Style 1154 Maxi Dress| Pattern Review (old one)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

I rewrote this post back last year but since it didn't get many views and looking back it wasn't well written nor the pictures great I decided to update it and repost it.

The new one that's well written with better pictures is here.

This is the old one!

New Post is Here!

So last week the weather was crazy. One day it's high temperatures and the snow is melting the next there is an ice-rain storm. Because of that ice-rain, the roads were undrivable and dangerous and classes were cancelled (yay!). I decided not to waste a perfectly good day, and so I finally decide on what dress to make and which fabric.
The pattern I chose is a Style from 1975 that I do not remember where I got it from (a garage sale, thrift store?).

Chocolate Cake with a Secret | Beets

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Today I bring you a cake with a secret ingredient that your children will eat without thinking twice.
What is the secret you may ask, it is something that kids do not often eat: beets. I found this recipe tried it out, adjusted it and loved it. It is a great winter recipe, something to fill up that void that comes with the never-ending cold, and snow.
The only hard/time task is the boiling, peeling of the beets. Other than that it is pretty easy to make.

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Chocolate Cake with a Secret

Ready in 70 minutes
Serves 10-12 people


  • 2 cups of beets
  • 1/2  cups of applesauce
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • ½ cup of oil
  • ½ cup plain of yoghurt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 ½ cup of flour
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup of baking cocoa
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Boil the beats for 20 minutes. Drain, cool, peel, chop. Puree with applesauce in a blender. Set aside
  2. Beat together in a large mixing bowl the sugar, oil, yoghurt, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well for about 2 minutes.
  3. Mix in both the flours, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Mix in the beat mixture, blend well. 
  4. Pour half of the batter into greased bundt pan. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of batter. Pour remaining batter on top.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for about 45-50 minutes.
  6. Cool, serve and enjoy!
So what do you think is it worth the try? If you tried it did you notice the beets, did your kids, spouse? I hope you enjoyed (or tried) this recipe if so comment down below.
Hasta la proxima! 

* Note: The picture does not belong to me. I will update with my own picture soon. 

World Centres Meeting Outline

Friday, January 19, 2018

Many of you do not know that I am a leader in a Girl Guide unit. One of the meetings I am planning is to incorporate the world centres into a meeting. Unfortunately, I could not find something for the 5th world center so I tried to incorporate it with Sangam.

World Centres Meeting

Introduce the girls to the WAGGS world centres.

Cut the pieces, hand it out to the girls, they have to find their groups. Because of the number of girls and the groups I chose to only do 5 of the questions. It is much simpler and the girls will memorize the fact about the centre.

Our CabaƱa

Game- Jumping Beans
This is a fun easy game that requires only music. The girls are standing, but when the music is playing the start jumping (hence jumping beans). When the music suddenly stops, so should the girls. Those that move are out. Those girls then help supervise and try to find out which girls are also moving. The goal of the game is to be the last girl standing.

Our Chalet

Craft- Scherenschnitte
The goal of this craft is to cut the paper snowflakes and paste unto colouring paper. I choose the snowflake since it was easier and its winter. If you search for scherenschnitte you will find the paper cutting is intricate and hard.
This one is much easier (and the girls will love them) Frozen snowflakes. If doing this one I recommend that 2 sheets of the pattern be printed then cutout, then handed to the girls. They’ll trace it then cut it. The Frozen one also comes with the how-to instructions.

Pax Lodge

Game- British Bulldog.
It is a basic (nonviolent, because originally it's violent) game of tag that will let them run off their energy.


Craft- Elephant and world centres colouring pages.
While the girls are doing this, I and the other leaders will be talking about the centre in India and the traveling centre in Africa.
World Centres colouring page. It took me forever to find this page specifically, but I finally found it (yay!).


In the end, I will bring all the girls together and ask them what they learned and what they enjoyed most about a 'world centre'.
Hopefully, this will help you, guiders. Leave any suggestions down below. 
See you next time.

Hot Chocolate Marble Cake | Quick and Easy

Monday, January 15, 2018

Happy Tuesday! 
How was your week? The temperature? Here in QC, the temperature is something. Thursday the temperature rose, got warmer and the snow started to melt (yay!).  Friday it rained ALL day! But yay the snow is leaving. On Saturday I woke up to find that during the night it snowed about 2- 2 1/2 feet of snow. *sigh*  It took about 2 hours to clean and shovel the snow. My mom commented that she had never seen so much snow in her life. Now I am starting to realize why there is so much flooding when spring comes. Either way, let's get on with the show.

Have you ever had that sudden craving for sugar or maybe chocolate? But then think: all of the recipes take a lot of time or there's no cocoa powder, what shall I do? Well, I have a perfect recipe for you!

My Sewing Resolutions for 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Happy New Year to all!

It's 2018, can you believe it? How was your New Year's celebration?
We spent new years eve with family and friends, had a great time and ate lots of food. Right now I am on break from school for a whole week (yes!) So my plans for this week is for me to plan ahead on errands and things to be done (I will try). Which includes my new year's resolutions.
For 2018 I do not have a fully definitive sewing plan. Most of the time I am mostly 'go with the flow' when it comes to sewing, or when I have that sudden craving to make something by hand. Which to be honest sometimes it doesn't end well.
But this year will be the year where I will have a plan and will do it.

Blueberry Honey Cornbread | Breakfast Recipe

Saturday, January 6, 2018


Hope the weather has been treating you well and that you are having a great day.
Today, I will share an altered version of a recipe I have been using since I was about 8 years old.

Originally the recipe has no blueberries and instead has corn, but one fateful day I was baking and realized I had no corn. So I did what I usually do: improvised, made it without corn, and added blueberries for a better taste. And was quite surprised when it turned out well.

Sewing Blogs/sites I follow

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Happy New Year!

How was your new year? Today I am going to share all of the sites and blogs I follow that concern sewing and crafting. Some are Canadian others are international, but all are great.


Making it In the Mountains The mom behind the blog is from Northen Alberta, just like I am, though I am from the North West.
A Pretty Life Joanna is from Calgary, AB she has posted on crafts, food and more on her blog.
One Little Project  Debbie is the face of this great blog, she is from Ontario.


Faye's Sewing Adventure, Faye is a lady from Georgia who LOVES to sew. So patterns shes did look hard but when she finishes it looks great.
True Bias The writer behind the blog does pattern reviews, she is from Colorado.


The Drapery Fiona and Jane are the owners of The Drapery fabric shop in Australia. They do pattern reviews and more.
Fabric Tragic Sarah does lots of pattern reviews. She is also from Australia
Happy Sewing From Greece, Argyro is a mom who loves to sew and showcases her creations.

So those are the blogs and sites I currently follow as of Jan 2018. I am slowly finding more blogs, this is just the beginning, What sewing blogs do you love? Any in the great white north?
See you next time.
Plaid and Sugar