We found it…Three Many Cooks
We made it…as written minus cloves since they make me sick.
We ate it…3 times/6 servings of two soft tacos each at least. We tried not to overstuff our tacos, so I ended up having to throw some away (sad).
We thought… It was plenty spicy with just one chipotle. The recipe mentions it’s pretty flexible and I’d agree. The sauce can be a base for any number of beans and veggies. It goes together quickly and is satisfying. We had ours with feta, but thought it could use some cabbage for crunch. Avocado would be delicious, too!
We found it…Three Many Cooks
My best friend from high school is preparing to welcome a little man into the world pretty soon. That meant it was time for a little quilt.
Making this quilt was pretty special for me because I had made his parents a quilt for their wedding three and a half years ago when I started to get into quilting as a longer term hobby. They use the quilt pretty much daily, so I’m excited for this one to get some use, too!
It’s also special because it’s the first boy quilt I’ve ever made. The bed set mom and dad chose had a lot of colors, but I didn’t want it to be too busy. I chose this pattern from Michelle’s Romantic Tangle and made some slight modifications. I sized it up a bit and added mitered borders to allow more room for shrinkage.
It came together very quickly, but, when the top was finished, it was missing something in the center. Chris had the idea to add a star, so I did my first bit of appliqué.
Remember the quilt for mom and dad I made over three years ago? It had been that long since I’d seen them! I was able to fix that by heading to Chicago for the shower to deliver the gift in person! That made this quilt extra special and I can’t wait to do it again to meet Little Man!
Yes, we’ve been eating regularly, but it has taken a backseat to both quilting and traveling. We were blessed to be able to spend time first with family and then celebrating the weddings of some lovely friends. It was exhausting, but so worth it to be around people you just know. I love seeing my friends happy, and it was so nice to see that in each case and be a part of that special day.
I also love giving gifts. A quilt is a really special gift for me to give, and usually for people to get if I do it right. I sometimes find myself up to the wire, but it’s always so worth it and I really do enjoy the overall process.
For this quilt, I chose the log cabin block pattern. It’s one I had been wanting to try, and I liked that it was traditional. The setting I chose was barn raising. I liked that it gave the randomness of the blocks some cohesion, something the bride would definitely want out of a quilt. It was also fitting because the wedding took place in a nature center built to look like an old fashioned red barn.
I chose some dark and light shades of neutral in the hopes that it would blend in to any decor the bride and groom had for years to come. I loved that I was able to use some traditional fabrics alongside some more modern ones. The Dr. Seuss Lorax pieces were a special treat that I knew my friend would appreciate.
The red was chosen not just because it is traditional for the log cabin block and represents the hearth of the home, but because it was their wedding color. The backing is polka dots which are classic and always look nice.
I cut one of the borders a little less than perfectly, but overall I’m very happy with the way this turned out. It was my first time mitering the border corners and I LOVE the look of it for this pattern.
Finally, measuring 61 x 74, it is a great size for cuddling under but wasn’t so big I had a hard time handling it to quilt it. I quilted it very minimally and LOVE the softness it lends to the finished quilt.
The quilt was very well received and even went on the mini honeymoon with the couple. It’s a good thing it did, too, because it was there to catch the post-wedding-overwhelmed-with-love-and-relief wedding tears a lot of brides experience.
I loved designing, making and giving this quilt. But what I loved most of all is the opportunity to witness friends so happy and share in such an awesome expression of love – for each other, and with family and friends.
The cats didn’t mind the quilting process so much either…
This is one of our somewhat homely ‘make do’ dinners, but it worked out well and tasty.
We found it…Three Many Cooks
We made it…as written minus the salsa on top. Improvisation is hard in a poorly stocked kitchen and pantry!
We ate it…it made 11 good size burgers for us. We ate one each for dinner along with chips, salsa and some greens and found it hardy enough. Hardy enough to pass on any sort of bread or wrap. We had a leftover burger for brunch with an egg on top, which was very tasty. The rest are frozen, so we’ll see how they come out.
We thought…they were hardy and tasty. Chipotle can be spicy, so you might want to hold off on it depending on your tolerance. As the recipe specifies, I think you could flavor these up any number of ways.
We’ve moved to CO and are doing our best to settle in. We brought enough of our kitchen so that some simple dinners could keep happening in the month we’ll be waiting for our things.
In true form, we found a way to have dinner in the dining room (who needs a table?) in front of the TV. We made Smitten Kitchen’s kidney bean curry and settled in to some Crossing Jordan.
The table situation has since improved when movers surprised us with a partial delivery (that included our bed, thank goodness).
Pair an end table with some $5 thrift store office chairs (the towels hide the non removable grime) and it’s back to normal dinners at the White house.
It happened. We had the ultimate cute niece alert. Now we have two little adorable ones to look at! I decided that the oldest niece needed a little bit of attention, so I whipped up this little quilt for her. The fabric is left over from the quilt that I made her when she was born, so hopefully that will add to its meaning some day.
It’s just the right size for a doll or stuffed animal. In this case, I expect it will be used for her teddy bear, Chocolate Cake. Given that she was strapping him into the baby’s swing the other day, I think that’s a pretty safe assumption.
He’s pretty special to her, and she’s pretty special to us. I hope she enjoys this little quilt to keep him cuddly!
We frequently make this come beet season. Our beets were multi colored rather than deep purple, so usually it’s a little more pink than it looks in this picture.
We found it…Tasty Kitchen via Parsley Thief
We made it…Substituting almonds for the pine nuts.
We ate it…for about 5 servings. It’s much more filling than it looks!
We thought…The last time we made this, I added olives to mine and that took it over the top delicious. I think that some vinegar or lemon juice helps to brighten it up some, too.
I again have no picture to share, because I’ll let the blog I got it from do the talking. These are a great way to use up the over abundance of greens in your CSA share (do you have that problem, too?!?). Also, I love cheddar. Especially when it’s white.
We found it…Food in jars, which is also a great source for canning inspiration, fyi.
We made it…As written, since it’s pretty darn flexible. We had kale, so that’s what we used. I also threw in some green onions and garlic scapes because we had them. For flour, we used some rye we had hanging around and the rest just regular whole wheat.
We ate it…We had a friend over for dinner, and we had plenty left over for ham sandwiches as well as still a few frozen.
We thought…I will definitely be doing these again. They would be a great side for a good many soups. They’d also be good for breakfast to give you something a little more hearty.
I have no picture for this soup, though I should have taken one since we ate it in our Japanese style bowls. (c:
We found it…Steamy Kitchen
We made it…As written, except we boiled some soba noodles to go with it. We added them to the bowls and ladled the soup over it.
We ate it…We made a larger batch, but I’d say her 4 servings is accurate.
We thought…We’ve made cheater miso soup before, but there’s not really a reason to. This is super easy and tastes just like you’d get from a Japanese restaurant before your sushi. It is naturally salty, though, so you might want to be aware of that.
This dough is so easy, delicious and mostly whole grain. In order to encourage you to make it, I’m giving you the recipe. It’s a Bittman classic from his Food Matters cookbook.
You can put anything on pizza. This is a pesto, mozarella and tomato version. We also made one the other night with Boston tomato (a sweet and savory tomato jam), sauteed onions and beet greens and ricotta. The whole recipe makes enough for 2 good sized pizzas, so often we cut it in half if we want less. Still easy. Still delicious.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose or bread flour, plus more as needed
- 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl (if it has a lid, even better). Stir in 1 1/2 cups of water. It should look pretty sticky and wet, like biscuit batter. It might need a bit more water, but add just a little at a time.
- Gather dough together and cover loosely. Let it sit for 6-12 hours. We usually make it in the morning and it’s ready for dinner.
- Stretch your dough out onto an olive oiled baking sheet or floured counter if using a peel and pizza stone. Add toppings and bake in a screaming hot 500 degree oven until well browned (about 10ish minutes).