Friday, May 31, 2013

Pillowcase Dress

Pillowcase Dress

- A Present for Alexias -

Several months ago, I found that great website called Sew Like My Mom. This site has a lot of wonderful sewing ideas and came across this nice and very easy dress tutorial described as the Pillowcase Dress. I thought it was super cute. Since then, I became an Auntie. As I was ready to send a package with some clothes to my niece Alexias, who will be turning 5 months mid June, I remembered that dress, and thought that it would be a perfect addition to the package.


Here is the direct link to Mellisa's tutorial from her site Sew Like My Mom.

Materials: a piece of fabric with pink heart on fuchsia and some white ribbon and white thread.

Size: 12 months

Feedback: The dress was very easy to make follow the tutorial. It took me 2 afternoons. On the first day, I did all the measurements, cutting and ironing the hems. On the second day, I did all the sewing and took care of the ribbons. Because of the design of the dress The little girl will be able to wear it this year and next year and offers the option to wear it with a tee shirt underneath.

Happy Sewing,

Monday, May 6, 2013

Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins for "Teacher Appreciation Day"

Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins

Tomorrow Tuesday, May 7th 2013 is "Teacher Appreciation Day" and for the occasion Lucas and I did some cooking. We made some Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins for his teachers. You can celebrate your children's teachers all week long this week :-).



Mini Chocolate Chips Muffins

Makes at least 24 mini muffins

Out of the Oven
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
3 T butter
1 large egg
3 T milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven at 350 degree Fahrenheit.
2. Place mini paper holders in the mini muffin pans.
3. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
4. Cream sugar and butter until it looks somewhat white and bubbly in a smaller bowl. Add egg, milk and vanilla and mix well.
5. Gradually add to creamed mixture into the dry ingredients and stir. 
6. Fold in the chocolate chips and mix well.
7. Spoon about 2 teaspoons of the batter or 1 level of spoonful of a tablespoon in each mini muffin holder.
8. Bake for 15 minutes or until it looks a little brown.
9. When done, let them cool down in muffin pans for 5-10 minutes.
10. Remove from the pans, place them on a cooling rack.
11. Serve very slightly warm or cold.

  • Note About the Recipe
The muffins are easy to make. It might be time consuming to measure the batter in the cup holders but it would come very nicely and in a perfect shape. If you put too much the batter, (1) it will stick to the edge of the baking pan and break as you try to remove them from the pan. (2) The muffins will not look as round but flat on the top as they cook on the pan. They are moist and chocolaty. A nice sweet bite to go with a cup of coffee.

  • Wrapping

Material: 1 white paper sandwich bag, 1 big paper napkin of color, 1 medium size Ziploc bag, raffia ribbon, pen, a pair of scissors, and a small card

1. Open a white sandwich bag.
2. Unfold a paper colored paper napkin (lavender) and place it inside of the bag with the correct side out.
3. Place a medium size Ziploc bag in the bag (inside the paper napkin), put around 10 mini muffins inside the bag and zip it. It will prevent the muffins to dry.
4. Fold the top of the sandwich bag once or twice.
5. With a punch holder, make 1 hole on each side of the fold(s).
4. Pass a string of raffia through the holes and till it.
5. Slide a small, punched on 1 side, into the raffia and secure it with a double knot or a with a bow.

and Voila! Easy, Fast and Simple