Monthly Archives: October 2012

How to keep a pot from boiling over

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I make pasta at least once a week and I always run into that pesky problem of the pot boiling over. Don’t you hate that? When I saw this nifty little trick on pinterest I figured it was worth a shot. Well guess what? It totally works! Just lay a wooden spoon across the top of the pot and your water will stay in the pot where it belongs. Pretty cool huh? Here’s to another ingenious Pinterest win! Hope it helps you!

DIY Monthly Baby Onesie Gift Set

These days it seems like everyone I know is pregnant! I am especially excited this time though, because my brother Nathan and his wife are expecting a little boy in less than a month! I wanted to create something special and handmade for the baby and when I saw this set of 12 monthly baby onesies on Pinterest I knew it was going to be the perfect gift!

I love this idea for taking monthly photographs to track the development of your sweet little baby. My brother is an amazing photographer so I know he’s going to be snapping pictures all the time!

I got the idea from a little blog called The Flies Blend by Alan and Steph. Head on over for the template. I used the boy version but they also have a girl version with soft and sweet colors. Note: I had some issues with the size of their PDF file, it was longer than 8.5×11 and it didn’t fit on the sheets I bought. I recommend testing it out on plain paper first so you don’t waste the iron on sheets. It was a simple fix to resize it on Adobe reader, but please let me know if you have issues and I will work on getting a better download available to you.

Here are a few pointers on how I did this project, and how you can too!

The first and most important step in this process is getting the onesies. Now you’re going to need different sizes for the different months, and guessing the size of the baby can be tricky. A tip on guessing the baby’s birth weight is to average the birthweight of both parents.

One would think that the sizes of baby onesies like 0-3 months, or 3-6 months would be an easy way to do this, but alas it is not. The main reason I had problems was because I purchased different brands of onesies. I do not recommend this. I found that not all brand sizes are created equal when it comes to baby clothes, so to save yourself a huge headache BE SURE TO BUY ALL YOUR ONESIES IN THE SAME BRAND.

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Next you’ll want to print out the templates onto iron on paper. You can find a set of 10 sheets for $10 at Michael’s and with your 40% off coupon its only $6. If you don’t already have the Michael’s app I highly suggest you get it. You can always get the most recent coupons and they scan it right from your phone. No more fumbling around in your purse for a coupon just to find that its expired.

Cut the numbers out into squares and then round off the edges. This gives it a softer look when you iron it onto the onesie. This template frames the numbers a bit close together, so be careful not to slice into the design.

Stack your onesies in order and have your stack of numbers in the same order, this way you’ll get the correct number on the correct sized onesie. Iron the onesies first, before you iron on the transfer. This will just give them a nice neat appearance when they’re finished.

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Place the iron on transfer where you would like it to appear on the onesie. Make sure you place it printed side down, with the paper backing facing up. Do be sure to check the transfer for lint or debris before placing it on the shirt, otherwise lint will end up stuck on your design like on this 7 months one I messed up.

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Now iron on the transfer using an iron on cotton setting with no steam. Hold the iron in place over the transfer in 10 second intervals. Do this 3 times for a total of 30 seconds per onesie. Do not move the iron around just press it down firmly and then lift it up. You will notice that the paper backing will turn slightly yellow when the transfer is done. If you want a matte surface, wait about 30-45 seconds until the paper backing is cool enough to touch but still warm, and peel it off. If you want a shiny surface, wait until the paper backing is completely cool then peel it off.

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To present this gift, fold the onesies into neat little squares with each number centered. Ironing them for just a few seconds helps to get them nice and flat.

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You can pick up large gift boxes at Michael’s with a flip top lid. Line the box with tissue paper, then roll up a few extra sheets of tissue paper and place the roll against the back of the box. This will lift up the onesies for presentation when the box is opened.

Lay your folded onesies in three rows of four in numerical order, starting at the back on the rolled tissue paper. Be careful not to flip the box over when you are wrapping it. This is such a lovely and personalized gift, and it is such a pretty display when the box is opened. Make these for your pregnant friends or make them for yourself! Its so easy, yet so impressive. Have fun!

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Roasted Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

 

Whoever decided that Brussels sprouts would come to be known as the enemy vegetable of children was way off. When seasoned and roasted properly this vitamin packed veg is savory and delicious! Plus you can tell your little ones it is Barbie lettuce (or G.I. Joe) and they will think its fun. Here’s a quick and impressive recipe for any night of the week.

 

Fun Fact: Did you know that Brussels Sprouts are named after the city in Belgium?

 

Slice the brussels in half lengthwise and add to a large bowl.

 

Drizzle with enough olive oil to lightly coat each piece (don’t overdo it or they will be greasy).

 

Add salt, pepper, garlic powder and parmesan cheese.

 

Pour onto a baking sheet and roast at 400 for about 20-25 minutes.

 

Give them a toss about half way through to make sure they roast on both sides.

 

 

The parmesan cheese sort of crusts on the brussels and creates an amazing flavour/texture combination. Try it! I know you’ll like it.