Archive for March, 2009

Sunday, March 29th, 2009


library-3678Cheers!  I accidentally titled my post Cheers last night even though I didn’t end up writing anything at all that pertained to the word.  What I was thinking about was the dinner we had with our neighbors on Friday night.  On Friday I had court in Belair in the afternoon.  Belair is probably less than an hour from here but it’s still a jurisdiction that I don’t get out to that often.  Even though they have a huge big-box shopping district they also have a super cute main street.  I took some time to look around on Friday since I didn’t have to be on the clock all day.  I stopped into Tiny Toes, an extra-cute baby children’s boutique.  The kind where you can get into a lot of trouble.  Then I stopped into Cafe Savona for a sandwich and, this is where I get to the point, I picked up some frozen pizza Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Spring Jacket

library-3681I was so excited about this project.  First I found and fell in love with this cute seersucker that I found at  A Fabric Place.  Then, Dan came up with the idea of making a little jacket with it and I found a “simple” pattern for a jacket in my stash.  I put simple in quotation marks because I believe this pattern was marked quick and easy but it very nearly killed me.  The blasted sleeves on this thing are so small I don’t know how… I cannot conceive of any way that you could possibly put this thing together entirely by machine.

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Thursday, March 26th, 2009

The Big Shop Update

library-3664This process is nothing short of grueling and I have been working tirelessly to get the shop up and running.  The process is rather overwhelming and I’ve sort of realized that it’s something that will probably come in stages.  There are so many possible ways to get the shop organized and I think the only way to sort it out at this point is by trial and error.  Of course, any sage advice from you more experienced folk would be much appreciated.  

I have a few hours to myself tomorrow morning so I plan to list a couple more things but for now I’m listing this single item.  It’s another version of the GoodNight Garland that I’m calling… Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

The Cure

library-35161The great corned beef experiment went well!  I mean, so I didn’t actually make it on St. Paddy’s day.  If I was at work I would describe our corned beef dinner as having taken place “on or about” St. Patrick’s day without getting into the dirty specifics about exactly how many days late it actually happened.  

I used a combination of a few different recipes.  I started here and then took a look at this.  While I was writing this post I came across another one that looks good.  Basically I took one of the briskets I got in our last order and cured it, in a brine that included my own version of pickling spice, for several days.  I used a 13×9 pyrex dish with a lid and it was JUST big enough to hold the meat and the brine.  Basically, Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2009


library-3658It finally happened, I caved.  Instead of going to the park after school we went for cupcakes.  God knows I can’t resist a good deal and it just so happens that for the month of March The Baltimore Cupcake Company is offering their cupcakes for half price on Tuesdays!  It was a heavenly delight that only cost me a buck fifty.  Which is a good thing because, as always, when I embarked on this adventure I only had two dollars in cash to my name.  If I’d had to use my card Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunday, March 22nd, 2009


library-36401Sundays are for pancakes.  Heart shaped pancakes made from free sample heart-shaped pancake molds from Williams-Sonoma.  I’ve been moving them around for years even though I could never fathom a time when I’d take the time to make someone a pancake shaped like something other than a circle.  But the day did come.  I made heart pancakes for my girl and she loved it.  I think I’ll always make her pancakes hearts from now on. 

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Saturday, March 21st, 2009


library-3638I came home from errands this morning with a car full of boxes and crates.  Ben rolled his eyes but unloaded it anyway.  Did I mention that I also had 200 lbs of sand in there?  Mmm, sandbox.  But that’s another story.  It feels good to have gotten this shelf straightened out.  It was a horrible mess and an eyesore for a long time.  I’m hoping that just keeping the stuff contained will help to keep it organized over the long haul.  I find that once the bags start to get shuffled around on the shelf it’s the beginning of the end.  Things only get worse from there.

I don’t know if using the fabric boxes is a smart idea but we’ll see.  They’re mostly filled with dry goods so hopefully they stay as pretty as they are now.  I was going to go to IKEA Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday, March 20th, 2009


library-3518First of all, I find it really ironic that I started my last post with an explanation of my slapdash orange juice project and then finished it up with how much I’m enjoying taking my time with slow projects.  Yeah, sure lady.  But on to the first order of business, The Creative Family.   I borrowed the book from the library and really enjoyed it.  It’s mostly common sense information.  I read her suggestions and ideas and often thought, of course!  I remember a lot of the ideas that she suggests from things that we did at home but that I didn’t necessarily remember.  That is, except the part about gratitudes.  It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately.  How to incorporate spirituality and whether and how to address the idea of religion.  These are questions that often weigh heavily on my mind.  I thought her approach was interesting.  Spiritual but not overtly ‘religious’ and a good jumping-off point for additional research.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Hump Day

library-32282I made this quick little ‘juice box’ for Chase not too long ago.  I got tired of having to drink ‘milk’ everyday so I made some O.J. so at least now I have some options.  I used the same template I used to make the milk carton but even so the new one came out about half the size and not at all the same.  I could have done a much better job and I still might but it will do for now.

I don’t know, I’ve started to develop a real appreciation for slow projects.  Hand-sewing, knitting, stuff like that.  More than that even I’m able to take my time with things in a way that I could never do before.  Spending a lot of time pinning, basting or marking used to be way down my list of things that are fun to do but lately I take a lot of pleasure in doing things and doing things well.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, March 16th, 2009

Chili Mac

library-34961Saturday was rainy, dreary and busy.  I almost froze my pinkie off getting meat out of the deep freezer.  I realize now that I should have a plan before I go off and start just randomly digging through what’s down there.  I find that with the deep freezer, I have to take certain cuts out days in advance to get them to thaw completely in the fridge.  Sometimes overnight isn’t enough to do it.  That being said, I had a plan for the rest of the week but no idea what to do for dinner that night.  I pulled out some ground turkey and some ground beef because they defrost relatively quickly.  By 6pm the turkey was ready to be browned and we were good to go.  
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