The Daily: Mom Journal

by Cat on November 1, 2010

I learned a couple of things from Halloween. First, as a “Mom Inc” do we feed off the fury of our energy during weekdays when we return to being full-on moms on weekends…or is it vice versa?  After a sleepless week, I continued at a ruinous pace all weekend.  On Sunday I found myself head down literally sewing in the backseat right down to the last minute.  The never ending Zilla costume not only needed the tail attached but the the flaming building and plane (above) as well.  Did I look up enough?  I think it was only when Zilla was hooting and hollering down the streets with crazy glee and dancing with all of the other kids that I stopped the gears and took in that moment with all of my might.  As impossible as it seems I am definitely taking note…this week I am going to try and slow it down a little even though I feel like I have a lot on the plate.  How about you all?  Let’s make a pact…

The other thing?  A little sugar cookie goes a long way.  I baked some before going trick or treating and it was such a nice thing to do on a Sunday afternoon!  I literally stopped baking cold turkey post “Mom Inc” and so I needed something safe to ease my way back in.  The recipe I used was for lime sugar cookies and below is the recipe.

{above} : Some goodie bags I used for the cookies.  They happen to be all packaging for my stationery products…cello bags, stationery tins and white foam (for the ghosts).

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Recipe for Lime Sugar Cookies (from Gourmet)

6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp

2 tablespoons cold vegetable shortening

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup lime sugar (or plain sugar)

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/4 all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Beat together the butter, shortening, sugar and 2 tablespoons of the lime sugar with an electric mixer until light fluffy.  Beat in the egg and vanilla. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together over the egg mixture, then bath on low speed until just combined.

Form the dough into a 10-inch log about 2 inches in diameter, then wrap in wax paper.  Chill the dough until firm, at least 4 hours. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and set rack on middle.

Remove wax paper and cut log into 1/4 inch rounds.  Place cookies at least 1/2 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake in batches for 10-12 minutes, or until pale golden.

Transfer immediately with a metal spatula to a rack set over a sheet of wax paper and sprinkle the tops with the remaining lime sugar.  Let the cookies cool before storing in an airtight container for up to 2 days.


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Make: Zilla Costume

by Cat on October 27, 2010

Shinmin’s owl-tastic costume is one tough act to follow but here it is…my Zilla costume. I am STILL not finished with it but thought I’d share what I have so far!  If you’re wondering,  ‘Zilla is the nickname for my 1 1/2 year old.  He has the heaviest feet…can trample over anything (including his mom’s).  It was only appropriate I pay homage to that.

The costume cost under $20 to make…I had leftover scrap, but you really only need felt, glue, eyes, cardstock and some day-glo vinyl or fabric and an old hoodie.  Time…well time is another matter.  I have to confess, I looked forward to mindlessly gluing the scales as stress relief but after about 300 hundred of them I was ready for this thing to go live!

above: fabric…three different shades of green wool felt, day-glo parachute fabric

above: an old hoodie got scaled beyond its wildest dreams.  I used Alene’s glue and started piecing from bottom to top.

above: I may have made the eyes a little too big… we had to take Zilla to an event when his costume was half way finished.  a dad exclaimed, “how cute!  a fish!

above: I love me some accessories.  I think that’s my favorite part of costumes.  I made a flaming bottle cozy for his sippy cup.

above: I am literally still working on this tail.  If anyone has suggestions on how to attach it please email me!  Basically you cut round circles out of cardstock and then glue the felt front to back.  Then run a string and stitch each piece together so that the tail can “swish” when they walk.

And here he is!  Zilla!  I still have to create a skyscraper and plane out of felt which I’ll post later on.

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