Tasty Tuesday - Irish Lamb Stew

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

****I know it isn't Tuesday, but I have just now managed to drag myself from my sick bed to post this recipe. Thankfully I had the forethought to get it typed up on Monday before the "super deadly stomach bug of doom" (with appropriate creepy music) broke out in our house. All 3 of us were laid out yesterday and of course who got it the worst? You guessed it, ME! Luckily Ant was over the worst of it by Tuesday morning, and was able to do a spectacular job of taking care of Tiny, who blessedly had it the easiest. 
This was the first time that Tiny has had anything worse than a sniffle and I felt absolutely horrible that I couldn't even get out of bed to help. Of course, tomorrow is Ant's last day at work and he couldn't stay home with me again today. But I'm on the mend and can at least stomach crackers now, Yay! As if there weren't enough things on my plate already, we are leaving at 6am Friday morning to look at apartments in D.C. So,  In case I don't have another chance to post before next Monday, everyone wish us luck and have a Great Weekend!**** 

We have finally come to the last recipe for this Irish themed month. This is an interesting one for me. I have never cooked lamb before, and get kinda squeamish about doing so now because I remember all the little lambs I delivered and bottle fed growing up. I'm just trying to pretend it is beef and move on as quickly as possible.

This is also my last stew of the season which is a little sad since soups and stews are some of my favorite things to cook. Ant doesn't think they should be eaten during warm weather. Boo! (I know it doesn't make any sense to me either.)

Irish Lamb Stew

Sorry, I know it just looks like Goulash, but I haven't
figured out how to photograph food yet!

2 strips of bacon
1 Large onion - chopped
3 Large cloves of garlic - minced

1.5 lbs. of Lamb - cubed
1/2 c. flour
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
olive oil as needed

3 cups beef broth*

1/2 t. thyme
1 bay leaf
1 c. carrots - sliced on the diagonal
4-5 large potatoes - cubed

*Sub dark beer (lager) for 1 cup or so of the beef broth as long as you end up with 3 c. of liquid total.*

In a large pan cook the bacon until done. Remove and chop after cooled.
Cook the onions and garlic in the bacon grease until softened and golden.
Move onion mix to the Crockpot with the bacon.
Add salt and pepper to the flour and toss the lamb cubes in the mix until covered.
Shake off any excess flour and brown the meat in the remaining bacon grease. (This should be done in batches, adding oil as necessary.)
When all the meat in browned, add it to the crock pot with the carrots, potatoes, bay and thyme.
Pour the broth into the cooking pan and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits. Then add liquid to the Crockpot and stir everything together.

I cooked mine on high for about 3 hours, but set the temperature according to your schedule.
**If you are planning to let the Crockpot simmer for an extended amount of time you do not have to brown the meat, but you may have to add some flour (mixed with a bit of melted butter) in order to thicken the stew up.**

This recipe is pretty much my mash-up of every lamb stew recipe I have ever seen. I was pretty much making it up as I went along trying to add all the best parts. (I couldn't get any beer at the time I was cooking, but I'm sure it would have made everything better.) If you do happen to give this recipe a try, please let me know what you think. Ant said it was amazing but I admit I did not try any, and I'd love to hear feed back from anyone who actually eats lamb!

♥Momma Tart

Running Tally:
#83 - Irish Lamb Stew

Spring Butterfly Skirt

Monday, March 28, 2011

I hope everyone had a great weekend. It's still too cold here to actually get outside and enjoy the season yet, but that didn't stop me from working Spring into my sewing!

Last week when I started re-packing my fabric, I set aside a pile that would make great Spring/Summer outfits. In this pile I found the loveliest 2 yards of green silk and instantly wanted to make something for myself for a change. Of course when I laid it out on the table to get a better look...It was full of holes!!! (Ain't that always the way?!?)

I've explained before how most of my fabric stash came from a giant pile that was donated to my college and many of the pieces are cut or irregular in some way. But it was truly upsetting to see what had happened to this silk.

However, I still had the desire to find a use for it and salvaged enough (with some creative cutting) to make Tiny Tart a fluffy skirt.

 After the skirt was sewn up I carefully checked it over for any little nibble holes I may have missed and covered up a few teeny tiny ones with strategically placed flowers and a butterfly.

Unfortunately I wasn't paying much attention to size while I was sewing, and this skirt is not likely to fit Tiny until next year, or the year after. (She's kinda short!) The main thing though is that the poor piece of silk got the major face lift it deserved. I wish I had more leftovers to add some ruffles, but C'est la vie. Maybe I can eeek out a hair clip or headband. 

Now I just have to decide if I should add a lace ruffle in between the layers. I'm on the fence about that what do you think? Leave it as is? or add more lace? I'd love to hear any suggestions!

♥Momma Tart

Running Tally:
#82 - Layered Butterfly Skirt

Humpty Dumpty

Sunday, March 27, 2011

One more page finished for the Quiet Book

Oh No! Looks like Humpty Dumpty has fallen off the wall again. 
 I bet we are a lot smarter than those Horses and Men. Lets see if we can fix this...

Ta Da!

He didn't turn out exactly as I'd planned, but thats what happens when little hands start stretching out felt pieces. I do really like the way the "brick wall" turned out though. Dad would be so proud! (fyi - dad is a mason. lol)

I've got something really cute in store for tomorrow, so be sure to stop back and say Hi!

♥Momma Tart

Running Tally:
#81 - Humpty Dumpty Quiet Book Page

Peep's Sheep

Friday, March 25, 2011

Even though I'm running a bit late today, I'm so excited to be sharing another
 quiet book page! Today I finished up the Little Bo Peep Page.  

The missing sheep are hiding under the bush and tree flaps. 

It kinda reminds me of the old Loony Toon cartoons where the
 different colored shrub was the one someone was hiding behind. 
(Does anyone know what I'm talking about?)

Aren't those little Sheepy faces cute!

Now I know this is short, but dinner is in the oven and I just wanted to show this off. Hopefully I'll have another page ready for tomorrow. I'm pretty close to finished with Humpty Dumpty so just maybe...Everyone have a great Weekend!♥Momma Tart 

Running Tally:
#80 - Little Bo Peep Quiet Page

Hickory Dickory

Thursday, March 24, 2011

As I sit here typing this morning, there are snowflakes floating past my window. What the heck is going on? I thought we were finally moving into spring and now we have flurries? I guess the groundhog was wrong this year when he said spring would come early. Maybe someone should explain Global Warming to him for next year! Oh well, the warm weather will eventually come I'm sure. And hopefully none of you have started planting anything that will be too badly effected by this cold snap.

Anyway, Yesterday morning I spent the first 3.5 hours of my day sitting in the waiting room at the car dealer while they checked out (and presumably fixed) "the funny noise". I'm sure anyone who owns a car understands the situation I'm talking about. This is especially fun when you are a woman trying to explain to a couple of guys that you think the bearing is bad because of the "humming vibration coming from the driver's side tire". Then they look at you funny, either because you knew a part on the car, or because you're standing there making funny noises! Hours later they finally say "Hey, you were right, now give us $500!" (My car is old so I do this too often.)

(Disclaimer: I know absolutely nothing about cars, but I do know how to call my Dad who can usually give me some idea. He isn't a mechanic, but he seems to be able to fix (or know what's wrong with) almost anything. I tell him were the sound/smell/goofiness is happening and he lets me know what could be in that area that may cause that problem. This is soo helpful and amazing to me since Ant only knows where to put the gas. LoL He can build a house though so I let him slide!)

After the car was put to rights I decided I had better get a lot more stuff packed and spent the afternoon with my boxes and tape. It was such a blessing that Ant took off the morning to watch Tiny while I was with the car. I'm sure most of you can picture what 3 hrs. in a waiting room with a toddler would have been like! And, to my amazement and glee Tiny took a 4 hr. afternoon nap. It was bliss. Four hours of peace and quiet where I could pack without anyone "helping" me by spreading the contents around the house.

When my boxes were full, I even had time to work on the quiet book that I was supposed to be making this month. I was kinda put on the back burner when I started making Tiny outfits for spring, but now I've gotten It back out and hopefully will be able to finish a few more pages before the month is up.

Today I've got the Hickory Dickory Dock page to share. This was a pretty easy one to figure out, I mean the mouse runs up a clock! "Whatever should I make?" I do really like the way that the mouse turned out though. He is just so cute peeking out the Coo-coo window.

Now if I can get a repeat of yesterday's nap time, I have 3 more pages that are really close to being finished. This book might not end up as one of those projects that get lost in the shuffle! (finger's crossed)

♥Momma Tart

Running Tally:
#79 - Hickory Dickory Quiet Book Page

Tasty Tuesday - Irish Soda Bread

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I can't believe it's Tuesday again. That week really just flew by! And now it's that time again for another great recipe. Sticking with the Irish theme for the month we have something I had never made before.

Baking this was really funny. When I pulled this out of the oven, Ant came over and just stared at it. "It looks like some kinda Medieval bread. You know like they cook in big brick ovens!" "Honey, I think the word you're looking for is Rustic. It looks Rustic." "Yea, that's it."

Anyway, it was super quick and easy to make. Just toss everything in a bowl and mix. Knead for like 2 min. and toss the whole ball in the oven. Since I've never had Soda Bread before I have nothing to compare this recipe to, but it tasted delicious to me. I has a very cake-like consistency and Ant says it would have been great with the Beef Stew from a few weeks ago.

Give it a try and let me know how it compares to other Soda Bread recipes you have tasted. I'd love to know if this is the "Real Deal".

♥Momma Tart

Running Tally:
#78 - Irish Soda Bread

An Apple a Day...

Monday, March 21, 2011

...and also an orange, banana, pear, lemon and cherries!

While I was sick over the weekend I realized that I haven't added any fruits to Tiny Tart's play kitchen in quite some time. Since making these little cuties is so quick and easy, I figured they were just the project I needed to give my number a little boost.

The best part is that all of the patterns came free on the interwebs! Just look below for the links.

The apple (surprisingly one of the hardest shapes to figure out) came from PlanetJune. I find the easiest way to make the stem for any of these fruits is to take a length of brown (5-6 inches) and tie a knot in the center. Then just keep tying knots (overhand "cross and loop through" plain knots) one on top of the other until you have the length you need. This makes it look all bumpy and "tree branch-y" to me.

The orange is a version of Ms.Premise-Conclusion's Ideal Crochet Sphere pattern. She actually did the math (which I admit to not understanding!) that shows you how to make a perfectly round crochet ball. I used the 18 round pattern and my orange turned out just over 2 inches across. It's about the size of a clementine. All you have to do is stitch on a bit of green at one end and ta da, an orange.

The lemon which also has a smaller pattern for a lime is found here at Beansprout Creations. Check out the free patterns section. She has an awesome pattern of the mouse from the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" Books!

The cherries are a free pattern download on Ravelry.Of corse Tiny stole these and started gnawing before I realized that they weren't in the picture. I'll add them after they are found in her mess of toys!

The pear came from AmigurumiGirl I just left off the face.

And unfortunately, I can't remember where I got the pattern for the banana. I did write it down though and since I made a few modifications, I guess it is ok to share with you.  (*) is used to indicate that you should repeat the prior stitches until the end of the round.

Magic ring 6
Rnd 2 - in back loops - sc around
Rnd 3 & 4 - Sc around
Rnd 5 - Sc 2, Inc. * (8)
Rnd 6 - Inc. (Sc1, Inc. *) (12)
Rnd 7 - Sc 3, Inc. * (15)
Rnd 8 - Sc 4, Inc. * (18)
Rnd 9 & 10 - Sc around
Rnd 11 - Sc 3, Inc, Sc8, Dec, Sc4 (18)
Rnd 12-18 - Sc around
Rnd 19 - Sc 5, Inc, Sc8, Dec, Sc2 (18)
Rnd 20-27 - Sc around
Rnd 28 - Sc 7, Inc, Sc8, Dec. (18)
Rnd 29 & 30 - Sc around
Rnd 31 - Sc 4, Dec. * (15)
Rnd 32 - Sc around
Rnd 33 - Sc 3, Dec. * (12)
Rnd 34 - Sc around
Rnd 35 - Sc 2, Dec. * (8)
Rnd 36 - Dec. 4 times (4)
Fasten off

Now sew a few stitches of brown around both ends of the banana. If you'd like to add the seams just draw them on with a fabric marker.

*I'm making another banana to check my numbers, but the inc. and dec. from rounds 11, 19, & 28 should all line up causing the curve in the banana. *

The plum is from a previous post here.

Besides just being play food, these make great color teaching tools. I feel like Tiny understands what I mean by "yellow" when I put the lemon with the banana. Instead of thinking that a lemon is called a yellow. ;)

♥Momma Tart

Running Tally :
#72 - Crochet Apple
#73 - Crochet Pear
#74 - Crochet Lemon
#75 - Crochet Orange
#76 - Crochet Banana
#77 - Crochet Cherries

Happy Spring!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring is officially here. Yay!!! 

Unfortunately, Over the past 2 weeks more than half the blogs I read have had a bug going through their families. What's happening? Are cooties transferable through the interwebs now?! Of course those same cooties would invade our house as well. I woke up on Thursday with a migraine that kept me out of commission until dinner time and everything went down hill from there. Luckily I'm the only one to have gotten sick,(fingers crossed) and Ant has been in charge of Tiny Tart this weekend so that I can live on the sofa or in bed and try to recuperate as quickly as possible.

On the up side, I have had a lot of down time to catch up on some reading and crafts. I managed to whip up the wreath above in about 10 min. yesterday while we watched a movie. I've been seeing tons of wreaths for spring on other blogs and have such a hard time deciding what I like best so I made mine interchangeable. Now I can redo it for any season or holiday while saving space in our apartment.

All I did was wrap satin ribbon around a foam wreath until it was completely covered and secured the ends with straight pins. Then I pushed more pins through the plastic back of each flower and arranged them around the wreath. Add a few leaves to fill in any gaps and clip the butterfly right onto a flower.  In total it cost me about $13 after all the coupons I used and sales at AC Moore, and $5 of that was the foam wreath that I won't have to buy again.

Hopefully this will add just the splash of color I need to remind me to smile through the next few weeks of packing. I'll take anything to help lessen the stresses of moving!

Hope everyone is having a more enjoyable weekend!

♥Momma Tart

Running Tally:
#71 - Spring Wreath


My First Refashion

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Lately every blog I see has amazing posts about thrift store refashions. Whether it is a sheet into a dress, skirt turned baby dress, shirt with ruffles, baby pants made from a blazer, etc. they all seem to turn out great. I'm not gonna deny how jealous I am that they can just whip these gorgeous things up with such minimal effort. I on the other hand have yet to hone such skills. One of the reasons may be that I have never been to a thrift store! Why did I not know they were so amazing? Who has been keeping this from me? After the move I will definitely be working to rectify this abhorrent situation.

In the mean time I'll have to work with what I have on hand. During the previous move (all of a month and a half ago!) we sorted through every article of clothing we own and ended up with 3 boxes worth of donations.  Before dropping them off at the Salvation Army I riffled through and made a small pile of things that had a potential 2nd life in the crafting world.

Some things like the T-shirt Elephant and these Button Down Pillows worked out well, but a few weeks ago I tried to make an old tank top of mine into a dress for Tiny Tart. If there was ever a perfect example of a sewing FAIL it was what I ended up with during that experiment! Well, try try again. So today I decided to give it another go and make some PJ pants from a T-shirt. 

 The shirt was too small, the pants I traced were too big, but in the end Tiny has 2 new pairs of sleep pants. It's a good thing they are only for bed though. I still need more practice before I can send my refashions out into the world!

Now since we have officially set our move out time for the last week of April, I'm off to start packing the nonessentials. Wish me Luck!

♥Momma Tart

Running Tally:
#70 - Toddler Pants from a T-shirt

Tasty Tuesday - Shepherd's Pie

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

It's Tuesday again and I'm ready to share another favorite. Keeping with the "Irish" theme, I give you my version of ...

Shepherd's Pie

I totally admit to swiping this photo from the Good Housekeeping website.
 The pictures I took of mine made it look like dog food!

Now I know this is one of those dishes that is like Lasagna. Everyone has their own "special" way to make it the best. I'm not going to say this is the "Best Ever Shepherd's Pie", but Ant likes it and that's what really matters around here. (He's the only one that eats it!)

If you have never had it, (I know my mother never cooked this before.) it is essentially a casserole of ground beef seasoned and mixed with veggies with a layer of mashed potatoes and cheese on top. This recipe makes a 9x13 pan that should serve 8 people, but I always half it and use a 9x9 pan. 

The last time I made this was during my pregnancy as "reheat food" for after we brought Tiny home. I sectioned the 9x9 into 4 compartments with aluminum foil and then froze them separately when they came out of the oven. Then Ant could just warm it up for dinner without any fuss or dirty dishes. Nothing wrong with that!

Shepherd's Pie

2lb. ground beef
2 lb. potatoes peeled and cubed 1"
6 med. carrots halved and sliced
6 celery stalks sliced
1 lg. onion chopped
1 T. veg. oil
1 c. beef broth
1 c. whole milk
1/4 c. tomato paste
1/4 c. flour
1/2 t. thyme
1-1/2 c. shredded cheddar

Preheat oven to 450.
Boil potatoes in a lg pot covered by 1" of salt water until soft. (15-20 min.)
In a Dutch Oven heat oil over med. high heat. Add celery, onion, carrots, and thyme until tender.
Add flour and tomato paste, stirring for 1 min. 
Add beef and cook until no longer pink. (drain any excess grease when done)
Add broth. Bring to a boil and let simmer 1 min. then set aside.
Drain potatoes and return to pot. Heat until watter has evaporated and then add milk and 1 cup of cheese. 
Mash potatoes until smooth.
Pour the beef filling into the 9x13 and then cover with potatoes. 
Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 c. of cheese and bake until browned and bubbly. (20 min.)

I'm almost positive that I added other seasonings along with the thyme, but I honestly can't remember what. I'm really a "just toss this in too" kind of cook. I feel like it could have been garlic. I add that to almost everything! Give it a try and let me know what you think. 

♥Momma Tart

Running Tally:
#69 - Shepherd's Pie

Twirly Swirl Jumper

Well, it is official Ant got all the paperwork today for his new job and gave notice to his boss. We are moving to Washington D.C. in a month! I'm not sure everything has sunk in yet, but I have started looking for a new apartment. Now I just have to narrow the list down so we know which ones to visit when we go down over the next few weeks. 

At least I have started to pick up a little in the craft department. I am determined not to let this upheaval set me back. I might have to go back to the "piddly" crafts near moving day, but I will be making things until my last box is packed and on that truck!

Now I know it's Tuesday and I will share a recipe tonight, but to catch up, here is the latest addition to Tiny Tarts spring wardrobe. I Love this jumper because I can add a long sleeve top and leggings to it for cool weather, a t-shirt for nice days, and nothing at all on those sweltering days. 

Now I'm off to make dinner. Stop back later for the recipe of the day!

♥Momma Tart

Running Tally:
#68 - Toddler Jumper

Ironing Board Makeover

Monday, March 14, 2011

In an attempt to keep my number from going right down the drain in light of recent events, I have decided to work on those "around the house" projects we never seem to get done. I have been meaning to make a new cover for my mini ironing board for ages, and found this morning that the cats have decided to move it to the top of my To Do List. 

Admittedly it was a very quick fix. All I did was trace the board onto a piece of cotton fabric from my stash and then add 2.5 inches all the way around. Then you just fold over a half inch to make a casing and thread through some elastic. I reused the padding that was underneath, but should probably add some water repellent spray though it isn't a necessity. 

♥Momma Tart

Running Tally:
#67 - Ironing Board Cover


So, after a weekend of major planning and plenty of discussions, I am ready to announce the BIG NEWS!

If you have been around here awhile you may know that Anthony is looking for a new job. He has been with his current employer for almost 6 years now and has become pretty bored. It is only a 6 person office and he has been doing the same thing since he started as an intern there during college.  Now there is nothing wrong with the people and we are glad to have weathered the recession with a job at all, but doing the same thing everyday isn't for everybody. So far every promising job offer has fallen through for one reason or another, but Ant called me on Friday to let me know that. . .


The job that he interviewed for in December and only lost because they no longer needed another person called him to say that they have more work than they realized and really do need him after all.

I'm not gonna lie. I'M FREAKING OUT!!!

And not necessarily in a good way. Yes, I'm excited to be leaving Philadelphia, but we just moved into this place. We haven't even been here 2 months and now you want me to repack and do it all again 2 states away in a place that I have only been once when I was 9 years old!?!?!?! Not to mention you want me to do it all in a month's time! They asked him to start at the beginning of April. Which is enough for you know giving your 2 weeks and all, but not so great for canceling a lease and finding a new apt. in a different state!

It is a very odd sensation getting what you wanted and then realizing you might not want it at all. I know I'm just scared and nervous, and a whole slew of other emotions, because we won't know anyone, or where anything is, but it gets compounded because I'm the Mommy. I'm supposed to know how to do everything and keep it all together and flowing smoothly even if I feel like I just want to hide under the covers and let it all blow over.

So, here we go. Off on another adventure. (My title does say something about crazy doesn't it?) I have no idea how this is all going to affect my blogging, but I hope you will understand if things start to wane a little. (I feel like they already have.) Maybe when the shock wears off next month my super powers will kick back in and I'll be able to do EVERYTHING again. I'm just going to take it one day at a time. The new company is kind enough to allow Ant to work from home in the beginning until we get everything settled. Thank goodness for small blessings.

Now I'm going to wrap up this terribly long ramble and go get something done. Everyone wish me luck and cross your fingers that this doesn't go as horribly wrong as our last moving experience!

♥Momma Tart


Friday, March 11, 2011

I don't want to jinx anything but crafts have been put on hold today due to
(No, I'm not pregnant I don't think.)

 I promise to share what is happening by Monday, 
but for now we are going out to dinner to celebrate.
 (You don't even wanna know when the last time we did this was!)

I'm really bad at secrets though so here is a hint...

Have a Wonderful Weekend!
♥Momma Tart

Smocked Spring Dress

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Yesterday after finishing the Pinafore Outfit I still had a need to make more baby clothes! I have been wanting to try smocking for some time, so I decided to give it a go before starting dinner. It turns out that it is a lot easier than I thought and really quick too. By the time dinner was ready all I needed was to attach the straps for a new dress! 

The straps turned out to be the hardest part. After trying a few different styles (halter, shoulder ties) I decided to put buttons inside and attach the straps with buttonholes at different lengths. It sounded easy and we might get more use out of it that way. Unfortunately my sewing machine had an aversion to buttonholes this morning and it took longer to make 2 holes than it took to make the whole dress. Luckily I figured it out and all is now well in the sewing machine world. 

I have a feeling the baby clothes itch still isn't out of my system. Who knows, Tiny might end up with a whole new wardrobe by the time spring gets here. Maybe if the "Mother's Day Fairy" brings me a new camera we will be able to get some better pictures. I have been wanting to take another trip to Longwood Gardens which would be the perfect place for a photo shoot! 

♥Momma Tart

#66 - Smocked Toddler Dress

Bring on the Spring!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Have you ever woken up with the NEED to do a craft that you weren't really planning on? That is what happened to me this morning. I fully intended to whip up another Quiet Book page so that I actually get all 16 done this month, but somehow ended up with this instead...

I guess my creative side is just trying to force Mother Nature into spring as soon as possible. This 46 degree weather just isn't cutting it for a momma whose been trapped inside for months! I don't even think Tiny remembers what grass is anymore. 

I used a modified version of an old Simplicity pattern (7062) that I found in the ones my Gramma gave me. The pattern is copyrighted 1985 and I'm pretty sure she used it to make an outfit for me when I was little. This is the most similar one I can find in print now. The fabric is just something I grabbed at Joann's because it was 50% off and even though it isn't my usual style, I think it works really well for a toddler outfit. Babies can get away with almost any print out there!

Hopefully there are many more outfits to come as the weather warms up and we can get outside for some photo shoots! For now though, I better just go work on those quiet pages.

♥Momma Tart

#65 - Floral Pinafore Outfit

Tasty Tuesday - Irish Cream Bundt Cake

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

It's that time again, another Tasty Tuesday recipe coming your way! Sticking with the "Irish" theme for the month, I offer you the...

Irish Cream Bundt Cake

I was a little leery about this one. The last time I tried anything in my bundt pan (regular Angel Food Cake) it stuck so bad we couldn't even get it out of the pan. We were just tearing pieces out of the dish until we gave up and just soaked the whole thing! It eventually came clean, but I have been turned off from trying another bundt ever since. 

But, you have to get back on the horse sometime and I'm glad I did!

The recipe is located here at Allrecipes. (How much do I love them!) After reading the whole recipe it wasn't what I had expected. You get to use a regular yellow cake mix as the base. It's easy, but somehow makes me feel like I'm cheating. Maybe if I don't tell anyone... 

Anyway, I left out the pecans (they just don't thrill me) and let the cake soak in the glaze like some reviewers suggested. It wasn't exactly pretty, but it turned out great! The glaze turned into a sugar "crust" that Ant said was Amazing. I'm not big on Bailey's  but if you like that flavor this is for you. 

Completely off topic! What do you do when your child does this...

I know the quality isn't great but notice how she
took all the q-tips and put them in a diaper.
That is also a glob of rash cream on her chin!

Yes that is the diaper drawer complete with wipes, rash cream, q-tips, lotion, etc. Thank god I caught her before she squeezed the petroleum jelly onto the bookcase. I of course was busy cleaning up a prior mess while this was happening. I guess it's time to update the toddler proofing! 

♥Momma Tart

#64 - Irish Cream Bundt Cake

Shoe Sugar Month: Day 13 SIZZIX BIG SHOT GIVEAWAY!!

Shoe Sugar Month: Day 13 SIZZIX BIG SHOT GIVEAWAY!!

What a Weekend!

Monday, March 7, 2011

I can't believe I've been gone since Thursday, but this weekend has been quite a trip. The short version is that the car is on the fritz, Ant's Great-Aunt passed on Sat. morning (96 so kind of expected), and the "new" fridge they brought me on Monday to replace the leaking one has died and left me with a freezer full of half defrosted food. Oh Boy!

But, even with all that is going on I am proud to say that I did manage to post a tutorial for the Dancing Princess Slippers yesterday! I also finished 2 more Quiet Book pages which I'll share with you below, but first I would like to say Hello to my newest followers (Sally, Lyndsey, and Ladybird Lane) and also Thank You to everyone who has left comments in the past few days. I really appreciate your interest in what I'm doing here and am trying to get around to explore each of your blogs as soon as possible.

Now on to the crafting... go here for other finished pages!

This first page is based on Mary Mary Quite Contrary and is pretty generic. I've seen loads of different versions of button flowers while cruising the interwebs and they all just look darn cute. Why mess with something that works right? Tiny has already started playing with this one but seems more interested in removing the buttons than the flowers. Oh well.

The next page is for The Little Mermaid and is my pride and joy so far for this project. It isn't perfect, but it still makes me happy the way it turned out. I'm actually pretty impressed since I managed it all free hand, but of course as soon as I finished Ant asked me "Where are the jellyfish and sea turtles?" Crickets!! Now I wish I had thought of that and put them in there somewhere. (Leave it to men to burst your happy bubble!) Too late, but it's still cute without them I think.

Now I have to buckle down and make up for the days that I missed. Unfortunately this weekend has left me 3 crafts behind, but hopefully there will be nothing this week stopping me from catching up. You know except for fixing the fridge and the car and whatever Tiny throws at me. hehe. See ya tomorrow for Tasty Tuesday. It's gonna be another dessert!

♥Momma Tart

Running Tally:
#62 - Mary Contrary Quiet Book Page
#63 - Little Mermaid Quiet Book Page

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