Saturday, January 21, 2012

Old Pencil Drawings

I've been going through my old drawings... These are two of my favorites. Both were done in college in my free-time. I wish I still had the motivation to draw! Maybe I'll get back into it someday when it's more practical. Hope you like them:)

The Imperfect Dress

Doesn't she make such a cute little model? :) It's a bit too short but I used every inch of that pillow case that I could. So I guess it'll just be worn as a shirt over jeans this spring/summer.If I had a nicer camera I would have been able to snap some really cool pictures, but alas, ours takes about 15 seconds of holding down the button before it actually takes. So frustrating when you're trying to capture the cute moments of a busy-body baby who only stays still for about 2 seconds at a time! It is really easy though. Now that I've done it I will probably make more for the summer, and the next time around I will post a tutorial. It really is that easy!

Della's Pillowcase Dress

I don't really have much to say about this. It was a blast to make, really easy and I am excited to put Della in it! So I guess... Just enjoy the pictures! I will have to post another with her actually wearing it. Tomorrow! Er.... Later today!

Baked Parmesan Veggies.

This post deserves a preliminary comment. Last week some time I decided to try my Aunt Kathie's method of preparing asparagus. And trust me, when it comes to food... She is BOSS. So I chopped off the bottoms and put them in a glass dish (the exact one as below actually) with 2-3 TBS of butter, 1 TBS lemon juice, minced, fresh garlic, a sprinkle of Montreal Steak Seasoning (my cure-all when it comes to cooking) and a handful of shredded Parmesan. I baked them for about 15 minutes at 350° and I can promise you... they were delicious! 

So, I used the exact same seasonings with broccoli today, and this is how happy it made me!

Oooh so good!

And Della was helping as well. Doesn't her hand reflection look totally rad?

So later on when I wanted more of that delectable broccoli, I sauteed them with these delicious mini potatoes I found at Albertson's. They are called Golden Temptation Potatoes, and this particular kind came in an orange package. They have a naturally sweet, buttery flavor and are very easy to prepare.

So this is what fun I've been having in the kitchen lately. Mmmm Mmm goood!

Elephant's and O's.

These little goodies are called Butter Cookies. They are fabulous. If you are familiar with the Danish Butter Cookies that Costco sells (they come in blue tins) ... Well, these are them. And here's the recipe for you!

3 cubes of butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
3 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix it all together. Preheat the oven to 375° and bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet immediately, and I prefer them cooled. But feel free to dig in whenever you'd like.

This fabulous elephant-shaped cookie cutter came from my great-grandma. What a treasure! I used the Better Homes and Garden's Gingerbread Cutout recipe for these. You can find the recipe here:
I used cream cheese frosting... a definite plus. Also, if you like them soft, they mature well (just like sugar cookies) so just give them a day or two!