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I learned a lesson about fabric. Always buy it… especially if it is on sale. I don’t think sewing is going to be a hobby that I give up anytime soon. Because sometimes I am just too picky to buy things off the rack. I want things to look a certain way, which often requires me to whip out the ol’ sewing machine and make it myself.

This tank top is something that I could definitely purchase (in a boring fabric). But I have been eyeing this fabric for months. It’s been half off the entire time… I just wasn’t sure I needed it.

Hours after I convinced myself to buy the fabric, I was cutting into it and making this tank top. The tank is a near duplicate of one I already own. I laid an old tank down and copied the shape using my new rotary cuttery (and tracing paper when needed). I sewed along the edges to stop fraying, but I didn’t finish them, since they were all curvy.  And I thought “who needs to mess with that.” So it was a really simple project. And it made my happy to know I made it AND that I really did need that fabric.

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So sometimes the simpliest things can make you happy. For me, hemming this pair of workout pants was just one of those things. It made me happy. Partially because I have had these pants for years. They were always a super awkward length:

Then, in less than 15 minutes and for zero dollars, those pants I have hated for years turned into cute capris:

Now, I have something new to wear to the gym!

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Ginger SnapsI am making little thank you packages for the lovely professors reviewing my thesis. The first cookie in their package is gingersnaps. I bet they would be great with the mango sorbet from yesterday and the recipe makes more the enough for the three packages.

The good thing about making something classic like gingersnaps is that there are a million recipes. I got the idea from this ginger strips recipe from Betty Crocker online. Then, I looked in Joy of Cooking and my Better Homes and Gardens books. I mixed and matched the three recipes, but I think it most closely resembled the Better Homes recipe. Anyway, I recommend you do the same. Mix and match recipes to get what you want. I wanted to use whole wheat flour and extra ginger. And of course I wanted to roll them in sugar.

Gingersnaps (based most closely on Better Homes and Garden Recipe)

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. ginger
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
a sprinkling of clove
1 1/4 cup white flour
Sugar for dusting

Mix all the ingredients together (except the white flour and sugar for dusting). Add white flour slowly to mixture. Form dough into 1/2 teaspoon size balls. Roll in sugar. Bake for 6 minutes at 375 degrees. Enjoy!

And the clothing remake story is coming tomorrow maybe… I promise.

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Picture by Joyosity.

Image by Joyosity.

Ok. It seems a little funny to post my third food processor recipe here. But you know what, I love my food processor. If you don’t have one, go to Goodwill immediately and buy one. It is worthy the five bucks. Actually it might be worth it to buy one new, but I don’t know. Mine is purple and green from the 1980’s.

So here it is mango sorbet made in a food processor…

3 ripe mangos
1 cup sugar (a little less would be lovely too)
1 1/2 cup sugar orange juice

Mix it together in the food processor. (try not to eat the blended goodness) Freeze for about 2 hours. Blend in food processor again. Return to freezer or place sorbet immediately in bowls to devour. (Recipe based on this one)

Ohh and I am defending my thesis this week, so I have been doing many craft projects. A lot of little projects to blow off steam. I’ll try to post tomorrow on a little clothing remake project.

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Around eight o’clock on Tuesday, I reflected on what I had eaten that day. Here’s what I had eate: scone, pizza, oreos. I’m a little embarrassed to even write that down. Where are the veggies, the fruit, the nutrition in my diet? To be fair that isn’t a normal day of food for me, but it does illustrate how easy it can be to simply forget to eat healthy.

Printable Food Checklist

Printable Food Checklist

Well, today’s printable from Baca Creative will help me all monitor what I eat. This nice checklist will help me make sure I get the minimum number of fruits and veggies a day (5), but that recommended  amount is 5-9. Download and print out the check list here. Tell me if you like it.

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Honestly, nothing is easier than making hummus. I make it everytime I have a party because 1. it’s easy and 2. everyone raves. I made a small batch this time, but honestly it got eaten so quickly that I should have made more.

Put 1/2 can chick peas and 2 cloves or garlic in the food processor. Mix. Add olive oil until it is your desired consistency. Scoop into cute glass container and store.

Doesn’t that look great with the whole wheat version of the no knead bread. The bread has two cups of whole wheat flour and one of white. The comments on no martha advised against a whole wheat version, but mine was perfect. Used Bob’s Red Mill organic whole wheat flour.

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So not everything is homemade. Some things, like this beautiful apron, inspire me to make homemade things. I got it at Avant Garden in Portland. The place is just perfectly wonderful with its quirky hours and well priced (cheap) vintage items.

Ohh and tomorrow I am going to post a healthier spread (garlic hummus). I know butter is a great, but I can’t eat toast with homemade butter everyday.

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