Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Jumper for Ms. 2

Made from the same pattern as the skirts, simplicity 9854 

Got two appliqu├ęs from Joann's and some ricrack. All together maybe more expensive than store bought since the fabric even on sale was like $7/yard. 


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Skirts for Ms. 2.75

Last year I bought my daughter 2 3-packs of these really neat cottony tights from Costco. I got her Old Navy denim and courduroy skirts to go with.  

This year she's actually excited about wearing the tights but isn't excited about the skirts - they're starting to get a little snug in the waist. I also made her a very simple skirt to wear with her Ukrainian top. She wore that to see St Nicholas on the 20th and she loved it. Eureka.

So I pulled out an old pattern I had made for my neice and got some fabric at Joann's with a coupon (red tagged on sale for 50% off and still $3.50 a yard!). 5/8yd for each. 

To give us a little more time I looked for button elastic but that was like $3 for less than a yard. I ended up putting snaps on the elastic and turning up the skirt another 1.75" from the nominal point. 



Should be able to wear these for a while. She seems to like them.  Ignore ugly table cloth it was cheap. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Beer battered everything

Yum. I had some cod that I got in a bag at the store and I wanted to beer batter. I checked a bunch of places including (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/beer-battered-fish-and-chips-recipe.html).   One of the most helpful things was a comment somewhere that was just 1:1, 1 ounce flour to 1 ounce beer. So cup and a half to a bottle for like 2lb fish. I had less fish so I made 1cup each and drank the rest. You can put some salt pepper and garlic powder in the flour before you gently whisk it together. Then, counter intuitively, you let sit from 1-5 hours. 

A very strange but unexpectedly successful thing Deen does to dust in flour after dipping in batter. Works!

Then fry in 350F oil.