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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Stuffed Tommy T-Rex

There is nothing quite as precious as a new baby. I got to meet my nephew Baby John for the first time this month. He was two months old and just so precious!! We bonded a lot and he liked talking with me- I think I am his favorite aunt already :).

I also made him this cute little stuffed animal. I used the Tommy T-Rex pattern from Bit of Whimsy Dolls. I really liked the pattern- it was affordable, cute and really easy to follow. It didn't take long at all to make this cute little dino!

Cutest Story about the dinosaur- my 3 year old niece really loved this dino and when Baby John got fussy one night she said- "Oh, maybe he is crying because he wants his dinosaur!" Then she went and brought it to him. Too cute!

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Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Homemade Chunky Spaghetti Sauce

This is a sauce that I love to make in the summer when the garden produce is plentiful. I then freeze it in quart bags and enjoy throughout the winter.

One batch makes about 3 quarts.

Chunky Spaghetti Sauce
1 tsp olive oil
1 large yellow squash, diced
1 large zucchini squash, diced
3-4 peppers (I use green, banana, anaheim), diced
1 large onion, diced
15 medium tomatoes, diced (and peeled if you prefer)
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp oregano
1 Tbsp basil
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp parsley
quart freezer bags

Heat olive oil in large stockpot over medium heat.
Add squash, pepper and onion. Saute until soft. Add diced tomatoes and seasonings. Bring to a boil then reduce heat. Simmer for about 90 minutes until sauce has cooked down. 
Let cool and measure into freezer bags.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Grilled Pizza

I have mentioned before that I don't like to heat up the oven during the summer in order to keep the house cool. But usually I make an exception for homemade pizza. Recently one of my friends has been brining grilled pizza to get togethers and so I thought I would give it a try.  I found several recipes on the internet that described the technique, but I used my usual dough recipe from "The Simple Art of Eating Well Cookbook".  Honestly this pizza was better than usual and I don't think I will go back to cooking it in the oven, even in the winter (depending on how cold it is!).

Here is the recipe:

Dough (you can use pre made dough if you like): 
3/4 cup lukewarm water
1 package active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt

Toppings (you really can use whatever you want, this is just what I used):
6 oz pizza sauce
6 oz canadian bacon
1/2 medium yellow squash, sliced thin
1 small onion, diced
3 banana peppers, diced
6 olives, sliced
1 handful baby spinach, chopped
6 cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced

Stir water, yeast and sugar together in large bowl. Let sit for about 5 minutes until yeast is frothy. Stir in both flours and salt. I like to use my hands to mix it until the dough comes together.
Place onto lightly floured work surface and knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic- about 5-10 minutes.  Place dough in well oiled bowl, cover with clean kitchen towel and set in a warm place to let it rise. Let it rise about 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.

Prepare all toppings. I sauteed the onions, peppers and squash to make sure they were cooked through.

When the dough has risen roll it out on a lightly floured work space. Turn the grill on high heat and clean off burner. Spray grill with cooking spray to prevent sticking.

Prepare a bowl of olive oil and a basting brush. Brush one side of the rolled pizza dough with olive oil and place on prepared grill surface, oil side down. Dough will start cooking quickly.  When the bottom of the dough has browned flip it over using 2 spatulas. 

Working quickly apply a thin coat of olive oil to the top of the dough, put on sauce, toppings and cheese.  I made sure and had all of my ingredients laid out on a cookie sheet beside the grill. Once all toppings are on close lid of grill and let cook until cheese is melted. Check periodically to make sure bottom isn't burning.


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Monday, July 23, 2012

Chevron Birthday Quilt

A while ago I decided that I wanted to try and make a quilt for my nieces and nephews on their 10th birthdays. My oldest nephews birthday came up faster than expected but I did get a quilt made for him. I asked him several months ago what he would want to decorate his room like if he had his choice and he said he would want a Kansas State room. Of course I was totally happy to make a K-State quilt.  

I used old jeans to make the denim part of the chevron pattern. I used this tutorial for making the chevron pattern without having to make triangle pieces. 

I used interfacing to cut out the letters and the powercat and stitching them on using a blanket stitch on my machine.

I decided to tie this quilt and it was a pretty simple process.

I am so happy with how this quilt turned out and I hope that Garrett likes it just as much!!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Spicy Cucumber Salad

This is a really simple, healthy way to use up fresh cucumbers from the garden. My friend Juan taught me about this way to prepare cucumbers and I absolutely love it.

7-8 fresh garden cucumbers
2 limes
Tajin seasoning 

Peel and slice cucumbers.
Juice two limes over them.
Sprinkle with Tajin to taste. I would start out with just a little and then add more if desired.

I just keep a container of this in the refrigerator for a simple, guilt free snack.

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