Sunday, February 28, 2010

peanut butter rice krispie squares

We love peanut butter in our house so you can imagine how excited I was to find this recipe while sorting (and purging) my recipe collection this weekend.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Squares

2 tbsp butter or margarine
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
250 g (4 cups) mini marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies (but also great with Special K)

You know how to make this, you've done it a million times -- enjoy!

a good weekend

...just some highlights from our weekend -- hope yours was just as good!

Our summer vacation arrived! We're pretty excited to try out our 'new to us' trailer all summer. Now, if we could just get rid of the SNOW!

Chalkboard colouring and peanut butter rice krispie squares.
(Logan LOVES rice krispie squares!)

Haircuts!

It was the usual tornado of hair, tears and snot but don't they look awesome (and happy) now?

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffins. Yum!
(note the Spiderman cupcake liners in background.)

Celebrating another Olympic Gold Medal in Men's Hockey! Yeah, Canada! Carter: want another cup of hot chocolate, bud?

Carter and Logan made pizza for supper.

seriously good pizza.

New girly receiving blankets: three metres of flannel, pressed and pinned for hemming.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

countdown

The Countdown to Baby Girl is posted... kinda fun, eh? 27 weeks doesn't seem like very far but 89 days left doesn't seem like much either.

facebook

oooooh I missed this bandwagon and I'm trying to catch up. It makes me laugh at myself but I'm giving it a go! There should be a delightful Facebook widget at the bottom right.... SHOULD BE! (of course, I'd love to be your friend!)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

sprucing up

are you reading me in bloglines?
Don't miss my new banner -- I'm kinda proud of it!

Just some pics from the summer:
  • Logan's bike with streamers flying in the wind
  • the near-daily, play-dough fun at our house
  • can you tell the difference between cake crumbs and dirt
  • a sweet find at the Greenland Annual Garage Sale: thread on wooden spools (with some plastic mixed in too)

happy valentine's day

Here are the Valentine's treats that were inside the little parcels we mailed to Mom/Gramma, Auntie Becky and Auntie Katie....

The story goes: once upon a Christmas, Mom/Gramma bought Becky, me and herself each a fab shower cap. They were light blue fabric with snowflakes, lined with vinyl and those shower caps lasted a long time! Recently, I noticed that none of us were using them anymore. I knew the elastic was shot in mine and really only needed a new piece but I suspected the other two had turfed theirs. An excuse to sew! It was supposed to be a Christmas gift for 2009 but it didn't happen but the shower caps were still in my mind. When mom was visiting at the end of January and displayed a cheap, not-so-pretty (the truth, Mom) plastic, drug store shower cap, I knew I needed to get those shower caps sewn! Valentine's Day was the perfect occasion!

Cherries for Becky (I had a hard time parting with it!), red for Mom/Gramma and leaves and birds for Katie and I.

So all of you who sew want to know and this is how: cut a 19 inch circle of beautiful cotton fabric and vinyl (I used a piece of a light weight new shower curtain liner), stay stitch or serge the two together. Edge with bias tape (I used single fold for a neat, narrow edge) and zig-zag a piece of elastic one inch from the edge to fit your noggin. (You'll have to tuck and fold to get the entire circumference sewn to your elastic.) and voila! sew fabulous!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

open it, open it!

Dear Auntie Becky,

Please open your little parcel as pictured below. Don't be silly: waiting until Sunday. It's a Valentine's SEASON... because, so selfishly, I really want to blog all about it's contents.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

it arrived yesterday

We heard from Grandma that this finally arrived yesterday for Auntie Becky.

These were inside but it's my understanding that not all three have yet been opened so I'll not reveal the contents yet.

There were also Valentines made by Carter and Logan for nearly everyone in Winnipeg. Here's a look at the crafting adventure:

The little yellow bowl beside Carter contains all the little hearts he punched out of the Valentines that he made. The 'confetti' also went into the parcel for a little surprise!

aprons for little waists

Just had to show off two more little aprons I made for two cute little girls I know... hoping the aprons are the same enough and different enough. You know how it goes.

I made them out of Mary Engelbreit fabric from my stash: mint green with little teacups. The pockets have the same background with teapots and "cup of kindness" written around the teapots. Pink ribbon for one, purple for the other!

little cuties

The Preamble: I don't like cold fruit. I frequently take fruit from the fridge that I want to eat and leave it on the kitchen counter for a while to 'warm up' before I eat it. I will only eat watermelon cold from the fridge. something about watermelon. it must be cold.


Yesterday I left two 'little cuties' clementines on the counter to eat later in the morning. I love these oranges. I think I eat about four a day. mmmm-m. They are so delicious. Look what happened to my little cuties yesterday morning.

My little cutie, Logan found my 'little cuties' oranges and helped himself. I had no idea he could peel his own oranges. but now I do....

Monday, February 8, 2010

birthday cake

If you've been to a birthday party at our house anytime since the boys have been around, this is THE CHOCOLATE CAKE that I make for birthday cakes and cupcakes. It's always a hit and I believe my little family is addicted to them. Make it: it's dense and rich and take a look at how much fat is NOT in it. I tried freezing cupcakes of this recipe and still they were moist and dense and delicious! Enjoy!

Super Chocolate Cake (from The Best of the Best, and More)

1 cup white sugar
3 tbsp butter, room temp
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup cocoa, fill with boiling water to make 1 c of liquid
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder

1. Cream sugar and butter; add egg and cocoa liquid.
2. Mix soda and boiling water; add this and flour, baking powder and mix well.
3. Pour into greased 9" square pan (batter is thin).
4. Bake at 350 F for 30 min or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

*This cake doubles well: bake in a 9X13 or bundt pan for 40-50 min.
*Makes 1 dozen large cupcakes: bake for 17-20 min.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

escape from the excitement of pink; nearly

Because I do have TWO boys....

This is REALLY EXCITING because it's so hard to find great crafty items for boys. You can make girly things 'til the cows come home but boys are more difficult.

Made by Rae and Made are dedicating February to Celebrate the Boy! A whole month of boys crafts -- times two! I'm so excited about the tutorial to make a man's shirt into a boy's

and the recycled t-shirt hoodie.

I have so many of Mike's discarded shirts and t-shirts that are still in good shape/brand new but he won't wear or will never wear to begin with. It does look like I need to get my serger working though. (It was inherited without a manual or power cord.)

My quilt is freaking me out -- the machine quilting part. see how I'm stalling? suddenly I feel the need to finish other unfinished projects: pj pants (pinned and ready to sew for C & L), hem that cute flannel into receiving blankets, and then there's the Ikea fabric I bought when I was there with Mom two weeks ago....

Okay, I just found this via Noodlehead on Happy Together: pom pom tulle skirt. IT'S SO CUTE!

(Auntie Alice: you must bookmark and make one for Isla when she starts walking!)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

pink finds

Look what I found in my fabric stash yesterday. Originally meant for other little girls but now they're for mine. The Strawberry Shortcake fabrics are each a bit smaller than a fat quarter so they will likely be bibs or cloths. The plaids are metre remnants destined to be cozy, soft receiving blankets.

dear aunti becky

Dear Auntie Becky,

Look what we were going to mail to you yesterday...


But all the treats and surprises did not fit in the envelope so instead, we mailed you this yesterday. Aren't you excited?


ps: we did not mail you my glasses. that was the most available item to hide the address.

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