Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I like to cook natural when I can. And I have been wanting to try and make my own pasta sauce. I hate all the sugar that comes in store bought sauces. I found a recipe in the William Sanoma catalogue which I tried the other night. Actually Z made the sauce. It was very easy to make and actually tasted great. I thought everyone would hate it since they were so used to store bought sauces. And I thought I would miss the flavor of a jar sauce. But this was really good and healthy. No sugar at all!! And the best part was the kids ate it. Even the kid who always wants the pasta plain. I also had fun explaining that if we had eaten this meal out it would have costs about $30.00 for the dish. But making it ourselves we spent around $4 per person (including the pasta and meatballs.) Check out the recipe here.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Start Wars Craft Book was made for me and my kids. I checked the publication date and it only came out March of last year so at least it wasn't out during our Star Wars phase. I can't wait to check this book out. Thank goodness my local library has it. Update on some WIP's: The butterfly quilt is coming along great. The right wing is done and I have started on the left. If you want to get a sneak peak at this pattern it can be found here - Joann's Butterfly Quilt pattern. If you plan to try this I suggest you really read all the comments because they discuss how to enlarge the pattern which was very helpful. I will add some photos of the butterfly soon. I have also continued working on the men's shirt quilt. I have been using my Accuquilt Go to cut out the 6 inch squares. I can cut 6 perfect 6 inch squares at a time. I am trying to cut one shirt a night. I am amazed every time I see this machine in action. And Z got a kick out of it too. He sat with me while I cut one of the shirts delighting each time we lifted up the cutting board and looked at how perfect the cut squares looked.
Monday, January 9, 2012
No photos today. Just some thoughts. I have been thinking really hard about a lot of things. One of them is that I want to take this blog to the next level. That would mean more posts and more followers. But on the other hand I have limited time. And when I have free time I always want to sew more then I want to fight with google blogger to get my photos and my words on this page. But I think I am going to try. I like to see my projects on the web. And my kids think it is fun to see photos of things I made on the Internet. Another thing I have been thinking about a lot lately is how am I living. Is it just for today, tomorrow, or for the next week. I try to slow down and enjoy moments and see them for what they are. I realize my sewing can help me with that. My quilts make people happy and that offers me a change to make a difference. Sometimes we have to think small to see the big picture. So what am I working on right now: a butterfly quilt for my college roommates 8 year old daughter. She picked out all the fabric herself. And she keeps shyly asking her mom to ask me when it will be ready. I love that. It is a fun motivator. I am also making a quilt for someone at work. It is going to be made our of her husband's dress shirts. She lost him sometime back and this will be a way for her to keep connected. This quilt will be a very emotional thing for both of us. I also have plans to make more scrap quilts. I want to use up some of my stash and I love the idea of making more strip quilts. They are easy and fun. I think I can even get the boys involved somehow. Sewing has become a quite contemplative thing I do on the weekends now. I use to be able to sew at night during the week but first grade homework and reading lists did away with that. At first this really bothered me. But I have settled into a weekend sewing routine which I really enjoy. Baseball season wills start soon and I will be driving little boys to practice and sitting on hard bleachers. That will take time away from sewing too. And I think this is a good thing. Because now when I get those rare times to sew I really enjoy them more. I just relax and let my thoughts drift. Thinking also led me to the idea that I don't have to have a photo to post a blog entry. I can just talk.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Here is a quick posting of two teacher gifts I did this year. This is a cute table topper and is very easy to make. I made this pattern once before so making these gifts was quick. The boys chose which quilt would go to which teacher. I also used recycled batting that I had saved from two old ironing board covers. I love that. I hope they get lots of use and bring a smile or two.