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I wanna be a Princess… January 27, 2013

Filed under: Children,Uncategorized — Jenn-O @ 10:28 am
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The other night my son said to me ” When I grow up, I wanna be a Princess”.  Surprised by this I asked what  a princess could do that he couldn’t. He got a confused look on his face and didn’t answer me. Then I asked if he liked their hair or their dresses. He started to get mad and I couldn’t figure out why.  I couldn’t figure out what exactly it was about a princess that  he liked so much that he would say he wanted to be one.

A few days passed and I really didn’t think much about it until I came home a little early from work one day and this commercial came on Disney Junior. (Ignore the advertisement)

We sat there watching the video and it clicked just as my son said “Mom!” I looked at him and asked, “Is that why you want to be princess?” “Uh huh” he said. I just smiled and said ” You don’t have to be a princess to do those things.”

I loved this commercial and the message it sends. I love the fact that it focuses on what a person can DO to be a princess and not what a person has to look like to be a princess. The

Then, after this, we were watching Sofia the First.  The princesses had these beds that lined were lined up outside on a patio in the castle. He said “See, Mom! That’s why I want to be a princess, so I can sleep outside on those beds!” I guess camping in the yard will be in our future.

 

Tasty Tuesday – Pumpkin Sage Sausage Sauce over Pasta November 13, 2012

Filed under: Recipes — Jenn-O @ 12:51 pm
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I’ve never really cared for pumpkin. It’s not a flavor I particularly care for, or at least I thought. Living in Italy during the fall you will see a lot of restaurants making recipes with pumpkin. I kept hearing people talk about the wonderful pumpkin gnocchi, pumpkin tortellini, and pumpkin pasta was at different places they’ve tried it. So, I decided to give it a try. Wow! It was delicious! I converted and would look for different menu items with pumpkin when it was that time of year. My favorite pumpkin dish is pumpkin gnocchi topped with smoked cheese. And the best place I’ve had it was at the Cordenons Festa della Zucca (Cordenons Pumpkin Festival). That gnocchi just melted in your mouth!!

A week or so ago a friend of mine sent me a link to a pumpkin pasta recipe. I couldn’t wait to try it. Right now we are staying with my MIL and she has a garden with quite a few pumpkins. My husband insisted that he did not want to try a pumpkin recipe, even though he loved the pumpkin gnocchi in Italy. He’s  stubborn, what can I say. So, the other night he went to the Huskies football game and I stayed home and decided to make this dish so there wouldn’t be any huffing and puffing over it.

It took a little while to cut up the pumpkin. It wasn’t something I had done before besides the annual ritual of carving a jack-o-lantern. I wasn’t sure of the best way to go about it so I just went at it. I sliced it in half and pulled out all the seeds and guts. Then I sliced it into smaller pieces and used a paring knife to  peel it. I chopped it up into bite sized pieces and realized I had way more than I needed. So, I saved half and used the other half.

The pasta came out really good but I think next time I’ll try it over gnocchi.

This recipe is from About.com and is linked below.

Pumpkin Sausage Sauce over Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 pound bulk pork sage breakfast sausage ( our sausage didn’t have sage in it so I just added some)
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 pound (about 1-3/4 pounds whole pumpkin) pumpkin flesh, peeled seeded, and diced ( I think I ended up using about 2 lbs)
  • 1 cup strong chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (since I had more pumpkin I used a whole cup of cream)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons minced fresh parsley, or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 pound pasta, cooked in salted water

Preparation:

In a deep, heavy skillet, saute onion and sausage over medium heat, breaking up sausage, until no longer pink. Add garlic and saute 1 additional minute. Drain excess oil and set aside.

Meanwhile, bring pumpkin and chicken or vegetable stock to the boil in a medium saucepan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Add cream, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Smash pumpkin with the back of a large spoon and stir until almost smooth, leaving some small bits of pumpkin. Stir in sausage mixture, and gently reheat, adding a bit of the pasta water if it is too thick.

Stir parsley into the pumpkin sauce and serve over hot pasta.

 

I see improvement! -Quilts for Kids November 12, 2012

Filed under: Craft,Sewing — Jenn-O @ 11:29 am
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I finished my QFK quilt yesterday! I really impressed myself on how well it turned out. Big thanks to Jennie for introducing me to quilt basting spray.  Boy did that help! I’m not sure how the rest of you start off your quilting but what I did the last 3 times was quilt directly down the middle  and then across.  Then I quilted each of those sections in half. Make sense?

After that was done I decided I was going to quilt it a little differently this time. I’ve noticed that I really like A LOT of quilting. So, I decided to do a spiral design on the full blocks and then a stripes on the 4 block squares. The thin border has thin quilting strips. For the outside border I decided to go a little crazy and try my hand hat free motion quilting. With the little planets as my guide, I started sewing little circles.  After a while I got the hang of it and realized it didn’t have to be perfect to look good.

It was pretty time consuming so I broke it up into two days. After I was done I realized that it would have been really cool to follow the galaxy design on the back. Eh, oh well. Now that I know I can do the free motion quilting I’ll have to remember it for next time.

This time I decided to bind the edges of the quilt. I had left over fabric  from the back that was just enough to use around the edges. I tried out a different technique that I found on Pinterest and I really liked it. You can check it out here.

If you haven’t made a quilt for Quilts for Kids, yet, you really should! It’s a fun way to get some practice especially if you’re on a budget, like me. The kit is sent to you precut ( you can see this one here) so all you have to do is sew and a small amount of cutting when you’re piecing it together. The only thing you’ll need to purchase is the batting and pay to send it back.

 

Got another kit!! November 7, 2012

Filed under: Children,Sewing — Jenn-O @ 12:50 pm
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I received another kit for Quilts for Kids!!

Outer Space Kit

 

I love this cute outer space theme! I was hoping that I would get a different pattern this time but it’s the same that I had the first time. But, that’s o.k. because I pieced together the quilt top much better. I made sure everything was lined up and even. Taking the extra time to go back and measure the pieces I had sewn together really made the difference. Apparently, I can’t sew a 1/4 inch seam to save my life so I had to go back and take off about 1/4 inches from the precut 6.5″ squares.

 

This time I’m attaching the back a little bit differently. Before I just attached it pillowcase-style and didn’t use binding. This time I’m going to bind it with a thin strip of the back fabric. I’m also going to take my friend, Jennie’s, advice and use quilt basting spray. Tomorrow, I will be off to the fabric store to buy some and then, hopefully, finish it up!

 

Tasty Tuesday- French Garlic and Wine Chicken (and a chance to win an iPad Tablet!) November 6, 2012

Filed under: Recipes — Jenn-O @ 10:30 am
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Doesn’t this look delicious?!!

Is your mouth watering, yet? If you’re a garlic lover, like me, then this is a recipe for you! This recipe is from my friend, Rachel and is a simpler version of a classic French dish. You probably already have most of the ingredients in your pantry already!

This dish is part of the Just BARE Chicken – Just 5 Cooking Challenge. Basic ingredients aren’t included so the 5 ingredients are: Just BARE Chicken Thighs, garlic, chicken broth, white wine, and dry thyme. How simple is that?!

There’s also a chance to win an iPad Tablet!! They are giving away 5 tablets in all. All you have to do is head on over to the Just Bare Chicken – Just 5 Cooking Challenge and vote! If this recipe looks great to you then please vote for Rachel C’s dish. They are listed in alphabetical order according to last name. You can enter every day until December 5, 2012.

INGREDIENTS
1 Tablespoon butter
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Package Just BARE Chicken Thighs
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 head of garlic
1 can chicken broth
½ cup of dry white wine (like Sauvignon Blanc or pinot grigio)
1 teaspoon Thyme
DIRECTIONS
Place butter and olive oil in a deep skillet, when warm add chicken thighs and season all over with salt and fresh ground pepper. Brown the chicken on both sides on high heat for about 5 minutes each side.
Peel garlic cloves, but leave whole and place them around chicken thighs. Add the chicken broth and wine. Sprinkle the thyme leaves over the top. Cover and let cook for 30 minutes on medium heat. Remove chicken and keep warm. Turn heat up to medium high and reduce the juices for about 5 minutes.
Ladle sauce over chicken and serve.

 

Envelope System Wallet October 23, 2012

Filed under: Craft,Sewing — Jenn-O @ 4:37 am
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Can you tell I just love this fabric??!!

I am so excited that I finally finished my project! If you have ever heard of David Ramsey then you know what this is already. If not, then let me explain. The “envelope system” is a way to budget and save your money. Usually one would use paper envelopes and write on each one what the money inside is to be used for. Well, instead of using paper why not have a cute one made out of fabric??!!

Not only will it hold will it hold your cash but you can use it as a functional wallet! It has slots for cards and an ID in the front.

And a spot for a note pad or checkbook and a pen holder! How cool is that! Plus it’s really pretty and bright.

Since I still haven’t been able to find a job up here in the Pacific Northwest I’ve decided to make a few of these and sell them on my Etsy page. So, if you’re looking for a fun gift to give that can also help your loved one save some money go on over and check out my store!

I had a lot of fun making these but unless I get some orders I’m going to play with my son and cozy up to the fire. Did you know that it was 60 degrees on our house this morning?! Felt really nice to sleep in but I just didn’t want to get out of bed. When my hubby got home from fishing he started a fire. My dog has been laying in front of it ever since.

 

What’s it going to be??? October 20, 2012

Filed under: Craft,Sewing — Jenn-O @ 5:36 am
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Here’s a glimpse of the fabric I’m using for my next project. It should be finished tomorrow or maybe the next day. I can’t wait! I love all of these fabrics and it’s turning out cute, so far. Meagan and Angie, don’t give it away if you read this. I made them each one. I’ve figured out that it takes me about 3 times to make something from scratch before it comes out exactly how I want it. So, I offered to make them a prototype. Ok, well I’ll see you all back here tomorrow!! (or Sunday) ;)

 

 
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