After dealing with a sick little one for 5 days, I was so relieved when he finally started requesting food again! Interestingly it was Target popcorn and hot dogs with ketchup. So I bundled him up and headed to the nearest big red ball. I grab the popcorn from the cafe and quickly found hot dogs. All the while, he’s insisting we don’t have ketchup at home. My response “Of course we have ketchup, what household with small children would not have ketchup?”. Back at home, guess what, no ketchup. Enter my very first completely me recipe. After searching the internet and taking a look at several recipes, I decided to take a stab at conjuring up my own. It was so was easy and it was a hit with the picky sickie. I thought I’d share it here so here it is:
1 cup tomato sauce (I used Hunts)
1 1/2 TBSP white distilled vinegar
3 TBSP white table sugar
1 tiny dash of Allspice
In a small sauce pan over medium to medium high heat bring tomato sauce to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once at a boil, add other ingredients. Cook for 5-10 minutes to reduce and thicken. (Time varies according to how thick you want the final product). Pour into an airtight container and refrigerate. Enjoy!
This ketchup is not quite as smooth as store bought brands. If you put a stick blender to it before storing it will be smoother. I rather like the more “homemade” look so I left it as is.
After a long hiatus, I am finally back to scrapbooking. This past fall and winter were rough, getting used to living in a new state, in a new city, and with a new job. Unfortunately, sometimes when you are just surviving, hobbies often take a back seat. Hopefully now, as things start to stabilize, I can get back to posting to my poor. neglected blog more often.
This is my first layout that I have made in almost 4 months. I’m definitely a little rusty, but I have been scouting my favorite blog and galleries for inspiration. The inspiration for this layout comes from an adorable cut file from the May Studio Calico digital goodies (unfortunately, no longer available) and this page by Geralyn Sy . I had to create my ow similar file to get this look.
Supplies: Studio Calico Kits (Marks and CO) American Crafts Thickers (Lullaby Gray), Vintage Typewriter, Silhouette Cameo, EK Success scallop punch, 3M adhesive, Tombo monomulti glue
Here are a few close ups.
Hope your fall, winter and early spring have been good. Hopefully you will be hearing from me again before the snow flies 😉
It’s not often that I blog about personal issues. I’m a private person and I don’t like putting my business out there for the world to read. This, however, is a story that I want to record. Our little guy, P is struggling in school. While M learned her letters with no issues, P has been working at it for two years now and before two weeks ago, he only know 6 letters. He can write his name (a huge source of pride for him and us) but he really has no idea what each of the letters are. He will even spell his name, but if you ask him a letter in the middle, he doesn’t have a clue. Recently we attended parent teacher conference, and as we already suspected, P is not ready to go to kindergarden in the fall. The teachers also expressed great concern that he may have ADHD, though a diagnosis before the age of 6 or 7 is really rare. We’re not ready to label him as anything other than our funny, bouncy little boy so we are waiting until the fall for an formal evaluation.
For now, we are stepping up our teaching. Ed has taken the lead and works constantly with him. Every 30-45 minutes for 5 to 10 minutes at a time. In two weeks, we have added 5 new letters to his original 6. It’s truly incredible. The best part is that he is now seeing letters on the TV, magazines, and when we are out and getting excited that he knows some of them. It’s really such an amazing thing to see your son’s eyes really open for the first time and see it starting to click. He also wants to learn. Last night, he went and got a magna doodle and started writing all the letters he knows. We spent a good 30 minutes talking about letters and what sounds they make. He also now knows that his name starts with P and ends with N and he can tell you that! I know it seems small, but for a little one that couldn’t do that a month ago, it’s huge.
We know that he will probably always struggle with school work, but we are making progress, and progress is something to be proud of. He’s such a sweet little guy and it pains me to see him struggle. I guess that is what loving your children is all about, pain in their struggles and joy in their triumphs. May he see many more triumphs than struggles and infinitely more joy than pain.
I’m back with some more fun created from all I have learned from Wilna Furstenberg’s Art Class and Art Class 2. Today I’m sharing my experiment with molding paste. I tinted it with just a bit of Studio Calico Boss Lady Mister Huey and I just love the result. Wilna provided the template to make the alphabets in class and it was so cute, I decided just to go with it. Here are the results.
Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basic Papers, Patterned Paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party (all patterns), Diecuts: America Crafts Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party, Stickers: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party, Pen: American Crafts Precision Pen .05, Thread: Coats and Clark, Sewing Machine: Singer, Molding Paste: Golden, Mist: Mister Huey Boss Lady, Tags: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party, Alphabets: Sassafras Lass (Blue Glitter), Studio Calico (Pink Chipboard), Twine: The Twinery, Adhesive: 3M, Glue Dots, Typewriter: Smith Corona.
Here are a few close ups showing the dimension on the letters, just gorgeous!
Welcome to Day 8 Winter Frolic 12 Days Of Christmas Blog Hop! You should be arriving here from Jennifer Grace’s Blog. We are celebrating the release of the Winter Issue of PaperHaus Magazine but also inspiring you each day with wonderful holiday projects, giveaways and inspiration!
If you haven’t read the issue yet, and I highly recommend that you do, just click the photo below to be taken directly to the magazine.
Here is the layout that I created for this hop!
Supplies: Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye (12 Days of Christmas, blue dot, Just Dreamy 2, dark brown), Basic Grey (Aspen Frost, white washed wood), Lily Bee Designs (Christmas Cheer, red dot), Diecut Cards: Pink Paislee City Sidewalks), Red Sequins: Unknown, Brad: Carta Bella Merry and Bright, Stickers: Echo Park Paper This and That Christmas, Cut Aparts: Chic Tags 25 Days, Adhesive: 3M, Glue Dots, Twine: My Mind’s Eye: Find your Wings and Fly, Buttons: Unknown, Alphabets: American Crafts (Thickers, red glitter, Simple Stories Sn@p, blue), Typewriter: Smith Corona.
Here are a few close ups.
Your next stop is Georgia Heald’s blog.
Our blog hop will run from December 1st to December 12th! Be sure to stop each day and leave a comment each day to win some fabulous prizes by our lovely sponsors! Don’t forget to check out the Winter Issue for additional inspiration, holiday cheer and some amazing projects from our contributing team!