Sunday, December 20, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Jayson got to make his Christmas cookies today. He may have eaten his own body weight in frosting and sprinkles. That's why we only do this once a year...
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I finished my banner this morning. It's made from gift wrap and scrapbook paper, and attached to yarn with clear tape. Its not fancy, but it's cute. Jayson and Kyle were tons of help while I was making it. They were beating on each other and everything in sight with cardboard gift wrap tubes. Boys...
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
One more to go....
Posted by Nyki at 12:35 PM
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I have to give a shout-out to Target for offering some seriously cute wrapping paper this year! And another Wo0t! w0oT! for Amazon.com and Overstock.com, I am completely finished with my Christmas shopping!
Just for a little extra motivation, here is my holiday to-do list:
- Re-knit, yes...RE-KNIT Jayson's stocking. The colors bled when I wet-blocked it, ruining the whole thing. An absolute disaster...
- Finish Jay's stocking. I'm waiting for yarn to dry right now. I'm at the heel right now, so it'll be done in another day or two.
- Knit my stocking. Of course, I am making my own last. How mom-ish of me.
- Make a gingerbread house with Jayson.
- Make and decorate cookies with Jayson. I'm not super into cookies, so these will be prefab dough, sugar cookies, gobbed with icing and obscene amounts of sprinkles...Just the way Jayson likes them.
- Wrap 5 or 6 more gifts when they arrive.
- Mail Christmas cards
- Make a cute banner to hang behind the tree.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
- Someone who had a food booth at the festival won the side dish category...With SALSA. Have you ever eaten salsa as a side dish? What kind of food booth did they have? You guessed it, SALSA. Let's just invite Bobby Flay to an amateur barbecue contest....
- One of the winners turned in a handwritten recipe, when it said right on the rules that handwritten recipes would not be accepted.
- Another winner was friends with the judges. HHmmm....
- Frog Eyed Salad placed.
- Prepare sauce: In a small sauce pan, combine the sauce ingredients, except for the Snow’s Citrus Court Syrup. Before adding the vanilla bean, slice it down the middle and scrape out the contents with a knife. Add this, plus the bean to the pan. Simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Place the sauce in the refrigerator to cool.
- Butter an 11” x 7” baking pan. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Mix the walnuts with the sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
- Layer the ingredients: The dough sheets should be the same size as the pan. Place 2 layers of phyllo dough in the pan. Use a pastry brush to evenly coat dough with melted butter. Repeat 3 more times. You should have 8 total sheets. The top sheet should also be buttered. Using half the walnut mixture, spread an even layer over the dough. Add two more sheets of phyllo, and brush with butter. Spread the chopped mandarins evenly over the phyllo. Sprinkle the remaining walnut mixture evenly over the top. Top with 6 more sheets of phyllo dough, buttering every second sheet, as before. The top sheet should be buttered.
- Cut the baklava into triangles, cutting almost but not completely to the bottom.
- Bake for 50 minutes.
- Remove the sauce from the refrigerator. Remove the vanilla bean, and stir in the Snow’s Citrus Court Syrup. Pour the sauce evenly over the hot baklava.
- When the baklava has cooled, cut completely and serve.
Spiced Mandarin Sweet Potatoes
- Make candied walnut topping: Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the walnuts and sprinkle with the salt, Caribbean Jerk Seasoning, and sugars. Cook, stirring constantly until the sugars are melted. Remove from heat. Stir occasionally as the mixture cools to coat the nuts.
- Boil the sweet potatoes until fork tender. Remove the skins and cut into 1” cubes.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Toss together the sweet potatoes, zest, mandarins, and Caribbean Jerk Seasoning.
- Place mixture in a baking dish.
- Top with small pieces of butter, and sprinkle with brown sugar.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Top with walnut mixture.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13 baking pan.
- Zest and juice 4 mandarins. Soak the dried cranberries in the juice while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
- Peel and section the remaining mandarins. Chop the sections into smaller pieces, 3-4 pieces per section.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the heavy cream, sour cream, and milk. Split the vanilla bean and scrape the inside into the milk mixture. Whisk until the vanilla is evenly distributed. Add the cubed bread to the bowl and stir gently so all the cubes are saturated with the milk mixture.
- In a separate bowl, gently beat the eggs and add the melted butter while whisking continuously. Whisk in the sugars, spices, and mandarin zest and then gently stir this mixture into the soaking bread.
- Drain excess juice from the soaking dried cranberries and the chopped mandarins and gently stir into the bread cube mixture.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes, or until set. The bread pudding is done when the edges brown and begin to pull away from the edge of the pan. Serve warm or cold.
- Line 2 baking sheets with foil and preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Lay wings on baking sheets and pat dry with paper towels
- Brush wings with vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper
- Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the skin is crispy
- Zest and juice the four mandarins. Boil the juice, zest, and remaining ingredients in a large saucepan for 3 minutes or until the mixture coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat.
- When the wings are finished baking, remove from the baking sheets and put them into the saucepan and stir gently to distribute the sauce.
- Using tongs, return the wings back to the foiled baking sheets and broil for 3 minutes. Enjoy!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
- If people keep asking you the same question, over and over again, make a sign that answers that question.
- Get some packaging for your stuff, so you don't look like a no0b.
- You will look and feel dumb when your table is the only one without a tablecloth.
- If you bring four tutus, bring four hangers, not two.
- Plan your displays beforehand. Don't rely on your years of retail sales experience to get you by.
- Don't eat 3/4 of a Chipotle Burrito bowl intermediately prior to the event; making you feel too fat to wear the outfit you had planned on.
- If your are a blogger, don't forget your camera, or else you will end up with crappy phone camera pictures.
These things are easily remedied. My big challenge right now is to create a more cohesive look and better define my niche. My craft ADD is really showing.
Ending on a good note: my banner totally kicks ass.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Here's all my delicious knitted play food for The TVAM Holiday Event! What makes it even cooler? All but the Brown, Black and White yearns were hand dyed by me, AND everything except the donuts and apples were knitted "freestyle," That means no patterns, people! I have had so much fun making all this awesome food, that I am now working on knitted food patterns using chunky yarn, so they knit up twice as fast! (I am impatiently waiting for more yarn to arrive from WEBS.) This also means more fun experiments with dye!
Super Bonus!: What doesn't sell at this event will be available in my Etsy shop on Friday. This also goes for Diapers, Lotion Bars, Sewing kits, Tissue pouches and Zippered pouches.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
When you're this awesome, you NEEEED a massive banner with your name on it.
Don't I wish... This is actually the sign for my craft fair table.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Today I made some cute little travel tissue pouches. They keep your travel size tissue packs from getting completely destroyed in the bottom of your bag. They were so super quick and easy, I thought I'd do a little tutorial for you.
Start with 6 1/4" by 7" pieces of your outer and lining fabrics.
Place the fabric right sides together. Using a 1/4" seam, stitch along the two shorter ends.
Flip right side out. Top stitch along the two seams. Add snaps in the center, close to the edge. One snap should be facing up, the other down.
Snap the pouch inside out. Sew a 1/2" seam along each side, or serge, cutting off about 1/4".
Turn right side out, and place a travel pack of tissues inside. Done!
This morning, Jayson got out of his seat only to have Kyle jump into his chair and finish his breakfast. Kyle had no interest in eating his own breakfast, and obviously thinks that highchairs and plastic forks are for no0bs.
In other news, This is my 100th post!!!! Wooooo0t!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Today, I whipped up some lotion bars for the TVAM Holiday Fair. As far as bath and body products are concerned, lotion bars are some of the easiest to make. They are awesome for super dry skin, and they last a long time. And the ones I just made, smell...scrumtrilescent!....Half are Cucumber-Melon-Kumquat and half are Sage and Lemongrass. Here is my super easy recipe:
1 part Sweet almond oil
1 part Beeswax
1 part Coco Butter or Shea Butter (or a mix of the two. That's what I did)
Fragrance oil to desired strength.
In a microwavable glass bowl, combine the beeswax and the butter(s). Microwave on high until melted, stirring occasionally. Mix in the almond oil and the fragrance oil. Pour into molds.
Once your lotion bars have cooled and hardened, they are ready to use.
We had our first storm of the season this week. What better time to do some crafting with the kiddos. (OK, kiddo...Kyle doesn't craft, he mostly just destroys stuff.) Jayson is my crafter, if it involves paint and glue, he's there! For our wreath, I just had him go wild with red and yellow paint on a paper grocery bag. I figured the orange would just sort of happen, and it did. While he took his nap, I cut out the leaves. When he woke up, we got to constructing the wreath. I used a paper plate as a base. I just put double sided tape on the back of each leaf and let him stick them where ever he pleased.
But, that's not the end of this crafty story...
We had a pretty good earthquake last night, and our poor wreath fell off it's shelf and broke into a million leafy pieces. I will be reconstructing said wreath with my glue gun. Double sided tape and earthquakes suck.
Friday, October 9, 2009
8 PUL Pocket, and 6 knit, fitted diapers for your viewing pleasure. These dipes will be coming with me to the holiday fair being put on by my moms group. What doesn't sell there will be listed in my Etsy or Hyena Cart Shops.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
My tags are here! They are available in my Etsy shop as well as my NEW Hyena Cart Shop.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The left over yarn from Kyle's Christmas stocking has been magically transformed into delicious play fruit! I am having so much fun knitting food, that I am dyeing more yarn RIGHT NOW, so I can make more food. I will be selling it, along with my diapers and other goodies at my mom's group holiday fair!
I finished Kyle's Christmas stocking on Saturday. What does that mean? It means that I cranked out that sucker in under a week...Mad skillz....
It is the "Mix and Match Stocking" from the "Knit Christmas Stockings!" book. Unfortunately, the book is pretty much useless except for that pattern. The sock features a "peasant heel" which I am now a major fan of! It's so much easier than all that heel flap and gusset business. Google it, you'll see what I mean.
The argyle and stripes were not in the book, but I liked them so I drew up a chart for the argyle and put it in. A little argyle never hurt anyone, right?
Monday, September 14, 2009
I went to JoAnn's to pick up some yarn for Kyle's Christmas stocking. Unfortunately, the selection was even lamer than expected! I had the choice of white, brown or brown yarn...yay...
So, I thought this might be a good time to try dyeing my own yarn. I picked up a couple skeins of Paton's Classic Wool, since it was on sale. When I got home, I found these super easy instructions for dyeing wool with food coloring.
I love how it turned out! I will be dyeing lots and lots of yarn in the future!
Posted by Nyki at 12:28 PM
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Hubby doesn't do ren fairs, so I went with my brother and sister, and enjoyed a toddler free couple of hours.
*I was charged the "teen" entrance fee. The guy didn't even bother to ask my age. I will be 27 next month.
*The jousting was awesome.
*The mango lemonade was good.
*We didn't get lost driving there, or lose the car in the parking lot.
*The crazy dragon costume guy.
*No shade= Wicked sunburn.
*Not enough vendors/ shows/ activities.
*Too many people in regular clothes. Seriously, why go if you are not going to dress up?
*Weak belly dancing.
*REALLY disorganized layout.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
My costume is finally done!! Every single bit of fabric on this thing either used to be something else, or was a scrap from another project.
Dress: Hideous sofa slipcover from Goodwill
Sleeves: Leftover from sewing a corset
Chemise: Playpen cover
Partlet and hair covering: Old sheer curtains
Velvet ribbon at waist: Drawstring from old yoga pants
The only part of the dress that is new are the buttons. So I paid $15 for the whole thing.
For the geeks out there, this is a 1490's Florentine merchant class costume.