Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
I am often making dresses and skirts for her [and the other girls] but I have always bought their PJ's. But it is getting increasingly difficult to find modest and/or appropriate PJ's for my girls. They're either covered in phrases or images I don't think are age-appropriate, or are styles too grown-up for a 6 year old.
So this week I ventured into the world of jersey and sewed my first ever nightie, and for the first time I sewed jersey. This is actually a test, but because it is purple [her favourite colour] and it has a frill and it fits her, when she tried it on she decided not to take it off!
She has put an order in for another nightie, similar in style but adorned with a rainbow of frills. I guess that means another trip to Spotlight is in order [Yay!].
Thursday, February 23, 2012
There have been numerous times when I have prayed, often in desperation, or worry for my sick child, or in panic. Each time I have been answered, but not necessarily how I expected the answer to come.
Events that could have gone badly have not gone as 'bad' as they could have. Circumstances and 'coincidences' have occurred so that the best outcomes could happen. I have learnt more about trusting God, even when things seem to be going wrong.
I have been reminded again that every circumstance, every event, every person that I meet, all of this is forknown, prepared by God beforehand, part of his marvellous plan.
He walks before me.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
1 cup sugar
5 cups SR flour [I use my own blend, from Betty Hagman, with added baking powder]
2-3 blocks of chocolate [white, milk or dark] roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 180 C. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy. Beat in condensed milk. Add the flour and mix until smooth. Stir in the chocolate until well combined.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I decided to learn to crochet them myself. After scouring the internet for a pattern I came up with one that worked for me, I needed simple to begin with. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly and easily they came together.
If you want to make your own, and you can crochet trebles [double-crochet in US terms] then you can make these!!
Just chain 20 to begin with, and then treble crochet in the 3rd chain from the end, all the way back to the beginning. Then turn, and treble crochet back again. When your rectangle is as long as your hanger, slip-stitch to join at one end and along the long side of the tube, fit the hanger inside [the hook part should be sticking out where you're joining with slip-stitches] and continue slip-stitching to complete the cover.
You could then embellish by crocheting a scalloped edge or flowers along the bottom, but I was time-pressured so I have left these plain.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
I have to say that this machine is truly amazing. I have really enjoyed running it through its paces over the past couple of weeks, and I am making foods I haven't had time to make since BC (Before Children).
It makes a great gluten free loaf of bread, the best gravies and sauces I've EVER made, steams and chops, and much more in just seconds. It sounds very cliched but I use it many times each day. Seriously. I have always preferred making things from scratch. But now I really make things from scratch... I even mill rice and buckwheat flour in it!!
It has also driven me to clean and tidy the pantry... an unexpected makes-me-smile-every-time-I-open-the pantry-doors side effect!
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Have you seen those pencil cases made entirely from zips? My daughters have, and they thought that this year they would like one. But then they informed me that those pencil cases that their friends have aren't very useful, because each zip opens into the same big pocket. They thought it would be far better if we made pencil cases with multiple zips, each opening into a separate pocket.
So I did.
If you want to make one yourself you will need a number of zips, all the same length, and fabric cut into strips the same length, each strip 1 inch longer than the last.
Place two zips right sides together, with the smallest fabric strip behind. Stitch together with a very narrow seam [2mm or less] using your zipper foot.
Stitch again with a very narrow seam. Keep on repeating with zips and increasingly larger strips of fabric.
The bottoms of the fabric strips will not line up, they need to be trimmed to the same length.
Make binding or use pre-purchased binding and add to both sides and base of pencil case.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
This has become my favourite pancake/pikelet/waffle mix. I have tried countless recipes and experimented with all of them a lot over the past 5 1/2 years. I no longer experiment. It is my go-to recipe every time. Mr E likes them, and he doesn't like gluten free food much. I have even had people tell me they prefer these waffles to ones made out of wheat flour.
· 1/2 cup potato starch
· 2 teaspoons baking powder
· 2 tablespoons sugar
· 1 teaspoon salt
· 1/4 cup oil or melted butter
· 2 eggs
· 1 1/2 cups sour milk or buttermilk (I sour mine with a couple of teaspoons of vinegar)
Mix all dry ingredients together. Add oil, eggs and milk. Blend with a stab mixer, electric mixer, food processor, or balloon whisk. Cook as pikelets/waffles/pancakes as desired.