Monday, August 31, 2009


(I meant to hit publish on this post about two months ago.)
This is my husband's favorite no oven dish this summer.
Lentil salad
I found the recipe on another site and can't find it again, so I have no idea what the real recipe is, but what we do is. Cook the lentils, cut up two handful of cherry tomatoes from our tomato plants. Dice a half of pepper, and half of onion, mix it all up, and squirt a ton of lemon juice on it, and refrigerate it for a few hours.
We are cheese and tortilla/corn chips family so, we usually cook tortillas and cheese, and cut them up into little 1 X 1 squares and pour the salad on top of the squares.
We can't get our son to eat tortillas usually so he has his on top of nachos, my three year old actually eats this. He actually asks for lentils some days.
I think it looks so pretty with the cherry maybe grape tomatoes.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Popular in the Neighborhood

These were the most popular thing at bring your own lunch to the picnic table in front of the apartment building, among the children other than strawberries.

They are bracelets that my son and I had made earlier in the morning. Since both of his parents bead, he thinks it's pretty cool. (Even though his dad doesn't bead to be cool, he does it to be frugal.) Not to mention I've had a few nursery leaders tell me he is very skilled at stringing beads. He was very excited to make bracelets with me, since I don't let him touch my beads. (These are clearly child friendly.)
They are very easy to make I give him pipe cleaners because then I don't have to tape up the end of his string, and then we just bent the ends of the pipe cleaners around and fed them back through the beads. It was great!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sleeping Ballarinas

My daughter's tutu dust ruffle for her crib looks much better with the crib on the lowest setting. Now I wish I had antique dresser the same wood color, raised about a foot off the ground, so I could add a matching tutu dresser for the crib. Right now she doesn't have a dresser, her clothes are keep in a sweater organizer that hangs in the closet. Although if I had a dresser, where would we set up the play rug with the trains?

Finished, sort of

After almost three years, I have finished the applique of my christmas craft #???-- my christmas wall quilt.
I used fusible web adhesive (wonder-under) to glue all the letters and shapes on, and then blanket stitched them on the material. It was trickier than it sounds, because the green background is glossy and sparkly so the fusible adhesive didn't really stick, so as I was sewing one letter on, the next one would start to peal up.
But luckily the quilt is almost done, my fingers have now built up nice callouses for hand stitching.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Lemon Birthday

The other day I backed my brother a lemon cake with lemon butter cream frosting, for his birthday. It was said to taste really good. What I was proud about is, the fact that the top of the cake was flat, instead of shaped like a rounded mountain. Here are some pictures to commemorate the cake.