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March 2014

On Groupon I’ve seen a lot of these paint night offers. I always said I would try one but some how I never get around to it. One of the girls I do kickboxing with hosted a party at a new local place called Art on the Rocks. Its BYOB and the group paints the same picture with step by step instruction from the teacher. We had such a good time. It ended us cracking dirty jokes, laugh so hard we were all crying and promising we would do this again real soon. I suggest you try one of these classes it is totally worth the money.

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Easy Baby Bibs

Alright, it’s officially less than a month till Easter.  Which means I have a lot of crafting on my hands.  Along with a bridal shower and bachelorette party I’ve been planning for a friend in the next coming months, I’ve got to much to do and not enough time to do it.

The last couple of years I have decided to make something for my nieces and nephews for Easter, rather than do the whole basket thing.  Mainly because some of them are getting older and frankly there are just way to many of them to be making every single one their own basket.  Usually the ones that are mostly all around the same age I make the same thing, but some are now teenagers and then of course we have the really little ones.

For the youngest who is only a few months old I decided to make a couple bibs.  I found some cute Dr. Seuss fabric over at the quilt shop which I thought would be perfect, not only for his gift, but for another I will hopefully finish up soon and post later.

You can find tons of free bib patterns online and honestly I cannot find the one I used for these bibs, but I have used this one in the past as well.  Its really all a matter of preference to the shape you like.

First cut out your pattern pieces.  I always make one side flannel because its much more absorbent than plain cotton.DSCN0508

Then right sides together sew all around the bib leaving a 2-3 inch opening to turn.

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Trim corners, then turn the bib right side out and press.  Tuck in the open seam and pin shut.  Topstitch around the whole bib.  DSCN0513Add either Velcro or a grommet snap and your done.

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Bacon Pancake Dippers

I’m the type of person that would love having breakfast for dinner every night of the week.  There is just something so comforting about homemade pancakes and omelets and everything that makes breakfast on the weekends so comforting.  A while ago I saw this post on Pinterest for Bacon Pancake Dippers.  I used the same idea, but my own go to pancake recipe.

Bacon Pancake Dippers

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Ingredients

3/4 cup milk

2 tablespoons white vinegar

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons white sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg

2 tablespoons butter, melted

cooking spray

Steps

  • Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to “sour”.
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into “soured” milk. Pour the flour
    mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.
  • Pour into a squeeze bottle with a big enough hole for the batter to pour from.
  • Heat griddle.
  • Squirt batter in a long oval shape a little longer and wider then the bacon and place a slice of cooked bacon in the center.
  • Lightly press bacon into the batter.
  • Squeeze more batter over the bacon.  I just did a wiggle line.DSCN0495
  • Cook until the batter starts to bubble then turn over and cook a few minutes longer.

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If you’ve read through some of the recipes I’ve posted over the past 8 months, you may notice I swear by cooking frozen chicken in my crock pot during the day in vegetable broth. Recently Dan and I have tried to cut back on salt consumption. I was shocked to see how much sodium was in the vegetable broth and decided to try to make some from scratch. To be honest it wasn’t very hard to do and the container I made has lasted me for a few weeks. The blog I got the recipe from suggested that every time you cut up vegetables, put the remnants into a freezer bag in the freezer. Once the freezer bag is full use these vegetable to make your broth. That would help to lessen the cost of buying fresh vegetables just to make this recipe. I however did not have a freezer bag full of vegetables so I bought vegetable from the store just for this recipe. I couldn’t bring myself to throw them out after the broth was made so we ended up reusing the cooked vegetable for soup the next day. I suggest you try this recipe, its quick, easy and healthy.

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Vegetable Broth

Ingredients

1 pound of carrots, chopped

1 pound of celery, chopped

2 large parsnip, chopped

2 large onion, chopped

2 Tablespoons whole black peppercorn

1 gallon of water (or enough to cover the vegetable scraps and fill up your pan)

A bay leaf

Steps

Place all vegetables in a large stockpot and cover with water. Heat over high until boiling. Lower heat to a simmer and let simmer for one hour. Remove from heat and strain the broth into a large saucepan to let cool.

Snuggle Quilt

The last couple of times I have been to the quilt shop with my daughter she has been drooling over this snuggle quilt that they have on display.  The kits cost $40 which only includes the material for the top and the just didn’t have any kits that I thought my daughter would really enjoy, so when they were having a good sale on the soft and comfy fabrics over at Joann’s I decided to grab enough material to make a quilt.  All I did was get about 6″ of several different fabrics, I believe there were 11 strips in total, plus enough for a back and binding.  After all that the whole quilt cost me less than $25, which I was pretty excited about.

 

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Then trim, and add on your binding.

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The quilt actually ended up being larger than the ones in the kit too.

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And now my little girl has another super comfy quilt to cuddle up with on the couch.

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