Well hi welcome to my little blog. Just my little corner of craftiness, sewing, and refashioning. I am also a newly gluten free eater so you have a little bit of recipes mixed in here.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Gluten Free Friday: Chocolate cookies

Today I decided to try out a mix from XO baking co. They tend to be really good with their mixes. And I was so in the mood for chocolate. So double chocolate chip cookie mix here I come.

The directions are easy to follow. It comes with its own chocolate chips. Easy bake and it was accurate. I wish I didn't wait to bake this mix, it has been sitting in my pantry for a few months, because these cookies were SOOOOOO good!


I highly recommend. :) Will do again!

Cheers,
Lauren

Friday, March 20, 2015

Gluten Free Friday: Bacon-Egg Breakfast muffins

I wanted to try something different for breakfast. I thought I would try these "quichettes" from the gluten free bible.




Cook bacon to your liking (I like mine crispy) and then break into smaller pieces. Cover the bottom of the baking cups with that- divide between 6 cups.

Beat 6 eggs with 1/4 milk (I used 2%). Then add 1.5 cups thawed frozen shredded hash browns (squeezed dry), 1/4 c fresh parsley chopped up, 1/2 tsp salt. Mix well. Spread into all 6 cups as well. Bake for 15 minutes. Add cheese on top, let it melt. Serve!

These were a big hit with my boyfriend, he inhaled them. He says any time I want to make again, he would be cool with that. Seriously, so these were a big hit. I may mess with different additions to this mix, the sky is the limit.

Cheers,
Lauren

Friday, March 13, 2015

Gluten Free Friday: Cornbread

The cold weather just calls for chilli. Chilli calls for cornbread. I tried out this mix from bloomfield farms



The recipe was easy to follow and quick. Bake. Done. The  bread was yummy and perfect for chilli!

Recommend and will do again! Nom nom!!!

Cheers,
Lauren

Friday, March 6, 2015

Gluten Free Friday! Homemade mac and cheese

I miss a good home made mac-n-cheese. I have been looking for a good recipe when I came across this one in the Deliciously G-Free cookbook.
So I cooked the pasta elbow macaroni but 3 minutes less than the box says. I used an entire box.

Now let's make the sauce- it will all be from scratch.
3 c milk
1 tsp potato starch
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbp butter
2 tbp cream cheese
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
3 cups cheddar cheese

Whisk milk, potato starch, and salt in bowl. In a stock pot melt butter and cream cheese. Slowly whisk in the milk mixture. Add spices. Reduce to low heat and add cheese. Cook for about 3 minutes. Add cooked pasta to sauce and transfer to a baking dish. Cook for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Serve!

Love!!! Just love!!! The spices really add some dimension to the mix, much more grownup than something out a box. It makes a lot so it took me some time to eat up, but I was happy to eat it. :)

Cheers,
Lauren


Saturday, February 28, 2015

The bright yellow shorts-fail

I never blogged about these shorts but thought it would be a good time to do so. I had this bright yellow fabric I opted to try to make a pair of shorts. Used this bright yellow thread- hey it worked.


I used a pattern. But at the end I realized they were too tight. I added a strip of fabric at the sides and extended the waistband.

And I made them too big.

I wasn't too excited about them. And on one leg the fabric got wavy.

Meh.


They do look ok from the sides. From the sides...

I never wound up keeping this shorts. I gave them away. I was sort of scarred from the entire ordeal and I didn't want to see them again. I really want to make a nice pair of shorts this year. I seem to fail with them Sigh. Let's see what happens.

Cheers,
Lauren

Friday, February 27, 2015

Gltuen Free Friday: coconut lemon bars

This recipe again was from the Gluten Free Bible. I really like this cookbook.


The recipe was pretty easy

Crust
1 c gluten free shortbread cookies crushed
1 stick of butter- melted

Spray pan with nonstick cooking spray
Combine cookies and butter- mix well. Press into pan.

Filling
1 package of cream cheese- softened/room temp
grated peel and juice of 1 lemon
1 egg
2 tbp of sugar
1 c white chocolate chips
1 c flaked coconut
1/2 c chopped macadamia nuts

Beat cream cheese, lemon peel, juice, egg, and sugar on low speed until smooth Spread on crumbs crust.
Add white chocolate chips to next layer. Then coconut, then nuts.
Bake 30 minutes and cool. Cover and refridgerate.

These were delicious. It is important to push each layer down with a fork. We highly enjoyed this cookies over Christmas. Creamy with lemon but not lemony enough it was too tart. Will definitely do again!

Cheers,
Lauren

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Lady Skater Dress in tribal tophat knit fabric

Last year I purchased a set of patterns from pattern parcel. I am trying to support more indie designers. The first parcel had some awesome patterns! It has taken me long to actually get to sewing.




But one day while going through my knit fabric (that I got from G Street fabrics with a Groupon) I saw this tribal knit fabric and thought, BOOM, made the lady skater dress! I call this the top hat as the longer I stared at the fabric there looked like there was a man with a top hat on....

So I picked pattern #1, the lady skater by Kitschy Coo. The fabric was thin so I had to double up on thickness, both top and bottom. I opted for 3/4 length sleeves.


This pattern was easy to cut and easy to sew. The pictures in the tutorial was a bit hard to follow and I thought it could be better drawn out for clarity. If you are a beginner sewer you might get confused. The only thing I did not do was add the clear elastic- I did not have any on hand. I did add tricot ribbon at the shoulders to assist with the drooping from the weight. I did not add length but it is made for 5'5" and I am 5'8". I actually like where it falls, I think it compliments my height well. Too long of skirts on me, don't work with my dimensions. Here is one photo of me cutting the skirt. Everything again is doubled because the fabric is thin. The only thing that is not double are the sleeves.

Here is my new dress! It fits like a glove and I got exactly what the picture showed.




















OMG I want to make more of these!!! I am already searching for other knits in my stash. I might make the cap sleeve version next. I highly recommend this pattern! This will be my MGAM for February. Wahoo!!! I love sewing easy dresses. This dress is super easy to sew.

Cheers,
Lauren
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