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The Magic Pattern Book Giveaway

21 Oct

I made a dress! Pretty excited about it too. The pattern for this dress came out of the book that was sent to me for FREE =) sometimes I love being a blogger. The general idea for this book is you can redo your wardrobe or at least 36 outfits based off of Amy Barickman’s 6 patterns.

I chose to make the Camilla:

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Here is the finished product after a few nights of sewing in my living room watching some of my favorite DVRed shows.

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I love my boy.

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Yeah I don’t know how to take these things seriously. Jared kept telling me to stop being awkward. Yeah, like that is going to happen when I am in a fancy dress with him taking pictures of me walking around, ha.

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The one major problem I had with this book was the patterns were not included on that tissue paper like stuff. Instead it came with a CD were you had to print off the pattern. Doesn’t sound like a problem right? Wrong. I set the printer to print and then walked away. About ten minutes later I came back and it was STILL printing! It took 48 pages to print off the pattern. Holy moly. I cannot imagine doing that again for a different project I would want to do in the future. I think the CD is a good extra idea since the pattern tissue paper can get worn or torn after many uses, but it should not be the only option.

Oh yeah and this happened during the course of making the dress, arg.

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Other than that I was pleasantly pleased with the ease of directions and pictures included. I am so honored to be a part of this book tour and blog giveaway. In order to get your hands on this beauty, all you have to do is comment on this blog post or like facebook page.

Head over to Chic Steals to continue viewing the blog tour!

Fall Camping

27 Sep

On Sunday Jared and I were realizing how exhausted we were from the previous week and yeah the house was a mess as well.  Any respectable, responsible person would have stayed home, taken a good nap and cleaned the house BUT that wouldn’t be any fun now would it?  We packed up our camping tubs that are stocked with pots, pans, headlamps, shore lunch and everything else you would need for a successful camping trip and headed out.

We decided to try a new spot, yikes.  Trying a new camping spot is always nerve wracking.  What if you waste your last camping trip on a subpar spot while you could be camping at your favorite spot.  Yes, quite dramatic- I know.  Anyways, we decided to go to a new spot on Lake Jeanette and we could not have been more pleased.  After loading all of our supplies into the boat we headed across the lake, speckled with a few quiet fishermen.

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We pulled our boat up to what we ended up calling “the rock dock.”  We unloaded our goods as the sun was slinking down past the trees.  We quickly set up the tents while the kids poked sticks at the fire and worked on their golden brown mallow skills.  Yes, did I forget to mention that the three little people were with us?

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I was in a tent with Huddy Bear and Jared was in a tent with the little ladies.  Needless to say- I think the other tent had a better nights sleep.  Hudson started out in the pack and play and then I went out to hang out at the fire with the rest of the fam and eat far too many s’mores.  We tucked the girls into their cozy sleeping bags a while later and I am SO glad that Soph brought her dream lite bug that was their happy night light that kept the tent aglow.

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Jared and I were able to have a couple peaceful hours to ourselves.  No TV. No laundry pulling at me.  No dishes to do.  No computer.  No lights.  No distractions.  Just Jared and I on the edge of the Boundary Waters.  And let me tell you, the stars were phenomenal.  The night was so peaceful that we could see the reflection of the stars in the water clearly.  It was as if you could jump into the water and into another universe.  Jared and I stood at the waters edge on the rock dock and were silent as the beauty of the wilderness surrounded us and made us feel small.

After Hudson woke up around 10pm, he was a bit confused about where he was so I ended up snuggling with the little hot water bottle in my sleeping bag all night long.  For a portion of the night (I have no idea what time it was) we got to hear one pack of wolves howling to another pack.

More about the next day later =)

Magic Pattern Book

23 Sep

I get to be a part of a gigantically stupendous blog tour!  Check out all the action and make sure you stop back here on October 21st for your chance at winning this book.  My only problem at the moment is deciding which awesome outfit to make.  There are so many great choices!  I am leaning towards making a cute winter coat with a side tie made out of an wool army blanket- now I just need to find a wool army blanket…

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Not sure how I got listed with these talented bloggers who have their acts together WAY more than I do =)

Official Tour Stops on Amy Barickman’s THE MAGIC PATTERN BOOK Blog Tour:

October 6            AMYBARICKMAN.COM
October 7            WINDY LOU

October 8            MELLY SEWS

October 9            CRAFT GOSSIP

October 10          SEW MAMA SEW

October 13          ADVENTURES OF A DIY MOM

October 14          LILACS & LACE

October 15          FOUR SQUARE WALLS

October 16          PINK CHALK STUDIO

October 17          CITY STITCHING with CHRISTINE HAYES

October 20          CUT OUT & KEEP

October 21          HE SOWED, SHE SEWED

October 23          THREADS

October 24          INDYGO JUNCTION

Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins

16 Sep

I have a wizz bang recipe for you wonderful people.

The reason why it is so grand is that you can let your kids eat 7 of them at once and they won’t go into a diabetic coma!  Hooray!  I think there is less brown sugar in these muffins than they demand on their oatmeal in the morning.

Jared’s dad is coming from Colorado with some of his friends to camp in the Boundary Waters so I made them some of these beauties.  What a better way to start a camping trip then with some healthy yet tasty muffins.

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Look at those giant blueberries!  When the girls went picking with us they called berries that big “chunkers!”  They are so silly.

This recipe comes from an old friend and her blog over here.  Whenever I am at a loss about what to make I head over to her blog and I know whatever recipe I choose to make will come out delicious because her recipes are tried and delish.

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The recipe:

1 1/4 cup flour

1 1/4 cup oats

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 Tablespoons oil

1 egg

3/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Mix it all up and cook it in muffin liners at 375 for 15 minutes.

Thanks Bethany for your blog and wonderful recipe!

Diving for Clams

17 Aug

Yes, my posts have been few and far between this summer.  I guess you could say we have been outside enjoying every minute of the sunshine.  I think the goal of people living in Northern climates should be to get as much vitamin D as possible before we don’t see a lick of it for 9 months.

One of the aspects of living up here in the “wild” is that we still get to do live off the land, pioneer style activities.  Things like berry picking and also diving for freshwater clams.  We were on another one of our adventures when we noticed these beauts sticking up out of the sand.  After collecting them for about 20 minutes we had a pot full.  Being the proud owners of our dumb (not smart) phones we could not google the best way to cook clams, so we had to improvise.  We boiled them over the fire until they magically opened on their own and then after trying them- decided they needed some extra help in the flavor department.

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We found that clams do not have much flavor but take on the flavors around them and have a very interesting texture (interesting in a bad way).

So, we looked at our supplies and decided to fry them in some shore lunch.DSC_0389

Perfection.  If you deep fry anything the kids are sure to love it =)

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And if they aren’t fans of the deep fried clams they can always make grass, leaf, pinecone soup.

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Berry Picking

4 Aug

The blueberries are out in full force.  They are big and juicy and wonderful.  I love that we live in one of the only places in the world where they grow wild.  How lucky are we?  This is one camping morning where we headed out in search of the gems.

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I think Hudson looks like a baby bear, happily sitting in this berry bush.

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Camping: Good Thing Its Free

20 Jul

We want to make the most of this fleeting summer so we headed north to Crane Lake to get in some family camping time.  People drive from all over the country to camp and enjoy this untouched part of nature and we only have to drive 40 minutes.  We have everything loaded up in the boat and the kids are ready and rearing to go.  We hop out of the car and Jared launches the boat.

Jared is leading the boat over to the dock when a part of the cement retaining wall collapses and Jared falls into the water while flinging his wallet into the lake.  No big deal, just reach down and grab it, right.  Nope.  Not exactly.  He reaches down and cannot feel it anywhere.  He searches for about 20 minutes and then he takes over kid duty while I search the iron rich depths.  Nope, nowhere to be found.

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How in TARNATION can a wallet disapear that fast?  Just so you know a leather fossil wallet feels a lot like the bottom of Crane Lake.  After searching for close to two hours we decided to cancel the credit cards and head on our journey, the girls were happy to be finally heading out.

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Fortunately he had no cash in the wallet (he had just spent his last $4 on fishing bait) unfortunately we have no credit cards at the moment and Jared’s really nice Fossil wallet is gone =( Sad, sad day.  Oh yeah and the worst part… he has to go to the DMV to get a new driver’s license- arg.

It is a good think that camping and these views are free.

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