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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on November 27th, 2014

I’d like to wish all those in the US who are celebrating today (or sometime over the next few days) a very

Happy Thanksgiving!

May you be surrounded by the love of family and friends.


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Vintage Embroidery Monday – Three Little Angels

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on November 24th, 2014

Christmas Eve is only a month away so for today and the next four Mondays I’ll be posting some Christmas patterns that can be stitched up quickly to use for gifts or decorations around the house.  First up are these adorable little Angels.

Pattern for three little angels from Vintage Workbasket Pattern Sheet 64

The pattern for the angels is available as a pdf to download here.

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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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