Sewing & Squished Squash

May 22, 2009 at 3:37 pm Leave a comment

I really love having a productive night, but I am always wiped out the next day… Last night I scrapped my baby-outfit-from-scratch idea for the Giveaway Day… I’m not abandoning it completely, just putting it on hold for now.  It was just taking too much time, and I wasn’t happy with how it was working out.  Good news is that moving on to something I am comfortable making gave me the motivation to finish the whole Giveaway set! WOO HOO! (see teaser photos at the end) I also made a yummy new (I think?) recipe to use up some crookneck squash from our CSA box… I called it “Squish Squash” to amuse my 4 yr. old, but was actually very surprised with the result! I didn’t really measure anything, but here’s what I did:

  1. slice 2 crookneck squash and 2 carrots into relatively small pieces

 2. start carrots in boiling water, then add squash after about 5 minutes (since carrots take longer). Boil until both are quite tender.

3. Add some whipping cream, cream cheese (hey I didn’t say this was completely healthy!) and spices to taste: I chose pepper, and some light coriander  and begin mashing with a potatoe masher while still over the heat. Continue mashing until you have a mixture that’s sort of like chunky mashed potatoes. You may have to add some more cream if it’s too thick. If you make it too thin you can always use a little gravy flour or instant powdered potatoes to thicken it up.

4. Serve it with excitement! I called this “the squish-squash sea” with a baked-potatoe boat on top… complete with a cheese slice for a sail, bacon crumbles for the “people” on the boat, and even threw in some goldfish crackers to complete the effect. Wierd yes, but my kids loved it, and ate their vegetables without complaining. That’s all that matters to Moms at dinner time, right?

After dinner it was off to the grocery store (anyone know why you ALWAYS see someone you don’t want to see when you’re dressed your worst?) for cheesecake ingredients for my hubby’s potluck, then home to start baking, bathtime/bedtime for the kids, and then some laundry and more sewing while the cake baked. Another wonderful tutorial: Sunny Day Dress. Comes together super fast! The hardest and most time-consuming part was hand-winding the elastic thread onto the bobbin. I had some cute gauzy material found in the remnants bin at Joanns that was just waiting for a nice summery pattern. I wanted to make a dress, but thought the material was a little on the sheer side, so figured a little top for Rylee was more appropriate. I just have to finish the straps tonight and then I’ll post some pictures of her wearing it. Awesome tutorial for summer tops/dresses: potentially very cheap (unless you choose to buy fabric over $10/yd.), goes together fast, and easy to vary the look/style with simple tweaks to the pattern.   One change I did make from the tutorial, was I  did not sew in rows and tie the ends together like she says to… I sewed my tube in a spiral fashion (this saved time) and found that it still shrunk up enough without the extra gathering that she explains. I thought this made it go much faster, and look cleaner on the inside. 

Anyways, enough of my rambling! Here are some teaser photos for my girls Giveaway… Hopefully I’ll get a boys one done too:

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About Me:

I'm a 20-something working mother of a 9 yr old step-son, a 4 year old daughter, and a surrogate mother to twins born in Feb. '09. I love sewing gifts and clothing in my free time, and especially love sewing baby items. I am clumsy to a fault, a little too sarcastic at times, I put my all into everything I do 110% of the time... which isn't always the best thing! I try to be the best wife, mother, friend, sister, & daughter I can be on a daily basis.

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