THE Angel Food Cake

I’ll start with a little back story.

Most Sundays we have dinner with my in-laws. I absolutely love having dinner with them, the kids love it, there’s always good food, and we always have fun.

One of the best parts is: we ALWAYS have dessert!

What’s a family dinner without dessert right??

So, one Sunday in January we had an angel food cake, it was purchased at our local wholesale store.

Everyone loved it topped with whipped cream and strawberries, and we were all happily ever after.

About a week later I was looking at it, and it looked just like when we first cut into it.

Hmmm.

(Enter my curiosity)

So, instead of tossing it, I wanted to see how long it would take to grow mold. Yes, mold.

Two months later it still looks like we just opened it.

Scary.

Here it will sit until there is mold, even though my OCD senses are tingling and I feel it has lived on this cabinet beyond it’s welcome already.

How long do you think it will take??

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Bread Anyone?

Today is grey and rainy. I love these days.

I feel like rainy days are some of the best! The kids and I usually stay home, pushing any errands to another day, and do things like: have a dance party, make tons of cookies, play some videos games and playdough, or just hang around in jammies and read tons and tons of books.

Today was a little different than our usual rainy day though, I had an doctor’s appointment I needed to go to. Mema came over this morning so I could go to my 36 week check up. I’m doing good, may not ‘make it’ to my next appointment which is fine by me (my oldest 2 were born at 36 weeks). And, of course, she had some fun prizes for the kids – new coloring books and jumbo crayons- she’s pretty awesome like that.

We folded a few loads of laundry, had a dance party, and had lunch with Daddy after I got back.

During all of this I decided it was a perfect day to make some of this:

Oh how I love homemade bread! I’m thinking this is going to become a weekly event, my house just smells SO good.

I’m not quite sure where I’m getting all this energy all the sudden, especially since the past 2 weeks it seems like the minute my kids eyes are closed so are mine (hence the lack of blogging).

I’m also not quite sure how I got to the conclusion that doing a fabric swap online AND a mystery quilt with my guild are wonderful ideas when I’m having a baby in March (which starts tomorrow…). But, I did get all my fabric cut for the swap, and it’s already arrived at the hostesses house! I also got the first part of the mystery quilt Monday evening at the guild meeting, and started cutting this afternoon between stages of bread-making. Go me.

I’m not sure how many more days I will have this burst of energy, but I sure am taking advantage of it!!

Oh Monday

How is it that you manage to come EVERY week and still feel the same??

Eh, either way I’m looking forward to this week.

The items on my ‘to-do’ list are slowly dwindling getting ready for the baby, there are only 3 scheduled ‘events’ on my calendar for this week (joy) 2 are doctor’s appointments, and my que on Ravelry is calling me since I’ve been so good at finishing projects lately! Though I’m still not sure how I only have 12 things in my que.

Here’s a few recent FOs & my first try with a cookies press:

Piper’s Hat, yes I need to weave in that one thread.

Martha’s Reversible Purse I made for me. LOVE it.

Kit’s Winter Hat, tutorial coming soon.

Hearts Hat, this is what you get with a click and shoot camera after getting a nice one.

Light Pink Diaper Cover & Earflap Hat

I’m also quite excited to send out my squares for my first ever fabric swap. Did I mention I’m excited?!

I even took a photo of my squares, haha. I chose to do royal blue, but mostly by default simply because it was the first color on the list that I found 10 FQs worth of fabric for. There are 200 squares there, all 4 inches. I can’t wait to get back all the colors after the ‘swapping’.

I’m also thinking of sending along a little gift for the woman hosting this swap, I mean I’m not sure I would enjoy doing 3 rounds of sorting thousands of 4 inch squares to make sure everyone gets one of each fabric. Maybe if I had a day without all my kids around….

Wow, I feel like this post is just a hodge podge of everything. Sorry. My brain is kind of all over the place lately.

Hopefully your week is looking good too!

Sausage and Tortellini Soup

It’s no secret that I love soup, I even have an entire Pinterest Board just for soup.

I found a few different recipes for versions of this soup, but really didn’t follow any of them. Most of the time I look up recipes to get a ballpark idea of what goes in it; for example the sausage, tomatoes, and noodles in this one. Luckily, this soup was an instant hit with the whole family! I think my husband commented on it over 3 times, and that’s quite a lot for him.

Ingredients:
– 1 lb. Turkey Kielbasa
– 1 can stewed tomatoes, un-drained and chopped
– 3 cups water
– 1 1/2 tbsp. French onion soup mix (or 1 pack)
– 1 beef bouillon cube
– 1 14oz carton beef broth
– 1 tsp. minced garlic
– 1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
– 2 cups chopped cabbage
– 2 tbsp. olive oil
– 16 oz. frozen tortellini
– Parmesan cheese

Directions:
Slice sausage and brown in dutch/french oven.

Add all other ingredients except tortellini and cheese. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes.

Add frozen tortellini, raise the temperature and return to a low boil. Boil for 8 minutes or until tortellini is done.

Top with Parmesan cheese and enjoy.

I served this with warm crescent rolls, but I think I would’ve preferred some homemade dinner rolls (typical).

Busy Bee

This morning was one of those lovely morning when I woke up at about 3:30am. Went to the bathroom (being pregnant is wonderful), and then went back to my bed (fell asleep in my littlest boys bed). I tried and tried to fall back asleep, but my mind was anything but tired.

I was creating a mental list of things at 3 something in the am, that’s how my brain works sometimes.

What is a mommy to do?

Well, for starters, the smell of fresh bread was in the back of my mind, so here’s what was for breakfast today:

This little heel was all that was left of my ham & cheese bread. Next time I’m thinking much more ham & cheese, I’m talking gooey.

I also have quite a UFO list, and an even longer list of projects that I want to get done. Thankfully I was able to cross a total of 4 things off those 2 lists.

The first item being the sashiko sampler that I have been planning on turning into a pillow cover.

I am planning on adding a few buttons to keep the flaps on the back closed up nicely. Other than that she’s done. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I didn’t want to take away from the sampler, but didn’t want a boring back either and I think I nailed it.

In my opinion, one can never have too many pillows. How many pillows do you have on your couch? On your bed? I have an L-shaped couch from IKEA, the Ektorp one I think, and I’ve got 7 to 9 pillow on it in addition to the cushions. I think there’s about 8 pillows on my King-sized bed, and none of them are just decorative. I heart pillows, even have a pinterest board just for pillows. Clearly I need to add some more to it….

The other 3 things were: making a pair of leggings for my Little L from a shirt that was way too short for me, mend a pair of yoga pants for Miss A, and make PJ pants for a little boy who is a good friend of the family. I’ll get a photo of this guy in his pants soon, I can bet it will be a good one, he’s quite a character!

To top all of this off, I actually put together a post about it and on the same day to boot, with pictures.

Ok, can I go take a nap now??

But first, check out some more of our creative spaces.

Lucky to Receive

When I was visiting my grandparents last week, I was lucky enough to be the receiver of some very wonderful things from my grandmother.

She gave me some homemade herbal tea, seasoning mix, and jam. The BEST in the world, by the way.

 She gave me quite a few books.

I think these 2 are the coolest. The Victorian Crochet is a compilation of small newspaper type booklets that were published around beginning of the 19th century. And, the Star Wars is just self explanatory coolness.

She gave me quite a bit of yarn.

And, best of all, she gave me 40 squares that she crocheted. She told me that she couldn’t remember the last time she worked on them, and had plenty of yarn to finish the project. I was so happy that she wanted to give them to me!

I think they are beautiful, and I can imagine the finished afghan in my living room.

My grandmother is a left-handed lady, so she crochets left handed. Growing up I was not able to ‘read’ her work and make a pattern from it because I wasn’t able to grasp how it looked being produced by a left-hander. Since then, I have taught my daughter to crochet, and funnily enough she is left handed. So, in teacher her I had to teach myself to crochet left handed to better teach her (it was very hard to show her mirror image, facing each other).

Long story short, now I can read the pattern from a left-handed crocheter. It’s still kinda tricky, but do-able.

I am planning to post the pattern, with photos, soon!

Haleluah!!

I finally finished picking out all the quilting I did on my first King.

Now, I get to pack it away till after Christmas so I can get all my presents done… whole ‘nother world, holiday gift making is.

Been lots of busy lately too.

Got another custom request, this time it’s a quilt though. Here’s my fabric pallet I’m using:

There’s some from the ‘Boy, Oh, Boy’ line done by Holly Holderman. I just love this line and the girly one she did like it. Whatever isn’t in this line is just coordinating fabrics. Gotta love Chick’s N Stitches for nice selection.

I bought between 30 and 40 pounds of apple seconds at Willey Farms in Townsend, DE yesterday for $10, oh yea.

So, last night I made my first batch of applesauce. My house smells amazing!!

I’m hoping to get 2 more batches of sauce and one batch of apple butter out of the lot. I love canning.

Can I Say YUM?!?!

I have to admit, when I was a kid, I hated pie. I know, what was wrong with me?! Since then, I have come to love love fruit pies, and pumpkin, and pecan, ok, I just love pie I guess. Anywho, I was browsing some blogs just now and came across these on a cute little blog called Bakerella:

Oh good gracious!!! I need to make me some, maybe even right now, I think I have a pie crust in the fridge… and the babies are sleeping…

Pick Your Own Friuts/Veggies

It is coming up on the time of year for FRESH LOCAL PRODUCE!!! YEAAA!

The best website I have found for information on local pick your own farms is: www.pickyourown.org. So, go out there and support your local farmers (call first, some places may have gone out of business).

My family very much so enjoys going a picking fruits and veggies. The little ones don’t quite get it yet, but we all have lots of fun! And, we get to come home and can or freeze everything we won’t eat that week or so. Honestly, this is the most rewarding part of our adventures. We end up with things like: homemade jams, sauces, drink mixes, and much more!

My book that I live by as far as canning goes is: