Tuesday, March 31, 2015

What I'm Reading Now Spring 2015

I'm starting a new series on the blog called "what I'm reading now." Anyway, you may wonder what a list of books I'm reading has anything to do with a creative blog. I find that reading, whether fiction or non-fiction, recharges my creativity. I enjoy design centered non-fiction and fantasy fiction which is really me getting a glimpse of the author's creative mind. I find that when we share creativity, everyone recharges their creative mind.

If you don't know me in real life, you may not know that I am a real bookworm. When I was growing up, my nose was almost always in a book. I love to read, and although now with 3 kids, a full time job, and a time consuming hobby (ahem—blogging), I don't have as much time as I would like to read, but I grab the moments I can by making reading a family event. My husband didn't read much for fun before we were married, but we started with me reading aloud to him on long trips to see his family. I think we started with the Harry Potter books, which was a lot of fun. And since we commute together, I read to him while he drives us into work and then back home again in the evening.

And now, we have 3 little girls that will tote books into the van, too. My twins aren't reading for real yet, but they can look at a book and recite a version. And my oldest is reading a bunch—in addition to school required reading, she's starting to go through the Magic Treehouse series!

So here's what I am reading now (and plan to read this month):

Love the Home You Have – A new book by blogger Melissa Michaels (of The Inspired Room fame) that I think I really need—especially when I am tripping over toys and my bare feet crunch onto dropped food.


The Magic Treehouse book 3 (and finishing book 2) (Mummies in the Morning /The Knight at Dawn– my eldest is still at the age that she's reading aloud to us, so I count this as reading, since I'm reading the book with her. She's really into this series, and since it's challenging without being overwhelming, and loads of fun—it's a perfect blend for us. It doesn't hurt that it is a book series that I never read when I was a child.


The Nesting Place – This is another blogger book, and I read it when it first came out last year and loved it. I'm rereading it over spring break because I want to revisit some of the pieces. It's in the same vein as Love the Home You Have, I believe.



I'm hoping to make this series a monthly and/or quarterly series. We'll see what happens!



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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Menu Planning Monday 2015-03-30

Hi! Did you have a good weekend? We're already looking to next week and a long weekend. We get a break from work, a break from soccer, and a break from school. Yay! Here's what we're planning for the week's meals:



Monday: Breakfast for Dinner, Fruit
Tuesday: Sesame Chicken, Roasted Broccoli, Rice


Wednesday: Swiss Bacon Mini Meatloaves,  Juiced up Carrots, Leftover rice




Thursday: Out to Eat
Friday: Recipe experiment day. (Shh...don't tell my family-it involves pasta made from veggies)
Saturday: Hot Dogs, Fruit, Salad
Sunday: Maple Glazed Ham, Green Beans, Bread, Salad

What are you eating this holiday week?

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

How to Adapt a Knit Baby Blanket to an Adult Blanket

My dear husband has been very jealous of all the comfy warm blankets I've been knitting for little babies as they enter this world. He was especially jealous of my last blanket, my tweedy seed stitch baby blanket. Lucky for him, Bernat makes a grown up version of the yarn, so for his birthday I made him an adult sized blanket, just for him!!


If you have a highly repetitive blanket pattern--and many of them are--it's really easy to make a baby blanket pattern into an adult sized pattern. Just adjust the number of stitches. For a simple seed stitch, just take the gauge and figure out how many stitches you need to make your blanket. A seed stitch needs an odd number of stitches, but with a 2 stitch pattern repeat, all you need is a bigger number of stitches. The baby blanket needed 65 stitches, and I wanted my blanket to be basically twice as big, so I just doubled the number of stitches (almost) to get the adult sized blanket: 125 stitches. Then I just followed the same pattern as my tweedy seed stitch baby blanket.


I didn't do this, but depending on your yarn, you can go up a needle size, too, to make your blanket bigger. I used 5 skeins of the Bernat Blanket Yarn (these skeins are bigger than the Bernat Baby Blanket yarn, by the way), to make my husbands' blanket.



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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

German Chocolate Magic Bars

I love the combination of chocolate and coconut, as was first shared here with my Mounds Granola, Samoa Brownies, and several other recipes. Which is why I love German Chocolate...well, German chocolate anything. These German Chocolate Magic Bars are easy and yet a rich gooey way to get your recommended daily allowance of chocolate, coconut, and nuts--a well balanced dessert, if you ask me!


Here's what you need:

1 box German Chocolate cake mix
1 stick butter (1/2 cup), softened
1 egg
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided in half
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 14oz can of sweeten condensed milk.


Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9x13 cake pan, set aside. Mix together cake mix, butter, and egg with a mixer until well combined. Press mixture into the cake pan.


Sprinkle 1/2 cup chocolate chips, coconut, and pecans over the batter.


Pour sweetened condensed milk over entire thing.


Bake for 28-30 minutes. When you pull the bars out of the oven, sprinkle with the remaining chocolate chips.


Allow to cool for 20-30 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!


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