Sundays are sacred days… I look forward to Sunday all week. After church and lunch with Joe my day begins to unfold. Laundry usually takes precedence, which surprisingly enough, I don’t mind on Sundays. Some Sundays I feel like sewing or scrapbooking, sometimes I feel like reorganizing the house. Some Sundays, much like today, baking is on the agenda.
Ina Garten’s Plum Tart for some friends. The plums are just tart enough to compliment the crumbly sugar top. Yum Yum!
Brownie Goody Bars for the guys in the field. These are from one of those little Betty Crocker magazine cookbooks at the checkout at the grocery store. I can never resist these even though they are usually not worth the $3.99. A brownie layer smeared with vanilla frosting, sprinkled with crushed peanuts, and topped with a peanut butter melted chocolate rice krispie thing on top. I think I need to call the dentist right away!
And as if there weren’t enough dishes to do already (I don’t have a dishwasher in Korea) I have a big dinner planned for Joe. He’s heading to the field for a week tomorrow so I thought I would make his favorite, fried chicken fingers and rice. Weird combo, I know. Most people eat their fried chicken fingers with fries or mashed potatoes but when your husband is half-Thai you stop questioning the rice-with-everything habit. And since Kelli never lets you down with her fabulous recipes I thought I would try her Spicy Cornbread Muffins, as if we needed another starch at dinner. Starchophobes, look away!
Well the May Amy Butler In Stitches Sew-Along assignment was the cute little pleated apron. It’s almost the end of June and I have two confessions:
1) I’m well past the deadline. C’est la vie!
2) I majorly overhauled this pattern.
I freehanded this apron design using 4 French themed dishcloths. The AB pleated apron is, no doubt, tres chic but I have an uncanny knack for spilling things on myself. The problem is that when I spill it’s typically on my upper half. I’m also quite incapable of doing dishes without the need for scuba gear so I thought a full length apron would be much more useful. I also made my apron reversible (the other side is exactly the same) so that when I am all dirty having prepared a 5-course meal for guests, I can simply reverse the apron and voila – a clean apron.
Paula Deen’s recipe for Peanut Butter Brownies in the cutest little July 4th cupcake liners. They looked even better after they were baked. I made 60 of them for a BBQ last week and they were the only things gone at the end of the BBQ. That Paula Deen, what would I do without her.
A beautiful gift from my friend Joey. It was such a pleasant surprise to receive this in the mail. I do my fair share of ordering things online while living in Korea but I always love the unexpected package. She got us this amazing bowl made from the root of a tree and some beautiful table linens. I think she got these things from my fave store which makes this gift all the more sweet. (Peaches are not included).
It’s been a while, I have no real valid excuses other than I needed a break and I was busy. I know everyone else is busy but I like to balance my busyness with a little bit of laziness as well. I think writing two blogs also makes it harder to keep up with them. I sometimes feel like my writing is forced and unnatural. So here are a few things I have been up to, in no particular order.
Utter sewing room chaos!!!
Some solutions for said sewing room chaos. When I saw these pieces I didn’t care that we can only ship 1500 pounds back from Korea, I HAD to have them, aren’t they beautiful!
A beautiful package from Dana!
My dream – a French package from Gaelle!
Magazine and yarn heaven from Grace!
Yummy chocolate and scrapbooking goodies from Julie.
I participated in Kelli‘s Mozambique orphan goody bag drive about a month ago and this was the package I sent. I made about 12 of these and wished I could have made more.
I also opened an Etsy shop, although there is not a whole lot in there yet, but I’m working on it. Check it out!
Part of the reason I have been so neglectful of this blog is because I am fervently working on a new business. I’m not quite where I want to be and still need to get a website designed so if any of you fellow crafty-blogger-types design websites or know someone who designs websites for next to nothing, please shoot me an email. I do have some money in the budget for the website but not a substantial amount right now. I will let you all know in a short while what exactly my venture is. Let’s just say I am working on something that I hope will allow me to become successful enough to stay home with my children in a few years, when Joe and I actually have some. I’m thinking ahead!