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Decisions! Decisions!

I've been thinking about it for years. Especially the last two. But never had the courage to just say no. Always felt bad. Never wanted to let people down.

I turned in my notice. I will no longer be selling on consignment. Locally. It feels really good to make this decision.

I will still keep my Etsy shop. For now. If you want the link, send me a message. I still plan to sell craft supplies. I may occasionally sell a handmade object, but don't hold your breath.

I'm going to enjoy working on my own projects. For fun.

Enchiladas

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I made a batch of enchiladas today and wanted to break down the cost- I've had my fair share of eating ramen noodles and tuna casserole in our early years of marriage thinking that it was the only way to eat cheap. 
Let's see... I bought a 5 pound chub of ground beef for $10. It took 1.5 pounds to make the dish, so $3. 
Tomato sauce- 16 ounces for $1. Eight ounces of Cheddar cheese for $2.58. Chopped green chillies $2 (it was less but can't remember the exact cost) Chili powder- can be bought for $1. I paid $3 from my local herb shop. It's more potent than the cheap stuff so I only have to use half the amount. 1 tablespoon of butter- 10 cents for a tablespoon. Corn tortillas package of 30- $3 give or take. I think I actually got mine on sale for $2.50. 
Total cost- $10.68 Plus a box of Mexican rice for $2.
Together this made enough food for the both of us to eat for three days! 
$1.05 per serving. 
I'd much rather eat this dish any day of the week than ramen noodle…

Best baked drumsticks

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I was super excited to find these at my local supermarket today. I was hoping to find some on sale! I bought two packages and made this with the first one.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Empty drumsticks into a big bowl. Add: salt sprinkle liberally, pepper sparingly, paprika medium shake enough to color chicken, and garlic powder. (If you like to measure exactly too bad, lol! But if I had to guess, I'd say 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of paprika, and 1 teaspoon garlic powder. I like garlic!) Mix together until coated. Lay in pan. I used my cast iron. No grease needed. Bake for 45 minutes. Check temperature, when it reaches 185 degrees it's done! I checked it after 35 minutes and checked it every 10 minutes after that.

These will feed me all week! Hubby likes the white meat, but I'm at the point that I can't stand it anymore, so these are all for me!





Not bad at all. $3 for a week's worth of meals!

Fantastic fat quarter win!

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This is the second month on a row that I've won the fat quarter drawing at my local quilt guild meeting. Last month was for a checkered gingham pile. This month's theme was red, white, blue or patriotic. I just had a feeling when I went there tonight that I would win the pile and I did!!

Then on top of that, I won a door prize of charm packs.

There are so many projects that I want to make but never seem to have the fabric for. Now I do!

Here are a few projects I want to do-

Hot dog pot holder pattern- it arrived last week and I'm quickly learning to read the instructions first!!! Especially when it says to read BEFORE cutting out the material. Lol.



Next is this cute country pouch. Using homespun material which just happens to be on sale at the local quilt shop.

Pic coming soon!



After that, these adorable pouches. I have never seen such cute zippers before!!!


I'll post pics of my fat quarter and door prize win soon!

Hexies

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During the last quilt show, a lady was demonstrating how to make these cute hexies. They are a blast to make. I like hand sewing projects. She gave me the middle one to use for a sample. But you cut out the pattern pieces which is a large hexagon and a small one. With the small sized you also cut out a piece of batting. Then place it on top of the larger piece wrong sized one. Then fold the edges up twice and pin. Sew in place. You can use a machine but I prefer to sew by hand. Connect to make whatever project you want. The piece alone is large enough to be a coaster.




If you would like me to mail you a pattern for this, send a self addressed stamped envelope to me. Pm for address. If you want an image to be seen in the center, follow the instructions I'll enclose.

I'll have to see if I can figure out how to make a PDF copy of the pattern for those with a printer.

Purse #10

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Purse making has been going slowly lately. I still plan to finish 9 more by September.

Here is the last one I made recently. I ordered some webbing from here to use for the straps. I like this company!!


Well I can't seem to find the almost done picture so this will have to do for now. I'm hoping to sew in the straps this week.

Italian Chicken and seasoned vegetables

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I made this a few weeks ago, and it was a keeper at our place so I decided to make it for some of our meals this week. I thought it would only make 4 servings, but it made 5 1/3 servings.  instead.

Here is the recipe. I lost this recipe for awhile and found another one that seemed similar but not as tasty looking, so I was happy when I found it. Now I'll never lose it again and neither will you. :-) I added the sweet mini bell peppers to the dish because I got it confused with another recipe. :/ And I had a yellow onion to use up so I used it instead of a red one.








Underneath the chicken (3.5 ounces of cooked chicken to be exact) is white basmati rice. I had never cooked it before and found I really like it! No more plain generic rice for me!

I used-
2 pounds raw boneless skinless chicken breast
6.5 ounces fresh broccoli
8.3 ounces chopped mini bell peppers (cut into thirds)
20 sweet cherubs cherry tomatoes
3.4 ounces onions chopped
1 pound zucchini sliced


Calories- 402 per serving…

Chicken broccoli rice meal prep $3 each

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This recipe cost approximately $3 each to make. It's served with a yummy yogurt sauce that is added after it's heated up.

Microwave bowls

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So, I was at the kitchen store the other day and noticed that the fabric microwave bowls were getting low so I told the lady the makes them that I'd be happy to help her make more if she wanted me to.

She gave me the supplies and I sewed these up. I actually made 14 total. They are hard to take pictures of. But there are so many different styles of prints.



The pattern for these is super simple. I've never seen anything like it on the web. This easy, I mean. The quilt shop sells the pattern for $1. If you want me to send you one, let me know. It is printed on a single sheet of paper so it's just the cost of a stamp plus $1.

If you would like to me make you one, send me a message. We can discuss fabrics, quantity, and prices.

Dish cloths

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I recently got asked to make six dish cloths for someone so this is what I made.

  Seed stitch Grandma's favorite

Easy knit
Garter
 Garter
 Farmhouse

Meal prepping is fun!

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A few weeks ago hubby found me a YouTube channel that shares meal prepping recipes. We've tried two of their recipes so far and quite impressed! Meal prepping is such a great idea for when you come home from work exhausted and don't want to eat out. You just simply pop your ready made meal in the microwave and it's ready in a few minutes.

I've tried making pad Thai in the past, but I never cared for it, until tonight.

Here is where I found the recipe.

I am so glad I thought to ask my local kitchen store if they had any woks for sale. They had one left, on clearance. Normally it would have been $85 but I got it for $60. I love the wok! No more do I have the food falling out of the pan. There's so much space to cook it all in.






15 bean soup with cornbread

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I have fond memories of eating beans and cornbread with my Granny every week. The only thing is that she liked to use a ton of vegetable oil in it. When we lived with her, I had to hide the bottle so she didn't use too much.

Anyways, I decided to make a batch of 15 bean soup for supper tonight. I tried making some awhile back according to the directions but I found it tasted too watery.





First, I soaked the beans overnight. Then I rinsed the beans and drained them. Put them in my large oval crockpot and put just enough water to barely cover the beans. I put the lid on at 8 in the morning and set to low. Around noon, I checked on it and the beans had nearly cooked all the way. I opened up a can of diced tomatoes and added some dried onions and garlic powder.




 About 2 in the afternoon, I added a pound of diced cubed ham. It is simmering nicely while the cornbread bakes.




I have two favorite cornbread recipes that I use depending on my mood. I grew up on spicy cornbread. I wish I had m…

Farmhouse kitchen cloth

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I found this pattern on ravelry. It reminds me of my knitted dish cloth with ridges pattern. It looks similar but is made differently.

Here is what I have so far.


This cloth is a set of six that I'm making for an order. I'll post up all six when I get the ends of the others weaved in. I'm trying to make six different cloths.

Mug rugs completed

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It took me about a week to finish these.


Now I'm working on matching dishcloths.

Cast iron handle cover

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After trying a cast iron handle cover pattern I found on ravelry and deciding it was too big, I decided to make my own.

I'm using an h hook and worsted cotton yarn.

I chained 5 stitches and using the magic style potholder pattern, it's looking pretty good. Look got my post about the magic style pot scrubber. Same concept.

Well, it fits the handle but it's too tight of a squeeze to get it on and off quickly. So, I tried another with a chain of 7. I didn't like it at first because it almost seems too big, but I decided I liked it that way after all. Easy on easy off. I may try a chain of 6 next time.



This is chain 7.


This is chain 5.
I like how they look so different.

Mug rugs

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Since I sold out of my mug rugs at the local kitchen shop, I decided to make some more. This time, I tried a few new styles.

And received an order for 26 of them. I'm going to be busy!



Toddler dress.

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I sewed this last week. My new favorite pattern. The whole dress takes about 30 minutes to make.


I hesitated buying this pattern for so long, but I love it!

I plan to make several more.

Halfway to completed goal.

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I was feeling discouraged in making the purses so I took a break on them. I even thought of quitting but hubby encouraged me to keep it up.

I finished these last night.



Small batch tortillas

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I tried a new recipe this week and it turned out great.

Makes 4 tortillas.

1 cup of flour
Dash of salt
1.5 Tablespoons of butter
1/3 cup hot water

Mix dry. Add butter and mix until crumbly. Add hot water. Knead until soft. Let set at least 30 minutes with a towel covering bowl. I like to soak in hot water and place in top without touching the dough.

Then roll into 4 equal pieces. Let rest another 15 minutes. Roll out. I like to roll and set aside sooo they are ready to cook one after the other.

Heat up griddle. Fry until puffy and flip over to cook the other side. Store underneath thick towels until ready to serve. This is the secret to keeping them soft!







Four more to add to the pile

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I was able to use some material I already had, so for three of the purses I only had to use 1/3 yard each. My favorite one is the first one.




I've got plenty of material like the last two pictured. I really don't like to sew with it because of the fraying. Someone suggested fray check so I'll try that next time. I think a purse with a light green liner would look good too.

Sewing for fun not profit is much more enjoyable to me!