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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday October 2014

This month includes several sewing patterns that I can't wait to try, a couple of adult beverages, plenty of comforting, fall foods, and a couple of odds and ends that I couldn't help but throw in. This is what I'm wishing for this month.

I'll start with the sewing.

A Wish to be More Eco-Friendly:

DIY Unpaper Towels from A Blossoming Life
I've been thinking of doing this for awhile now. I don't use too many paper towels but Aaron does. This would increase the weekly laundry but they're pretty, softer than paper towels, and sturdier for clean-up jobs too. They're small so the materials wouldn't cost much and they look like they'd be a nice, easy project. I could probably make a whole roll of them in a week of nap times. I bet they make great gifts too.
A Wish for a Potty Trained Bailey:

Continuing the eco-friendly thing, I'd like to switch from disposable training pants to these if I can. Pull-ups are expensive and even though we're buying the store brand the money is adding up quickly. Right now we're going through a pack of 20 pull-ups a week. One reason I'd like to switch is the money. Another reason is that pull-ups have more of a diaper feel than cloth training pants. They look like diapers (whether the commercials agree with me or not) and they absorb like diapers. I think one of our potty training problems is that running around in a wet pull-up is not uncomfortable enough to make her take the time to go to the potty. Don't get me wrong, she's doing great as long as I stop and take her to the potty every hour or two, but she hasn't yet made the choice to go to the potty rather than going in her pull-up. Maybe these would help.

A Wish for Mother/Daughter Dance Skirts:

I've read over this tutorial a few times now and I'm almost certain that I could make these happen. One for me and one for Bailey, something cute to wear around the house while we clean and dance together. Bailey just recently discovered the magic of twirling in a frilly dress. She's fascinated by it but only has a couple of skirts that actually twirl properly. I'm so excited about this project that I'm planning on starting it this week. If it goes smoothly I should have a pair of skirts for Bailey to open on her birthday in a month.

A Wish for Fun Dance Music:

While we're talking dance, this is one of my favorite musicians to dance to. Basia has been a favorite of mine since I was very young. Admiral used to play Basia while we cleaned the house on the weekends and when it came time to vacuum he would turn the music up loud and we would have a small dance party in the living room while all the furniture was moved out of the way. A fond memory of my childhood. This may not be the best of her songs to dance to but it's one of my favorites to listen to.

A Wish to Cling to Summer:

I know last month I said I was ready for fall and for the most part that was true, but then I remembered that when summer goes so does the watermelon. Aww, man! I may end up waiting until next summer to try this but how can you go wrong with watermelon margaritas? If I'm going to have an adult beverage margaritas are generally my drink of choice. Combining them with watermelon is just about the closest thing to perfection I can think of.

A Wish to Embrace Fall:

Since Autumn is upon us I might as well go with it and enjoy all of the amazing apples fall brings. For some people fall means one thing: pumpkin. For me it's a constant battle between apple and pumpkin and because most apple recipes are easier to prepare than pumpkin recipes I tend to lean toward the apple recipes. I'm usually not fond of hot beverages that don't include coffee but apple cider is an exception. I can't wait to invite my bestest friend over to try this cider with me.

A Wish for Apple Brunch:

Perhaps my bestest friend would like to have that apple cider over a brunch featuring this coffee cake. I love, love, love coffee cake but haven't ever made it myself. This recipe uses canned cinnamon rolls making it supremely simple. I could probably make it even after a few drinks. The bonus of this recipe is that anything "upside-down" is always impressive to serve to company. People assume it was difficult to make when the truth is there's nothing to it.

A Wish for Nutty Bread:

When I can afford it I prefer to buy bread with nuts and seeds in it. I like the little bits of crunch and texture in the bread. This bread is actually very cheap to make (of course, because it comes from Budget Bytes who is the queen of cheap but delicious) and just look how pretty it is. I bet a little bit of deli ham and sharp cheddar would be pretty spectacular on it. That is, if I could keep from eating all of it slathered in butter hot out of the oven. I plan to try this one next week, as soon as I can pick up the sunflower seeds at the store.

A Wish for Savory Pumpkin:

Pumpkin Chicken Chili from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice
Everyone knows pumpkin tastes great in desserts but not many people have tried a savory pumpkin recipe. This combines pumpkin with tender chicken, creamy beans, and smoky chipotle peppers creating a warm, comforting chili for a cool autumn supper. I love the flavor of chipotle peppers but I've never cooked with them before so I'm dying to try this! It would be ideal to make on Halloween so the family could return from a night of trick or treating out in the cold to a bowl of delicious and sort of exotic chili.

A Wish for a Spicy Chowder:

Chipotle Chicken and Corn Chowder from Brown Eyed Baker
Corn chowder is one of my favorite soups. It's creamy and usually cheesy and a bit sweet from the corn. I have a recipe I adapted from Rachael Ray that I used to make often but we don't actually eat a lot of soup around here so it's been awhile since I made it. I'm sure the chipotle adds a nice kick to this creamy chowder.

A Wish for Spooky Halloween Decor:

Tortured Candles from Family Chic
Decorations go a long way toward making your Halloween fun and creepy. These candles are a quick and simple craft that create a spooky vibe for your Halloween soiree. You don't have to do it exactly this way. In fact I saw a couple of other examples on Pinterest using melted crayon around a white candle to create other neat effects. Blue, purple, and black was probably one of my favorite combinations but you don't have to limit this to Halloween decorations. You could do red and green for Christmas or pink and red for Valentine's day. You could even do red, orange, and yellow for fall and it would be a great way to use up any broken crayons you have floating around the house as well.

And that's all I have for this month but definitely don't miss next month. I'll be doing a roundup of Thanksgiving wishes including directions for carving a turkey, recipes for your leftovers, and tons of cute toddler and kids crafts.

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