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Archive for March, 2010

Life

This is a fish. That can live out of the water. He’s a Mudskipper and his story is fascinating.

Husband and I were introduced to him by Oprah, on the new Discovery series called Life. Check it out again this coming Sunday. It’s amazing.

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O & S Lazy Day Skirt

I went out to lunch with Anna last week to catch up. Unfortunately, the food wasn’t anything to blog about, but the conversation was! She told me about the Learning to Sew Project from Oliver & S. I’ve been reading the Oliver & S blog ever since I found their patterns over at Treadle Yard Goods, but I didn’t know they would also teach me to sew! What they’ve done is put together a list of free project/patterns for the beginning sewer. They’re designed to be progressively more difficult as you go down the list. And of course each project is adorable and perfect for Daughter!

I started with the Lazy Days Skirt because it’s first on the list. And they are right, it was super, duper easy. It took just a little over an hour from start to finish. (It took me a little bit longer because I had to wait for Daughter to wake up before I measured her waist.) I can’t wait until she’s walking and the weather is a bit warmer so she can wear it.

Up next? The Popover Sundress. This one requires a pattern. Wish me luck.

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Crispy Fish!

Desperate for a simple dinner the other night, I opened a Cooking Light magazine and there was the answer. Crispy Fish with Lemon-Dill Sauce. Perfect. A tilapia fillet dredged in eggs and then a mixture of panko and spices, quickly broiled and served with diced potato wedges and grilled zucchini. Very simple. Very quick. Very delicious.

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One Year

A year ago today Husband, Dog and I welcomed a beautiful baby girl into our lives.

This year we’re trying to keep up with a very active one-year old who is full of smiles and laughter. She surprises us daily, and like her Mama, loves to eat.

Happy Birthday Baby Girl.

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A couple of dear friends came over this past weekend to start celebrating Daughter’s first birthday. It was a lovely, sunny spring day, and the oven was broken, so I made a big pot of this Carrot Soup. I love Carrot Soup and this one was no exception. It was simple, with just shallots, carrots and some fresh ginger and the best thing about it was that it tasted like Carrots. Yummy, fresh carrots. The worst thing about it? I made a double batch, and there was still barely any leftover. So by now it’s long gone. I guess I’ll make more!

Our reward to eating healthy carrot soup with a delightful salad? CUPCAKES! Pictured above, they were (past tense, since they’re gone) Carrot Cake, Oreo, Hostess Cream Filling, and German Chocolate. Yum.

Thanks ladies! We had a blast.

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Etsy Finds

I love this time of year. The snow is usually gone, days are getting longer and there are green things popping out of the earth. But best of all, it’s birthday season in my world, meaning most of my friend’s birthdays are in the spring. For the first two birthdays (Yep, the rest of you will have to wait to see what I find for you), I found these beautiful necklaces on Etsy.

The top one is called Cloud Necklace, the second is a Sparrow Nest with Pearls. They’re both from MDSparks, a very talented woman in Salt Lake City. I love them both dearly, and was tempted to order one of each for myself. But I had some self-control and just ordered the two.

But I’ve bookmarked her shop, so next time I have the urge, I know where to find her. Check out the rest of her pieces, they’re beautiful, whimsical and best of all, affordable!

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pillows!

I made a pillow! Actually, two! But they’re the same. Or pretty close.

As soon as I found this fabric at Ikea, I knew I had to make it into pillows for our TV room. We have tan Room and Board couches in there and the walls are the color of Hot Chocolate. So I knew they’d be perfect.

I used the pattern for the Semi-Simple Pillows from Amy Karol’s Bend-the-Rules Sewing Book. But I made them Really-Simple by skipping the first step of adding a hand-appliqued panel to the front. These are simple. The front of the pillow is an 18×18 square, and the back forms a simple envelope to slide in the pillow form. (Which was 50% off at Joann today! Score! I bought four!)

I am so happy with them. I would love to find a similar patterned fabric in the same color scheme to make two more.

Oh, and I think I’m addicted. So if you would like a pillow (sans pillow form) for a minimal fee let me know. I only have so many couches to cover with these things.

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