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Cleaning An Heirloom Gown

We recently had a christening for our daughter.  My MIL is letting me borrow the beautiful family christening gown.  Needless to say I am super nervous to have it in my hands and I want to clean and preserve it for future kids and cousins.  My mom is into heirloom sewing and smocking so I consulted her.  Below are two of her dresses she has made for the little one.

Easter Smocked Dress

So the heirloom outfit had a slip, gown, bonnet and a bib.  Each had a little yellowing and some stains.  The first suggestion was to soak the garments in distilled water.  I started with the slip because I figured if that didn’t work out at least it was under the gown.

Just soaking in distilled water didn’t really do much so I then added some Bizz.  It was about a tablespoon.  I dissolved the Bizz by swishing around the water with my hands.  Always wash your hands and de-bling before handling any heirloom piece.

I did all this washing in my daughter’s bath tub and let it soak over night checking on it here and there.

The next morning I took it out and laid it flat on white towels.  Not sure if the color of the towel is crucial but I didn’t want to take a chance that any color would bleed from the towels.

Then gently fold up the gown in the towels to absorb the moisture.  Let it sit until the gown is slightly damp.

At this point you can iron on a very low setting.  I wasn’t completely satisfied that all the stains were out around the neck so I decided to do some spot treatment.  I took a squirt bottle with a mixture of bizz (1 tablespoon) and distilled water (filled 2/3 full).  Dampen the spots and gently rub out with the fabric and your hands.

After I was satisfied with the removal of the yellowing on certain areas of the dress I then iron using a very LOW setting on my iron.  I also sprayed the dress with distilled water as I ironed to keep it damp.

Before                                                                                           After

This method got out most of the yellowing and I was pleased how the dressed looked during the ceremony.


Pinned It Did It–Iced Coffee Remake

Pinterest for me is like reality tv, a big time suck but I just can’t stop.  Currently I have 1706 pins, which is nothing to those who were early adopters of Pinterest.  I have decided to actually start doing the things I have pinned which I am sure will lead to more pins and a long list of things to do.  Here is the first and can now be found on my Pinterest Board “Pinned It Did It.”  Want to see what else I have pinned click on my button.
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4 coffee ice cubes

1 cup of almond milk or cow’s milk

I love iced coffees and this is super simple but I found it a bit blah for my taste buds so I blended it up with a better result.

4 coffee ice cubes

1 cup of almond milk/cow’s milk

1 tablespoon aguve nectar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Throw all ingredients in the blender and let it whirl for a minute or two.

I think this whipped iced coffee had a nice froth and great taste.  A definite keeper for a morning treat or afternoon pick me up.


RAD Mama

It’s a Wonderful Day

My first Mother’s Day was wonderful.  I sure hope all the moms out there feel this way.  Hubs cooked a wonderful breakfast of banana waffles.  I was very impressed that he added his own twist to a recipe that he said was ridiculous because it actually called for “dirtying 3 bowls!”  He just couldn’t believe it and said he wouldn’t be making that one again since intentionally dirtying that many dishes was just plain ridiculous!  I chuckled.

My Mother’s Day flowers arrived a few day earlier which according to my hubs, the baby pushed the button to make the purchase.  Don’t think we should encourage the Internet shopping habits but she did a great job of picking out her first bundle.  Tulips and irises.

After a mid-morning family nap we headed out to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.  We have been talking about visiting this place for months and finally the opportunity arose.  It was an absolutely beautiful day with a cool breeze in the shade.

Next was Cura’s for amazing Enchiladas with carne guisada on top.  Wish I had taken a picture because it really was amazing.  Baby was ready for a nap so we skipped Amy’s and headed home to prepare the house for family coming in later this week.

This one was just funny.  I think she is pondering life or some great mathematical equation she will one day share with the world!   Thanks to my wonderful hubs and baby for making my first Mother’s Day a wonderful day!

RAD Mama

Recipe- Strawberry Lemonade Frozen Yogurt

I sometimes feel like a mad scientist when I am in the kitchen concocting and poof something turns out really yummy!  Well this one worked and it is my new favorite late night snack!  Here we go.

Strawberry Lemonade Frozen Yogurt

3 tablespoons greek yogurt

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

3 tablespoons strawberry puree (recipe below)

3 tablespoons agave nectar

9 frozen strawberries

juiced lemons to use as cup for frozen yogurt

Trim the bottom of the lemons so they will stand up properly.  Put all ingredients in a blender and process until all are incorporated.  Evenly pour the yogurt mixture in the juiced lemon cups.  Place in freezer.

I originally set out to make strawberry lemonade but had a mad scientist moment and thought this would be a good mixture.  It turned out amazing and really is a great snack.  For the strawberry puree I simply cooked 1 cup fresh strawberries and 1/3 cup sugar over medium heat until it cooked down.  I did add a tablespoon of water and one of lemon juice to thin out the mixture.

This is seriously a great snack or a treat for a summer time party.  Enjoy!

RAD Mama

Chevrons and Carrots

I have seen chevron patterns all over the place with varying width and colors.  So I thought the little one needed her own chevron bubble!  So I set out to make my own and here is how it turned out.  Kinda impressed with my fly by the seat of my pants sewing.

I sewed each of those zig zags together and made my own bubble pattern.  Still needs some work but I think it turned out cute and with an obnoxiously large flower who doesn’t think she is the cutest baby ever!  Of course mom is biased.  Also I think this is the only time in life that fat rolls are cute!

Now for carrots.  We started solids recently.  Just some steamed carrots and a little of the cooking water.

Ready for my first meal!

She enjoyed her high chair but had no idea what was about to happen…..

A little nervous but she went with it…..

Still not sure what this is that is getting shoved into her mouth….

But it seems spitting it out seem to be better than swallowing.  So we will try again.

RAD Mama

Recipe–Tortilla Bake

I just made this up the other night and it turned out pretty good so I thought I would share.

1 pound ground beef

1/2 pack of taco seasoning

1 can diced tomatoes (low sodium), drained

1/2 onion, chopped

6-8 mushrooms, sliced

5 cloves garlic, diced

4 flour tortillas

2 cups cheese (cheddar or a mix), shredded

1 avocado

1/2 cup sour cream

Olive Oil (just enough to saute onions and mushrooms)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mash the avocado and sour cream together.  Set aside.  Saute the meat, garlic and taco seasoning together in one pan and the onions and mushrooms in another with some olive oil.  After meat mixed with sautéed onions and mushrooms and add drained can of tomatoes.  Heat tortillas for about 30 seconds on each side.

Line 8 x 11 pan with aluminum foil for easier clean up and spray with pam.  Layer tortillas, avocado mash meat and 1/4 of cheese twice finishing with cheese on top.  Bake 10-12 minutes until bubbly and serve.

NOTE:  I actually didn’t use taco seasoning because I didn’t have any on hand.  I used cumin, chili powder and some Tony’s but I think taco seasoning would be good too.  Leave a comment and let me know how the taco seasoning tastes in the dish.

RAD Mama


Today was my monthly trip to Costco.  I buy all my groceries there and very rarely go to a chain grocery store unless I need a speciality item.  Although I choke as the cashier reads the total, I love the convenience of only having to grocery shop once a month.  This little trip takes a whole day of work separating the ginormous bags of food into smaller portions for my freezer.  Here are a few items I picked up.

I found this amazing artichoke and jalapeno dip.  Paired with some carrots it is a yummy snack.  These carrots I put in small freezer bags and vacuum sealed them for later.

And I found the Mochi–aka little balls of ice cream goodness.

And I LOVE their flowers.

And I LOVE this little nugget.  It was her first time to ride in the cart like a big girl!

Off to freeze more goodies from my Costco-ing!

RAD Mama

RePurposed Layette

Before I had my daughter I knew snaps on any nightgown was not going to be good.  I am sure in haze of not sleeping I would become very frustrated at changing a diaper so I registered for the elastic bottom layettes.  It turns out I didn’t really use these much either because at first they were so big on my daughter and then she would have one leg hanging out or get tangled around in it.  So I thought since the top of the layette still fit her that it would be a good time to repurpose.  Here is the how-to using the measurements I used.  You should measure your child for a proper fit.

You will need:

1 layette (the top still needs to fit the child)

20 inches of Rick rack (10 for each arm hole)

14 inches of 1/4 inch elastic, cut in half

36 x 8 inches contrasting fabric–I used a pale pink broadcloth

54 x 2.5 inches tulle


Ok so I began with this layette that I think my daughter wore a handful of times.  I first put the layette on her and measured where her diaper line hit on the layette and marked it with a erasable marking pen.  I did the same markings on the arms where I want to cut them off.  Keep these extra pieces if you want the complete outfit.

Cut at your markings and you should have 4 separate pieces.

Ok you are ready to sew and make a super cute dress for your darling little one.  This layette was made of 100% cotton so try not to pull too much when you sew.

Measure your rick rack around the arm hole and cut.  Be sure to leave a little extra so you can fold down your end.  I even sergered the ends or use zigzag stich.  Rick rack will fray bad.  I think maybe some no fray solution might help but not sure how that works when washed.

Pin your rick rack to the right side of the gown matching the edge of the cut armhole to the lowest edge of the rick rack.  Make sure to fold your end over to meet underneath the arm hole.  Sew.  Flip your rick rack under and top stitch.  UPDATE: After I was done with the garment I decided to go back and add a second line of top stitch to hold the rick rack down.

Serge the long end of the contrasting fabric.  If you don’t have a serger then you can just zigzag but not necessary.  Next sew the short edges of your contrasting fabric together to make a continuous piece of fabric for the skirt.

Iron the seam down.

Next is gathering the tulle.  I wasn’t sure if this was going to work and I don’t think I will be signing up to gather a lot of tulle for dance costumes in the future but here is how I did it.  Tulle can get stuck in your needle and make a mess so I put a piece of white tissue paper on top and bottom of the tulle and sewed using the longest stitch on my machine.  Be sure to leave yourself a tail of thread to pull.  Then pull the tissue off the tulle.  This is a tedious process so if you find an easier way please let me know!

Gather your tulle by pulling one of the strings. Next sew your tulle onto the right side of the skirt.  Turn under, press and top stitch.  I didn’t have a problem top stitching with the tulle in my machine.


Next you will need to turn the top of the layette inside out and shove the skirt (tulle end toward the neck) into the layette so the raw edges meet.  Right sides will be together.  Sew those two together.

Press and you have a super cute re-purposed layette!  Now your cute baby will need some leg warmers that were once the sleeves. Fold down the raw edge for the 1/4 inch elastic.  I measured my baby and 7 inches worked for her legs.  Check your sweet nugget for an accurate fit depending on how high you want them to come up on the leg.  Thread the elastic, sew the ends together and close opening of the leg warmer.  Done!

But wait we still have the bottom half of the layette.  Let’s make a diaper cover.

Use the elastic as the waist.  Cut some leg holes.  Just eyeball this.

I turned my seams under and sewed the leg holes and the crotch.  Now you could use elastic thread and maybe even put snaps on it but no one else was going to see the diaper cover under her dress so I thought this worked for me and we had to get to a volleyball tournament!

Get lots of ooohhh and ahhh from everyone around.  My volleyball team played this weekend so the leg warmers came in handy in the cold convention center!

Enjoy making a new outfit out of something used!

RAD Mama

Recipe- Jalapeno Cornbread–20 Minute

My hubs loves jalapeno cornbread and I don’t always have time to make it from scratch.  So here is my version made from a box of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix.  I don’t normally cook from boxes and cans but this is delish, so we have added to the dinner time rotation.  This is ready from start to finish in 20 minutes.

Jalapeno Cornbread

Here is the recipe:

1 box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

1/2 can (12 oz) cream corn

1/2 jalapeno, diced

1 egg

cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Mix muffin mix, cream corn, diced jalapeno and egg with a wire whisk.  Spray 8×12 pan with cooking spray and pour mix in pan.  Sprinkle with cayenne pepper to taste and swirl with knife.  Bake 15-20 minutes until set.  Let cool and serve.


RAD Mama

Recipe- Apple & Cranberry Cream Cheese Muffins–Dessert

I was craving something sweet and pulled out some items out of the refrigerator that needed to be used and came up with this.  These dessert muffins turned out better than expected and the butterscotch topping is simple but really adds a great topping.

Apple and Cranberry Cream Cheese Muffins

Apple and Cranberry Cream Cheese Muffins

Here is the recipe:

Yields 12 Muffins

3 medium apples

1/2 cup fresh or frozen Cranberries

1/4 cup freshly squeezed OJ (1 large orange)

2 tablespoon sugar

4 tablespoon butter, melted

1 package of honey graham crackers

1 tablespoon vanilla

2/3 cup powdered sugar

10 ounces cream cheese

medium muffin tin and papers

Pre-heat oven to 350.  Pulse graham crackers and melted butter in a food processor until the consistency of sand.  Evenly divide graham crackers and press into muffin tins.  Bake 8 mins.  Take out of oven and cool.

Peel apples and dice.  Squeeze 1 large orange.  Cook apples, cranberries, sugar and oj on medium heat until soften and cranberries pop.  OJ may need to be adjusted if using frozen cranberries.  Begin cooking and slowly add juice if mixture is too dry.  Cool.

With a hand mixer beat the cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar until combined.  Gently fold the fruit compote into the cream cheese until well combined.  Evenly divide fruit-cream cheese mixture on top of graham cracker crust.  Bake 18-20 minutes.  Cool completely on wire rack and place in refrigerator.

Serve cold with a butterscotch topping.

Butterscotch Topping

Melt butterscotch chips with a splash of heavy cream in a double boiler.  Drizzle the melted topping over the muffin.  Could use carmel in place of butterscotch.


RAD Mama