Pineapple Upside Down Cake!
Pineapple Upside Down Cake!
This week’s challenge:
“This is a challenge I can’t resist posting every year, it’s the Hearts and Flowers challenge. Your project must included hearts, flowers or both. Yes, I post this challenge because Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, but your project does not need to be Valentine’s Day themed at all.” (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)
I have had this project in my favourites list on Ravelry for a long time – like since I started to learn how to crochet. I never found the time to make it, until now. It fits perfectly in the “hearts” theme.
Isn’t she adorable? She’s my robot heart monitor. She keeps me company and makes sure my pacemaker is running properly. … Or maybe she just makes me smile and that makes my heart happy, which makes my pacemaker happy. Either… or…
To see all of the Hearts and Flowers projects from the Iron Crafters, please check out the Flickr Group.
Logan is growing and growing and growing. I got tired of watching him wear his pajamas that were obviously too small. I know, it doesn’t really matter for sleeping in. But short pants where there used to be long pants was starting to get to me.
So I made him new pajamas today. He can pass those too small short pants onto his little sister now.
I’ve been sick all week
It’s super hard to be creative when you spend A LOT of your time in the bathroom.
But I did work a little on my hexi quilt project.
Today I got creative in the kitchen. I made beef and broccoli.
Here’s the recipe:
One of my favourite things to order from the Chinese Food place is Broccoli and Beef. Nummers. I used to love it at my grandparents’ restaurant (The House of Wong in Lethbridge, Alberta).
I’ve been trying to recreate it in my own kitchen for years. Finally my dad let me in on the secret I was missing – turkey stock. Of course!
So now, I’m ready to share my recipe with you:
– Stir Fry beef strips, or steak cut up into stir fry sized strips
– 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
– 4 teaspoons of corn starch
– 4 tablespoons of cooking oil
– 1 teaspoon of salt (or more to taste)
– 1 package of frozen broccoli (or vegetables of your choice) or fresh if you have it
– 1/2 ground ginger
– 3/4 cup of turkey or chicken stock
– Cut beef into strips if it isn’t done for you already.
– Combine soy sauce, cornstarch, 1 tablespoon of cooking oil and salt in a bowl. Add beef, mix it until beef is coated well.
– Slice broccoli into thin strips if fresh. Heat ginger in 3 tablespoon of cooking oil in a skillet. Add broccoli and stir fry for 3 to 5 minutes to get that nice ginger taste into the veggies. Remove from pan.
– Add more oil if necessary and stir fry the beef for about 5 minutes or until well browned.
– return broccoli to pan. Add turkey stock (I have all my turkey stock frozen in ice cubes so it’s super simple to add – yay!). Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. I like a lot more sauce than usual – so if you add extra stock and it doesn’t thicken, that’s nummy too. Makes a great sauce for rice!
Serve over steamed rice.
*** you can add all the things that you might like in your broccoli and beef likes baby corn, mushrooms or water chestnuts. For example, I used a bag of frozen Chinese style veggies for the broccoli and beef in the photos. Go crazy. And enjoy!
Oh my gosh…. I’m so proud of myself this weekend. I decided to make a hat for Lane’s dolly and couldn’t find a pattern that was quite what I had in mind.
So I made up my own pattern!
I thought I’d share the pattern with you.
Supplies Needed to fit an 18″ doll:
This took me an evening while I was trying to figure it out, so it should take someone with reasonable crochet skills only about an hour.
Basic crochet skills. You should know how to crochet in the round and Half Double Crochet (hdc)
I hope this pattern makes sense. It is my first attempt at writing one and I realize that I should have made more comprehensive notes instead of winging it and then thinking “Hey, maybe someone else might like to make this hat too.”
If you make this pattern (and it works out… or doesn’t… ) let me know. I’d love to see the results! You can check out my Facebook fanpage and post on there as well if you’d like.
Made by me to match my new winter coat.
Day 21 –
Does a cluttered sewing table denote a creative mind?
Day 19 of my daily creative endeavor challenge also belongs to my first Iron Craft project of the year. If you’ve followed my family blog these past few years you’ve seen all of my Iron Craft projects. It’s a fun challenge that I like to participate in. Every two weeks another prompt is given out and we reveal on Tuesdays. This year I’ve decided to move all my crafty stuff to the Tawny Bee front page and keep my family stuff on my family blog.
This week’s challenge:
“We’ve have just finished 5 years of Iron Craft challenges, so let’s celebrate by making the theme for this challenge the Fifth Anniversary. This one is a little tough, but I know you are up to it! Your project needs to be based on gifts associated with the fifth anniversary, wood (traditional), silverware(alternative) or daisy(flower).” (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)
I started by thinking of all the things I could make with popsicle sticks, but decided against it. I remembered a project I had bookmarked in a craft book I had – wooden spoon puppets.
Here is my version of Hansel and Gretal puppets:
These cute puppets were made using wooden spoons as their bodies. I think that fits the “wood” challenge enough. And they turned out super cute, so I’m sorta proud of these guys.
Lane really loves them. She brought them in the car and made them dance in the back seat to songs on the radio while we were driving to the mall the other day. Adorable!
To see all of the Iron Crafters 5th Anniversary projects, check out the Flickr Group.
And if you’d like to participate in the Iron Craft challenges this year, visit Just Crafty Enough for the details.