Saturday, April 27, 2013

Quick Oatmeal Pancakes

This morning I wanted to try a different take on our usual homemade pancakes, so I did a search on allrecipes and found this  little gem.

They turned out dense and filling and very yummy,  even without syrup (which I didn't realize we were out of). My sometimes picky 6 year old loved covering them with sprinkles, and she loved eating them too!

Here's the recipe: 

Quick Oats Pancake 
From (modified slightly by t-shirtsandtulle)
Makes approx 8 pancakes.

1 cup milk
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk 
2 teaspoons butter to cook with (more if needed)
sprinkles (if desired)

1. Place 1 cup milk in microwave safe bowl, heat in microwave until bubbling, about 2-2.5 minutes
2. Stir the oats in the milk, set aside.
3. Milk the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together in a large bowl.
3. Whisk the eggs, melted butter and vanilla in a separate bowl. Add 1/4 cup milk.
4. Pour oat mixture and egg mixture into the flour mixture in the large bowl. Stir to combine. 
5. Melt 2 teaspoons butter on a griddle (med. heat) and pour about 1/3 cup pancake mixture into the hot melted butter. Add sprinkles if desired. Heat 5-6 minutes (until top layer of batter bubbles); flip and cook other side 5-6 minutes or until evenly browned. 
6. Serve with a maple or fruit syrup. Enjoy! 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Spring tiered skort

Fun spring tiered skort!

So I have to confess that I have a problem...I love a good deal! Maybe 2 years ago now I bought a cute spring fabric remnant at Joanns, even though I had no idea what I was going to do with it. I do this all the time!

Well, I finally found something to do with it! And I must say that I love how it turned out. 

I've been wanting to make another skirt for a while now, but couldn't come up with just the right idea. Something fun, but not difficult. Something with some flair, but with shorts underneath. (My oldest daughter won't wear a skirt without shorts.) And their are lots of skirt options, just do a basic Pinterest search and you'll be blown away.

My idea for this also came out of a desire to do a skort and not wanting to make shorts. Not to mention that I have a giant pile of long knit pants that have never been worn by my children. You just don't need long pants in south Florida!

Basic idea: create a tiered skort, using a fabric remnant and an unused pair of knit pants.

approx. 1/2 yard fabric
knit pants with an elastic waist
sewing machine, coordinating thread, scissors/pinking shears, serger (optional)

Wash and dry your fabric. Then start out by laying out your fabric, ironing it if needed and marking it off in strips. I think my strips are about 3.5 4 inches each. Obviously I just made this off the top of my head, so go with whatever looks good to you! You could also do different lengths for each layer and different colors and fabric for the layers too. And while some tired skirt tutorials will tell you to make your skirt from the bottom up, this skirt I made from the top down.

Isn't this fabric cute?

You then need to ruffle your strips. Do this on the sewing machine by adjusting to the longest stitch length and a higher tension number.  It took a couple tries to find the right setting on my machine, so don't worry if you have to play around with this.  Don't backstitch as you're basting these stitches,

Once you're done ruffling, you can start to assemble the skirt.  Think of the elastic waistband of the knit pants as the waistband to your skirt.  Putting right sides together, stretch the elastic waistband as you stitch the fabric to the skirt, using a zig zag stitch. I used one strip all the way around the waistband. The pants were a 5T.

Then you'll want to take your next strip and sew it to the bottom of the top strip. Again put right sides together as you sew. Because you're now sewing onto the bottom of a ruffle, you'll need more than one strip on each layer from now on.  I like to sew a couple strips together before I start on the next layer so that I don't have to stop and add a new strip, I can just sew it on all the way around. I sewed the strips together with a straight stitch and then finished it with a zig zag stitch. You could also use a serger to finish off your seams. 

As you can see, I did 3 tiers. The skirt has a nice spin to it! 

When you have made it as long as you'd like, finish the skirt with a hem. You're going to want to  use your iron to fold the bottom up a small amount, then up again the same amount. Top stitch. I thought about adding some decorative ric rac to the bottom edge, but my daughter liked it as it was. 

I was also planning to cut off the pants, but she liked playing with it today with the pants long, so we'll save that for another day, maybe in the summer when it's 90 degrees. :) The nice thing about knit is that it doesn't fray, and since it will be shorts under the skirt, no one will see it. You can just cut it and not have to worry about a hem. 

So there you go!
Easy and cute! Now go find some extra fabric and spruce up those boring pants!
And I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures, she was just so excited to be wearing it and twirling around! :)