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Pay It Forward Packages Mailed Out

Posted by supermom on February 27, 2009


Two of my Pay It Forward packages have gone out.  I’m just waiting for one lady to reply back with her address and I’ll get that one in the mail too.

I really hope that each lady will like the handmade gifts I put together for them.  I’ll post pictures once the packages have arrived at their destinations.

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SuperMom Tip of the Day – Have Breakfast at Suppertime

Posted by supermom on February 24, 2009


Today being Pancake (aka Shrove) Tuesday, we’ll be having pancakes and breakfast sausages for supper.    It’s a tradition that we celebrated when I was living at home with my parents and something that I have continued with my family.

For those who may not be familiar with this tradition, tomorrow is Ash Wednesday which begins the lenten period for Christians.  Lent is a time of reflection and of abstinence; of giving up certain indulgences and foods in the weeks leading up to Easter.  The Tuesday before Ash Wednesday therefore became the day to use up those foods that you would be required to forego during lent.  Pancakes were a way to use up things like butter and eggs which were forbidden during lent.

Whether your family will be observing Lent or not, serving what traditionally would be considered breakfast (or lunch items) at supper doesn’t need to be just a one day or religious observance.   It is also a great way to stretch your food budget.

Some breakfast/lunch foods that I’ve served for supper include:

Quiche – I always try to keep a few pie shells in the freezer that I make up with any pie dough leftover from making turkey or pumpkin pies.  Then when I want a quick, inexpensive meal, I pull out one or two of the pie shells (depending how many people I’m feeding).

No two quiche will be exactly the same because I use whatever I have on hand.  Sometimes it’s just onions, celery and grated cheese over which I pour an egg/milk mixture seasoned with salt and pepper.  If I have chopped spinach in the freezer I may thaw and drain that and add it to the quiche.  Or if I’ve got a bit of chopped ham in the freezer, that might get added.  Bake at 350F for 30 to 40 minutes, until egg mixture is set.

Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup (or mushroom soup or whatever soup I have on hand)

Sausages and biscuits with gravy – Since moving to the South, we’ve added this to our menu, but I don’t think I’ve ever served it for breakfast.  It’s just become one of those quick, easy suppers on nights when I really don’t feel like spending a lot of time cooking.

A batch of biscuits takes maybe five minutes to mix together and another 10 to 12 minutes to bake.  Fry up some sausage patties and top with pan or canned gravy, add a side of veggies and you’ve got supper on the table in under 20 minutes.

And of course, pancakes.  As I mentioned earlier, we’re having them with sausages tonight, but I’ve also served them topped with poached or fried eggs.  Or sometimes I just set everyone’s favourite toppings on the table along with the plate stacked with  pancakes and let everyone decide for themselves what they want.

So the next time you’re stuck for supper ideas, think breakfast!

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Primroses – A Sign That Spring is On It’s Way

Posted by supermom on February 22, 2009

Yellow primroses starting to bloom

Yellow primroses starting to bloom

I had to wait until the sun came around to this side of the house to get a good picture of this first sign that spring may be on it’s way, even though we’re still dipping down into the 20s at night.

I am so ready for winter to be over.  I want be able start buying my potted flowers.  The yard needs colour!

And I’m going to be experimenting with my two small “square foot” gardens again this year to see what I can get to grow here.

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Review – Bird Brain Designs

Posted by supermom on February 20, 2009

It isn’t very often that I write reviews.  Even for the blog on my writing website, I only write reviews of books that I can honestly recommend as good reads.

I am so impressed with the speed with which my order arrived from Bird Brain Designs and the kit I received that I had to pass this along.

As you’ll see in my post about How to Sew a Basic Throw Pillow and my upcoming post How to Sew a Hot/Cold Therapy Bag Cover (watch for it on Make It Monday,) I’ve been doing some Redwork embroidery.

In my search for more patterns to embroider I came across a link to Bird Brain Designs and after spending way too much time browsing through their many pages of adorable craft patterns and kits (for more than just embroidery), I decided to purchase a small kit just to see what they were like.

I placed the order the morning of Tuesday the 17th and within minutes received an e-mail confirmation.   The next afternoon, I received another e-mail stating that the order had been shipped.   The package arrived today!

I couldn’t be more pleased with the kit I chose.  I can’t show a picture because they are going to be gifts and I don’t want the recipients to know what they are getting, but I can tell you that the materials included are top quality.  And the instructions for completing the projects are well written and printed on good quality paper in dark type.   That, in my view, wins this company extra points as I’ve bought kits in the past where the instructions were on cheap paper and the print so light as to be barely legible.

Now that I’ve seen for myself the quality of their products, I can highly recommend Bird Brain Designs.  Check out their website and if you see a pattern or kit that you like for yourself or as a gift for one the crafters in your life, go ahead and order.   I’m sure you’ll be as pleased as I am.

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Make it Monday – How to Make a Rice Hot/Cold Therapy Bag

Posted by supermom on February 16, 2009

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Wonky Stars for the BushFire Quilt Project

Posted by supermom on February 12, 2009

If you’ve watched the news at all over the last few days, you’ll know about the horrible bush fires occurring in South Eastern, Australia.   Entire towns have burned and thousands of people have lost everything.   Livestock and wildlife destroyed.  The devastation is unbelievable.

One looks on in horror and wishes there was something… someway to help.

On Tuesday, Tia over on Camp Follower Bags and Quilts put out the call for quilt blocks for what she called the BushFire Quilt Project.   She asked for anyone who was willing to, to sew one or two (or more) Wonky Star quilt blocks and then send them to her and she would sew them into quilts that would be donated to those who have lost their homes.

I don’t think she had any idea how quickly this idea would catch on but it wasn’t long before quilters and crafters across the internet and around the world had taken up the call.   Myself included.

I’ve been sewing for years but I’m not the most experienced when it comes to quilting.  However, the tutorials Tia linked to looked simple enough to follow so this morning I started cutting and stitching.  By 1 pm, I had completed two blocks.

Two Wonky Star Quilt Blocks

Two Wonky Star Quilt Blocks

Don’t those fabrics just make you want to smile.   And that’s what I’m hoping they bring to whoever receives the quilt they end up in.   I still need to sign them but then they’ll be ready to be mailed out.

If you’d like to find out more about this amazing project and how it has grown or maybe take part, head over to Camp Follower Bags and Quilts for the details.

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Story of Love Ever After Continues

Posted by supermom on February 11, 2009

Cutting the Cake

Cutting the Cake

Twenty-six years ago today, Dave and I promised to always love and be there for each other.  And even when we are separated by miles, I know that I am ever in his heart and he in mine.  If asked to give advice to young people, this is what I say,

“When seeking a life partner, choose wisely.  Find someone who turns on your mind, as well as your body.   Someone who will be your best friend.  Before committing your heart, make sure they are worthy of your love, your trust and your respect.  And if you want to eventually have children, make sure they are the type of person you want raising your children.”

On that day, twenty-six years ago, I did not know what the future held for us.  I did not know that we would be posted to Germany and have our two daughters there.  I did not know that we’d have a son while posted to Suffield in southern Alberta.  Or we’d celebrate our 20th Anniversary with a Recommitment Ceremony while living on Maui.

But I did know that the man holding my hand to cut our wedding cake, was a man worthy of the love, trust and respect I held for him.  And he remains so to this day.

To that man, I say,

“Happy Anniversary, Dave.  Wherever life takes us, I will glady go, as long as we go together.  Always and forever.”

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Pay It Forward – Lovely Surprizes Arrived Yesterday

Posted by supermom on February 11, 2009

Every once in a long while, the mailman brings something besides bills.  Yesterday was that day.

Just look at the surprizes that were inside the package he delivered.surprizes-in-the-mail

Aren’t they lovely!

Several months ago, I left a comment on Katherine’s “Pay It Forward” post over on her blog Sew Me Something Good.  And as if the above wasn’t more than enough to fulfill her promise to send a small handmade gift to the first three commenters, here are the treasures I found inside the zippered bag:treasures-inside-zippered-bag

Notice that the strips of fabric on the back of the bag match the pin cushion.  And don’t you just love that strip with the cat peaking over the strip of fabric beside it.

You can find info on the little needle book on her post “Give your needles a pretty home.” I really like the idea of repurposing thrifted shirts.  The fabrics are just so beautiful.

Each little treasure, has found it’s way to their new homes amongst my sewing and crafting supplies.  I can’t thank Katherine enough.   Everything she sent was just wonderful and put together with such thought and care.

Oh and of course… you have to know that the chocolate didn’t last long.  🙂

Note:  Just to update those who commented on my Pay It Forward post… I’m working on your surprizes and hope to have them ready to go out to you soon.

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SuperMom Tip of the Day – What to do with Broken Cooked Pasta

Posted by supermom on February 10, 2009

Last Sunday, when I was making Spinach Stuffed Pasta Shells, some of the cooked shells had broken or split while cooking and couldn’t be used for the dish.  Plus I ran out of filling before I ran out of shells, so I had some whole ones left, as well.

Rather than throw out that pasta, I sliced it up into strips.cut-up-leftover-pasta

Then I put those into a freezer bag and put them in the freezer to be used the next time I make

I also do this with lasagna or manicotti shells that break while cooking.

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Spinach Stuffed Pasta Shells

Posted by supermom on February 10, 2009

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