Saturday, December 22, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Pencil Roll, Oh how I love thee. This was so much fun to make! I used all fabric from my stash. It was a thrill to go through all my various storage devices and pick them out. Since they are from my stash they all have stories behind them. I used fabric from my niece's quilt (the yellow), fabric from a skirt of Talia's that I loved (the white), the gray is from Yoav's cars quilt, the greens are from some recent projects, the blues are from the Dick and Jane quilt, the second red one and the turquoise one are Asian prints I used for a sarong that I loved (before it shrank-- MUST WASH FABRIC BEFORE USING IT FOR CLOTHING!), the brown is from another skirt, and the maroon is from my mom's 60th birthday quilt. So much fun. I want to make a marker roll for T but it will end up being so fat if I use 16 markers.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Saturday, December 08, 2007
I was a little impatient with Talia yesterday while she was (not) getting ready for school. Alex has a cold and I'm a little extra sleep-deprived. I kept telling her to get dressed, eat breakfast, get her snow boots on etc. and was getting very frustrated with her pokiness. This was how she described her feelings about the situation:
"I'm trying to follow my own heart and you just want me to follow yours!"
Perhaps we're watching and reading too many princess stories?
Alex has finally learned how to take a nap. He will sleep 2 hours in the morning if conditions are right. Of course, you have to be careful what you wish for-- he often falls asleep in the car when I'm taking Talia to school. I have to beg someone I know to either take Talia in or wait in the car with Alex while I do it. I feel bad asking this of people but I just CAN'T wake him up! Then I have the dilemma of what to do next. When it wasn't so cold I was able to drive home and leave him in the car with some blankets and a baby monitor in the garage. Now it's too cold to do that. So I can sit in the car for two hours (and waste gas and ruin the environment) or wake him. I've been listening to some books on tape and the next thing I'm going to do is maybe cut a small quilt to hand-quilt while I'm sitting. If I try to go home before he falls asleep I'm stuck at home all day and will never get my errands done. And then if I do go home and he DOESN'T take a nap I will be frustrated. I know I'm not the only person with this problem and it's time limited so I guess I shouldn't complain... Somehow Alex also seems to fall asleep in the car when I'm picking Talia UP from school too. It's embarassing the way I scope the parking lot for the parents of her classmates...
Lessons learned from the Cars Quilt:
1. USE YOUR IRON.
2. BASTE YOUR QUILT WELL
3. Take a risk and used colored thread for the quilting!
4. Don't ever use that blue fuzzy fabric-- it stretches!
5. Combining flannel and regular cotton works just fine.
Took the family to Miami to meet up with our Israeli friends who now live in Holland. We had an easy time getting there and beautiful weather the whole time. Talia and Yoav played extremely well together. He is 9 months younger and basically did everything she said. He played Legos, Polly Pockets, Disney Princesses and My Little Pony. It was great. We just went to the pool every day and then geared up for the big activity of dinner. Alex was wonderful and practically slept through the night each night. The trip home wasn't awful but we had a two hour delay and ended up getting home at 2am. Apparently there had been a big snowstorm in Madison and our driveway had been plowed in and then iced over. I had to pay someone $150 to come with a pick-axe so I could get the car out of the garage. Subsequently, we bought a snowblower!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Bad Mother: We used a mix. I hate baking, don't you know that?
Result: It was fantastic. Incredibly moist and just perfect all over. Now I can't stop eating it.
Monday, November 12, 2007
White Bean Rosemary Stew
2 cloves garlic
1 cup vegetable broth
2 cans white beans
1/2 tbl rosemary
salt and pepper
1 jar roasted red peppers
2 tbl balsamic vinegar
1. saute onion and garlic; 5 minutes
2. add vegetable broth, white beans, rosemary and pepper; simmer 10 minutes
3. add red peppers and balsamic; 2 minutes
4. salt and pepper to taste
Goodness to Dish Ratio: 4/1
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Have you ever seen such a thing? We enjoy Brussels Sprouts so I bought them in their natural state at the LAST outdoor farmer's market. I printed out a few yummy sounding recipes but we've stuck with the tried and true:
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Salt and Pepper
Throw them in a Pyrex, coat generously with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast them at 450 degrees or so for a while (30-40 minutes?) until they are sufficiently charred. Add thin slices of parmesan if you want. Yum. This recipe applies to many other vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower and others.
Goodness to dish ratio: 4/4. It's only one dish but it's a bitch to clean. Try an SOS pad. I never knew what they were until this year. Love 'em!