Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Win Some, Lose Some

Yesterday, I had a "free" hour during preschool. (By free I mean I decided that the dishes, laundry, sticky floors, and dog hair tumbleweeds could wait.) I decided to try this clutch. The tutorial said beginner, so I was pretty excited to zip right through. Long story shortish, one attempt is still sitting, waiting for some seams to be ripped. (I have no sense of 3D stuff, and I struggle with patterns, especially if they assume lots of knowledge.) I decided to do my own cheater version, which I feel pretty decent about. For my version, I sewed 2 fabrics right sides together, turned inside out, folded into a clutch shape & sewed, and sewed the cute ruffles on the front. I left the ruffle edges raw, so they will fray a bit. The fabric I used was a really sweet navy polka dot print, which wasn't dyed correctly, so it has big swatches where the dye didn't adhere-definitely a 'rescued' one of a kind fabric, which I love! I am loving all kinds of clutches these days, and I will be experimenting more with these. I am going to return to the Fiskars tutorial today, and try to redeem myself, I guess!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

More harvests-SALSA!

Tomatoes + Onions + Garlic + Parsley =

SALSA! (Seriously, that is the recipe. Throw it all in a blender or food processor, then sit down to eat a whole bowl with a friend!)

I am slightly (OK, clinically) addicted to this salsa fresh, but we also processed some to have during the short dark days of winter. Hopefully it will be a refreshing reminder of summer!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Harvest Time

For the past few weeks, we have been busily working to harvest and process what is left in our garden. Many things are eaten right away, but it is so exciting to be able to preserve some to eat this winter. Our current focus...


From the pumpkins in the garden cart, we then get this... (I cut the pumpkins in half, and cook at 400 degrees for about 40-45 minutes, until they are soft. After they cool, I peel them, cut them, and throw them in the food processor.)

Most go into freezer bags to use throughout the winter, but some end up in delicious goodies like... YUM! Pumpkin whoopie pies. I used this recipe. I added a bit of sugar (suprise!) to the frosting, and I didn't have pumpkin pie spice, so I improvised (suprise!) with cinnamon, ginger, allspice, & cloves. I squeezed out a couple of extra whoopie pies from the recipe. Seriously good. (for the taste buds, not for the waist line.)

More harvest recipes to come this week!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


This is it-the first post! How about a few pics from some of our summer fun? I hope that works for you, because it works for me..

Blueberries, lots of blueberries. Blueberry cake, blueberry pancakes, blueberry scones, blueberry betty, blueberry jam, blueberry sauce...

More berries and more berries. Black berries here, destined to become jam. Instead, they became dinner on the walk home...

Nature. Found this leafy butterfly taking a rest from floating...

That's it. There you have it. My first post ever. Phew, glad that is over!