Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Ten awesome things

1.) Mia took the perfect passport picture

2.) Joshua is finally in a new school and we are really excited and relieved

3.) John and Ryan confirmed their visit and I am sooo excited

4.) Making rainbow bracelets is my new hobby and so fun

5.) Have some cool projects planned that are taking shape but not enough to share

6.) My new phone even though I hate my provider (yes I said hate)

7.) Warm enough to wear dresses and have barefeet ( have to use the pumice stone every night to get my feet clean)

8.) I am going to learn to barbecue this year, no more drier then a popcorn fart meat.

9.) Baby naps that are 3 hours long

10.) Having all my laundry done

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Day at the Park

Holiday Park
Thank you to my awesome neighbor Ardita that took Enya to the park and gave her a really fun day.
They had a blast

Monday, May 28, 2012


Right now I am totally crazy for anything Rainbow I just love how happy it looks. I actually had to look up the correct order of how the colors go and I learned a trick, just remember the name Roy.G. Biv (red,orange,yellow,green,blue,indigo,violet).

Rainbow Jewelry

Sugar rings I love. My mom has been buying me these since I was little and now she buys them for the kids.

Seeing these sugar rings yesterday I got the idea to make candied candles. Of course as everything I make it was trial and error and I learned that you can't mix modpodge and sugar sprinkles. So I painted them with modpodge then sprinkled the candy and then sprayed them with clear coat. I don't think they will last forever and I know I can't wash them but for now they are so fun to look at so I will enjoy them while it lasts.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Baby sleepingbag

It is getting really hot here and the Germans don't do air conditioning because we are tough and stupid and it would make me poor if I had to pay the electricity.
So we have fans and open windows with mosquito's and flies and the breeze and the see where I am going with this? You take the good with the bad.
The problem with this is it is too warm to swaddle poor Mia so we cover her up but at night she kicks her legs and loses the blanket then she gets cold and wakes up in the middle of the night which in turn means she wants a bottle and we are awake for an hour. So I decided to make her a little sleeping bag for her lower body and voila the little mouse slept through the night again.
I used one of Enya's old pillowcases made of cotton knit so this project cost me nothing.
I eyeballed it around the waist but I put in 45cm of elastic. I rounded out the hip area with a French curve but you could just draw that freehand.
Unfortunately the pictures I took of the process are gone, lucky me but I basically took the pillowcase and cut 10cm out of each side and rounded it out a little then used the serger to close the seam. Fold over the open part of the pillowcase and put my elastic in.
She slept like a dream.
I can still swaddle her arms And she can kick her legs as much as she wants. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup

2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes, with juice ( I used tomatoes with Italian spices mixed in)
1 cup finely diced celery
1 cup finely diced carrots
1 cup finely diced onions
1 tsp dried oregano or 1 T fresh oregano
1 T dried basil or 1/4 cup fresh basil
4 cups chicken broth
½ cup flour
1 cup Parmesan cheese
½ cup butter
2 cups heavy cream (sahne)
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper

1. Add tomatoes, celery, carrots, chicken broth, onions, oregano, basil to a large slow cooker.
2. Cover and cook on LOW for 5-7 hours, until flavors are blended and vegetables are soft.
3. About 30 minutes before serving prepare a roux. Melt butter over low heat in a skillet and add flour. Stir constantly with a whisk for 5-7 minutes. Slowly stir in 1 cup hot soup. Add another 3 cups and stir until smooth. Add all back into the slow cooker. Stir and add the Parmesan cheese, warmed cream, salt and pepper. Add additional basil and oregano, salt and pepper.
4. Cover and cook on LOW for another 30 minutes or so until ready to serve.
Try it you will love it

Monday, May 21, 2012

Sunday, May 20, 2012

10 Awesome Things

1.) Frank's Pizza ( makes me feel like a big ole  blob but oh so good)

2.) Sea urchin shells Judy gave me

3.) Crossed off tons of things on my to-do list

4.) Saturday night out with the Glossip girls

5.) My hair is blond again

6.) Fresh brewed iced tea with lemon

7.) Mia's new stroller

8.) BLT salad with fresh bread

9.) Following my Family on Instagram

10.) Warm days and thunderstorms at night

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Baby Shoes

Sewing baby things is so much fun even if it takes you all day to sew something that would otherwise only take you 1 hour if you didn't have small emergencies that come out of nowhere and demand your immediate attention.
I used a pattern for these shoes from a book by Emma Hardy but after I was finished I changed the pattern a little bit so the next time they would look a little different.
The are so cute and I can't wait for Mia to wear them but right now they are a little big. I am going to do open toed sandals next which is what I meant with the pattern tweaking it is so easy and requires so little fabric that you can make these out of scraps.
Happy Sewing