Thursday, March 14, 2013

MMMM MUFFINS

I just had to put these muffins on my blog they are soooo incredible I want everyone to make these.  I got the recipe off the King Arthur flour blog. I followed the recipe exactly almost except i left out the raisins ( my older daughter hates raisins in her food. So does mommy :-)  ) and added no sugar banana chips which I chopped up so that in the muffins they taste like macadamia nuts yummy.  I'm no muffin expert but these came out moist and not too sweet. I didn't bother to add the recipe just go to the site you will thank me later. Morning-glory-muffins

Monday, February 25, 2013

Petal Foot Clothing Is Here!

I'm BACK!  After two months of sick kids and family events I have not had much time for my blog. I have been sewing every chance I get. This is a peak of what I've been up to.

My daughters have such fun and energetic personalities that I want to make clothes that reflect them. My girls love to be outside and when we go walking they are always picking up rocks, flowers, sticks and anything that looks interesting to them. And they never have enough pockets. That's why my clothing line will have lots of pockets and the fabric will be easy to care for. Because parents want to give there children extra attention not their clothing.

You can find my clothing on Etsy at Petalfootclothing

Friday, January 4, 2013

Cowls

The holidays are over and everyone liked their gifts. Whew! Now back to my everyday life cooking, cleaning, parenting, sewing and knitting not always in that order. The picture above is of my nephew I made the plaid cowl didn't use much of a pattern I took 3/4 a yard of 42 inch fabric sewn around all sides turned right side out. I bought him two button pins and wrapped it with style around his neck and pinned. There you go a great looking man cowl.

My niece is modeling a heather green/taupe cowl I knitted this cowl using the bamboo eyelet pattern using 8 +1 stitches. I used 73 stitches and 50 rows.

                                               This is a close up of the knit Pattern 
 

Bamboo Eyelet Pattern
Row 1 (wrong side) Purl
Row 2 K1 * yo,k2,sksp,k2,yo,k1 repeat from * to end
Repeat 1&2 until desired length


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Fresh Bread!


Warm bread on Christmas day! I set my bread maker earlier so that we could have bread for breakfast. The bread came out tasty, soft and light. My Cuisinart does all the work. I love it! This loaf only last us a couple of days so I typically have a loaf going on Wednesday and Saturday.  I have a friend that comes by during the week and always leaves with a slice or two of bread. My family loves it toasted with PB & J and with jelly.

I got this recipe from the King Arthur website. It has wonderful recipes on it and also offers advice on how to use their products.


Recipe Altered from King Arthur Walter Sands' Favorite Bread

1 1/4 to 1 1/3 cups (10 to 10 5/8 ounces) water, depending on the time of year (more in the winter, less in the summer)
2 heaping tablespoon (1 1/8 ounces) honey or sugar (1/2 ounce)
1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk granules or powdered buttermilk
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) butter
1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons salt (according to taste)
4 cups (17 ounces) King Arthur Bread Flour or
Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
Place the ingredients in your bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer, and program the machine for white or basic bread, or for the dough cycle. Press Start.

I watch the bread during the kneading cycle to make sure that it has enough water and flour before I leave it to do its work.

If you're using the dough cycle, after the cycle is complete, allow the dough to continue to rise in the machine until it has really doubled in bulk. Remove the dough, shape it into a loaf, and place it in an 9" x 5" loaf pan. Let it rise until almost doubled. Bake the bread in a preheated 350°F oven for 35 to 40 minutes.



Tuesday, December 18, 2012

6 Step Beef Stew Recipe

This dish was inspired by the fact that I desperately wanted some comfort food that was warm and filling. And I had promised my husband that I would use up the food that I already have in my pantry before I went to the grocery store. To be fair my pantry is quite full of food.  My problem was that I did not have carrots, stock of any kind or onions and I love love onions (we use a lot of them in this house)  those ingredients do make the stew delicious. So I went on a mission to search my pantry for any ingredients that would work. And by golly I was able to pull it off!


I used left over ingredients from the Thanksgiving holiday and was able to bring together a tasty beef stew. To make the meal complete I added spinach and bread but you can add anything that you like.

Beef Stew Recipe
1 - 2 lbs of Chuck Roast
1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 can of Turkey gravy
2 tspns of onion powder
1/2 tspn of marjoram seasoning
2 tspns of Ms Dash
2 tspns of Garlic Salt
1 tspn of ground pepper
1/2 cup of red wine
 2 cans of Carrots
3-4 potatoes sliced thin

This was put into a crock pot that morning and was ready to eat for dinner.

1. Soak chuck roast in enough water to cover the beef and 2 tablespoons of salt. Let beef soak for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight.
2. Set the beef to the side
3. Add the next 8 ingredients. Stir the ingredients together.
4. Add the chuck roast
5. Then add the carrots on top
6. Once beef is mostly done add the potatoes. The beef should not have to cook longer than 1 hour

Sunday, December 16, 2012

How to Style a Circle Scarf

Since I've been making scarfs for my family the last few weeks I've also been playing around with ways to style them. This rose on the shoulder style is one I hope you will like. I've added the tutorial below.
First you wrap the scarf around your neck twice
 
Next you take the right side of the scarf and cross it over the left side to make a loop.
You again take the right side of the loop and cross it over the left side. Once this smaller loop is made arrange it so that it forms a soft circle on your shoulder.


 Once you have arrange the loop so that it looks like a rose place a pin so that it captures part of the rose and the first layer of the scarf. You may need help at first but with practice you can do it on your own.
 
 Wala!  Now you have styled your own rose shoulder scarf.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Bow Ties

It's Christmas time and I've been busy like a bee making bow ties. I had to pull out my own stash of fabric for most of these projects because I went to my local chain fabric stores and was again disappoint when I could not find any interesting fabric it looked like the same fabric I saw last fall/winter.
So I ended up with this brown and cream


Next was this aurgle pattern. I hope my Dads will like them. My husband looks quite dapper in them.