Friday, August 31, 2012

Yogurt cake

My book club is reading Bringing Up Bebe this month.  It's an interesting and humorous book about the differences between French kids and parenting style and American.  The author gives a recipe in the book for a yogurt cake that she says all kids in France can make by themselves.  I love to cook and always have Dominic in the kitchen helping me so I thought we'd give it a shot and see if my 3.5 year old could make a cake by himself too!

It went very well and he did almost the whole thing by himself.  I stood by and read the recipe to him, cracked the eggs, helped measure out the oil and vanilla (both were very full bottles), and put it in the oven.  Otherwise, he did it all himself.  He probably could have done more but I was very paranoid about having a brand new bottle of vegetable oil spilled everywhere and the eggs he cracks for breakfast frequently have shells in them.  With a little practice I think he would easily be able to make the entire cake by himself.  It's a great recipe for this type of thing because it's very forgiving to the imprecise measurements of a three year old and it's very basic so it would be easy to fancy it up with lots of different flavorings and add ins.

We kept it simple and just stirred in some chocolate chips (and I only had him use one scoop of sugar to keep it less sweet).  He liked and so did I so we (wait - HE) will be making it again for sure!  You can find a copy of the recipe here.

I even had him clean up the (rather large) mess he made too!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Over the last month I've been working on my English paper pieced stars quite a bit and it has doubled in size with enough stars made to add another three rows.  I've really been enjoying working on it again.  The only real issue is that it's now too big to travel with me! I now have to plan things out and snap a picture before I leave the house so I can work on small portions while away from home. 

And, our strawberries have (finally) started to bloom and fruit!  Yummy!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Pacific NW Modern Quilt Guild Meetup

Last weekend was a whirlwind of quilting madness.  The Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, British Columbia chapters of the Modern Quilt Guild joined us here in Seattle for a packed weekend of socializing, fabric shopping, and sewing. It was amazing and so much fun.  A huge thank you to my wonderful husband for taking the boys three days in a row so I could run away to shop and sew!

On Friday night we meet at a local restaurant to meet and pick up our goodie bags!  The organizers from all three guilds did a fantastic job with it all and arranged for some wonderful giveaways through out the weekend.  I came home with a new book, eight fat quarters, a wall hanging pattern, scissors, and a cute travel box of pins.

Saturday was our main event and we all rode the ferry over to Vashon Island to spend the day sewing at the Island Quilter.  It was a blast to chat with so many like-minded quilters.  We had fantastic sponsorship of the day too with fabric, batting, machines, and thread all donated to us.  By the end of the day we had completed four cross tops and three (maybe four?) stitch and flip triangle quilt tops that will be quilted up and donated to children's charities.

Sunday was filled with more fun when we met up at a local shop, Dry Goods Design (which I had never been to).  The owner was so nice and made us drinks and wonderful breakfast baked goods (lavender coffee cake!).  It's a super cute shop too - I had a very hard time narrowing down my fabric choices.  I will be back for sure!

You can read more about it here on the Portland Guild blog or view lots of great pictures on the PNW MQG Flicker group.