Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Just One More Winter Meal (hopefully)

One of my favorite meals in the winter is chili and cornbread. It doesn't take a terribly long time to make and I love the way it simmers on the stove and smells so good. Even though the last couple of days have been nice and warm --I even mowed the lawn for 4 1/2 hours yesterday-- today it has snowed and rained for the majority of the day. I figured that I could make this meal one more time before spring (wishful thinking really, I am ready for spring!)

When we were married my husband informed me that he didn't like cornbread!?! I couldn't believe it, who doesn't like cornbread? Just kidding, but I was on a quest to find a recipe that we both like. I love to try new recipes and move on, but this one is a keeper! I have used this same recipe for the past several years. It is the BEST!!! (no offense to anyone else who also makes the BEST cornbread).

It is a sweet cornbread which I think balances out the spice of the chili very nicely. Try it, and let me know what you think.

The BEST Cornbread

1/2 cup butter, melted (no substitutions, really why would you want to?)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup cornmeal
1 1/2 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup milk

Mix butter, sugar and eggs. In a separate bowl combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt. Add to the butter mixture, mix just until combined. Add the milk 1/2 cup at a time. The mixture will be quite runny. Pour into a greased 9" pan. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes or until golden brown on top.

We make two pans at a time at our house, and eat it all!

Please excuse my food photography, I am definitely not an accomplished food photographer.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

My version of Subway Art

I love the subway art I have seen around blogland. I thought that something about family and love would be fun. But I knew that as much as I really, truly do enjoy painting, I am not the steadiest with black and white. So this is my version, using vinyl lettering, created for a sister's crafting weekend. 

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Family, Home, Blessing

Another Plate, Another Great Thought

This plate and vinyl are available in my etsy shop.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Another Party? Another Magnet Board

It really wasn't a conscious decision to give magnet boards for all the birthday parties. But it is something that we really like around here and I would rather give something that will last longer than the cheap toys that I can afford to send.

When Collin was invited to a friends party this week, I was excited to be able to sew something for her. But Collin had other plans, he has been watching all of the older kids take magnet boards and he was determined that he would do the same. 

He was excited to decorate the gift wrap for this one, and I was so happy to see how well he did. This is a picture of the birthday girl as a princess. I wanted to unwrap the present and keep the picture.

I am linking up to:

The Girl Creative

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Recycled Notebooks

What to do for preschool today?
Collin, Addy and I made recycled notebooks. We just cut the covers out of recycled cereal and mac'n'cheese boxes. I had a ream of legal size recycled paper that we used for the pages. 

Seven sheets of paper was about perfect for my sewing machine. Collin loved sewing them together. He sat in front of me and guided the books side to side. 

What fun! 

I now have a gallon size ziploc bag full of notebooks and colored pencils in the car now. It has been great. I can't believe how often I pull them out.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Hooked on Building

This is a blast! If there is anyone out there that still hasn't checked out Ana's site, 
do yourself a favor and spend some time there. I have a list of projects that I am itching to start. The first one that called to me was the bankable bookcase and I did it!

 My husband helped me out with the cuts on the table saw. Those sheets of wood are Heavy! But other than that, it is my project. I know that he was more than happy to help me out; he is the greatest. But I really wanted to do it by myself
(wow, that really sounds like Addy, my 2 yr. old.)

Here it is, primed and ready to paint.

Check out my cute shop assistant.


I should have asked for help measuring, I measured where I wanted it about 10 times. I was so worried that it wouldn't fit. Our house is very small, and everything has to fit just right 
(like a puzzle).


Guess what? it doesn't fit !?!???
I didn't think to measure the doorway, I wanted to cry. After all that work, I couldn't put it in the closet the right direction. So instead of seeing my cute bookshelf with toys and boys all nicely organized (at least for the picture) I can only see the end. Because of the width of the doorway and the light fixture, I can't turn it. The walls are all dinged up now, too, from my trying. 


I thought about moving it to Cort and Chan's bedroom, but after all of Collin's work on it, I couldn't just give his bookshelf away. Maybe after I finish one for each of them, I will have them trade. But for now, we get to enjoy it from the end.

 I love this color, it looks great in Collin's room. I wish that I had a better picture 
of the finished project, but I didn't bother to take one in my workshop (kitchen) 
because I was going to get it once it was in the closet, 
oh well... I will do better next time--you better believe there will be a next time.  
This is so fun!

Knock-Off Wood