Saturday, February 22, 2014

Primrose Satchel with a Mockingjay

Hello,

Aren't you glad it's the weekend? We woke up to snow here today. Thankfully it's not sticking to the road. It looks pretty coming down and covering the trees. 

I spent the morning in the studio whipping up this cute bag for a friend of my daughter's. She's having a Hunger Games themed party! So, I think this bag should be a big hit. 


I used my Primrose Satchel pattern, which is a free messenger bag PDF that I posted a few weeks ago. Then for the embroidery, I downloaded a free machine embroidery mockingjay pattern from Apex Embroidery. For this bag, I didn't use any interfacing. In the strap there is some quilt batting. 

Have you tried my pattern yet? I want to see your bag!! :)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Recipe Box: Beef and Bean Burritos

Here's a quick and delicious weeknight dinner that you and your teens can make together. 


Beef and Bean Burritos

Filling
1 lb lean ground beef
1 can refried beans
1 diced orange pepper
4 tbsp taco seasoning
1 cup water
3/4 cup sour cream
1 can rotel

Brown ground beef in large frying pan. Add orange pepper and cook until slightly soft. Add taco seasoning and water. Cook until water is gone. Add the rest of the filling ingredients and heat through. 

6 flour tortillas
3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 diced tomato
3 sliced green onions

Assemble burritos by placing a generous scoop of filling on a flour tortilla. Sprinkle with grated cheese. Roll up. Sprinkle top with cheese. Bake at 350° until cheese is bubbly. Serve with fresh diced tomato, green onions and guacamole. 

Guacamole
3 ripe avocados
1 clove minced garlic
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup sour cream
Salt to taste

Mash all ingredients together with a fork. Serve immediately or keep tightly wrapped with plastic wrap. I mush it right against the guacamole to prevent browning. 



Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day Cookies

Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies
Secret Ingredient: Sour Cream


Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
1-1/2 cups sugar (I keep my used vanilla beans in my sugar jar for extra vanilla-y cookies)
1 cup butter
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract (or vanilla scraped from one vanilla bean)
1 cup sour cream
4-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1. Cream together sugar and butter. Add egg, vanilla, and sour cream. Add dry ingredients. Mix well, but only until flour is incorporated.
2. Refrigerate and shape.
3. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 5 minutes (or longer if they're a bit thicker... just watch the first batch and then adjust the cooking time accordingly).

Martha Stewart's Royal Icing
Makes 2 1/3 cups
  • 3 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 5 tablespoons meringue powder, or 2 large egg whites
  • water
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine sugar and meringue powder. Mixing on low speed, add a scant 1/2 cup water. For a thinner consistency, usually used for flooding, add more water. A thicker consistency is generally used for outlining and adding details. Mix until icing holds a ribbon-like trail on the surface of the mixture for 5 seconds when you raise the paddle.

Full credit for baking and decorating these cookies goes to my youngest daughter!! I just made the dough this time. She's such an awesome pastry chef already.

First blogged here in 2007.
Original recipe sources:
Sour Cream Sugar Cookies (can no longer find the recipe on her blog, but that's where I got it)
Martha Stewart Royal Icing


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Technique Tuesday :: 10/10 Brother DreamWeaver Sewing Tutorials!!!

Hooray!! The V-Series DreamWeaver™ XE Innov-is VM6200D that I received from Brother Canada last April is officially here to stay now that I've completed tutorial number 10! Hooray!! (Did I say that already?)

This Pinwheel Doll Quilt tutorial is number 10 in a series of 10 that I've been working on for the past 10 months for Brother Canada!! They have so generously provided me with an amazing Brother DreamWeaver sewing/embroidery machine combo. You can find all the tutorials below. Just click each link to download the PDF.
  1. Perfect Half Square Triangles
  2. Pretty Perfect Pinwheels
  3. Quilting Chevrons
  4. Flawless Machine Binding
  5. Handmade Ruffle Curtains
  6. Primrose Satchel
  7. Super Simple Quilted Table Runner
  8. Designing Unique Quilt Stitches
  9. Machine Embroidery Quilting
  10. Pinwheel Doll Quilt Pattern 
You can also find me on Etsy to purchase my other patterns or place an order for a custom made quilt or bag!

Thanks so much for following along this fun and interesting journey since last April. I hope you've learned something and have been inspired to try some new projects. If you're considering purchasing a new machine, I cannot recommend a Brother highly enough. I've had no problems at all with my machine. It's been a dream to work with since day 1. I've also had the pleasure of being a part of a yahoogroup for Brother DreamWeaver owners and the members of the group are extremely happy with their machines as well! The only "complaint" I've noticed recently is some were wishing it came with the PE-Design Software. It is available for purchase, though. There's also a free trial so you can test it out to see if it's something you'd enjoy. I played around with the trial and found it easy to navigate and really cool. It gives you so many options for designing your own totally unique machine embroidery patterns.

Next up: I'm hoping to get new Simplicity Brother sewing machines for my girls. We've recently renovated my previous hair salon (before that it was the garage!! Who needs a garage anyway, right?) into such a cute sewing studio for my girls (and their friends) and I. My youngest is starting sewing class at school now, so it'll be really nice for her to have somewhere at home to work on her projects, too!

Thank you, Brother Canada! And, thank you to my friend, Madelyn, who encouraged me every step of the way!


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Technique Tuesday :: 9/10 Brother DreamWeaver Sewing Tutorials!!

This tutorial is number 9 in a series of 10 that I am working on for Brother Canada!! They have so generously provided me with an amazing Brother DreamWeaver sewing/embroidery machine combo. You can find all the tutorials below. Just click each link to download the PDF. 
  1. Perfect Half Square Triangles
  2. Pretty Perfect Pinwheels
  3. Quilting Chevrons
  4. Flawless Machine Binding
  5. Handmade Ruffle Curtains
  6. Primrose Satchel
  7. Super Simple Quilted Table Runner
  8. Designing Unique Quilt Stitches
  9. Machine Embroidery Quilting
  10. Pinwheel Doll Quilt Pattern (coming soon!)

Technique Tuesday :: 8/10 Brother DreamWeaver Sewing Tutorials

This tutorial is number 8 in a series of 10 that I am working on for Brother Canada. They have so generously provided me with an amazing Brother DreamWeaver sewing/embroidery machine combo. You can find all the tutorials below. Just click each link to download the PDF. 
  1. Perfect Half Square Triangles
  2. Pretty Perfect Pinwheels
  3. Quilting Chevrons
  4. Flawless Machine Binding
  5. Handmade Ruffle Curtains
  6. Primrose Satchel
  7. Super Simple Quilted Table Runner
  8. Designing Unique Quilt Stitches
  9. Machine Embroidery Quilting (coming soon!)
  10. Pinwheel Doll Quilt Pattern (coming soon!)

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