Tuesday, July 26, 2011

How to make your daughter sleep on her own bed:)

I think a lot of parents have the same trouble-making their children sleep on their own bed. Our honey is one of them:) She never liked to sleep alone in her room. We tried different tricks to make her sleep there, but in the morning, we find out that she joined us sometime at night:) Recently I come up with a new trick- beautiful and funny bed set! I bought sweet fabric in the store and sew the set. She just loved it! She promised to sleep in her bed, because if not, those little fairy girls will get upset:) Well, we will see how long will that work:)
Here are some pictures of the process:
I cut out extra "face"s out of fabric and stitch it to the actual "faces" and then filled up with cotton. Added lace to the bottom of the skirts:


I cut out yellow wool for hair and attached it with zig zag stitch. After stitching them to the heads, I made different hair style for every fairy:

Here is the result:

I also sew smiling "sun" pillow:)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Ratatouille


"Ratatouille" is very famous dish and I like that it is nutritious and tasty! There are a lot of recipe of "Ratatouille", and I just adjust it to my taste:)
Ingredients:
4 tbsp of olive oil
2 medium onions, peeled and sliced
1.5 cup of tomato puree or blended fresh tomatoes
2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
Eggplant
Zucchini
Tomato
Heat up olive oil in pan and fry onions until transparent. Add in tomato puree, garlic and cook for about 6-10 min. If you're using fresh tomatoes, cook a bit longer, until it will get thick.At the end add in salt if needed.
Pour this tomato puree into the bottom of the non-stick pan.
Finely wash vegetables. Slice them thinly. Arrange these slices on top of the tomato puree by turn. Sprinkle some salt and freshly grounded pepper, drizzle some olive oil on top.
Cover the pan with foil or a parchment paper and bake in preheated oven for about 30-45 min, or until vegetables are finely cooked.
Serve with fresh baked bread on the side.
Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

My first carved watermelon

After watching videos about carving, I was so curious that also wanted to try:) Don't judge it hard, as it is my very first carving. I used ordinary knife instead of special carving one. Offf, have to bye one, as while working with my ordinary knife it was very difficult to achieve thin edges. But still, I think it is pretty cute for the first time:)

And one more picture:

Minestrone soup

My sister has a very close Italian friend and she always describes her "Minestrone" soup so delicious and mouthwatering tasty, that I also decided to try one:) I have searched internet for the recipe and liked Jamie's Minestrone- you can find it here: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/jamies-minestrone/detail.aspx
I slightly change the recipe adding black eyed peas instead of green beans and added not five but two carrots. I also skipped red wine and zucchinis and used dry red kidney beans (I soak them for 5 hours and then cooked until soft. I didn't have fresh oregano and basil, so I added dry oregano and basil, 1 tbsp of each. After my soup was ready and I had a first taste, it was amazing! So delicious, full of flavors, thick and nutritious! I loved it! So here my version of "Minestrone":

Saturday, July 2, 2011

How to make a flower out of fabric


As I like to make a different headbands, I like to make fancy flowers for them too:) This post is about how to make a flower out of left over fabrics.
I needed one plastic headband, long strip out of same fabric (I just cut out a long strip, fold the sides and iron it well), super glue, some lace and a pearl.
First of all I wrapped the strip around the headband, to attach the strip to the headband, I used glue at the beginning and at the end of the wrapping:

Cut out same round pieces, fold it twice and sew the edges:

Attached them together and gathered to form a flower:

Sew the edges of the lace and also gathered it and sew the ends.

Made another smaller flower with 3 petals and finally attached them together, decorating with a pearl:

At the end I attached this flower on the top of the headband and voila!!! Beautiful headband that will match with my new summer dress:)