Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Pretty cute and easy for the kids to pour out their shampoo or body wash. All I had to do is find the right bottles to fit the spout and put the bottle on my shower shelf. Problem was the bottle I liked the spout didn't fit and I didn't have enough bottles.
Monday, October 25, 2010
The ugly before.The ahhhh after :) Jimmy hung two rows of hooks on each side of the closet. The left is just for jackets and the right is for bags. I have a couple of canvas bags on the floor for when we have to bring to water and snacks because I'm not sure where they will go in the closet. We have 2 rows of hooks for all our keys. The shoe holder is not for shoes it's actually for all of the family accessories. In the summer there were hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and combs. As the weather gets cooler we have our hats, sunglasses, mittens, gloves scarves, combs and other accessories. Jimmy and I each have our own row to drop things in . The kids will each get 2 slots for their fall/winter belongings. This is a lot easier than stuffing things into jackets or layering the hooks with too many scarves and hats. This closet was the biggest eye sore for months now ahh just relief.
The next of The Four C's is crochetting. Fall brings on activities and lots of waiting time for me to try new ideas with my yarn and needles and hooks. I have been working on a hat a week and hope to have something to show you by the end of the week.
The Cooking List is on my clipboard of what I would like to make during the week. Sometimes they all get done sometimes things are left for the following week. Here is a peek into this week.
For dinner : Turkey Burgers , chicken burgers and salmon, stuffed Shells, pizza, ham with apple sauce
Lunches: Scrambled tofu with vegetables, bread with onions and hot peppers, onion soup, grilled portabella mushroom sandwiches, sushi.
Sides: Roasted potatoes, sauteed zucchini, spinach and broccoli.
Baking: Carrot muffins, more granola, apple cake and apple crisp
Looking at this list I know it's ambitous but it is spread out over 7 days or so and sometimes things change.
Last on The Four C's is coffee all I have to say is that I had to switch to decaff.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
This onion soup was on the back of the onion bag package and was a hit for the whole family.
8 cups sliced yellow onions (about 2 1/2 lbs.)
6 tablespoons dairy free margarine
2 tablespoons sugar
2 quarts reduced sodium chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste
In a soup pot melt margarine over medium heat. Add onions and sugar and sautee. Stirring often for about 10minutes then increase heat onions will turn golden brown (about 5 minutes). Return to medium heat add in broth, salt and pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes.
Note: I didn't have enough broth only 4 cups so I added water to the broth so there would be enough. The original recipe suggests a slice of French baguette toasted and grated Romano cheese. Instead we added a scoop of rice to our bowl of soup with a slice of fresh bread. Yummy!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Oh yes the sewing area. While I was working in the art studio across the way my sewing studio turned into this. This picture was taken a few days ago. Thank goodness since this picture there has been some cleaning up. I can actually see the floor and the desk is cleared :) I'm looking forward to more progress this weekend. I have 2 project baskets going and one big basket of fabric. Oh boy that's a lot of sewing.
A few items on the sewing table are these crochetted projects that need to be undone. I'm not feeling the love for these so they will be reincarnated. I'm thinking new scarves and hats and a big yelllow pom pom!
And the worst part about my day is accidently knocking over my new ceramic travel mug.
There is more but I'll spare you the other grisly details for now trying to remain optimistic while rolling many balls of yarn :)
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
So far to get me through I have picked up another book (I couldn't get into the last book and had to put it down) and the latest Stitch magazine. If you're wondering does she really pay $14.99 for one issue for a magazine? Um sometimes yes. A friend and I were talking that maybe we should buy the magazine at AC Moore and use their 40% or 50% coupons. I usually browse through the issue first to make sure there are projects that inspire because I plan on keeping these magazines in my library for a long time.
So what else has been going on? I apologize that pictures are poor and shaky (too much coffee) it makes the food look undesirable. The picture up top is a portabella mushroom sandwich with a side of sauteed brocoli rabe. I know the picture is unappealing but it did taste good.
That's what has been going on in the kitchen along with many dishes.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
This is the first hat of the season a few more are on the way like this. One of the girls was wearing a purse on her head and it actually looked cute when the handles weren't in the way so that led to this inspiration. I didn't use a pattern just crochetted a rectangle and stitched the top and side. It looks like a crochetted bandana style hat. Interesting but original.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
This is my most recent find. A ceramic travel mug with a silicon sleeve and cover. (There are similiar ones on amazon.) When the weather gets cold I love to bring my own hot beverage. Sometimes I buy a coffee and wish I had my own beverage container so I could bring it home and wash it. I know nuts but those stainless steel beverage holders for coffee with the plastic top was well not the same as drinking from my mug at home. I think this solved the issue. I'm also thinking good Christmas gift idea.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
But so far here's what I have been collecting lately from the internet and blog world.
I'm always on the look out for kids crafts, activities or learning ideas that are neat and creative. The best part about finding new ideas is they come from moms or educators from all over the world.
- I love what this mom did with these fish.
- Here is how those little photo albums come in handy for a toddler learning the alphabet.
- So many fun possibilities of using chalkboard paint on thick paper like cardboard or paint chips. I was also thinking they would be great for a birthday gift or party favors.
- These alphabet cards are clever and can be customized to your needs. I was thinking of using scrabble tiles for the letters. (I collect Scrabble games just for the letter tiles)
- Watercolor for a rainy day.
Daydreaming that someday I will get to do these.
- I love these little flowers I hope to learn to crochet soon.
- Looking forward to someday printing out my yearly blog posts like this blog book or Angry Chickens version.
- Homemade hand soap. Love the pump and jar. Right now it's just an idea but it would be nice.
- I'm thinking I need to make a new tote like this or this.
- Oh these acorns :)
Latley I have been researching homemande shampoos. My hair has gotten a lot more unmanagable after having kids and has never been the same. (Oh those hormones. I refuse to blame it on age.) Well I have tried the baking soda and the shampoo bars and both together but it's still not it. I'm not up for more shampoo trial and errors. So what's next? How about homemade liquid shampoo using castille soap.
Can you blame me for throwing in a few recipes. My recipe binder is getting really thick lol.
- I'm not a fan of butternut squash but this one just looks so warm with homemade croutons,
- Scrambled tofu instead of scrambled eggs? I thought yes! So far no one else is going for it. How can we go wrong with veggies and tofu scrambled?
- Fall is in the air with oatmeal and apple pancakes , oatmeal bake and pumpkin muffins .
- Fennel, lemon and potatoes sounds yummy with fresh bread.
Ok that was definitely a big Monday List.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
The tomatoes, scallions and radishes are chopped and refridgerated ready for a salad.