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A little plushie

Isn’t it cute? Made it today for Sophie. Found the free pattern on Pinterest, but am going to link to the direct website which is here.

Oh and I’m pretty sure I sewed part of the body on incorrectly. So this little plushie is shaped like a round ball lol, but it still looks fine.

Croatian Christmas 🎄 cookies

This is my first attempt at making these little Croatian Crescent cookies. Every Christmas my lovely auntie (teta) makes these. I love them. They’re delicious. They are made with ground walnuts and also have a lovely vanilla taste to them. You can store them for a few weeks and they’re great with tea or coffee ☕️ ❤️

Cheddar drop biscuits 

Biscuits in Australia are the equivalent to cookies 🍪 in the USA. American biscuits (to me) are like the Australian equivalent of scones. My friend recommended this Martha Stewart recipe for drop busicuits (so not cut out into circles). They were tasty (my toddler loved them) and I will be making them again. I didn’t have any chives though, so I put in some Italian seasoning instead. Mine probably don’t taste anything like the intended recipe, lol, but are still nice.

Palacinke aka crepes

Palacinke is croatian for crepes. If you grew up with Croatian parents you would have enjoyed crepes on a regular basis. My mum would fill them with either jam or ricotta cheese. I always enjoyed them. I’ve found that since we moved to the USA and I don’t have convenient access to my mums cooking,  hehe, I crave food from my childhood. So I’ve regularly been making simple things like palacinke, kifle and fritule. They just remind me of home and bring out good memories.

I make mine like this:

– 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

– 1 egg

– pinch of salt

– 1 cup water

– 1 cup milk.

I will add extra milk if needed. The batter is runny. It’s not suppose to be as thick as American style fluffy pancake batter.


I’ve recently gotten a Lodge cast iron skillet just for making crepes, lol. Learning to cook on a cast iron pan takes a bit of trial and error. My first attempt resulted in crepes stuck to the pan. My second attempt resulted in crepes sliding of the pan easily.  My third attempt was the best, but alas I lack visual proof, lol. My third attempt at crepes on the cast iron were more golden brown on the whole crepe. They are a bit pale on the above photos. I’ve given up on non stick pans. They never last very long. Cast iron is suppose to last forever. It needs to be looked after in a certain way though so that it doesn’t rust and remains non stick. 

Adding a border around a quilt

A few things I learned today about adding a border around a quilt:

1. Remember to cut off you selvage, otherwise you might get a strip of fabric that looks different or a bit ragged.


Can you see the little white dots on the blue fabric to the left? Maybe you don’t notice it, but I do and it bugs me.

2. Make your border strips longer than needed and then cut them to size once they are sewn onto your quilt. My first strip of border I cut to fit the fabric before I sewed it on. Once I sewed it on I was a little short. So I figured if I made the strips a little longer than needed I wouldn’t have to worry about that and I could cut of any excess once sewn onto the quilt. It really eliminates measuring errors. I would have had a bit of room to cut of that annoying selvage from point 1.




I choose a border fabric that came from the same design line as the jelly roll.

Skunks

Gawd, skunks. My neighborhood in NJ has so many skunks. One died next to our house. Worse stench imaginable. There are no words in the English language that can adequately describe the odour. 

Dollar Tree halloween 👻


I know, Halloween isn’t for awhile, but I’m trying to be the prepared mum this year!

Our school doesn’t allow candy so sometimes you have to get a bit creative with treats. I’m going for the typical pencils and erasers, but this year I was able to find some cool Halloween themed bubbles at the Dollar Tree. The loot bags are pretty cute too. I might add in some animal crackers or goldfish (which are allowed). Goldfish are super salty. Not sure how they made it on the approved treat list…

I have the kids costumes all planned this year. Levi is going as Harry Potter and Sophie is going to be a bumble bee. I have most of their outfits ready. Just need a few extra things. Would like to get Sophie these cool sparkly gold boots from target to go with her outfit.


I love this skull decoration from the dollar tree. 

Jelly roll quilt top

Oh so fun to make! I just love it. So many pretty colours and patterns. Once you join all the individual strips into one big strip it is pretty quick to make. I’m going to add a border and maybe do a patterned back too. 

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