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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Tips for making Sleep Sacks? on: October 06, 2010 11:27:16 AM
Okay, this is not from experience with my own baby, my first is due in March, but based on my child care experience and starting to browse baby things for my own.

I've never seen sleep sacks that aren't sleeveless.

Most of the ones I've seen have been cotton(knit) or fleece. I'm guessing flannel would work too. It depends on how cold it is where you live, really.

There are multiple sizes, but I can't comment on which are most useful.

I know I've seen patterns for these! goes to look...

http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/sleepsack.html

for purchase:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/39923663/sleep-sack-pattern
http://www.kwiksew.com/Catalog/cat_detail.cfm?pid=3089&QL=Babies (I guess there is a version with sleeves)
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Pirate Nursery **Warning- Very Image Heavy** on: September 29, 2010 01:39:01 PM
I love it! I'm expecting my first in March and if it's a boy, I've been thinking of a pirate theme. Is that the Pirate's Cove bedding and mobile? I totally have it bookmarked as my choice for boy bedding.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dorm Room at Home! HELP! on: July 31, 2010 11:24:29 AM
I agree, you should offer to remove the wallpaper properly, then see if you can repaint. Your mom probably understands that you're too old to have ABC wallpaper, but wallpaper really shouldn't be painted over. Negotiate a color you can agree on so that it can last beyond when you move out.

If there's some reason your parents are really attached to the ABC wallpaper and don't want it removed at all, I've seen alot of people, renters for example, who couldn't paint do things like the "starched fabric" wall covering. I haven't done it myself but try searching for that.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Children's Literature Themed Nursery Help on: July 24, 2010 05:17:49 PM
cute idea!

I agree with making the name letters pink and green to match the bedding. As far as the quote, I think there are some great Winnie the Pooh quotes for nurseries.

here's my favorite
Some people care too much, I think it's called love.
-- Winnie the Pooh

And a few Peter Pan ones that might be good
"When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies."
J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)

"All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust."
J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)

"Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning. "
J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Chalkboard Paint Kitchen Backsplash on: July 24, 2010 11:49:03 AM
Such a fun idea. I love it!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My Daughter's Forest Nursery on: July 24, 2010 11:44:15 AM
Amazing job! I think the theme is great. And you did literally everything yourself, it's so impressive!

I LOVE the little felt animals on the mobile especially.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Look what materialized in my living room! on: July 14, 2010 06:29:03 PM
That is so cool, and I like that it's functional. I'm also excited to see the TARDIS builders site. I'm surprised by how many people are building their own TARDIS!
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Pretzel Rolls! on: April 18, 2010 09:33:39 PM
Oh my gosh, we love the pretzel bread sandwiches at the Corner Bakery, especially my husband, and I've been imagining a way to make sandwich rolls based on a soft pretzel recipe. Those look wonderful, thanks for the post!
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Artisan Bread -Challah on: April 18, 2010 09:26:15 PM
Looks great!

I've been using the couple of free recipes from the website for a year, and I finally got the whole book last week. I've made like 3 new kinds of bread already.

Challah is one of the ones I want to make. It definitely looks more managable than the brioche dough, not so many eggs! And ever since I noticed the picture of the Challah loaf, I've suddenly remembered back to jr high when my jewish friend was having her bat mitzvah and there was a giant loaf of this bread just, like, in the foyer of the synagogue and it was really, really good.
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Potatoes and Broccoli Au Gratin on: April 18, 2010 04:46:38 PM
Ive been browsing lots of recipes and food blogs lately, so it only made sense that I document our meal the other night. I have to make dinner anyway, right?

A while ago there was a food item on a plate of leftovers from my church MOPS group which I volunteer at that I loved. It was a sort of a hard boiled egg casserole or salad with this cheesy stuff on top and it was just so amazing. I ate it cold, but I couldnt tell if it was intended to be served hot. Weeks later, there was a day when I couldnt stop  thinking about it and really wanted it for dinner. Finally, I googled it and found what looked like my dish, Hard-Boiled Egg Casserole. I had to make it right away. I even went to the store and got Half and Half and Gruyere cheese instead of substituting milk and parmesan or something. It was not only wonderful, but exactly what Id had!

What I found, though, was that I liked the sauce even better on my broccoli than I did on the eggs. So the dinner that I made was based on that. I halved the sauce recipe and used that for this dish.

Potatoes and Broccoli Au Gratin

based on Hard-Boiled Egg Casserole

Ingredients

    * 2 TB butter
    * 2 TB flour
    * 1 cup half-and-half
    * 1/2 cup grated gruyere cheese
    * grated parmesan cheese (I actually used a cheese blend)
    * salt
    * pepper
    * dill (I use dried)
    * Trader Joes Aioli Garlic Mustard Sauce (or mustard and garlic powder)
    * small-medium red potatoes (or any potatoes, really)
    * broccoli (fresh or frozen should be fine, I used frozen)
    * deli sliced ham or leftover ham (0ptional)

Wash your potatoes and poke holes in them with a fork. I put them in my casserole dish and then microwaved them. I used the baked potato button, but if you dont have one, just microwave them for a few minutes.



Seriously, it seems like my potatoes are always undercooked if I dont precook them except in a few situations. When I saw that my grandmother microwaves her potatoes before making scalloped potatoes and ham, doors opened in my mind. I guess you could also boil them first.

Meanwhile, start making the sauce. Its basically a sort of a roux, so if youve made macaroni and cheese from scratch youre ahead. Melt the butter in a saucepan and add in the flour. Cook and stir until it makes a sort of paste. Add a little more flour if you need it.

Add the half-and-half gradually as you stir until it starts thickening. Add in salt, pepper, and dill to taste. I didnt measure these, I probably used 2-3 shakes of sea salt, 4-5 grinds of pepper, 2-3 shakes of dill. If you dont have/like dill you can safely leave it out or replace it with something you have/like. Parsley, maybe?

Add the garlic mustard sauce (or garlic powder and mustard). I didnt measure this either, I just put in a dab so maybe 1/4-1/2 teaspoon. Add in the gruyere cheese and stir until melty and wonderful.

Take your potatoes out of the dish and cut them up to your desired size. Most of mine were sort of rounds, but you could cut them up more and make cubes. Butter your dish and lay about half of the potato pieces out on the dish. Scatter your broccoli amongst the potatoes(I used frozen broccoli and just put it in frozen). If you want ham, cut it up into small pieces and scatter about half on top of the potatoes and broccoli. Pour/spread about half of the sauce on top. Scatter the rest of your potatoes, broccoli, and ham on top and pour on the rest of the sauce. Top with parmesan cheese and a few more grinds of pepper if you like.

Bake at 375F for about 20 minutes.



I neglected to take a picture of it after it came out of the oven before it was attacked, but heres a portion of it. When I was putting the casserole together I thought it didnt look like enough sauce but it tasted great and I didnt feel like it was lacking in sauce. You could double the sauce and coat the potatoes more if you want it really saucy, but I dont think it needed it.

Also posted on my blog.
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