Gingerly Made: September 2012

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Kokopax Winner

Happy Weekend!

We've already had an awesome semi-spontaneous play date this morning. The kids are napping now and when they wake up, we are heading out to the corn maze. It's my brother-in-law's birthday and we're going to celebrate by getting lost in a field of corn, jumping around in a giant pile of hay straw, and shooting some corn from the corn cannons and pumpkins from the pumpkin launcher. Love it!

And speaking of celebrating...

Congrats Austin Baroudi! You are the winner of the Kokopax Baby Carrier giveaway.

Thank you to everyone who entered!


Friday, September 28, 2012

Foodie Friday: Apple Pie

Apple pie. Seriously, can any two words make you any hungrier? I just ate dinner and now, as I'm writing this post, I'm craving another piece of this pie I made earlier today.

I mean, look at this thing. It's beautiful! And so tasty!

The filling is my own creation, but the crust I got from here. It's called The Perfect Pie Crust and it really is.

Apple Pie Filling:
7 apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)
a couple squirts lemon juice
3 tbsp flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3 tbsp cold butter (cut into small cubes)
1 egg

Preheat oven to 450.

Start by peeling, coring, and slicing your apples. Squirt lemon juice on them and toss. The lemon juice keeps the apples from turning brown. Add in the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir until the apples are coated well.

Pour apple mixture into the pie pan with your Perfect Pie Crust. Dot with butter. Cover with your second piece of crust. Cut a few slits into the top crust with a knife to let any steam escape.

Crack your egg and put in a small bowl. Beat. Brush egg on top of crust. This egg wash really helps the crust brown nicely.

Bake for 45 minutes.

After you take the pie out of the oven, let it cool for 15 minutes if you can. I couldn't. :) my only regret is that I didn't have any whipping cream to dollop on top.


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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Rosemary Wreath

We have a rosemary bush in our garden that we planted 3 years ago. It's awesome. It's huge. In fact, Hubs has been talking about dividing it and giving half of it away because it's so big. So I decided to help him 'prune' it a bit.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Simple Crochet Clutch Purse

I've taken a vacation of sorts from crocheting. After doing the crochet animals awhile back, I just needed a break. This purse however has brought me back. It was pretty simple to make and the results are gorgeous!

I originally saw it on Pinterest. It's a Lion Brand free pattern, but honestly, it's so simple. If you can do single crochet and double crochet stitches, you're golden.

Kokopax Baby Carrier Giveaway

Last week, I asked you all a question. Would you sign up for a giveaway if the product wasn't from the manufacturer. Well, the results of the poll were, hmm, let's say less than enthusiastic. Yep, only 3 of you voted.

But, I figure, why not give those 3 people (and whoever else wants to) a chance to win.

If you aren't sure what exactly I'm talking about, here's the back story.

Several months ago I won a Kokopax Baby Carrier from A Nation of Moms. Love them by the way! And I love this baby carrier. It's not only cute, but it's super light weight and fits in the overhead bins on an airplane. BUT, I never got any use out of it.

I took it out of it's packaging, put Hayley in it and adjusted the straps for her. But beyond that, I never used it. We just haven't been anywhere. When Caitlin was a baby we went on vacations, hikes, etc. I don't know what's wrong with us this year, but we've been pretty stationary to our little town. So anyway, I now have this AWESOME carrier, and have gotten zero use from it.

I thought about selling it, but then thought, hey maybe one of you might like to have it? Last week I put up a poll asking if that was tacky. No one said it was tacky, so.... here goes.

Here is a photo from Amazon's website. Did you see that price tag on their site? $145. And here is the link to the Kokopax site for more info.

And here is the actual one that I'm giving away.

This giveaway is purely an appreciation gift for my readers. I will box it up and pay from my pocket to send it to you. All you have to do, is sign up on the rafflecopter below. Thanks to all of you loyal readers out there. Without you, I'd be talking to myself. And that's just pathetic. So thanks a bunch!

This giveaway runs from Monday Sept 24th at 12:00 am until the end of Friday September 28th. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or I will redraw. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. US Residents only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Friday, September 21, 2012

Foodie Friday: Mini French Toast Omelets

If we haven't talked about it before, I'm kind of a picky eater. So when I see delicious looking food on Pinterest, the first thing I do is scour the ingredient list for foods I don't eat. There aren't really that many of them beans, mayonnaise, and mustard are the only absolutely do not evers. But anyway. I adapted these really tasty french toast omelets based off of this Pinterest favorite from the Martha Stewart site.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Blog Poll Problems

I'm not sure why, but my blog poll is having problems. Sometimes it's there and sometimes it's not.

If you'd like to vote and let me know whether or not to host THIS GIVEAWAY, you can also vote on my facebook page here.

Sorry for all the confusion.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Potential Giveaway Question

I've got a question for all of you today. It's about a potential giveaway.

Several months ago I won a Kokopax baby carrier. This is a really great carrier! It retails at $150, is super light weight, and totally cute. BUT we never used it. I took it out of the packaging, put Hayley in it all of two times and adjusted the straps for her, but I have literally gotten zero use out of it.

It's this one right here.

Instead of selling it, I thought maybe as a little appreciation for my awesome readers, one of you might like to win it? But I'm not sure how you'd feel about winning something that isn't out of the packaging sent from the manufacturer new.

So I've set up a little poll on my side bar. If I put this up for giveaway, would you enter? Or is that a really tacky thing to do? Vote and let me know what you think.

I've been noticing problems with the sidebar app not showing up. If you are having problems with it too, you can also vote on my Facebook page here. Thanks!


Felt Mr & Mrs Pumpkin Head

Kids too young to cut jack-o-lanterns this year? Mine are, but I didn't want them to miss the fun of creating pumpkin faces. These felt Mr & Mrs Pumpkin Heads are the perfect way to get in on all the pumpkin decorating with out knives or extensive help from mom and dad.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Reversible Baby Bibs & Burp Cloths

One of my long time friends, I think I've known her since I was 6, is getting ready to have her second child. It's another little boy!

Sometimes it's hard to know what to get for a second child because there are usually a lot of hand-me-downs and reusable things from the first child. At least that's the way it was for me. I never knew what to tell people when they asked what I needed. Besides diapers, bibs and burps cloths are perfect because the first set probably got pretty nasty the first time around. So, I made these reversible bibs and burp cloths from a soft flannel. Aren't they so cute!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Foodie Friday Flashback: Sweet Potato Dumplings

I didn't have a new recipe to share with you today, so I thought I'd post an oldie. I've come a long way since I started blogging. This one doesn't even have a picture!! Maybe I need to go back and take some pictures because let me tell you these things are AWESOME!

This recipe is one of my family's favorites. It took a long time before we got it. Our former pastor's wife used to make this one for our church pot lucks and my husband begged her to give me the recipe on multiple occasions and she would politely deflect the conversation to something else. I guess she didn't want anyone one else to get credit for these yummy, yummy sweet potatoes. :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

New Blog Design

Are you reading this in a feed reader? Click on the title link and go see the actual page. Or click here. I got tired of trying to do the design myself and actually hired someone who knows what they are doing, Traci Michelle.

Isn't it great!

Traci also did the design work on The Cheap and Choosy, so thanks Amy for referring her. I really love it. I couldn't verbalize what I wanted, so she just worked with me and came up with this beauty. I love it! I said that already, but I really do. It's so much more professional looking and has so much more of the vibe I want to present with this blog.

You may also notice in the side bar that there are some spots for advertisements. Yes, I am open to sponsorships, reviews, and giveaways. Hey, that's part of what makes blogging so impactful and fun! I LOVE entering giveaways and winning free stuff. So I can only imagine that you do too.

If you're interested in sponsoring Gingerly Made, hosting a giveaway or product review. Please contact me. You can find more information on my Advertise page.

On the personal side, life has still been crazy for us here. Both the girls got colds and Hubs has been working late the past few nights. That along with emailing Traci back and forth, I'm still behind here. I may or may not have a recipe post Friday. I really want to try out an apple pie recipe. We'll see if I can get to it tomorrow or not.


Light Infinity Scarf

With cooler weather on the way, I know I'll need a little something to keep me from being cold way before it's full on sweater weather. That's where this light scarf is going to help me out.

I found this sheer grey checkered fabric in the remnant section of my fabric store and got it without having any particular project in mind. Later I decided to make it into an infinity scarf. It is a sheer fabric and not what you'd normally think about for an infinity scarf. But I'm just the teensiest tiniest bit cold-natured. My best friend is hot-natured. We are constantly shivering/sweating at each others houses.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Orange Fall Dress

With fall on it's way, I wanted to make Caitlin a new dress. She actually asked me to make her one the other day. Aww. She knows how to make a crafty mom happy!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Guest Post: Broccoli Rolls

Last week I posted that I needed some help from guest posters. I've been really bogged down with stuff. Nothing major, just stuff. Well, almost as soon as I posted it, I received a message from Kim at Our Daily Green.

I've been following Kim for quiet awhile now. She writes very thoughtfully about our environment and the impact we have on it. While I tend to write more about crafting now than the green initiative, that is still a subject that means a lot to me. In fact, it's part of why I craft. Besides, just having the crafty bug, I feel like it's important that we are able to rely on ourselves and not big box companies to provide for us. But, I could jump on that soap box any day.

Kim thinks about every way we impact our environment and that includes eating green too. She has graciously given me permission to post her recipe for Broccoli Rolls. It sounds absolutely delicious and I can't wait to try it out. And I love that it also works as a freezer meal!

Oh, and don't forget to notice her tip about shredded cheese. I had no idea!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Quilted Kindle Cover

Sorry I didn't get this up last week. It's just been busy. I've been up to my elbows in laundry because we got a massive load of hand-me-downs. Plus putting up the last of the summer garden goodies, cleaning out the garage, and working on etsy shop stuff so I can hopefully open in the next few months. All on top of the normal business and back-to-school goings on. Anyway, here it is.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day!

I hope you are enjoying some well deserved time off. We went to a local animal rescue zoo and are spending some time at my parents house today. I just wanted to share a few photos from our day at Noah's Landing. It's such a cool place!

Millie Fierce book review


Do you have kids who are mild mannered or do you have kids who are a little bit fierce? Depending on the moment, Caitlin could go either way. She's a sweet girl, but at three, she's experimenting with when to be aggressive and when not to. I think that's why she loves reading Millie Fierce.

I was so happy when I was contacted by TLC Book Tours about a book review for Millie Fierce by Jane Manning. It's an absolutely fantastic book for my little pre-K girl with such cute illustrations.

Millie is a quiet little girl who gets tired of being ignored. When some girls from school trample of her best yet flower drawing she becomes fierce. Millie frizzes out her hair and files down her nails into little points. She wreaks havoc where ever she goes. And she learns that being fierce can hurt other people's feelings. Millie's journey teaches a lovely lesson for kids aged 3 - 7 helping them understand the consequences of their actions both positive and negative.

Jane has illustrated dozens of children's books, including the Little Goblins Ten by Pamela Jane, and TheNew York Times Bestseller The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches by Alice Low.  She has won many awards for her artwork.  Her books are included in Scholastic Book Clubs and many pick of the lists.
She is the author and illustrator of 2008's Cat Nights (Greenwillow).
Millie Fierce is the second book she has authored.

The Millie Fierce website also mentions to "Look for upcoming Millie titles." I can't wait!

{Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge for the purpose of writing this review.  I received no other compensation for this review and all opinions are my own.}

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Truncating and Scraper Sites

I'm sure you have seen a lot of sites posting about this lately. Many bloggers feel like they have to truncate their posts to protect their content from being stolen by scraper sites. I'm not an expert. I still have a lot to learn about it. But from what I understand, the scrapers are copying and pasting content from RSS feeds and posting it on their own sites to draw readers. Because they are ad rich sites, the more readers, the more money for them. Money made off of stolen work.

Like I said earlier, I'm still learning about these scraper sites. I don't even know for sure if any of my content has been stolen or not. I hope not, but I have my suspicions because of some odd little things I've noticed. I work hard on the projects I put on here. I put time into writing about them. And the last thing I want is for someone to steal my content and claim credit for my work.

So, I will be truncating posts too. I really hate it. But I need to protect my work just like anyone else. So, please don't be annoyed with me. I don't like truncating rss feeds. Readers have to click to get to the full page and read the full article. However, the Google Reader Next button lets you jump straight to a site without having a ton of extra clicks. I just installed mine. And it's pretty cool.

You can find the Next button in under Google Reader settings, goodies. Just click on the icon and drag it to your bookmark menu. Easy peasy.

Thanks all for understanding. If only everyone in the world were honest upstanding people....
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