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Blackberry Jam

Blackberry Jam Making

Blackberry Jam Making

It was 30 minutes until Uly’s bedtime and I decided the flat of blackberries in our fridge needed to be dealt with. I managed to convince Ulysses to desert his fire truck station he’d made to come help me measure out the berries and sugar and pectin. He did all the stirring and dumping and making sure that it was tasty once it was time to jar them. And it really did only take 30 minutes to get the mixture made and canned. I’ve never had very much luck with making jams, but this one mostly set. It’s a little bit runny, but not so it prohibits its use on sandwiches. I snapped a handful of pics and can you tell how tired he is? Once I uploaded them, I saw his little pink eyes while eating all that sugar and felt both guilty and happy–I’m continually amazed at how parenting stirs such a continental divide in my emotions. I took our peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with us to the seaplane park the next morning and we both happily ate them on a bench while we watched the boats and the water and the planes coming and going.

5 comments September 27th, 2011

Baby Blanket

I put this little wrap blanket together for a new little girl that was born over a month ago. She is sweet and a doll and I was not able to get anything together for her until this. So, a baby blanket is now made! I’ve stopped putting batting in the baby blankets and instead use flannel on the backs. They seem too heavy to wrap up a little one in (and come in handy for wiping up fluids)–more of a put-your-baby-on-the-floor thing, which I think is less useful. What do you think?

I was trying to channel Kate Spade as a baby blanket. I just adore the bright green and girly pink combos she uses. It’s not quite as sophisticated as something she would make, but I used mostly what I had on hand and I do like that pieced look.

Baby Blanket

Baby Blanket

Baby Blanket

I’ve had some time to get quite a few projects done recently, so I have lots to share. Work has been slow, so I’ve found myself at home, alone (mama holy grail) with time to twiddle my thumbs or run the sewing machine to my heart’s desire.

2 comments September 23rd, 2011

Upcycling

Uly Shirt
I think that is what people are calling it. This was a t-shirt of Ryans that for some reason had yellowed on the shoulder seams. I used one of Ulys existing shirts to make a pattern and sewed this up on the serger. This is one of those super soft light-weight jersey fabric-types. I have never worked with it before and it got wonky in a hurry! I had to rip out the collar and try again, but it all worked out. He is starting to think these mama-made items are pretty cool, which is fun.

Uly Shirt

Blanket Fort
We made this blanket fort for his firetrucks to play in the other day. He lined them (6!) up and I set this up using great great grandmas quilt. It felt a little sacrilegious or special and sweet; I couldnt figure out which. I just loved how the light was coming through it like a stained-glass window. It was so pretty!

5 comments September 13th, 2011

Carrot, White Bean, and Feta Dinner

Carrot Dinner

I have been trying to update my recipe store here with dinners we have been enjoying. This is one a friend of mine made for me and is so delicious and hearty!

olive oil, salt, and pepper
small onion, diced
1 pound carrots, chopped
1 can white beans
1 can diced, stewed tomatoes
1 bunch fresh dill, chopped
6 thick slices of feta
1 red pepper, sliced

In a large pan, heat the olive oil on medium high and add in the onions. Cook about 7 minutes until the onions are translucent and slightly browned. Add in carrots and tomatoes, a little water or vegetable broth, cover and let it stew for about 10 minutes, until carrots are tender but not soft. Add in the beans and the dill. Cook for 3-5 minutes.

While the carrots are cooking, place the feta cutlets and sliced peppers on a roasting pan. Drizzle with oil and broil in the oven until they are slightly browned–somewhere between 5 to 10 minutes. Let them cool before trying to remove.

Assemble on a plate and eat!

2 comments September 7th, 2011


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