While we were in Birmingham last weekend, Nikki and I each made an apron together. We had so much fun working, laughing, stitching, creating, staying up late, and laughing some more.

Blake even had to save the day and preform a few repairs on Nikki’s sewing machine. I must say that I was super impressed with his willingness to even attempt to repair a machine that he knew nothing about. And he was successful. You da Man, B!

The finished product…
A reversible Emmeline apron. How cute is that? All manner of cuteness.Barefoot in aprons on the front porch.

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Flag of Our Fathers

July 9, 2008

We spent the Fourth in Birmingham with Nikki, Blake, Caden, and Ethan. Nikki had the fabulous idea to make these t-shirts…This is what the kiddos’ hands looked like.
And they all turned out well- amazing, huh?
Even Baby Ethan!
They were all very proud of their painted hands.
And, here’s the finished product!

Works for me Recipes

July 2, 2008

Shannon over at Rocks in My Dryer is hosting a five ingredient or less recipe swap today. I am always eager to share a recipe, especially in the toddler sense of the word, “share” (meaning you share with me).

Greek Style Tomatoes

a fabulous summer side dish

3-5 tomatoes, sliced

4 oz. feta, crumbled

2 oz capers, drained

salt and pepper to taste

Slice tomatoes and arrange on plate in a single layer. Salt and pepper to taste and then scatter the feta and capers on top.

Fresh basil is a fab addition to this dish as well.

And I did not intend to make this a feta themed post, but here is a main dish made with feta. Easy, inexpensive, and yummy. This is a great entertaining dish as well.

Feta Chicken Bake

3-4 Boneless Skinless Chicken breasts

4-6 oz. Sundried tomato or mediteranean style crumbled feta

salt, pepper, and lemon or lime

Place chicken in single layer in baking dish. Sqeeze with fresh lemon or lime, and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Dump feta all over top, and bake at 350 for 3 to 45 min, depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts. Somtimes I have to cover with foil midway through cooking if the feta begins to turn brown. Enjoy!

Now, head on over to Rocks in My Dryer for more Works for Me Wednesday Recipes.

For anyone who is still reading, I have a question. i made crystalized ginger yesterday, which was very easy, but it took me forever to peel the fresh ginger. Is there a trick to peeling ginger that I don’t know about? Please help me…

Visual DNA

July 2, 2008

Youniverse Personality TestYouniverse Personality Test

This was a fun little personality profile. You choose photos that most describe you. It did not hit my personality dead on, but there were parts that are definitely accurate. What do you think?

I’m not one to brag, BUT I got a new stand mixer, and I love it. Don’t hate me for my Kitchenaid. I have been looking for any excuse to use it, so I decided to make Cream Feta Puff Pastries for an appetizer. No reason- just an excuse to use the mixer (twice).Since I have never made puff pastries, I did not think about that fact that it might be easier if I had a pastry bag and tip set. I thought I could just use a spoon.
Fortunately, I know Martha Macgyver, so she engineered a pastry bag using scissors, tape, a baggie and a straw.
Another day, another Super Hero…
Here she comes to save the day.
And they turned out beautifully! And Mmm Mmm Good!

Super Heroes

July 1, 2008

Living in a house full of boys, I always have some super hero or another showing up. You never know what size they will be either. The caped wonder Jaxon showed up yesterday. His super power is his cuteness. He absolutely knows that he can get away with anything. Who could say no to that face?
And, we also had a visit from the Roller Blade Hero. He attempted to go back down the basement stairs, which is where he found the source of his super power in the first place. Not a good idea.