Thursday, July 31, 2014

Baby Rag Strip Quilt

 I recently made this rag strip quilt for my niece.  It is flannel and soft and I love how it turned out.
 The embroidered label was an afterthought, so I stitched it on top, but in hindsight I would have pieced it into the quilt.  The handwriting on the label is my daughter's.  How much more special does that make the label?!
 This is the flat side of the quilt:
I had never done a quilt-as-you-go quilt or a rag quilt, and it was very easy.  I used the tutorial for this quilt at Do It Yourself Divas:
I used the Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial for machine binding a quilt.  They have great tutorials and quilting fabric.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Crafting Baby Shower

I recently went to a baby shower for a baby boy.  Instead of playing games, we crafted.  I couldn't finish in time, so I took mine home to finish up.  

We each made a scrapbook page and painted a onesie.  Here is the scrapbook page I did.  It has the Bible verse "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Creator of the sun, moon and stars, who does not change like their shifting shadows." James 1:17

I used Paper Studio's Woodland Retreat paper, and I stuck the page in my sewing machine and sewed a border around the page and the frame.

 Then I drew this little hedgehog from the paper, and embroidered the design on the onesie (Because I don't paint!!).
I had to add a bow tie on the little guy.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

Friday, July 18, 2014

I Sewed an Apron

 I made this apron as a thank you gift for a friend.  She made a delicious meal for me after I had surgery.  I used this tutorial from the blog Stitches in Play (thank you!).

 I used some Heather Bailey floral fabric.  It was pretty easy, and I think it turned out great.
Also, the farm chair is a trash item that I painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Tiny Cherry Pies

Tonight I made these tiny cherry pies.

I used 1 pie crust recipe (see below). I rolled out the crust and cut 12 - 4.5" circles using a Tupperware lid. I pressed the circles into a muffin tin and filled them with cherry pie filling (I used one can for all 12 pies).  For the top crust I cut 2.75" circles with a cookie cutter, and cut little hearts out of the center with a miniature cookie cutter.  I didn't press the edges together and learned the hard way why the edges should be pressed together: so all the filling doesn't bubble out the sides.  Oh well.

Top with a scoop of ice cream if you like.

Pie Crust 

1.  Mix 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flower and 1 teaspoon each salt and sugar.  Cut 2 sticks chilled unsalted butter into pieces.  With a pastry blender, cut in butter, working until mixture is similar to course meal.

2.  Add 4 tablespoons ice water; work with hands until dough comes together.  If dough is still crumbly, add more ice water a tablespoon at a time (up to 4 more).  Do not overwork.

3.  Divide dough in half, and flatten halves into disks.  Wrap disks separately in plastic; refrigerate at least 1 hour.

4.  Roll dough out onto a floured surface.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

My Other Favorite Breakfast

This is my other favorite breakfast (to see the first one, click here):

2 Scrambled eggs
1/4 cup red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped spinach
Fry in a little bit of coconut oil and sprinkle with Turmeric, 2 TB salsa, 1/8 c. shredded cheese, salt and pepper.
Top with 1/4 avocado, sliced

Turmeric is a spice that is extremely healthy.  Here is the one I use Simply Organic Turmeric. There is a long list of health benefits, which includes lowering inflammation, promoting healing, fighting alzheimer's disease and cancer, and it's good for your skin.  I also take these Turmeric Supplements.

Have a blessed day!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

My Favorite Breakfast

This is my favorite breakfast:

Cold quinoa
Raw Almonds
Sliced strawberries (or other fruit such as blackberries or raspberries)

I have never been a big fan of almond milk, because it just seems thicker and not as refreshing as milk.  I love coconut milk and find it to be a great substitute for milk.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

What I'm Reading: The Hormone Cure

Does any of this sound familiar to you?

I am in my early 40s.  I had been exercising and eating right in my 30s, so I expected when I turned 40 that life would just keep on getting better.  Then I fell flat on my face.  I am a chronic stress person, and why  not? Keeping up with kids, a husband, a household, a job, and school (among other things on the long list, ME BEING LAST on the list) is a big burden.

And I ran out of gas big time.  The harder I tried to recover from my stress and lack of energy, the more NOTHING HAPPENED.  I kept getting more tired,  not sleeping, migraine headaches, acne, blood pressure going higher, got sick a lot, feeling down, and gained more weight than I have ever gained, particularly on my stomach.

I went into hyper-vigilance mode:  If I eat and exercise perfectly, I will rebound.  Nope.  Because really, that is stressful and puts a lot of pressure on myself at a time when I have zero energy.

Doctors would do blood tests and tell me I'm perfectly healthy.  And then hand me a prescription for anti-depressants, anxiety medication or ADHD medication.  I would try to explain to them why I have symptoms of depression, BUT I'M NOT DEPRESSED!!

All of this was very discouraging, because I knew my hormones were whacked out.  But our health care system pays zero attention to women's hormones.  It's bizarre and harmful, because the medications they were giving me were making the problem worse.

My friend gave me Sara Gottfried's book The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep and Sex Drive; Lose Weight; Feel Focused, Vital and Energized Naturally With the Gottfried Protocol, and I love it.  It has questionnaires of symptoms that can help you diagnose what hormone problem you might be having, and then detailed explanation of how our hormones work, along with a healthy plan to help restore balance to our bodies, and blood tests we can ask our doctors to perform.

As I suspected, my hormones are a complete disaster.  I have made another appointment with my doctor to do testing, I have quit taking my medications (talk to your doctor before YOU decide to do this), I quit drinking alcohol and caffeine (yes, these interfere with hormones), upped the nutrition on my diet which no longer includes sugar, started yoga and meditation, and added a few supplements to the diet.

I'll let you know how it goes.