Anyone who has had a child knows about the steady stream of questions that starts flowing around the age of three. Baby G. never stops. I thought it deserved a layout. Besides, that top picture was so perfect, it needed to be scrapped!
Here's what I desperately need (need, not want...) this week:
1. Cricut Art Philosophy Collection from Close To My Heart: Cricut lovers are going to gasp when they see this! The geniuses at CTMH have worked with Cricut to release a cartridge that pairs with clear acrylic stamps and dimensional chipboard. Simply plug the cartridge into your Cricut and you’re ready to cut any of the 700 shapes, ranging from elegant rosettes (I LOVE THE ROSETTES!) and lace to trendy gift boxes and banners! You’ll also receive three stamp sets as well as three sets of 9" × 12" Dimensional Elements that work in tandem with the cartridge. On top of that, numerous My Acrylix stamp sets in their new Idea Book pair wonderfully with images on the Cricut® cartridge. When looking through the new CTMH catalog, you’ll see that they’ve put lines around the images that coordinate and marked the size setting right on the acetate sheet.
I recently signed up to be a CTMH consultant (Mama needs the discount), so if you're interested in this amazing new cartridge (only available through CTMH), drop me an e-mail at email@example.com and I'll get you all the information you need!
Our summer "to do" list. I took this picture at the beginning of summer. We've managed to check off about half of the items so far.
Our official summertime drink is Pimms. We make our Pimms cup with 1 part Pimms No. 1, 3 parts 7-Up, cucumber peel and fresh mint. Delicious.
My hubby has perfected an amazing recipe for samosas. Baby G. has taken great pride in making her own and they are becoming a favorite family meal:
Samosa filling 3 whole boiled potatoes. Peeled and coarsely mashed. Lumpy is good here. 1 T chopped cilantro 1 t salt 1 green chili seeded and finely chopped 1/2 t Garam Masala 1/2 t Chili powder 1 T lemon juice 1/2 c cooked green peas NOT CANNED. Frozen works fine.
Combine all, set aside. Note, you may want to make the filling while your dough - below - is resting. Filling should be warm when used.
Samosa dough (This recipe will make enough dough for 24 samosas. More or less depending on how big you make your Samosas. This is a no rise dough. It should be the consistency of playdough or firm pastry dough when done.) 2 c flour 2 t salt 2 T vegetable oil 1 c warm water
Mix flour and salt into a bowl. Make a well into the center and add the oil and enough water to make a firm dough. Knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth and roll into a ball. Cover in plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Divide into 24 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and roll out into a 3 inch circle on a lightly floured work surface.
Place a tablespoon or so of the filling near the center of the circle. Fold over and seal the edge with the tines of a fork -pressing all the way around the sealing edge to ensure a good seal.
Deep fry the samosas in hot oil until crisp and light brown. Hubby cooks them in a sauce pan with a few inches of oil. No need to fire up the deep fryer here. Drain on a paper towel.
Pool parties with your best friends. Good times. I'll be back with more summer pics next week!
Regular readers might remember the red/white/black ladybug paper cake I made for Baby A's first birthday. It served as a centerpiece during the party and is now a time capsule for her to open on her 21st birthday (it is filled with all sorts of goodies from the year she was born):
My sister-in-law's baby shower was last month and I was thrilled to hear that she was decorating the nursery in ladybugs. Another ladybug cake!!!:
I used the beautiful pink/brown papers from Basic Grey's beautiful "Bittersweet" collection.
I struggled to find pink & brown ladybugs that would coordinate with the papers, so I made my own using a wooden shape from Michaels:
I pried the wooden wings off, painted the base and dots with dark brown acrylic paint, then punched and layered cardstock circles to make the wings. A hand-drawn stitch line brought it all together. The antennae was made using an old 7 Gyspies heart clip. Perfect!
Baby K. was born early Monday morning this week, weighing in at a whopping 10 pounds, 9 ounces. Seriously. 10 pounds, 9 ounces. I've already warned my kids to be nice to their new cousin, because she will be able to kick their asses within the next year.
Welcome to the world sweet Baby K. Your Aunt Korie can't wait to meet you!
1. Everything Alice. I'm dying to get my hands on this "Wonderful Book of Makes and Bakes". This collection of 50 Alice In Wonderland-themed crafts and recipes is right up my alley. Head over to the book's website to read about it and get lost in some beautiful pictures. The book is only $16.23 on Amazon!
2. CHA Sneak Peeks: It's mid-summer which means it is time for the roll-out of a ton of new goodies. Here are a few of my favorites:
I'll be listing a ton of items over the next couple of days. I need to clean out the back storage area of my basement and I have a bunch of items I've purchased for future class kits that just need to GO!
I just listed a set of 7 Gypsies goodies and a bunch of embellishments. Take them off of my hands! Please! All "stash sales" are 50% off!
You'll find everything listed in my Etsy shop. Check back often, as I'll post them as I can...
(Local students can always pick up from me and save on shipping! Just drop me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) after you purchase the "stash")