Tonight is not a night to work out in the shop - the weather is icky and the bug eaten trees off the back corner of the shop make me really nervous in high winds... and there's that whole tornado watch thing too... and this kind of weather makes the kids a bit crazy too.
So.... I pulled out the sewing machine. I promised to make O fun rocker chic shirts many months ago, but we just haven't found the time. Tonight was the night.
I buy the kids clothes (and mine too) at Goodwill. This is a fabulous $2 shirt. A boy's shirt. A plain boring boy's shirt.
Now it's Rock Star Awesome! Totally Punk Rock... totally.
O wasn't too sure about using lace at first... it even has flowers on it ... and we all know flowers are NOT punk rock... but I took her aside and taught her all about Madonna. Yes, Madonna. Now, lace is like totally all the rage.
Oh yes, oh yes... we are making more of these. O wants to design them and even wants me to open a new shop to sell her rocker fashions. We'll see... Would you want a tomboy/rocker chic/totally rock star shirt for your darling princess?
Today's lunch... roma tomatoes, cucumbers, and sprouts... rolled up in tortillas smeared with cream cheese. Are my kiddos spoiled or tortured? You decide.
Seriously now - I love sprouts. I made stir fry a few weeks ago and bought a pack of mung bean sprouts for about $5. They weren't that fresh either (you know when they're kinda slimy and getting gross)... I love sprouts. Sprouts of all kinds... on my salads, my sandwiches, in my egg roll, in my stir fry....
So I thought back to my childhood - specifically a second grade science experiment... sprouts in a jar. Why not? It's easy. It's fast.
I like to support small business, but I'm also kinda cheap and like free shipping. I looked around and then found something great on Amazon. The Sprout House sells on Amazon and it's Prime too!! I picked up a 1 lb jar of a wonderful mix (in the photo) of alfalfa, clover, broccoli, and radish sprout seeds and I picked up a 1 lbs jar of mung bean sprouting seeds.
Take a large mason jar - I used a ginormous pickle jar (it's about 2 quarts) - add your seeds - a little goes a LONG way. I used 2 TBS of seeds and it makes a whole lot, as you can see. Soak them overnight in warm water. Drain in the morning - use a cheese cloth over the top as your strainer to keep the seeds in jar and protect them from any fun bugs in your house (our house is still in the midst of a lady bug invasion). Put the jar away from sunlight - I just put mine in the deep corner of the counter, under the upper cabinets. Rinse the seeds morning and night and watch them grow!!
Now, back to the kids... I think it's a combination of both. O loves the "little crunchies," Iz is indifferent, and little Juju just hurls them at the wall (but he does that with a LOT of things).
No, they're not uber healthy, no, they're not organic, no, they're not homemade, no, they're not granola-mom approved.... but they are magic.
Kids will eat ANYTHING with sprinkles... they'll happily stuff their faces... even if it only has 10 sprinkles topping the magical heap of health.
This morning's oatmeal ingredients were lacking... I had none of the usual berries to entice the kiddos to eat their warm gooey goodness. Solution? Sprinkles. Their faces lit up like kids in a candy store... they ate bowl after bowl after bowl....
I swear to you - try it sometime. The kids hate the salad? Add a few sprinkles. Kids hate their peas? Add a few sprinkles. They'll eat and eat and hunt and dig to get to those few magical sprinkles.
Does this make me a bad mom? Maybe, but my kids are eating well with the help of a few tiny bits of candy coated sugar. I like to think it's one of those things June Cleaver might have done... a little special surprise for the kiddos on a cold morning...
BrightNest is an amazing site! And guess who is featured in an article today? Another Cup!!
Geometric patterns and shapes are HOT right now, and, guess what? I make wall cubes. Beauty and function. It makes me giddy that someone noticed them ;)
So my prized mid-century modern chair will need to go upstairs where kids can't destroy it... the computer tower needs to go up (way up) on the shelving rack where kids can't touch the pretty buttons... and shelving. Shelving will be the answer. Shelving for everything. Thankfully, I make shelving. Time to get to work... cause I give up.
If you Google "Scary Wonderbread," this image pops up. It is scary. I'll admit it... I'm afraid of wonderbread.
When I was a small child, my parents told me that white bread, specifically wonderbread, would make you stupid. I believed them. I was terrified of white bread. Once upon a time, a babysitter's boyfriend teased me and told me they were making me a white bread sandwich and I cried and cried. What could be more horrible than a bread that would make you stupid?!
Now I know better - it will not make you stupid... or will it? Have you ever read the list of ingredients on a pack of wonderbread?
Whole wheat flour, water, wheat gluten, high fructose corn syrup, contains 2% of less of: soybean oil, salt, molasses, yeast, mono and diglycerides, exthoxylated mono and diglycerides, dough conditioners (sodium stearoyl lactylate, calcium iodate, calcium dioxide), datem, calcium sulfate, vinegar, yeast nutrient (ammonium sulfate), extracts of malted barley and corn, dicalcium phosphate, diammonium phosphate, calcium propionate (to retain freshness).
Like my mom, I bake my bread. A lovely treat (even though I make it a couple time a week)... oh that smell... oh how the kids faces light up when they notice the bread cooling on the counter... Fresh bread. Real bread.
My ingredients? Flour, water, a bit of sugar-honey-molasses-or-maple-syrup, sometimes some cheese or seasonings, yeast, and bit of salt... and some butter or olive oil... Bread, oh lovely bread...
Tomorrow I'm baking another loaf of cracked-wheat. I can taste it now...
Call me crazy, but I find that the plant starts I buy grown like crap and just don't produce as well as the ones I start from seed.... and I realize that we're just getting in to January, but really, here in Georgia, it get's warm quick. Spring will be here in about 2 months and I need to be ready. Heck, I probably should have my early spring seeds started already... ah well... better late than never, right?
I know there are so many great products on the market to start your seeds... mini indoor greenhouse trays... fancy containers... but why spend money when you don't have to? Trust me, the seeds don't care how fancy your set up it - they just want some warmth, some light, and a little TLC.
For the sake of keeping the house from looking like a junk yard, I thought about going for the cool new toilet paper roll set up... but, to be honest toilet paper rolls are a hot ticket item around here. It's a little ridiculous how excited the kids get when the roll runs out and they get to play with the tube. It would break their hearts if I tried to take them away and save them up just to fill them with dirt.
So, I gave my husband fair warning. I WILL BE RAIDING AND REVIEWING THE RECYCLE BIN CONTENTS EVERY DAY. Yup, I'm diggin' through our trash. Yogurt containers, milk jugs, 2 liters, sour cream cans, coffee cans... pretty much anything I can get my hands on that will hold dirt.
Three Cheers for Dirt and Happy Gardening!
I get mirror time really only when I'm giving the kids a bath. It's not a bad thing... I honestly don't get out much, except the hardware store/lumber yard or a quick run for groceries. What I look like doesn't matter so much, and I still manage to get 'hit on' at the hardware store, so I must be doing something right (although that "something" surely does not include make up or even a hair brush - I'm more of a wild hair/natural beauty... or something like that... sure).
I digress. My mirror time tonight consisted of 3 separate baths - not all in one fell swoop (the norm). I had oodles of time to inspect every pore. It was scary.
Since the birth of my first child (a little over 5 years ago), I haven't given myself a single facial... no pedicures... I rarely even apply a moisturizer. I've given up, as many over-worked and under-slept moms do.
I solemnly vow to change that - right now. But.... I don't have any facial-type-stuff anymore... and it's getting late... and I'm cheap. I did a little research and it turns out I don't need anything other than my kitchen. I have water - I have a towel - I have herbs - I have a pot to boil the water - I have sugar - I have honey - I have a lemon. I'm set. AWESOME!
Step 1 - boil water, add some herbs. Remove from the heat, put your face over the pot (about 12 inches) and cover with a towel for about 10 minutes.
Step 2 - mix a few tablespoons of sugar and a bit of honey to make a paste. Add a few drops of lemon juice if so desired. Scrub in a circular motion. Rinse.
Now.... to get the kids to go to bed so I can get that "me" time....
Welcome to 2013! This year, I vow to try new things, step out of my comfort zone, work even harder, grow my business, and play more with the kiddos. It's a tall order, but I think I can make it happen.
Step 1 - EBAY!! Once upon a time, I used ebay to sell off old books and a massive (rarely watched) DVD collection....what a horrible waste of money.... ah well. Live and learn, right? Ebay auctions are an experiment... in addition to my shop on Etsy, I can use ebay for short 3 or 5 day auctions for quick deals and steals. Who doesn't LOVE a bargain?
Click on the picture below to check out what I have listed right now!
A work in progress