Sunday, August 23, 2015

Summer Sewing

I took some time last night to work on some bandana bibs for my nephew.

I used the pattern from over at Bundles and Buttons.

This first batch I made with some adorable construction and dinosaur fabric. The only mistake I made was not clip around the corners and slow down because the stitches go a bit wonky there.

The other thing I'd like to do different next time is use a matching color for the bobbin thread because I did red on the top AND the bottom which looks kind of silly on the lighter fabrics.

Here are the finished bibs! Next round I am trying a pleated version!

Keep Stitching!


Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Gluten-Free Baker - Chocolate Chip Cookies

I don't know anyone who doesn't enjoy warm chocolate chip cookies! Especially with a cold glass of milk!

Or if you're strange like me, I crumble it over vanilla coconut ice cream!

This week I mastered (well, sort of) a chocolate chip cookie recipe that I think anyone will enjoy.

The best part is that it is not only Gluten free. It is also peanut and dairy free as well!

I'll add a list of the different brands I used as well. I tried my best to get as many photos as I could, originally I wanted to do a video but my boisterous 4 year old decided that she didn't want to be quiet. SO photos it is! Enjoy!

This is what you'll need!

2 cups of gluten free flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
pinch of cinnamon
1/2 cup butter alternative
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
Xanthgum - Only if needed as some gluten free flours have it already mixed in.

First don't forget to pre-heat your oven to 350'c!!! I am embarassed to admit a few times I've gotten cookies or even dinner ready thinking I turned my oven on but I did not!!

So I use Earth Balance 'butter' it works great. All you need it one stick for this recipe. 

Add the sugars

As well as the rest of the wet ingredients to the bowl.

This is the Flour by Kinnickinnick. It has no funny taste or grit to it like some flours. So I prefer to use it! I actually use A LOT of their products in my kitchen!

If you haven't heard of Enjoy Life yet you're seriously missing out. Their semi-sweet chocolate chips are absolutely perfect for cookies. Or for any baking for that matter. Sometimes I even sneak a handful when I have a chocolate craving! 

Cream all the wet ingredients in the bowl. 

Then add the flour and other dry ingredients leaving the chocolate chips for last. 

I always keep a small bowl of additional flour handy just in case. Sometimes a recipe surprises me and isn't the right texture so do not be afraid to add more flour to this recipe if you're finding it is not thick enough. 

You want it to be that traditional cookie dough texture!

Scoop out a tablespoon at a time! Be careful to not heap it too much. 

I like to flatten out the balls before baking them! Sometimes they don't flatten out, so to be safe I always flatten them. Worst case I get thin cookies! 

Bake them at 350'c for 20 minutes turning half way. Take them out when they start to get golden brown around the edges. 

;And voila! Finished cookies ready to eat!


Rachel ~ The Gluten-Free Baker

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring Has Sprung!!

Thats right ladies and gents! You read the title of this post correctly!!

I am so excited that the spring weather has finally arrived. My patio door is open, the herbs are out on the balcony and our winter coats/boots are put away!

I don't think I've been this excited in awhile for spring!!

This year I decided to make my own summer hats for my daughter. She likes fun and funky prints that you just cannot buy at the store ready made. Plus I love making them for her so that is a good excuse too.

I let her pick her own fabric and she choose this beautiful blue floral print and then asked for a reversible hat with both flowers AND puppies.

This girl has great taste!!!

The pattern cutting and sewing took about an hour, which wasn't bad! I was expecting it to take a lot longer. It took a few failed attempts to get the pattern right but once I did it things went much faster!!!

So here are the two hats she requested. She loves her puppy and flower hat so much she fell asleep with it on. She wears it everywhere now and tells everyone how she picked it out herself.

I hope you are all out there enjoying this amazing weather!!!

Keep Stitching!


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sunshine and Other Things.

I've officially been in my new apartment for 6 months now. Its hard to believe that, it feels still all new to me.
I started collecting plants right away when I moved in, so its even harder to imagine it's been that long because my plants are still alive.
Normally flowers die fast here, herbs do okay but for the most part I lack a green thumb.
This past summer I spent my time on my parents farm, most of which was helping maintain their garden. I learned a ton and also got to build on some skills I had already.
The best part was selling our produce at the local farmers market.
Naturally this fall when I moved I decided I would finally grow a successful indoor herb garden. I'm pretty excited to share this with you all!
In my planter I have Oregano, Thyme, Basil and Rosemary. My basil isn't doing as well. So I plant to transplant it to be on its own, or with some parsley that I plan to plant this week.
When I do that I can share how I do that.
This time around I have noticed ALL of my plants are doing better. I think it's because they get more sun, enough water and are being pruned properly. Not that I didn't know how to do it before, I think it was a lack of motivation to be honest.
I've enjoyed taking a part of my day and watering my plants, checking them over and making sure they don't have any bugs, mold or aren't too dry/wet. It seems to also have contributed to my success. The other thing I have enjoyed a lot is taking some of the herb plant and drying them out so I can use them later. I haven't had to buy herbs in a long time!
I hope you all enjoy this new part of my crafting blog as gardening is something that is very near and dear to my heart and I am eager to share!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Winter Blues

It is that time of year. You know, the feeling like winter won't end and everyone is sick. Its too cold to go outside and you'd rather be inside under a blanket?

This perfectly describes how I am feeling these days. I've been battling some sort of cold bug that is all in my ears and sinuses which is making moving around difficult. I look like I've had a couple of glasses of wine! Although I wish that was the case it seems to be getting better slowly.

But since I've been resting lots, drinking tea and studying I've spent lots of time planning projects! A special someone in the family is due to have a baby this spring and with my daughter out growing all her hats and mitts I've managed to keep myself busy.

For myself I knitted The Vermonter but I added an extra patter repeat so now its a bit slouchy. Perfect for tucking my hair up under and pulling over my ears. Which was my biggest issue with the last hat I knitted myself.

I took inspiration from the Textured Cowl pattern and knitting a cowl minus the texture and just stuck to a simple stockinette stitch. So far I love how it fits and it doesn't make me feel like I am choking.

I've slowly been working on a matching set of mittens but I have a bad case of 2nd mitten syndrome. Maybe I will finish it before the snow melts!

Its hard to believe that winter is so close to being over! I am excited and sad at the same time. I love winter but I'm also looking forward to a summer both at my parents farm and in the city.

Finally having a place to call home has been so wonderful!

Until next time!

Keep stitching!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

What a busy few months!

Its finally cold enough to justify knitting/crocheting more and I already started my project list for Christmas 2015.

I know, I know. TOO EARLY is what I have been told. BUT, if I do one gift per month I'll be done with plenty of time to enjoy the holidays and not feel rushed.

Some fun gifts this year that were made was this hilariously function 'Papa Smerf Hat' that I made my dad.

I wish I had gotten a photo of my dad wearing it. It had the perfect amount of droop at the back!

The only other gift I made this year was a toque for my daughters Dad, which I do not have a photo of yet. 

This year I am SO happy I didn't stress about making a ton of gifts. With moving and a crazy fun and busy summer it was a nice change.

However, 2015 will be different! I have lots of time to knit, crochet and sew my little heart out!!!

What do you start your holiday crafting?

Keep Stitching!