March 29, 2011

Meatball Minestrone Soup

Meatball Minestrone Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion chopped
2 large cloves of garlic chopped
1 can of diced tomatoes in juices
1 can of tomato sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons Italian seasons
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 quart chicken broth
1/2 cup chopped green bean
2 medium white potatoes chopped
1 zucchini chopped
3 carrots chopped
1 can of beans rinsed and drained
2 cups cooked pasta
1/2 lb ground chuck
1 egg 1/4 cup parm cheese
1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
- form into small round balls and drop into soup

In a heavy stockpot heat oil, add onion and garlic saute for five minutes, add seasonings, tomatoes and broth. Add veggies and bring to boil. lower temp and cover for around 1 hour, drop in meatballs, cook for 45 minuets. add cooked pasta. mix. serve!

March 27, 2011

whoo hoo Tattoo's

Yesterday I got tattoo'd
Im pretty stoked on it.

It is a Pat Martynuik acetate.

My artist is located here,
Body Graphics Tattoo, Reno's oldest shop!

Support the oldest tattoo shop in your town! Go get tattooed by a second, third, or fourth generation tattoo artist!

Xoxo torirae

My 1st I-Spy fabric Swap

So I have already told you I am doing a I-SPY fabric swap with the fabulously crafty Connie over at Green Apple Orchard

Today, after much procrastination I finally started sorting and cutting the 20 fat quarters into 4x4's.
I am so excited and cant wait to see all the fabric I am going to get back!

Hope everyone has an amazing weekend!
XOXO torirae

March 26, 2011

Rad neon rainbow tunic!

Yesterday I thrifted is amazing neon rainbow fabric. It was $2 for about 2 1/2 yards.
This is what I created!

I might shorten the runic to a cute summer top to wear with high waisted jeans or shorts.
But it is still frigid here.
The line in the middle is a crease. I guess I should iron before picture

As you can see i am crazy dreaming of spring.


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March 25, 2011

Thinking of spring

Yesterday while my yard was becoming a winter wonderland.

I was making this,

Hope spring comes soon!
What are you doing to think if spring?

Xoxo torirae
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March 23, 2011

Chicken artichoke florentine casserole

10 oz egg noodles
2lb diced chicken
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 medium onion diced
2 cloves garlic chopped
1 can artichokes in water drained and chopped
1 10oz bag frozen spinach thawed
1 cup milk
2 eggs
2 cups or 8 oz pepper jack cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350
Cook noodles until tender.
In a large pan brown chicken, add salt pepper and urinal seasoning. When chicken is brown add onions and garlic. Sauté until chicken is cooked. Add artichokes and spinach to pan. Mix And remove from heat
In a separate bowl mix milk, eggs and cheese. Add to chicken mixture, mix And add milk eggs and cheese.
Top with breadcrumbs.

Place all in 3 quart casserole. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes covered. 15 minutes uncovered.


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I-Spy Fabric Swap

A fantastic blog I follow green apple orchard posted about joining a I-Spy Fabric Swap. I was so excited to get started. My task being that I am doing a double swap is to find twenty, yes dolls twenty, 1/4 yard I-spy fabric and cut it into 20 4x4 squares. The best part is I have to accomplish all of this by the 30th of march.
I have a few quarters of I-spy already, so I'm in need of finding a few last quarters. I feel amazingly lucky to live in a town full of quilting stores. I am going to start my process of sorting and cutting soon and will add more!

March 16, 2011

Irish Stew

Happy St. Paddies!!
Here is an amazing Irish Stew recipe after my husband told me no corned beef this year. Hope everyone has an amazing day!

When making beef stew of any kind I have pretty much have stopped using cooking oil. My choice is bacon grease.

I use a large heavy bottomed stainless steel stockpot.
I heat my element to medium and add a package of bacon chopped or cut with cooking sheers.
I buy cheap bacon for this, it seems to make more grease.
Brown bacon slowly so not to burn bacon or grease.
Drain bacon and reserve fat.
I am using a mesh colander and a glass 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup. Please use glass and not plastic as this will melt with hot grease.
The bottom of my stockpot looks amazing!
Leave all this yummy bits for the next step.
Chop two onions corse, and three large garlic cloves.
Add around three tablespoons of reserved bacon grease to stockpot on medium heat.
Add garlic and onions
Meanwhile chop about a cup of mushrooms.
I dice mine more due to the fact papa bear hates mushrooms.
Add mushrooms to onions and garlic and cook for a few minutes.
Remove all from pot.
Place in dish.
Next I add another three or so tablespoons of oil to stockpot.
When oil is warm add beef. Only a small amount at a time so not to over crowd. Beef will not brown and will boil if to many prices are in pot.
Using tongs is super rad!
I put my browned beef on top of onion mix.
After all meat is brown the bottom of my stockpot looks really Bitchin!
So next add red wine to pot.
Add one beer
Add two bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon thyme
Add 1 teaspoon worch. sauce
Four cups broth
Two teaspoons tomato paste
Now bring all to boil, cover and lower temp to simmer, let your stew sit and get yummy for at least an hour.
After simmer I add these super cute taters. About a pound and a half.
And a few carrots. About three chopped .
Add salt to taste, I added around 1/2 teaspoon maybe more. I'm a salt and taste as I go kinda gal!
Raise temp to medium.
Let boil for five minutes then lower temp and simmer covered halfway
I skim off a bit of stew into a glass dish, I let it sit awhile to cool.
Add around 2 tablespoons cornstarch to cooling stew
Mix with wisk

Add to stew.
Stir while adding.
Bring stew back up to rapid simmer, allow to bubble a few minutes then return to resting simmer for around an hour halfway covered.
Check on stew every so often giving it a quick stir.
After an hour or so if your stew is urber watery just raise temp and stir to boil off excess for desired consistency.
Serve with crusty bread.

March 10, 2011

Baby blanket floor pillow

I'm sure I am like most of you and have a zillion baby blankets. Now that my baby has become a toddler these blankets are just becoming more of a bummer stashed around the house.

This is my favorite baby blanketFlannel flying pigs, Soft and warm from plenty of love. My mom made it for me while I was pregnant. I measured my blanket, which was 32"x32" and added 10 inches for pocket.
Today I used a blue pencil.
I folded my white twin sheet in half and cut 21x32. Then cut in my fold.

I thought this was ugly so I trimmed with pinking shears and used a few dabs of fray check.
-Press and pin both sides of middle fold cut. Sew each pinned side.
-Pin wrong sides together
-Overlap the two halfs so you have a pocket.
Sorry bad -active toddler- picture
Stuff with those pesky baby blankets.
Floor pillow!!!
My large pile of floor pillows.

Have a Bitchin Day!
Xoxo torirae

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March 8, 2011

Mini blind hell

I hate mini blinds!
Who's with me?
My little gypsy family recently moved into a fantastic home. The only icky part is the ugly ugly mini blinds.

Today I removed the mini blinds from my kitchen window and replaced it with this...

I think my kitchen is so much happier!
Xoxo torirae

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Tuesday...I sew rad slipcover

A couple of years ago my husband and I lived in a little town outside Philly. When I was around 7 months pregnant all I wanted was to decorate my house. That pretty much involved a few trips to the Ikea in Philly.

I purchased two couches from Ikea that don't come with slipcovers. They are white muslin, so of corse they need a cover asap. The other day I purchased this amazing fabric for a ridiculous $.75 a yard.I started measuring my arms and adding two inches. My last slip cover and first attempt the seams split from use and from short seam allowances. So this time I am giving myself plenty of wiggle room.As I have mentioned before i love my pinking sheers.

I pretty much follow a pin and sew method.

March 4, 2011

Floor pillow/cushion re-do tutorial

About 2 years ago my mother-in- law gave me a king sized feather bed that she picked up at a thrift store.
It didn't take long for the feathers all over to begin to bother me. I had bought a futon cover awhile back at a yard sale knowing I would need it.
I zipped up the feather bed into the futon cover, no more feathers all over. Hooray!
I put the big floor pillow of sorts in my sons room and now it has managed to find itself in the living room.

I have folded it.
The kids love it, so does the pug dog.

I hate the pattern and have so been wanting to recover this cushion. Also folding it so that it is smaller and more cushy.

This is a baby blanket my mom made. The little guy doesn't really use all these blankets I have so I have been looking for ways to repurpose.

-Already a hit.-
I measured the blanket, added two inches on one side and used a spare sheet for the bottom side of the cushion.

I love using my pinking shears.
I then folded the sheet square in half and cut.

Press your edge and finish one end of each half cut sheet. I use 1/4 seem allowance.

Now I am pining the sheet and blanket together, start with the unfinished edges.

Make sure to have the right sides together.

After pining sew,
Pin the other side leaving a hole for your stuffing of choice.

See a pocket!

Turn inside out and stuff

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