Freezer Cabbage Slaw

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Ever wonder what to do with fresh cabbage? It’s always so inexpensive per pound, but not too many people are actually fans of boiled cabbage, and one can only eat so much coleslaw without a whole heap of barbeque to go with it!

Besides making sauerkraut, I love having this cabbage slaw stashed in the freezer. It’s a great way to add some extra veggies to a sandwich (and did you know cabbage is actually a superfood?) as well as a nice crunch and delicious flavor!

Slice the cabbage just like you would for sauerkraut (quarter it, core the pieces, and thinly slice).

Slice up some other veggies: definitely include onion, carrots, and bell pepper, but probably anything would work well!

DSC_7120_1 Mix up a brine with vinegar, mustard, and a little sugar. Pour it over the veggies and freeze it. (See full recipe below.)

We like it best with sandwiches, but I’m sure there are many ways to enjoy this slaw!

Freezer Cabbage Slaw

Ingredients

  • 4 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 green pepper, sliced thinly
  • 2 carrots, shredded or chopped small
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard

Instructions

  1. Mix cabbage and onion together with salt. Let stand one hour.
  2. Add green pepper and carrots. Place veggies into freezer-safe container.
  3. Mix vinegar, sugar, and mustard together. Pour over veggies and freeze.
  4. Defrost before using.
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For a really super sandwich, try this:

Butter two slices of sourdough bread. Mix some mayonnaise with mustard, chili powder, parsley, oregano, and garlic powder. Spread on one or both slices of bread.

Build the sandwich by starting with a piece of cheese and adding some good-quality lunchmeat on top. Pepperoni or bacon adds extra flavor, if you have some.

Pile on veggies of your choice (raw onion, sauteed onion and bell pepper, pickle, olives, tomato, etc.). Cilantro is also a great addition if you like it.

Add a little of the cabbage slaw.

End with another piece of cheese to keep everything from getting soggy, and top with your second slice of bread.

Grill everything in a medium-hot pan to get the bread toasty and golden, melt the cheese, and warm the ingredients.

Wish I had a photo for ya ;)

Don’t forget to stock your freezer with the last fruits of summer! You’ll be glad in the middle of next winter ;)

She’s Here! And Footed Pajama Pants

DSC_6870_4Hooray! Cara Elizabeth joined our family almost 7 weeks ago now–I can hardly believe time is flying that fast!

Camon has done a great job adjusting to the role of being a big brother. He loves his little sister and is learning how to be gentle ;) I can’t wait to see them interact more as Cara gets older!

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I’m hoping to post occasionally now that some things are settling down, but no promises….I do have lots of ideas and some photos already taken, so we’ll see what happens!

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I certainly haven’t been sewing a lot, but when I saw this pattern for Footed Baby Pants, I knew I had to make some. Since they’re newborn size, they take barely any fabric and I had some left over from another project. I love footed pants for babies just like the maker of the pattern (so those socks don’t get lost), and these are a great addition to Cara’s collection of clothes.

These were super easy to make. The hardest part was definitely the feet, but if you just stretch the fabric a bit and follow the instructions, even if they seem strange, it’ll work out. I added a small amount to the side seams of the pants because I wanted them to last a little longer than to 10 lbs, and that worked fine.

If you need a quick-sew baby gift or something for your little one, I highly recommend this pattern! Thanks, Abby!

Hopefully I’ll be back another day in the not too distant future! Till then, have a fabulous summer :)

Make A Baby Girl T-Shirt

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I love pink and purple, and over the last few years I’ve had several girl-colored t-shirts or tank tops that wore out, shrank too much, or were otherwise rendered unwearable.

Clearly I couldn’t upcycle them for Camon (although if you want your boys to wear pink, that’s totally your call!), but I hung on to them anyway. If this baby hadn’t been a girl, I probably would have either donated or thrown them out. But, hooray! Baby’s gender saved some fabric from certain destruction! (Or is that just delayed destruction?!… ;) )

I decided to make some 0-3 month sized tops and my pattern turned out super easy to sew and very versatile. You can make a t-shirt, add a ruffle and turn it into a dress, or use woven fabric with buttons and have a tunic.

To avoid the hassle of setting in sleeves, I drew a dolman sleeve-style pattern (the shoulder curves right down into a sleeve instead of having two separate pieces to sew together) based on a 0-3 month onesie. They all turned out well, but I guess it remains to be seen how they actually fit.

Trace a onesie on a large sheet of paper. (Tissue paper is great.)

It can be a very loose trace–the shape does not need to be precise. Just make sure the neckline is large enough to fit your baby’s head through :)

Curve down around the sleeves so that you’ve drawn a shirt-shape. You can make short, medium, or long sleeves. You could also just trace the armhole with no sleeve for a sleeveless top (see purple example at the end of the post).

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Cut out your pattern 1/4″ or 1/2″ away from the line you drew so that you have some room for the seam allowance.

To make sure your sleeves and neckline are symmetrical, fold your pattern in half. Trim away any excess and even up the neckline.

Cut two identical pieces from your fabric.

Make sure your fabric is doubled (so you’ll get two pieces from one cut), and then cut away!

Sew two seams. (1/4″ seam allowance)

1: Sew the shoulder seams together.

2: Starting at the lower edge of the sleeve–sew up the sleeve, pivot, and sew down the side seam. Repeat on other side.

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Hmmm…I guess that’s really 4 seams because there are two shoulders and two sides. :)

Hem the sleeves, neck, and waist.

For banded edges: Cut 2″ wide strips of fabric and iron them in half. Sew (right sides together, keeping the strip as a double layer) to each armhole, neckline, and the waist.

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If you’re using knit fabric, stretch the fabric strip as you pin and sew so it will be slightly smaller than the armhole, neck, or waist. (Use the same procedure you’d use for attaching ribbing like is shown in this video. There are lots of other really well-done tutorials on attaching a band like this, so do a quick search if this is your first time!)

With your iron, press the strips away from the shirt.

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For hemmed edges: If the fabric is knit, you can just turn under a small edge and sew it down (it won’t ravel). If the fabric is woven, create a narrow hem with your favorite technique (the regular way or using a rolled hem foot).

DSC_6660_1 And you’re done!

If you make one, let me know!

Sneak Peak: Baby Clothes!

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I’ve been working in bits and pieces on a new tutorial, but it’s still far from being coherent :) (Maybe that has something to do with my current state of I’ve-been-pregnant-for-so-long-and-I-still-have-10-weeks-to-go? :) )

Anyway, I wanted to give you a sneak peak so you know that the eczema hasn’t taken over my life to the point where I can’t do anything else :) (By the way, it’s gotten a lot better between a heavy-duty moisturizer, baking soda baths, an electric shaver, and cutting out dairy and coffee. I’m trying coffee again this morning to see if that was a fluke…)

I’ve got a fabulous pattern for a dolman-sleeve baby top that can be modified to use knit or woven fabrics, and it’s perfect for upcycling old t-shirts or woven shirts that you might have been hanging onto but not wearing.

You can use the pattern to make a tank top, short sleeve, or long sleeve shirt, and you can even add a long ruffle on the bottom to turn it into a dress.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! Hopefully I’ll see you back here next week with the tutorial (and maybe a printable pattern piece, but let’s not push our luck too far on that one ;) )

Tips for Managing Pregnancy-Induced Eczema

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It’s back again, y’all :) That terrible eczema I had with Camon’s pregnancy? It’s back, and with a vengeance this time. (cue the pity party music. :) )

I’ve had time to develop a few more anti-itch strategies, try eliminating dairy (and maybe coffee–yikes!), use nearly every style of available lotion, and learn the power of counting to thirty as a way of letting the worst of the itch pass without harming myself.

Itching could seriously be used as a torture device :)

Anyway, I compiled a bunch of thoughts and tips for Modern Alternative Mama’s pregnancy channel. If you or someone you know is struggling with eczema (pregnancy-induce or not!), I’d be grateful if you’d pop over for a read and chime in with your best tip in the comments!