Thursday, February 28, 2013

(More) Natural Eating

I have been toying with the idea of buying this book, The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making,  forever.  I finally did it.  I bought it.  I am SOOOO glad I did.  I just received it yesterday and already ran out and got supplies to make something AND made it.

AND I was just looking around on the internet to see if she posted the recipe anywhere and I found that she has a webpage with a TON of recipes to try.  I didn't find the recipe I was looking for, but she has other versions.

 What is this recipe you ask?  Granola!  Yummy, yummy granola.  It took no time at all to throw it together.  Just measure, mix, bake, and wait.


So.  Go out, buy the book and make the granola.  Seriously, it is yummy.  I will say that is called for a ton of sesame seeds.  I changed that a bit.  I did half sesame seeds and half flax seeds.


Plan on reading about other recipes I make from this book.  I feel that I will be using it bunches in the future.

I can't wait to throw some on top of some yogurt in the morning.  





Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Holy Hair Miracle, Batman!

I have been pretty lucky with my hair.  I have never really had any major issues.  I treat it nice.  Almost 35 and still no grays.  I call that a win.  This winter though has been insane.  I have had static like no one else.  I have resorted to ponytail to tame it.  Nothing works.

Then this morning I woke up and jumped into the shower.  I washed and scrubbed my hair like I normally do and got out.  I noticed that my hair didn't "sound" squeaky clean.  Normally I am a brush while wet and go kinda girl.  I quickly dry my bangs so they don't go crazy, but the rest of my hair curls on it own, so I don't fuss too much.

The past week or so, I noticed that my brush was having challenges going through my hair.  This morning...after washing...I still looked like a greaser from the 1950's.  

I HAD BUILDUP.   
dun dun dunnnnnnnn

Now I say HAD because I just found a miracle solution and you probably already have the stuff in your pantry as well.

All you need is three things, well four if you count water.

Yeah, I know that is only two items.  The third item is shampoo.  I grabbed my daughters shampoo and used that.  And I already told you the fourth.

So...here is what you do.
Put two tablespoons baking soda in a bowl and mix that with shampoo.
In another bowl, I used a liquid measuring cup with a spout for easy pouring, mix 1 tablespoon vinegar with a cup of cold water.  I used apple cider.  It was the first thing I grabbed.

Now.  Take these two bowls to the bathroom and hop in the shower.   Shampoo up with the baking soda/shampoo combo.  Rinse out.  Then pour the cold water/vinegar on your noggin.  All done!  Easy right?  Now run your fingers over your hair and listen to the squeak.

My hair feels A MILLION times better.  No pony tail today!  And talk about CHEAP!  I was going to run to the store after the husband got home today to get some fancy clarifying shampoo, but now I don't have to!!  Yippee!!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Seriously, Sunday?

I have a good friend over at It's Just Me: An Ordinary Blog.   For the past while she has done "Mad About It Monday" where she posts things that just frost her cupcake.  (She is more of a cupcake girl than a cookie girl)  She has told me about it and told me that I should link up...and I never do.  I can't perform that way!!!!  So....I decided to start my new thing.  

SERIOUSLY, SUNDAY?

Now, this can be a good serious like "OMG!!!! Seriously!??!?!!?"  Or it can be an exasperated serious like "UGH!  Seriously?"  Who knows.  Whatever happens during the week will determine it.

This week is it a  "OMG!!!!  Seriously?!?!?!"  Why the excitement you ask?  I got a new camera. 



Oooooooooohhhhhhh......Aaaaaaahhhhhh.  This is the new Nikon D5200.  I have had this camera for ALMOST 24 hours now.  It was suppose to arrive at 4:30pm yesterday, but came early.  I LOVE FEDEX!!!

Anyway, I had a little point and shoot camera YEARS ago and right before I had Aidan it got dropped.  I won't say WHO dropped it, but it wasn't me.  We rushed out without too much thought and bought a Nikon D40x.  I already had a regular SLR and was a devout Nikon girl.  The husband had a Canon SLR and wanted a Canon to use his fancy pants lens I bought him for a wedding gift, but this was my baby and I pouted until I got my Nikon.  NIKON FO LYFE YO!  The camera served it's purpose, but didn't have many bells and whistles.  Just a very entry level DSLR.

We got our taxes back last week and I was chatting with Eric.  We planned on getting a new lens for the camera, but I suggested that we get a new CAMERA.  My birthday is next month and I said I would put birthday money towards it, yadda yadda yadda.  He agreed.  SERIOUSLY?!?!?  EXCITEMENT!!!

So I ordered the bad boy from Amazon and got it in two days.

This new camera is AMAZING.  The picture quality is above and beyond what I was expecting.  I can take videos with it.  There are an insane amount of features that I can fiddle with to take pictures that look like sketches.  I can add cross stars to the images.  This camera is smarter than me.  I got tired reading the manual last night.  I have to continue later.  This is definitely a "read the manual" kind of device.

I think the absolutely COOLEST feature is the flip out viewing screen.  If you are taking a picture at an odd angle you can flip it out and position it so you can see in live view what picture you are going to get.  You don't have to twist your head all around to get a picture under a leaf.  You can just hold the camera and look through the screen.  

OR...you can take awesome self portraits...like I did this morning.  I put on makeup just for you guys.  Be impressed.

This is my "UGH.  Seriously?" look

 

This is my "How long can I hold my breath?" look

This is my "WOW!  You didn't pass out look!"


And my favorite to leave you with.  Aren't I pretty?




Saturday, February 23, 2013

My sad, sad ironing board.

 I use my ironing board A LOT.  Not to iron my clothes, mind you, but to iron material for my shop, BumbleFly~N~ButterBees.  Some months, when it is busy, the ironing board is a central part of our kitchen.  I am sure Eric loves that.  

Well...this thing has seen better days.  It looks downright HORRID.  Well...it did.  I made a new cover for it yesterday.  Here is the before picture. 




As you can clearly see, I cut a big hole in it.  My scissors are sharp.     This material is PAPER thin, burned, drawn on and shredded.  A VERY ugly eye sore.

I don't know if you have ever looked for an ironing board cover, but they are pretty ugly.  I wanted something that wasn't stripey and wasn't Laura Ashley flowers.  If you are into that, yay for you!  I am not.

I found some gorgeous material that I was going to use for sandwich wraps and snack bags on Fabric.com  When I got it in though, the print was HUGE.  I don't know if they didn't have the ruler at the bottom or not.  Maybe I wasn't paying attention to the picture.  It happens.   Anyway, it would look rather odd as a small item.  So, I decided this would be perfect!

I found a helpful tutorial online at A Fashionable Stitch   This tutorial was REALLY easy to understand and follow.  I honestly have no idea why I couldn't figure this out!  One thing I did have an issue with was that I didn't have enough bias tape in one color.  So part is pink and part is orange.  It is on the bottom.  You can't see it any way.  :)

So here is my finished product, cute huh?






Oh, and I made her too.  Coloring was hard and she had to take a break while drawing.



Sunday, February 10, 2013

Natey Naters Turns 5

My Nate turned 5 on Friday.  I find this amazing.  I was telling my friends on Facebook the other day how a year and a few months ago, Nate had no friends at school.  He couldn't be understood well, so he didn't talk to lots of people.  He was hyperactive and LITERALLY ran circles around his room at preschool.  He started having seizures.  We had to pull him out because it wasn't worth it.

Now my guy is introducing me to his friends at school and inviting others over.  His craziness is under control with his ADHD meds, and no more seizures, also due to meds.  When I got his first RSVP from a school friends I literally teared up while driving down the road.  It made me SO happy to know that he has friends.  Two little kids from school came to his party and he was over the moon about it.

This year Nate requested a robot themed party.  I don't know if you ever shopped for robot themed party supplies, but I will save you the time and effort.  You can't find any.  I looked online, I looked in stores, nothing.  Not even a robot plate.  So this meant I had to get crafty.

The first thing I did was purchase Nate a new shirt.  He wanted a robot one, but chose the "Galaxy Wars" one.  You know, R2D2 IS a robot.  If you want a shirt go here to Sibling Special Tees on Etsy.
Eric brought home a big box and said "I am going to make a robot for outside."  Which turned into me doing it.  Amazing what a bit of craft glue, cardboard, and paint will accomplish.  The arms are made from the dryer vent tubing.  Eric cut a hole in each side and squeezed it through.  The spike on top is a small tube covered in tin foil, again just poked through the top.

Hello there Mr. Robot.


 After giant robot making I thought, huh.  I need to make some favors.  I had a ton of felt stacked up and thought I would just use that.  These are felt, fiberfill, and buttons.  All were hand-stitched with embroidery floss.  Unless you enjoy torture, don't make these.  They are adorable and I am glad I made them, but I only had a week to put this party together and this took a while.  My friend was bringing her 10 month old, so I made one for her without button eyes, so her daddy wouldn't kill me.  After I made Adalyn the one on the right, I decided V needed an all felt one as well.  I didn't have a pattern for this size, so they ended up different sizes.  



 The next three were the ones I originally made for Nate, Aidan, and V respectively.  I decided to hold onto V's until she gets older.  The boys specified their colors and shapes.



 The following robots are the ones I made for the favors.  It is rather hard to be random in color selection.  I also played around with the faces.  I was only expecting 7 kids total, I made 10 robots for the giveaway so no one would be stuck with one they didn't like.


 I didn't want to just throw the robots at them and say here ya go, so I made an "Adopt A Robot" section.  They received them after lunch and during the crafting part of the party.  I even made "adoption certificates" for each robot.  The kiddos just had to fill in their name and their robot names.  Most robots were named after the kids.  Go figure!

Their little faces killed me.
Today I, _____ am adopting _____ the Robot.  I promise to keep my robot fed, happy, and safe.

One of my friends online was helping me with the juice box design.  She Photoshopped a cute page of pictures for me to print off and glue to the juice boxes.  At the last minute my printer decided to run out of ink, so I had to revert to my original plan.  SORRY MELINDA!!!  The juice boxes were just covered in tinfoil, glued in place with hot glue, and then the other pieces are just cardstock stuck on with a glue stick and decorated with sharpie.  Totally high tech.


 After lunch, and during cleanup time, my husband took the kids into the dining room and made robots.  Again, high tech here.  They are pieces of foam glued onto a craft stick with a glue stick.  I had googly eyes and sticker to decorate with.  The arms are just taped to the back of the stick.  The kids really enjoyed it and got real creative with it.  After they were done, they had a robot parade through the house.  I don't know who had that idea, but all the adults loved it!  Including me!

Foam cut into squares and googly eyes.  Don't forget the eyes.
Highly recommended is washable fine tipped markers.  Helped to stay clean and get creative!
 Robot building pictures.  Even vikings and transformers like to get involved.



Eric is the best!




Colin's face in the back kills me.  lol



Robot Parade time!!!

We always seem to run out of cake.  So, I made cupcakes and cake!  The cupcakes are funfetti and have vanilla icing tinted with black and blue to get the silver gray coloring.  The eyes and button on the top are normal M&M's.  The "ears" are mini M&M's.  The mouths are pieces of a Wilton sugar sheet cut and then I used gel on the top to make the mouth.


To store them for the day, I made them the day before, I used this handy dandy thing I bought off of Zulily!  I love my Progressive cupcake storage system!


You can't have a robot party without a robot cake!  This is a vanilla sheet cake.  I followed the Betty Crocker tuitorial here.  Again, I colored the frosting with black and blue.  The eyes are those peach candies.  The arms and mouth and stripes on the bottom are pull apart Twizzlers.  The square on the chest is made from Fruit by the Foot.  The buttons and pupils are M&M's.  The pieces that attach the head to the body and the antenna, which you can't really see, is Twizzlers.  The wheels on the bottom are Nabisco Chocolate Wafers.  Look in the icecream section of your grocery store.  I learned this the hard way.
 



 The cake and gifts were done, the party was over and people were leaving.  I made gift bags stamped with robot stamps.  They were just white sandwich bags.  Inside the bags were robot arms, kazoos, and little candies I made.  I found a CUTE Robot silicone tray on Amazon and just used those candy melts you find at all craft stores.

 

There ya go!  That was my party!  Hope  you enjoyed it!