Monthly Archives: May 2013

Easy DIY Burp Cloths

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I really enjoy making gifts for people, it’s meaningful and I enjoy making things. Many of my friends are having babies over the next few months and I decided to teach myself  how to make burp cloths. The ones you buy at the store are tiny, thin and in my opinion worthless, not to mention they can be expensive! When I had my son, I was given many cloth diaper burp cloths that people had made and I ended up buying a whole package of cloth diapers to use as extra burp cloths. They are large, wide and super absorbent. This is a practical item that everyone uses and I must admit, they were pretty easy to make. Here’s how……

First, buy a pack of cloth diapers. There are many varieties, I bought these because they were on sale. Next buy fabric, the amount you need depends on how many you are making and how wide the middle of your cloth diaper is.

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Next, measure the middle of your cloth diaper and cut your fabric about an inch wider than the middle of the diaper. You need to be able to fold the sides over for a clean edge. Fold the extra fabric over on each side and iron it flat. As you can see it’s not perfect, but sides will be flat.

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After you have ironed down the sides, turn it over and pin it to the middle of the diaper, lining up the edges the best you can. My fabric was exactly the length of my diaper so I didn’t have to fold the top or bottom edge, but if your fabric is longer, you may need to fold the top and bottom edge as well.

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Now you are ready to sew, it took me a few tries on adjusting the tension and I used a straight stitch. Try to sew in a straight line.

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I ended up removing the pins because they were in my way, however the fabric does tend to move if it’s not pinned down so that should be your preference. Once you get to a corner, turn the fabric with the needle down and continue sewing so you get one continuous stitch.

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Once you are done, iron the whole burp cloth so it will fold neatly. I also made one with a piece of ribbon along the bottom. Exact same concept. Cut the ribbon to the length of the cloth diaper with a little over on each edge so you can fold the ends down and iron flat. Pin into place and sew all the way around in one continuous sitch with the needle down when turning the fabric.

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Here they are all done. Super cute, huh? These three took me less than an hour to make, next time it will go even faster now that I know what I’m doing. Look for cloth diapers on sale and stock up to make cute and practical gifts for those mom’s to be! Oh and if you are a mom to be, guess you know what you will be getting from me 🙂

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Grilled Pizza & Wings

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I’ve mentioned before that we love to grill in the summer. I do not like cooking on the stove or using the oven in the hot summer months so we either grill outside or have cold meals. My hubby grilled wings for the first time last week while I was gone and told me I had to try them, so the wings I have to give him credit for, but the pizza was all my idea! This meal was so easy to prepare and very delicious! You don’t miss the fried flavor or greasy texture that wings usually have and the pizza tasted like a brick oven pizza! This is more of a technique than a recipe, because not everyone is going to like things as spicy as my husband and I do, but try grilling wings and pizza and making them to your taste! This is what we did….

Grilled Wings

What you need:

  • About 30 split chicken wings or a pack of 15 and split them yourself
  • A few tablespoons of veg. oil
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • About a cup of your favorite wing or bbq sauce to baste with

How to make;

Put the wings in a plastic bag and pour in the oil and spices. Seal the bag and move the wings around so they are coated with the seasoning and oil. Grill them over a low flame until seared and crispy on both sides, then start basting them with your sauce on each side until they are cooked through.

Grilled Pizza

What you need;

  • 1 pre-made pizza dough (we used Boboli brand)
  • 1/2 cup of pizza sauce
  • 1 cup of mozzarella cheese
  • Desired toppings – we did pepperoni, mushrooms, black olives and jalapeno

Place pizza crust over a low flame on the grill. Top with sauce, then cheese, then toppings. Keep grill temp. around 300 degrees and cook for about 8 minutes until cheese is melted and the bottom of the crust has grill marks and is starting to get crispy.

This is our new favorite way to cook pizza & wings! Give it a try, you won’t be sorry!!

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The BEST Carrot Cake

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Wow, it’s been almost 2 weeks since my last post! Where has the time gone? Oh wait, I think I know what happened….being pregnant and having a very active two year happened! Anyway, in my few minutes of spare time I decided to bake a carrot cake. I’ve had this recipe from The Pioneer Woman lying around for a few weeks now, but haven’t had the time (or energy) to make it. As usual, I changed up the recipe to make it more suitable for my family. Omit the nuts because the hubby doesn’t like them, reduce the sugar and enhance the flavor. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family did!

What you need;

For the cake

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup veg. oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1/4 cup raisins

For the icing

  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

How to make;

Mix the sugar, oil, eggs & vanilla until combined. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet mixture. Add grated carrots and raisins and mix well. Pour into a greased and floured bundt pan and bake at 350 for 50 minutes. Cool completely before icing. Cream together all the ingredients to make the icing until well combined and I dump the icing over the cake and let it fall down the sides. I thought it looked pretty like that but I wanted equal icing for every bite so I did end up spreading it around evenly. ENJOY!

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Glazed Poppyseed Bread

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My aunt Liz has been kind enough to give me her glazed poppyseed bread recipe, AND let me share it with all of you. Let me tell you, this is the most delicious and moist sweet bread you will ever eat! It’s my all time favorite, and until now, I only got some at Christmas time when Liz made it, but now I can make it anytime I want…..and so can you! The almond extract is what really makes this bread I think, along with the glaze. It’s good cold with a hot cup of coffee, warmed up with some butter or just plain when you are wanting a sweet snack. It’s easy to make, and I make mini loaves so it’s a great bread to make and give away and still have some for yourself!

What you need;

Bread

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 c. veg. oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp butter flavoring
  • 3 c. flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbls poppy seeds

Glaze

  • 1/4 c. orange juice
  • 3/4 c. white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp butter flavoring
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

How to make;

I used my Kitchen Aid mixer which made this really easy, but if you use a hand mixer, make sure your bowl is big enough. Beat eggs, add in sugar, milk, oil, butter flavoring, almond & vanilla extract. In another large bowl combine & sift flour, salt, baking powder. After sifted stir in poppy seeds. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients until combined. I used 5 mini loaf pans, but my aunt uses 2 regular loaf pans. Whatever you use, grease them well. Pour batter into pans and bake @ 350 for 50 minutes and check. Do not overbake! While the bread is baking mix all of the glaze ingredients together and set aside. Let loaves cool for a few minutes and run a knife around the edges between the bread and pan so the glaze can drip down the sides. Evenly pour the glaze over each loaf and let the loaves cool completely. Then ENJOY!

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Hawaiian Grilled Chicken

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I got this recipe from Pinterest, but I tweaked it a little as I usually do and we were all very happy with the way it turned out. Cade even loved it and it’s going to be in our summer grilling rotation! It’s simple, cheap and so good!

What you need;

  • 5 lb package of chicken thighs
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp minced garlic

How to make;

Remove skin and visible fat from the chicken thighs and place them in a covered container. Mix the coconut milk, soy sauce, water, brown sugar and garlic together. Pour over the chicken and let it marinate for 8-12 hours or overnight. Grill 7-10 minutes on each side or until chicken is cooked through.
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I love grilled fruit so I sliced up some pineapple, sprinkled on some brown sugar and grilled it right along with the chicken. Serve with a salad and you have yourself a delicious and easy summer dinner!