• Welcome to Sew Creative, a blog about creative living. Blogger Crystal Allen lives in beautiful Vancouver, BC with her husband & children. She tries to inject "creative living" into every day & hopes to inspire and be inspired by others. Email her at
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  • Mommy Monday- A Pair of Rough and Tumble Kamik Boots For My Rough And Tumble Boy

    A pair of rough and tumble boots for a rough and tumble boy- Kamik
    I love when traditions I had as a child are adopted by my own kiddos. When I was in my early teens, my Dad bought my mom, sister and me, each a pair of Kamik boots for Christmas. It happened to be a year where we had an epic Christmas snowfall in Washington, so after all the presents were opened and breakfast was eaten, the 4 of us went for a Christmas day walk through the snow wearing our new boots. 

    I still remember the feel of pulling on the boots and how toasty warm they were inside. I remember all of us holding hands as we walked, 4 abreast. I remember our cat Toby, who was part Siamese, part Manx, part bobcat (but more dog) following along after us, joining us for our entire Christmas day walk. I remember stumbling across a herd of deer as we walked and Toby coming nose to nose to them, sniffing them, curious about these silent creatures.

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    Back-To-Basics: How To Roast Asparagus Without Oil AKA Dry Roasted Asparagus

    If you are watching your weight & trying to load up on veggies and cut out fat, this is the recipe for you. As part of Sew Creative's Back To Basics series she shares how to roast asparagus without oil! For the last couple of months I’ve been on a weight loss journey. One phase of the program that I was on had me eating a very low fat diet. I was allowed to have lean meat and fish but no oil. It caused me to completely re-look at the way I was eating and take note of how often I was using butter or oil for cooking, when I really didn’t need to!

    Don’t get me wrong, I KNOW how good butter can make things taste, in no way am I saying to stop using butter… BUT sometimes food tastes just as good without the oil– in my opinion, asparagus is one of those things!

    I’ve always blanched asparagus, but I was eating a lot of asparagus during my weight loss program and wanted to mix things up a bit, so I decided to experiment with roasting it.

    Turns out that roasting asparagus without any oil is delicious and easy!

    Read on to learn how to Roast Asparagus Without Oil AKA Dry Roasted Asparagus

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    40 Day Weight Loss Program Complete… How Much Did I Lose and Now what?

    40 Day Weight Loss Program Complete... How Much Did I Lose and Now What?

    This morning I woke my kids up for school, got them fed, dressed and off to school/daycare and then went for my morning walk. I don’t wear headphones or listen to music while I take my morning walk. It’s my thinking time. My time to process, plan out the day ahead and get my creative juices flowing. This morning I had quite a bit to contemplate, you see, today is the last day of the 500 calorie & HCG pills portion of my weight loss program… now the hard part comes… Keeping the weight off.

    I’m TERRIFIED…. and excited… and TERRIFIED!!!

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    Back-To-Basics: How To Make Chicken Bone Broth In Your Crockpot

     Back To Basics with Sew Creative. How to make Chicken Bone Broth in your crockpot
    I have memories from childhood of the scent of turkey broth simmering on our stove. Every Thanksgiving my mom would take the carcass from our Thanksgiving turkey and make broth with it. The whole house would fill with the scent of turkey broth– it made the house feel warm, comforting, and like you wanted to curl up under an afghan with a cup of it cradled in your hands. 

    I love making homemade chicken broth, and my kids love eating it, but I never liked that I had to leave my stove on, simmering all day long. It always had to search for a chunk of time where I knew I’d be home all day, so I didn’t have to keep turning the stove on and off every time I left the house.  Then I discovered… You can cook chicken bone broth in your crockpot!

    Another recent discovery? Ask your butcher if they have any chicken bones and they’ll often give you a huge bag of bones (with tons of meat left on it) for free! My world has been rocked by this discovery! No more waiting to have enough chicken bones piled up in our freezer! The same goes for beef bones for beef bone broth. Just call your butcher a day or two before you want to pick up the bones and they’ll usually collect a bag of them for you!

    The Hubs recently asked the butcher for chicken bones for me and came home with this huge bag of scraps. It was enough to make bone broth 3 times!

    Did you know that if you ask your butcher for chicken or beef bones they will usually give you a big bag of them for free?
     I make at least one batch of broth a week now. It’s simple and takes just a couple minutes of prep time… and your house smells delicious for hours!

    So… How do you make homemade chicken broth in your crockpot you ask? Really, it’s simple! Eyeball everything and if there are flavors you like or don’t like add a bit more or take away!

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    Ginger, Cinnamon and Everything Nice Spice Tea Recipe (The Perfect Chai Tea Base)
    This tea makes the perfect chai tea base, or if you aren't a fan of black tea, the perfect mug of herbal spicy tea! Ginger Cinnamon & Everything Nice Spice Tea Recipe from Sew Creative

    A few weeks ago I went out to tea with a client and had one of the most delicious cups of tea that I’ve ever experienced. It was hot, spicy and delicious. The spices tickled my tongue and hit me … Continue reading

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    Create a Personalized Valentine’s Day Gift With Lasting Memories in Minutes!
    Create a Personalized Valentine's Day Gift With Lasting Memories in Minutes!

    How is Valentine’s Day just 3 days away?!?!? Is it just me or is time slip, slip, slipping away? I’m horribly behind this Valentine’s Day. Lucky for me, Bean is so excited about this holiday that on her own initiative … Continue reading

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    How to Make A Valentine’s Day Wreath That You Can Repurpose For Any Season or Holiday
    How to Make A Valentine's Day Wreath That You Can Repurposed For Any Season or Holiday from Sew Creative

    I love having a wreath on my front door all year long. We have a wall in our garage where we store them all that proves just how much I love it! On the wall there is a flip flop wreath … Continue reading

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    Imagining my Dream Kitchen #TestDriveMoms
    Sew Creative Blog's Imaging My Dream Kitchen Beautiful Aqua Blue Kitchens and Appliances to Fill Them With #TestDriveMoms

    My dad is a builder who creates custom homes for a living. The houses he builds are beautiful, filled with custom elements and beautiful design work. I have a dream of one day having my dad build us a house, unfortunately … Continue reading

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    Back-To-Basics: How To Dehydrate Ginger
    Back to Basics Sew Creative Shares How to Dehydrate Ginger for use in tea, soups, broth, baking and other cooking needs

    Last summer I took a food preservation class and ever since I’ve been pining over a dehydrator. My parents had a gigantic one when I was a kid, it was almost the size of a refrigerator, and I remember the … Continue reading

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    How I’m Going To Help My Kids Get Healthier in 2015
    How I'm Going To Help My Kids Get Healthier in 2015

      This morning a girlfriend phoned me and the two of us had a nice long chat about our health. Both of us have been trying to make a commitment to ourselves to put our health first. We both want … Continue reading

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    Why I Decided The HCG Weight Loss Program Was Right For Me & 2 Week Check In
    2 Week #PoloWeightLoss Check-in and Why I decided the HCG Program Was The Right Fit for Me

    Hi Friends! I’m 2 weeks into my #PoloWeightLoss blogger challenge, so it seemed like a great time to check in and let you know how I’ve been doing! I’m sure many of you have heard of the HCG Weight Loss … Continue reading

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    Quick and Easy Apple Cinnamon Roll Recipe
    Looking for a warm and delicious weekend brunch Check out Sew Creative's Quick & Easy Apple Cinnamon Roll Recipe

    I LOVE yeast. The smell of yeasty dough rising in a bowl that gets stronger as you punch it down and knead it…. mmmmmm… it’s one of my favorite scents in the whole wide world. BUT some mornings you just … Continue reading

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