Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
As part of Isabel's Christmas-time wardrobe - they are more satisfyingly twirly now, compared to the first attempt...Although this time, I kept the onesie intact --- making it ten times more difficult to attach the skirt to it...and also resulting in a minor mishap at the back of the shirt (*cough* a tear *cough*)....
My husband gave a suggestion to hide it with a bow, so I quickly whipped one up...a really (really) quick, rough one...actually, I'm a little embarassed of it -- ah well - That's not my point though -- my point is, don't you just love it when your man takes an interest in your silly little hobbies? I love you, HM!
And actually, I really love the look of a bow --- I think it'll be cute in the front of the dress.
Friday, November 20, 2009
According to my husband, it's a keeper - he's only ate like, oh, 5 since he came home about 10 minutes ago. If you like cakey type cookies and chocolate, then this is for you
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 (4.5 ounce) packages chocolate covered thin mints (like Andes mints)
In a saucepan over medium heat, cook the sugar, butter and water, stirring occasionally until melted. Remove from heat, stir in the chocolate chips until melted and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
Pour the chocolate mixture into a large bowl, and beat in the eggs, one at a time. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt, stir into the chocolate mixture. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. Roll cookie dough into walnut sized balls and place 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, be careful not to overbake. When cookies come out of the oven, press one mint wafer into the top of each cookie and let sit for 1 minute.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
One got a little frisky and started
If you look closely, you'll notice that the creature probably has a full-blown case of the cataracts - just saying ;)
Isabel didn't think particularly much about the four-legged creatures
Although the "kid" of the bunch was pretty cute
She had more fun with the GIANT pumpkins
And with some of those that were more her size
Staring at the rolling hills was also an enjoyable activity...
So this is one of the perks of having friends around -- you get family pictures!
Because this is usually all we get: just Daddy and her
Here's Kevin and Jackie - Look how much Corbin has grown! He's a couple of days older than Isabel and at the time of the trip, he probably has 7 teeth and was THIS close to walking!
Jackie is an avid photographer
Her lenses make mine feel like a pre-kindergartener.
There was also a corn maze at this farm/orchard
Before you enter, there's this story board at the entrance
Like the good, observant students we are, we skipped reading it.
Wish we hadn't though, because throughout the maze, there were these:
A wrong answer will take you through a dead-ended path.
Sometimes, they even throw you a curve ball
And you'll end up wandering every which way
And sometimes you'll start thinking, "Am I going to be stuck here forever??"
Corn DOES get a little ominous after a while
But, we found our way out eventually.
Here's hubby in his "macho" pose. Yes, baby girl -- your dad is a silly billy
As with all good farms/orchards, they capitalize on every opportunity to make a buck (or five)
We handed ours over willingly enough
As for the pumpkin picking, we found a beauty
It was too heavy to be registered on the scale
The boys were mighty proud of their gourds
Isabel was just knackered out
Friday, November 13, 2009
Doesn't she already look like a toddler (with highwater pants)?
And Momma loves her very, very much!
As does Daddy (but Momma still loves her more =p)
She's a great eater -- from cheerios and yogurt, to vegetables, meat and tofu. So it's definitely a boost for the amateur chef in me!
Edit: BTW, she was still toothless when she turned 11 months....although I can see all her bottom teeth in her gum. But on the 14th, her first bottom front tooth started poking through the gum. So long, gummy smile =(
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
An easy peasy weeknight project
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
But we won't be bundled up in this particular one - this one will be sent, along with hundreds of others, to homeless children in the Grand Rapids, MI area. This is made possible by Craft Hope and Margaret's Hope Chest - so thanks to both wonderful entities for this.
Michigan winters are brutal -- I should know - I went to school not 45 minutes from Grand Rapids, which is also very close to hubby's hometown.
While my quilt is far from perfect (it's my first time working with something this big!), I'm really hoping that it will help provide warmth and comfort to the child who receives it (and also crossing both fingers and toes that it holds up!!)
Which makes me want to keep it for her (since it'll probably be a LONG time before I attempt making one again!)
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
I used this tutorial, but instead of using a ribbon as the neckline, I followed Darby's example and made the armholes and neckline with biased tape (I made my own using this tutorial)
The only thing that seemed really odd to me is that the sizing of the armholes in the tutorial were the same for 6 months up to 2 T --- so when I have the dresses side by side, instead of it looking like one 6m dress and one 18m dress, it looks like a dress and the shirt/top version of it....hmmmm.....