Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Easy and Quick Envelope Toss Pillow covers Tutorial

Looking for a handmade housewarming, birthday, christmas or mother's day gift? 

Why not make some of these quick and easy-to-make envelope toss pillows! It would take you only 10 minutes to sew one of these!

My toss pillows are 50 cms. by 50 cms.
So I cut my fabric piece as follows:
1 pc. 55 cms. x 55 cms.
1 pc. 38 cms. x 55 cms.
1 pc. 30 cms. x 55 cms.

Hem one side of both smaller pieces.

Get the smallest hemmed piece and your square piece. align the raw edges of both fabrics, right sides facing together. Sew straight stitches all through this side. Get the remaining fabric piece and sew it with straight stitches on the opposite side.

Bring both hemmed pieces to the center of the square piece and sew basting stitches to fix them in place.

Here you can see the left side plus the center with the basting stitches.

Here's the right side and the basting stitches in the center.

Now, sew on with straight stitches the unsewn sides.

Well of course, you can just pin the fabrics together and sew straight stitches all through out the four sides. But I am too lazy to pin so I sew my pillowcases this way ^^)

Clip all four tips.

Turn your pillowcase inside-out and sew straight stitches all through out the four sides 1/4" away from the edge.

You're done! That easy!

You can leave it as is or you can add something for closure (buttons and buttonholes, velcro, etc.)

Now that you've finished one, make more!
You can make mismatched ones.

You can make matched toss pillowcovers!


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Monday, February 27, 2012

Baked Apples Recipe

So what do you do with your apples if you have lots and lots of them? Aside from making your own applesauce, apple jam and apple cake you can also make these oven-baked apples!

For this recipe, I used 8 apples. Just adjust the quantities of each ingredient if you'd make less or more than that.

You will need:

8 apples, washed, dried and cored
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
8 small cubes of unsalted butter or olive oil
1 1/2 cups hot water

Pre-heat your oven 177ºC.

Core your apples with your corer.

In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon. With the use of a small funnel, fill your apples with the sugar-cinnamon mixture.

Top each apple with a small cube of unsalted butter. If you want a healthier option, then drizzle each apple with olive oil.

Place your trays inside the oven and fill the trays with hot water, 3/4 cups of hot water for each tray in my case as I used two cooking trays. Bake your apples until they're tender, between 40-45 minutes.
In between the baking period, you can open your oven and with a spoon, cover each apple with the caramel sauce.

Can be eaten cold or warm. Can be eaten alone or accompanied with freshly whipped cream, a scoop of vanilla ice cream or some apple cake, why not!


UPDATE: My husband asked me to place some raisins inside the apples. He asked for more raisins and less sugar mixture. I also opted to using olive oil! I tried it and he said it tastes better!

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

UDON (Japanese noodles) Recipe

Hi, I am Laarnie and today I will show you how to make your own Udon (Kakejiru).

To make this simple Kakejiru Udon, you will need:

For the toppings:
200g pork/beef (bacon-like cut)
Mirin 40cc
Mentsuyu 40cc
Ginger juice
1 medium size onion (if you prefer onion than scallions for topping)
Scallions (small cuts for topping, as prefered)
Tempura or Ebi fry

Saute the meat in a non-stick pan and add Mirin, Mentsuyu and Ginger juice.
Bring to boil and add Onion.
Simmer until the broth is reduced significantly.

For the soup:
1 liter water
40cc Mirin
Mentsuyu 40cc
Soy sauce 20cc
Togarashi (as preferred)

Bring 1 liter of water to boil with Hondashi.
Take out the Hondashi and add Mirin, Mentsuyu, Soy sauce.
Add the Udon noodles and bring to boil.

Put some Udon noodles in a bowl and add enough soup.
Put some of the sauteed meat for topping and add Ebi fry.
And Nori, Scallions and some Togarashi as preferred.
Serve hot.

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Crafty Saturday Party No. 59

First and foremost, let me thanks everybody for all of your sweet thoughts and prayers.
We were finally home yesterday. The li'l guy was sent home as he's already out of danger of dehydration. He still has the Rotavirus so we are not allowing any visitors just to make sure we won't be spreading the virus. 

We arrived home at around 3PM and the first thing we did was take a shower. I then started the disinfection frenzy. I loaded the washing machine and the dryer 7 times yesterday. There are still 3 loads waiting for me this morning. While the washing machine and the dryer were doing their work, I disinfected the whole house except for the bathroom and kitchen which I have to finish today. I was tired, yes, but we were craving for some chicken soup, so I made some.

My princess was longing for some cookies so I made a batch of jimmies-topped cookies for her and raisins-topped cookies for the adults.

I used some of the cookie dough to make cookie cups which I filled with the italian meringue frosting I made. The meringue was so good with the strawberries! YUM! ^^)

You can tell that I missed my kitchen ^^)
I did promise to draw the Petitor Jewelry winner last night but I was so tired I slept like a log except that I had to wake up a few times to accompany the lil guy to the bathroom. 
So, I woke up light-headed and tired, my body felt like lead. But there are so many thing to be done. But I also woke up craving for some comfort food. So I made some of these Raisins Cinnamon Rolls for breakfast. We love it as is, no frostings!

While I was waiting for the dough to rise, I decided to take a quick shower. I still don't know what came over me, must be because I was tired and I wasn't thinking clearly... but there are things that you just do without further contemplation... I cut my hair really short. When I couldn't reach the back of my head anymore, I asked for my husband's help. He was quite shocked but then I told him "Will you do it or I'd have to do it all by myself?" He did help me shave the back of my head. 

When I got out of the bathroom, the lil guy told me "Wow, mami! you look so pretty!" while the princess cried and said "What happened to your hair! I don't want a short hair! don't cut my hair short, ok?". 

After a little while she then told me "It isn't so bad after all, mami!" ^^)
And oh, yes, I have my pjs on! PJs rock! ^^)

This is the before, taken on December 2011:

And this is the After ^^)

It's just so good to be home! ^^)


It's another week for the 

But before I announce the winners of the votation last week, let me announce first the winner of this lovely pair of earrings
by Petitor Jewelry.

and the lucky winner is

Comment #972 Tessa
who left a blog post comment. 

Congratulations, Tessa. For those who haven't won, don't fret! Petitor Jewelry is sponsoring another giveaway here at TSWL which will kick off next week. so, stay tuned for that! And don't forget the current giveawat featuring The Belle and the Beau.

Now, for last week's votation round.
Here are the winners of February's Finest Week 4 who will qualify for the the finals of February's Finest on the first week of March:
Congratulations, ladies! Both are awesome projects!

These chosen projects have been featured on our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages aside from being featured here at TSWL, the blog.

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