Lately I have been cooking up a storm. I think our new cafe at work has inspired me. The global cuisine - (which usually means Indian, Thai, or some Asian derivative)
Last week I made Tom Kha soup (my favorite) and baked coconut shrimp with a zesty dipping sauce I made up once I realized the directions called for apricot preserves, and who has those lying around? Certainly not me! Sloan had fun helping me cut the lemongrass for the soup... She is a great kitchen helper and loves to watch me in the kitchen. Often she goes back to her kitchen and mimics my actions. Stirring, tasting, putting it in the oven. Speaking of kitchen helper,
I would really LOVE THIS
for the kitchen to keep her from falling off her step stool! Sloan has been trying to ask her grandparents for it, but she is a jumbled mess when it comes to complete sentences. She does have a handful of sentences that are as clear as day, but usually I can translate based on the few key words that i do understand and after falling the other day off her step stool, she insists that this is the one she needs! the girls across the street have it and she is green with envy!
I think Rick is evolving quite nicely! He is amazed at how well our daughter eats compared to other children he has known, but I constantly remind him that children aren't born liking only chicken nuggets and french fries, they have to be conditioned to eat that way. Sloan is a good eater because
In other news we have been quite busy sewing. I am working on a new project for the house for a special room, but until then you will just have to wait ...
Look at me, Little suzy homemaker, cooking and sewing! Yup. That's pretty much what I do when i'm not working, sleeping, or playing with Sloan, might as well enjoy it!
I learned how to sew a ruffle (self taught of course) using a good website that gave a nice written description... Now I am a ruffling machine! Never mind the mess behind Sloan - we are in the playroom / craft room/ home office. It is our third floor, and we will get to it when we get to it :) I am itching to organize and decorate this room, paint a cute mural, add storage bins, etc etc... but patience is a virtue and i have other rooms to tackle first!!! We prefer to start from the ground up, so for now, this is our dumping ground. It really is nice to have one of these in the house!
Here is the apron i posted on Facebook last week. I did a practice ruffle and then sewed it onto another scrap fabric. I started looking at it and realized that it was the perfect size for a mini-apron, so i found the flower fabric scrap I had lying around, hemmed, and voila! An apron for Sloan... I can't wait to make her a ruffle skirt, but first things first, i am working on a time consuming project right now. My other ruffles are a bit more ruffly, but this got stretched out when i tied it around here. Nonetheless, it is adorable if i do say so myself! I should have probably selected a longer piece of fabric as the sash since it ties, but not long enough for an actual bow.
my model was reluctant to show me the tie in the back but more than happy to share her belly button. The mess is much more visable in these views. You're welcome! Can you see her toes? We also painted our toenails this weekend since we had some extra time off due to snow .
Sloan has taken interest in sewing and will sit on my lap and sew with me. She LOVES to hold my magnetic pin cushion and take the pins off. fortunately when she drops them i can just suck them up with the magnet! The only real danger when i'm working on a project is that i like to iron my fabric before sewing hems, and if she pulls the hot iron on her, it would scar her for life, literally. So i have to keep her away and unplug and move the iron between each hem... I is fortunate that she naps for 2-2.5 hours on the weekends and goes to bed early at night, allowing me to save ironing for those times ! As i mentioned I am working on a project, which I estimate to take about 2 weeks, depending on progress on weekends.. I started on Saturday and I think I am about 20% finished. Work really does interfere with my hobbies/crafting!
I can't wait to share a finished project with you, stay tuned!