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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Seahawks for the Double! SuperBowl Chili...


Over the course of our summer CSA box, we once again received spaghetti squash. I've tried in the past to like spaghetti squash, but it has just never really spoken to me.... Until now.


Turns out I needed something a little more substantial than marinara to take spaghetti squash from meh to mmm.

Of course this post is not timely at all, in terms of our farmshare or seasonally available produce. But it is super timely if you're planning on having chili for Superbowl Sunday today. The chili seen with the spaghetti squash in the above picture was just a quick weeknight chili. But below you'll find the recipe for what we munched on before the game (seen in the first pic of the dutch oven).

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Weeknight Dinner: One-Pot Chicken with Mushrooms and Squash


We've been busy here. Three of the four kids have started skiing and we've been going once a week to take advantage of the fleetingly snow covered hills in our neck of the woods. Due to the ski shop-esque amounts of ski equipment and paraphernalia we now own, I've had to take some time to clean out clothing and closets and storage areas. Finally organising our mudroom closet was extremely satisfying though and I'm now pleasantly surprised at how neat at least one (albeit small) part of my house looks.

In the meantime, I've been ignoring my little bloggie here and I've been to miss the harsh white glow of the laptop screen burning into my retinas late at night. So today I made an effort to get a blog post in and intentionally kept the camera handy in the hopes that my dinner recipe tonight would be a keeper.

(Jump to the recipe...)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Belated Post-Holiday Post


I started writing this post more than a week ago and have just now come back to it. I really don't know if there will ever be anything that really resembles a flow in our house but I do know that getting back into that barely-existent flow after a mere two weeks of holidays was more difficult than it should have been. Chalk it up to the late nights, fun get-togethers, overeating and sleeping in. Throw in daddy taking a couple weeks off to be home with us and the fact that we made the most of our family time, with all play and zero chores, and you've got the makings of a back-to-routine disaster.

Suffice to say, the Christmas trees are finally down and everything is boxed and ready to go back into storage or out to the curb. We may have finally caught up to nearly two weeks of not doing laundry. Everyone is able to wake up for school/work with only the usual amount of eye rubbing and complaining. And I think I may have enough time to finally finish this long overdue post of the flurry of baking and sewing that happens over the holidays. Here's a photo recap. Some further posts may follow with more pictures of the projects that I was especially happy with.

Friday, January 2, 2015

LIttle Chefs Party

Shortly before Christmas, my firstborn celebrated his seventh birthday. I'm still kinda shell-shocked by it because I can still remember celebrating his first birthday as if it was yesterday and I'm not really sure where all the time has gone. Who knows whether or not he'll even want mommy to throw him corny birthday parties anymore in a few years? Every new year for him brings unknown waters and new territories; being the first child, he'll always be our parenting test subject.

Yes, that's PvZ on his apron... he's never played but his friends have! (Sorry for the bad picture... don't know what happened to the original picture, just took another one with my phone when I noticed today, Jan16/15)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The First Annual Minivan Express was a Success!!!

I have a love-hate relationship with the blogosphere. Love for all the great ideas that people share. Hate for not having the time nor talent to explore all of those pinterest-worthy projects. Our cousin on the west coast often shares many of these great ideas on her FB feed but usually they end up on my to-do (then forgotten about) list.  The Minivan Express from Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler though was totally within my reach and had the added bonus of being time-sensitive, meaning that I had to get off my butt and get the gears in motion.


Monday, December 22, 2014

I'm only three or four years late...

... But you can now find me on instagram.


I first started this blog because I wanted to chronicle and share all my adventures in creating, learning and making. I'm beginning to realize though that adding ever more children to my life has really cut into my blogging time. So while I am still trying to blog as much as I can, I wanted a way to share my smaller projects without a whole blog entry, my longer projects before they are finished, and some of the poor quality pictures that I snap quickly with my phone. Hence instagram.



Check out all these pictures I took this autumn that I thought I'd have a chance to blog about....


... Obviously those blog posts never happened.


So if  you wanna see some of the daily pics of new dinner recipes, crafting with the kids, small sewing projects, or you just like being barraged by a stream of my self-indulgent photos then please follow me on instagram (@MakeJanemake).

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Stocking Set is Complete!


I really should have lit the fireplace for this picture.... but when you're trying to take a picture of stockings that seem to spin and all face different directions and you've got a excited toddler and a separation-anxious infant and a home-sick-from-school kindergartener all trying to squeeze into the picture as well, the last thing you want is a burned hand on a little screaming person.

Anyway, here's the kids' favourite Christmas decorations after the tree... their stockings. I'm so happy with how they turned out because I had no idea I would be making a matched set way back when I made the first stocking on a whim.