Thursday, August 19, 2010

Easy Mango Pear Plum Sorbet

Today I whipped up a super easy sorbet recipe, and thought it would be fun for Summer sharing
1 Ripe mango
2 Ripe Bartlet Pears
2 Rips Plums
1 c. White Sugar
1 c. Water

Wash and cut the fruit into small pieces, add to blender, and add a splash of water (1/4 c.). Blend on high for a few minutes until their are no lumps present.  
Simmer the water and sugar on the stove until the sugar is all dissolved.  Allow to cool, and then add to the blender of fruit.  Blend on low until well incorporated. 
Pour into a 9X12 glass pan.
 Allow a discerning taste tester to partake
  Cover with cling wrap, and tin foil, and place in the freezer on a flat surface for 4-6 hours.
  Once fully frozen, remove from the freezer 20 minutes before ready to serve, and allow to thaw a bit.  Scoop into individual serving bowls and enjoy.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Tooth Fairy Pillow Tutorial

I came up with this little tutorial for Sam since his first loose tooth is on it's way out.  I DO NOT think I am prepared for the look of my precious boy without his chicklet teeth.  That being said, here goes!

Begin with a sketch for a literal "tooth fairy", a tooth with fairy wings.  Cute huh???

Then cut out a pocket ( a smallish rectangle that the pieces for the "tooth fairy" will fit on with room for a seam on all ends

Then cut out  template for the pillow (same width as the pocket, but the height you can determine)

Then lay the pieces out on the pocket, and then remove all but the tooth.  Sew the tooth to the pocket using the zig zag stitch all the way around the perimeter

Then sew the seam for the top of the pocket.

Then sew on the fairy wings, and make sure you go all the way around each piece using the zig zag stitch again

Now, cut your loose threads, and place the pocket on top of one side of the pillow at the base of the pillow piece...this will form the pocket.

Then lay the other piece of the pillow on top of the pocket, but UPSIDE DOWN!

Stitch all the way around the pillow perimeter, but leave a 1 1/2 in. opening for turning right side out, and stuffing

Turn right side out

Pop out corners using a scissor or pencil

Stuff loosely

Free hand stitch or machine stitch the opening closed

Last but not least, hand over to a very excited little person who is now hoping his loose tooth was more loose!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Moving Day!

 Today I decided to mix things up!  I  was tired of our current bedroom set up, and found a few things (already in my house!)to help it look and feel better.  

But first of all I looked at my old phone area which consisted of a 3 tier bookshelf with magazines, books, games, you name it, smack dab in EYESORE heaven in the corner of my living room.  I traded that bookshelf out for a lovely chair that was my grams, and a small table I already had.  I love the sitting area, and maybe it will get me to sit down and talk to people on the phone instead of doing my usual "uh hu..yup... WHAT did you say???" that I usually do while typing away on my computer.


Then Jay and I bought a desk, that had been generously been given to me from Julia, upstairs as a MUCH needed addition to our bedroom for a place to do bills, compute, and write.  I love the set up!

Then we moved my dresser into my bathroom to make room for the desk being set up, and it was such a perfect stayed there, and I love it!

Thanks for reading and commenting! Laura