Food!

The other night I knew that I wanted to make some sort of pork with tomatoes and mushroom dish but I wasn’t exactly sure how I wanted to do this. So I dove in and tried. Let’s just say that it turned out a lot better then what I thought it was going to be. I didn’t take any process pictures but here is what the final product turned out looking like.
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I cooked the pork on one of my cast iron gill pans. The mushrooms, tomatoes, and spinach cooked in a pan with a little bit of olive oil. Mr Man of the House decided that it would be exciting to have a little wine in with the veggies. We had this St. Michaels Gollywobbler Pink wine (that was actually for my mom to drink but we didn’t open it then) that we both thought was a little too sweet for our taste. It gave the veggies an interesting taste. I left most of the liquid boil off of the veggies because there was a lot of it. I did add some fresh basil to the pan as well because we have so much of it right now! Once the pork was finished I topped it with the veggies and then a piece of white american cheese. Very very good!

The only change we would make is to use a dry white wine instead of the sweet pink wine!

 

Look for more food posts to come in the coming weeks! These next two weeks I have some fun meals planned….including our Murder Mystery Dinner Party!

My Very First Quilt!

I’m not sure what made me want to do this project. I just decided one day that I wanted to make a quilt. I decided that I could start with a small one before I would try anything extremely large and I knew just the person I could do this for. I have a baby shower to go to in a couple of weeks and knew that I could definitely get it finished before then. I also knew that this one would be fun because they don’t know what the baby is going to be so I knew that I could do something simple and gender neutral. After looking through Pinterest trying to find some ideas for what I wanted the quilt to look like I finally found the combination of gray, white and yellow.

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How did I make this you ask? I started by finding a picture for inspiration. I found my inspiration in this Etsy store.

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Once I had found this I figured that I could handle doing this because it was simple enough. I laid out the material and cut a strip across that was zig zagged. That was a mistake. I should have cut the material into a few more pieces because it made it incredibly hard to sew  the gray and white stripes together. I had a few problems getting it to lay flat when doing this. If I would have cut the ups and downs into separate pieces it would have done better.

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Here is what it looked like once I had sewn all of the grays and whites together as well as sewing it to the middle warm piece and the yellow plaid backing. I put a top stitch on both sides of the stitch where the white and gray’s were connected.

The last step was to make a border. I knew that I wanted it be gray and it turned out very nice!

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I absolutely love it! I think that I will end up having to make another one of these someday when we decide to have children! That is how much I loved the color combination and just the quilt in general.  I am pretty sure that I have some great aunt’s that were watching down that would be very proud of me!

 

Bacon Mushroom Cheeseburger Soup

We were going to have Lasagna Soup this weekend until Sean decided that he really wanted to have it on Valentine’s Day. I was not opposed to that at all but I was really craving some soup so I went to the place I normally do to find recipes….Pinterest. I had no idea what type of soup that I wanted to fix but knew I would find something.

When I found this recipe I thought it would be something very different, I had no idea how easy it would be or how yummy it would be! And yes it had pickles on top!

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Here is where I found the recipe, try it! I dare you!

January Projects

January has been a month full of lots of indoor time at home. We both have been completely fine with that. First you can see what I have been up to and maybe later this week I will get around to posting pictures of the railroad and all of the improvements that have been made recently.

As for the what has come out of the office/ craft room this month, here ya go!

At school I was given a whole bag full of corks that couldn’t be used so I started off by making a cork board for the office wall. I love it! It turned out better then what I thought it was going to. Sean was nice enough to hang it on the wall for me.

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The next project was one that I had found on Pinterest and thought it would be fun to try it out. More and more patterns are showing up for felt food and it is a very creative thing for a child to have during development years. Even though we are a long ways off from having kids, this was a fun project and I am sure I will appreciate having it later on for a kiddo someday! I made an array of food, an apron, a burlap bag for storing, some tablecloths from scraps I had left over and some cloth napkins.
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Chips in bag, Tortilla chips in bag, slices of bread, pancakes, slice of meat, quesadilla, eggs, sushi, ravioli, strips of bacon, poptart, toaster strudel, tea bags and much more that isn’t pictured. Patterns on my Pinterest Board.

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I also found both of these patterns on Pinterst and decided to see how hard it would be. So easy. Some of my friends are starting to have kids so they may see some of these come their way someday. I think I like the tie better then I like the bowtie but it is still really cute!
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I also made a few more burp cloths for a family friend who is pregnant and I will be going to her shower in March. They don’t know the gender of the baby and I figured the animal prints would be a safe bet!
DSCN4216I was getting tired of the boring black leather business card holder I had in my purse. I absolutely love this print and had a small scrap that I knew would work perfect for this. It turned out so cute that I decided to make new business cards as well.
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Every morning at work I would use two cups so that I didn’t burn my hand. I came home one night and of course went to Pinterest to see what I could find. I found a very simple pattern and I had some fabric that I was pretty sure would look cute as a cup cozy. I am really glad that I took the time to make this too because I have saved a lot of extra cups and surprisingly I have gotten a lot of compliments on it as well as asking where I got it. Here is where I found the pattern.
DSCN4213This was another project to make my feel as ease. I have moments when I have put my keys in my purse but when I walk out of a store or get ready to go home from work, I feel as though I have lost my keys because I can’t find them in my purse. I found this pattern also on Pinterest and it makes it so much easier to find my keys in my purse it isn’t even funny. This was a super easy project and absolutely worth it!
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Superbowl

I know everyone is just antsy to know what I fixed for Super Bowl. Since it was such a big game in our house and we just had New Orleans food the other day with the jumbayala, I decided to make things in the shape of a bowl. I had found the idea and these recipes in my Jan/Feb issue of Rachael Ray Magazine.

They turned out awesome! We really enjoyed all of the different food! We started the afternoon off with the anitpasta bites, followed by the Garlice bread bowl with the spicy pizza dip and we finished the night up with the chocolate peanut butter bowl.

 

Antipasta bowls

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Garlic Bread Bowl with Spicy Pizza Dip

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bowl

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All of the recipes were very easy to fix and of the three I am pretty sure that I will fix the pizza dip and the chocolate peanut butter bowl again. The antipasta bites were very good just would have been better with bigger slices of salami.

As for the game it is a little intense in the house tonight for the mister. I on the other hand have been doing lots of other things while the game has been on, including eating more of the chocolate peanut butter bowl.

Happy Super Bowl!