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Projects I Would Love to Create – Inspiration on Monday

Posted 18 May, 2015 by Trish in Crafty / 20 Comments

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Inspiration on Monday
While I don’t necessarily think of myself as a creative person, I do love to create. I do best with instructions or direct inspiration, but it’s always fun to take a starting point and just jump and see where I land.

Most of my creative energies lately are focused in the sewing room–I’m working on my Stitcher’s Garden Quilt (this is for a monthly class so very slow going) and I have two quilt tops (one for each girl) ready to be finished up. Of course my handsewn hexie quilt is on-going, but I’m to the point where I have more of the top sewn than unsewn!

And…urg…the Christmas quilt that needs to be finished up (it’s a behemoth and I’m not looking forward to putting it together).

There’s also a side quilt project “I’m working on”–are you quilters familiar with leaders and enders? It’s a brilliant way to make a scrap quilt while working on something else–I’m currently creating Half-Square Triangles for a color-gradient quilt. Maybe a post for another day.

But OOOOOOOOH the things I would love to create!! I swear everytime I step into a crafting store, I’m overcome with desire to pick up a new hobby. In a previous life I could spend oodles of time just creating (remember those cake decorating classes I took just for funsies?), but these days I have to pick and choose which hobbies I want to focus on and which get shuffled to the wayside in favor of being lazy on the couch.

Cookies

Happy Cookies

My Pin | Bake at 350  Years ago I took a couple of cake decorating classes. I loved working on piping and decorating and have been wanting to try royal icing on cookies since then. Goodness don’t they look involved! But aren’t they gorgeous?

 

Cake Pops

Hello Kitty Cake Pops

My Pin | Bakerella  A year or so ago I got the Hello Kitty Baking Book from Quirk Books. Elle has been begging to make these cute Hello Kitty Cake Pops. Just give me a couple hours or days, k?

 

Felt Bows

Felt Bows

My Pin | The Crafted Sparrow  While Evie only tolerates bows, Elle adores them. And I think these would be fairly simple to make…

 

Fabric Cards

Fabric Cards

My Pin | FabricHQ Really, if I’m going to make Christmas cards, I should probably start now, huh?

 

Knitting

Ravelry Knit Scarf

My Pin | Ravelry Maybe I should just stick to crochet—one needle is better than two, right? But still…isn’t this a gorgeous cowl?

 

Crochet Blanket

crochet blanket

My Pin | Ravelry  Years ago my grandma taught me how to do a basic crochet stitch (is that what they’re called?). I made myself a scarf, but this blanket is gorgeous!

 

Market Bag

Market Bag

My Pin | Posie Rosy Little Things  I’ve got the quilting thing down, but learning how to make a bag! Or even little sundresses for my girls…I’d love to learn how to sew (I know how ridiculous that sounds, but piecing for a quilt seems so much easier than this).

 

Recipe Scrapbook

Recipe Scrapbook

My Pin | Love,Laughter,Insanity(ahem) This one is a bit of a cheat because I already do this…or at least have in the past (as that’s my scrapbook in the pin). But I would love to catch up and work on my other scrapbook that contains recipes that I’ve printed from the Internet. I usually do this while watching TV, but lately that time has been spent doing hexies (or staring into space).

Sometimes, though, you just have to realize when a hobby isn’t meant to be. Project Life is something that I’ve had to cut because I just couldn’t get into a good enough groove to keep up with it. Collecting photos and journaling throughout the week shouldn’t be hard, but it was never a priority for me. I still think about it often, but I’m not allowing myself to feel down about my lack of keeping up. I’ll gladly steal 10 minutes here and there for sewing but will rarely use 10 minutes for scrapbooking.

What are some of the crafty things that you would love to pursue if you had infinite amounts of time?

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Inspiration on Monday

First things first, I am SO sorry I flaked out on the Inspiration on Monday two weeks ago. Even though I like to draft these posts ahead of time and had a topic in mind, I was so focused on our camping trip that I flat out forgot. ForGot. Thank you to everyone who DID remember to write posts–please please please include them this week in addition to anything new you have.

Welcome to the third edition of Inspiration on Monday! Inspiration on Monday is a forum to share things that we’ve created and things that we are doing to help inspire others. Posts about projects in progress, finished projects, tutorials, and how-tos are all welcome. Feel free to share recipes, crafts, lifestyle, organizing, and DIY tips, and any other idea that can spark inspiration.

Inspiration on Monday

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1. Link up your post(s) below. This can be a recent post or an old post, but please do not re-submit a post you’ve already submitted for Inspiration on Monday.
2. Please link back to Inspiration on Monday or my blog somewhere in the post you are submitting
3. If applicable, please share the source that inspired you in your post. Credit where credit is due.
4. Try to comment on at least one other participant’s post. Encouragement can be so inspiring!

The next Inspiration on Monday will be June 1st. What inspiration has struck you lately?

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Teriyaki Glazed Salmon

Posted 15 May, 2015 by Trish in In the Kitchen / 25 Comments

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Teriyaki Glazed Salmon

Fish is something I don’t cook often. I don’t really know how to buy good fish or where to buy it. I don’t know what to look for or even really how to cook it. I enjoy fish (I don’t love it, unless it’s sushi), but I do really like salmon. It wasn’t until Scott and I had been married for several years that I came across this easy looking Teriyaki Glazed Salmon recipe and first cooked fish. But really, we have fish so rarely that the girls don’t know what to do with it when they’re served it somewhere other than home. Oops!!

Last month, though, when I was doing the Sugar Reset, I started to get bored with all of the protein options. I bought myself a salmon fillet to cook with the thought that I would offer everyone a taste (required) without the expectation that anyone would want more. Obviously I cooked them something separate that night.

I was shocked when Evie ended up eating half of my salmon fillet. I couldn’t flake pieces off fast enough to satisfy her demands! Elle begrudgingly took one bite and didn’t want any more, but she did mention she didn’t hate it. Ha! After this “success,” I decided to start adding in salmon to our rotation at least every once in a while (rather than never). I was more than happy to revisit one of our old favorites!

Teriyaki Glazed Salmon

This is my favorite way to cook salmon in the kitchen (rather than the grill)…likely because it’s the only way I’ve cooked it and it’s so fast. This is slightly adapted from Better Crocker Low-Fat, Low Cholesterol Cooking. I reduced the amount of brown sugar by half and I don’t usually remove the skin, but the rest is the same).

Serves 2 hungry people or 4 moderately hungry people
Prep Time: 70 minutes (includes marinading)  | Cook Time: 10 minutes tops

Ingredients

  • Salmon Fillet (1 Pound)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

Directions

  1. Remove the skin from the salmon and cut the fillet into four equal parts (I’ve used smaller fillets and kept them whole with success. I do not remove the skin).
  2. Mix together the soy sauce, wine, brown sugar, and ginger in a shallow bowl.
  3. Add the salmon to the bowl and marinade in the refrigerator for an hour.
  4. When ready to cook the salmon, set the oven to the broiler setting.
  5. Spray the broiler pan with cooking spray.
  6. Place the fish on the broiler pan and brush with marinade.
  7. Cook about 4 inches from the heat for 5-6 minutes or until the salmon easily flakes with a fork and is opaque throughout.

What is your favorite way to cook salmon? I think the sweetness of this recipe is more enticing to the littles than the savory versions, but I’m ready to try more!

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Posted 12 May, 2015 by Trish in Life, Reading Nook, Review / 39 Comments

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

TitleThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Author: Marie Kondo
Published: Pages: 204
Genre: Nonfiction (there needs to be a better word for self help)
Rating: My life might just have changed. Maybe. We’ll see.

On Amazon | On Indiebound | On Goodreads | On Audible

In Short: Tidy up your house one final time by examining which items bring you joy.

Why I Read: Because my house is constantly a tornado zone and I’m forever feeling weighed down by stuff.

Thoughts in General: I’ve been hearing about this one ever since Still Unfinished Bryan decided to return it to the library unread. I’ve read a few other books about decluttering and love the articles in my Real Simple magazine, but as soon as I tidy up, my house is a mess again. When Lori of an Irreverent Escape started really talking about the book on twitter and her blog, I started to take notice and requested the book via inter-library loan.

I was totally dubious. Kondo makes some pretty big claims in her book–as a professional consultant she says that not one of her clients has relapsed into clutter after working with her. And not only that, these clients have all experienced life changes due to their decluttering.

Surrrrrrrrre Marie. Suuuuuuuuuuuuure.

But the more that I read into her theories, the more that I could understand just what she was getting at. At the first she says to empty out your entire closet and chest of drawers…every piece of clothing you own…and examine each item for whether it brings you joy. If it doesn’t, toss it. She gives a method for going through the entire house (as quickly as possible, she says) for determining whether objects spark joy.

By the time she got to her second section…books…I was totally onboard. I’m a packrat and a lot of things I keep in the house are out of guilt. Clothes I spent money on but don’t wear enough or clothes that don’t fit me and make me feel bad over the weight I haven’t lost after my pregnancies. This spreads to the whole house–things that were gifts or things that I might need but still never use.

I’m surrounded by stuff that doesn’t necessarily bring me joy…and it makes me feel weighed down!

I don’t want to spoil the book for you (ha!) but I could go on and on and it’s just a little 200 book. I had several lightbulb moments while reading and am looking forward to taking a day off work when I can focus on going through Kondo’s methods (basically going through everything before finding a place for things).

Some things that were too much for me?  Besides Kondo’s repetition throughout the book (which is way way repetitive), there were some parts that truly made me roll my eyes–thanking your items for a job well done at the end of the day is something I can’t see myself doing. Though even still, I do see her points and I do appreciate thanking things that you are going to discard–the idea that items have already served their purpose in some manner (and specifically thinking about how they have served their purpose) will make it much easier for me to discard in the future.

But this…

“Don’t you think it is unnatural for us to possess things that don’t bring us joy or things that we don’t really need? I believe that owning only what we love and what we need is the most natural condition” (197).

Yes! Absolutely Yes!

Bottom Line: I was skeptical but I really do think this little book has impacted the way that I think about objects. While I haven’t gone through any of the motions yet, I have already discarded a few things that simply do not bring me joy. I’ll keep y’all posted of progress I make.

Do you have any secret weapons or methods when it comes to decluttering? How do you keep on top of tidying at your house?

 

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Children’s Books Mommy Loves to Read

Children’s Books Mommy Loves to Read

It’s Mother’s Day and since that means that today is all about me, I thought I’d share the books that I love reading to the girls. These aren’t necessarily the books that they choose when it comes to story time, but they’re the books that spark quite a bit of delight in both the reader and the listener. Since Evie (20m) is still too much of a wiggle worm to sit through an actual story […]

Posted 10 May, 2015 by Trish in Mommyhood, Reading Nook / 24 Comments
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The Bell Jar v. Belzhar

The Bell Jar v. Belzhar

Title: The Bell Jar | Author: Sylvia Plath Published: 1963; Pages: 288 Genre: Fiction (semi-autobiographical) Title: Belzhar | Author: Meg Wolitzer | Narrator: Jorjeana Marie Published: 2014; Pages: 272 | Audio Duration: 8 hours Genre: Fiction (YA) I first discovered Sylvia Plath as a college freshman when I was required to read her poem “Daddy.” Since then she popped up here and there in various college courses and I was so enamored by her poetry that I bought a […]

Posted 7 May, 2015 by Trish in Reading Nook, Review / 21 Comments
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For the Love of Camping

For the Love of Camping

The other day I mentioned allowing myself to live on whimsy for a little while. After I mentioned planning a camping trip, someone asked me if this would allow me that whimsy-living time. This gave me a bit of a pause because camping is a lot of work. It’s a lot of work get prepare for the trip–it’s not as though you can just run out to the market if you’ve forgotten something (depending on […]

Posted 5 May, 2015 by Trish in Life, Road Trip, Travel / 39 Comments
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An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

Title: An Untamed State Author: Roxane Gay Published: 2014; Pages: 368 Genre: Fiction/Thriller Rating: Visceral On Amazon | On Indiebound | On Goodreads | On Audible In Short: Mireille is kidnapped and brutally held captive for a ransom while visiting her homeland of Haiti. Why I Read: Curiosity. I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy read, but it has received praise amongst bloggers. I also purchased this as a daily ebook deal, so it was burning a […]

Posted 30 April, 2015 by Trish in Reading Nook, Review / 18 Comments
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Right Now I Am… [4.28.2015]

Right Now I Am… [4.28.2015]

  I’m totally cheating. I’m a much more organized blogger when I have something in the hopper, but I’ve been busy and tired lately and thus not much has stayed in the hopper. I do plan to write up a post for Elle’s fourth birthday, but those posts always take a lot of time to write. Anything picture heavy takes me a long time to write. Ok, kind of anything takes me a long time […]

Posted 28 April, 2015 by Trish in Life / 26 Comments
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In Which I Try to Have Style |Stitch Fix Friday

In Which I Try to Have Style |Stitch Fix Friday

Confession: I have very little fashion sense. I don’t wear make-up like a grown woman would (truly I just can’t be bothered). My hair is rarely done and frequently overgrown (#shorthairproblems). I’ve been wearing the same brown Doc Marten boots for 15 years.  And when I decided to stay at home with Evie for a year any effort I would have made into looking put together went straight out the window. Well, with the exception […]

Posted 24 April, 2015 by Trish in Life / 25 Comments
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