skinnytaste Week 13

This week I made Mexian Pinto Beans with Queso from the skinnytaste One & Done cookbook. I loved these beans, which is good because it makes a pound of beans and I’m the only one of the house who loves beans.

I’ve been eating the leftovers all week as part of a breakfast burrito bowl. I heat up some beans, top them with scrambled eggs, add a little bit of cheese, hot sauce, jalapenos, and sour cream. It is incredibly filling, I’ve only had lunch once this week – I haven’t been hungry after my huge breakfast. 20190329_092445

I will be making the beans again, but probably not until there is someone else who will help me eat them. I love breakfast burrito bowls, but after several days of beans at breakfast I’m ready for a change.

Cut Off

I’m done making skirts. I don’t need another one. I have plenty to keep me looking quirky all summer long.

Today I made a Captain Marvel skirt and a Cubs skirt. It’s opening day, so I thought I should celebrate by sewing at nap time.

I like how the Captain Marvel skirt doesn’t look like superhero fabric, it just looks like a nice print. It is only upon closer inspection you see how amazing it is. The Cubs skirt is my favorite skirt I’ve made. I think it will be great at the ball park this summer (the Cubs Triple A team is based in Des Moines).

Both skirts are knit, which means wearing them is like wearing pajamas. I used the serger for all but the bottom hem of each skirt. I know there is a way to that on the serger, but I don’t want to change the settings on my mother-in-laws machine and not be able to get it back.

I have fabric for two more projects, but I don’t think I’ll be sewing again for a while. I over did it this week, and I miss knitting.

WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! I’ve been so busy sewing I haven’t made much progress on my knitting.

It was a nice morning here, so I got some park knitting in on my Green Bay socks. If it weren’t for that I would still be on the cuff of the second socks.20190327_1356425520654069272675325.jpg

I’m on the second sleeve of my sweater. I’m pretty sure I’m going to run out of yarn before I finish the collar. That is one of the dangers of using unknown yarn and guessing yardage based on weight. If I do run short I think I’ll dye sweater and then buy contrasting super bulky yarn for the collar and button bands. I’ll make some pockets out of the same contrasting color and sew them on. Then I’ll convince myself that it was part of the plan all along to have a contrasting collar. 20190327_1357163824713383651186423.jpgIf I find the gumption to work on the sleeve I should be able to seam the sweater by the weekend. I’ll let you know what the yarn situation is like when that happens.

I hope you are making progress on your projects and are not in danger of running out of yarn.

Springtime Skirts

So, you know how I’m always telling you I don’t really like sewing? And how I don’t do it often? I might be a liar.

My in-laws are on vacation this week, and my mother-in-law let me borrow her serger while they are out-of-town. I wanted to check it out and maybe sew a few things.

I went over to her house to pick up the machine and get a quick lesson. I knew nothing about sergers. After 5 minutes of learning about it I was terrified of it. I also really wanted to use it.

I decided to start with a few easy skirts and found a pattern that seemed simple. I was able to cut the pattern out while the kids had some quiet time. After they were tucked in for the night I started sewing. In less than a half hour I was ready to sew the hem.

For that I needed my regular sewing machine. I got it out, set it up, and tried to get to work. It did not go well.


Maybe it isn’t that I don’t like sewing. Maybe sewing doesn’t like me.

Luckily my friend lives across the street and has a walking foot. I was able to pop over, use her sewing machine, and get some great project advice. Even with the zig zag atrocity that was caused by my sewing machine I was able to make a skirt in an hour.

After the success of one skirt I did the only logical thing. I made a second skirt today. Do I need a skirt with unicorns or popsicles on it? Of course not. Will I wear them all summer and feel awesome about my mad sewing skills? Of course.

I hope to make a few more things before my in-laws head back into town. I’m thinking about making a Cubs maxi skirt (baseball season is around the corner) and an Avengers skirt (Avengers: End Game is out next month).

Yes, I might be crazy.

skinnytaste Week 12

This week I made Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Sweet Potatoes from the skinnytaste Fast & Slow cookbook. I got started on this recipe too late in the day to use the slow cooker, so I just cooked it in the pressure cooker. It was not as good as it would have been in the slow cooker, but it only took 15 minutes.

This was really good, and I’ll likely make it again. I love any soup or stew with a hefty portion of frozen peas in it.