Saturday, August 21, 2010

taggy-do's

I don't know if anyone else calls them "taggy-do's", but I just like saying it, so that's what I call mine! These are so much fun and if you have a baby, you know how much they are infatuated with tags. Cloth tags, plastic tags, paper tags (Amelie is especially a fan of anything that has to do with paper), etc. I figured they couldn't be too hard to make and they make great handmade gifts!

What you will need:
• ribbon (I have a plethera of scrap ribbon… this project is PERFECT for scraps!)
• fabric (I like to use satin, fleece, minky… anything extra soft - this is also great for using left over scrap fabric)
• pins, scissors, sewing machine, thread
And if you are an over-achiever like my amazing sister, you can sew a piece of noisy plastic on the inside for a crinkly effect… babies LOVE crinkles! (She uses her old wipe packages… genius!)
• Links, small toys (I've seen some tutorials where people hook toys onto the ribbon loops. Links are great because you can hook them onto carseats, crib rails, high chairs, etc.)








Here are some great tutorials for taggy-do's of all kinds:
Crinkle taggy-do
Monster taggy-do (SO freakin' cute!)
Owl taggy-do (I'm partial to this one!)
Plush cube taggy-do (Too complicated for me, but you might be able to tackle this one!)
Crinkle Bot taggy-do



Here is a picture of my lovebug enjoying the taggy-do trio that her Aunt Lucie made for her!




Happy crafting!

spit-up control

Everyone knows that every mom (and dad in most cases) needs a good set of burp cloths (why aren't they called "spit-up rags"?) in attempt to 'catch' (and i mean that very literally!) the nastiness that we all know as spit-up. SO many of my friends and family members have been reproducing like mad the past few years and I hate giving store-bought gifts (no offense to those who do… moms (and dads) also need butt paste, pacifiers, teething rings and wipes) . I always like to make my gifts, whether it's a diaper cake, a 'taggy-do', or burp cloths. This is my first (and pretty successful) attempt at making terrycloth "spit-up rags"




I am in love with this fabric and I have another fun project in the works that I'm using it for… I'm going to try to finish it this weekend!

Chocolate Berry Crepes

Just the name makes me drool! I made these a while back, but they were too good not to share.

What you will need:
• 1½ cups flour
• ½ cup cocoa powder
• 6 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
• Pinch of salt
• 2¼ cups lowfat milk (room temp)
• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
• 2 large eggs
• ½ teaspoon pure vanilla/almond extract
• Vegetable oil as needed


Options for fillings:
 • Nutella (store brand, if you're frugal like me… this is a staple for my crepes)
• Peanut Butter
• Yogurt
• Fresh berries/fruit of choice
• Whipped Cream (or foo-foo, as my mom would say)
• Cinnamon
• Powdered sugar
• Ice cream

I could go on and on with different options… just get creative! A lot of people fill their crepes with a ricotta/cream cheese mixture, but I'm not a huge fan of rictotta (don't tell my Italian husband!)

What to do:
1. Combine flour, cocoa powder, sugar and salt.

2. In another bowl, 2 cups of milk, butter, eggs and vanilla until blended.

3. Combine butter and flour mixtures, whisking until smooth. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
(Make sure your milk isn't TOO cold, because when I mixed my butter in, the milk cooled it and it got chunky… not cute!)

4. Cook crepes [option a]: Before cooking, whisk remaining ¼ cup of milk into crepe batter. Lightly brush skillet with oil and heat over medium high heat. Once pan is hot, remove from heat, pour in ¼ cup of batter and swirl pan around allowing batter to evenly coat bottom. Return pan to heat and cook for 40 seconds. Flip crepe over and continue to cook an additional 20 seconds. Repeat process with remaining batter, stacking crepes. Set aside.

Cook crepes [option b]: Get a handy dandy crepe maker… it makes it much easier (and makes you look really crepe-savy!)








ENJOY!!!  Mmmm… these are SO yummy!