Summer Boredom Busters / Homemade Gummies

With the Summer in full swing, visiting family no longer with us and campless Fridays to follow, we’re bringing back the Summer Boredom Busters!

This past Friday, we made Homemade Gummy Legos. I don’t have bear molds and those might get confused with our vitamins anyhow! So we went with Legos. I can’t believe how truly easy these were. Years ago I attempted making homemade gummies for Brendon using fruit puree and they turned out terribly; felt like a wasted day and ingredients.


The ingredients

Following a post on Facebook from my First Grade Teacher, Mrs. Brainerd, I let the boys help me with this very simple juice and gelatin process. She’s still teaching me after all these years! It was a hit.

worker B

Gummy making is serious business.

Here are the steps:

  1. Put juice in the saucepan (think in ¾ cup increments). We did 1.5 cups of apple cranberry juice and ¾ cup of pineapple juice to attempt to make it sweeter. Turns out you really need to add sugar, which we will do with the next batch.
  2. Sprinkle gelatin over juice and let set roughly 5 minutes. (1/4 cup of gelatin per ¾ cup of juice). We added ¾ cup of gelatin just in case the above ratio doesn’t make sense. You probably want to stir in the gelatin a little. I didn’t and we had some clumps, which led to using a whisk and some foam. But not to worry, they still turned out.
  3. Heat over medium heat, stirring, until it’s all dissolved and clear.
  4. Turkey baster it into the molds, chill for 20 minutes and you have…..GUMMIES!

Super simple.  

worker J

Such good workers.

I really think letting the boys do the tedious task of the molds helped for all of us. I was able to clean up the other messes in the kitchen and they had pride of helping = more willingness to eat said gummies. They liked them quite a bit, but we all agreed they weren’t very sweet.


*In full disclosure, I did put orange food coloring in the mix because I could tell they were going to come out very drab due to the  juice chosen and I know my boys wouldn’t like that. They are too familiar with bright food coloring in their “fruit” snacks.

Thank you Mrs. Brainerd!


Sewing Sunday

First up, let me do a little bragging. You might remember my quilt competition entry?  The winners were to be annouced by July, so I haven’t really been checking in on the status. To my surprise I noticed this morning on Instagram I was tagged in a post by the fabric company sponsoring the whole thing. Well, I didn’t win, but after not being invited to the party with my previous Quilt Con entry, I am happy to announce I did make the Honorable Mention! (the MQG post here)

Honorable Mention

4th of the ten finalists (I have no idea how many entered; let’s hope more than 10, but whatever!) I discovered this on the drive to church, so you can imagine I was super excited walking in. Even doing a double arm up jump for joy and thinking my hubby sensed my enthusiasm, put his hand up for a high five….nope…he was waving to his brother across the parking lot. He likes to keep me humble. Ha!

Anyhow!! I was excited! And the timing couldn’t be more perfect because I tossed my name in the hat yesterday on a whim for another fabric challenge. We’ll see if I get selected for the free fabric in a few months.

Addison top

Somehow my best shots are with my eyes closed.

Next up, my Addison top. I have been itching to use this Cloud 9 fabric for several months. I envisioned it would be a blouse with a giant bow, but somehow I just couldn’t get motivated to make any such blouse. Then Seamwork Magazine published this top in their June issue and I knew it was perfect for my fabric. (Seamwork link here)

cloud 9

Fabric close up

If you are interested in giving garment sewing a go, I highly encourage you to check out Seamwork. The patterns are 1-3 hour patterns. In truth, I never make the timeline suggested, but I am really slow at cutting out patterns for some reason. Like ridiculously slow. Once I get sewing I’m back on track and usually they take me a half hour longer than the suggested timeframe. Just to say, they are all beginner patterns and range in style and new skills learned. I’m planning to tackle the high waisted jean short later this month.

The Addison Top is a little maternity looking on me, but I still wore it into church today. Nothing could’ve spoiled my fabric challenge high.

And last on the Sunday Sewing front – there’s a new sewalong just starting for the Lottie Shirt and Dress. This one pattern makes up to 18 different garments of the top and dress variety, uses no buttons or zippers and hosted by the pattern maker, Christine Haynes, in a step by step, do at your own pace blog sewalong. A great beginner project! (link to sewalong in blue)


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lottie fabric

My future Lottie.

I picked up some new fabric today for my Lottie! Now, let’s get sewing!!