Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Sneaky Chef

I bought a new cookbook last week. It is called The Sneaky Chef. It gives you new ideas for "sneaking" veggies into your children's meals. My girls eat some veggies well, but then others they don't. So far I have made brainy brownies (using spinach, blueberries, wheat germ & rolled oats), chicken tenders (breaded with whole wheat bread crumbs, wheat germ, and sweet potato & carrot puree), and macaroni & cheese (also using the sweet potato & carrot puree). They have all been great. The chicken tenders were really crisp & I like the mac n cheese because it was lower in fat than my usual recipe. I still want the girls to eat plain veggies, but this will give us some variety.

Monday, March 17, 2008

I have been carrying the same purse since I made it in September. It is a tan tote made from a pattern I tweaked. It was originally a huge tote bag. I shrank it down & made it purse size, & added some great pockets inside, several different sizes, & a few slim ones for pens. I am a huge purse/tote fanatic. So for me to carry the same one this long is unheard of. The problem is that I designed the tan one so well that I can't find one to replace it. I keep looking, but when I look at the inside I can't imagine giving up the little compartments made into mine. So I found some $1/yard material & made myself a new "springtime" purse. It seems a little bright for now, but once summer gets here it will be great. I call it my $4 purse . That includes the outside print & the lining. I already had the pellon at home. It was actually a $3 purse before I bought the wooden button to go on it. And I even have enough of the print material to make my daughter a skort.