Thursday, September 27, 2012

School Pictures Apron Dress

I had bought some fabric a while back to make an apron dress.  I had a vintage tea towel in my stash that I had my eye on as a perfect "apron" for the dress.  After having my second child, I discovered that sewing time was much harder to come by!  So in the sewing room the fabric sat, for at least two months.  I finally decided to make it for LJ's school photo, but then time got away from me and I didn't get to it until the NIGHT before!!!  Eek!  Well, I am surprised to say that I was able to squeeze it out in less than two hours, lined bodice and all!
She got a cookie for this pose!
back tie
buttons to close shoulders, decorative bow at waist
Using her make-up brushes on her sister, my little budding make-up artist!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Wine-terest night (cheesy name alert!)

I mentioned my new idea for hanging out with my friends in a past post!  I am finally getting around to sharing the result of my first Wine-terest night!
Drink wine.  Make your pins.  It's simple!

My friend Aimee and I had not really hung out since we were pre-teens.  Our parents went to high school together so we grew up hanging out.  Well, after many Facebook comments and mutual pins on Pinterest, I was like....hey, I have an epiphany- LETS ACTUALLY HANG OUT!!!! hahah!!!  Technology is great, but it makes me lazy.  I've got people I talk to on Facebook that I hardly hang out with in "real" life!  To remedy that, I had the idea to keep an eye out for things a friend and I both pin, then setting a date to get together and actually make it and hang out.  Bonus points for wine and snacks :)
Here was the pin we both loved:
It is an esty shop if you want to go buy one!  I pu the link under the photo for your convenience and to give credit where due.
Aimee and I had a great time catching up, and here is what we came up with!

On the left is Aimee's cute fluffy one, and on the right is my "stripey" one.  Both cute!
We decided they could double as lion's manes.
So get pinning, hang with your friends, and have a great time!!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Single Serve Shortbread recipe using Nectresse natural sweetener!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of NECTRESSE™Sweetener for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I have always been on the hunt for a natural no calorie sugar replacer, and I think I have found my favorite so far!  NECTRESSE™ is a 100% natural sweetener and its the only one made from fruit- monk fruit extract.  I also love that you can grab it at your local store, no need for a special trip to the health food store!


I decided to put it to the test in a few ways.  First, I tried some in my morning coffee- and it passed with flying colors!

Then I sent a sample to my Dad, who has type 2 diabetes.  He tried it this morning and liked that it didn't have a funny aftertaste like a lot of other no calorie sweeteners.  I guess I know I will be using NECTRESSE™ to make him a treat for Thanksgiving!

The final test was to try it in one of my favorite sweets recipes- this is the BIG test for a sweetener because of baking.  So I went for an all-time favorite, SHORTBREAD!!!  I decided to make a single-serving portion recipe for those of you like me who are watching our calories.  No leftovers to nibble on!  Of course, the NECTRESSE™ makes it much lower calories too!

Single Serving Whole Wheat NECTRESSE™ Shortbread

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F



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-2 tablespoons organic butter, chilled

-4 tablespoons organic whole wheat flour

-5 packets (1 tablespoon) NECTRESSE™


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Step One:

Place ingredients in a small food processor (I have a small manual one that I love!)  Process until butter is rice-sized.

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Step Two:

Use your hands to knead into a dough.

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Step Three:

Shape if desired (I made mine a heart!)  Then prick with a fork.

Step Four:

Bake for 40 minutes.

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Step Five:

EAT!!!  I broke mine in two to share with my husband, guess who took the bigger half???


So I guess you are wondering, did it pass my taste test?  YES!  In fact, I almost think I could cut back one of the packets because it has such a nice sweet flavor you can use less.  Want to taste for yourself?  SInce I can't come to all of your houses bearing NECTRESSE™ treats, you can get a free sample and try it for yourselves!  I'd love to hear what you make.

FREE sample of NECTRESSE™Sweetener



Still need more convincing?  The always fantastic Lisa Ling loves NECTRESSE™!  Check out this video of her telling you what she thinks.

I'm going to grab the canister next time I'm at my local grocery store so I can save the packets I have left for my coffee and use the canister for baking.  So glad to have had the opportunity to try out NECTRESSE™ since I hadn't heard about it yet!

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What I've been up to...

Hi!  I have been enjoying my blog break but I definitely miss it!  It seems that even with #1 in preschool 2 days a week I am still not caught up enough to blog much.  BUT I am also really spending time with my family and keeping my priorities right, so that feels good.  I can always blog a lot more when they are older.

Stella's first time on the swing!
We discovered that Daddy had a cameo in Madagascar!
We've had lots of quality "cousin time".

Things I would have blogged about if I had time-
-I had a toddler busy bag exchange!!!
-I hosted a Pampered Chef party and earned some free stuff! (turns out my friends didn't mind Pampered Chef, they liked it!  I hate these kinds of parties normally)
-I created a fantastic butternut squash tart with caramelized onions, sage, and goat cheese.  Hopefully I can take pics next time I make it and share it here.

And am upcoming post....Wine-terest night with a friend!  I am having my first Wine-terest night which is....when a friend and I pin the same craft, I invite them over to drink wine and actually MAKE the thing we pinned!  hahahah!!! We are making a cute Fall tulle wreath.