Sunday, March 13, 2016

Easter Photo and outfit

So, been a bit bored with my new change of pace.. so Baby E has been starring in my learning newborn photography.
 I also decided to make a super cute rabbit outfit for her first Easter photos.
 To make the ears I crocheted around a bent pipecleaner, and the attached them to a band that went most of the way around her head. I luckily had a pink ribbon laying around to use to secure the band around her head.
 For the diaper cover, I used one of her existing diapers as a template as to how big to make it, and where to put the leg holes. I made it using a double crochet, so was able to use buttons to secure through one of the natural holes that were created. The tail was just a basic pom pom that I secured to the back of the diaper cover.
 I also decided after taking this round of photos to make some prop carrots, so those will be incorporated when we re-do this shoot later this week!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tourtière


Tourtière

The pie crust I used was from the inside of the package of lard (and make sure you use lard, not shortening!). I find the crust always works better for me when I do only a half batch... and quite nicely, the below filling amount filled up a half batch perfectly!

Filling:
  • 1lb ground pork
  • 4 strips of bacon, chopped
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp sage
  • dash allspice
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 medium potato, grated
Saute together onions and garlic. I did this in 2tbsp lamb fat... but it would also work to do it with pork fat, or butter, I just happened to have lamb handy.

Once onions are translucent, add in bacon and ground pork. Cook through.

Add in potato and spices.

Let simmer together.

Add to pie crusts. 
Cook at 460F for 15 minutes and then lower the heat to 350F for another 45 minutes.

Cooks notes: This recipe was originally adapted from a friends family recipe. Since I'd never had Tourtière before, and I didn't know how people would receive it I decided to add bacon, and not add in some of the recommended spices. The recipe above shows all ingredients I decided to use. It was a huge hit at potluck last weekend, and the friend who's family recipe I adapted it from also gave it good reviews. I'm going to make that in the success column.

Monday, November 23, 2015

2015 Christmas Cards

Got my Christmas cards done finally!

 Bet you can't even tell that I photoshopped on their hats (haha yes, you can.. but usually my cards are cheesy like that, so I don't even care!)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Lamp Re-vamp


Finally found some motivation to re-do a set of lamps that we inherited with the house. 
To be honest, I still have to do the lampshade for the second one.. But I think the one I did get done turned out pretty well!
Sorry for the Instagram photo.. I forgot to save the before and after photos on my phone....

Total cost of project:
$10 spray paint
$5 flat sheet (cut up to make lampshade)

I have a ton of paint left over, and a ton of fabric too, so actual cost is probably more around the $3.50 range if you buy the bare minimum to just do the project. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Cowichan inspired Leg Warmers

Looking through Pinterest, I ran across some beautiful looking cowichan leg warmers.
Not able to find a pattern, I decided to make my own.
Pattern width to be done in multiples of 20.
Desired length to be 14", 
Desired width based off of circumference of leg (plus an extra 2" to make sure it'll fit over snug fitting pants... remember to make in multiple of 20 stitches!)

Depending on how many inches it takes to make this pattern, I may add another iteration of the wave below the owl, But I don't want the pattern to fall below mid-calf of me.

I'll probably stick to the traditional colors of  grey, cream and black.

Will post finished product once it's finished (hopefully soon!)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

1 Serving cupcakes

Ok, so maybe it made 3 servings, not just one...

I found the cupcake recipe on www.howsweeteats.com last night while going through a major cupcake craving. And not just the cake. I wanted the frosting and the decorations also.
Recipe:
1 egg white (I used a whole egg.. which gave the cupcakes a bit of an eggy taste)
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup flour
1/4 heaping tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1-1/2 tbsp milk

Preheat oven to 350

In a bowl, combine egg and sugar and whisk together. Add in vanilla and melted butter (make sure it's not too hot... or it starts to cook your eggs and looks gross). Add all dry ingredients and stir until just blended. Add in milk.
Divide the cupcakes between your liners (the recipe says it'll make 2 cupcakes, I ended up with 3)

Bake for 12-15 minutes (or until done). Let cool, then frost.

Frosting (This was all eyeballed, as I don't love super sweet frosting)

5tbsp room temperature butter
1 tsp vanilla
icing sugar to taste
food coloring (optional)

Beat together all the ingredients until smooth and creamy.

To frost, I placed the frosting into a ziplock bag and cut one of the corners off.
Decorate with sprinkles and fruit

Monday, April 20, 2015

All the dogs...!

...ok, well, just my two.

I've been playing around some more with the whole graphic arts thing and decided to put together the following images.
 While they were done with the same technique, due to the lighting / quality of photo that was taken (one with a Samsung Galaxy 4, the other with my DSLR). I love them both.
   I feel like they capture the two very different personalities of both dogs.