Saturday, March 14, 2009

FREE burger shots at Burger King

Sorry, I forgot about this, but if you get to BK before 2pm TODAY you can get one free per person. Were going to go get a mini-lunch right now!

If you miss this but want a free Roast Burger at Arby's, you can email us and we'll email you a coupon for a free one with any soft drink purchase, thanks to my husbands job being a supplier for Arby's :) That one is only good today too.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Necessary Evil - Chair pads

The alternative is banged up chairs right where the backs hit the table. We got this table (thanks Grandma!) last November or so and right away knew we were going to have to do something about the chair backs to protect them. They even hit the table on a corner, so its not distributed across the width of the back frame. Within days I sandwiched fleece between two strips of fabric and tied them on just to get them protected.

But close up they looked like this after a few months because they wern't sewn and the fleece was too long.

I finally made a better (nicer looking) version. Here's how to make them...

1. Select fabric ( I needed about a total of 1/2 yard of fabric for 5 chairs) My strips were about 17 x 3 (times 4 per chair)

2. Find "sandwich" material. Don't buy anything special, you wont see it. Use old socks, towels, sweatshirt fabric... felt... whatever.

3. Measure the circumference of the chair post you wish to wrap, and subtract about 3/4 inch. Cut your "sandwich" material that long and make it about 2 inches wide (or 6...)

4. Take your outer fabric and cut (I tore it for a more casual look) about 2 1/2 or 3 inches wide and about 12 inches longer than your "sandwich" strip (so you can tie it). If you choose to use Velcro or something instead of tying it, adjust length accordingly. I didn't have enough of the red fabric so I selected another plaid and made that one about 1/2 inch wider than the red so it would show slightly.

5. You may want to run your strips through the sewing machine to keep the fabric from fraying. I did.

6. (optional) Consider sewing non-stick bumpy shelf pad foam to the backs of the ties before you make the "sandwiches" so you don't have to sew through the thickness. I was worried that the shelf pad stuff might discolor the finish and was lucky enough to have the "X" back land right at the right place to support the strips and keep them where they were supposed to be so I left it out. You might want to though.

7. Use glue or just sew the sandwiches together, centering the filling fabric. You just need to hold that sandwich fabric in place. I put a few phone books on top of them to help everything adhere for an hour or so.
8. (optional) Sew sides of strips together leaving about 1/4 inch seam allowance from the raw seams. I did not turn the fabric, I just left the raw edges show. You could use a straight stitch or a zig zag or other decorative stitch, depending how much you want the sewing decoration to show. I didn't. I zig-zaged around one set and it looked too much like pads for a defensive lineman more than a "decoration" so I just opted for the 1/4 seam as mentioned above.

9. Tie on chairs.... VERY tightly (they'll loosen). See Girl Scout Manual to learn how to make a correct square knot (or click here).
10. Leave the leftover length on the chairs for several days in case you need to re-tie them tighter, then trim to desired length. Enjoy!
They may not protect the chairs completely, but at least they should keep the finish from wearing off. This is my final product (minus trimming the ends)
Now to make matching place mats :p

Monday, March 2, 2009

Waste not, want not -- Want never again - Kashi Vive cereal!!


I got a free box (vanilla-ish twigs and bark variety) from Vocalpoint a few months ago. I thought I'd tolerate it or let the kids pick through it as a trail mix. No go.

So today I had one lone, overripe banana and a (old) bag of dried blueberries that I wanted to put to use. I looked online and found this recipe

I modified it, replacing the raisin nut bran with the Kashi Vive, and added the blueberries instead of the raisin component. The batter was VERY dry (maybe because I had packed the cereal into the measuring cup) so I added about 2 Tb. of water. It had a very thick brownie batter constancy.

I was going to make muffins but forgot since I was paying such close attention to the original recipe. Even while it was baking in a loaf pan in the oven and the kids asked what was baking, I said "muffins", lol. I'd make them smaller. I have just over a cup of the cereal left so I am probably going to do a half recipe with some frozen blueberries and make muffins with that batch.

I served it warm at dinner with butter. The kids gobbled it up, haha

This is what I did with the recipe:
(I bolded the changes I made to the original)

(originally Delicious Raisin Nut Banana Bread - Allrecipes )

  • 2 cups Kashi Vive cereal, slightly crushed (I had dd pick out white balls first to keep her busy and added them at the end with the blueberries - didn't make much of a difference though)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour ( replaced 1/2 c with whole wheat flour)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • 1/3 cup or so of dried blueberries (craisins would be good, or fresh blueberries)
  • (optional) you could also fold in some nuts( 1/4 c) or flax seed if you wanted, but I didn't. Wouldn't taste bad though
  • about 2 Tb. water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease the bottom of a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, have toddler remove white balls and save for later, if desired. Stir together slightly crushed cereal and milk. Let stand 5 minutes, until cereal is soft.
  3. Stir oil and egg into milk mixture until well combined (I added banana to this mixture). In a separate bowl, combine flour, white sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir flour mixture into milk mixture and fold in mashed banana(if you haven't already) and fold in berries and remaining cereal, if any; pour into prepared loaf pan. Add water if necessary to make batter a thick brownie batter consistancy.
  4. Bake 50 to 55 minutes, until top springs back when lightly touched. Let cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.