Archive | December, 2010

Last Minute Christmas Gifts: Aprons

21 Dec

They were both excited when they opened their present and pulled out matching aprons.

With less than a week left before Christmas do you find yourself running out of ideas?  Sew an apron for some of the lovely ladies or girls on your Christmas list.  You could probably come up with a pattern on your own but if you are looking to purchase one, I highly recommend McCalls 5720.  One of the great things about this pattern is that it contains both the adult sized pattern and kid sized pattern all in one pattern.  When I can find patterns on sale for .99 I tend to buy them rather than use the brain power to dream them up. 🙂

I think my Aunt Christy and cousin Anna will have lots of fun with these.

I made two sets of matching aprons last week and they were very well received.  I wish I had captured the look on my cousin Katie’s face when she saw them.  When she realized there was one for her mom she was even more excited!  This was the first time I have ever made matching aprons and I bet it won’t be the last!

My cousin Katie wore her apron the rest of the evening. I can just picture her playing kitchen at home and baking cookies with her mom. 🙂

McCalls 5720 is quickly becoming one of my favorite patterns.


I couldn't resist adding a picture of Eli to this post. I think Eli thinks he's a big kid in this picture playing the Wii.

Easy Teething Biscuits

17 Dec

Yummy. Eli loves homemade teething biscuits.

Are you looking for a super easy, fast homemade teething biscuit recipe?  Look no further.  It’s so easy you won’t even need a recipe the second time you make it.

Simple Teething Biscuits:

  • 1 cup baby cereal-you can use any kind
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup fruit juice.
  • Combine and refrigerate for a couple of hours.

Between 2 pieces of wax paper roll out dough. Cut into shapes using a knife, biscuit cutter, or I used the top of a cup.

Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until hard.

Your baby will love them. You can have the piece of mind knowing exactly what your baby is eating and the fact that you just saved some money.

Birthday Day Bash of The Year

16 Dec

Our little guy is 1!

That’s right our sweet Elijah turned 1 this past weekend.  It is so hard to believe that a year has flown by.  We had a great time celebrating with our family and were blessed to have over 20 of them in our home. Here are just a few photos from the party.

Eli's birthday cake was a lemon cake with lemon icing.

Eli's Great Grandma Lois even got to come.

Too cool to smile

With so much excitement Eli didn't quite know what to think.

-After being strict on Eli and not letting him enjoy lots of refined or sugar foods I thought for sure that he would dive right in to his little cupcake, but nope. He stuck his finger in it and cried. Oh well. I guess he's going to be a fruits and veggies kind of guy. 😉

Brandon bought the cutest hat for Eli but unfortunately Eli hated it. We couldn't get him to hold still long enough to tie it!

Happy Birthday Eli we love you!

Uncle Bryan

November Reads

12 Dec

Some November Reads

I know it’s already the middle of December but I thought I’d share what I’ve been reading lately.  (I went on vacation and meant to post this before.) 

  • Because He Loves Me-A WONDERFUL book.  If you are looking for a last-minute Christmas gift this is a great one.  Not only is the book inspirational, but it overflows with practical applications for the believer to apply the Gospel to all areas of their life.  I have already read it a couple of times and each time it speaks straight to my heart.  A great book to read alone or to read in a group.  My church used it for a Ladies Summer Bible Study one year.
  • Choosing Gratitude-Do you struggle to be truly grateful for all that you have?  I think everyone can be more grateful.  As believers it is clear that God desires for His people to have hearts overflowing in Thanksgiving.  One of my goals the past month or so has been to cultivate a more grateful heart so this was perfect. 
  • The Person of Christ-I read this book for school along with The Work of Christ.  Honestly I found it kind of dull and wouldn’t recommend it.  There are better books out there.  If you are looking to read a book about the person of Christ I would instead recommend: Jesus and the Gospels by Blomberg or Jesus the Messiah by Stein.
  • Williams Sonoma-Kid’s Parties-GREAT.  I really enjoyed this book.  Enough that if I found it really cheap I would probably buy it.  I actually used the Lemon Cake and Lemon Icing recipe for Elijah’s birthday cake.  (pictures to follow tomorrow) 🙂  This book had excellent ideas for birthday parties for kids 3 and up.  Not much about birthday ideas for a one year old.
  • Eating Well 500 Calories-GREAT.  As we try to continually pursue a healthy lifestyle I found this book to help us stay within our goal of healthy yet nutritious food.  We really enjoyed 2 soup recipes from this book. 
  • Perfect Table Settings-okay so this one might sound pretty nerdy but it was really cool.  It contains about 100 different ways to fold napkins.  Can you believe there are that many ways to fold a napkin.  I think before reading this book I knew about 3 folds now I know a couple more.  It also includes step by step photos that anyone could follow.  Especially great for the holiday season where we tend to use fancy napkin folds and china more. 
  • Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery-had lots of ideas and even inspired me to make Chocolate Cupcakes for Eli’s birthday.  I’d like to eventually be more creative in the area of cakes and cupcakes.  I figure there will always be birthdays so there will always be a need for cake. 
  • Confetti Cakes-another inspiring book.  This one focuses more on using fondant.  Currently I am a little scared of it but maybe someday.

So that’s most of what I’ve been reading the past month.  What good books have you been reading lately?

A Daddy/Daughters Trip to Florida (+ Eli)

10 Dec

My sisters and Dad at the beach.

This past week I was blessed to be able to take a trip with my two sisters, Dad, and Elijah to spend a relaxing week in Florida.  It was wonderful!  A much-needed break after a long semester (we left the morning after my finals.)  🙂  Hope you enjoy some pictures only wish we had taken more!

Eli on his first plane ride. He was pretty good I think he's going to take after his mom! We found an empty Mentos Gum container to be one of his favorite toys on the plane.

Eli at the beach

Sadly Eli hated the sand and was pretty scared of the ocean.

Eli enjoying the waves with his Papaw from the beach.

My sister Katelyn enjoying the waves.

Almost bliss.

Sisters' Footprints

I think he's a little young what do you think?

We even managed to find a library on our vacation. 🙂

My baby sister Bekah turned 10 while we were in Vero Beach. This is the cake Katelyn and I made for her. My Dad surprised her by taking her to DisneyWorld the next day!

As you can see we had a great time.  I feel so blessed to have been able to spend some great time with my Dad and sisters.  It isn’t often that I get to see them so much.  We are settling back in to a routine at home and looking forward to Saturday when Elijah will turn 1! 🙂

Sew a Travel Cloth High Chair

8 Dec

It was wonderful having along a travel high chair on our recent trip to Florida. 🙂

I just got home from a wonderful Daddy/Daughter week-long trip to Florida.  (Eli went too).  The night before I left it occurred to me that I don’t have a high chair in Florida.  I didn’t want to spend the money to buy one just for while we are there but I also didn’t want to struggle with my wiggle worm for a whole week trying to feed him on my lap.  I remembered seeing a portable high chair that you tied to a chair in some baby boutique store online.  There wasn’t time to order such a thing but I thought I bet I could sew something that would work.  I looked around online and adapted  this mama sew’s stuff’s to what I had on hand.  I wish I would have thought to make something like this sooner.  It would have been really handy to have.  Especially when we were just going over to dinner at a friend’s house.  Since it is cloth it rolls right up and could easily be stored in a diaper bag.

First make your patterns out of Pattern Ease or Newspaper.  Make a rectangle 37″ X 7″ this is the waist belt, one 19″ X 11.5″ this is the seat and the third one (the connector piece) 4.5″ X 3″.  For the belt mark the center of the length and mark 2.5″ on each side.  This will be where the connector piece is inserted.  Also mark the center on one of the short sides of the seat and note the 2.5″ mark on each side. I also rounded the edges of the seat and belt by using a juice cup as I thought it gave it a nicer finished look.  You will need 2 pieces of fabric and batting.  (I actually used part of a sheet I cut up and a curtain panel.)  Quilted fabric would also be great for this but it is kind of expensive. 

I like to cut out all of the pieces at once to save time. I like to place the batting on the inside before pinning down my pattern pieces.

Pin down pattern pieces and cut out.


To sew the waist belt place the 2 fabric pieces right sides together and the batting on top. Sew all around the edges leaving 3" open. Sew the seat in the same manner.

Turn right side out. Press the seat and waist belt pieces with an iron.

For the connector place the pieces right sides together and sew down each long side. Turn right side out and topstitch along edges.

Insert the connector piece into the opening of the seat and waist belt. Pin in place. Sew in place. I also reinforced this by sewing it a couple of times.

Cut a piece of velcro 2" X 5". Place a piece of velcro 1.5" from the edge of the waist belt. Sew the scratchy side to the outside of the belt.

Sew the soft side to the inside. Make sure before you sew this on that when you fold up the high chair it will attach to the scratchy side.

Insert baby and enjoy! Here Elijah tries it out right before our flight. Doesn't he look sleepy. 🙂