I figured it out! Finally, a solution to my spice storage issue. I was surfing along when I found this. I’ve considered the magnetic jars, and even have a few right now for decoration, but didn’t want to clutter up my wall with a lot of them. But inside the cupboard? Genius! So, I found these at Bed, Bath and Beyond and I’m sure two, maybe three, will fit in the cupboard. So, now, I ask you, which spices do you use the most often? I’m planning to have room for 12. Which 12 spices should they be?
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My mother-in-law keeps giving me tomatoes. And they just sit there on the counter. Waiting. So finally, I grabbed one of my many books on the local harvest and figured out what to do. Freeze ‘em! I can freeze them? Yep. Apparently, if you wash and dry them thoroughly, core them , freeze them on a cookie sheet until frozen solid and then put them in freezer bags, they’ll thaw very nicely in the refrigerator months later. Huh. The book says the skins will just peel right off as they thaw, leaving you with a bag full of fresh tomatoes to be used wherever canned tomatoes would work. Splendid! So easy, so quick. And I have a full size freezer in the basement to store ‘em. I just hope the book is right….
On a side note, the frozen tomatoes took on the most amazing, smooth texture. Cool.
Well, I promised. And a promise is a promise. So here goes.
I’m changing things up. This blog, The Write Ingredients, is going back to it’s roots. It’s going back to Food. All about eating food, and cooking food, and exploring ingredients, local (and not-so-local) goodies, and chocolate. Because you have to have chocolate.
But, but, you say. But what about all the sewing and drawing and art fairs and all that stuff? Well, that’s moving to a new home. (This is where the drumroll comes in…). I’d like to introduce you to…
It’s my new blog which will host my creative endeavors, including paper goods, sewing fun, design (graphic and otherwise) and my dreams. I’m still working on the details, and the Etsy shop, but it’s all coming soon. (Like next week if I can get my %$$^ together).
So hang tight, add it to your reader, and I’ll see you after the 4th. Happy Celebrating!
I made daughter a backpack. It was based on the drawstring backpack I made for myself a while back. I made hers roughly half the size, and used cord instead of making the straps. I used a bit of Fredrika fabric from Ikea (Bought 2 yards – couldn’t resist!). I love it. She loves it. She’s very proud of it, and every morning we put her yogurt and extra shoes in it and she wears it into school daycare. Her teachers Oooh and Aaah when she puts it on when I pick her up, and the other mothers ask me where I got it. Well, I will tell you!
Just not yet. Things are going to change around here. Not too much, just a little bit. More tomorrow though, I’m still putting the pieces in place. But no worries, you’ll be happy. And I’ll be happy.
I finally finished a dress for Daughter. I planned to make a matching set, skirt for me, dress for her. (Remember this skirt? I finished it in time to wear it to Mexico? In January?) Well, the dress took a wee bit longer. And after some issues with a mediocre pattern, I figured it out. I even found the perfect buttons for the shoulders, they’re little frogs! The fabric is Amy Butler. And I love it. I’m also glad I waited to finish it, because now it fits her beautifully.
The Fat Quarter swap I signed up for a few weeks is complete! I sent off my package to New South Wales, Australia over a week ago, and received a package from Fran just last Friday. I sent Fran two Fat Quarters, actually, because I just couldn’t decide. I found these at Glad Creations in South Minneapolis (Thanks, Anna!) One was covered with Loons and the other Birch trees. The Birch fabric is just beautiful, the Loons are just kinda fun. I also sent a punching balloon for her young daughter. I sure hope she received it!
I’m thrilled with the fabric she sent. Check out the details in the photo below.
It’s covered in all sorts of fun creatures, and the detail is amazing. What am I ever going to do with this amazing fabric? Any ideas?
Jen hosted another fabulous pARTy this past weekend. We painted and drew on ceramic. A few months ago I found these tiles at a major retailer and fell in love, but I knew I could make my own. Jen suggested I try using the tiles with alcohol inks and look what I got! I love them. I still hope to try recreating the bird pattern with terra cotta tiles and terra cotta paints, but that can wait.
I also picked up some mugs at Ikea and we drew on them with ceramic pens. I could have created dozens hundreds of these. And probably will, someday. (If you have a birthday coming up in the next year, expect a mug). I drew a teabag on one, birds on branches on another and flowers on the rest. So simple. So quick. So adorable.
And you know the best part? Better than the cute mugs and the bird tiles? Hanging out on a Saturday night with beautiful inspiring women and a bottle of wine. That’s the best part.
A few weeks ago while I was in New York, I stopped by Purl Soho. It was one of the top places to visit on my list and I was so excited to spend some time there. I’ve admitted that I’m addicted to fabric, so it could have been a dangerous stop, but I knew I was limited by the size of my suitcase so I was able to maintain some control. I picked up a few yards of some great stuff, but I also picked up this adorable pack of 1/2 yards. When I chose it I had no idea what I was going to use it for, but I finally figured it out. And it will be a surprise. A beautiful, sentimental surprise. So stay tuned. I plan to start it this week, so hopefully it will be done soon. (Soon is a relative term.) Either way, aren’t the fabrics just adorable and such a fun mix! I can’t wait to get started!
Note: I went back and looked through the fabrics to see what maker/line they’re from. The white one is from Cloud 9 Fabrics (Love them!), and I believe the top one is Alexander Henry. The rest weren’t labeled. Bummer. Any ideas on the others?
I spent the last four days wandering around New York City with some amazing friends. I feel refreshed and inspired and exhausted. Over the next days and weeks I’ll tell you all about what I saw and heard and ate. The above map was where I was Sunday morning, walking back to the hotel after a quick trip through the Guggenheim. Amazing. Stay tuned…