Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cook from the Book: Cornflake Cookies

I didn't take pics of mine--this is from online--but my cookies looked a lot like this.

   I recently finished the book Paris, My Sweet, which I loved!  Definitely worth the $6 on Amazon! One thing I loved about it was how the author has lists for the best sweets in Paris and then also in New York.  

  At the top of her list, for the #1 sweet to try in New York, was Momofuku's famous Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookie. She rated it #1 over all of the cupcakes and pies and cakes she has tried as a "sweets columnist"! So--I was very intrigued!

 Since the internet has everything, I found the recipe in several places, like here. I must like torture, because I am not eating sugar right now yet still decided to make a batch of these cookies. I did break down and eat half of one--and then got a headache. Worth it. Luckily, I made them for a girl on bed rest, so they were out of the house quick! Sad for my husband, who could have easily eaten the whole batch!

  If you decide to make them, you first have to buy cornflakes and mix in sugar and butter and then bake them into a "cornflake crunch". I have a feeling that if you just use frosted flakes, you will get the same effect with much less effort.  Also, the recipe calls for making giant cookies--but I think the cookies turned out better when I made them small. The big ones spread too much.

 Despite the fact that I couldn't really eat them due to my bajillion cavities,  they were fun to make and try--but not sure they would be #1 on my list for best treats, although they definitely were a huge hit with everyone who tried them (the girl I gave them to texted me with "Must.Have.Recipe.")  

Guess I'll have to go to New York and see what would be #1 on my list!
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Kids' Clothes Week: Geranium Dress

Outfit #2: The Geranium Dress


More clothes for Coco! Despite the fact that she is obsessed with hammerhead sharks and sea monsters (she's moved on from vampires), she loves to wear skirts and dresses. I found this cute fabric at HobbyLobby for $3 a yard, and it is so cute!
  I used Made by Rae's Geranium Dress Pattern, which is super popular for good reason--it is super easy and cute and has pockets!  I added three inches to the length, and it is just barely clearing Coco's knees--girl's got her daddy's build--hallelujah! :)
Sunday, April 21, 2013

Kids' Clothes Week!: The Romper

 It's Kids' Clothes Week! 
 Basically a ton of bloggers sew for their kids everyday this week.  Very fun.



First up is an outfit for QP:

I used the Scientific Seamstress Reversible Romper Pattern for the gingham romper. The gingham was $2 a yard during a Denver Fabrics sale! I am getting obsessed with fabric that is under $5 a yard.  I respect the need to create, but I also feel strongly that sewing should save you money!
I love the romper pattern--only 2 pieces, super quick, and very very detailed!
I used the Flashback Skinny Tee pattern and some remnants of knit fabric on hand for his shirt.
I love little boys in rompers!  Too cute!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Watch, Read, and Listen!

Here is my latest media love!

Watch: Oz The Great and Powerful 3D

Another cereal-box-certificate movie!
I really enjoyed this movie--it had really good 3D and visual effects and a sweet ending line from the good witch.  I didn't like how they portrayed the bad witches, though, and I would not let my kids see this, as there were too many shocking and screeching parts!

Read: Paris, My Sweet by Amy Thomas

I am loving this book about a New York writer who spends a year in France trying out all the bakeries! Food memoirs are my favorite genre (are they a genre?)! It is a cute, light read!

Listen: Nothing new!  
I am a slave to my 4 year old and her very distinct pop-music demands!
Here is her latest favorite song--we watch this daily:
Don't worry--we always talk about how wrong it is to steal things from laundromats :)

I am definitely in need of new music and a new FUNNY show! Please share!!


Covert Robin Swap!: Sent

    Last month, I signed up for the Covert Robin Craft Swap, and here's what I made:
First, a sling bag, using Pink Chalk's Mail Sack Pattern. This is the fourth bag I've made using this pattern--I love it!  It is a great size and lets me use up all the random home dec fabric I have! The pouch is the Bella Pouch Pattern--which is cute and a perfect size for wallet and keys! I take mine everywhere!

How do you photograph a bag??

I am (quickly) using up all my Japanese fabric.  It's too cute to just sit there!
Japanese fabric for the pockets!

I added a crochet rose brooch for fun! 

I had fun--I always have way more fun making things on a deadline! My recipient sent me a sweet grateful letter--she has 9 kids and can definitely use the extra bag :) I was so happy she liked it!


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