Archive for June, 2010

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.

Stay tuned….

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Last summer I went to the Kingfield Farmer’s Market on a whim. I had heard it was cute and neighborhoody (is that a word?) and had some cool stuff. And it was. Whoever told me was right. I remember weaving my monstrous stroller through the tiny aisles and checking out the local mushrooms and beautiful jams and handmade purses. I also remember being hungry. (I was still nursing, I was always hungry.) I maneuvered my way to the back corner where I saw a trailer selling some food. At the time I had no idea that is was the famous Chef Shack or that the 1000 Hills hot dog I would soon be consuming would be the Best. Hot. Dog. I’d. Ever. Had. Whew. It was good. I smothered it in Bacon Ketchup (yep, bacon ketchup) and some spicy peppers and ate it while pushing the behemoth stroller with one greasy hand. It was good. Really good. So imagine my excitement when I heard that the Chef Shack will be coming to a corner near me on a regular basis!

Follow this link to read about it in the Star Tribune, or “Like” them on Facebook. I”m sure they’ll like that.

And just to confuse you, the photo above is of the hot dog I enjoyed a the Twins game a few weeks back. It was NOT from the Chef Shack or from 1000 Hills, but it was good. And proof that I enjoy a good hot dog every now and again. And again.

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We love our Rice Cooker. We bought int on a whim about five years ago because we were sick of scrubbing our pans, and we haven’t regretted it once. We even talked my sister into registering for one when she got married. They use it as much as we use ours. So when I found this recipe for a full meal cooked in a rice cooker in Food and Wine Magazine, I knew we had to try it. With fingers crossed. I was worried that the chicken wouldn’t be cooked through, or that the rice would be tough. No need to worry. The dish turned out perfectly. The chicken was tender, the rice was fluffy and it was really delicious. Next time I would add some crushed red pepper. We served it with soy sauce and hot sauce. And then we washed the rice cooker insert. And dinner was done!

After we realized the recipe worked, I started thinking about other combinations that could be done in the rice cooker. I bet I could use pork tenderloin or chicken breast, as well as hearty vegetables and other substantial greens. Maybe some red peppers and onions, with a bit of curry past. The options are endless. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

Rice Cooker Ginger Chicken and Rice


  1. 1 large chicken bouillon cube, preferably all-natural
  2. 3/4 cup hot water
  3. 1 cup jasmine rice
  4. 1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
  5. One 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  6. 3 packed cups baby spinach
  7. 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  8. Kosher salt


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the bouillon cube in the hot water. In a rice cooker, combine the rice with the chicken and ginger. Arrange the spinach on top. Pour the coconut milk and bouillon broth into the cooker and season lightly with salt. Turn the cooker on; the dish should be done in about 40 minutes (when the cooker turns itself off). Let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork, spoon into bowls and serve.

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Remember this fabulous bird necklace I found a few weeks back at Ruche? They’re latest Look Book just came out, loaded with beautiful photography and clothes. I love how dreaming and feminine the clothes are. And as a designer, I love the white space in the layouts. One warning, keep your credit cards out of reach when you scroll through the pages.

Jen and I are hitting the town heading to MCBA’s 25th Anniversary Party and to Corazon’s 5th Anniversary tonight. Join us!

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I had to get out of the office the other day, so I ran over to Surdyks, grabbed a tasty Turkey, Brie and Pepperocini sandwich, a side of Beets and a natural soda. But instead of heading straight back to the office like I usually do, I took a right turn halfway across the Hennepin Avenue bridge and found a picnic table near the Nicollet Island Pavilion. What a view. The sandwich wasn’t too bad either…

If anyone ever wants to join me, grab a sandwich, send me a text, and find me along the river. Summer is short here, let’s get outside.

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Last week I dug out all our old towels, cut them up, stuffed them in a box with a few bottles of Dawn dish soap and sent them to Florida. There’s a group down there collecting towels, t-shirts, dish soap, blankets, pretty much anything, so they can clean up the poor animals that have been affected by the devastating oil spill. It makes me just sick to think of what they’re experiencing, and I feel pretty helpless way up here. So, they can have our towels and our hope.

Thanks to Kristin for posting about this.

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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.

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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?

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I recently stumbled cross Sara’s blog and followed many of her links to find some amazing fabric. I’ve been a bit addicted to fabric lately, and know I need to cut back, but these are almost too cute to pass up.
These birds with chairs made me think of Jen’s orange chairs. Wouldn’t it make a whimsy and unexpected skirt?
I think these birds would make an adorable pair of pajama pants.
This metro cafe print would make a great apron, or oven mitts, or, well, just about anything.
If you had your choice of fabric, what would you make?

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The sun finally came out today. We’ve had rain almost every day in June so far, and if you’re used to the Minnesota sun, all that rain can get a little depressing. And wet. So, finally, the sun is back. And I was able to use the natural light to take a (somewhat) decent photo of the new skirt I finished this weekend. It’s the Drawstring Jersey Skirt, from Cluck Cluck Sew’s tutorial. And I love it. It was pretty simple, although it took a while to figure out how to size it. And I guess I shoudl have used a stretch thread around the bottom. But I still love it. It looks a whole lot dressier than it really is, and it’s really comfortable.

I also posted it in the Sew, Mama, Sew Make it, Wear it Challenge. There’s  a lot of inspiration over there and it goes until the end of the month. I hope to add a few more pieces if I can get them done!

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