House cleaning is like stringing beads with no knot at the end of the thread.

"Usually the Lord gives us the overall objectives to be accomplished and some guidelines to follow, but he expects us to work out most of the details and methods." -Ezra Taft Benson-







Thursday, February 8, 2018

Cleaned it up.. a little

Ok, so I decided I should probably clean up this blog a little.



So after quite a bit of spraying and scrubbing.. I can say I think I got all the old and dead links off. I also took off stuff that doesn't need to be on here. And yes, that is Young Living Thieves Cleaner.. Which I love! I am now a Young Living distributor, so if you are interested in anything, please, send me an email. Young Living is world wide!! And the highest quality essential oils. 

I have been working on the quilt.. but a little slower. I have hit a bit of depression, grieving, and major crying, which makes it very very difficult to see what I am sewing. 


Here is the quilt laid out.. with the one square I replaced. I didn't get a picture of it laid out with the new green square that is replacing the one that is too white. I have been working on sashing and the borders.. but looking at it.. It will not be queen sized when done. It will be twin size, so this will either be donated to the PICU, or the guest room.

I still have not settled on the backing for this quilt. I think that will come along after I get done piecing the top. The girls and I discovered a very cute quilt shop just down the road from our home. It was so cool to watch their long arm at work. 





Sunday, January 28, 2018

WIP it, WIP it good..

Well, I decided to finally pull out some projects that have been sitting for several years. I decided to use up some fabric from my untouched stash. It has been a struggle to figure out what to sew, what fabrics to use, patterns, etc.. should I sew some little girl clothes? NO, I just can't yet. Should I sew some little boys clothes? Not yet, I would love to make a cute vest or jacket for my lil guy, but I don't have a pattern, and he is growing faster than weeds in the northwest!

I decided I should make a scrappy quilt. Now for me, this doesn't mean scraps sewn together and turn it into a quilt. I decided to find a blog I used to follow, that I made a Star quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts. This time I am doing the first quilt along. I am using scraps and stash fabrics for this quilt. I am buying NOTHING for this quilt. That said, here are the blocks..

Week 1, although I did all of these in one week, it is still fun to do a quilt along.. It just doesn't seem as stressful, and knowing others are doing it too makes it more fun.

OK, Week 1.
Isn't it cute? I love this print. I actually used it several years ago to make a dress for my daughter. I had some left that went into my stash. My back ground fabric for ALL my blocks is a white on natural white. You can actually see flecks in the natural white because it is a natural cotton. The ladybug and daisy calico is one I think is just super sweet. I love how this block turned out, it just looks so crisp and neat. 

Next, week 2.

This block was easy, and fun. I love polka dots.. but I didn't have a lot of polka dots, but I had some bubbles too. Both of these fabrics are from my scrap bucket. I used them in a quilt I made for my mom ages ago. I still like these ones a lot... Although I would have preferred using the chocolate with lime green leaves instead of the blue with bubbles for this block.. But I didn't have the width I needed. I still like this block.. It was fun, and easy.

Week 3, the pinwheel.

This cute pink fabric was a left over from the Star Quilt Along  I did years ago for my daughter. These were even already cut the size I needed. Who doesn't love precuts. I love how simple this block was to do. 

NOW, Week 4, a star

This is one of my favorite blocks. One of my daughters likes it so much she wants me to frame this block to put on her wall. It is pretty. I think this was everyone's favorite, even my hubby's . He says he loves the blues, and the star just pops.. And it does! Looks harder than it was. I used fabrics from my scrap bucket.. Actually I have a huge stack of 5 inch squares that were supposed to be for one of those fabric exchanges through the mail.. Kind of a chain mail thing. You were supposed to get enough squares in the mail to make a cute quilt.. I only got 4 squares, and I was prepared to send my fabrics out, and I did when I got the letters.. All one of them.. So... ya

WOW, week 5!

This block was super easy, and when I found the green, pink, and blue fabrics in one of my stash buckets I was shocked! This was leftover fabric from making mop dolls way back in high school with my boyfriend, who is now my hubby. The plaid I used was from some swatches I bought at a garage sale. In fact, I think the swatches are for upholstery fabric.. owell. It had the colors I wanted. This block is just a simple 9-patch, and 9 patch with triangles on the corners.. Super fun to make. I really like 9-patch blocks, they might seem simple, but fabric matching is not!

Um, week 6... 

This block was hard form me. I had chosen some other fabrics and changed my mind, a couple times. I finally decided to use some 7-inch fabric squares I found in my mail a fabric bag.. I was never impressed with these fabrics, but I wanted to use stuff I have, and after it was done, I like this block. It is different, simple, and shows my 70's side :)

WEEK 7


Sorry, I am not  yelling but this block made me mad. I had gotten all the blocks sewn and laid them out. No matter where I moved this... I didn't like it. It is just too white.  SOOOO...



I made another block, only using a dark green with pink flowers print I found in my stash. This looks much better and I am much happier with this fabric choice. 

Week 8, ugh.. again?!

When I made this block.. I wasn't really loving this fabric.. I was actually thinking, "finally away to get rid of it without guilt".. only.. I DON'T like this fabric in this block. I think it just doesn't look right.. so yup again.. I made another week 8 block..


So here is my final week 8 block. It is a sky blue with yellow stars. Everyone here likes this one much better, and it looks so much better. This block was easy to make, I think it looks cool, looking like I took squares out of the center and put them to the sides. 

Week 9, lotsa love

This block, when I was done, is definitely a favorite. Again, I used this fabric ages and ages ago to make matching calico dresses for my girls. I wish I had some of the other fabric too, I made matching blue butterfly dresses too. But I can't find any remnants of that fabric anywhere. This block again, looks crisp and clean, like block 1. 

Week 10

These are some leftover strips I used in making my mother's quilt. I love, love, love the white fabric with the tulips. I really wanted to incorporate that fabric into the quilt. I also like the red one a lot too. This block was super easy to make. 

Week 11

These fabrics look very familiar around my kitchen.. and they should. A long time ago, when I was homeschooling, I was teaching 4 children how to hand sew, and they all made hot pads. The cherry was the front and the red was the back of our hot pads. We also made some chicken ones that are super cute, but again, I can't find any of that fabric anywhere.. super bummed. This block was easy and fast. 

Week 12, ice block

Ok, this block is not called ice block. But at our house, I used this fabric decades ago when I made the cutest reversible romper thing for my first daughter. She was so super cute in it.. Well, way back then, we had a great store called "FabricLand", and you could get some great deals on fabric. I really miss that store. Anyway, I bought too much, so with some of my scraps I made ice packs with brown lentils in them. We store them in the freezer. They are great. So when my little guy saw this square he said it was an ice block.. HAHA  This block was easy to go together. 

I haven't decided on the back fabric yet. I think I will be using a dark green or blue for my edging.. but haven't really decided on the back yet. I am starting to sew my blocks together.. That might be my next post, but I don't know yet. 






Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Went on break...

Hello Everyone,
No this is not a deserted blog. I needed to take a break for my family. And although I do not want to go into details right now.. it is still just too tender, delicate, and painful.

I will try to post more often. Although with all that has happened in the last 3 years. I will be posting different things. Maybe they are distractions? Maybe they are something I have a passion for? Maybe some of my posts will have a dusting of life in them too? I don't know. But things will be different.

I am trying to get into sewing again. And exercise (ugh), and maybe some painting. In between UNO matches with my lil guy.. and school lessons.. and such. I am hoping to find a new happy, a new way to navigate life.. A new beginning.

For now I will say. Find what is truly important to you. Is it work? Family? God? Find it, and give to it. I have found it.. for me it is God and Family.. and I try to serve them both to the fullest, and some days it is not easy. BUT, I still try.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Amazing little GF muffins

I accidently found this recipe this morning. I now have so many food restrictions that it is getting more difficult to find fun things to eat. this little gem is flour free! Can be made sugar free! The texture is like a light fluffy muffin! Love it. Unfortunately this is not a nut free recipe. But there are so many options out there for nut and seed butters. No, you may not use cow butter or ghee. Sorry.

I found this amazing recipe over at Whole Lifestyle Nutrition. A great site for those looking for better options. I will post the recipe as is posted on the site, then put in my changes at the end. I highly recommend you visit the site, lots of great stuff over there.


Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 12 muffins or 24 mini muffins
Serving Size: 1 regular muffin or 2 mini muffins
Recipe adapted from The Sweet Spot
Ingredients
  • 1 cup nut butter - you can buy nut butters here
  • 2 medium sized bananas (The more ripe, the sweeter!)
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (try making your own!)
  • 2 tablespoons of raw honey(or other sweeteners such as maple syrup, stevia, etc.)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Toppings: dehydrated unsweetened coconut flakes, raisins, flaxseed, dark chocolate chips, cinnamon, and/or anything else you can think of. I added even more tupelo honey ;) Feel free to lather on apple butter, strawberry preserves, or even more peanut butter. Ever heard of carrot jam? It's very tasty with this snack, too!
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor. You can also use a stick blender if you have one.
  3. Blend until well mixed.
  4. Pour batter into a greased muffin tin. You can also use a mini muffin tin to make 24 mini muffins.
  5. Add additional toppings of your choice to each muffin and lightly stir into each cup
  6. Cook time: 15 minutes for full size muffins and 10 minutes for mini muffins.
  7. Reheat in a toaster oven for about 4 minutes at 350 degrees F, or eat at room temperature.
Notes: I first made this in a half batch. I used half almond and have peanut butter. I used 1 1/2 TBS RAW honey, and I added 1/4 cup mini gf chocolate chips. I also used my stick blender to blend them.

What I would do next time: use a riper banana (mostly brown almost black), only use peanut butter. Taste the batter and check for sweetness.. maybe use a little more honey, but using a riper banana will help with sweetness as well.

The texture was NOT rubbery, was NOT dense, WAS light and fluffy, like a normal muffin.

This one is being printed and being put into my GF recipe file.

Definetly also check out Averie Cooks  These little GF puffs look very promising, although not dairy free, I am wondering if they can be made with a dairy free alternative. Like dairy free sour cream (for those who are DF). 
 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

GO HAWKS!

Football season is upon us!! So is high school wrestling season!!

For wrestling, we only have a few more weeks before State Championships!! So proud and happy for the boys in our ward. They should all make it to state! Two of my girls saw their first wresting match the other day.. THEY LOVED IT!!  "Wow Mom, you were Wrestling manager in High School, you were so lucky"  "It looks like so much fun!"  (OH it is, and then some!!) I was very lucky to be the wrestling manager and I absolutely loved it! I loved keeping score, I loved taking pictures for coach, I loved bandaging the guys up, I hated shoving tampons up their bloody noses, but hey it worked! I even loved washing the singlets, straps and towels, and then repacking bags for the next meet! I know I was crazy. But I love, LOVE Coach! He respected that I wanted to wrestle too, but I respected that he thought it was wrong for boys and girls to wrestle each other. (I actually strongly agree! They have parts I don't want to accidently grab, and I have parts I know I didn't want to have grabbed).. Long time ago, but why does it feel like just the other day?

Anyway, tomorrow the SeaHawks play the Packers, for a spot at the Super Bowl!!  Am I excited? Not as much as I am about my kids being on the Sports Med team at the High School Wrestling Invitational today!! Nothing like a couple dislocated shoulders, broken noses, sprained wrists, broken wrist, sprained ankles, and a few scratches and mat burns.  Fun.. I missed it..

Instead, I kept myself overly busy with..... canning!!!!  I know crazy as usual. I need chicken broth, so I picked up some rotisserie chickens, boned them, canned the meat, and have the bones and skins in the crock pot so I may can the broth tomorrow. After canning the chicken, I canned up 3 quarts + (4) 1.5 pints of pinto beans, and now I have 8 pints of hamburger in the canner!

While I worked on this Hubby and DS worked on the sewing/storage room/closet. It's almost done!!  Then I will be able to hopefully get back to sewing.. if baby ever takes a long enough nap.

Right now that is all that is going on here.. Stocking up on stuff, kids eating it all, getting ready to send one to college, and hopefully another one or two also.. Trying to keep my wits about me.. they've escaped again by the way....

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Gluten Free Pizza Dough

Oh my goodness!! Trying to find a decent GF pizza dough that isn't full of corn or soy flour is ridiculous! Peaches and I have tried so many different kinds that I think we are sick of pizza right now.. BUT, I just happened to make one up the other day.. and it was pretty good! So good that she took some dough to a mutual event where they were making pizzas so that the other GF people could have some pizza too. AND THEY LIKED IT!!!!!

It's so simple it's crazy! I roll my dough out thin between pieces of parchment paper.

GF Pizza Dough

2 1/2 cups flour *
1 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp salt
1 TBS + 2 tsp olive oil
1 cup + 1 TBS warm water

Put oil in measuring cup first!! Then add enough warm water to equal 1 cup + 1 TBS total liquid.

Combine dry ingredients. Add water mix. Stir well to combine all. Cover and let rest in warm spot for 2 hours. Then refrigerate at least 3 hours.

When you are ready to make your pizza, use a little flour on top and cut dough  in half. Place dough on flour dusted parchment paper. Cover with another piece of parchment. Roll out thin, I usually roll it out to 1/8-inch thickness, but Peaches rolled hers out to 1/4 inch at mutual and said it was cooked through. 
Heat oven to 450 - 500 degrees with cast iron pan in oven. After topping dough with sauce etc.. place on HOT cast iron pan and bake for 8 - 12 minutes or until desired doneness..

* I mixed up flour: 1 cup white rice flour, 1/2 cup millet flour, 1/2 cup potato starch, 1/2 cup tapioca starch and 1/4 tsp. xanthum gum

**NEVER eat raw GF dough. Not sure why, but that is a warning label on most GF flours.

Milks

There are so many milks to choose from now. It is wonderful! Back when my brother was a baby he couldn't have milk. But the only milk alternative was Mocha Mix (YUCK!). He always had a yucky runny nose. He also couldn't have eggs, although he loved them. When DD#2 was born, she broke out with horrible eczema all over her face and ears. My midwife had me take milk and wheat out of my diet for a month. It cleared up. She then said I could try either milk or wheat, but not both, at one meal and see how she did.  I tried a piece of toast.

She did not do well! The rash came back with in 6 hours, and it was worse than ever. I had to wait another 30 days to try milk. When I did, she broke out again. She was a year old when I could finally have some dairy. She stopped nursing just before she turned two, because her sister was born and she said it was the baby's milk. So DD#2 got rice milk.. ugh.. not my favorite, but she loved it.

DD#2 would throw up if she got dairy, and break out in eczema. Poor thing. She would do ok with a single piece of cheese for the week. Or a single scoop of icecream, but more than that and she would get dark circles under her eyes, then throw up violently.

Fast forward 12 years, and wow so many dairy free options! and of those most are soy FREE!!!  Woo hoo!  yes there is Rice Dream rice milk but there is also: Coconut Dream, coconut/almond/chia dream, almond dream, SILK almond milk, Almond Breeze, Oat milk, Hemp milk, .. wow!!

Current baby is just like DD#2 and can not have dairy.  He also, it looks like, will be going gluten free.. Poor guy. He still prefers breastmilk, and if he sees it is milk of any kind in the glass with the straw, then he pushes it away. He wants water..

What's your favorite dairy free milk?