Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Fun Stitching on a Baby Blanket

I decided to try out my new sewing machine and all these new FUN stitches I have that I never did before (I used to have a very basic sewing machine but will be giving it to my daughter as a gift).

I made this for my new nephew and thought it would be fun to made a double sided baby blanket and then add decorative stitching on the top and bottom edges.

If you have never made a double sided blanket before, just cut out your fabric (2 pieces) 1/2" larger on all sides. Pin the right sides together and stitch a 1/2" straight seam using a regular stitch and all 4 sides, but leaving about a 2" unstitched gap on the 4th side. Pull your fabric through the gap so that the right sides are out. Fold in the edges of the gap and pin in the place.

I did my decorate stitching on this 4th side so that the gap was stitched closed, then also did it on the opposite side.

In case you are wondering, my new sewing is this Singer 7256 Fashion Mate 70-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine. I am just loving it so far!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Easy Mexican Brownies

These are oddly addicting.You are first going to taste the gooey chocolate and cinnamon but then get a follow up hit of spice from the cayenne pepper. Don't worry, it's not too spicy, it has just enough kick. And remember that milk will lessen any spice, plus tastes great with a brownie.

Easy Mexican Brownies
1 box 13x9 pan brownie mix (make as directed, adding ingredients as listed on the box)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp cinnamon
Powder Dusting
1 T powdered sugar
1/4 tsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
up to 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (add according to taste)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Make box brownie mix as directed, adding to it the vanilla, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon
  • Bake as directed on the box (usually about 25 minutes)
  • Allow to cool completely
  • In a small dish, whisk together all powder dusting ingredients
  • Sift ingredients over the cooled brownies and serve.
  • Enjoy!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Those Who Matter......

This picture was taken of the Harbor Seals in Newport, Oregon. I just thought they looked so beautiful lying together bathing in the sun with each other.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FREE Lowe's Build and Grow: Hulk's Tank

This, Hulk's Tank, is the FIFTH Avengers Lowe's Build and Grow. These have been quite popular! Even if your child hasn't done the previous ones, you can't pass this one up. It's the Hulk! There will be one more left to complete the set of 6. The last one will be the Thor's Chariot!

This Lowe's Build and Grow will be at 10am on Saturday, August 8th.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Science Museum of Minnesota

We've shared other visits to the Science Museum of Minnesota with you, but right now they have the Space exhibit there. We were there when it opened in the spring and plan to get another visit to the Science Museum in during the summer.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Outside Foot Painting - Crazy Messy Fun

Remember the Messy Twister we did a while back, well, we had some more messy fun. The outdoors is great for messy projects because you can just wash it away.

I got out 4 different baking sheet pans and put washable tempera paint on them. FYI - even though tempera paint says it is washable I do not recommend letting kids wear their nice clothes because it has been known to set in a bit and leave a stain.

We held down big sheets of paper with some rocks from the landscaping.

Then I let the kids have at it creating sunflowers with their feet. Of course they are kids and these ones don't mind getting messy, so they started using their hands as well. Before I know it my daughter was done with her picture and started getting her hands and feet full of paint to do cartwheels in the driveway so she could see the prints it makes (cartwheels seems to be her preferred mode of transportation these days.)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Low Carb Creamed Spinach

Lots of creamed spinach recipes call for making a white sauce that uses wheat flour, but you don't need that to make creamed spinach. Let's keep it simple and quick to make!

Low Carb Creamed Spinach

1 10-oz bag of steamable spinach
2 garlic cloves
2 oz. cream cheese
3 T milk
salt & pepper (to taste)


  • Cook spinach in microwave according to package
  • While spinach is cooking, saute cloves in a little oil in a small frying pan until lightly browned
  • Add cream cheese and milk to the pan and cook over medium heat until all cream cheese is melted and mixture is smooth
  • Stir in spinach
  • Enjoy!