Today has been a busy day for me. I tried my best to take as many pictures of Amelia modeling some of the clothes I have made for Etsy, as I could. It just so happens that we have a beautiful sunny batch of Black Eyed Susan's growing behind our garden that makes the perfect backdrop for a little girl wearing summer clothes. She sat with me while I loaded them into my shop.......... she sat so still and so quiet that she fell asleep. It was nice so I held her for a little while as I know there will be a time shortly where she may not want me to. Here are some shots of the "photo shoot":
It's amazing to me that there is a huge wildfire blazing away just a few miles north of here with it being so sunny and clear right now. Although, if I wait another few minutes and the wind changes....... it's back to smokey and stinky skies. They expect it to burn for a few more weeks. Goodness.
This morning I bought myself three yards of this oober yummy fabric to make myself a skirt. I'm taking part in Skirt Month on Flickr started by Sew Mama Sew. I have also decided to make one out of this fabric Moda Uptown Brown and to go all the way with the skirts, I'm making one from Alexander Henry's Bird Seed fabric too! Whenever I wear a skirt, I seem to feel very girlie and even walk a little different, sit a little different and even think a little differently. I think we get lost in the ease and comfort of wearing pants and forget the fact that we are women. There was a time when women dressed like women allllllllll the time and not just when it was a special occasion as we do now...... or at least I do. Now, not to say all I wear are pants and t-shits, on the contrary. I wear Capri's and empire tops mostly which is more girlie than a plain old t-shirt I guess but, I guess I miss wearing dresses and skirts. I used to work as a receptionist in the Radiology Department at our local hospital and before having to wear scrubs, I wore skirts. My favorite skirt of all time was a long, slender denim drawstring from Victoria's secret with a slit down the back. Man, I wore that thing till it curled up and died. I'm longing for that and will hopefully get it back with this pattern #7229. I'll let you know how they turn out.
Here is a recipe I made last night for some bread that I thought was pretty good considering it was so quick and easy to make. It has no yeast and is pretty much like a biscuit, but with a hint of a sweet and wholesome taste. Great for breakfast too! Enjoy!
Oatmeal Soda Bread
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 (8 ounce) container low-fat sour cream, I used full fat!
3/4 cup skim milk, again I used full fat
2 TBS. honey
1 TBS. white sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 TBS. butter, melted
1. Preheat Oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1/2 cup oats, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
3. In another bowl, mix together sour cream, milk, honey, and sugar. Add to the flour mixture, and mix just until well blended. Stir in melted butter.
4. Turn dough onto a lightly sprayed baking sheet. Shape into a round, lightly mounded circle, about 8 inches in diameter. Brush the top of the loaf with melted butter and sprinkle with 1 TBS. oats. With a knife, score the top of the loaf into quarters.
5. Bake for a bout 40 minutes or until browned. Cool completely before slicing.