Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Back to our regular scheduled programming

So my last post on this blog was about 5 years ago... What was I thinking of? Three boys under the age of 4, I should start a blog! 
Really though blogging is a great way to share what I'm doing with all the inquiring minds who want to know what my life is like. It's been busy! Now that my youngest is almost a Kindergartener and summer break is upon us I wanted to dive in head first back into blogging, knitting and sharing it all with you! 
I took a bit of a break from knitting almost completely as my Ravelry projects page will tell you. I got in to paper crafting and making min albums and cards, I became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. While that was fun and my craft room is bursting to the seams with all the things I have for that hobby, I missed knitting. I've knit the odd thing here and there but I always felt guilty spending time on another craft while I was a demonstrator for Stampin' Up! Sooo after humming and hawing over it, I have decided to give up on being a demonstrator. I was always my best customer and keeping up the minimums have become very hard. I would much rather spend the money on yarn and needles and books and patterns and roving and and and...
So if you would like to follow me on my adventures please check me out at the following online locations:
You can find me here, on Ravelry as MamaCimino, on Pinterest as Garden of Creativity (I share with my other crafty blog)MamaCimino Knits on Instagram as mamacimino and you can like my page MamaCimino Knits on Facebook.
 on YouTube as

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sewing projects

My hubby and I have been cloth diapering our youngest son since he was just a month old so it's about time I made some cloth wipes to go with it. It seems silly to buy wipes if we were already washing dirty diapers anyway! So I have a ton of baby print flannel that hubby's grandma had given to me, I cut it up into I think 8 inch squares and started sewing them together. I didn't really take my time and after a while I stopped facing the backs to each other. I mean how pretty do these need to be? They are for wiping poo and messy faces and hands, not in that order... If I plan on making these for my Etsy shop then I will of course take more care and make them nicer but for me they are just fine.
I have also been working on a table runner, not sure if I'm going to keep that or put it in the shop, I'll have to wait until it's done. I am using the Luna Note Jelly Roll from Moda and it is really pretty, pinks, beige, black and greys... Not really the color scheme in my house but it just called my name. And I had a 40% off coupon for Fabric Depot . Normally about $37. I don't know why I just have a hard time paying that much on one thing. Yes all the fabrics from that line are in it but half of the time I don't like every single one so they don't get used anyway. I saw this really cool tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co on how to make a log cabin block using a Honey Bun which is just like a Jelly Roll but it measures 1 1/2". So my thought is finding a few fabrics that I really do like from a certain line and cutting the strips 1 1/2 inches and then I'll know I like all the fabrics.
I finally decided on my Etsy shop's banner and avatar etc design and had it in my hot little hands on Saturday night! I really like it and can't wait to have my labels and business cards printed and ready for my shop! Well, I just wanted to update y'all real quick, I'm going to get back to my machine and get my table runner together. It's a rare moment that I have energy after the kids are in bed asleep!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Etsy shop design

I have been without a coordinating Etsy shop since I've opened. It isn't necessarily a bad thing but I think that it would make my shop have a more professional look if it was. My banner is my feeble attempt at PowerPoint. I want matchy matchy, business cards, avatars labels, everything! My two favorites are completely different in style but they both feature birds. I have always liked birds. In fact a couple years ago after the trees were cut down on the property behind our house I was a little bit sad because now the birds had no where to come and hang out but since then some seedlings have been sprouting and the birds have come back. It's nice to feel like your near nature even though there is cement everywhere I go.
These are the two I like the most, well out of the hundreds that I looked at. There are literally thousands of these on Etsy. So what the sets include are matching banners, avatars, labels and business cards. one has two versions of the business card but that isn't really important to me. I like both but my mind is leaning more towards the mama bird and her babies. After all I'm a mama and my shop is for mama's and their babies. It would also be easier to match accessories like ribbons and paper etc for packaging so many colors to choose from. I think I have all but made up my mind and with any luck I'll have an new look in a few days.
Since I'm just starting up I have little funding for buying supplies. I have decided to sell my Cricut cutting machine and have a couple friends interested in buying it. Some other things like stamps and paper that I'm pretty sure I'll never use is also getting thrown in to the for sale box. I really got into scrap booking, I bought all the stuff I need to make my pages but it just really isn't my thing. I can't see the finished product in my mind. I seem to look too much on what others have already done, then do my own version of that. My older sister is a design genius! She has a few degrees and one of them is graphic design so she really has an eye for it. I wasn't given that gene. Alright enough rambling about that!
I have been working on a couple projects. One is a scarf "A little bit Bohemian" and the other is a shawlette I'm working in a fingering weight yarn so it's taking forever!!! "Citron" is an interesting, mostly stockinette stitch shawlette that is a half circle. The scarf is knit on size 8's and uses a dk weight yarn so it's going by a lot faster, I have a third of it done after working on it one day. I'm not sure if either of them are going into my shop yet. We'll see which I like the most after they are finished!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Busy busy bee!

About a month ago I opened my Etsy shop Mama Cimino Knits and have been busy knitting, sewing, gluing, shopping and experimenting with all sorts of techniques. Up late most nights as my mind just won't shut off, I keep thinking of what fun things I want to make and put up in my shop. I started out thinking about just making props for photographers as my older sister is one and is brilliant check out Alyssa Ernst Photography . But I felt that would really limit what I sold and what I would be doing all day. I love to craft and have been practicing on my sewing machine, my mom made it look so easy, I wish I paid more attention while she was working on something growing up! I wanted to make and sell things that are fun for women babies and young children would like to wear and use. I have been experimenting with flowers and Jelly Rolls. I have a list of things I want to make like aprons, scarfs, hair accessories for women as well as frilly and fun clothes for babies. I have three boys at home that I love dearly but I love all the fun things girls get to wear. Fun to make and wear!
The church Darling and I attend has an annual bazaar in the fall and it features handmade gifts from people in the community and I am already planning on submitting an application to be a vendor. I've been thinking ahead to the fall and Halloween. What types of things can I be making now so they will be available when people are looking for them. And Christmas being my favorite holiday, I have a lot of crafts and gift ideas already running through my mind. There simply just aren't enough hours available in the day to get what I want done!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

How did I not know?

I got on the scale today and realized that since last April I have gained 15 pounds. I noticed my pants were getting tighter and I just passed it off as being bloated. I have a very hard time staying focused on losing weight. I get really pumped and go all in for a few weeks, then life some how gets in the way and I get side tracked. I convince myself that it's going to be easy to start. And in truth it usually is, it's just the staying on track that I have a hard time with. I am at the point in my life where my husband and I are talking about getting pregnant again, but are in no hurry to do so. I would of course love to have lost 5o pounds before I do get pregnant but will not assume that is going to happen first. I do truly intend to eat a lot healthier this time around. With my first I had access to all sorts of food but my choices were not the best. The second time around I did a lot better but I still would have liked to have maintained a healthier weight. This time around I pray that I stay focused and make the right choices. I just joined the 50 pound challenge where the challenge is to lose 50 pounds by June 30th. I am well aware that for me to lose that much weight that quickly would not be easily done or even probable, but the motivation is there and 50 pounds is my goal regardless if it takes me 6 months or a year. I just need to lose this weight, I have put it off for too long. I am intending on having a talk with my husband about having to change what we eat and keep in the house. He is rarely home for meals except on the weekends so I'm sure it isn't going to bother him much. He tells me he loves the way I look and I know for me that is part of my problem. If I had the slightest inkling that he didn't find me as attractive then I'm sure I would have not "let" myself go. So I know that he is supportive of me, the problem is he likes me now just fine, where I can't stand the way I look. I just want better health, more energy and of course a better body.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Sunday (Monday) Suppers-Mama Cimino's Favorite Pasta

When I was first married I had so much time to dink around and be creative in the kitchen. For every recipe that came out great I had about 4 or 5 that I'm not sure my dad would like. And folks, he'll eat burnt popcorn. This recipe came from me wanting to use the rest of the block of blue cheese.

Mama Cimino's Steak Pasta for Two
You can of course double or triple to feed your crowd

8 oz lean steak Flat Iron or Sirloin
6-8 oz angel hair pasta
2 T butter
1/2 small yellow onion
1 T Montreal Steak seasoning
Blue cheese a wedge or crumbles. If you like a lot add a lot, if you just want a hint add a little
We love Rogue Creamery's smoked blue cheese. You can get it at New Season's Markets in the Portland, Oregon region

  1. Set steak out so it gets to about room temperature
  2. Sprinkle seasoning on both sides and cook/ grill until desired redness
  3. Cook pasta in salted boiling water according to package or until it's done to your liking
  4. Drain
  5. In the same pot, melt butter and saute onions
  6. Slice steak diagonally into 1/4 to 1/2 inch strips cutting against the grain
  7. Add to onions
  8. Crumble in the blue cheese
  9. Add pasta and toss until well mixed and the cheese starts to melt
We usually serve this with asparagus or grilled veggies

Other toss ins: Saute 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms along with the onions or
Add crumbled cooked bacon or
Saute some shrimp along with the onions
Use anything you like to top your steak with

I hope you enjoy this recipe, comments and questions are always welcomed!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sunday Suppers-Mama Cimino's Spaghetti Pie

I have, for as long as I can remember, loved to cook. I remember the first time I tried to make cookies. I hadn't asked anyone for help and no one knew that I was making them. I was being very careful to measure all the ingredients correctly and not to spill any. I couldn't figure out why my batter was so thin and watery. I asked mom for help and she and dad came into the kitchen to see what I was up to. Mom soon asked to see the recipe I was using. Then asked if I knew the difference between cups, tablespoons and teaspoons. I said I had just been using the measuring cups for everything. So instead of a teaspoon of vanilla extract I put in a whole cup. 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 2 cups. I was mortified, well as mortified as an 8 year old could be. They helped me clean up my mess and make the cookies the right way, using correct measurements.

This edition of Mama Cimino Knits will be the first installment of Sunday Suppers. I am going to post the recipe and directions along with pictures and recipe tips.

Please read the entire recipe before beginning to familiarize yourself with the steps

Mama Cimino's Spaghetti Pie
(Makes 2 Pies. Each pie serves 4)

8 oz. spaghetti uncooked

1-20 package turkey sausage (I use Foster Farms Mild Italian)
1/2 cup diced onion
1-6 oz can tomato paste
1 cup hot water
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, for this canned works best
3 T melted butter
1 T dried parsley or 2 T fresh parsley

1 Cup sour cream
4 oz cream cheese, softened

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

2 foil pie plates
Non stick spray
  1. Cook noodles for 2 minutes less than the least amount suggested on package. Add salt to taste if desired
  2. Take the sausage out of the casings by twisting them in the middle and squeezing out the meat out of both ends, this gets a little slippery.
  3. Cook thoroughly over med high heat, breaking up the sausage with a wooden spoon.
  4. Drain and add onions. Cook until the onions have softened and start to caramelize.
  5. Stir in tomato paste and hot water and simmer for 5-10 minutes until thickened
  6. While noodles boil and sausage cooks, melt butter in the microwave, using a medium glass bowl.
  7. Add Parmesan, eggs and parsley to the melted butter. Mix well
  8. Stir together softened cream cheese and sour cream together and set aside
  9. When noodles are done drain and add to the butter and egg mixture making sure all the noodles are coated
  10. Spray pie tins with the non-stick spray
  11. Divide the noodles in half and spread evenly in the pie plates.
  12. Spread half the cream cheese and sour cream mixture evenly onto each of the pies spreading it out to the edges
  13. Top with 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese
  14. Spoon meat mixture on top of the cheese, spreading it out to the edge
  15. Wipe around the pie plate to clean it up
  16. Cover tightly with extra heavy foil and label.
You can keep in the fridge for a couple of days or for 3 months in the freezer. Longer if you have a freezer chest.
To cook it must be thawed. Over night or all day in the fridge should be long enough.
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cook covered in foil for 45 minutes. Remove foil, careful not to burn yourself.
  2. Add 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese and in for 5 more minutes or until cheese has melted and starts to bubble.
  3. Let it stand for 5 minutes before cutting into slices
  4. Serve with a green salad and garlic bread
Kitchen Tips
I like to break the spaghetti noodles in half before cooking.
The noodle will cook at the same time because the ends won't be poking out and
it makes the pasta easier to handle later

You can substitute any of the dairy products for low or now fat options
Substitute the sausage for ground beef or chicken
Add 1/2 cup thawed and drained spinach to cream cheese and sour cream
to add more veggies

Put the onion in the freezer for about 30 minute to an hour before you dice it,
but make sure it isn't frozen solid
It will help keep the onion layers from separating while cutting and your eyes from watering.

If you are going to freeze them, write the baking instructions right on the foil with a permanent marker.
That way you won't have to look for the recipe later. It will already be right there

I hope you try this recipe and really enjoy it. Comments and questions are always welcome!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Books and events

A warning for this blog entry, I have had about 12 hours of sleep since Thursday so this may not be the most interesting thing you will read today. Hope tomorrow is improved
I ordered a couple books the other day off of and they came in yesterday evening. Dr. Kevin Leman in known in Christian communities as a parenting expert and he has written a many books on parenting that I had heard were just great. My mom really likes him and in our class at church we watched a video series he put together to educate parents on how to be a successful parent. It was really great. He has a sense of humor that keeps it interesting. Before I knew who he was, I had read a book he wrote called "Sheet Music" and it's all about sex in marriage. I highly recomend that. But that's not what I'm here to tell you, at least not yet. The books I bought were "Have a new kid by Friday" and Making your children mind without losing yours". I have heard that both books are excellent and I can't wait to start reading them.

I also ordered " Favorite Socks: 25 Timeless Designs from Interweave" because, well, there are so many in there that I have wanted to knit.

The Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival is in two weeks. I have never been but this year my boys and I are planning on attending. I am looking forward to seeing first hand at how all this great local hand spun yarn is made and of course buying as much as I can and finding great uses for it. I have always planned for when we build our home, to have it on a decent piece of land so we could keep live stock, sheep and chickens and maybe a pair of goats. I never imagined that I could eventually spin my own yarn. How great is that going to be. It won't be for many years yet but I enjoy dreaming about the day that it is true.