Friday, October 30, 2009
I think I should chop up old clothes more often - it's fabulous therapy!!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Potatoes, peeled & sliced
Tasty cheese, grated
Put a layer of potato slices in the base of an oven-proof dish.
Top with some bacon & onion [just a fine sprinkling].
Place another layer of potato on top.
Repeat bacon & onion layer.
Keep layering potato & bacon/onion until you get to the top of the dish.
Pour over some cream [I use about 300mL in my lasagne dish, you don't want it swimming in cream].
Cover with foil and bake at 180C for about 40 mins or until the potato is soft.
Uncover, top with cheese & return to oven until browned.
It is the best potato bake you'll ever taste, I guarantee it.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I picked up the pattern at my local quilting store, it was called "Nina's Dress" & was sized for a 2-3 year old. Then I modified it [I can't help myself] & drafted larger sizes for the bigger girls. It's really a longer version of a twirly skirt, with a shaped bodice & first tier.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
They're little pouches filled with rice in a couple of different sizes/shapes to suit different applications. I made mine out of corduroy scraps. The trick is don't over-fill them with rice or they aren't able to be moulded into position around necklines etc.
This is how it's done:
- Cut some rectangles of various sizes;
- Sew them up on 3 sides [right sides together]
- Turn them right way out & fill with rice [not too full]
- Fold raw edges inside pouch & machine stitch closed so no rice falls out
Friday, October 9, 2009
Yesterday afternoon after school Miss 6 & Miss 4 wanted to do some stamping. We made birthday cards for a friend & for my niece. Great fun while the little two were asleep.
Miss 4 made the purple one [of course], Miss 6 the blue one, and mine is on the right.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
I thought they'd be brilliant to take in the car, to church, waiting rooms etc.
So the other day I thought I'd have a go. I made 3 that are 4 x 4 inches, and 2 that are 6 x 6 inches. I went to my local craft store & bought a heap of interesting buttons & beads, raided my stash, & set to work.
Sewing a vinyl window into a square of fabric is quite easy - but if it worries you, make the entire top side of the pouch out of vinyl. If you use a knit fabric you won't have to worry about turning the raw edges under as I did.
I took a photo of the 'fillings' for each bag before putting them in, so the older kids had a 'list' to search for. They're laminated & attached to the ribbons I've sewn to the pouches.
I think I filled the pouches too full of rice initially, so I unpicked them & pulled some out after this photo was taken. They did keep Miss 2 occupied for a while at church this morning, so I think it has been a success.
- Don't fill too full with rice or you cannot manipulate the bags enough to see the items inside.
- Don't make them too big - little hands can't manipulate them easily & you'll need too many 'fillings'. The 4 x 4 inch ones are the biggest I'd attempt in future.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Can I just say that in my mind, when I plan to scrapbook with my children I see us all sitting calmly together, working at our own pace, enjoying each other's company, with me achieving heaps of my own pages & ooh-ing & ahh-ing at their beautiful work.
I remember now that in my head it is a fantasy.
Here is a snapshot of what happened:
ME: Okay, Miss 4, what colour would you like for your background?
Miss 4: Purple.
Miss 6: I want that too. No, I want blue, do you actually have any blue? [rummages through papers]
ME: How about this one? Miss 2, why are you screaming? No, Miss 4 was on that chair first how about you sit on this one?
Miss 4: This needs cutting.
ME: [looking panicked] Let me help you with that, darling. What colour do you want next?
Miss 4: Purple.
Miss 6: Mummy why won't this cut?
ME: Hang on, let me help Miss 4 & I'll help you. Look, Miss 2, here is a photo of you, do you like this pink paper to put it on?
Miss 2: Ooh, my favrit colour!!
ME: Miss 4 what colour would you like now? How about this one, Miss 6? Stick it on here, Miss 2. Oh dear I think Miss 0 has woken up...
Miss 4: Purple
Miss 6: I have an idea...
Miss 2: I want dat one!!
ME: Don't screw up your paper Miss 2, we're going to stick your photo onto it. Let's pick up Miss 0. Would you like some white stickers for your name, Miss 4?
Miss 4: No, I want purple. How do you spell 'Miss 4'?
Miss 6: Do you have blue letters? Actually I think I'll use red.
ME: Let's put your name on your page, Miss 2. Oooh, it's lovely, would you like to show Daddy? 'M...I...S...S'
Miss 2: Yes, where is Daddy?
Miss 4: What comes after 'I'?
ME: Downstairs I think. Here, Miss 6, try this. '...S...4'
Miss 2: [screaming] I not want Daddy see me.
ME: Do you need anything else on your page? Hang on, it's hard to do one-handed [holding Miss 0], here you are. Miss 2 why don't you want him to see your pretty page?
Miss 6: Where are the flower punches? Can you get me some glue?
Miss 4: Purple.
At this point I comtemplated having a large glass of wine...
Needless to say I didn't get any of my own scrapbooking done.
Although they've been 'hanging' for a while, today I finally got around to threading the cords so they actually go UP & DOWN. There were some very excited girls in our house this afternoon. Go figure.
This is how I made mine:
- Measure the windows from outside of architrave to outside of architrave. This is the finished size of blind.
Add 2 inches to each width [side to side measurement] for hems, and 3 inches to length [the up & down measurement] for hems.
3. Work out how much fabric to buy. My windows are wider than the fabric you buy on the roll so I had to join two bits together to make it wide enough for each window.
4. Join [if required] & hem your fabric.
5. On the back, I added pockets made of calico along the width of the blind at 25cm intervals. If your fabric didn't have a pattern like mine, you could make your blinds longer and form the pockets out of the blind fabric itself.
6. Attach small plastic rings along top of pockets at regular intervals. I sewed mine on by machine [wide zig zag stitch, 0 stitch length] but by hand is okay too, I'm just lazy.
7. Thread long timber dowels down each pocket. Tie cord to bottom ring and thread up blind.
8. Attach sew & stick Velcro to blind & window frame [sew part to blind, stick part to window].
9. Put blind up & thread cord through hardware attached to window frame by Mr E.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Like meatballs. I happen to love meatballs. But the effort of making enough to feed my family & then have enough leftover to freeze for another day [I told you I take shortcuts] means I don't make them. Then I realised that if I make meat cubes it would be quicker... so I press my mince mixture into a slice tray, bake in the oven, then cut up into cubes for freezing or frying.
I don't think sis would do that. She'd make meatballs. So would Mum. This is why I'm amazed that I've fallen in love with one of my sister's recipes & will keep making it. It's delicious, of course [everything she makes is], and so QUICK & EASY even a lazy cook like me will do it.
150g plain flour [I use rice flour as my gluten free alternative in this recipe] seasoned with pepper
750g bottled tomato pasta sauce
200g grated mozarella cheese
100g grated parmesan cheese
1 tbsp fresh basil [I only keep dried - it works fine]
Cut eggplant into 1 -1.5cm slices.
Dust with flour, shake off excess.
Fry 4-5 mins in frying pan till browned
Spread a layer of tomato sauce in baking dish & top with a layer of eggplant. Add more sauce, mozarella, then basil. Repeat layering. Finish with sauce, mozarella & parmesan.
Bake 40 minutes at 190C.