Breaking Ground with the Alderwood

Last year a good friend of mine participated in The Breaking Ground Tour, a blog tour specifically featuring some smaller, less know, indy pattern companies. I loved the idea so much that this year when I saw the call for bloggers I hurried to apply. I was so excited to be added to the group but with so many amazing pattern companies out there who would I choose??

I saw that Phat Quarters patterns would be sponsoring and knew right away that I wanted to feature the Alderwood top. I have been eyeing it ever since it was released and never has there been a better time to try it!

When you have a million kids you can never sew for just one. I always find myself sewing in sets split uo by the size range they fit into, a set for the three big kids that fit into womens clothes these days, or a set for the three little kids who are still in children’s sizes.

The oldest on the pack of little’s is my son Nathaniel. He loves Starwars and most things nerdy so he got to pick the fabric for these shirts, he went with all Starwars themed stuff from Aurora Design Fabrics and was so excited to get it on. He loves it so much he asked me to sew him another one for school tomorrow!

Next up is Arya who was quite upset that we were doing Starwars and not Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings which are some of her favorites but was much happier about it when she saw these beautiful watercolor fabrics I picked for her top. She was really excited about the cowl neck it is a little different than any other patterns and she really liked the difference.

Last but definitely not least this handsome little hellion. He can’t tell me his favorite part of this shirt yet but I know he loves it and boy is he handsome in it 😍

I could not be happier with how everything of them came out! Each one comes from the same base but has a slight veriation on the side piece, shoulder or sleeve differences. I love the options on it and the fact that all of these were made using panels and scraps from other projects. I am always looking for great patterns that are good for scrap busting and this fits the bill.

Welcome to the Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2019. This year over 25 bloggers from around the world are joining with me to break new ground by trying a pattern designer that is new to them, try new techniques, new styles, or whatever way they want to push themselves. (Read on for Giveaway info)The Full Tour includes all these creatives… we hope you’ll visit us each day:Monday March 11That’s Sew Lily, Sewing A La Carte, Mijn 11jes & ikTuesday March 12mahlicadesigns, Embrace Everyday, Jot Designs, auschick sews, Raising Stripling WarriorsWednesday March 13Musings of A Seamstress, Very Blissful, Sew4Five, Just Sew Something, Hazelnut Handmade, Crafting Through Time, Tales From A Southern MomThursday March 14Make It Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, Ronda B Handmade, SequioaLynn Sews, Sewing with D, The Sewing Goatherd, OOYAmade, My Golden Thimble, Custom Made by LauraFriday March 15Sew Cute Couture by Kathy, Sewing Novice, Ronda B Handmade, Momma Bear Sews, MeMade, My Golden Thimble, Lulu & Celeste

Breaking News: our tour sponsor Phat Quarters is offering 2 patterns of choice from her pattern shop to one lucky winner.

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We’d love to see how you’re Breaking Ground this month. Share with us what you’re working on by using the hashtag #BreakingGround2019 across social media.

The Journey Begins… With Applesauce

Thanks for joining me! I started this fun little blog as a creative outlet and place to share my hobbies and passions with the world. I am a little all over the place but I think most mom’s are (or at least that is what I’m telling myself 😉 lol)

So I think when starting something it is best to jump in both feet and just go for it so let’s get started with this morning’s project! Somehow I ended up with a bit of a surplus of apples, usually, fruit does not last long enough in my house to go bad but every once in a while I either order stuff by the bushel or my kids burn out on something after I have picked up a bunch of it and I have to find something else to do with it. I am a big fan of canning and I love my instant pot so any way to combine the two is a win in my book.

Today I am going to tell you how I make homemade Applesauce in the Instant Pot. I love applesauce, it is easy, it can be made or modified a million ways depending on with you have around, my kids will eat it every single day if it was up to them. It is super easy to sneak in veggies to those picky kids by hiding them in the applesauce, you’re welcome 😉 but today we are just going to cover a trusty basic, Regular ol’ Cinnamon Apple Sauce.

Cinnamon Apple Sauce

About 16 Apples
1T Cinnamon
1/4C Sugar
1C Water

1- Peel, core and slice your apples.
2- Add all ingredients to your Instant Pot.
3- Using the manual setting cook for 7 minutes and allow to release pressure naturally(about 15 to 20 minutes)
4- I use an immersion blender to blend in the pot but you can also us a masher for more of a chunky texture.
5- Enjoy!

On that last step you can also separate into jars to can or freeze if you are not a canner.

Thank you for joining me, I hope you love your applesauce!