Saturday, July 31, 2010
Have I told you about my resolve to feed my family better? In a nutshell, I'm trying to stay away from processed foods as much a possible, so that includes cutting out high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, artifial sweeteners, and as much extra additives as possible. Plus, I recently got a Nutrimill grinder and have been trying out new recipes.
I used this recipe for English muffins and I am pretty impressed with how they turned out. They weren't very holey like store bought muffins are, but it might be because I used fresh ground hard white wheat flour to make them a little more healthy. When I added the amount of flour called for, it made the dough a little more stiff than I think it should've been, so you might want to add a little flour at a time. Even without the holes, they are delicious and I've been eating them for breakfast along with peanut butter and strawberry freezer jam. That combination of complex and simple carbohydrates, plus protein is enough that I really am not hungry again until lunch time. Love it!
Also, if you aren't going to be using these up within a few days, you should store them in the fridge or freezer. Mine started molding after about 5 days and I was annoyed! Then I realized that they aren't preservative laden like store bought and I felt better.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
So back to this skirt. My baby will be sixteen months old tomorrow, so I've finally decided to cut it up and try taking that waist band off and making it into something I can use.
Monday, July 26, 2010
I got this giant 5 pound box at City Market last week for $8.88! That's $1.78/lb!
I made blueberry muffins, blueberry pancakes, ate a bunch fresh, and still had a whole bunch left over. That's when I decided to freeze them. The best way is to freeze them in a single layer on a cookie sheet, then put them in a container.
First, wash them and drain them pretty well. Any water leftover on them will just freeze them together and to your pan. Then spread them out in a single layer on any type of pan with sides. Sides are important.
Let them freeze for at least an hour. You want to them freeze individually so that when you put them into a container and put them back in the freezer, you don't end up with a brick of blueberries. You'll probably have to use a spatula to free them from the pan, unless they were completely dry to begin with.
Put them in some type of container. I used a freezer bag, but any kind of container would work just fine.
Now you have them ready for anything! I like to use them frozen in smoothies or thaw them out for pancakes or muffins. And here's my tip for putting them in pancakes. Instead of adding them to the batter, drop them on top right after you've ladled the batter onto the griddle. Delicious!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
-Cotton print fabric of your choice. The remnant bins are especially good for this.
-White flannel for the middle layer. I've used whatever leftover flannel I've had and it works fine, but it can sometimes show up through your top layer if you have a light print. I like to use the plain white for this purpose.
-Cotton chenille. You can find it with all the other baby soft fabrics, like minkee. It can be pretty spendy, like $12/yd, so try to buy it on sale or with a coupon. I have found it at both Walmart and JoAnn, but prefer the stuff from JoAnn because it is softer.
The rest is super easy. Cut one 11" x 18" rectangle out of each fabric, the cotton print, the flannel, and the chenille. If your print has a pattern with a definite up or down, be sure to pay attention to that.
Lay out your flannel layer first and smooth it out. Then put your chenille down, right side up. Then put your print on top, right side down. This is really important! You want what will be the front and back of the burp cloth facing each other. Smooth everything out and pin the heck out of it to hold it all in place.
Sew with a 1/2" seam allowance. We're going to sew most of the way around, but we need to leave an opening for turning. I start on the short side, a few inches away from the bottom corner. Sew all the way around, turning corners as you go, until you get back to the same short side that you started with. Sew a few inches down that side and then stop, leaving a hole for turning.
I seem to NEVER remember to take pics while I am actually working on the project, so here's a little illustration of how to sew to leave the hole open.
Clip straight across each corner, being careful to not cut any of the stitching. This will help the corner turn easier and look better. I use my seam ripper to gently pull the corners out nice and neat. The last thing is to just top stitch all the way around, which is going to close the hole. Before you start sewing, fold the hole in so that it matches the rest and pin the hole shut. I start sewing at the top of that hole and just work my way all around. Use an 1/8" seam allowance.
If I am giving them as a gift or selling them in my shop, I either use two of the same fabric like in the picture, or I'll use two coordinating fabric. Then I tie them together with a ribbon to make it pretty.