What's everyone up to these days? Found any good recipes lately?
Apparently last time I updated this thread I was doing the elimination diet. I did that for a week or so and then said "screw it!" ha! I really think my issues are sugar--leads to munchies/binging and dairy--milk or ice cream leads to digestion problems.
Trying to just eat healthy and not "diet" now. That's a different mindset than I'm used to. We're working on eating less dairy/breads/starchy veggies/grains/processed foods and more meats/veggies/fruits/good fats. I'm not restricting cheese though, because cheese makes life happy
Tonight we had fajita salads--base of lettuce topped with sizzling steak/peppers/onions, avocado, salsa, and a bit of sour cream cheese (no pic)
Last night was salmon, mashed cauliflower, and avocado
Dessert: fresh raspberries with coconut cream and sliced almonds
Salad from the other day: greens, peppers, scoop of chicken salad, mandarin oranges, honey mustard dressing, cashews and horseradish deviled egg
On the menu for the next week is an Asian chicken slaw--shredded cabbage, shredded carrot, chopped poached chicken , sliced almonds, green onion, sesame seeds, with a vinaigrette made with a touch of sesame oil.
I followed the recipe but halved it and used Cajun Seasoning. It was really good but I could have used more seasoning, I went light on it. The burger is pretty sweet overall so you might want to use condiments to balance it out. I used mustard along with tomato and lettuce, but I think onions/pickles would be good to top it off with too. And of course cheese, but cheese is a basically a given for me. These were really easy to patty up but were a bit soft. After coating in panko they were also a bit easier to handle. I made 4 from a half a batch, but I think if I had made 6 and they were thinner they wouldn't have been so soft (more crisp surface ratio to soft center?). They oozed out a bit when we ate them, but good flavor!
I did two containers of it, each quadrupled (ie, a cup of oats in each). One had strawberry jam with fresh strawberries and the other had apricot jam with frozen chopped peaches. I topped the strawberry with walnuts when I ate it and the peach with sliced almonds. Both were pretty good, but I like more oats in mine for a chewier texture. The boyfriend really liked it and called it "breakfast pudding." He's a big pudding fan, so that is actually a compliment. He wrote down the recipe so he can make it for himself!
I tried a pouch tutorial that I hadn't used before, on the advice of my friend klum78 (she's the bag/pouch master!) This is the Open Wide pouch from Noodlehead. I made the one with the sweet little girls for kittykill. It is the large size.
I've started taking selvage pics of fabric because I can't always remember what it is. This is from the "Handmade" line by Macrina Busato.
Then I was a little sad to give it away, so I made myself one out of some favorite Michael Miller fabrics (from the "Hedgehog" line and also the "Flora and Fauna" by Patty Young ). This is the medium size because my scraps weren't quite big enough for the large size. I lined it with solid lime green for a fun pop of color
I've been making these cookies for years and they are so good! Who doesn't love a recipe with only six ingredients? Seriously, the texture is just like a regular cookie and it's kind of mind blowing to me that they don't contain any kind of flour. This recipe is adapted from Clean Eating.
1 cup Nut Butter (Almond Butter works well, or Make Your Own like I did!) 1/2 cup maple syrup or agave syrup (Alternately, 3/4 cup of brown sugar but I prefer the texture in the final cookie better when using the liquid sweeteners) 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup to 1 cup chocolate chips or chopped up chocolate bar (but let's face it, 1 cup is > 1/2 cup in all ways)
Preheat oven to 350*F. Makes 12 large or 24 small cookies.
Directions: 1. If you just made nut butter, you can throw the first five ingredients in the food processor you just used. If you don't want to dirty your food processor, just mix everything except the chocolate together with a hand mixer if you're lazy like me, or a wooden spoon if you're buff.
2. Add the chocolate and mix. Remember, More Chocolate = More Better. Don't worry about the grammar, I have an English degree, if you're certified in the rules of a language you're free to play around with said rules. What you need to be worrying about is if you have enough chocolate up in there.
3. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, because ain't nobody got time to do extra dishes. Roll dough into balls and bake for 8-12 minutes (less for smaller cookies, more for larger. #Math #CommonSense.) Although you can make 12 large cookies or 24 small cookies with this recipe, let's face it. You don't win friends with small cookies. Or Salad. Do the right thing.
Did you know you can make your own nut butter? It's stupid easy! All you need is:
Nuts! Salt (optional) Oil (optional, neutral flavored like vegetable, canola, etc) Food Processor (or probably high speed blender? Can't you make anything in those?)
Step 1: Get some Nuts!
I'm using Mixed Nuts and Pecans from TJ's, raw almonds and some raw cashews (not pictured). I mistakenly bought low salt mixed nuts, but that's ok, we can fix that. Also, I picked out the Brazil Nuts. I don't care how much Selenium those have, I don't dig 'em. You can use multiple nuts like I did or pick your favorite nut. But if you make Brazil Nut butter you don't have to share with me.
Step 2: Throw them in your food processor! See, nasty Brazil nuts on side.
Step 3: Spin it 'round like a record baby, round right round round!
Process on low until it starts to come together. Add a few pinches of salt. Mmm Salt.
Step 4: Keep processing! You can do it!
You can add a few drippy drops of oil if it seems really dry, but it should start getting butter-y around 5 minutes or so. Taste and add more salt if you like.
Step 5: Put in container with a tight fitting lid. Try not to eat all of it at once. Mmm Nut Butter. Store in fridge if you want. Or don't, I'm not your boss.
Not doing as much quilting as I would like, more administrative stuff for my quilt guild. Totally dumb I know, but being president is way more work than I thought. Spent the last couple days cutting 44 yards of fabric into FQs for our current Metallic challenge.
We're doing a Medallion Along this year instead of a Block of the Month program, I'll have to share my medallion in progress when I get a chance to take a pic! Each month we introduce a new border. If anyone is interested in playing along it lives here:
Love all the pics, Immaculata! I love the subtlety of the jean blocks!
I finished a quilt top for my charity group the other day and need to quilt it and send it in ASAP. I also have my last one from that group that is completed (just needs to be washed) and then I can save a bit of money by sending two at a time. In case you're not familiar with do.Good stitches, there's a circle of 10 Modern Quilters, usually 6 are "quilters" and 4 are "stitchers." The quilters have two months a year where they pick a pattern and a color scheme and everyone sends them two blocks, then they are responsible for getting them stitched up into a top and finishing the quilt and delivering to the charity that their group has chosen.
Scrap Boxes quilt top
Here's the one I just finished (and to be honest, we put it on the frame at our Happy Hour before our meeting, and so lots of people in the guild quilted it!) and then my sweet friend did the binding for me.
Greek Cross pattern in navy, salmon, jade green, and white. The lighting is super horrible where we have our meetings, it's much brighter in person!
Hmm yeah that is weird if the other feet aren't doing that! How do your stitches look otherwise? Are they too big or too small? If so maybe it's all a problem with speed control. I always try to go too fast and get big stitches until I remember to slow down...then 3 minutes later I'm too fast again!
I posted a couple of finishes I've been sitting on for almost two months, finally gifted them this week!
I made a "new Grandma" quilt for my best friend's mom, who just became a grandma. I also made one for my best friend since she is a new aunt!
I just did some simple modern cross blocks and used an Essex Linen for the background. I really wanted the blocks offset and at first was going to add in some half sized blocks (rectangles) in between these to make it an offset rectangular quilt, but I couldn't decide. I went to Instagram with my two designs and this one was overwhelmingly the winner. I love the partial pink blocks!
I did a fun free motion quilting pattern that a friend of mine came up with that is like beads on a string. You sew straight for a few inches and then go around in a circle about 3 times and then continue a few more inches. Each row is slightly offset from the row before as to where the beads go. Not sure if you can see it at all though, my camera broke and I can't get any decent pics from my stupid phone.
I used one of my favorite Patty Young prints on the back. Luckily, a few days after I used this up I found some more in the pink colorway on clearance Yay! Some yellow polka dots for binding and I was good to go.
I gifted this quilt and another one to my best friend this week. Here they are all wrapped up in ribbon, ready to give!
I decided to make a quilt for my best friend, who just became an auntie! This is a baby quilt she can keep at her house.
This pattern is a Dutch Pinwheel and I played around with the sizing before I started so I could make big 20 inch blocks. Since I used 4 prints in each block and needed 4 HSTs of each, starting out with the 4 at a time Half Square Triangle method was perfect! In this method you do the math for your finished block to find your starting square size' (If anyone wants the formula I can look it up, it's in a book in my room somewhere). Take your two different fabrics in the starting square size, put them right sides together and stitch around all four sides. Cut on the diagonals and you have 4 HSTs that you can then trim down to the exact size needed.
When I was finishing the quilt up I happened to find this argyle fabric in the clearance room that worked perfectly for the backing!
And I've been loving black and white stripes for binding lately, such a fun contrast to the bright colors I like to use!
I gifted this quilt to my friend and another one to her mother this week, here they are all wrapped up in ribbon, ready to go!