Showing posts from July, 2012

Making crayon rolls

The past couple days I have been busy sewing crayon rolls. 
I have 7 total and more on the way!
I really like this pink glittery fabric. I hope I can get more before they run out.

 I have three with fabric ties, and one with a ribbon tie.
I was limited on the boys fabric. The zoo animals fabric I got as scrap material. I didn't have enough for a whole crayon roll with just that material. So, when I found the flannel dinosaur print and light blue material on clearance I figured I'd make do with what I had. The other dinosaur print is leftover from when I made my nephew's crayon roll. I wish I had bought extra of that material when they had it as they no longer carry it. :-(
This is the front and 
this is the back. Since the flannel dinosaur print (top photo) was on clearance, I didn't get to choose how much I got, but it was about less than half of a yard. Again, I really liked it but it's all gone. :-(
More crayon rolls. I tried more ribbon for the ties and some s…


On my daily bicycle ride to the post office yesterday, I noticed a little hitchhiker along the way. 

How to make Thai chicken fried rice

You'll need six cups of cooked rice. It's best to make the day before and then chill it. Jasmine rice tastes best but can be made with regular white rice.

Heat up skillet and cook 1 cup of cubed chicken with 2 cloves of minced garlic.

Add one onion, sliced lengthwise and cook until both onion and chicken are done.  (I moved it over to make room for the beaten eggs.)
Add 3 lightly beaten eggs to pan and cook until scrambled.  (Cooking 3 lightly beaten eggs.) Sometimes I like to mix the egg mixture with the onions and chicken and cook altogether. Sometimes I just try to keep it separate. I don't like eggs by themselves so that's why I like to mix them. Personal preference.

Stir in the cooked cold rice, 3 Tablespoons tamari sauce,  2 Tablespoons sugar and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Mix well.

Add 1 roma tomato sliced lengthwise and 2 chopped green onions to mixture. Heat through.

Serve with cucumbers on the side.

Nice to take for a lunch since you don't have to reheat it. T…


Several weeks ago, I was pleased to see that my carrots were growing nicely in the pot I planted them in. Then a few days ago, I noticed they were smashed and not looking so good.

This morning, Nick motioned for me to come and see something at the window and we had a good laugh at this:

That explains why my carrots looked smashed and are now pitifully gone.  Oh well.. I was actually thinking the other day of pulling the tomato plant since there is no tomatoes on it, and there should be by now. And planting a row of bush cucumbers.

Maybe I'll even have enough to make a batch of fridge pickles. That is, IF I can keep our cat, Pickles out of it!! Any ideas!??

Grilled Steak and veggies

Tonight I'm grilling some steak and I used this marinade to put on the meat:

The original recipe is from my Lemongrass and Limes Thai Cookbook. I've changed it a little bit.

1 Tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
2 teaspoons fish sauce
4 teaspoons Tamari sauce

Mix together and rub over meat and let sit. Ideal time is between 1-8 hours though I have done it in as little as 20 minutes.

Grill until meat is done to your liking!

I like to serve this with rice and a vegetable. I think tonight, I'll serve fresh from the garden new potatoes and green beans.


Cute poems to go with scrubbers

Someone asked me the other day if I knew a cute poem to go with their homemade pot scrubbers or dish cloths. I thought I'd compile a bunch here for you to choose from. I stopped writing poetry years ago and don't plan to start. :-)

However here are some great ones to choose from! And maybe give you some ideas to write your own as well.

1.  MOM

To make your mother's day fantastic
I made you this flower of plastic.
I give it to you with this special wish.
May it help you scrub each pot and dish.
I want to thank you for all you do.
Happy Mother's Day, I LOVE YOU!
(remove brad and enjoy your kitchen scrubber)

Fold the piece of cardstock in half. This will be your card. Cut out the poem with decorative scissors and glue it on the front of the card. Cut out the stem and leaves for the "flower" on a green piece of paper and glue these onto your card. Push the brad through the middle of the pot scrubber and attach it to the card.
All you have to do is finish the ins…