Little Miss Independence and Little Miss Independence-in-training. Gee willie winkies – they’re clever, huh?
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
|Pretzel recipe from here (I think!) with some hints and tips from Alton Brown (Love you!!)|
And no, it doesn’t quite measure up, but it’s a good start. I’m moving in the right direction. So I’m going to keep on.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
So far Little Miss M is still quite happy to give her friends something homemade. And so far, these have been a hit with both Little Miss M and her friends (well, according to their mommas anyway). And I think these little ones still get a kick out of seeing their names on things. What do you think?
And the best thing... I've heard how Little Miss M's friends show how they treasure their presents - favourite doll's sleeping bag; magic cape; a bag for treasured things. And how they don't want to sully it by getting it dirty on their bed if they use it as a pillow!!!!
Little Miss M has been helping with the designs. I'm hoping to start her on sewing them up herself with a bit of practise :)
Friday, November 14, 2014
Anyways... part of my simplify philosophy is how we live our life here at mon chez moi. Borne out of necessity and preference, our bathroom has been simplified the agmay way.
When we moved into our apartment, the bathroom was sadly lacking in storage. It was also lacking in space, so putting in any storage was going to require some thought.
I thought about what activities we needed to do in the bathroom. And limited storage requirements just for those activities.
Makeup - no.
Tooth brushing - yes.
Medicines - no.
Contact Lenses - yes.
Lotions - no.
Cleaning products - not really.
Hair products - yes and no. (For my Dear Husband, he washes his hands after applying hair stuff. I just brush and spray.)
Do you get the picture?
Actually, here's a picture.
And that's it. That's all that's in our bathroom.
(I'm still looking for a way to store the toilet paper, which sits just outside the bathroom in the laundry alcove.)
As we live our life this way, I can see the advantages...
- no-one is hogging the bathroom.
- it takes no time at all to clean.
- less effort to keep it clutter-free.
I think, even if we had the option of a bigger bathroom, I would still limit what we keep in the bathroom. With 3 little girls growing up into 3 teenagers, I think I need to limit what they do daily in the bathroom!!!
And for the things that I might want to occasionally take into the bathroom...
I keep this in my bedroom. And I find that I usually bring it into the living room, later at night when the girls are in bed, and pamper myself in the living room rather than the bathroom.
What do you think? Do you think you could or would want to simplify what is in your bathroom?
Monday, September 22, 2014
Oh - and please excuse the less than flattering photos...
I used this tutorial to move the bust dart. Here's how it worked out on my shirt...
But besides that... (and until I can figure out what is causing these)...
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
And check out my homemade pie base - not too shabby, eh?
Sunday, August 31, 2014
I do love me my Picnics. Wafer with cream, covered in caramel, surrounded by peanuts and smothered in chocolate. Oooh, baby!
I have no problems with buying these deliciousness, but I can't bring it home or share them with my girls due to the peanuts. (Ironically, we do have PB in the house... but we're talking about Picnics here, not my sense of logic!)
Here's my breakdown of this love affair. Cream wafers - always a good start. Caramel, yes please. Peanuts... hmmm, I like the bite and the salty counterpart it offers to the rest of the confection. Chocolate, which *gasp* can be a bit too much, but still a necessity.
So... this is what I came up with. My homemade deliciousness (although the wafers are store-bought)...
Store bought wafers - I haven't found a recipe for these babies. So, store bought for now.
Buttercream - simple American Buttercream, but I get to control the sugar to butter ratio (yeah - butter always wins). A thin layer between three wafers.
Salted Caramel sauce - homemade is sooooo good. Again, I get to control the sugar to butter ratio (and butter is still winning). The sauce is layered on top.
Rice Bubbles - for extra crunch and vision.
Chocolate dribblings - fancy (!) and necessary.
For my taste buds, this is a perfect combination of crunch and silky smoothness (wafer and rice bubbles vs buttercream), sweet and salt (buttercream and caramel vs caramel), all balanced on the perfect carriers (wafer and rice bubbles) with the chocolate being the icing on the top. It's homemade; it's divine; it's dangerous.
To save our hearts and waistlines, I have the ingredients on hand but only put it together when we're going to eat it. Otherwise, it's a constant stopover at the pantry as I sneak in another bite.
Thanks Cadbury. You're an inspiration :)