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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Scissor Fun!

My kids love cutting paper (and hair) with scissors! There's something fun about creating gazillion bits of paper that float, fly and get thrown everywhere!!
R really enjoying herself, even chopped up some flash cards!!
This mess gets dragged into the hallway and livingroom! As you can see I'm well stocked with cardboard boxes that I'm storing against that wall. Moving day is coming up...
A close up! Notice the lingura too! hahah:) for those of you that know what that is;)

Ruby Lou Dollies

I came across this really cute pattern of the Ruby Lou Dolls by Sew Much Ado and had to make some for my little girls!! They are super easy to make and sooo cute! I'm planning on making one for my neice and a few more for gifts!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

French Bread

So, I made some yummy french bread today! Along with some sewing ( pj pants for C) and taking care of myself and sick kiddies I managed to bake some beautiful bread:D Here are some pictures and recipie! Enjoy!

French Bread - makes 1 loaf

Water, 80*F/27*C (1-1/4CUPS)

Sugar (1 TBSP)

Salt (1-1/2 TSP)

Bread Flour (3-1/2 CUPS) - I used all - purpose white flour

Active Dry Yeast (2 TSP)

Select Dough Course ( 11)

Glaze: water (2 TBSP) and Salt ( 1/2 TSP

Combine all the ingredients except the glaze ingredients in the order that they're listed and select dough course number 11.

After the Cycle is finished your dough should look like this (photo above).

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface. Roll into a large rectangle. Starting at the longest side, roll up tightly, pressing the seams to seal and tapering each end.
Place the loaf on a greased baking sheet, cover and let rise in a warm place for 40 minutes or until doubled in size. ( I usually preheat my oven and then put the baking sheet on the stove top)
After the 40 minutes, your dough should be double the size. With a knife, cut 3 diagonal slashes across the top of the loaf. Combine the glaze ingredients and brush the loaf generously. Bake at 400*F/205*C for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown.

Voila!! A beautiful loaf of french bread. I also like to spinkle the loaf with water as soon as it comes out of the oven and then cover it again. This gives it a nice crust:) Enjoy:)

Friday, February 19, 2010

My little Artists at work....

Look how beautiful all the freshly shapened pencil crayons look. I use to spend a good part of the day sharpening the pencil crayons before this.... my new electric pencil sharpener. I totally recommend something like this if you have little artists around.

X-Acto School Pro pencil sharpener

C's picture of a (L-R) bird, two elephants, a giraffe eating leaves from a tree and a monkey hanging upside down from the tree. A Ballerina by R

A picture of C by R!! how cute:)
A masterpiece by my baby N :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Free diaper bag tutorial.

Here is a Free diaper bag tutorial. that I came across on Sew Much Ado. I love it and it seems easy enough to make. I'm going to be on the look out for some cute fabrics to make this!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I wish it'd snow more!!

The backyard. Normally everything is covered and there is no way you could walk in the backyard without disappearing. But this year... the ground is barely covered. I'd love at least one big snowfall so the kids can make a real snowman...
These two little guys are our snowmen for this year. We have three other different ones around the house to remind us that it is in fact winter:)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Charming Raglan Pullover

This book is beautiful:) I love everything in here:) I've knit a few things already like the cute red mittens on the front (I knit them in an olive green for N) and two bonnets. I need a baby to model them for me so I can take a picture!
Just a few close ups...

I love the bottom!

I'm so excited to share another project that I've started. I can't wait till I find out if I'm getting a neice or nephew because there are so many cute things to knit. So, This will be a little Raglan Pullover that is great for either boys or girls!
A few months ago I bought this book Vintage Knits for Modern Babies by Hadley Fierlinger. She also has a cool blog A few free cute patterns that are in the book are on her blog!
So, here are some pictures of the pullover so far. I've just knitted the back and I'll need more yarn for finish. It's hard to see on the picture but it's white with little pink and purple spots every so often, barely noticable but definitely for a little girl!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Bible Verses About Children

"Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
(Psalms 127:3-5 ESV)"

A little Cardigan

So, here it is!! A little cardi made for my sisters baby!! She's expecting baby #2 and we are all soooo excited:) She's not sure what she's having yet but it could easily be for either!! So, since she's not due till August I have lots of time to knit other adorable things:):) Ooohh! Can't wait to get started!So, I just need some final touches like sewing up the seams and buttons!! What do you guys think??

Friday, February 5, 2010

Play-Dough Fun:)

The girls enjoying the fresh playdough that I made last night. I usually make a double batch and the split it up in four so that we get four different colours.
Here is the recipie:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tbsp. cream of tartar
1 tbsp. oil
1 cup water
food colouring
1. Mix the first 3 ingredients together in a pot. Add the water and oil and cook on medium heat until the mixture gets hard to mix and forms a ball.
2. Remove from heat and knead playdough on a floured surface until smooth. Add food colouring and knead until colour is dispersed evenly.
3.If you want you can add cinnamon or nutmeg to the dry ingredients or even vanilla to the water for some yummy smells:)
4. Serve warm:):)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Striped Hat for C

This hat is so easy to make! C needed a new hat that actually covered her ears so I whipped up this hat for her and she loves it:)

away, but wanting to be here!!

I know I haven't posted in a loooooong time and it's not that I don't want to it's just that I've been (we've been) really busy with the final touches to the house! I can't wait to move in to end all this madness. I always thought that this would be so much fun! Picking out things and all but it's quite stressful!! I guess it's partly because I can't always get a babysitter and then have to bring along three little monkeys to pick out tiles. Not a good idea. My mom and sisters have been good with babysitting when they can so I shouldn't complain. Anywho, I have to post some pictures of things that I have knitted recently, hopefully this week if not today:) Hope you're all enjoying this week.

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