Friday, March 20, 2015

DIY Children's Art Drawing on a Pillow

Connor is turning into quite the little artist lately (swoon!) and I guess my love of art is rubbing off on him.  He started drawing these little faces

Connor is turning into quite the little artist lately (swoon!) and I guess my love of art is rubbing off on him.  He started drawing these little faces at daycare during art class and I'm obsessed with them.  I thought it might be fun to turn one of them into a little pillow for him.  We play "art class" at home, so I took a piece of fabric and ironed some pellon on the back of it to stiffen it up a little.  He used a fabric marker to draw the face on the fabric.

My little lefty hard at work!

I put fleece on the back side to make it a little softer for his bed and sewed the pillow closed.  He absolutely loves it!  He sleeps with it every night!  Best little project ever :)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sweet Potato Mac & Cheese

Another great mac & cheese recipe!  (Is there ever bad mac & cheese though?)  This one caught my eye because I could hide a lot of extra veggies in it for the husband and little guy.

Adapted from Finding Joy in my Kitchen

Ingredients:
• 3 C milk
• 2 C al dente cooked pasta (I used veggie pasta made with carrots and squash)
• 1 tsp. salt
• 1 C canned sweet potato
• 6 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
• 3 T Parmesan cheese
• salt & pepper

In a large saucepan on medium heat, combine the milk and cooked pasta with salt.
 
Slowly add the canned sweet potato to the pan and stir.  Keep stirring every minute or two until the mixture begins to boil.
 
Reduce the heat to low and continue to stir to keep the mixture from sticking to the pan.
 
When the pasta is done (test a piece), remove the pan from the heat.

While the pasta is still hot, add in the parmesan and cheddar cheese and mix well to melt the cheese.  Season with salt and pepper. 

Enjoy!

Monday, February 2, 2015

DIY Kids Despicable Me Minion Valentine's Day Crayon Wrap Gifts

Connor is currently obsessed with Despicable Me 2 and watches it at least a few times a week.  He calls it something like "Nin-yinks" instead of Minions, but it's cute!  For Valentine's Day, his daycare doesn't allow food to be brought in, so I thought it might be fun to do crayon Valentine's with Minions since they're his current favorite thing.

There's a lot of Minion printables floating around online right now, but none of them were quite right for what I needed.  I ended up resizing them to make them fit the crayon boxes I used, and then I added a little red note on the back.


I had to hide them from Connor until Valentine's Day so he doesn't destroy them, but I can't wait to see his face when he sees them!




Friday, January 16, 2015

DIY Baby Onesie Dress

One of the best parts about having a baby girl is all the stuff you can make her to wear.  However, I pretty much avoid making her clothes because she grows out of them so fast that it's not even worth the effort.  These dresses were pretty easy, so I did do a few of them (back when I still had time) during maternity leave.  She never even got a chance to wear them, but I did take photos of her in them before they got too small! 

I pretty much followed this tutorial by Prudent Baby with a few tweaks of my own to create this little dress for her.

It's really nice to have the onesie attached and then you can always add leggings or tights over it too.

Pretty girl!

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