Gingerly Made: August 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

Foodie Friday: Blueberry Struesel Cake

If you love blueberries like I do, you'll love this blueberry struesel cake. It's delightful on it's own and even better served with vanilla ice cream.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Guest Posters Needed

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I don't know about you, but life has been extra busy around the Gingerly Made house lately. We have been putting up the last of our summer garden; vegetable soup, salsa, pesto, spaghetti sauce. We did a major garage clean-up. It was well overdue since the last time it had been cleaned up was about 18 months ago. I have also been given an extra incentive to get my etsy shop opened up in the next few months. So I have been giving a lot of my crafting time over to working on that.

All that being said, I just don't have that many posts lined up right now. As it is, today I will be scrambling to finish, photograph, and write my post for tomorrow. Don't be surprised if it doesn't happen.

So I'd like to invite some of you to guest post. I would love to see what you have in terms of crafting, recipes, housekeeping tips, parenting, and/or gardening posts. It doesn't have to be something brand new, maybe just something your really proud of and would love to share with my readers.

A quick turn around would be fantastic! Like for next week! :)

If you are interested, please email at gmbergemann (at) gmail (dot) com.
Thanks all!

And I will try my hardest to get that post up for tomorrow. It's a quilted kindle cover with tutorial.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Rhinestone Snail Art

Do you ever have those moments while you are shopping where your kids find something in the store that they just have to have? You don't really want to buy it for them, but you get it anyway because it's just not worth the meltdown if you don't. Of course you do! Your a mom!

That happens to me WAY more often than I'd like to admit, but it gets me through my shopping. So the question then becomes, what do you do with a giant bag of rhinestones that you bought when you caved into the pitiful pleas of your little one? You make a big snail with it. Duh!

This project totally started out as something to do with the junk that I got. But now that I'm done with it, I kind-a love it.

First we painted a canvas with the last bits of blue acrylic I had. Again, something random for Caitlin to do to keep her hands busy.

Then I drew out my famous little snail. I draw it for her quite often.

Then Caitlin, Hubs, and I sorted and sorted and sorted.

Finally, after the kiddos went to sleep. I hot glued these little bitty things one by one onto the snail.

Ok, so now I've got a snail and he's cute, but what do I do with him??? I try keep my crafting to practical things that I'll actually use. Maybe I could decorate one of the girls' bedrooms or in the playroom? Finally, after making our pallet bench, I thought he'd be cute outside. But he's not really an outside kind of thing.

So I did what you do to all things if you want it to go outside. I covered it in polycrylic! Then I added some eye hooks and strung it up on the deck. I used sisal twine on the top and the bottom so it wouldn't be swinging all over the place during the next storm.

Now I've got a cute little piece of art on our deck. And some random thing turned into something I really love!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Foodie Friday: Yellow Watermelon

Instead of sharing a recipe this Friday, I want to talk about a food that doesn't need a recipe at all. You just eat it as is. I stopped at a booth at our local farmer's market early this spring. I can't remember what it was for, but they gave out seeds for North Carolina Mountain Sweet Yellow Watermelons. I had never heard of a yellow watermelon before! Have you?

So, we attempted growing watermelons for the first time this year. The vines actually grew pretty well in our raised bed on the deck. But not many fruits formed. I think we had four or five watermelons start. They grew as big as my thumb and then died. All except one.

I kept watching it and watching it. It never got to a full watermelon size. This variety should grow 25 - 30 pound fruits. After awhile of it staying the same size, I figured that was as good as it was gonna get, and picked it.

Although it was a little thing, it sure was tastey. It mostly tastes just like any other watermelon. I say mostly because there was this slight difference in flavor to me. Maybe it was just the sweetness?? Hubs didn't notice any difference in flavor and he's usually quicker to notice slight flavor differences in foods.

We are saving the seeds and plan on trying again next year.

Anyone out there a watermelon grower? Have any tips for me?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Kids Bead Ring

While I was working on the chopstick necklace you saw earlier this week, Caitlin began asking me to help. She has done a few kid necklaces in Sunday School and Mommy's Morning Out and loves stringing those foam or macaroni beads onto a cord. I let her help me string the chopstick necklace, but also promised her that I'd find some beads just for her.

I honestly didn't look too hard. But as I was in the checkout line at JoAnn's there in the $1 bin, was a pack of plastic beads. So of course I picked up a bag. Now, I'm kicking myself for not getting two or three.

We made bracelets and necklaces. Can you tell who made what??

But I think the coolest thing we made were these single bead wire rings.

They were so simple. You just slip on a star bead, measure your finger and wrap the wire. Move the bead to cover up the wire ends and there you go. Cute!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Chopstick Necklace

I'm the kind of person that gets rid of stuff I don't use. Hubs picks on me sometimes, but I hate clutter and if I haven't used it in the past year, I'm probably not going to use it. So on my last household purge I found these beautiful chopsticks with silver nubs.

I loved how beautiful they are. And we did use them a couple of times, but not in quite awhile. I didn't really want to throw them away. But I also didn't want to keep an unused thing in my kitchen drawers. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Sleeping in the Closet

I don't have a Foodie Friday post today. So I thought I'd keep it real and post a little bit of everyday life. My daughter is going to hate me for this one day.

A few weeks ago, my three year old daughter had taken to sleeping in her closet. This was totally her idea!! Can you see her?

How about now?

Isn't she precious! Did you notice the pillow cases are different? Yep, this happened for more than just one nap. She actually has a play tent in her room. She keeps her stuffed animals in there and plays with them. A couple of times, she has tried to sleep in her play tent, but the problem was she kept playing and wouldn't go to sleep. So I haven't really allowed her to do that.

But in the closet, she's less distracted and falls asleep. Now it's fun. It's camping. Indoors. In her closet.

But come on, your only little enough to sleep in your closet for fun just a little while. Then you're just weird.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sisal Rope Vases


I have a TON of glass vases stored up. Hubs occasionally brings home a bouquet of flowers; usually for some special occasion like Valentine's, an anniversary, or my birthday. He's sweet like that.

But sometimes, I don't want just a plain glass vase. So, I thought I'd spruce up a couple to use around the house with or without flowers.

It's really easy too. Just hot glue that rope around and around and around.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Deck Bed from Upcycled Pallets

I couldn't help myself. I had to get in on the pallet craze. I love just about everything I've seen on pinterest for pallets. Well, almost everything. And my birthday party this past weekend was the perfect excuse for a pallet project.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Shrimp and Pesto Sandwiches

I've always been a picky eater. I don't eat anything with mayonnaise. That stuff it totally nasty. Sorry if you like it, but it makes me gag. The same goes for mustard. I've just never been a condiment kind of gal. I don't use salad dressings, ketchup very sparingly, and vinegar is a no go. So when I do find a condiment of sorts that I like, I stick to it.

I've already written about using pesto on my pasta. Now, let's talk about sandwiches.

When we went to Wilmington earlier this summer, I ordered this sandwich from a restaurant on the water. It was so simple and so yummy. Shrimp, pesto, tomato, and some cheese on a crusty piece of bread. Mmmm, delicious. And totally re-creatable.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Frame Wall

I had a great week last week. Hubs took some time off for our anniversary and my birthday. All that family time was great. We got some things done around the house and just spent some time together as a family. And it meant that I was not on the computer doing any blogging. So I didn't have my usual Monday post. Did you notice? But I'm trying to get back on track now.

Although Hubs and I have been living in this house for 4 years now, I still have many walls of shame. Undecorated walls; they're everywhere. So, I'm working on that a little bit. It's just hard because I don't like putting up  mass produced  wall art that you see in every store everywhere. I have some of that, and I just don't like it so much.

One of the easiest ways to get some personalization on your walls is to put up family photos. I used to put family pics on our mantle. But it got a little overwhelming as we started getting more and more family pictures. Honestly, since we moved, 4 years ago, I just hadn't pulled out all the photos and tried to find the perfect spot for them. Cause I'm a dork like that.

I don't know why it didn't occur to me to put them up on the stairwell and have a frame wall. It just didn't until I started reading all these other craft blogs and seeing like a ton of frame walls on pinterest.

So I finally pulled out all those great family pics that I've had piled up in our junk room office for forever. I arranged them and then asked Hubs to do the hard work of hanging them. Love you honey! I hung a few, but after the first row or two I could reach. Gotta love a tall husband!

I wish we had done this sooner. It's nice to see photos of our family every time we go up and down the stairs. While I'm not thrilled about the look of all the frames, they are hung up now. I can over time, take a couple of frames down, spray paint them and rehang.

You're probably wondering how long that will take since it took me 4 years to put them on the wall. I'll let you know...

Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Big 3-0

Today is my birthday! My thirtieth.

And guess what? I'm cool with it! No freaking out, my life is over, I'm soooo old, mid-life crisis melo-drama. I don't feel old. I feel great! I'm actually a little excited to begin my thirties. I know, I'm the weirdest person ever.

Really though. I had an awesome time in my 20s. I learned to scuba dive, graduated college, got married, bought a house, worked a few jobs, quit a few jobs, had two of the most beautiful children, traveled outside of the U.S. for the first time. Really cool things. And although those things are great, I'm ok with leaving them behind and looking forward.

Having babies has been beautiful, but it has also been tough. I know some of you can do anything and everything you ever wanted to do even with children in tow or left with relatives, but that's not me. I've been accused of making things more difficult for myself. Maybe I have, but I say, I'm an attachment parenter. Take it or leave it, that's what I am and where my conscience lies, but that's a different post altogether.

As I'm getting older, so are my kids. And I'm looking forward to more flexibility. I'm ready to travel more, both inside and outside the U.S. and yes, with my kids. Maybe later on, without. I'm looking forward to dating my husband again.

I'm looking forward to seeing our dream of having a homestead come to fruition. It has taken us most of our 20s to realize that's what we want. We are saving for it and I hope to see it happen sometime in my 30s.

I know more about who I am now and who I want to be. I understand my needs and my wants more than I ever have. That being said, I'm excited about being that person and learning even more about her.

I love my children and try to delight in them everyday. I'm not hurrying them along in the least, but I am excited to see them grow. I can't wait to see what the next ten years brings in our relationships as mother and daughter.

So, anyway, I say. Why boo-hoo about getting older? I'm thirty and I'm going to own it!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

9th Anniversary

Today is my 9th wedding anniversary. Hubs has taken a few days off work. I love that man more than I can say. So I thought I'd just post some old, and I mean before we had a digital camera and had to scan photos so they don't look that great old pics. As time goes on, the pictures get better.

College Sweethearts

Yep we were the dorky track couple. And you can see who the better athlete was/is ... um Mr All-American!

He popped the question at the Biltmore house.

Trip to Florida, Disney, and a short cruise to the Bahamas.

I think this one was at Carowinds, but I'm not sure exactly.
Vacation to the beach.

Chichen Itza, Mexico

Seattle Market

In the stocks at Williamsburg

You'll notice that there are no kids in these pictures. That's on purpose. There were a lot of photos with us and the kiddos, but it's not their anniversary. It's ours. And although I love my children dearly, sometimes Mommy and Daddy need the focus instead of them.

Love you Hon!
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