Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Cooking Question

When cooking a vegetable based (meat free) broth soup, is 2 Tablespoons of oil for 64oz of liquid

1. Too Much
2. Just Right
3. Not Enough


Monday, June 29, 2009

Feeling Crafty

Selling your house really sucks. Selling your house especially sucks when you are still living in it.

Having a one and a half year old, with all of his adorable messes, combined with the necessity to always have your house in showroom quality creates a daunting situation. Let's not forget the 10x10 foot storage unit that is currently housing every part of our life that is not a 100% daily necessity, and you have painted a picture of our life.

I like that my house is uncluttered. It certainly makes it easy to clean- a mere clean sweep to put items back in their places (because now everything left in our house actually has a place), followed by a quick dusting and vacuuming- maybe a mopping here and there, and viola- a pristine house. It sucks, however, that if I feel the desire to say, paint my toenails (which only happens maybe twice a year) that means I have to drive to the storage unit to pick up one bottle of pearl white polish. Or, heaven forbid I might actually want to sew something, then I have to go to the storage unit to get the fabric, bring it home and pray I didn't forget the interfacing, or the right size needle, lug out the sewing machine, find a flat surface to plug it in, finish the project in it's entirety or find the need to creatively pack up a half- sewn blanket, and find a tactful place to "hide" it until my next sewing opportunity. It is tricky.

Tricky tricky.

Today, however, the creative bug took hold and I had to give in. I couldn't take it anymore. I have not had 100% access to my sewing machine or crazy craft room since March and I was going a little nutso. So, I whipped out the sewing machine and got to work on some cloth pantyliners and a woven basket made lovingly from strips of the latest copy of Sunset Magazine!

I love these pantyliners! They are super comfy to wear and pretty darn cute too! They are made from some leftover fabric from my gDiaper cloth Insert project, along with an old t-shirt. You might be wondering why I would be making pantyliners since I am pregnant, and not getting a period- well, if you have ever been pregnant, you probably know the answer to that, and if you haven't, well, too bad.

Next up is my woven magazine basket. I made this little basket to catch all the "AA" batteries that have mysteriously multiplied in my kitchen cabinet. I was tired of them rolling around and falling out, so I decided to corral them. I made this basket pretty quickly during Harris' nap, so I didn't do the best job, but it does the trick and I think that it is pretty cute. I think that I might try making a bigger, sturdier one out of newspaper in the future.

Oh, and here is a gratuitous picture of my cutie pie :)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Scratch Patch

Mindi, Harris and I have all been taking great advantage of the beautiful weather we have been having around here lately. Yesterday, I took Harris to a free little splash park at the local community center and he LOVED it! Today, Mindi and I took Harris to a really neat place called a "Scratch Patch". Click on the link to get the full dish on this place, but basically, it is a store that sells tumbled gemstones. The neat part about it though, is that it is not just a retail store, it is a learning experience and a neat tactile experience too. When you go in, they give you a mineral/gemstone identification chart, and you are free to wade through 2 tons of beautiful stones, for as long as you want, exploring, touching, identifying and picking stones to purchase if you wish. You don't have to buy any stones, but if you choose to, they are sold by the bag. Harris loved it and I was completely entranced- I think that Mindi had the most fun watching Harris.

I would definitely love to go back again and again!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Life is Good

My mom likes to hold onto things- namely, well, everything. It was no surprise to me, knowing this about my mother, that she expressed her desire to ship some old clothes of my brother's and mine to us for Harris. The thought is very endearing, but when you pound out the numbers, most of these clothing items are at least 32 years old (my brother's age). Therefor, they are made of nasty material, and of course, they smell like moth balls... I graciously accepted her offer, however, knowing that she would chose some cute stuff as well as some doozies. I have to admit, I too can be quite sentimental. We received the box a few days ago. After opening the box, and sorting the ugly from the hideous, and the scratchy from the cute, I washed the outfits (twice) and then hung them in the sun for 2 days to dry and get the mothball smell out.
(*Side note, for those of you that ever need to rid a clothing item of the mothball smell, the combination of heat and ventilation is the key. The absolute best thing to do is to hang the item outside, in the sun on a nice HOT day, when there is a cool breeze. It really did the trick. It works far better than repeated washings...)

Most of the clothes that I chose to keep fit him nicely right now. This one is a little too small for him to wear again, but I had to take a picture of him because of his uncanny resemblance to the well known Power Rangers...

Go Go Power Rangers!

Today, we all went to the zoo to celebrate Mindi's 32nd birthday. We all had a great time being together. I got to try out our new Moby Wrap tie- the Rucksack Carry and Harris got to try his "own" (read shared with Mommy) ice cream cone! All caught on tape, of course...


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