Archive | August, 2011

Thrifty Thursday

11 Aug

And the winner of the jewelry wallet giveaway is…

Congratulations Cassie!  Your gift will be in the mail shortly.

And now on to a Thrifty Thursday Post, I think we are due for one:

A couple weeks ago Jared and I went to our good friends’ wedding in the Twin Cities.

It was a wonderful time to see old friends and have a day without the kiddos, thanks Grandma and Grandpa!  My dress for the occasion came from a consignment shop on Grand Avenue called My Sister’s Closet.  It has a great variety and some very “out” there vintage clothes as well.  I found my dress for the wedding there and it was %10 off $18.   I was very happy to find such a great deal.  But most of all I LOVE the dress.  It was really comfortable, which is priority #1 but also it looked pretty good =)

Here are some pictures of my great deal and the fun day:

My mom let me borrow her black necklace she had previously found it at a thrift store.  Oh yeah and she had bought shoes a while ago but they slipped off her feet so she gave those to me!  So I went to a wedding and my entire outfit cost me $16.20!

the weather was so humid it completely fogged up my lens, darn

Well, that is one of my latest finds, hope you run in to some good deals too!

We Have Reached 10,000!

8 Aug

10,000 what?

We have reached over 10,000 views!  I am so excited about this!  A big thank you to all you wonderful people who find the time in your busy lives to visit hesowedshesewed.  This website has brought me more joy than I ever thought possible.  I love the comments you leave, I love seeing the stats after I put up a new post and I love that people all across the country can be a part of our life!

In honor of reaching this momentous place =)  I want to say thank you with this special giveaway.

A jewelry wallet:

It is very handy to keep your jewelry organized when you travel.

Earrings attach through the black wool and necklaces can be places in the cute little pocket in the back.

 On to the important stuff…how can you win?

All you have to do is comment and you have until Wednesday morning at 10:30 am CST.  After 10:30 am on Wednesday the contest will be closed and we will have a winner!

I will put all of your names in a hat and then have Aleah randomly pick a name (hopefully yours) out of the hat.  Good luck to you all and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for visiting.

Down on the Farm

5 Aug

Eggs from the store taste nothing like eggs from a farm.  Real, fresh, beautiful eggs.  Eggs from the store taste fine and all, they are good to bake with, they get the job done in the morning when you need them to.  But farm fresh eggs are one of the most delicious foods you will ever eat.  The yolks of a fresh, happy chicken egg will be a dark, golden bright orangish yellow, and many times you will find more that one yolk in the eggs.

From Jared: I know what you are thinking.  Many of you, whether from indifference or simply because there’s no convenient place to get farm-fresh eggs (and it’s not worth the $5 a dozen at the hipster grocery store) are saying to yourself “Yah right, you’re just saying that to romanticize your little trip to the farm where the happy little free-range chickens happily lay their free-range eggs in a happy little barn with happy little rays of sun glistening off their feathers.”

Yah there’s some funny truth in that, but seriously there’s a difference.  Our family eats at least a half-dozen eggs every morning.  The girls usually share at least four scrambled eggs between the three of them, and I will have at least two fried eggs, over-easy, all runny and gooey and delicious.  And this doesn’t even include whatever eggs our pancake or French Toast recipe calls for.  So we know our eggs.  We’ve eaten a lot of them, and these last several months we’ve had access to farm-fresh eggs both from my sister-in-laws boyfriend’s family that raises chickens, and now from a friendly church member in Cook who processes meat, gardens, and raises animals (including many egg-laying hens.)  This exposure to farm-fresh eggs has made it obvious that there’s a significant difference, and when you crack a farm-fresh egg into your skillet, the bright orange yolk almost startles you with it’s vibrancy and richness.  And the color is simply an indicator of the flavor of the egg.  They are creamy, bold, and rich, and it’s almost a shame to add cheese or salt and pepper.  We love it.  We love our romantic, idyllic little image of the chickens, we love the bright color as it sizzles in our dark cast iron skillet, and of course, we love the taste.

Caitlyn Again: The girls and I were feeling like we needed an adventure one morning so we decided to head out to a local farm where they sell eggs.

I was so proud of Aleah for reaching her little hands in there and picking out the eggs.

Aleah looking at the pig through the cage and Sophia trying to get into the pig’s cage.  We have two quite different little gals.

It doesn’t get much cuter than this.  At first she was just yelling at the chicken but then decided she wanted to pet it.

Peeking into the chicks house and Sophia wondering if chick food would be tasty.

She loved our morning excursion and I am sure I will be hearing pleas from her to head out there again soon.

petting a turkey

So head out to a local farm to see what adventures AND what delicious food await you.

Easy Green Skirt

2 Aug

Aleah loves watering Grandma’s flowers.

She is such a hard worker.

I am pretty sure its the angle because those red flowers don’t look that gynormous in real life.

How to make this skirt:

1.  Sew a large rectangle

2.  Sew a basting stitch on one of the longest sides.

3.  Pull the basting stitch so it will be as gathered as you would like.

4.  Fold under a couple times on three remaining sides of the square to prevent fraying.

5.Wasistband: Sew a strip of fabric together with the right sides together.

6.  Turn the strip inside out so now you can see your pretty fabric.

7.  Sew the waistband to the portion of the skirt that has been basted.

8.  Tie around your cute individual and you are set to jet.