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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Turtle Thermal PJs: Stitch Swap & KCW

Some of the women in the wonderful social media world of sewing swapped a yard of fabric. Today is day and 3, and so much cuteness and awesome has been shared! 

I received my fabric from Stephanie of  Swoodson Says. These little turtles are the cutest! I made the Alex & Anna Winter PJs by Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop (affiliate), I thought the pattern would be perfect as pjs, thermals to layer, or just to wear. I added a little bit of fabric marker to the front to outline the hearts.

The Berry Bunch: Turtle Thermal PJs: Stitch Swap & KCW

The Berry Bunch: Turtle Thermal PJs: Stitch Swap & KCW

They are a little big on her now, but she will grow into them. Hopefully, though, not before winter is over! 

The Berry Bunch: Turtle Thermal PJs: Stitch Swap & KCW

The Berry Bunch: Turtle Thermal PJs: Stitch Swap & KCW

She was not a happy camper, I had to keep taking away a really (I mean SUPER) dirty outside toy to be able to get some pictures. So she was mad at me, and not happy about pictures. 

The Berry Bunch: Turtle Thermal PJs: Stitch Swap & KCW

The Berry Bunch: Turtle Thermal PJs: Stitch Swap & KCW

Those turtles are just the cutest! I'll be honest. It took me forever to decide what to do with this fabric too. It's so cute, so hard to decide! Plus because of Baby girl's 1st birthday this weekend I did not do much for the last couple weeks except plan and prep for that. But, sometimes those last minute decisions are the best. I love how they turned out! 

Thanks to Stephanie for organizing the swap! And, don't forget to check out the rest of the ladies who have participated in the swap and see what projects they have created using their surprise fabric! 

 
 Monday July 21st 
Stephanie -- Swoodson Says 
Ashley -- Sewing Sober 

 Tuesday July 22nd 
Janelle -- Emmaline Bags 

 Wednesday July 23rd 
Danica -- The Sewing Sparrow 
Bethany -- Two Novembers 
Jessica -- The Berry Bunch 

 Thursday July 24th 
Chrissy -- Muse of the Morning 
Fenna -- Fabulous Home Sewn 
Melissa -- Rebel and Malice 
Irene -- Sugaridoo 

 Friday July 25th 
Jess -- Gracious Threads 
Roxanne -- Pensebrox 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What's For Dinner: Beef and Broccoli One Pot Wonder {Recipes}

I am not a chef. I barely consider myself a cook. I can do casseroles. I love bakes. And, I am looking for one pot wonders where-ever I can find them.

The Berry Bunch: What's For Dinner: Beef and Broccoli One Pot Wonder {Recipes}


One thing I have difficulty doing? Following recipes as they are written and remembering what I did for next time. I have a habit of pulling recipes from websites and altering them as I cook, doing what works for what I have at the time that I do it. So I am trying to write down what I do as I do it, just in case it does, or does not, work.

I had limited items in my pantry one day and I needed something different and I found this recipe from Campbell's Kitchen... I decided to give it a go and ended up not even following the recipe really and it came out like this instead.

Beef and Broccoli Pasta: One Pot Wonder

Ingredients:

1 Tbs  oil
1-2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 yellow onion chopped
salt/pepper
1 tsp each: ginger, curry powder, dried basil, ground fennel
2 Tbs soy sauce
1 lb ground beef
2-4 cups broccoli florets

The Berry Bunch: What's For Dinner: Beef and Broccoli One Pot Wonder {Recipes}

2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1.5 cups milk
1.5 cups water
1 package of pasta. I like Garofalo Pasta (affiliate)  I use the 1.1 lb packages from Costco. I like the Gemelli. You can use the 1lb packages too, I like the Fusilli Pasta (affiliate)

The Berry Bunch: What's For Dinner: Beef and Broccoli One Pot Wonder {Recipes}

     

Directions:

heat oil in a large skillet or pot (big enough to put it all in). At Med-high heat, Add seasonings. You can add more or less depending on your tastes. and brown quickly. Not more than a few seconds to a minute. I often throw these in while I am waiting for the oil to heat up.

Add garlic and onion and saute until translucent. Depending on my mood, or the kids craving attention, I will caramelize the onion.

Add ground beef and cook through.

The Berry Bunch: What's For Dinner: Beef and Broccoli One Pot Wonder {Recipes}

Turn down heat to medium, add broccoli and soy sauce. stir fry for a minute or two. Longer if you prefer your vegetables softer.

Add cream of mushroom soup, heat through

The Berry Bunch: What's For Dinner: Beef and Broccoli One Pot Wonder {Recipes}

Add milk and water. cover and return to simmer. It looks like a lot of liquid but it's ok. the pasta will absorb a lot of it and it will thicken later.

The Berry Bunch: What's For Dinner: Beef and Broccoli One Pot Wonder {Recipes}

Add pasta, return to simmer. turn heat to med-low. Cover and cook according to pasta directions or until pasta is done. stir frequently.

Once pasta is done remove from heat and sit for about 5 minutes. The sauce will thicken as it stands.

The Berry Bunch: What's For Dinner: Beef and Broccoli One Pot Wonder {Recipes}

I love this dish. I think it has to be one of my favorites and I don't like mushrooms!  I will even eat this leftovers cold! Even the kids like it!


The Berry Bunch: What's For Dinner: Beef and Broccoli One Pot Wonder {Recipes}


The Berry Bunch: What's For Dinner: Beef and Broccoli One Pot Wonder {Recipes}


The Berry Bunch: What's For Dinner: Beef and Broccoli One Pot Wonder {Recipes}


How do you follow recipes? Do you cook as they say to or end up with something almost completely different?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Indoor Fun With Kids: Create your own Bowling Pins (Read and Play)

The Berry Bunch: Indoor Fun With Kids: Create your own Bowling Pins (DIY Bowling Pins)


Monsoon season has started here in the desert. That means lots, and lots, and lots of rain... I love it. It's great. But for the kids, being cooped up in the house all day, all afternoon, day after day... Well... At least we are getting rain. That does not happen all that often. What indoor activities do you do on rainy days?

The Berry Bunch: Indoor Fun With Kids: Create your own Bowling Pins (DIY Bowling Pins)


We have been making good use of our local library and little man loves it. One book we picked up is Mitchell Goes Bowling by Hallie Durand (affiliate). How perfect? I used to work at the local bowling alley for the summer when I was pregnant with him. He hasn't even been to a bowling alley yet!

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I decided (based on some bottle saving a year ago) to make some bowling pins using PediaSure Nutrition Chocolate Drink, 8 oz bottles (affiliate).

Here is our process... There are so many out there, but this is what we did. :)

Once you have drunk the contents (this part took a while as these drinks were a treat), remove the wrapper and wash thoroughly inside and outside. Then dry. I washed them in the dishwasher and let them air dry.

The Berry Bunch: Indoor Fun With Kids: Create your own Bowling Pins (DIY Bowling Pins)

Once they are dry, paint them how you want to paint them. I love these little paints! I used Folk Art Multi Surface Paint, 2-Ounce (affiliate) in licorice, that was what little man picked. Since I was enlisting the assistance from him for the painting, it made sense to him to pick. He wanted to help and loves to paint. Plus this is more for him than anything else. Sure, the lines aren't perfect. Hope you don't mind. ;)

The Berry Bunch: Indoor Fun With Kids: Create your own Bowling Pins (DIY Bowling Pins)

The Berry Bunch: Indoor Fun With Kids: Create your own Bowling Pins (DIY Bowling Pins)

The Berry Bunch: Indoor Fun With Kids: Create your own Bowling Pins (DIY Bowling Pins)

Once the paint is dry, you can add sand or some type of filler to weigh them down. Otherwise they topple over super easily. We decided not to weight them.

The Berry Bunch: Indoor Fun With Kids: Create your own Bowling Pins (DIY Bowling Pins)

The Berry Bunch: Indoor Fun With Kids: Create your own Bowling Pins (DIY Bowling Pins)


Then, set them up and roll a ball to them to knock them down! So much fun! You can mark the spots with tape, or on a cardboard alley. we just played however we set them up.

The Berry Bunch: Indoor Fun With Kids: Create your own Bowling Pins (DIY Bowling Pins)

The Berry Bunch: Indoor Fun With Kids: Create your own Bowling Pins (DIY Bowling Pins)


extension: difficulty at different distances.
pick several different types of balls and make predictions. Which one will knock the pins down easier? Which one will be harder to make it to the pins? etc. Explore and have fun! :)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

2014 Finish-Along: Quarter 3 Goals {2014 FAL Q3}

I missed the last quarter post for listing the goals and I wish I have worked on some of my WIPs and UFOs! But I have been sewing a lot of clothes for the kids. They need it, they seem to grow so fast.

So... Here is my goal list for this quarter! Is it sad that I am just carrying over the list? ;)

1. Labyrinth Lap Quilt... I am still debating the backing for this, if I really want to use it...but I have nothing else...

The Berry Bunch: 2014 Finish-A-Long: Labyrinth Lap Quilt

2.  My band shirt memory quilt... Still trying to find backing fabric for this... I would like a large print musical theme but that seems hard to find...

The Berry Bunch: 2014 Finish-A-Long: Band Shirt Memory Quilt

3. This is baby girl's baby shower quilt.  I am still thinking of just foregoing trying to get other people to write on a square. I'm kind of negative in thinking about this... I love it, and I love that it is messages for her. I love her. This is something that potentially can be with her for a very long time. (I even have backing for it!) I haven't pursued having people writing on a square because no one is responding, yes it has been a while... (Maybe I can bring some squares into the guild?) ... She is going to wonder why some people close to her never wrote on a square. Oh well ... maybe it wont be so hard when it is finished?

The Berry Bunch: 2014 Finish-A-Long: Baby Shower Quilt

4. This is my checker-board quilt. I discussed sizing with Brandon and he doesn't want it bigger than the table, because he doesn't want to play on the floor... But... I don't like wasting fabric and want to use as much of it as I can, so it's going to be a little bigger than the table.  ;) 

The Berry Bunch: 2014 Finish-A-Long: Northcott Stonehenge Chess Quilt

The Berry Bunch: 2014 Finish-A-Long: Northcott Stonehenge Chess Quilt


5. Jelly roll quilt... I still need to fins a good enough yellow... Separate the rows and add in the sashing...

The Berry Bunch: 2014 Finish-A-Long: Jelly Roll Quilt

6. The Dinosaur quilt that was *supposed* to be Little Man's birthday present. I think before his birthday I had one border around it. Now at least it is ready to baste, quilt and bind! He still doesn't know about it! 

The Berry Bunch: 2014 Finish-a-long: Dinosaur Quilt

7. This circle quilt. It was supposed to be for the fabric challenge, but honestly, I know I am not going to be finishing it in time. I seem to sew so slow... But it'll be cool when it is done! I am not sharing what it is going to look like when it is done, but you are more than welcome to guess! ;) I just hope it looks as cool finished as it does in my head! LOL

The Berry Bunch: 2014 Finish-A-long: Circle Quilt

8. These are supposed to be some Peasant Tops pattern by Tie Dye Diva Patterns (affiliate link) for Baby Girl. I was working on them, then got carried away with something else and I hadn't gone back to them and now, sitting in a manilla folder in the craft room. Better finish them before she cannot wear them! 

The Berry Bunch: 2014 Finish Along: Peasant Tops

9. This is going to be Little Man's Going to Grandma's/&or/Grandpa's over night bag. It is going to be the Dorothy Day Tripper by Swoon Sewing Patterns (affiliate links) ... 
&
10. If I have enough left over I also want to make a Tiny Explorer Backpack by Diedelbug Handmade for him when we go to MOPs meetings, the Zoo, and anything else that seems to fit with learning and fun. ;)

The Berry Bunch: 2014 Finish-Along: Dinosaur Bags

So, for now these are my goals... I seem to keep adding and not subtracting. Not to mention a few things for blog tours and such, but I don't think those count? 

I hope to at least finish the Dino and circle quilt... But clothes for the kids is a little top on the list. Samara grows out of things so fast! 

Linking up at The Littlest Thistle


Finish Along 2014