Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Booties, boots, slippers.

I had so much fun making these yesterday. They are great scrap busters and they're great if you're the kind of person who needs to see your finished project sooner rather than later.

The ones here fit babies 3-6 months old.

This was my first pair and I did make a small mistake with one of the booties :( One of the toes is off center a bit, but that's alright, I think. Not such a huge mistake, but still a mistake and I made sure after that, that it didn't happen again!
I like the green and black on this pair. So cute.
Of course these ones are my absolute favorites!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Stuffed Animal Organization!

With some clothesline, a couple nails, a hammer and some clothespins you can turn that gigantic messy pile of stuffed animals into something much more manageable.
All that I did was put one nail in the corner of the room where I wanted the stuffed animals to start hanging from. Then I tied a loopy knot on one end of the clothesline. I put that loop over my nail, letting the rest of the clothesline hang to the floor because I wasn't sure how long I really wanted it.
Then I used the clothes pins to start clipping stuffed animals to the wall, one by one, usually by the animals ears or tails.

When I got to where I wanted to stop, I pulled the clothesline, cut it, tied a loopy loop, one more nail and I was done.
And that' not all either! I hung more stuffed animals in the opposite corner of the room, {yes, more... eep}, and then I decided to hang some clothesline on the flat wall and hang a blanket from that!
In my dining room instead of having a hanging quilt I hang the kids artwork and school papers from a section of clothesline, too. It's so easy to change out the school work and artwork as the year goes on.

Wait! Wait, I'm not done. In my son's room I hung a length of clothesline and put his stuffed animals at the top and his baseball caps at the bottom.
I am so happy with how these turned out. Have you organized anything lately!? I'm  always looking for more ideas for our house...

Sunday, June 10, 2012

TUTORIAL: Messenger Bag!

Lately I've been grabbing my Nintendo Club messenger bag when I run out of the house and I love it so much. The only problem with it is that it has no pockets at all, so I decided to make myself a messenger bag with pockets. I am so happy with the way this turned and I plan on making a few more I think, maybe with different pockets, more pockets... change it up a bit!
It took only about 4 hours to make, including the planning it out part, so that wasn't bad at all. Next time it'll go in about half the time since I already have the pattern in my head.

It's pretty roomy inside.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

RECIPE: Lasagna Rolls. I made 'em, I tried 'em and I liked 'em.

A friend of mine on Facebook posted a photo of lasagna rolls she had made and I thought 'how clever'. I've made lasagna a few times but never as rolls. I didn't use her recipe, instead I used the recipe I always use for lasagna but instead of layering it in a pan I rolled them! They came out pretty good.
Here's the recipe:

1 lb. hamburger
Sausage {if you want it}
Garlic powder
Onion {chopped or I just use the dried onions you buy in the seasoning aisle}
Italian seasoning
2 cups Ricotta Cheese
1 Egg
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese {plus extra for sprinkling}
16 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
15 Lasagna noodles
8 oz. can tomato sauce
6 oz. tomato paste
7 oz. diced tomatoes, undrained


First, start the water for the lasagna noodles because water takes for-freaking-ever to boil. While you're waiting for the water to boil, do the rest. When the water is finally boiling, boil the lasagna noodles for 10 minutes according to package directions.

Brown your hamburger, adding the Italian seasoning, onions, and garlic powder. If you're adding sausage to your lasagna, cook that too. I chop it up good so it looks shredded just like hamburger.

Once browned, add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste and tomato sauce to the hamburger. Also add the sausage. Cook on low, mixing occasionally for about 5 - 10 minutes.

Mix the ricotta cheese, egg and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese in a bowl. Set aside.

Here's where I usually just take the noodles out of the boiling water and lay them in the pan, but knowing I had to roll them I emptied most of the water out of the pan and added cold water to it, then dumped half the water out and added more cold water, I kept doing this until I was sure I could put my hand in there without burning myself.

Lay three noodles out on some surface {I used a cookie sheet to contain that mess}. Spoon some of your sauce on there, down the center of the noodle, add ricotta on top of that, then mozzarella cheese on top of that. Be conservative with your meat because when you start rolling it will spill out the sides. Roll your noodle then put it into the pan you will be cooking it in.
Continue to do this until all your noodles are rolled and in the pan. Add the leftover meat over all the rolls. Then the leftover ricotta and finally sprinkle with mozerella and parmesan cheese.
Bake in a 375 degree oven for 30 - 35 minutes.

Monday, June 4, 2012

A few book reviews

I think reading must be a summer thing for me because I can go for months all winter and not even glance at a book, then the nice weather comes and school vacation starts and I start reading. Maybe I just want my kids to see me reading so they'll read? Who knows.

In the last week I have read three books.

First, my cousin lent me a Nook book she had bought, so I downloaded the Nook app onto my iPad so I could read "the Hunger Games". It took me like a day and a half to read it. It was okay. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't something so awesome I'd read again. I'm not even begging Melissa to lend me the next two books. It's crazy, I know, so many people love the Hunger Games. I guess it's not my type of book.

Then I read a book called "Eve" by Iris Johansen. I love her Eve Duncan books. I haven't read them all and the ones I have read I've read out of order, but once I finish her new trilogy {Eve, Quinn, Bonnie}, I'm going to go back to the very first Eve Duncan book and read thru the entire series. I finished Eve in two days, because I read it during the week. It's good, there was a lot of back story in there which I thought was great.

Then I read Jeff Ashton's book "Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony". It wasn't what I expected. We did not learn much about the case that we didn't already know if we watched the news and the trial live. But we did get a glimpse into the kind of person Jeff Ashton really is {for instance, he genuinely dislikes Jose}. I'm glad he wrote it and glad I read it. Not sure I'm going to read Jose Baez's book or not. I'm leaning toward not.

Those weren't really "reviews" were they?! Haha.

Right now I'm reading Quinn. I'm not quite half way thru it, I haven't had a whole lot of time to read this weekend or today. I'm probably not going to have much time to read this week either. I found some awesome fabric on sale and plan on making myself a messenger bag.