Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Baby Socks Flower Bouquet

Nothing so sweet as tiny baby feet but sometimes those precious piggies need covering with itty-bitty socks 
A bouquet of baby sock roses is a cute way to present them to an expecting mom.
A few rolls and a simple twist and before you know it you will have made a pile of  rose buds.
Use them to create a corsage, a gift topper or fill a small bucket or flower pot with a bouquet.
 I used 8 pair of infant socks to make 16 roses

Baby Socks Bouquet
Supplies:
  • Baby socks. For baby girls, the ones with a ruffled cuff are cute
  • yarn or 1/8-inch ribbon in matching or contrasting color
  • pop sticks in desired length (found in the craft store baking section) 
  • Container for arrangement (small bucket, flower pot, vintage baby plant holder, wooden box are all ideas)
  • baby's breath (Gypsophila) or other real or silk flowers or leaves
  • floral foam
  • tissue paper, gift grass to cover floral foam


Instructions:
  • Lift the cuff and flatten the sock
  • Beginning at the toe edge, softly roll to the top of the sock. The roll doesn't need to be tight.
  • Take the top edge (on the heel side or bottom of the roll as you view the center photo above) and turn it over onto the roll.
  • Fiddle a little until you have your desired flower shape.  You can gently pull the center to form a longer center or smooch it a little for a flatter blossom. 

  • Turning the sock rose over, nudge the stick in, being careful not to push upward too far.
  • I found the stemmed sock roses just secure enough to tuck onto the floral foam without tying. The addition of baby's breath kept everything snug.  If you would like to make the arrangement more secure, it would be best to use a length of yarn tied tightly around the sock and stick.
  • Take a 10-inch piece of yarn and tie a small bow; trim if desired. Your could use thin ribbon in matching or a contrasting color.  I like the yarn because its slight stretchy-ness helps keep the bow tight.
  • Floral tape is another option but I did not want to use it on the socks and I did not want the green showing.
  • Fill your container with floral foam cut to fit.  
  • I used a piece of tissue paper to cover the foam but Easter grass would work too. Using a skewer to make a pilot hole in the foam, insert each sock rose. Tuck in silk leaves, flowers or baby's breath to fill in any gaps.
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Baked Sweet Potatoes and a Week with the Kids

simple * delicious * nutritious
I can make a meal of a baked sweet potato.
Oh, when the sugars ooze from the cuts in the skin, I know they are just perfect.
Cut open and give a squeeze to fluff, then top with a little butter, salt and (lots of) pepper and sprinkle of brown sugar.  So delicious and satisfying.  I love the skins too! 
Sweet potatoes are a Native American plant.  These tuberous roots rank very high in nutritional value. They are packed with calcium, potassium, and vitamins A and C, and have a high  fiber content,

 To dress up sweet potatoes I do just a little bit more.
You could peel and cut the sweet potatoes and boil in water, but I think it is easier to bake them.

Lightly Candied Sweet Potatoes

  • Begin by scrubbing and drying the sweet potatoes.
  • Arrange on a silicone or foil covered shallow baking pan.
  • Apply a light mist of baking spray or rub each potato with shortening or olive oil.
  • Using a sharp pairing knife, poke through the skins on the top of the potatoes.
  • Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for about 30 minutes (depending of the size) until just barely tender.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool until easy to handle.
  • Make a small slit in the skin; remove and discard.
  • Cut each potato into uniform slices.

  • Heat a large frying pan (or two if making a large amount as I did) over medium heat.
  • Melt a teaspoon of butter; add the potato slices and cook until the the edges get a nice browned edge and are tender but not mushy.
  • Reduce heat; season with salt and pepper, grated nutmeg and sprinkle with brown sugar.
  • Add a splash of orange juice and gently turn until brown sugar is melted and potatoes have a thin glaze.
  • Transfer to a serving dish and top with snipped parsley.

If you like a thicker glaze with more juice coating your sweet potatoes, you can add additional butter and brown sugar.

 Last week flew by!  Jill and family were here and left for home on Friday.  I did managed to gather a few photos from the week.
 Jamie & Josh with their children
No, it was not warm enough for a sleeveless top but this summer/beach-loving mom cannot wait for hot weather ~ She soon put her sweater back on.



 AJ and Erin went to Longwood Gardens for the day
 Abbey went with Keri on a school trip this week
 Brad and Jill relaxing a moment
 Ryan's birthday is earlier in April but we always celebrate here during his Easter visit
Shaela, Ryan and Brenna just being silly

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter Day!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

snapshot

a quick snapshot of busy days and special moments
chubby toddler hands
French braids 
surprise 90th birthday party
kids and grandkids visiting
fun with cousins
 longtime friends
convo with pop-pop

Sunday, April 13, 2014

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