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Crustless Quiche

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on November 19th, 2014

One of our favorite meals has always been quiche but since I’ve gone gluten free and haven’t found a recipe I like for making pie crust, we’ve switched to making a crustless quiche.  We’ve discovered that we really don’t miss having the crust at all.

crustless quiche

It’s super simple and there’s really no recipe as such.

Butter whatever dish you’re using.  Slice leftover potatoes into the bottom of the dish.

Layer of leftover sliced potatoes in casserole dish

Chop and add whatever vegetables you happen to have in the fridge.

Add a variety of chopped vegatalbes

In this case, I used cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, onions and celery.

I topped that with some leftover chopped ham.

Add a layer of chopped ham

Then I beat a half dozen eggs in a large measuring cup and added enough milk to make 2 cups.  To the egg mixture, I added salt, pepper and garlic powder then poured that over the vegetables and ham.

Add egg mixture and top with grated cheese

Top with grated cheese.  We had a taco cheese mix in the fridge so that’s what I used.

Bake in a 350 degree F oven for about 1 hour or until the egg mixture has set.

It really is yummy!!

A slice of delicious crustless quiche



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Vintage Embroidery Monday – Ivy in a Pot

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on November 17th, 2014

Like the fern that I posted last week, ivies are another apartment friendly plant that can tolerate low lighting.   In today’s pattern they are potted in a bowl.

Vintage pattern for an ivy in a pot from Workbasket pattern page 78This pattern is available as a pdf to download here.

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Newsletters – A Favor to Ask

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on November 14th, 2014

It appears that e-mail subscribers might not have received the last two notifications of my posts from today or Wednesday.  If I could ask a favor, would you please leave a comment on this post letting me know if you received either of the following newsletters:

Wednesday’s post was called How to Fix a Broken Zipper Pull

The title of today’s post was Sewing and Crafting While Traveling.

We’ll be on the road traveling today but I hope to get whatever is wrong fixed this evening when we stop for the night.

I’ll tell you all about our latest adventure next week.

Thank you so much!!


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Sewing and Crafting While Traveling

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on November 14th, 2014

I’ve been asked several times in e-mails and by friends and family how I’ve managed to do all the sewing and crafting that I do when I’m traveling from contract to contract with Dave.   Today I thought I’d share the items we make sure to fit in the car.

Traveling and Crafting take alongs

Inside the dark blue bag pictured above is a portable Singer sewing machine of 1970s vintage.

I call this bag my Aloha duffel bag because we bought it while living on Maui.

Aloha Duffel Bag

Contents of the Aloha Duffel Bag

As you can see… it holds a lot!

The world’s largest zippered bag holds my 36” cutting mat, a 24” ruler, a 15.5” square ruler and a 6” square rule.

World's Largest zippered bag

Cutting mat and rulers

I’m also able to fit other things in it that need to lie fairly flat such as interfacing.

My new embroidery tote carries its fair share of embroidery, crochet and other crafting supplies.

Contents of embroidery tote

A set of sheets came in the clear plastic zippered bag in the top photo. If you look closely you’ll see that it’s used to store fabric.

And to finish things off, the long, narrow blue plaid bag in the center front of that top photo contains all my knitting needles.

So that’s how I’ve been able to continue to sew, embroider, crochet and knit while we’ve been leading this gypsy life (on steroids) for the past three years.

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How to Replace a Broken Zipper Pull

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on November 12th, 2014

One of the zipper pulls on the duffle bag that I use to carry the majority of my sewing and crafting supplies with me when we’re traveling from contract to contract broke.

broken zipper pull

But the zipper itself was still fine.

zipper in end pocket of duffle bag

So I stopped off at Joann Fabrics (with 50% off coupon) and picked up one of these zipper pull repair kits.

Dritz Zipper Repair Kit

Dave had to cut out 4 or 5 of the teeth at the bottom of the zipper on both sides in order to install the new zipper pull.

Cut away 4 or 5 of the zipper teeth

Then the new zipper pull was installed on one side.

New zipper pull on one zipper of zipper

It took a bit of wiggling and adjusting then readjusting to get the zipper pull installed on the second half of the zipper.

New Zipper pull installed

Finally it was just a matter of installing one of the zipper stops that was included in the kit.  He installed that above the area where the zipper teeth had been removed.

Add zipper stop to bottom of zipper

Now I have a fully functioning zipper once again.

Zipper repaired

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Vintage Embroidery Monday – Fern in a Pot

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on November 10th, 2014

I love houseplants and used to have several in various spots throughout every house we’ve lived in.  When we moved into our apartment in Nebraska, the very first thing that was moved in was a new house plant.   I haven’t yet bought a fern but I’m sure one will make it’s way home in the future as they are excellent for the low lighting encountered in most apartments.  In the meantime, I can always embroider this one.

Vintage Workbasket fern in pot pattern from page 78This pattern is available as a pdf to download here.

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Matching Travel Bags Finished

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on November 7th, 2014

I finished my new matching set of travel bags just in time for us to set off on a new adventure.   (More on that in another post.)

My New Matcfhing Set of Travel Bags

I absolutely love that fabric.   When I was packing them for our trip, I couldn’t help but smile at how pretty they were.

For the triangular/prism shaped bag I used this fantastic tutorial that I found on Craftster.

Straight Sided Triangular zippered bag

I fussy cut the fabric for the front and the back of the bag so that those beautiful birds could be showcased.

What I love about that tutorial is that she gives simple, clear instructions for how to draw up your own pattern for the bag.

This boxy bag was made using a combination of several different tutorials that I found on-line.

Boxy Travel Bag

It is fully lined with no exposed seams inside.   When cutting the fabric I sized it so that a can of shaving cream fits perfectly inside along with a razor, plus more.

I’ve made several of these panty shaped bags in the past, so I just traced around one that I made years ago to get the pattern for these two.

Panty Shaped Zip Bags

The rectangular bag, I made up as I went along.    It’s just a simple zip bag with the front and back (plus lining) cut to the size I needed.

Computer cable and charging cord bag

Then to the lining, I added some pockets to keep all the cables and cords separate.

The pattern for this last bag is called the Bionic Gear Bag.   Of all the bags for this travel set, this one took the longest to make.

Front of the bionic gear bag

This is the front of my Bionic Gear Bag

Back of bionic gear bag

The back of my Bionic Gear Bag

It took an evening just to cut out and fuse interfacing to all the pieces.  Then another afternoon to sew the interior together plus another very long evening to sew the exterior to the interior, sew on the side binding, install the last very long zipper and add the binding to the zipper.

I consider myself a fairly accomplished seamstress but the final phase of the bag almost defeated me.   The pattern is 36 pages long, has a rating of beginner and yet still I spent a considerable amount of time on-line searching to see if other people had made it and what tips and tricks they might have posted.

In the end though, I am pleased with how the bag turned out, despite the trouble I had finishing it.

This is what it looks like on the inside:

Inside of Bionic Gear Bag

I made it to replace the make-up bag that I’ve had since before I married Dave.

Contents of old make-up bag

That’s the old make-up bag pictured on the right. And scattered around in front of the bags is everything that came out of it.

Everything pictured above plus more fit into the Bionic Gear Bag.

Bionic Gear Bag stuffed full

True to it’s name, it does hold a lot of “gear.”


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Gluten Free Baked Scotch Eggs

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on November 5th, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, I had a package of pasture raised ground pork in the freezer that I wanted to get used up but I also wanted to try something new with it.   Well, as luck would have it, when I logged onto Pinterest there at the top of my feed one of the pinners that I follow had pinned a recipe for Scotch Eggs.   I modified the pinned recipe to take into account what I had on hand by way of spices and herbs and we liked it so much that I’m thought I’d share the recipe we came up with.

GF Baked Scotch Eggs

1 lb ground pork

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp nutmeg

Pinch of cinnamon

2 tbsp dried parsley

1 tbsp chives

1/4 tsp garlic powder


8 large eggs (soft boiled)


1 egg (beaten)

1 c gluten free corn flake crumbs (See note at bottom of post)


To soft boil the eggs:

Place eggs in a pot and cover with cold water.  Add 1/4 tsp salt to the water.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook for 6 minutes (the timing starts when the water starts to boil.)   Remove from heat, drain.  Crack the shells with a spoon, fill the pot with cold water and allow to sit for 5 minutes.  Peel the eggs.

While the eggs are cooling in the water, mix up the ground pork, spices and herbs.   Divide the meat mixture into 8 balls approximately the same size.

To make the Scotch eggs:

Flatten out one of the pork balls into an long oval in the palm of your hand.  Place a peeled egg on top of the meat and form the meat around the egg, covering the egg completely.

Roll each ball in corn flake crumbs, roll them in the beaten egg and then again in the corn flake crumbs.

Place on an ungreased baking sheet.

Continue to make scotch eggs until you have used all the eggs and the pork mixture.

Bake at 400 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes.

Serve with your favorite side(s).

Gluten Free Baked Scotch Eggs


Edited to add:  Long time reader, Gretchen pointed out that not all corn flakes are gluten free, so I’ve edited the recipe to reflect that.  Please make sure to check out that the corn flakes you plan to use are gluten free.   Thanks Gretchen!




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Vintage Embroidery Monday – Ours

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on November 3rd, 2014

Last week, I posted the pattern for His and Hers.  This week’s offering for Vintage Embroidery Monday is the pattern for “Ours”.

Vintage Workbasket pattern for "Ours"

Right half of Vintage Workbasket Pattern for OursFor this pattern, you will need to print off both Part 1 and 2 and then tape them together, matching the sections that are the same before tracing the pattern onto your fabric of choice.

The pdf for Part 1 of the pattern is available for download here. 

Part 2 can be downloaded here.


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Thimble Pip Tutorial

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on October 31st, 2014

Thimble pips are certainly not a new idea.  From my research, I discovered that they go back at least one hundred years if not more.  The original ones were made using cardboard or card stock as a base.  Many were very elaborately embroidered or embellished with beads and lace.  And they go by several different names: thimble buds, precious pods, precious buds, pipkins, pinch purse, clam shells and Kai No Kuchi.   But as I mentioned in this post, thimble pips is my favorite as it’s such fun to say.  Since the last time I posted about them, I’ve been busy making more pips!

Thimble Pip Tutorial photo

The following instructions can be used to make any size pip you want to make.

For this example we are making a 2.5” pip (pictured above in the very back) that will comfortably hold 3 thimbles with room for more.

To make the pattern for the pip:

Draw two perpendicular lines in the middle of a piece of paper (lines that intersect at a 90 degree angle like this:

draw two perpendicular lines

Divide 2.5 inches in half, giving you a 1.25. (To make a different sized pip… substitute the size you want to make for 2.5″ then divide that in half…. for example: 1.5″ divided by 2 equals 3/4″… 2″ divided by 2 equals 1″, etc)

On the horizontal line mark 1.25” on either side of the center point. Label these points as A and B.

Mark on either side of center line and label A and B

Set your compass for 2.5 inches. Place the needle of the compass on A. Trace an arc that overlaps the vertical line.

Draw first arc

Place the needle of the compass on B. Trace another arc.

Draw second arc

You now have the pattern for the outside of the thimble pip.

To make the pattern for the inside of the thimble pip, decrease the compass setting by 1/8”.  Once again place the needle on A and trace an arc.

Draw first inside arc

Place the needle on B, trace a second arc.

Draw second inside arc

That completes the pattern for the inside of the thimble pip.

If you are going to be making more than one thimble pip, you may want to make a plastic template that you can use over and over again.  To make the templates place the pattern under the plastic container you are repurposing and trace.

Trace larger pattern

Trace around the inside pattern

As this post is already very photo intensive, I have provided more info on the various types of plastic  containers that can be upcycled to make the pip forms here.

Cut out the plastic templates with a pair of scissors.  Label the templates as large and small.

Next trace around the templates to make the forms that will be used to make the thimble pips.

Trace around the template

You will need three of the outside and three of the inside.

Place one of the large plastic forms on the wrong side of the exterior fabric. Trace around it three times.  Make sure to leave at least 1″ between traced patterns.

Trave around plastic forms on wrong side of fabric

In the above example, I centered the form over the embroidered fabric.  You could also fussy cut fabric as I did on the floral pips pictured in the photo at the top of this post.

Cut out leaving a ½” seam allowance.

Repeat with the smaller form on the lining fabric.

Spread glue evenly over the forms.

spread glue on thimble pip form

Place them glue side down on a piece of batting. Do this for each of the 6 plastic forms.

Glue plastic forms to batting

This is a good opportunity to use up some of those batting scraps you’ve been saving.

Allow to dry.

Trim away the excess batting using the edge of the forms as a guide.

trim batting

Next, sew a running stitch approximately 1/8” in from the edge of the fabric that you cut out earlier.   Please note, it is important that you thread your needle with enough thread to go all the way around the fabric.

Gather the fabric using a running stitch

Make a straight stitch across the point as shown in the photo below.

make a long straight stitch at each corner

Place one of the large forms, batting side down on the wrong side of the fabric.

Place plastic form batting side down on wrong side of fabric

Pull the thread ends until the fabric fits snugly over the form. Tie off the ends. Snip the thread close to the knot leaving ¼” to ½” tail.

Gather snugly and secure with a knot

Thread your needle again with a generous amount of thread. Sew in a zig zag back and forth like you’re lacing up a corset.

Sew back and forth in a lacing motion

This will help hold everything neatly in place.   When you come to the points on each end, fold them neatly and secure in place with a couple of tiny stitches.

Fold and secure the corner neatly.

Repeat the above steps until you have all the larger and smaller forms covered.

When finished you will have three larger outer and three smaller inner fabric covered forms.

Back of six fabric covered thimble pip forms

Place the outer and inner pieces together, wrong sides facing with the small pieces centered on the larger.

center the smaller thimble pip form over the larger one, wrong sides together

Stitch the small inner form to the larger outer using a ladder/blind stitch.

Sew smaller form to larger form using blind stitch

Next, hold two of these with the small forms facing each other and sew together along the edge of the large forms using a ladder/blind stitch from one point of the arc to the other point.

Stitch two sections together using ladder stitch

For the next step, holding that third oval in position while sewing it in place can be a little bit tricky. To make it easier  tack one corner in place like this:

temporarily know at one end

Then start sewing from the opposite end.

Stitch the third side of the thimble pip

Remove the knot and stitch the corners together securely.

Sew up the open side about ½”.  At that point bar tack it together.

Sew up the third side about half an inch

This will help ensure that the stress of opening and closing doesn’t wear the fabric and cause it to tear in the future.

Here is the completed 2.5 inch thimble pip:

Completed 2.5 inch thimble pip

And here’s close up of the thimble pips pictured at the top of this post:

Thimble Pip close up

As you can see, I fussy cut the fabric for several of them.  Five of them have been embellished with embroidery.

I’m going to turn the green with gold swirls and the poinsettia pips into Christmas ornaments by adding a pretty hanger and perhaps a tassel.

For the white thimble pip in the center of the photo, I embroidered ribbon roses, leaves and french knots on the white satin fabric.   Then I wrapped a plastic ring with satin ribbon, sewed a bow to the top of the ring and attached it to the thimble pip with the same 1/8″ satin ribbon I used to do the ribbon embroidery.    Wouldn’t this make a pretty little container to “wrap” a pair of earrings or a necklace.

I’m currently working on creating another fun project using thimble pips.  If it turns out as pretty as what I have pictured in my head, I’ll be sharing that in a future post.

In the meantime, if you make a pip using this tutorial, I’d loved to see a photo of it!


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