Thursday, April 17, 2014

Preschool "Mom and Me" Day and HST sampler block #3

Today is my four-year-old's preschool mom and me day.  Mom and me day is a chance for the preschooler and their mom (or other adult) to teach the preschool how to do something.  We have decided to do Simon Says Art with the kids.  This is a favorite activity at our house.


They are also allowed to bring a treat for the other preschoolers on their mom and me day, so, with Easter being this Sunday, we made up some of these old favorites.


They are just whole grain goldfish crackers in disposable pastry bags tied with green ribbon.  Simple, but fun at this time of year.



In addition, I also completed another HST sampler block.  I really like this one.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

HST Sampler Block #2

Just checking in to show you the HST sampler block I came up with this week.


I really love these fabrics and it has been fun working with them again.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Homemade Chocolate Malted Crunch Ice Cream



If you are a fan of chocolate malt, then this delicious and easy recipe for chocolate malted crunch ice cream is sure to be a hit.  This recipe is designed for a four-quart ice cream maker, so you may need to adjust accordingly to the size of maker you are using.

We enjoy this most straight out of the ice cream freezer at soft serve consistency.  The malted milk balls are still crunchy and provide a great texture.  After the ice-cream has ripened (hardened in the freezer) the malted milk balls tend to dissolve somewhat and lose some of their crunch, but it is still very delicious and worth every calorie.  If you choose to ripen the ice-cream before serving, you may want to reserve some of malted milk pieces for sprinkling over the top.

Click here for a printable version of this recipe.

Chocolate Malted Crunch Ice Cream

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/3 - 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (according to taste)
3 cups whipping cream
1 1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup lightly crushed chocolate malted milk balls

Method:
In canister of a 4 quart ice cream freezer combine sugar and cocoa powder.  Add the cream, milk, vanilla, and salt and whisk until well combined and the sugar is dissolved.  Place lid on canister and freeze according to manufacturers directions.  When finished, stir in the crushed malted milk balls.



Monday, March 31, 2014

The start of an HST Sampler Quilt



Not too long ago, I decided to start working on an HST sampler quilt.  If you remember, I made my son a quilt that required sewing a lot of HST's.  While I was making of all those HST's, I used Allison's scrap saver tip and was left with all of these cute little HST blocks just waiting to be made into another quilt, so a sampler quilt it is.

This week is the week that the work begins.  Each of these squares are only 2 1/2" by 2 1/2", so I will need to put 16 of these little babies together in order to complete one sampler block.   The task seems a little daunting to me.  In order to have the courage to tackle it, I plan to complete one block a week, until I have enough for at least a throw-sized quilt.

The block I completed this week contains four pinwheels.


I know it is not perfect.  I refuse to allow myself to be too much of a perfectionist with this quilt - so no nit-picking please. : )

Block #1 - Done!  Now only about 4 million more little HST's to sew together to complete this sampler quilt.  It should be fun!!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Shower Supplies Basket



While organizing my bathroom last week, I finally got around to taking two minutes to do something I have been meaning to do for months. Now this is not a new, exciting, or innovative idea folks, but I am so proud of myself for stopping my procrastinating and getting around to this, that I just have to document it.

I bathe my two little boys in the master bathroom bathtub, and of course, they like to spend a little time playing in there after I have scrubbed them down.  Since I didn't want them dumping my products down the drain, or getting ahold of my razor, I found I was always having to gather everything up individually and remove it before I bathed them and then of course I had to replace everything when I wanted to use the tub.  This only took a couple of minutes, but still, it was annoying.

So, finally, I corralled everything into a basket that I can remove and replace as needed with one motion.

 So. Much. Better.



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Organization Styles

With all the people around blogland talking about 40 bags in 40 days, it has motivated me to take some time to do some organizing around my house.  While I was organizing my bathroom drawers, I thought a lot about organizational styles.  For me, I like everything categorized and containerized, so this is what my drawers look like. . .



My husband, on the other hand, is quite different.  For him, he feels he is the picture of organization if all of his bathroom items end up in the same drawer. Early in our marriage, I tried to put everything neatly into containers according to their respective uses, but I soon found that the little baskets were just floating around, taking up space in the drawer, because he was never, ever, going to take the time to put the items back into the specific little homes that I had given them.  To try to change my husband's thinking and feelings on this is just an exercise in futility, and to try to force him to keep his things like I would keep them would only result in a lot of contention and resentment.  So, many years ago, I decided that if all his stuff ends up in his bathroom drawer and it can be shut away, then I am fine with that, so this is what his bathroom drawer looks like (after a little straightening up.)


See - - it is all okay and life goes on even if his drawer is not containerized properly in my eyes. ;)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Hugs and Kisses Quilt



Remember the pink project I promised to share soon?  Well, this is it.  A very pink quilt for Valentine's Day.

 

I had decided earlier, that this year I would like to use up a lot of my scraps and stashed fabric that has been sitting around before I buy anything new.  When I got looking through what I had, I noticed I had quite a bit of pink and decided that if I am ever going to have an excuse to make a pink quilt - a valentine quilt would be it.  And, since we don't do any decorating for Valentine's Day at our boy-filled house, I figure a little quilt in honor of the holiday was definitely in order.



So, with the rationalization out of the way, I decided to use this quilt as inspiration.  Originally, I did not want to put borders on the quilt, but I didn't have enough pink and red fabric to make it large enough to be throw size, so I added some white borders with a little scrappy border in-between.


I quilted it with a soft zig zag stitch on my machine and I really like how the quilting turned out. I think the quilt is cute - a little too pink for me - but for a quilt that will only be out for about one month of the year, it will be a nice change.
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