Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Truck-Stop Buttermilk Pancakes

My husband requested thick and fluffy pancakes for dinner.
That is not what he got.
However, these were still delicious and more my style.
Kind of egg-y and thin.

I found the recipe here. With over 600 reviews and 22,000 saves, with a 4.5/5 stars, I figured we couldn't go wrong. I added some vanilla and about 1/4 cup of sugar and it was tasty.

I used up our homemade buttermilk in the batter, and fried the pancakes in our homemade butter
We had some tasty stuff for dinner.

At, you can change the serving size of the recipe you want to make. I changed it to 8 servings (from 12), and we still came out with this mondo pile of pancakes. 

Our freezer will be well stocked for a while. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Homemade Butter, like the Pioneers

We made butter today.
Totally easy too! 
I found this on pinterest and felt inspired.

We used the GOOD kind of cream, from Costco.
I read that you should let your cream warm up for a while and it will become butter faster. I did not do that and it took like 40 minutes to whip. Apparently if you wait, it can go as fast as 10 minutes!

 Step 1, whip it up! Set on medium or so.

 See the glorious cream, don't stop though! Keep on going!

 All of a sudden it turned chunky! It totally snuck up on me. See how the middle is still normal whipped cream looking? It was fast!

 Not butter, even better! I love my little Dee. She's a good helper.

 Getting thicker.

 Getting more chunky.

 Curdly. Looks yuck, but keep going until it separates into buttermilk and curds.

 Drain it.

 Whip a little more...

 Drain out the rest of the buttermilk.

 Hoo-yah! Look at all that glorious buttermilk! Some pancakes are on the horizon.

 Butter! Now, a tip I read was to rinse and kneed the butter in ice water, changing the water out once or twice until it is clear. This will let it keep in your fridge for longer and not go rancid.

Now add salt, sugar and cinnamon, herbs, or whatever you like to your fancy butter!

 Slather it on some bread.

And enjoy! 
This kid would eat it by the handful if I'd let her. And she did sneak some later anyway! Sweet little Goose.

Now go make some butter and feel like a pioneer (except for the Kitchen Aid)!

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Pattern Giveaway!

Giveaway is now closed.

Yes, you could be the proud owner of this awesome new pattern just released by Jodi over at Sew Fearless

I have one pattern to giveaway, courtesy of Jodi, so enter below if you love to sew or know someone who does!

Or do both, and if you win the giveaway, Jodi will refund you your purchase price!

Rules and ways of giveaway entries:

*You may enter up to 5 times. Each entry being a separate comment.*

You MUST leave your email in the comment if you want to be contacted about winning. You may enter it in the following format so computers don't steal your identity.

sallyomalley (at) nerdmail (dot) com

If I do not hear back from the winner within 2 days of winning, a new winner will be chosen in their place!
Dun, dun, duh!!!

How to enter:

First Entry:

1. Leave a comment below about this post, or anything you like.

Optional Entries:

2. Like Sew Fearless on Facebook, or follow/ subscribe to the Sew Fearless blog, and leave a comment below saying you did/ do already.

3. Like aprikot designs on facebook (my etsy shop) and leave a comment below saying you did/ do already.

4. Follow or subscribe to three65create, and leave a comment below saying you did/ do already.

5. Share this giveaway on facebook, pinterest, twitter, or post it on your own blog by including the following statement:

"Win The Sidekick Suitcase Pattern over at! "

The giveaway closes March 3rd, 2012, at 11:59 pm CST.
The winner will be chosen by and will be announced on March 5th, 2012.

Good luck everyone!

Also, head on over to Sew Fearless to enter her giveaway. She's giving away 5 patterns!

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Re-reading The Hunger Games

I am just starting to re-read The Hunger Games, getting ready for the movie in a couple of weeks. I can't wait to see it! My friend B invited me to go with her and when I told Scott he said I couldn't go without him. Lame. I'm glad he likes it so much, but sometimes a girl just wants to hang with another girl. Oh well. It will still be fun, since it will now be a double date instead.

I couldn't find our copy of the book anywhere since more than 50% of our stuff is in boxes in the basement right now, as we are house sitting for my in-laws. So I got on the hold list for our library last week and ended up in line as number 177! I thought I'd be lucky to read it before the next movie comes out, but it only took a week to get to the top of the list! This copy has obviously been devoured. Pages are falling out, and it looks like it's been at the bottom of a 6th graders backpack for 9 months. Not that it bothers me much. I'll still devour the book myself (once more), and douse my hands in purel as I do.

BTW, have you guys seen the movie trailer yet? It is so intense! It makes my heart race and my eyes leak some sort of salty substance...

You should check it out. You know where I'll be on March 12th!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Sidekick Suitcase

I just finished a project that was at a whole new level for me. I felt like I needed to grow in my sewing skills and this totally did that for me. I feel braver! I made my own bias tape, and then used it for piping, sewed in two zippers, and tried to follow directions instead of fight them! Yes, I'll admit it, sometimes following 
directions is necessary. 
Sometimes. :)

Jodi over at Sew Fearless let me be a pattern tester for her new pattern, The Sidekick Suitcase.She has created the cutest mini suitcase pattern that is now 
for sale in her shop

For my suitcase, I decided against the recommended duck canvas, and went with a denim* (because it was on hand and I was trying to do it on the cheap)(and, maybe because I have authority issues...hahaha).

I also added some simple iron on appliques to pinkify it a little more for my pink lady.

Check out those lovely zippers!

The beautiful backside. 

A couple of sweet pockets.

And one satisfied customer.
(All the glory a mom needs.)

*Note: DO NOT USE denim if there is ANY stretch to it at all. It was a bit of a nightmare because of my mistake of fabric choice. I'm sure a non stretch denim would be great though!

Anyway, it turned out well. And Dee is in LOVE with it. She promptly ran to her room and started packing the entire contents of her dresser for a trip we took last weekend.

Do you like it? 
Wish you could make one or six for your own kids? 

If so, I will be holding a pattern giveaway for The Sidekick Suitcase, thanks to Jodi at Sew Fearless, and you could win a pattern for yourself! 

Yee haw!
Check back on Friday for the giveaway! 

Sew Fearless is also hosting a 5 pattern giveaway later this week, so go check it out! You've got a lot of chances to win!

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