Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Teacher Appreciation Crafting!

Teacher Appreciation Week can get a little tricky. This year was even more interesting because the themes for each day were not the same as in years past. One day was Purse/Wallet Day where you were supposed to send something in for, obviously, the teachers' purses. I had seen these cute EOS paper flowers through the Silhouette Online Store, and thought it was a perfect time to whip them up. I used scrap paper I already had and they went together super easy...and came out so CUTE!!!

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Tooth Fairy Says Good-Bye

Have you ever had something happen that wasn't completely unexpected but it kind of was? Obviously in the back of my mind I had to have known that one day Little Man would lose his last baby tooth. But when I took him to the dentist and they said it wasn't loose and it needed to come out...I just wasn't prepared. It took my enough by surprise that I didn't have a chance to get upset about it...

...until his dentist came in and got misty-eyed talking about how she had taken his first stubborn baby tooth and now she was taking his last.  ARGH! 

And THEN...the Tooth Fairy came and left this tiny little note in the baggie she always would leave with some change in it. And he cried because he didn't get to say good-bye to her. Want to see a grown woman come undone? You should have seen me...how is time flying so fast?!?!?

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Weekend Fun and Ouchies

 At some point this weekend I remember thinking, wow...what a beautiful weekend! I also remember thinking how much I was enjoying the weather and family time...even chores!

First, we worked in the front yard. We planted our begonias and I pruned the rosebushes.

While I pruned I saved buds from the branches and brought them inside...THEY SMELLED SO GOOD!!!

Another yummy smell on Saturday was Hubby's latest smoked meat creation...YUM!

Then on Sunday we rode bikes in the neighborhood to go geocaching. While we were heading back my bike hit a pinecone just the wrong way and I wound up flying over my bike and landing half under a bush...scraping my knee and hand on concrete in the split second that I tried to protect my face.

I'll spare you some of the gross photos...but it sure did put a damper on the day. 

Fortunately before my knee swelled too bad I was able to get the chicken pot pies made for Harry Potter Night...and then I sit down and took it easy the rest of the day.

So, my body may have been battered pretty bad, but it was still a fun weekend!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Charleston Vicissitude!

Had a rough spot right towards the end with the neckline, but it was no match for this Craft Chick! I love the versatility of this project, I can wear it around my neck if I have a little chill or if I'm warm and don't want it on over my torso...

...and then I can pull it down to be dressier!

I really envisioned wearing this tank in Charleston...it gets so warm and humid but we go to places where you want to look a bit nicer...I thought this item would be great...up while walking around, down for a nice lunch/dinner/house tour. The fit came out great too which was nice, I've struggled with good fit over the years but I think I've been getting better! Oh, and isn't the color gorgeous!?!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Crafting With Food: Pasta!!

By now maybe you guessed I like "crafting" with food. I love learning new techniques, and this year I made one of my New Year's Resolutions to learn how to make pasta from scratch. I had checked out videos on the Internet...but was kind of afraid. I saw a great deal on a class at Sur La Table and thought it was the perfect way to give it a try without investing money in equipment or messing up my kitchen and winding up with nothing but a doughy mess.

SO GLAD I gave it a try! I wouldn't call it "easy" but it wasn't hard, and with the techniques I learned in class I'd definitely like to give it a try at home.

Our class started with a little appetizer. Our chef instructor introduced herself and we learned that she had been on an episode of "Chopped" on the Food Network! You know I had to watch her episode...read about it here. Her name is Robyn Moore and she made it all the way to the last round! So cool!

We quickly got to work making dough in a Vitamix, and then kneading it into a ball to set.

I loved how simple it was to roll the dough out using the Kitchenaid pasta roller attachment. It left both hands free for feeding and catching the dough through the rollers.

Half of the dough we cut into pappardelle to make Pappardelle with Lemon, Asparagus and Parmesan with Soft Eggs (It was the Spring Pasta Class). 

The other half of the dough was used to make tortellini...Goat Cheese Tortellini with Pancetta, Sweet Peas and Mint.

What I noticed about the pastas were how light and delicate they tasted. They were also super quick to cook! One New Year's Resolution Done!!

It's also definitely nice to have someone show you ways to make the recipes go smoothly!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Our 1st Geocache!

We went geocaching in our neighborhood for the first time and we loved it! Geocaching is a free activity where people place hidden"treasure" and give coordinates and then you try to find the container that they have hidden. The containers can be small or large and they have small prizes to pick from (you swap out with little things you've brought) and a log to sign and date. It's  a fun way to get outside and it's like searching for buried treasure (only it's not buried)!

Friday, March 25, 2016

A Thank You from Little Man

The son of a friend of mine was going through his things and decided that he wanted to get rid of the shark's teeth he had. My friend thought of Little Man, and on the thank you card he made for her he drew this little shark (with me as his mom he can really get into a theme too!) I love how cute it is!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Spring Is Here!

I cannot stand how much I love these cards from SVG Cuts! I knew I had to make one as soon as I saw the kit...once I downloaded the kit I was a little shocked at the work involved...but I tackled each flower assembly-line style and I think the effort is so worth it! Each flower has either five or three individually cut petals...each is hand colored in the center and then has a brad that holds it together. Such a little piece of spring!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Which One?

So, last summer our neighbors moved and they didn't want their wrought iron deck chairs anymore. They asked if we wanted them and we did, so they are on our deck.  But, they have no cushions. So we really don't use them. You see, the seat part isn't a standard size. I can't just grab some. And, now I'm tired of looking at them and not being able to use them. So I've decided to make some cushions damn it! Jo-Ann Fabrics just had a sale on outdoor fabric (50% off!) and I headed there to pick one that would work with what I had in mind.  The 4 above were the finalists...which one do you think I chose?

Saturday, March 12, 2016

A New Japanese Experience

Many years ago now a friend of mine learned about a traditional Japanese restaurant from a friend of hers who had lived in Japan. The restaurant, Musashi, has great food. My family and I LOVE the ton katsu lunch. It's a breaded and fried pork cutlet that comes with miso soup to start, then the plate itself has the pork, a separate bowl of rice, a salad with an A-MAZING house-made dressing, and a scoop of potato salad. It's probably a good thing it's not close to us or we'd be there all the time. Oh, and the gyoza (dumplings) make Little Man super happy!

This time when we went we sat in the mat room. We took our shoes off and stepped up into the room and then sat on mats...and there was a space for our feet to go so we didn't have to sit Indian-style. We'd never sat in the room before, so it was a neat new experience!