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Monday, December 31, 2012

Serger Fun

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I got a serger for Xmas and have been having fun with it. I think it is a great tool for clothes and especially doll clothes. I threw together these fleece pants and just had fun serging the heck out of them when I was doing it. I don't know who they will fit but heck it was left over fleece to play with.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Easy Scarf

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I wanted to make my niece and sister in law matching scarves (they live in a climate where they will use it). I took some fleece and cut the length of the fabric and the width for my SIL was 12 inches I folded it in half, sewed down the side, turned right side out and fringed the edges. For my niece her scarf was reduced in size because she isn't quite 2.



Friday, December 7, 2012

Good Ole Comfort food

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Now that the weather here in Texas is cooler and for us winter is about the mid 50s. Yes our heat does go on and we have to bundle up. Actually I just enjoy sweater weather which it is.

I decided that a good old beef stroganoff would be in order. I usually throw it all in the crock pot and let it go all day but I got a new cast iron dutch oven which I have fallen in love with and use it for everything now. I have been wanting one for awhile but refuse to pay those outrageous prices but I found a nice one for 30 bucks and it is in my favorite teally blue.

I took some cheap steaks and diced them up. Using some olive oil, I browned that and one diced onion in the dutch oven and than added in the mushrooms to cook everything. I than added in one can of beef broth, one large (family size) can of cream of mushroom, 2 table spoons of steak sauce and 2 table spoons of worstashire  sauce (sorry for the horrible spelling but auto correct isn't fixing).  I brought that to a boil and than I stuck it in the oven at 350 for about two hours. At the 90 minute mark, I added in about a half a cup of sour cream. I served it over some egg noodles and I roasted some Brussels sprouts as well. I know they get a bad rap but they are so good roasted with some olive oil and basic seasoning salt.

It was a Sunday dinner on the weekday but everyone in awhile it is nice to have those. I love that I can use the oven and it doesn't make me sweat. Thanksgiving, I was glad we only had the turkey on for about three hours (I had a 11 lb one).



Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

Peacock Christmas Tree

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As you saw last week, I did a peacock colored wreath so of course I had to do a tree in the same colors.

I really wanted to do my living room in some fun and elegant colors because it is not really a traditional room in the sense of tradition.  I had this idea for the color scheme weeks ago and when I was straightening out the storage bin, I found my white tree had yellowed. I was a tad upset about it but not to much because I did only pay three bucks for it. I went back to the drawing board because I knew I would have to work with a green tree instead but than I stumbled upon this pencil thin white tree on sale and it spoke ti me. When my hubby saw it, he said another tree but I reminded him I had thrown two out because they yellowed so he let me by.

I love the wild colors of the tree with purples, pinks, greens, and of course my favorite blue.  I also decided that this was more of a floral piece so I decorated it in that way. Now I am planning on doing something fun for my dining room table as well with those colors.