Month: April 2016

A blanket for the monster

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Being quite happy with how this baby blanket for Theo turned out a little ago, I was thinking of making one for our monster as well and was so glad that there was just enough fabric left. So I did! I got some grey fabric with little dots for the back and went for a simple diagonal squares quilting pattern.

Technically, it’s not Yannick’s first blanket. He has another one that used to be his play mat before he was mobile, and which we still use for the stroller and in the car. This blanket though I want to keep in his crib. And don’t the forest animals just go perfect with the cloud shelves and the birch trees on the kids room wall?! 🙂

While I will continue to use his sleeping bag at night, I’ll start to use the new blanket for Yannick’s daytime naps. We’ve been “practicing” with his unzipped sleeping bag for a while now, so I think he’s ready for an actual blanket. And so far he seems to really like it – let’s see what he thinks when we get ready for his afternoon nap today… 😉

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UPDATE:

Ha! There we go! And yes, the stuffies may have been arranged for the picture… 😛

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Freestyle pesto

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I love fresh pesto, and I mean the traditional green pesto with basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, garlic and olive oil. But today I felt like MORE. So I added some dried tomatoes and Kalamata olives to these basic ingredients. My sense of color mixing made me shudder though when I opened the cupboard to get my blender ready. So I decided to go for a coarse pesto for once, chopping all the ingredients by hand.

So good! I really enjoyed it, especially the crunchiness of the pine seeds that would have been lost in a pureed pesto. And it was a super quick supper, too, since all the ingredients were raw, except for the pine seeds that I roasted. Oh, and also the garlic. So it literally just took the time that the spaghetti were boiling! 🙂

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And what about some crocheted details…

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It’s official – I’m addicted! And there seem to be more occasions than ever to send out handmade greeting cards, so I guess there’s not much hope… 😛

Yesterday I finished this one… and had lots of fun experimenting with some crocheted elements. And I only got the idea for lack of a green fabric for the leaves, but then found some green embroidery yarn and I think I rocked it… Ha! 😀

Happy new home, Tingting!

Another sewn card

I think I have found my new favorite technique to use up all those tiny little fabric scraps that are too small for actual sewing projects: make cute greeting cards!

After my first attempt with a little acorn card a few weeks ago, this was my project one evening last week. I’ve just been a little secretive and didn’t want to show it here before it had reached its destination… but here it is now.

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I just love how the different textures work together – soft flannel clouds, a dark denim chimney and a button door knob. I also really like how the embroidered flowers turned out. So pretty, eh?! 🙂

There are so many beautiful cards out there in the stores – I particularly like the ones from Papyrus – but sometimes I find there’s nothing nicer than a little handmade gift! And the possibilities to personalize are endless…

Happy new home, Britta and Pete!!!

Salad and salmon

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When I got this piece of salmon at the store today, I was planning to have it with the leftovers of yesterday’s ratatouille. But then I remembered the rucola lettuce that was still sitting in the fridge and that I didn’t want to become a sad lettuce… So, salmon with salad it was for supper today. I roasted some pine nuts, chopped some dried cranberries and found some goat cheese and dill in the freezer. And I thaught a sliced pear would be perfect for the final touch since I kinda like fruity salads… And the honey-mustard-balsamico dressing also turned out quite good!

Paul is travelling for work this week and while I know myself and how much I prefer cooking for more than one person, I promised myself that I would not just have cereals three times a day. Today, I was actually tempted – not because I wanted cereals, but the monster was not a very happy monster today. No idea why, but he constantly wanted to be picked up, then not to be on my arm, but then he’d cling to my leg whining only a few seconds later. So we ended up making supper “together”, the monster being strapped to my front in his old baby carrier. It was not my first time cooking like that, but the last time he was definitely a few pounds lighter and not moving half as much! But we did it, and I really enjoyed my fish and salad after! 🙂

Now the little man is sleeping peacefully and mommy is probably going to follow his example soon…

Ratatouille

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I am not a vegetarian, but I definitely don’t need a big piece of meat every day. And there are so many great vegetable dishes that are totally worthy of being served as a stand-alone meal! Today, after a beautifully sunny day, I felt like making ratatouille, which I think is a typical summer dish. Yum, so good, I really enjoyed it! 🙂

And it is so easy:

This is what you need:

  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 big onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 big eggplant
  • 2 zucchini
  • 3 bell peppers
  • 1 good dash white wine
  • 5 tomatoes
  • salt, pepper
  • 2 tbsp. fresh thyme, chopped

This is what you do:

  • Fire your cauldron, cut up the onion and garlic and roast them in olive oil for a few minutes.
  • Add the eggplant (cut into 1 inch dices) and continue for another 10 min or so, stirring from time to time. Add a little more olive oil if needed, the eggplant tends to soak up quite a bit.
  • Add the bell peppers and zucchini (also cut into 1 inch chunks/slices) and roast everything for another 10 min.
  • Add the white wine and the tomatoes (again: 1 inch chunks), put the lid on and simmer until your preferred consistency is reached. I prefer my veggies not too mushy, so I gave them about 10 min.
  • Season with salt, pepper and thyme.
  • Enjoy with fresh white bread or rice.

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I find the leftovers are also really good as a cold snack. Or I might have them as a side with a nice piece of fish. Let’s see…!

My first crocus!

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May I present you with the first crocuses that opened their petals in front of our house today?! Let’s enjoy them while they last! Last year, Mr bunny came for a visit and ate them all on day two… 😛

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Anyways, it’s so nice to finally see all the snow gone (except for some particularly tenacious remnants in the most shady corners around the house…) and to enjoy the sunshine and stable plus degrees! Happy springtime, everyone! 🙂

 

A little dress for Mila

This morning, I was surprised by a really nice message from Kiel: a photo of Mila wearing the little dress I made for her second birthday last October. After waking up to 15 cm of fresh snow – no need to say that I’m REALLY craving for spring -, that just made my day! 😀

And oh, do I remember how much I enjoyed this girly project, especially after all the things I had made for Yannick lately! And Mila is such an adorable little lady! 💛

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I have actually had this embroidered denim fabric for years. I once made a little purse for my sister as one of my very first sewing projects. And now this was the perfect moment to use the rest of it! So I just got a zipper and some red cotton for the lining and the little pockets and made my first girls’ dress. I’m so glad she likes it! And it just looked so nice with her short-sleeved white shirt! 🙂