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Valentines day is a week away! But we got a head start on making these valentines for Milo’s class. I found a template online here; but being the design-nerd I used that as my starting point and created my own. I just cut out the jedi guy and pasted into my own template in Illustrator, then used this font to type out the message. I put four on a 8.x5x11 page, print and cut them out. We found the glowsticks at target in the dollar section. I cut a hole with my x-acto blade to accomodate for the glow stick and use a piece of washi tape on the backside to hold it down. We put these in a little gift bag (also from the dollar section at target) with some fruit snacks and now Milo has a sweet little, homeade valentine to give to all his friends!
The cold weather has me craving some hot veggie noodle soup! One of my favorite meals in the winter is the udon noodle soup at at Tokyo Lunchbox; so I tried using what I had on hand to come up with something…My son LOVED this recipe and ate every last bite (as did my husband and I!)
here’s what you need:
2 bundles of dried udon noodles
6 cups vegetable broth
3 cups water
1 vegetarian bullion cube
2-3 T miso paste (i used yellow miso)
1 tspn minced ginger or ginger paste
1/4 cup soy sauce
vegetables such as
First prepare your tofu. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Slice tofu into about 1 inch thick strips and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes and then flip, baking for about 10 minutes more. When cooled, cut into 1 inch squares. Set aside.
Clean and chop all of your veggies; set aside.
Prepare your udon noodles according to package directions; set aside.
Put all of your ingredients for the broth into a big stockpot and add the chopped carrots; Bring to a boil and then sort of simmer – after about 10 minutes add the zuchinni and green onions. After about 5 minutes or so, add the tofu – and right before serving toss in the noodles, broccoli and spinach until the spinach is blanched (about 2 minutes or so – you dont want mushy brocolli)
Ladle into bowls and serve with Japanese seven spice to give it a little heat!
And its a much better fit than last time.
I used Lion Brand Yarn’s Flower Garden Dog Sweater, only modifying it to fit my dog. I used the 1x pattern for stella, even though shes only 42 lbs. I didnt crochet the flowers, and I made mine a little bit shorter than in the photo.
But overall this was really easy. It took me about 2 hours total. I used bulky yarn and my trusty 10 hook. I stopped often and measured it against stella to make sure it would fit in the end; this was a big help and she was always willing to come over to me and oblige.
This pattern is two pieces – you crochet the back piece first, and then crochet the underside and sew them together, leaving spaces for the arms. When it was all done, I crocheted brown trim on the edge, armholes and neck to give it a more finished look.
Happy to report that miss stella loves it. I believe you have to enter a password/username in order to view the pattern above, but the pattern is free, so check it out!
It has been brutally cold here in Chicago for the past few days. We’ve been snowed in and hit with record low temperatures. I thought making this little sun catcher would help bring some color to this dreary winter. It was pretty fun to make for milo, since he got to use his very own scissors and do essentially most of the work. I love the little burst of color it brings to my cold, snowy window.
You will need:
tissue paper of various colors
Embroidery hoop (we used a 6 inch hoop)clear contact paper
suction cup hanger
Measure two sheets of contact paper to be about 1 1/2 inches bigger than your embroidery hoop. Cut out various shapes of the tissue paper. Peel away one of the sheets of contact paper and apply the shapes to the sticky side. When finished, peel away the other piece of contact paper and place sticky sides together to protect the tissue paper pieces. Place within the embroidery hoop and use a suction cup hook to hang in the window.
This is kind of like making your own cereal! Its similar to oatmeal, but its not warmed up. I really enjoyed it, and it was a nice departure from my normal breakfast routine. I can think of numerous ways to customize this and make all kinds of versions of it. You can serve it with almond milk, or on top of yogurt. I ate mine with some almond milk and chopped dried figs and apples. Yum!
Recipe adapted from Real Simple magazine.
3 cups rolled oats 1/2 cup roasted pistachios
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup seasame seeds
2 tspn pure vanilla extract
1/2 tspn ground ginger
sprinkle of sea salt
1/4 cup toasted coconut chips ( i used dang coconut chips)
almond milk or yogurt (for serving)
Mix the top ingredients together in a bowl and toss around until evenly coated. Bake on a rimmed cookie sheet for 18-20 minutes until golden brown. Stir and rotate one time, half way through baking. When cool, add the toasted coconut chips. Store in airtight container. serve with almond milk or yogurt, and top with diced apples and dried figs.
I love made by rae patterns. They are always so cute, and the patterns are well priced and very easy to understand. I made the washi dress this summer, and I still can’t believe I made a dress – THAT I CAN WEAR!
I love this bag! The pattern is only $8. It was pretty easy to make – and only has three pattern pieces, so the prep time is even pretty fast. I love how this bag came out, and I definitely want to make more! The possibilities seem endless! I see a few more of these in my future for sure!
You want smores this winter but don’t have a campfire to make it happen? Fear no more! I have come to save the day!
- Preheat your oven to 450.
- In a cast iron skillet, add some chocolate chips. (about a cup or so). Cut your marshmallows (i used dandies) in half and top the chocolate chips with them.
- Bake for 7-9 minutes, or until the marshmallows turn golden brown.
- Scoop with graham crackers.