Archive for July, 2012

Festive Table Cloth

We recently bought some patriotic fabric for a new table cloth.  For our table, we purchased two yards.  I used my iron to fold over the edges about 5/8 inch and then to tuck that edge under, making roughly a 1/4 inch hem.  I then sewed it all the way around with my sewing machine.

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Pumpkin Hat

I have to say that this is such a cute hat.  It’s knitted with some golden/orange yarn (most likely weight 4), as well as Caron One Pound in Forest Green (also weight 4).  I used US 8 double pointed needles.  It is sized for a newborn.

I based it on a hat pattern, a stem pattern, and a leaf pattern.  There was a little experimentation as I went along as well.

It was tricky knitting in the round on double pointed needles.  I tried it on circulars, but the circumference wasn’t wide enough, so I had to go back to the DPN’s.

When it came time to tack down the leaf and stem, I kept the stem twisted so that I wouldn’t have to do an extra tendril.

Starting the stem

Starting the leaf

The finished hat!

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Animal Baby Quilt

Using the Triple Rails pattern from Even More Quilts for Baby, by Ursula Reikes, I used blue, green, and animal print fabrics to make a baby quilt.


You start with squares and strips of the various fabrics.

You make fabric strips that alternate the blue and green fabric (triple rails).


You cut the rowed fabric into rectangles or narrow strips.

You make checkerboard squares.

You make rows of fabric that alternate checkerboards and “triple rails.”

You alternate the theme printed fabric with the triple rails.

You sew all of your rows together and you get a great baby quilt top!

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Pregnancy Swim Set #5

This swim set has no warm up, no drills, and no cool down.  It’s just straight intervals.  Go at an easy pace that’s comfortable for you.

Distance:  450 yards/meters

Pregnancy Swim Set #5:

  • Repeat the following three times:  4×25 freestyle, 2×25 breaststroke

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Sweet Potato Fries

I don’t really care for baked sweet potatoes, but I love sweet potato fries.  I enjoy making the sweet potato spears from Chris Carmichael’s Fitness Cookbook.

You cut the potatoes into spears, toss them with EVOO, salt and pepper, and thyme, and then cook them for 45 min. at 400 degrees (flipping them over halfway through).

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More Baby Quilt Fabrics


I picked up some more baby quilt fabrics.  I’m quite excited about them!

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I got a new stir fry cookbook:  Easy Chinese Stir-Fries by Helen Chen.  After purchasing some gluten free soy sauce, I was ready to try it out.

I used ground ginger, GF soy sauce, mushrooms, snow peas, garlic, and bamboo shoots.

Instead of marinating the chicken in cornstarch and rice wine, I used arrowroot and GF soy sauce.

You cook the chicken with the garlic and ginger on high for about two minutes.  Then, you add the veggies.  After that, you add more cornstarch (I used arrowroot) mixed with water.  I also added additional soy sauce for flavoring.  I served it with brown rice.

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