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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!

I'm on the hunt.

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I'm in the hunt for fabric to be turned into purses. I've scoured my fabric bins and came up nearly empty. I should have known as I've been giving away fabric left and right and using up every bit that I had in other projects. If only I had thought to save what I had for the purses. But that's ok. I'm glad I shared with who I did. I needed to make room in my life for new things and that's one reason I was able to find this great group to sew for.

I'm really hoping to go to the thrift shop near my house to look for remnants that I can use. With what little scraps I found yesterday, I headed over to the quilt shop and bought these to use for the liners-


It took me almost the whole afternoon to just cut the pieces up. And then I started the sewing process. I'm almost halfway​ done and can't wait to share the finished pictures.

I've decided to sell all my pattern books that I'm not using, so that I can use that money to put towards fabric for fu…

Second purse completed

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I love the fabric combo!






Sew it begins.

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Today I'm taking my sewing in a different direction.

I had been searching for a new direction for my sewing for a long time, but it wasn't until a woman posted a picture of some purses she made for a group called Sew Powerful on facebook that it clicked and I realized I wanted to be a part of it!

I finished my first purse tonight. I don't know why but I was so nervous to make it. I sweated nervously, ripped out plenty of stitches, sewed straps without realizing I had no bobbin thread, but in the end, I got it done! Yay!

My goal is to have 20 to mail out by the deadline in October. I'm really excited to be able to sew these purses.







Carrot treat bags and the changes I made

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Every once in awhile I'll come across a pattern that looks like fun to make, but I never bother to make it, because I'm too busy filling orders.

This is one of those patterns.

I knew I had to try making one! Or a few!



The first one I made on the left I made almost exactly as the instructions stated. Unfortunately, the link I used is no longer! But here is a similar one.  I couldn't figure out why it said to zigzag the edges before sewing it up, so I did it last. Then, I realized why. Oops! It's hard to press seams open when you've sewed them shut!!

Before I forget, please be sure when you cut the carrot material into the carrot shape-- make sure the fold is on the left hand side. If it's on the right, you might as well throw the material away. Cut it that way and you'll see what happens. I've done it a couple times by accident. :/

I also had trouble sewing the casing lines. Bunched up it looks fine, but spread open and my lines are uneven. Grrrr! Plus, …