Sunday, October 4, 2015

Help! I can't craft or cook!

Three weeks ago I had surgery on my right hand and elbow.  Being without one's dominant hand is downright annoying!  Had a whole week at home and couldn't even do anything crafty!! 

Even though I tried to plan ahead with freezer meals for recovery, it was just easier to drive-thru or order in.....especially after going back to work two weeks ago.  Now that I am able to use my arm and hand more -getting better each week- I am trying to get back into cooking at home.  But, by the time I get home, I'm exhausted and very sore. 

My son, T, prefers home-cooking and so does my waistline and pocketbook! We also like to use leftovers for our lunches.  With this in mind, I started looking through my recipes for quick dinners and things with few steps and easy cleanup. I also spent quite a bit of time on Pinterest.

Do you find yourself pinning recipes and never trying them?  I do that a lot.  I also hesitate sometimes wondering if they are really that tasty.  So, I thought I'd share with you a few of the recipes that we tried recently and really enjoyed.  They are easy to make and since they use minimal dishes, the cleanup is not a problem.

The first one is the "one pot pasta" that pops up in variations all the time.  T loves this easy Italian one from Domestic Superhero called "One Pot Wonder Tomato Basil Pasta":

We've made this one with both chicken and shrimp added and loved both.

This past week, a similar dish came up on my Facebook feed.  It was for a Cajun pasta with andouille sausage and chicken. Certainly not as healthy (with the heavy cream), but awfully tasty!!  It is equally as easy to make and again...only one pot to clean. 

The recipe can be made by following along with a YouTube video from Tasty entitled "One-Pot Cajun Pasta":

The next recipe from Thirty Handmade Days is a super simple one-skillet dish that I have pinned and unpinned a few times. The recipe just seemed too simple and I honestly thought it'd be bland. 
I couldn't have been more mistaken!  This simple dinner is really yummy!! My son and I ate leftovers today (reheats well). 
Plus, the name is so fun!  Who isn't curious about a dish called: "Porcupines in a Skillet"? 

I've got a Dr. Pepper pork roast in the crockpot now...smells delicious.  Plan to use leftovers to make pulled pork sandwiches this week using my Uncle Juven's famous homemade BBQ sauce. Yum!   I'll let you know how it turns out.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

DIY Personalized Shower Wrap

It's that time of is out and Summer is here, but not before GRADUATION! 
My cousin graduated from High School this past weekend and will head off to college in the Fall. 
I wanted to make her a personalized gift that she'd be able to use in the dorm.  After a little Pinterest search, I saw it.....a shower wrap!  Perfect for a community bath dorm.

After checking out several links and tutorials, I liked this one the best:

I won't go through the steps because her tutorial is great, but I did take a few pictures along the way.

The towel I used was a regular bath towel from Walmart in a pretty teal color. 

It was easy to make the elastic casing and I love the extra security that having elastic in back gives.
Great Velcro closure:

Rather than use my embroidery machine (it only does 4x4 or smaller), I opted to just free-hand the monogram initial and appliqué it using a zig-zag stitch.  (Funny thing that the tutorial monogram is also a "K".)

For a final feminine touch, I stitched a bow at the top where the wrap closes. 

The finished product:

I think it turned out really cute and my cousin loved it! 

Cost breakdown:
Velcro....from my stash
Ribbon....$2.97/roll (only used a small piece)
Fabric....from my scrap stash

So, basically, about $10. The gift shop at the hospital where I work has one of these wraps for sale (not really any fancier than the one I made) for over $35!! Crazy, right?

I think I may be making one for myself soon. And, I will definitely be keeping this project in mind for future gifts...great as a swimsuit coverup too. 

Happy Summer!