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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Baby Crafts!

I thought I'd show you a few things I've been working on lately...

First up?  A Beyonce/Tardis onesie, courtesy of The Bloggess- who I met last week!  She was awesome enough to sign it for me. :)  I used one of those printer-t/shirt transfer things; the ironing was kind of difficult, but I just joked that it looks like it went through Instagram. 

I bought this cute cow flannel years and years ago, with the intention of making it into pyjama pants for a friend of mine.  Now, it is the correct dimensions to use as the perfect swaddling blanket!

I was super proud to get this yard of minky fabric for only $5.  Then I found the super cute rainbow blanket binding for $4.88.  Then, I easily spent 2 hours of frustration, trying to sew on both of these things- it was slippery, and the edge of the minky kept leaving a gap in the binding that really pissed me off.  My secret trick? I ended up ironing some stitch witchery to one side of the binding before trying to pin or sew it; it worked just fine, but I can kind of see it.  It's not the most perfect thing ever, but what girl baby isn't going to like hot pink or rainbows? No one, that's who!  And... it's super soft.

This one was made by my friend, Shelley.  The theme is cats and gardening!  It's clear that she worked much harder on it than I did on mine. :)

And so did my friend Sarah, with this pink/monster/Star Wars quilt.  I am lucky to have such awesome friends!!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Grilled Veggie Pasta with Chickpeas

Sometimes, inspiration strikes when you least expect it.  Sometimes, it is when you are starving, and trying to find something in your house to eat for dinner.  This may have been one of those times.

Grilled Veggie Pasta with Chickpeas

6 oz. pasta (I weigh it with a scale before cooking)
1 large zucchini, cut into half moons
1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
1 bell pepper, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 c. kale, chopped finely
3-4 Tbsp. vegetable oil  (I would generally try to skimp on the oil, but here, it is really great and makes everything blend together really well.  Just do it!)
1 tsp. Italian spices (or a mix of rosemary, basil, marjoram, and oregano)

In a mixing bowl, stir together the zucchini, tomatoes, pepper, spices, and oil.  Pour into either a large grill basket (lined with foil for easy cleanup, and to keep in the oil) or just make a packet out of a few layers of foil.  Add about 1/4 c. of water, and grill for 20-25 minutes over medium high heat.  In the meantime, cook your pasta.  When it is mostly done, add the kale, and let it cook for a minute or two.  Drain the pasta/kale.  Return the pasta to the pan, and add your drained chickpeas.  When the veggies are tender, bring them back inside, and let them cool for a few minutes.  Then add to the pasta, mix together, and top with parmesan cheese, if you so desire.

Saturday, August 11, 2012


I know that I haven't been posting as much here lately.  I can feel the "slowing down" starting to happen, and extra tiredness creeping in.... and it doesn't help that my hands will fall asleep doing things as simple as holding a phone, typing for five minutes,  or stirring up waffle batter. :(  But, I do have some craftiness to show you soon, and a delicious peanut-Phad-Thai-esque salad recipe to share in the coming days.  Hang in there, faithful readers!!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Farmer's Market

Here's what I got this week at the Redmond Farmer's Market for $15:

3 tomatoes
3 kinds of potatoes 
2 lemon cucumbers
4 donut peaches
and a bunch of Chinese spinach; my favorite green in the world!  ( I always tell people, "It tastes like HEALTH!")

Just the other day, I found seeds to grow this myself here, so next year we will have some in the garden!  I also specifically selected potatoes that looked like they'll sprout soon, so that I can start another potato harvest this year.  In my new favorite blog, one hundred dollars a month, the writer has a whole section on growing potatoes in towers.  I'm totally going to try that next!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Perfect Granola

I have finally gotten there: The Perfect Granola! A lot of this recipe is not so rigid; so use up whatever nuts and dried fruits you have in your house (I know that my drawer is a lot cleaner right now.)

Save for a day when it's not too hot to bake. :)

Perfect Granola 
(*adapted from Miss Dahl's Voluptous Delights, by Sophie Dahl)

3 c. oats  (rolled ones, not that instant crap)
1 c. assorted nuts (I used cashews and almonds here; can also be a little less)
1/2 c. shredded coconut
1/2 c. pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
1/2 c. honey or agave nectar
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground allspice
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. raisins, dried cherries, craisins, dried apricots cut up, etc- your choice!

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oats, nuts, coconut, seeds, and spices.  Then add the honey and the oil, and mix to combine.  Then add the vanilla and mix again.  Try to make sure that all of it gets a bit wet.

Preheat the oven to 350*, and spread the granola mixture onto a parchment-covered cookie sheet.  Bake for around 20 minutes, until the granola turns a golden brown.  Watch it though!  If it bakes too long, it will burn.  (while my husband likes this, it is not my favorite)  After it is done baking, add the dried fruit, and mix together.  Store in a giant airtight container, and serve with milk and fruit, or whatever else you like with cereal.