Sunday, December 3, 2017

Winter Faire at the Ocean Charter School

In a little less than two weeks, I'll be back at the Ocean Charter School! Last year, we had so much fun (and sold many cute dinosaurs!) and I'm really looking forward to it again. It reminded me of the Holiday Fairs I went to when I was a Waldorf student.

Come by and say hi!


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Craft Fair: Pasadena Candy Cane Hunt

It's the holiday season, and my next craft fair is the Pasadena Candy Cane Hunt at the Paseo!
More information HERE



Monday, November 20, 2017

Spinach, Artichoke and Feta Scones

Lately I've been trying out some savory baking, and I finally found a delicious savory scone recipe!

These are easy to make, and take next to no fancy tools or ingredients. In fact, a lot of these steps can be done with your child! They are a little fluffier than a usual scone, but they're still buttery and perfect with a cup of coffee.

Ingredients needed:

3 cups of enriched self-rising flour
1/2 cup of unsalted butter
2 to 4 cloves of garlic (depending on how much you like the stuff!)
3/4 cup of crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup of artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 box (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess moisture
1 cup 2% milk
2 eggs, divided

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
2. In a very large bowl, mix flour and butter. You can try to use two forks, but I find it easier to just use my hands. Your mixture should look like breadcrumbs.
3. Finely chop the garlic, artichoke and spinach. Then add your veggies and feta cheese to your flour and mix.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk one egg. Add the milk, and whisk again. Then add this to your big bowl. Mix together thoroughly, you might have to use your hands to make sure it's completely done.
5. Flour a flat surface (I use a dry cutting board). Put your mixture onto the surface, and shape your mix into a round disk, about an inch in thickness. Cut your disk into even wedges, like a pizza (I usually make 8 wedges, but you can cut them into 10 or 12 if you prefer). Place your wedges on a baking sheet, leaving a little room between them, your wedges won't change shape. Just make sure they aren't touching.
6. Whisk your last egg, and brush the egg on top of your wedges.
7. Bake for 15-25 minutes, or until your scones start getting slightly golden brown on top.


Please comment with any questions or pics of your finished scones! I'm a beginner baker, so I hope I explained this well enough :-)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Crochet and Coffee!

Are you interested in learning how to crochet? I'll be at the Joann Fabrics on Saturday in Sherman Oaks, and then the Starbucks next door. For more info, check out my invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1678590432211784/


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Happy Third Etsy-Versary!

I've had my Etsy shop open for three years now! I don't get a ton of traffic there, but it's the best place to buy my finished products, like toys and accessories. But I also have tons of crochet patterns, downloadable games and scavenger hunts, and a bunch of other fun things.

Go here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TomboyNanny?coupon=HAPPYTHIRD for one third off EVERYTHING in my shop!

If you're looking to get a jump on your holiday shopping, start here! The coupon is only good until October 31st.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Plaid Pussyhat!

So I was late to jump on the plaid bandwagon, so why not add one fad to another? Here's the plaid pussyhat pattern (try saying that 5 times fast!)
If you'd like to check out my other plaid hat, please go see my purple slouchy hat:http://www.tomboynanny.com/2017/09/the-plaid-fad-slouchy-hat.html

Anyway, I used 3 colors of worsted weight yarn. I used Red Heart's Petal Pink as Color A and Pretty 'n' Pink as Color B. Color C was a Vanna's Choice yarn... I sadly don't remember the exact name, but it is also worsted weight. Basically pick 3 yarns that are close in color. The lightest should be Color A, the darkest should be Color C.

Also, you will need a size H crochet hook.

Each round is not continuous, you will slip stitch at the end. 

The chains at the beginning are NEVER counted as a stitch.


With color A, chain 70, slip stitch into the first chain.
1. Ch, (Color A: hdc 5x, Color B: hdc 5x) 7x
2. - 3. Repeat row 1.
4. Ch, (Color B: hdc 5x, Color C: hdc 5x) 7x
5. - 6. Repeat row 4.
7. - 9. Repeat row 1.
10. - 12. Repeat row 4.
13. - 15. Repeat row 1.
16. - 18. Repeat row 4.
19. - 21. Repeat row 1.
22. With Color C for the rest of the hat: Ch 2, (dc 33x, dc2tog) 2x
23. Ch 2, (fpdc 2x, bpdc 2x) 17x
24. Repeat row 23.

Fasten off and weave in your ends. With Color A, sew the top of your hat (the original chains) together to lay your work flat. If you'd like, sew across the corners to make your "ears" a bit more distinct. Enjoy!


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Plaid Fad: A Slouchy Hat

So plaid is supposed to be big this fall, and I've seen a ton of plaid crocheted items. Well, here's my take on a slouchy hat! It works up very warm and cozy, without being too tight on the old noggin.

I made this one in purple, and I really like how it looks when you pick three colors that are similar.
Want to make your own? I've written up the pattern, and it's available on