Easy Switching: Part 2

As you know, our pantry has been getting a slow overhaul.  It now takes me forever to grocery shop because I am looking at the labels of everything that I haven't already approved!  It's very interesting to see what is closer to whole foods and what isn't, what has natural flavor in it that you'd never think would, and what actually tastes really good!  There's also such variation between flavors of the same type of item, like flavors of applesauce.

Some keeper foods I found already in our pantry (or refrigerator):

 Cabot cheese

 Go-go Squeeze applesauce (on-the-go pouches for kids)

Great Grains pecan, date, and raisin cereal (not the best, but not bad for the cereal category)

I was also surprised to find that while Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes are fine, Cheerios has some questionable ingredients.  Cheerios!  That really saddened me- it will be hard for me to give up Cheerios, one of my childhood staples.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that these have great ingredient lists:

 I'm doing the steel cut oats thing, but sometimes you just need quick oatmeal.  
This was the only instant oatmeal I found without a completely gross ingredient list.

 I love crackers, and I've always loved Triscuits.  With only 3 ingredients (whole grain soft white winter wheat, soybean oil, and salt), these are a good choice, and they're tasty.

 I thought I was going to have a hard time finding a granola bar without a junky list.  This one (but none of the other Nature Valley flavors) has no natural flavoring or anything too junky.

A toddler favorite.  We bring this in for snack at preschool often, and I was happy to see its short list: corn meal, rice, oil, cheddar cheese, whey, and buttermilk.  We'll keep this one around.

Also good on the cereal front: Grape Nuts and Uncle Sam cereal, a new find in the natural foods section.  Simple flakes and whole flax seed is a great addition to my yogurt.

Things to finish and not buy again:
Diamond's Pecan Nut-Thins- gluten free and yummy and filled with natural butter flavor
Pretzels- I'll have to look at other brands but the bag I have has natural butter flavor too!
Quaker rice cakes!

Have you banished any foods from your pantry lately?

Cheddar Chive Waffles

One of the great things about the dump is that people leave magazines they are done with.  Those suckers are not cheap, and I always feel a little guilty just throwing them away when I'm done with them, so when I see a magazine there that I would generally want to read, I grab it.  A few weeks ago I scored a stack of old Marthas, some Real Simples, and some Cooking Lights, including an all-star recipe edition.  In that last one was a recipe for Cheddar Chive Waffles.  YUM.  The recipe wasn't too involved, but it called for potato pancake mix as the base and try as I did to find it, it just wasn't happening.  So I modified.

I started with the basic Bisquick waffle recipe, found on the back of the box.  (I have definitely been giving my pantry a kick in the butt as far as packaged foods go, but have yet to shirk the Bisquick.  I'm trying.  More on that tomorrow.)  Once that was mixed together I added 1/4 cup of sour cream, about 1/4-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, and enough chopped fresh chives that I could see them all throughout the mix.  Make them as usual in your waffle maker and they're done.  They are so so so good.  They are actually listed in Cooking Light as an alternative side dish for soup, but they are fabulous with syrup on them alongside eggs and bacon.  I would know- I made them Friday night for supper hoping for Saturday breakfast leftovers, but there were none left.  Enjoy!

A Poll, Please


I have a lot of projects in the works.  House stuff, shop stuff, gifts, you name it.  In the next few months I need to complete a knitting needle roll for my aunt (still haven't checked that one off yet), some baby gifts for a friend, a whole mess of stuff to put in my shop and a whole mess of stuff to take to my next craft show, though that stuff will be mostly the same mess.  I don't have a lot of time, either.  With two small kids on the go all the time, I am finding I am able to grab less and less time to work on anything for myself.  So I need some input.

I am doing a craft show on October 27, just a little under 5 weeks away (yikes, really?) and I'm trying to streamline what I want to bring.  I know I want to bring crayon rolls, clutches, and tea towels; I may make a few more baby blankets, some burp cloth and bib sets, and maybe a small quilt.  I have hardware for simple key chains.  I still have lots of paper goods left over from the last show.  So I need to know- what would you be most likely to buy from me if you decided you were absolutely, most definitely going to buy something?  Just a quick blurb in the comments below would be super helpful to help me gauge how much of each I might need.

Thanks, friends!

A Clutch for You, and You, and You!

I am so excited to introduce you to my newly restyled clutches today!  I snagged some sewing time last week and made up a dozen with super fun bright and bold prints.

It has been an evolution.  A long while ago I made this clutch and listed in my shop:

I loved everything about it except the closure.  The original pattern had a button hole and button to keep it closed, but I didn't like the look of a button on the front.  It just messed up the flow of the pattern.  This style can't really take a zipper so I was left with using a snap.  Magnetic snaps did not work on this style, no matter how hard I tried.  It just kept pulling on the fabric.  That meant a large sew-in snap on the inside.  But it didn't look great.  Certainly not terrible, but not great either.

Then I came across another pattern for a padded portfolio and thought I'd give it a try.  I made three- two padded with batting and one lined with interfacing and even though they all started off with the same size fabric, they all ended up different sizes!

 See?  None line up on the right side!

Anyway, they're fun and cute and I like them a lot, especially the strap closure with the top of the portfolio tucked behind it.  And then the light bulb went off.  Strap closure + clutch!

Perfect!!  I love the play on prints.  There are 12 in the shop right now, all of them lined with the fabric you see on the strap.  I like that gray with the yellow gingham so much I may just need to keep it for myself!

I love them so much I am offering 10% off with coupon code NEWSTUFF- good on the whole shop until tomorrow night!  And even though they aren't listed, if anyone's interested in one of those padded portfolios (the right size for a tablet or reader, I'm sure) just let me know!

What have you been working on lately?

Linking up!
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Liar, Liar

So, yesterday I told you I had some fun stuff for you this week, and I did/do but last night my laptop somehow fell off the nightstand and now it won't make the whirly noise.  So, yea.  Me and electronics just don't mix, especially if you remember the coffee incident and the water glass incident.  I should just crawl into a cave.

So, while I did learn and got an external hard drive the last time, which has probably 95% of everything that was on the computer, I am in no mood to try and plug those PC files into the Mac computer.  Today will be a little research into damaged hard drives and how easily they can be replaced, and perhaps I will take a screwdriver to the poor thing.


*edited to add: I just did some research on hubs's computer and took the back off and found a loose memory card.  So we are good to go, it seems.  Phew!

Back in the Saddle: Some Etsy Finds

Well, hello there.  I fell off the blogging wagon last week, apparently.  The past week was super busy with mudroom stuff, listing a bunch of stuff in the shop, and dealing with some unexpected family stuff.  So blogging got put to the side, even though I had stuff to share.  Such is life.  But I'm back in the saddle now with some fun things planned for you this week!

During my busy week I set up a few trades and made a few small purchases from some amazing Etsy sellers.  The kids made out like little bandits this past week, for sure.  Saturday was awesome with the mailbox stuffed with four packages.  I love getting packages.  Even though I already know what's in them, there's an anticipation in actually seeing what you've ordered.

This cutie bunny is made by Celina of Garden Birdie, who was just lovely to chat with.  She's got a ton of amazing felt Waldorf-inspired toys for kids.  Greta loves her new pal, and the ears went immediately into her mouth.  A sure sign of love.

Sue from ecoleeko is about as nice as possible and we swapped some funny kiddie stories while working out a trade.  Gus was lucky enough to score this chicken, which almost made his eyes bug out when he saw it, incredulous that it was actually his, and it went right up to his room.  I almost was going to keep it and display it somewhere (it's just that cute) but I decided it wouldn't be fair.  Greta (again) loves her seahorse rattle, which I knew would be prefect with the tail to chew on and the "mane" to chew on.  It (again) went right into her mouth.  Check out Sue's shop for some fab toys.

Holly at Lit Prints makes art from your favorite quotations.  I had a hard time picking the one I wanted from her shop because they are all amazing.  This one is going to go in Greta's room, which is so far the only room where nothing is hanging on the walls, even though we have plenty of plans.

And finally, this is the most genius idea I've seen in a long time.  I was looking for a pottery sponge holder for my sink to get the sponge up off of the counter so it could dry out better, but there's really not a lot of space for a dish where the sponge goes.  As I was searching I found this from Leslie at The Mud Place, which is not only the perfect size, I think it's incredible in its design.  These need to be ordered with time to spare because Leslie makes them all by hand as they are ordered.  I love it.

What finds have you been crushing on (or ordering, in my case) lately?