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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Upcycled swetashirt


I have never been able to get it together for a kid's clothes week. Which is kind of funny because I pretty much only make kids clothes. During the last KCW, I at least was able to cut out the pattern pieces for this little sweatshirt for Lula. KCW had an upcycling theme, so I puled out a very old ratty sweatshirt from college and started disassembling it. The funny thing is: my husband and older daughter were horrified. Apparently that sweatshirt was part of the family. It was pretty well loved (read:holey and ratty). I cut around the unusable parts and had a lot of fabric to work with. The pattern is a basic baby sweatshirt from Ottobre that I got many years ago when I first started subscribing. The directions were in Finnish, but it was pretty simple to figure out. I still need to put some snaps on the shoulder, but I am pretty pleased. It was good practice for sewing with knits.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Dinner party




We had a little adult dinner party at our house on Friday night. A good friend had just moved back to the States, so we invited her over for dinner. And then we thought, since we are cooking and all - let's invite more! It was a pretty low key evening. We used the silver but didn't iron the napkins. 


I made this cake from Sweet Paul. It turned out fine (everyone said they liked it), but I was expecting a fluffier cake. There were some errors in the recipe that even I caught, so I am not sure if it was the recipe or just me. I feel like cakes should be easier to make than they actually are. Perhaps I need a class or two. 

Dinner was a Moroccan pastilla, couscous and a big salad with strawberries and pecans. Roses were too expensive because of Valentines day, so the flowers were bunches of red tulips from the grocery store.  I actually liked the modern simplicity of the tulips better anyway. I used the 'tape cris-crossed over the vase' trick to get them to stand nicely. For the other vase, they just flopped wherever they wanted and it made me laugh. I have learned not to take dinner parties too seriously. Laughter is the secret to a good time. That and not ironing napkins. 



Monday, February 9, 2015

Buttermilk sandwich bread


I bought my father and my husband a great bread book for Christmas: The new artisan bread in five minutes a day. We have been making sandwich bread every week since Christmas, and it is so very yummy. The buttermilk loaf is my favorite thus far. It is a little decadent, though, since it is all white flour and some butter. I can't justify making this every week, but perhaps once a month? We usually make two loaves on Sunday. I put one in the freezer, and we have eaten both by Saturday.

Chris is pretty proud of our bread. He asked the nanny if she knew anyone else who makes homemade bread. She shrugged her shoulders and said "Of course. My dad smokes his own meat." It is very hard to impress her. 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sunday menu


Last week's winners were the homemade pretzel bits (so soft and buttery!!) and the artichoke and spinach enchiladas. The big looser was the ribs which were completely rotten when I opened the package. Thank goodness we had some Chinese steamed pork buns in the freezer.



Menu – Week of February 8 – 14

Sunday
Steaks, mashed potatoes
Monday
Tuesday
Beef quesadillas, refried beans
Wednesday
Pan fried noodles, egg rolls
Thursday
Friday
Kiddos: leftovers
Adult dinner party: Moroccan chicken, couscous, salad, blood orange pound cake with whipped cream
Saturday
Takeout



Thursday, February 5, 2015

Lemon Ladies


I met Marissa McClellan at a canning event a few years ago. I love her book: Food in Jars. She mentioned a few weeks ago that she always buys a box of Meyer lemons from California in January so she can make lemon curd and marmalade. And that sounded delicious, so I sent away for some too from the Lemon Ladies. It should be a fun weekend.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sunday menu


I messed up the Sunday dinner recipe last week when I went to start the roast beef at 4:30 and realized I should have started it at 2 pm. Whoops. So I just froze the beef and I will try it again this week. We are trying some fun pretzel bites for Superbowl Sunday. Are pretzels a gateway for homemade bagels?

Menu – Week of February 1 – 7

Sunday
Monday
Sirloin tip roast, roast potatoes, brussel sprouts
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
BBQ ribs, broccoli
Saturday
Chili, Mexican cornbread


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Chinese New Year


I went shopping for fresh ramen noodles today while Gioia was at play practice. The internet directed me to a Vietnamese grocery store on the north side of the city. While they did not actually have fresh ramen noodles, I got a close substitute. I wonder if my sources knew the difference after all or if they were just out today....


Even though this was a Vietnamese store, they were in full spring festival regalia. Perhaps it is easier to get Chinese New Year merchandise than Tet supplies?  Either way it was a nice reminder of the upcoming holiday. I stocked up on banners, baozi and potstickers. I also got some large ramen bowls for an absolute steal. People were so nice to the lady with the baby on her chest, even though she was (strangely) taking pictures of the fish.