Thursday, June 19, 2014

Rag Strip Banner

I was planning an Easter/spring photo session with a mom for her little boy and one of the things she liked are the rag banners you see all over Pinterest.  Since I have tons of material in the basement I decided to dig around and see what what I might have that would work.  

I wanted it to work for boy or girl and I wanted it to have colorful easter egg type colors.

In the basement I found 2 different floral prints that had many colors in them I also had pink/white gingham and purple gingham.  So I planned a trip to Walmart, I was wanting to get some yellow, green and turquoise.

I found some fat quarters and chose a pretty yellow, turquoise and green.

What happened next wasn't specific or scientific.

I took the four materials I had at home and cut pieces of each the same size as the fat quarters.  Next I sat on the couch watching tv and tore all the strips.  I don't have a rotary cutter so I just snipped the material about every inch and then started tearing.

I am sure this is much easier with a rotary cutter and if I ever make another one I will be buying one.

I cut a heavy duty piece of ribbon trim and that is what I tied the strips on to.  I decided I wanted the banner to be full so I tore a lot of strips and tied them quite close together.  From start to finish this took me almost 3 hours.

When I got done I had some strings I needed to trim due to the tearing of the strips but I absolutely loved it and I loved that it was a little on the "raggedy" side as opposed to being precise.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Oatmeal with Apples

My girls love instant oatmeal with fruit in it however I don't like the junk that is in the cheaper versions and the organic versions are just too expensive.

Last week I decided to make my daughter a homemade version.

I started with 1 red apple that I cored and diced.  I sauteed the apple in a skillet that had been sprayed with canola oil.

While I did this I cooked 1/4 cup dry quick outs per the label on the container.

When the oats were cooked I combined them with the sauteed apples, a tsp of cinnamon, a TBS of raw honey and a splash of almond milk.

This was lightly sweetened and my daughter loved it.  The bowl was much heartier that what comes in one of those little instant packages.  We will be doing more of this in the future using other fill-ins.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Easy Homemade Waffles: No Dairy!

1 3/4 cup of King Arthur White Whole Wheat
1 tablespoon baking powder
Pinch salt
1/4 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 Egg yolks
1 3/4 cups Silk Vanilla Almond Milk
1/2 cup canola oil or coconut oil (I have made it both ways)
2 Egg whites

In a large mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Next add in egg yolks, almond milk, pumpkin pie spice and oil. I used my hand mixer to blend this together. In a separate bowl whip egg white to form a stiff peak. Gently fold egg whites into mixture leaving a few whisps of egg white visible. I made mine in my waffle maker. I use a 1/4 cup measuring cup and let them cook in the waffle maker until the steam starts to dissipate. I know that is not super scientific but that is what works with my waffle maker.

 One batch made almost 14. As you can see the last two on the top are missing their corners.