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Friday, July 25, 2014

DIY Children's Apron

I am so in love with Addie's new apron! This is the perfect project for fat quarters! They are usually pretty inexpensive, and you can find them in so many different cute patterns/colors. I made this from two different fat quarters (The flower fabric for the main apron part and the white and blue one for the ties and pockets). My mother-in-law had made a version of this with a different fabric a long time ago, so I used that as a sizing guide, but ended up making mine a little bit bigger, just so Addie could use it longer.
She loves it, too! Alright, here is what you need to do:
Materials Needed:
-2 coordinating fat quarters ( I used this rose/stripe fabric and the white a blue fabric)
-Ruler or rulered fabric cutting mat
-Rotary cutter
Instructions:
I will apologize in advance for not having close up pictures of these steps. I wasn't sure how this was going to turn out since it was my first try and I wasn't really following any type of instructions, but it ended up cute so I will do my best to describe what I did.
1. Fold your fabric in half ( I used a single Fat quarter for the main fabric and a coordinating fat quarter for the pockets and ties)
2. Once folded in half use your rotary cutter to cut out the apron using the pattern above.
Once unfolded the measurements of all sides should be as follows:
Side "A" = 7"
Side "B" = 5" (each side)
Side "C" = 14" (each side)
Side "D" = 11"
3. Fold the apron a quarter inch in on the back side of the fabric on side "A", "B", and "C" and iron.
4. Sew that fold over on each side
5. On Side "D" fold over 1" and iron, then sew that.
6. Now cut out your ties. Two for the waist and two for the neck ( I made the neck ties a bit slimmer than the waist ties), I cut these each 20". Fold over on both sides of the tie and use a zig zag stich to hold the folds in place. Then at the end of each tie fold over a quarter of an inch and sew along that line. 
7. Sew these onto the apron ( I sewed a square to help hold in place) 
8. Next cut out your pockets - two 4x4'' squares and a 4.5x3.5'' rectangle for the top pocket. Use the same fold/iron method and sew along the entire edge, then to attach to your apron sew along the bottom three sides leaving the top open. 
I really hope this makes sense to you all, if you're going to give it a try let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to answer them. If you're stopping by for the first time, comment below and say hi, so we can return the favor :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WWEW: Link Party & Mom's Lasagna Recipe

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I've definitely had my hands full the last week and a half! A newborn is a lot of work. BUT, I did manage to get the recipe for my Mom's famous lasagna for you all. Ever since I can remember, my Mom has been making lasagna and we have been requesting it for special occasions. She made it for us yesterday as a special treat, and I thought I would share it with you!

Ingredients:
1 lb ground beef
29 oz tomato sauce
29 oz tomato paste
4.25 oz can chopped olives
1 pkt  (1.5 oz) spaghetti seasoning (or use your own seasonings)
20 oz ricotta cheese (you can use more or less, depending on your taste)
2 eggs
4 cups mozzarella cheese
approximately 12 lasagna noodles

Directions:
1. Brown ground beef in large skillet. Drain fat.
2. Add tomato sauce, puree, olives, and seasoning packet to skillet. Let simmer approximately 20-30 minutes.
3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add lasagna noodles. Cook until almost done, but not quite. 
4. Using a 9x9 inch baking dish (or whatever you have, but not smaller), add about a half inch of the tomato sauce to the bottom of the dish. Add a layer of noodles, about 3 noodles should do it. Add another layer of the tomato sauce, more than before.
5. Mix the ricotta cheese with the 2 eggs. Add a layer of that on top of the tomato sauce and swirl with a fork. Top with a layer of mozzarella cheese. Then top with another layer of noodles.
6. Continue this pattern until you reach the top of your dish or run out of any of the layers. 
7. Make sure tomato sauce is layered on the top. Cover with foil and bake at 325 for about 50 minutes.
8. Remove lasagna and top with another layer of mozzarella cheese. Stick back in the oven for 10 minutes, uncovered.
9. Let sit a while before serving, otherwise it will be a little runny.

Now, onto the recipe I selected to be the feature for this week! I chose the Cherry Salsa from Love Food Will Share! This looks super yummy, and we have a bunch of cherries I need to do something with. This looks perfect. Thanks so much for sharing.
Get ready to link up those recipes! Enter a few of your favorite recipes from the week. Also, be sure to check out Alexis over at Laugh, Eat, Learn!




Monday, July 21, 2014

Simon: Two Month Update

*Picture overload ahead* :)
Simon is two months old today! It has been two of the longest/shortest two months ever. He is doing so much better lately. There was a weekend between his one month update and now that he just changed drastically. From crying constantly, and not being able to entertain himself to this wonderfully sweet and content little baby. Not that he wasn't wonderful before, but happy baby means happy mama! Simon's favorite spot is usually outside, watching the tree in our yard and listening to all the orchard noises.
Birth Story / One Month Update / Two Month Update (here)
 Brother/Sister:
 Adeline continues to do well with Simon, most of the time. She loves giving him kisses and hugs. I even saw Simon smile at Addie, that was precious. Adeline has learned how to properly put Simon's binky in his mouth (for the longest time she tried to put it in backwards). 
 Feeding:
Still just giving him breastmilk, and it continues to go well. Except, litterally just today! Lol it's like a switch flipped cause he turned two months (wanting to cluster-feed). With the exception of today, he has kept the schedule of eating every 3 hours during the day. I am still pumping usually once a day, which allows Daniel to feed him, too!
 Naps/Sleep:
Naps are still pretty sporadic throughout the day. He usually takes a couple pretty solid deep sleep naps, while the rest are just little cat naps. We've been trying to get a bedtime routine going. His last feed (between 9-1030) happens in my room (as opposed to the living room) and in dim lighting. After he eats I swaddle him and rock him in our room til his eyes shut, then lay him in his bed (still in our room). He has been doing really well at night and sleeping until 3 or 4 and then back to sleep until between 5-6. After 5am,  Daniel takes over and if Simon wakes up, takes him into the living room to either rock back to sleep, or feed him a bottle  if needed. He has Simon until 730 when he gets ready for work.

 Milestones:
Biggest milestone is mentioned above with his improvement on sleeping at night, as well as being more content overall. Not so much a fan of "tummy time" anymore, but we're working on it. 
Linking to these parties HERE!
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