Monday, November 2, 2009

Extra Onsies

I made these for the boutique, and not many people came, so I had a ton left over. Good thing I have a lot of babies, oh wait, not even married! I had some patterns that I made, but then lost them, so I don't love these designs, but I had to get them done for the boutique.


Oh my, so I found this cute shoe pattern from Precious Patterns on Etsy. They were so fun to make, I especially loved decorating them. I want to make a few changes to the pattern, but I just need to find the time, I don't love how they look on the inside, so I will work on that. I used Anna Maria Horner fabric (probably my favorite fabric!)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fun Fall Boutique

Saturday, October 24 11:00-4:00
456 South 660 East Smithfield

Some of the other things that will be there: Scentsy, Hair Bows, Tu-tu's, Hats, Designer Jeans, Handbags, Jewelry, Watches, Baby Items, Fall Wreaths and Home Decor.

Here are a few of the things that I will have at the Boutique, and hopefully I get a lot more done before Saturday! We will see I am super busy, I have had 5 photo shoots in 3 days.

Burp Clothes and Matching Bibs

Saturday, October 3, 2009

DI Purchased Fabrics

Yes I know that sounds kind of gross to get my fabric at the DI, and I usually hate going in there. My aunt found some cool fabric there the other day, and so I went in to check it out. I found some great stuff, I am so excited to use it all, and yes I washed it all right when I got home. I got some really cool canvas fabrics for bags, probably around 10-15 yards, so I am going to be having bags coming out of my ears! And then I got some knits that will be perfect for the dress that I want to make, and then some stripped fabric for a skirt. We will see if any of this gets finished, but I am going to tag the products as DI Fabrics, just so I can track how much I have made out of all of it. In my first trip I probably got 20 yards of fabric and spent $23 and then I went another time and it wasn't as good, and just got some silky stuff for the lining for $3.

Lacey's Bag

Here is one of my first finished bags, I kind of used a pattern for the shape and the directions, but made it how I wanted. Now that I know how to put them together I will be able to design my own shapes and patterns. I love putting the applique on, it is so fun to see how it works all together. This fabric was all purchased at the DI!

Minestrone Soup

I got this recipe from my friends mom Bonnie. It tastes kind of like the soup from Olive Garden, I love it!

3 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion chopped
I carrot, peeled and chopped
1 rib celery, chopped
1 can italian green beens
15 oz can chopped tomatoes
1 can tomato sause
6 cups of water
3 chicken bouillon cubes
15 oz can garbanzo beans, drained
15 oz can kidney beans
3/4 cup dried small shell pasta
1/2-3/4 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1/2 tsp thyme
1-2 tsp soy sauce
chopped spinach leaves
1 tsp season salt
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp black peper
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Directions: In large stock pot, heat oil and saute the onion, carrot and celery until soft. Add remaining ingredients except past and spinach. Add those in the last 20 minutese. Serve with grated parmesan cheese and toasted bread.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bullseye Quilt

I have been working on this quilt for a long time. All of the material was from my moms closet of all of her old crafts. So they are not the best fabrics, but I kind of like the old pioneer look to it. I am making myself get some of my projects done before I start with my new fabric. Oh I have so many quilts to work on!

My Apron

I finally finished this apron, I have wanted the material for a long time, but I was trying to be good and not buy it. One day I was in Bernina and there was barely enough on the bolt, so I had to buy it! I had to finish it before I started my canning, I know that I am a nerd, but I was so excited to wear it for my canning.

Fall Harvest

My grandpa has this huge garden, which I think he plants especially for me. The salsa that I made was all from his garden. He has a ton of tomatoes. I got all of the other produce from Brigham City. It is such a good feeling to have it all done, but such a long process and huge mess! So far I have canned peaches, canned tomato salsa, canned peach salsa, and froze corn. I still have to finish canning the peaches, can tomatoes, freeze zucchini for zucchini bread.

Frozen Corn

For the corn, while on the cob, dip it in boiling water for 30 seconds and then into cold water. Cut off of the cob and then put into freezer zip lock bag. Press out air and then put into the freezer. I love to put this into soups.

Canning Peaches

I went to my grandmas to learn how to can peaches, I apparently did not choose a good batch of peaches, they looked good to me, but my grandma was appalled that they sold them to me and that I bought them. I got a 1/2 bushel of Angelo peaches from Brigham City, they were $14 for the half bushel.

First, we boiled the peaches for 30 seconds and then put them in the cold water, this made it easier to pull the skins off. We then sliced them and put them into the jars. For the syrup, we put 2 cups of sugar with 8 cups of water. In each jar we put about 3 peaches and then just filled with the syrup. After we put the in a hot water bath, after it comes to a boil leave them in for 40 minutes. After leave them for 24 hours, before moving. Enjoy!

Tomato Salsa

I got this recipe from my friends mom, and I loved it, but mine didn't taste the same. It was still good, but needs some improvement.

1/2 bushel of tomatoes (scald and remove the skin and chop up in chunks)
4 green peppers
3 large onions
10 large jalepeno peppers (add seeds if you want it extra hot)
5 chilli (anaheim) peppers
1 clove garlic (crushed)
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of salt
1 tsp crushed basil
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp oregano

Cop up all ingredients and combine in a large kettle-simmer to desired consistency (3-4 hours). Be careful- scorches very easy. Stir often!

Process in a water bath for 20 minutes. Makes 20-22 pints.

This makes a huge batch and it takes forever to cut all of the tomatoes. When I did the tomatoes, I tried to get as much of the seeds out, if you cut the core down deep and then turn it upside down and squeeze and shake and they squirt out. It is kind of fun! I added a lot of jalepeno peppers and seeds, next time I will put serrano and habenero peppers. It needed to be spicier. I also put more onions and garlic and spices in. My brothers just suggested to roast the garlic and grill the peppers to enhance the flavors. I only simmered it for 2 hours, because it was 2am, so I was ready to be done. I also added cilantro and lime zest.

Peach Salsa

I got this recipe off of the internet, I really like the taste of the peach salsa without the sugar and before it is cooked. The recipe calls for a ton of sugar, I halved the sugar and it was still a little sweet. So next time I am going to put even less. Here is the recipe:

4 cups fresh peaches-chopped
1/2 cup onion
1/2 cup chopped red pepper
4 jalepeno pepers minced
1/4 cup cilantro
3 cloves of garlic
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 distilled white vinegar
1 tsp grated lime zest
1/4 cup white sugar
1 package light fruit pectin crystals
3 1/2 cup white sugar

1. Sterilize jars and lids.

2. In a large saucepan, combine peaches, onion, pepper, cilantro, garlic, cumin, vinegar, lime zest. Stir together pectin and 1/4 cup sugar. Bring to boil and stir in remaining 3 1/2 cups of sugar. Boil 1 minute, stir constantly, remove from heat and stir for 5 minutes.

3. Pour peach salsa in jars and leave 1/4 inch air space. Seal and process in water bath 15 minutes.

I really like this salsa, I made a few changes and next time I make it I will probably make more changes. I put in more onion, garlic and jalepenos. I will probably put some serrano or haberno peppers in to make it a bit more spicy. And I will probably do just a little bit of sugar, although I am not too sure how much you need to keep it preserved. I used the yellow box of pectin, but it called for the pink box, but it is what I had. When doing the water bath, make sure to start the time once the pot starts to boil. WARNING: I learned the hard way I did not use gloves when cutting the jalepenos, my hands were burning for two days, it was the weirdest thing, it felt like my hands were constantly in a bowl of bowling hot water. So where gloves.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

New Fabric!!!!

Can you tell I am excited about this fabric! I kind of took a lot of photos. This fabric is designed by Anna Maria Horner, she has beautiful ideas, I just love everything she does! I bought the fabric on warning if you visit this site you will want to buy it all!! The bundle had a 1/2 yard of 24 fabrics! I have designed a few quilt patterns that I am excited to use, we will see how they turn out. So if you don't see me for awhile, it is because I am quilting! I will try to get my work done first! :)