Meal Planning Monday

Happy Monday Friends! I hope you all had a great weekend!

Let’s get to meal planning!

Sunday- BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, I just made some BBQ chicken, baked a couple of sweet potatoes, cracked them open then stuffed them with the BBQ chicken. Delish!! And so filling, one sweet potato can easily serve 2 people.

Monday- Thai Chicken Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce, a favorite of ours that is always on repeat.

Tuesday- Mississippi Roast and Veggies

**Have you tried these crockpot liners? They are a must!!! Makes clean up super easy, I always have them in my pantry and won’t crockpot without them.**

Wednesday- Roasted Cauliflower Pasta

Thursday- Kale, Sausage and White Bean Soup

Friday- Out of Town

Saturday- Out of Town

I lucked out this week and got two night off, Wa-Hoo!!!!

I hope you are all having a happy, healthy start to 2016 too!

Happy Cooking!

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When You Just Have to Walk Away…

  

I had every intention of sharing the Pippa Peplum from See Kate Sew, as part of Kate’s Sew Along, with you today, but unfortunately it just wasn’t in the stars…

I was really excited to try the Pippa Peplum and to be fair, it’s not a difficult pattern. While I certainly wouldn’t consider myself an expert garment maker, by any means, I have made my fair share of handmade garments and consider myself to be fairly competent in making them. So after reading through the pattern, I really didn’t see it taking more that one nap time (around 2 hours). And even with all the trouble I’ve had, I still believe that to be true, my problems all came from the fabric I was using and my tendency to have a lead foot when it comes to my sewing machine pedal.

I’m hoping to be back next week with a finished Pippa to show you, but after getting overly frustrated, mostly with myself, I just had to walk away. I’m wholly convinced that if I’d just taken my time from the get go, I wouldn’t have run into any of the issues I’ve had and as a result would have finished in a fraction of the time of what it’s currently taking me. So there’s your lesson folks, take your time!!! Otherwise you mind find yourself in my shoes… (Insert frustrated emoji here) 

Anyway, I still wanted to share about my experience this week so that you were all aware that Kate is offering huge discounts on the Pippa Peplum, the add-on and the corresponding adult version, the Penelope (ummm… Hello mama and mini matching!!!). I snagged all three earlier this week and I think she’s running the sale through this weekend, but hurry on over to See Kate See to grab yours today!!

The Hope Dress

Earlier this month I was browsing one of my favorite pattern designers website looking for some new patterns, when I came across this blog post and was completely moved by their generosity (giving away 3 beautiful patterns) and their willingness to allow everyone a chance to participate by sending in an outfit (or more) if they wanted.

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I chose to make the Hope Dress  (which can also be made into a tunic and paired with these cute shorties) and really wished I would have seen this campaign earlier so I would have had the chance to make a few more items.

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This dress is absolutely beautiful and I love that it is fully reversible, making each dress two outfits.

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What could be more perfect when sending these gorgeous dresses to little girls who desperately need them.

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And the knotted shoulder strap is such a fun detail.

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Not to mention the super full, girly, twirly skirt.

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I used a pretty red seersucker fabric on one side and a bright, fun floral linen on the other, both from Joann’s.

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I love how different the two fabrics are, yet the compliment each other so well.

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This dress was super quick to make, less than 2 hours total, cutting and everything. If you are new to sewing or new to garment making this is a great pattern to try out.

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Violette Field Thread is still accepting donations (monetary or outfits) until January 31st. If you are able, I can’t encourage you enough to try this pattern out (or the Lola and Evie) and send it in for a girl in need.

I truly love this idea and hope the lovely ladies behind Violette Field Threads will run this campaign (or one like it) again. If you want to know more, visit their blog post on the GIVE HOPE Campaign.

Happy Sewing!

Meal Planning Monday

Happy Meal Planning Monday Everyone!!! I hope you had a great weekend! Ours was pretty low key, watched some football (Go Cards!!!!) and for the most part had a pretty relaxing couple of days.

Let’s get to it shall we?

Sunday-Chicken Noodle Soup, I made some homemade chicken stock after our slow cooker whole chicken from last week, super easy and delish! Definitely the way to go!

Monday- Enchilada Casserole

Tuesday-Grilled Chicken and sweet potatoes (either fries or roasted, haven’t decided yet).

Wednesday- Veggie Quesadillas and salsa, on repeat from last week, they were so good and a great way to use up leftover veggies, which is the reason it made another appearance.

Thursday- Venison Stew, Landon got a deer on his last hunt so now, since we have a freezer full, I’m always on the lookout for new recipes. I love Jess’ take on this beef stew recipe.

Friday-Fried Rice, so quick and easy and the perfect way to end a busy week.

Saturday- We grilled up some grass fed hamburgers (seriously, so good!!!) and paired it with some grilled veggies- zucchini, mushrooms, onions, garlic and spinach.

Happy Cooking!!!

Embroidered USA Map Pillow Tutorial

And I’m back with Part 2 (Part 1 here) of my favorite Christmas present that I made this year, an embroidered USA map pillow.

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While this type of gift is rather specific, I came up it with because I have an Aunt and Uncle who LOVE to road trip and after their youngest graduates high school in a couple of years they plan to hit the road a lot more. I thought this would be the perfect way to document their travels.

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You could easily make your own pillow cover (tutorial here) to match anything you want. But I just happened to be at Ikea one day before Christmas and snagged this pillow cover and this insert for $10 and the fabric perfectly matches their travel trailer, so it was meant to be.

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Next I went online, found a free outline of the United States and printed it out.

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Now this is where I made things difficult for myself. The fabric of the cover I purchased is like a thick canvas, so I wasn’t able to trace the map like I had originally planned, so keep that in mind when purchasing or making your pillow cover. Instead of quickly tracing the outline, I had to cut up the map with each individual state and trace each one on top of the pillow cover. Not quite as fast, but it still worked fine. Also, make sure you use a light pencil or fabric marker that will wash off easily.

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And since this pillow was meant to go on adventures, I added “Let’s go on an adventure” above the map and “Giorgiller Est.2005” below the map to fill up negative space. I hand lettered this on, but if your fabric is thin enough to trace, you can easily print off whatever typography you want.

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Go ahead and add this cute little embroidery kit and a hoop and your gift recipient (or yourself) are all set to fill in the states as you visit them.

I really love all the many options you have with this, you can theme it anyway you’d like, keep it neutral, brightly colored, have a lot of fun with the pillow cover fabric and embroidery thread, perfect for any travel lover and a great way to document (and show off) all the many places you have been.

Happy Crafting!!

DIY Embroidery Kit

This is part one of a two part present, that might possibly be my favorite Christmas gift I made this year. I’ll be sharing part two (my favorite part) on Friday to make sure to check back.

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I’m a big fan of using what you have, waste not, want not, right? So instead of buying a new jar, I used a couple (I loved this idea so much I made one for myself too) empty applesauce jars. There is certainly no shortage of those around here… To get the label off I just soaked it in warm soapy water for a while and it came right off.

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I spray painted the lids white, mostly because thats what I had on hand when I thought of this, but a fun color would be great or I would have loved to do a metallic, maybe gold or rose gold.

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I had to do 3 light coats to completely cover the applesauce labels.

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To start, I cut a circle out of poster board slightly smaller than the inner circle of the lid. The goal here is for your circle, once placed under the lid, to leave enough room around the edges for the jar to still be able to fit the lid.

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Next, cut out a fabric circle slightly larger than the poster board, about 1/2″ around.

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Grab a small handful of batting.

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Using a hot glue gun, glue it to the poster board circle.

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Turn it over, on top of the wrong side of your fabric circle, pull the fabric up and over the poster board and glue it to secure. Start with four sides.

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Then the four corners, then glue all the little tabs down.

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Using a good amount of glue, attach it to the center of the inside lid.

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And there’s your pin/needle cushion.

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Transfer your embroidery floss to clothespins.

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Add in some scissors.

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Put it all in the jar, add some twine or ribbon, if its a gift and your good to go.

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Its the perfect jar for travel or to keep everything you need for your current project in one place that is easily transportable.

Not into embroidery? Here’s a DIY Sewing Kit.

Happy Crafting!!

Meal Planning Monday

I decided to go ahead and bring back Meal Planning Monday posts since one of my 2016 goals was to start meal planning again, I thought this would be a great way to hold me accountable on a weekly basis.

Sunday- Dinner Out

We actually went to a family BBQ, it was fun and we all ate way too much

Monday- Creamy Cauliflower and Parsnip Soup

Tuesday- Veggie Quesadillas and Slow Cooker Refried Beans

I’m using Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Tortillas with Monterey Jack Cheese and Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Mushrooms, and Peppers as the filling options with avocado and salsa on the side.

Wednesday- Crockpot Whole Chicken and Parmesan Crumb Coated Brussels Sprouts

Thursday- Potato Soup

This sounds amazing and super easy! I’m loving Josh’s “lazy” approach and can’t wait to try it! I’m making a double batch so I can freeze the leftovers to use another time, perhaps when I’m feeling a little lazy and don’t feel like making dinner…

Friday- Quinoa Stuffed Squash

Saturday- Grilled Teriyaki Pork LoinGrilled Teriyaki Pork Loin with Brown Rice and Sauteed Veggies (peppers, onions, snap peas and mushrooms)

Happy Cooking!