Thursday, April 17, 2014

This Week in My Kitchen ::



I spend much of my days off in my kitchen and share photos here in my living posts and recipes.  I look forward to the weeks ahead of sharing our food in photos while participating in Heather's weekly post blog hop called This Week in My Kitchen.









Loving my food.  Loving it.

This week was filled with warmth and yummies.  

A dinner of shrimp cocktail.  And that was ALL.
A black forest fruit galette.
Coffee.  Lots and lots of coffee.
White Chicken chili with Kale.
My first attempt at cottage cheese making!
Sauteed zucchini with parm cheese.

I am loving fun series of food sharing.
You should totally join in with Heather over on her blog.

XOXO, Jules

Thursday, April 10, 2014

This Week in My Kitchen ::



I spend much of my days off in my kitchen and share photos here in my living posts and recipes.  I look forward to the weeks ahead of sharing our food in photos while participating in Heather's weekly post blog hop called This Week in My Kitchen.











I did come up with a new recipe for beans.  I am ALWAYS looking for new ways to incorporate beans of any kind into my day. I love them.

::Bean salad:: 
1 can of rinsed black beans
15 halved cherry tomatoes
1T olive oil
1T vinegar
1T italian herbs ground
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper

Mix all together and allow to chill over night.

Other than that though, there was not much time in the kitchen this week, although there was lots and lots of drinking going on from what I can gather from looking through the pictures on my phone ( what I take the majority of my pictures with these days. )

Coffee, tea, Lifewater, water, more coffee, smoothies, and soda ( my vice in life ).


OOOHHH!!!   I totally caved and got a pack of 10 Ball vintage blue jars and a set of 4 Ball sip/straw lids.  I drink out of Mason canning jars almost exclusively at home and was so psyched to find these at Target!  I all but tore into the packaging and started using them right in line at the checkout.  They are AMAZEBALLS!

I made an apple galette. Except, I was tight on time and ingredients, so I used a roll out pie crust and a can of pie filling.  Still fabulous.  Still gobbled up.

Oh wait...I did try making cottage cheese for the first time EVER.  It was in a moment of desperation during a pre-dinner prep, I was dressed in my pajamas and unwilling to change into actual clothing to drive to the store.  I googled "cottage cheese easy " until I found a recipe that had ingredients that I had in my house. I think it needs a few tweaks ( saltiness, curd size, etc. ), but it was good otherwise.  I will share the recipe once I perfect it.

And oops, I almost forgot.  I also tried my hand at making some chewy fruity granola bars. Those were delicious.  Recipe to come on those later too.

Hmmm, after writing this up, I guess I did more in the kitchen than I had originally thought.

At any rate, you should totally join in with Heather over on her blog for this fun series.

XOXO, Jules

Thursday, April 3, 2014

This Week in My Kitchen ::


I spend much of my days off from work in my kitchen, and I share photos here in my living posts and recipes.  When I saw Heather's post about a weekly post blog hop called This Week in My Kitchen, I jumped right on board.  
 I look forward to the weeks ahead of sharing our food in photos.









I spend much of my days off in my kitchen and share photos here in my living posts and recipes.  I look forward to the weeks ahead of sharing our food in photos.

On the menu this week was inspired from things that I found on Pinterest.

Roasted Chickpeas 
Apple Enchiladas except I used whole wheat tortillas and less butter and sugar than the recipe called for.
Dark Chocolate covered Apricots

And things inspired from our regular eating.

Smoothies.
Venison Spaghetti
Roasted Chicken and potatoes
Fruit and salads

You should totally join in with Heather over on her blog for this fun series.

XOXO, Jules

Monday, March 24, 2014

Tutorial :: Simple Adult Pinafore / Tunic / Apron / Smock

As promised, here is my tutorial for that pinafore I was telling you about.
 

For a while I have been coveting some pretty adorable adult pinafores on Pinterest.  But with a price of 70$-100$ a pop, I was no way going to drop that kind of coin on something I planned on wearing to cook, garden, or sew in.

I've made aprons for myself before, but a pinafore it something I could wear to the store or for a walk and not feel like a dowdy housewife.

So, in typical Julia fashion I decided to go about making my own version.  Simple, raw, and quick.

I am 5'7" and weigh around 143lb, I have an ass, hips, and a barely existent chest.   Given these measurements I started messing around with a pattern by wrapping some cotton fabric around myself and also measuring from my mid shoulder blades toward my mid chest cross wise and sketched out some raw measurements.


I wanted the pinafore to reach just above my knees and allowing for some seaming with the measurements... I went about making my very own pinafore.

I cut out a large rectangle that makes up the body of the pinafore 44" X 30", seaming the sides as shown below.  The left and bottom seams were 1", the top and right seams were 3".  I know that seems weird to have seams that aren't the same, but I did it on purpose. I wanted the overlapping back of the pinafore to have a wider seam since it may become visible when the flaps get caught in the wind.  For the wider seam on the chest, I wanted a detail of the simple stitching lower down on the front of the pinafore.

With my measurements that I had taken, it ended up being 22 X 3 inches for each strap before sewing.




To make the straps, I folded the strap fabric in half lengthwise and did a quick 1/4 inch stitch down the raw edge.


I turned the straps right side out using a knitting needle.



I folded over the ends 1 inch to stitch to the tunic body.


I positioned the straps around 10 inches apart at the center of the front of the pinafore body.  I like the straps attached to the front of the pinafore for detail, but they can also be stitched to the inside.

Pin the folded over end of the straps to the front of the pinafore.



To attach the straps to the back of the pinafore, cross them over each other, making sure that the side with the wider seam is crossed over the other flap as shown below.

Pin the straps into place on the edge of the flaps and stitch the straps to the front and back of the pinafore.



See!  
Simple!

And kinda cute to boot!




This tutorial is adaptable to other sizes by adding or subtracting inches for the body of the pinafore and the straps.

XOXO, Jules

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sewing Room Redo :: re-inspiration

Since my Father in Law's death this past fall, my creativity has taken a complete nosedive.  Literally.
I just could NOT get it up to go in there, let alone to make anything sewing wise.  I could do the occasional craft, but to actually take stock of my fabrics and get inspired.
Nope.  
Na da.  
Uh ugh.

When I signed up for the Handmade craft swap last month, I ended up going into the room to find some supplied and it just snowballed into a complete re-organization of the room.

I do this at least once a year.  I get sick of the clutter, the chaos, the stacks of tired fabric that I need to swap out on the shelves and I end up spending a full day making it how I want it.










This time.  It worked as I had hoped.  The fresh space and organized baskets and shelves was just what I needed to become re-inspired to create.

I am completely obsessed with a site called Poshmark.  They have gently worn clothing for cheap!  Cheap! As in 5$ summer dresses, sweaters, pretty much everything you can imagine!  I've gotten a stack of goodness from it.  One of the dresses that I got had some BLING on it that I was not fond of.  I am not a blingy girl, so I made good use of my newly freshened room and cut off the sparkles and beads from the dress's fabric.
It turned out perfectly.


Also, the new space has my mind contemplating making a fresh batch of babies to stock our store with.  We sold two of the last 5 that we had in our stash.  One of the new doll parents wanted a sleepy face for their new baby and I was all too glad to oblige.




I can't believe that it's been FOUR years since my twinnie and I ventured into the world of Etsy, almost 3000 sales under our belts!

You can read more about our experience over on our shop blog.

It's been some of the best 4 years of my life.

Love you all.  Next up will be a tutorial on a new simple smock/tunic/apron/pinafore that I've been working on.

Yay for sewing!