pour boiling water over bulgar and salt. Cover bulgar for about 30 mins and let sit until water is absorbed. Stir next 3 ingredients into bulgar and chill for 2-3 hours. Add tomatoes, parsley and green onions and gently toss before serving on a bed of lettuce.

My salad is roughly based on this recipe.  I use the same amount of bulgar and water. I don’t add my salt until the end so i can do it to taste.  On Saturday when i made this Little Man and i were deep in play so i didn’t check on the bulgar until probably after 45 mins or maybe more. So by the time i checked it, it was cool enough for me so i didn’t do the step where you add the lemon juice, oil and salt and chill it for several hours-i have never done that. Not even with other recipes.  So i dumped my bulgar in a bowl and threw in the tomatoes, onions and parsley. For the parsley i just bought one bunch and used all the leaves, everybody likes different amounts of parsley so add what suits you.   I added the juice of about 1 1/2 lemons, a dash of olive oil for the taste and then maybe a tablespoon and a half of veggie oil, i just don’t like all that oil in my salad. Then i sprinkled salt and added much more then a dash of the garlic powder because i love garlic 🙂  It was sooo yummy-but next time i think i would add juice of  2 lemons again, just for the extra zip 🙂  i have also added yellow onion  or red onion before.  Colored peppers are good as well. You really can throw in whatever you like but i like the basic version.

Saturday night i started to get a bad sore throat and we all know what that means-Sickness.  I slept most of Sunday and Monday when i took Little Man to school i was feeling pretty good.  Come the evening i was wiped out and just wanted to sleep and it was like that as well yesterday.  Today it hit me even earlier and i ended up sleeping away the whole afternoon. I feel alright now but the way this cold has been treating me who knows how i will be later or tomorrow.

Little Man’s batman slippers have worn down on the bottom and a couple weeks ago i came across this tutorial online and knew i wanted my boy to have some. 

I made them last Thursday. They have a quilter’s flannel on the outside and leftover scraps of fleece on the inside.  I didn’t have enough of one color of fleece so the inside of one is orange and the other bright green.  He was ver excited by them and said “Oh, they are elf slippers” and then we had to play Santa and his helper elf.

I made very little progress on what goes with the mystery paw but i am close.  It has to be done by Saturday so i should have a post on that day.

Yesterday we had weather in the high 50’s it was wonderful and even though i was sick i still took my boy out for a walk and let him go to the playground for about 45 mins.  I think the fresh air did both of us some good and it was so nice to be outside.

Back to resting for me. Oh and thanks for the compliments on Hubby’s sushi he liked them very much 🙂