Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Our Tree

It's been pretty busy around here!  I hosted Thanksgiving this year at our home, and now I've been preparing for Christmas.  Lots of holiday decorating, cookie baking, knitting, & sewing! I also finished painting my antique desk!  I'll post the before & after pics tomorrow!  For now, here is our tree!  We planned on getting a smaller tree this year, but feel in love with this huge beauty!  It took a real long time to cut down & I don't even know how we got it in the house, but here it is:
Stay turned for the awesome transformation of my new desk!  I'm so excited!!  It turned out beautifully. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

at home

{ i started decorating the house for the holidays }
{ new.vintage kitchen rug }

{ our halloween costumes -mad men- } 
{ new.vintage yarn storage tote }

{ finally found a use for the old kitchen scale i bought last summer }
{ another new.vintage yarn tote i bought on etsy }

Monday, November 12, 2012

Easy Blaze Orange Cowl

It's hunting season here in Wisconsin and living in the country & hearing gun shots can make you kinda nervous.  Especially when you have pets.  I decided to make blaze orange cowls for both of my dogs! I chose fleece due to is snuggly warm quality.

Blaze Orange Fleece
Coordinating Thread
Tape Measure
Cutting Mat / Rotary Cutter or Scissors

Measure your dog's neck circumference with a tape measure.  Add two inches, one for the seam and the other for a looser fit.

Measure the length of your dogs neck as well.  No need to add any length to that you don't even have to finish the seam.

Cut your fabric with your rotary cutter or scissors.

Wrap the fabric around the dog's neck with the outside fabric up against the dogs fur.  Put both end seams up against each other and pinch off where you would like the cowl to be sewn.  Hold that spot!

Make sure your fabric is inside out and sew the ends together where you pinched off.

{ I cut my fabric too long, so I cut the remaining off with pinking sheers }
Double knot both ends of string and clip them close to the knot! Turn inside out!

Be happy that you took a step closer to keeping your pets safe!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

It's Been A While...

{ hand sewing hexies in the car }
It's been quite a couple of weeks!  I haven't posted in a while due to my dog Laila taking ill. 
Long story short we thought she sprained her paw.  However after multiple 2 hour long trips back and forth to the vet with an extremely sick dog { I literally had to carry her } we found out she has Lyme's Disease.  After receiving her last antibiotic today { HOORAY } she's looking & feeling a lot better.  I am beyond happy and humbled to have her healthy.

We also took a business trip out to Chicago & stayed in a pet friendly hotel which was a lot of fun!  We ate at Portillo's - they have the best cheesy fries and Italian beef sandwiches!  
I spent the long hours in the car working on hand sewing my hexies for my new throw pillow!  I finally finished it, and I am very proud because this was my first attempt sewing with hexagons/quilting!  I am hooked now and can't wait to start my next project.

{ We've been having the most beautiful sunsets here lately }

Quinoa Stuffed Green Peppers With Homemade Guacamole

I recently discovered quinoa and I've been hooked!  I was craving stuffed peppers the other day and I came up with this delicious and filling recipe! I also topped it off with my homemade guacamole!

**  This recipe feeds one person, just double the pepper ingredients to feed more than one **
                 { You could also remove the Chicken granules for a vegetarian meal. }


1 Green Pepper
1/4 C Quinoa
1/4 C Diced Red Onion
1 Tsp Wyler's Chicken Granules
3/4 C Water
1 Tsp Chopped Cilantro
Can of Vegetarian Refried Beans
Can of Enchilada Sauce
1/4 C Shredded Extra Sharp Cheddar 

1/2 Avocado
1/2 Tomato Chopped & Seeds Removed
1 Tsp Chopped Cilantro
2 Tbs Frontera Tomatillo Salsa

Add the diced onion, quinoa, water, & chicken granules to a small sauce pan - cover slightly with a lid.  Cook on a medium to low heat until all water is absorbed.  Fluff with a fork. Once the quinoa is cooked take the quinoa off the stove and mix in 1 tsp of the chopped cilantro, and add the shredded cheese, stir.

In the meantime heat the oven to 375 and cut the top off the pepper. Gut out the insides.  Cook the pepper in the microwave for 90 seconds to soften the pepper.

Add a layer of refried beans to the bottom of the pepper, fill the rest with the quinoa mix.

Pour a layer of enchilada sauce in a baking dish.  Place the peppers on top of the enchilada sauce. Cover with tin foil and cook for 25 minutes.  After 25 minutes take off the tin foil and cook for another 5 minutes.

When the peppers are almost done start making the fresh guacamole!  Cut an avocado in half, don't use the side with the pit.  Keep the pit half in the fridge (it stays fresh longer with the pit left in it).
Mash half of the avocado with a fork. Mix in the chopped cilantro, tomatillo salsa, and diced tomatoes.

Cut the pepper in half to serve, drizzle the enchilada sauce on top and serve with guacamole!
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