Sunday, September 27, 2009

Home Made Chocolate Milk

On a dreary, rainy day what could be better than chocolate milk! Okay, so not really, but that's just what Becca-Lynn wanted when she got home from school on a day just like that this week. Luckily, I keep a small homemade chocolate milk mix ready and waiting. It's super easy (and super cheap!), so I thought I'd share how to make it!

Besides being cheap and easy, I like this recipe because I know what's in it. No corn syrup, or artificial anything. Plus, you can make this one serving at a time or a whole batch to keep for later.

What you'll need:
cocoa powder

For a single serving, about 16 oz., put 1 teaspoon of cocoa and 2 teaspoons of sugar in an empty glass. Next, run your tap water until it gets really hot, and add about 1/2-1 teaspoon of hot water and stir. The trick is to get all of the sugar and cocoa moist, like a thin paste or syrup, but NOT RUNNY. I would start out with a 1/2 teaspoon and add a little at a time until it's right. Now fill the glass with milk and stir!

I prefer to make a large batch of the mix to keep around. This is also good because you can better customize how much mix is in your drink. The rule is always one part cocoa to two parts sugar. So you can make as much or as little as you like. I usually do 1/2 cup cocoa to 1 cup sugar so we have plenty around. You would then use 3 teaspoons of mix for a 16 oz. glass and add the water as before. If you like your chocolate milk richer, use more mix. If you are making a small glass, use less. It's that easy!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bella Pants

These pants have been on my mind since the first time I saw them on Burda Style's website. That was quite a while ago, but I eventually bought the pattern, eventually got some printer paper, and ink, and tape... You get the picture! Anyway, they have finally come to be and I am very pleased to finally show them off!

I made them with light weight denim and decided to construct them as much like traditional jeans as possible. They have flat felled seams on the inner and outer leg as well as the crotch, and all the top-stitching is done with jean thread. I also used traditional jean buttons on the fly.

I was skeptical of the pleated pockets, but am really happy with the way they came out. The only problem I have is that the back puckers a bit. I had to make the jeans in size 40 (European) so that they would fit my hips, but my waist is a size 38, so I had to take in the waist sections to fit. It came out better than I had expected, though, so a little puckering is fine with me. Besides, I'd have never gotten a fit like this from off the rack clothing!

Oh, and another plus, I got to buy a new pair of heels to wear with them! I had a bit of trouble getting my little one to let me photograph them. Here she is counting the buttons in one. lol I love this picture!