Friday, December 31, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Well, I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas - I definitely did! Lots of family and friends and food! Now to look back on 2010 here at What I'm Making.... At some point at the beginning of the year, I decided to sew as much as I could to make up for the lack of production in 2009. I also made a conscious effort to blog a bit more. I think that I succeeded on both of those goals, although there is definitely room for improvement in 2011! I have plans for that and will talk about it in a 2011 Looking Ahead post this week :) Looking back though, I am pretty happy with everything I made this year. The only dud in the group is the blue poplin blouse in the top right corner, it just didn't come out good. I will try this pattern one more time though, as I have seen it made up into some cute looks. But, other than this one, I like everything I made :)
I also became obsessed with collecting Pyrex this year! Here are some of my favorite pieces of 2010. I joined the Pyrex Collective and did my first swap :) I'm working on another swap right now and I'm hoping to keep having Pyrex luck in the New Year :)
I'd just like to say thank you to everyone who reads my little blog, whether you are a lurker or a commenter - I am grateful to you all! Please keep reading in 2011, I have plans for more posting, more projects and more Pyrex!!!
Friday, December 24, 2010
But, first - here is another delicious recipe I tried out recently. I found this Grasshopper Brownie recipe in an issue of Women's World and it just sounded so good!
1 pkg of brownie mix -- I use Ghiaradelli Double Chocolate
1 pkg of Andes chocolate-mint candies, chopped
10 crushed sandwich cookies, such as Oreo -- I used Trader Joe's Joe-Joe's, they have a chocolate filling...yum :)
- Preheat oven as per brownie mix package directions.
- Line a brownie pan with foil and coat well with cooking spray.
- Prepare brownies as per package directions. Stir half of the candy into the brownie mix.
- Pour into brownie pan and top with the remaining candy and crushed cookies.
- Bake as per package directions, until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. Cool completely before cutting.
FYI - everything tastes better when baked in vintage Pyrex while wearing a handmade apron...just saying :) Enjoy!!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Then, the big order came in. Fabric.com never disappoints! From left to right I received a navy blue Double Knit that will hopefully become a dress, Hatchi Rayon Blend Jersey Knits in Purple, Teal and Navy for tops and cardigans and a Rayon Blend Jersey Knit in shades of Brown/Tan/Grey/Black for a top. This last piece is pretty sheer, which I wasn't expecting, but I can just pair it with a tank top.
This last piece is from Joann's - it was 40% off and I couldn't resist. It's a wool blend, and I'm thinking a skirt...we'll see :) I can't wait to get started!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
I've been doing some Christmas baking. On Sunday I made these along with some Red Velvet Cookies and some Peanut Butter Blossoms. These are soooo good! I got the recipe from a girl I work with and I have been dying to try it out - easy and delicious! My kitchen doesn't have any natural lighting, so the picture came out a little funny, but trust me - you have to try these!!
1 1/3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 7 oz. bag sweetened shredded coconut
1 bag of butterscotch chips
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees
- Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream butter til fluffy and pale yellow. Add the sugars and continue beating until the mixture is no longer gritty. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until blended.
- Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix til blended.
- Add coconut and butterscotch, mix.
- Bake 13-15 minutes. Enjoy!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Joann's is having some great sales lately! I picked up a few patterns to add to my collection. I'm really looking forward to sewing the Vogue patterns. I have some knit fabric making it's way to me right now from fabric.com. I just couldn't resist making a purchase when they sent me a coupon marking 3 years since my first purchase from them (that free shipping after spending $35 helps a lot too!!)! I plan on using this fabric right away. I'm going to start the New Year off with some fun new projects! Look for a post in the next week or two about my New Year's resolutions and plans for 2011 both for this blog and for my sewing along with a 2010 year in review. :)
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
here it is for you now. I also got the Pocket Clutch and I'm going to cut that out this afternoon. Hope everyone is getting some sewing time this weekend!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
The ipod holder is a pattern I made up on my own. It's just the right size and it has a little pocket in the front for my headphones. I got a lot of inspiration for this pattern on etsy.
These were both practice runs, I'll be making them up again really soon and hopefully those versions will be perfect :)
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
I wanted to use the Weekends fabric I had just received, so I whipped up this little set. I have made the Stash and Dash pattern before (you can see it here) and I do love it. Each bag was simple to put together and I love how the darts make it that much roomier.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I also made up another change purse. I'm still not quite happy with it, but it's getting there. I need to get some more zippers and some more snaps. I've been working on a few more card cases as well. Hope everyone is having a great week - I've got some new Pyrex to share, but that will have to wait for another post :)
The store is called Sewfisticated and I first read about it on this blog, Sewaholic. Make sure you check out her blog - lots of great sewn items and tips. She is also coming out with a pattern soon, which I can't wait to get my hands on!!
Sorry bout that - I usually double check that before I post :)
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
At least I mustered up some motivation to make Red Velvet Cookies :)
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
This is what I made for dinner last night. I actually prepared it all in the morning and stuck it in the fridge - when I got home from work I popped it in the oven and it was done! Soooo good, real comfort food :) Not sure where this recipe is from, it was passed along to me by a friend. Enjoy!
Creamy Chicken Lasagna
12 no-boil lasagna noodles
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 package of sliced portabella mushrooms
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 boxes of cream cheese, room temp (I used 1/3 less fat Neufchatel cheese and it's just as good)
2 cups shredded mozzarella, divided
1 chicken buillon cube
2 tsps Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic salt
ground black pepper
1 jar of Vodka Sauce
Put chicken in a pot of water and bring to a boil, once boiling cook for 20 minutes (check chicken to make sure it's cooked through), shred
Saute mushrooms and onion in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until soft, adding garlic at the last minute
In a large bowl, combine chicken, veggies, cream cheese, 1 cup of the mozzarella, Italian seasonings, garlic salt and pepper. Dissolve the buillon cube in 1/4 cup of boiling water and add to the mixture. Mix well.
Spread 1/3 of the Vodka sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 pan and top with 4 noodles. Spread half of the chicken mixture on top and then 1/3 more of the sauce. Add another layer of 4 noodles, the rest of the chicken mixture and 4 more noodles. Top with the remaining Vodka sauce and sprinkle with the remaining cup of mozzarella. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 45 minutes, then uncover and bake for another 20 minutes.
I'm having the leftovers for lunch today :) YUM! Now I just need a Pyrex lasagna pan :):)
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I also got this vintage pattern. There were 2 big boxes of patterns, but most of them were 80's. I did manage to pick out this little gem and I'd love to make it up. I haven't pulled it out to see if all the pieces are there, but if they are I would love to make the dress in a navy blue knit. I'm planning to hit a few flea markets this weekend and I have been seeing church fairs being advertised for October, so hopefully my thrifting luck will keep up!