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Lace Shorts

So I saw this really cute idea on pinterest, it was lace shorts under a skirt. I had a pair of OLD pants (high school old) that I'm over and wanted to turn into shorts and an old lace curtain, so I thought I'd go ahead and make me some shorts.

Boys Vest and Crooked Tie Applique

Do you applique? No, well it's super simple as long as you take your time and go slow! Two things I'm terrible at so if I can do it with moderate success so can you. These are two cute little onsies for my little man. His vest shirt matches the girlies and my Easter dresses I sewed now if we can only coordinate a niec group picture in our 'mommy made' outfits.


  • Onsie or t-shirt
  • Wonder under
  • Fabric for pattern
  • Pattern

I use Wonder Under because it gives me pretty consistant results but you can use your favorite bonding aide. Follow the direction on the Wonder under to transfer the pattern pieces and cut them out. Once the pattern piece has been ironed on to the shirt of onsie you'll need to zigzag stitch the edges of the pattern. I set my as close to the satin stitch setting as my lack of patience would allow. For the crooked tie shirt I used a straight stitch and wasn't too particular about being straight because I liked the effect with the crooked tie.

The patterns are free handed below for you to print out and redraw to the size you need for your shirts.

Old PJ Top to Dress for the Toddler

The kiddo loves it when mommy makes her clothes and she loves playing in mommy's closet, so when she got to pick out something from my donation pile to become a dress for her she was excited beyond measure. I'm thinking of changing this blog to blind crafting because the kiddo sits in my lap while I sew and boy does it make things a little tricky!

Start with and old button down shirt. Trim it down in to a vest piece and skirt piece.

Use as many of the seams and hems as you can for quicker sewing. All I had to do was hem the arm holes, the sides along the top and then the skirt piece to the bottom. The whole thing took about 30 minutes.

See that little blonde head there in my lap? She just wants to see and do it all!

Gather the skirt bottom and pin it in place and sew it on the bottom of the vest piece right sides together. Thats it your done! I had to fix a few buttons and add a hook and eye to the collar but thats it.

Celantro Lime Marinade and Dressing

I marinated flank steak in this Chimichuri then grilled it to a perfect medium rare and sliced it thin. I put the steak over a mixed green salad with grilled corn, cherry tomatoes, and goat cheese and used the remaining Chimichuri to dress the salad. Even my super picky husband loved it, I was super happy with how it turned out.


  • 1 bunch of celantro
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 4oz can diced green chillies (with juice)
  • pinch of salt to taste
  • juice from 1 lime
  • zest of half lime
  • enough olive oil to make it smooth in the blender.

Yep you guessed it chuck it all into a blender and blend until it's smooth and creamy. A traditional Chimichuri would omit the chillies double the garlic add a bunch of parsley and white wine to smooth it all out.

Fruit Pizza

One of my favorite snacks from my childhood was Fruit Pizza. My mom ran a nutrition program and it was one of the recipes for her providers. In a perfect world more than strawberries would be available but thats all I found at the store this week


  • 1 c unsalted butter at room temp
  • 2/3 c powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract (you'll find I put it in everything)
  • 1 c unbleached flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour


  • 1 6oz package cream cheese softened
  • 1 tub of yoplait yogurt (I usualy use mixed berry but you can mix it up with other flavors)

Cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Add in extracts a pinch of salt and the flours. Dough should be slightly crumbly. Press into a tart pan or roll out on a pizza tin (it makes two tart sized crusts). Cook at 325 for 14 minutes.

Cream together cream cheese and yogurt. Spread over the crust once cooled or as you eat it. Arrange the fruit on the top, since it is a pizza and not a tart I like to toss the fruit on instead of maticulously arranging it.