November 3, 2008

Prints, Fabric, Food, & Fun

A few weeks ago I found some prints that I KNEW were perfect for the nursery. You know that moment when you see something and you HAVE to HAVE it. That’s what I felt when I saw these prints. I found them at and they finally arrived on Saturday. Take a look:

See Hedda! I told you I would figure out how to get some red in the room. :)

On Saturday some fabric I ordered also arrived!!! I have been looking for fabric to make some blankets for the nursery. I am not going to purchase a big bedding package because I know I would not use it. I won’t use a bumper, the crib has a drawer so there is no need for a skirt, and the quilt usually ends up on the floor any way, so I decided I wanted a nice fleece and some flannels. I knew this time of year would be the best for finding polar bear themed material. I haven’t found anything, so I widen my search to snowflakes and polar bears. Again, as soon as I saw these I fell in love. The fleece material is so soft. It is going to make the perfect blanket for Polar Cub. The flannels are perfect too. Things are coming together.

Sunday I spent some time in the kitchen. First I made Sandra’s pumpkin bread. I hope you don’t mind Sandra, but I made some changes to give the bread more fiber and protein, and to take out some of the fat.
Pumpkin Bread
1 ½ cups sucanat
1 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup applesauce
½ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp all spice
½ tsp ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp salt
1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup quinoa flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup soy milk
1 small can (15 oz) of pumpkin
Cream sugar, eggs, applesauce, and oil. Add pumpkin. Mix all dry ingredients and add alternately with soy milk to the pumpkin mixture. Bake in two greased loaf pans at 350 for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

This bread was wonderful! It is my new favorite pumpkin bread recipe!

After the bread went into the oven I started some sauce. I began making this sauce a while back. I make a huge double batch and then freeze it in small bags. We ran out a few weeks ago. I had a jar of sauce in the cupboard so I used that one night last week. Well, that was the last time I will try that. What a difference between the good stuff and the jar. My sauce has lots of veggies, garlic and basil. We love it.

While the sauce simmered I made spinach lasagna that BB had been asking me to make for weeks. In the past I always used jarred sauce, so I did it the same this time. Last night I was asked to use the homemade sauce from now on. I’ll take that as a compliment.

While the lasagna sat to cool I went down to feed the dogs. I was gone for maybe 10 minutes. I came back upstairs to candles, a bottle of wine, and the football game turned off!!! After a day of cooking it was a wonderful surprise. I wish I would have made the lasagna WEEKS ago!

Have a GREAT one!!!


  1. You know - I just love ya! That polar bear butt is the greatest evah and it looks even cuter than the last time I saw it.

    Miss ya like a fiend. I'm just amazed that you still haven't tried some go-etta (not). I'm hungry.

  2. All those shots are wonderful!! Do you know they have a brown bear brown bear what do you see in polar bear!? I saw it the other day at TJMaxx. It would look great on the self and Bailey ADORES that book!

  3. I love everything you picked for the nursery....the pictures are super cute and the fabric looks so soft and cozy!!

    You were a cooking machine this weekend....and it sounds like your time in the kitchen totally paid off....hope you had a wonderful weekend!


  4. Wow, Just look at all of your delicious food! I love the prints, they truly are absolutely darling.

  5. I just love the prints....Too cute.
    I agree with Pipo....the polar bear butt IS the greatest!

  6. Okay now I'm hungry! Love love the fabric! Can't wait to see the nursery pics when it's done. BB -Way to go with the wine and candles. So romantic.

  7. LOVE the pictures and the fabric is soooo cute..
    Can't wait to see the blankets finished..
    Can't wait to see the nursery.. it is going to be AMAZING...
    And for your cooking..
    WELL EVERYTHING you cook or bake is soooo good.. I will never forget was amazing.
    Have a Great Week.
    Hugs girly..

  8. Oh Lord, everything looks so good!!! I love bread and pasta, my two weaknesses!!! And the material is just perfect and so are the pictures.Love it!

    Love, Kristy

  9. I adore the rear shot of the polar bear. The Tongginator has a rather obscure theme for her bedroom, too. Isn't it wonderful when you find that perfect decoration?

  10. The whole time I was reading it was just "ooohhh and aaaahs"!!!! LOVE your prints! LOVE your fabric! And your cooking made me drool all over the keyboard! I skipped breakfast, so I'm all hungry!

  11. I can't wait to see the finished blanket!!

  12. Love the prints, very beary cute! I'm definitely gonna be making that pumpkin bread, yum! Looking forward to seeing some cute blankets. And dinner without football on, what a concept!

  13. Your fabrics are SO pretty! Love all the fun snow themed fabrics and the prints are adorable. The hint of red in the room will be a beautiful addition! much great food! Your recipes are so healthy and look super yummy!

  14. I am lovin' the prints and the fabrics!

    I am drooling over that homemade sauce. Looks delish!

  15. Love the fabrics!

    I am also going to try and make my pumpkin bread recipe a little healthier. For as much as the girls eat it, I should try to make more more out of it.

    And the sauce??? MUST have that recipe. Please share :-)

  16. Still can't believe that the polar bear theme wasn't set in stone a long time ago! Great pics, way to work that RED in there :)

  17. Love the pics and the prints! Your gal is going to be so cozy!

    I am requesting more recipes, please. Your special sauce and lasagna look to good not to share! Please?

  18. The prints are too cute! Can't wait to see it all come together. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment!

  19. Okay, you went to feed the dogs and in the meantime your husband put out candles and wine...
    did I understand that right? I'm pretty sure you've got yourself quite the keeper. :)

  20. Wow, the Pumpkin bread looks fantastic!!! ...and I absolutely love the prints with the polar bears! Too perfect!!!