Monday, July 19, 2010

Icelandic Pancakes

These pancakes aren't your average pancakes! They are slightly more crepe like, and have a wonderful flavour. (Not that basic pancakes don't taste great ;) )
This is a family recipe passed down for who knows how long. I got it from my Mom who got it from my Grandma (her Mother in law) who likely got it from her mother in law in turn. I grew up with these pancakes as a special treat every so often, and I plan on making it so with my kids!

Icelandic Pancakes

1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup cream
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbsp sugar
1 cup flour
2 eggs
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon

Warm your milk and cream just a bit (I added this step- I find warm milk makes the pancakes a little heavier-weird I know, but eh what can you do, don't fight what works :D ) Add room temperature eggs and whisk together. Sift the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then slowly add them to the liquid while whisking vigorously. This ensures less lumps.
Heat your pan. Once you pan is hot melt a little bit of butter and pour about 1/4 cup of the batter on it. Spread thinly and turn once bubbled. Repeat until you are out of batter.
Serve with whipped cream and maple syrup and a side of bacon. Or jam. Or butter and brown sugar. Or... Or.. Or.. The possibilities are endless really.


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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Penny Pinching Pantry Raid

That's it. I give up. Hubby's not into the budget thing at all.... He keeps spending money on food stuffs like it didn't matter that we already have 10 bags of noodles in the cupboard. But we don't have the one kind he wants... le sigh... Oh well, I'm still trying to not send him for groceries if I can help it. Next month I'm going to save every reciept and see whast we spend money on, and quite possibly take over all the grocery shopping in September and see if I can cut our spending! Maybe we will get closer to that trip we want to take faster then if we keep spending what we do! lol

Monday, July 12, 2010

Chenille Baby Blanket how to!

I figured I may as well make this blog semi-useful... Not just a bunch of words about what I do all day to keep the kids and I busy. So here we go with my first Bloggy Tutorial!

I realised one Saturday that we were about to meet our Newest Niece on Sunday, and I had nothing to give her! So being overly ambitious I chose to make her a Chenille blanket! Now Chenilling was introduced to me by a good friend of mine. Her blanket has been taking her months. I figure one night, I can do it! And it's possible! With a lot of coffee and inspiration (like a cute baby), but possible!

What you will need:
3-5 one and a half meter pieces of flannelette(depending how thick you want it)
1 piece of backing fabric ( can be another piece of flannelette or other heavier fabric)
Some fabric or bias tape to finish the edges with.
Lots and lots of matching thread (match to the backing fabric)
Sewing machine
Scissors or the fancy chenilling tool (I used scissors... Wish I had bought the tool....)

Step one:
Lay your fabric out, Smoothing each piece as you go.

Step two:
Take out your foot shaped pin cushion ( the one you made to commemorate the day your husband stepped on one fully loaded with over 100 pins it) And pin those layers of fabric like you've never pinned before. This is pretty important. I learned the hard way with the first blanket I made. If you don't pin, your backing fabric can fold and you will get dart like puckers that you aren't going to rip out because you just spent an hour on that section... Also, make sure your cat does not mess up your smoothing......
Step Three:
Sew! Sew every 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch on the bias (at a 45` angle) Watch for pins!! You will hit your arm with them and it will hurt if you aren't overly cautious. You will also go through at least 3 bobbins of thread. There's a lot of stitching! It should look something like this:

Step Four:
Cut! Being very careful to not cut the bottom/backing layer, cut in between each row of stitching. ( I couldn't get a clear pic of this step....)

Step Five:
Wash! This is what your blanket should look like before washing:

This is what your blanket will look like after washing!
And there you have it! You have a super soft, super cuddly little blanket to snuggle your baby in (or your niece, or your nephew, or your friends baby, or, or, or... :) )

Please note that to create this tutorial I made 3 different blankets (Okay, so I'm in the process of making the 3rd one. It's for one of my own so it will take me a lot longer then one night. LOL)

I hope you all try this out! It is fun to do, if a bit tedious. But you get a wonderful blanket out of it, one that will hopefully be cherished for years!

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

11 days in...

So With this Penny Pinching Pantry Raid, we've not been doing all to well.... Well Sort of. We've been using mostly stuff in the fridge and freezers and pantry... But Hubby isn't quite on board. One day I sent him for Coffee, milk and eggs. He spends 57$!!!!! This might be partly because this was on the 3rd, and maybe he forgot.... But he bought our usual coffee, two packages to be exact... It runs 15$ for 500g. Yes... We have expensive tastes in coffee. So that spoke for 30$ of it... then there were chips and chocolate bars and pop... Next day I send him for ham. He spent 80$ on sandwich meat.... yeah.... big sticks of meat, but at least now I have a freezer full of sandwich meat? Anyway.. We've bought a few other things too, so out of our 250$ budget we've spent $171.76 + 15$ for things I may not have gotten the reciept for... so 186.75.
Here's a list of some of the more delicious items we made:
Pizza! - homemade crust with ground itallian sausage meat, mozza and tomatoes.
Burgers!- Homea made burgers to boot! none of this store bought nonsense.
Our wonderful neighbours have a gorgeous garden, and they gave us Lettuce! uummmm salad!
Pork loin roast and rice!
Icelandic pancakes!

Here's the interesting concotion:
Hotdogs, with big round noodles (like canteloni only little) and 1/2 can of diced tomatoes. Yep. It's delicious though! (and a staple growing up, so it's comfort food)

OOh! I also made pita bread! Yup, that's right Pita bread! And it turned out really good! So I'll post a tutorial on that hopefully next week! With all that sandwich meat and lettuce from the neighbours I'll be in pita sandwich heaven!

Anywho. I'll be back tommorow. I have a crafty non-food project to share!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Oh baby! What a cutie!

I made everything in this picture. Okay, so I didn't make the couch. Or the wall behind it. I did, however, make the baby (That's Miz Jo. She is the last of our lot. Ain't she adorable?) I did have help with her mind you, but you knew that.

I made the dress, the boots, the belt bow, and the headband. All by myself. And all this was inspired by one of the monthly challenges on

This month Challenge was to create an article of clothing, or outfit, with a bed sheet. Just a sheet (or 2 or 3) But not a bed spread, or duvet or any other bedding.
While the idea of the more the merrier, almost sounds better, in
this instance, less was better. In the idea that I chose to use a crib
sheet! And boy oh boy, did I ever use up that crib sheet to my best ability.

Just as my children are a big part of my inspiration, is as well. The day I found craftster was an awakening. I'm not even kidding. The day before I stummbled on the wonderful site, all I knew was something was missing. I didn't know what it was, but part of me went away after having my boys. It was my creative side. is FULL, chock full, of inspiration. I didn't even know it was possible to spin yarn before Craftster. And now I'm almost lost without my spindle or wheel. Before Craftster I barely used my sewing machine. The same sewing machine that got me through Fashion design.
Craftster reinstated my craft. It's great. So, knowing that most of my followers are following me from there, I'm guessing you all feel the same way. But for those of you that didn't find me through Craftster, click one of the many links I just put in here (notice I figured that one out? Acutally, it was help from a friend. Yay friends!)

Also on one last note, if you want to vote for this adorable little outfit (or see a few more pics) click here .

Happy crafting!