Monthly Archives: February 2012

Ballet Bag

Ever since watching the Nutcracker L has been talking and dancing and wanting ballet. When we started looking for a class we were happy to know that there were some walkable options, and pleased to see some familiar faces in the class once we signed up. After misplacing her slippers and tights one too many times however, I realized that some kind of dedicated “ballet bag” was in order. So instead of what I had been doing, cramming them into my bag then absently placing said ballet costume somewhere around the house after class… in no time at all I whipped up this little ditty from Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross. It’s really simple, you don’t really need a patten at all but I like the little touches like the “flat bottom” and the way the drawstring is. I’d had the book for a while and hadn’t made anything from it so I was itching to try a quick pattern. I bought the fabric from Etsy, it’s Satan Slippers from Wilmington Prints. I’ve found that much ballet fabric is too cutesie or kinda hokey but I think this one is just very nice. 

The ribbon is Stephanoise from Spool a nice little fabric store downtown. Next time I’ll follow the pattern though, I cut it a little short accidentally.

L was very excited about the bag and now want’s a skirt to match, well I think that can be arranged…

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Cooking and Cookies

This is not a food blog, and I have some amazing cooking moments and some very mediocre ones. That said, when I’m feeling it I really love to cook. It wasn’t always that way. I lived off of cereal, pop-tarts and when I was feeling healthy salad-in-a-bag for too many years (with a little pizza & box mac & cheese thrown in). Cooking with no recipe (and with a recipe too!), made me feel very nervous. In my late 20s I determined to  eat healthier, and when I pregnant I was an organic whole foods, no sugar, no caffeine loving freak. Since becoming a Mama I’ve found a good balance of whole foods,  trader joes convenience foods and going out to eat,  along with a lovely cup or two of caffeinated coffee. My best friend was always an amazing cook and once told me that her trick was a laid back attitude,  cooking  was no big deal. No big deal?!  But I tried it, just having a laid back attitude toward cooking… and it worked! Not always… I think baking is a little tougher in that realm and I still love following recipes, but I don’t have to.

This is what L and I made last night. A great joy I have is that I do have a laid back attitude cooking with a 3 year old (which can be challanging in it’s own right), and she loves to cook. The cookies are based on the wholesome oatmeal raisin cookies from Moosewood Restaurant New Classics, a favorite book. I tried to make them even more wholesome with some apples and walnuts and maple syrup. I love the timer on my stove, I wish I didn’t forget to use it so much. Sad to say the cookies I made turned out a little singed on the bottom. Totally edible and delicious, though L did ask why the cookies were burnt then proceed to scarf down two.  Oh well, I recommend checking your cookies often…

Wholesome Apple, Walnut Oat Cookies

1/2 Cup Butter, 1/2 cup maple syrup, 1 pastured egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour, 1/2 cup oat bran, 1-2 tablespoons cinnamon, 1/2teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, lg handful raisins, lg handful semi-sweet chocolate chips, lg handful chopped walnuts, 1 lg finely chopped organic apple

Pre-heat your oven to 350 and line some  cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Mix wet ingredients together. Mix dry ingredients together. Then combine the two. Add raisins, chocolate chips, walnuts & apple.

Bake for 15 minutes? Set your timer!

When they come out you will want to eat them, if you can resist the urge it’s better. They’re more delicious when they are slightly cool.

Happy eating! Do you have any wholesome cookie recipes to share? Preferably containing oats? I can’t get enough!

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