Sunday, April 17, 2011

Caspar Babypants Or The Best Kids Music In The World

Do you ever get stuck Let your kids listen to kid music? You know the kind... "Old MacDonald had a farm..." "B-I-N-G-O and Bingo was his name-o" Ah kid music. But why do companies think that parents want to listen to a bunch of high pitched kids singing these songs. It makes it so much more annoying to me. I didn't ever really put it on for Jakah to listen to, because I didn't want to get a headache listen to it.

A friend (and neighbor) and blogger, Emily introduced us to Caspar Babypants. He had the most un-annoying kid music I have heard yet. The lead singer, Chris Ballew, is also the lead singer of the band Presidents of the United States of America.

The songs on Caspar Babypants albums are fun, easy to sing along too, creative and entertaining. Jakah loves listening to them all. My husband's favorite song is of course Poor Little Broken Truck and My favorite song is $9.99. There are so many other good songs on all of his CD's. I really have yet to find one I don't like.

We are so lucky to live in Washington because Caspar Babypants does mostly free live shows at the local libraries (and a few other places). I can't wait to take Jakah to see one this summer!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Crispy Toasted Coconut Cookies

So I know I said I wasn't going to bake anymore but well.... I may have lied. Maybe lied is a harsh word... just ... OK well lied. I just missed it... and I was actually home ALL DAY today. I honestly can't remember the last time I was home all day, without any errands to run, or grocery shopping to do. Just nothing. (well actually I was home waiting for the delivery of my new elliptical)
So of course I spent much of my morning deep cleaning my house. And boy is (or was) it clean! Until Jakah woke up from his nap! And then I gave up and took him outside because it was FINALLY sunny! After 36 some odd days of rain there was finally sun today! Oh glorious sun! (too bad its supposed to rain again starting tomorrow)

Anyways... Onto the cookies! (which I have adapted this recipe to be an original!)

Crispy Toasted Coconut Cookies
Ingredients:
1 bag of sweetened shredded coconut
2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup salted butter (softened)
1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

(You can also add 1 cup of chopped almonds, which is super yummy! But I didn't have any at home and since I wasn't running to the store I left it out)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (I did this part on regular bake, not convection bake)

Spread coconut on a baking sheet.


Bake for about 10 minutes, stirring once or twice until the coconut becomes golden brown.
Watch carefully, because the coconut can darken quickly and burn. Set aside and cool.
Increase the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper

Using the mixer, beat together butter and brown sugar until fluffy (usually about a minute)
Scrape edges and add eggs, vanilla, and almond extract. Mix until blended. Add flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Mix on low speed
(should look like this!)

Add cooled coconut to mixture. (and if you wanted the almonds, you would add them here also)

Cut 2 pieces of wax paper, and roll a portion of the dough out between it. (about 1/4" thick)
I had just bought these adorable little cookies cutters that I really wanted to try out.


And while they are adorable.... it wasn't really working out the way I wanted them to. (I think because of the coconut, I wasn't getting very clean lines. And the dough was warm and tearing when I was picking them up) So I switched to bigger ones.

Lift cookies off wax paper and transfer to baking sheet.

(If you are having trouble lifting the dough like I did, place the dough in the fridge for a few minutes to harden)

Bake until the edges and bottom are lightly browned. About 12 - 15 minutes


These are also very good drizzled with chocolate on top (or you could dunk 1 side in chocolate also, which I would have done if I had any chocolate in the house)

P.S. It was beautiful out today and finally felt like spring!






Thursday, April 7, 2011

Camo Vest

So I have finished my camo vest! I just need to sew a camo tie onto a t-shirt I found on clearance for $1.50

Anyways onto the instructions on how to make a vest! I found a pattern for Reversible Vest from Pants (which by the way the blog she found it on is AWESOME and you should check it out!) I changed it a little since I was not making mine from pants :)

First trace out a pattern. Since my mom had already made a vest, I just used her pattern. I did make it a little smaller since hers was for a size 2T and it was too big on Jakah

Fold fabric in half, and pin pattern onto the material. Cut along pattern.

(the back is made out of satin, if I do this again I would not use satin!)

Do the same pattern on the front, as the back. Except for the front, cut along the folded edge to make 2 pieces

I forgot to take a picture of the front cutting part Oops! But you want to make 4 pieces for the front total. And 2 for the back.

This is the back, and after I had cut this out, my mom informed me that it was supposed to be straight on the back not come to a V.... Ugh! But we worked with what we had!

Pin the front pieces to the back pieces. 2 front pieces to 1 back piece... both times

(make sure the sides you want showing on the outside are both touching on the inside at this point!)
Sew Just along the flat seam on the side.... Under the arm hole area


It should then look like this.... Do this to the other one you pinned also

Once that is done, Iron down your seam and then pin both sets together (pattern facing each other so you see the insides). You then want to sew the edges together all along the pinned area EXCEPT for the tops (shoulder part) and the bottom along the back. (you have to be able to turn it right side out!)



Once you have sewen the seams, turn it right side out. Fold down the edges of the shoulder area and pin together. Sew one (or in my case 2) seams so that they are sewen together. Fold the back underneath and sew together to create a seam

And you are done!





It turned out super cute! Once I make the tie part I will take a picture of Jakah in the whole outfit! I know its not the best sewing job, but for a beginner I think I did pretty good. (and really who is going to criticize my mistakes when they see how cute Jakah looks in it!)

P.S. Sorry if my instructions are confusing, I meant to take more pictures but was caught up in the sewing part... Check out http://www.makeit-loveit.com/ for better instructions


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Will Work for New Hobby

So... as much as I LOVE baking, and LOVE my new oven, my waist isn't loving all the treats I have been making. I am in a wedding in July and want to look good, so I need to lose a few pounds.
So I am looking for a new hobby. I think I want to get into sewing. I sew a little with my mom. Seems like fun. I have been looking into buying a sewing machine.
I really like this one














And its cheaper thru Amazon.com than anywhere else I have found it. I am just trying to decide if I need to buy such a fancy one to just start out on. I could buy a cheaper one, and if I like it always upgrade later....
Decisions, Decisions

In the mean time I have picked out some fabric that I like. I am going to make my friends daughter a birthday dress. I have already made one for my niece and think it turned out really cute!

I am also going to attempt to make Jakah an Easter vest. Because honestly I have no idea what to dress little boys in for Easter. But my husband said absolutely no sweater vest. So I am going to make a tuxedo type camo vest, and sew a camo tie onto a shirt for him. Honestly, nothing says Easter like camo Ha ha!

Look as this awesome fabric I found, makes me want to make something today!




I have others, like the Camo but I forgot to take a picture of it :)

P.S. Will the rain ever stop!!!
P.S.S. Oh it did stop.... and snowed this morning instead!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

In Love with a Shop

I have been looking around, trying to think of some cute spring ideas that I want to make. Of course I am going to make some sugar cookies, I picked up a new butterfly and flower cookie cutter yesterday (poor boys at my house! Good thing cookies all taste the same no matter what shape they are in!)

But as I was looking around online, visiting some blogs I like to read I found this site. Layer Cake Shop I think I am in love with you. They have so many cute and adorable things to buy! I may have to find another job just to pay for the stuff I want!

Look at this adorable Monter Truck Cookie Cutter ... I want it! (I have been informed that monster trucks are not adorable, they are awesome and in no way am I to use girly words near any form of them)
They have so many cool things that I really can't decide. I would love some edible glitter also.... Hmmm

Sigh.... I am going shopping for some new baking supplies tomorrow. I think if I don't find what I want I may be putting an order in here!