Saturday, March 31, 2012

One of a Kind Show

I love the One of a Kind Show and I look forward to it all year!  I was so excited to spend a chunk of my day there yesterday.  One of my favourite booths was Good Wishes Quilts.  All her products were just adorable and everything was displayed beautifully.  She was such a lovely woman.  We had a nice little chat and she shared some tips about selling on Etsy.  Check out Aubrey + Lindsay's Blog for some photos of the booth and products displayed.


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

My First Etsy Order!!!

It's official, I've had my first order through my Etsy shop!  It has been very exciting!  Not too bad after only being open for a week.  I couldn't pack it all up and send it off in the mail without a few pictures...


 
 
 
 
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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Superhero Cape

It was my friend`s son`s 5th birthday yesterday so I spent the hour before leaving for their house frantically sewing my gift together for him.  It was my first attempt at making a cape.  I knew I needed to make him something “cool” because the Christmas gift I sewed him is no longer in use since his classmate told him it was “baby” fabric.  Can you believe it?  He’s five and already falling to the pressures of his peers!  Makes me so sad.

So, I decided to customize a Superman style cape for him with his initial inside the Superman emblem.  He LOVES superheroes and dressing up like them so I thought it would be perfect.  Thankfully, the gift was a big hit.  We`ll see how long it last before it, too, is for “babies!”

I made the cape with a polyester satin and let me tell you, that fabric is not easy to work with.  It does however, make for perfect billowing as a young superhero in training runs full speed through the house.  To get the full effect of a flowing cape you really do need to use something light like satin.

My daughter was pretty excited to try it out.  Now I need to make her one too!




Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Homemade Granola



If you have an appreciation for top notch granola, like I do, you are going to love this recipe!  It is my favourite all time morning snack or breakfast (aside from baked goods, of course!) - a bowl of strawberry or raspberry yogurt, topped with homemade granola and berries.  I have given batches of this granola for Christmas gifts in the past and everyone raves about it.  It is a versatile recipe.  You can add your favourite nuts or dried fruit, or adjust the sweetness.  I LOVE maple syrup, so I always go a little heavy on it.  I grew up on a true Canadian farm with a maple sugar bush where we produced our own maple syrup every winter/spring.  It was truly heaven!  My family put maple syrup on everything. Think of the movie ELF (an all-time favourite), with Will Ferrell - I'm not too far off.

Ok, so here it is...

It's super easy to make, you just have to be available to give it a stir every 15 minutes or so while it cooks.

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Granola

Ingredients
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup slivered or whole almonds
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
  • 3/4 cup shredded sweet coconut
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
Directions
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
In large bowl, combine oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.
In separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto 2 sheet pans. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even colour.
Remove from oven and transfer to a large bowl.  Add dried fruit if you desire.

Enjoy! 
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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Whether you're Irish or not, I hope you're wearing green today!  Over the past several years, my husband and I have gone from celebrating this day with too many green beers to too many green pancakes!  I'm not sure which one I prefer - both leave you feeling a little yucky.


Little L, my 3 year old, ate 12 pancakes - seriously, and Little V, my 1 year old, ate 4!  They've inherited their mommy's good appetite.



Homemade green pancakes.  Yum, yum!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Welcome to Pepper Picnic!


Well, here goes, my first blog entry...

I must confess, I’ve never enjoyed writing.  It’s not one of those things that come naturally to me.  It blows my mind how my husband could write for hours on end while actually enjoying it!  I’m a kindergarten teacher and writing report cards 3 times a year is the most painful part of my job!  How much can a kindergarten teacher have to write, you may ask?  Well, I teach at a private school where each student’s report card is a 5 page essay!  Yes, it’s a wonderful school and you will not miss a beat on your child’s development.  I do, however, love to communicate.  I’m really excited, and nervous, to be setting this blog up to share with you the millions of ideas that run through my head every second of the day (and night!).  The virtual world is still somewhat new to me so bear with me as I freshen up my tech skills.  It will be a work in progress but I hope you enjoy the ride! 

Now, for some tidbits about me...  My name is Corry.  I am a very lucky mom with two beautiful little girls.  I’m currently on a maternity leave and loving every day with my daughters.  Each day is filled with endless fun, laughter, surprises and of course – pure chaos!  It’s wonderful chaos, though, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

We fill our days with baking, cooking, eating, crafting, loving the outdoors, dancing, singing, reading, telling stories, playdates, cleaning and tidying.  Some days we can repeat this list about 10 times!

I look forward to sharing our many adventures with you.

Stay tuned for our favourite homemade granola recipe.