2016 APQ UFO Challenge List

Sunday, September 18, 2016

New Recipes from August 2016

We were able to fit in a few new recipes last month, and also enjoyed revisiting some that we tried earlier in our cooking challenge. 

We started the month with Chicken and Black Beans from Mr. Food, which I don't find on his website, but is in his Easy Tex-Mex cookbook. We often eat Sausage, Beans, and Rice, and this was very similar in taste but with a different meat. It needs a little more oomph - next time we will try adding a few spices to it. 
Next up was an ambitious girl who decided she wanted homemade Strawberry Shortcake, so she made it! She pulled the recipe from my Better Homes & Gardens cookbook and we took it to my parent's to share with them. It was delicious! She is becoming quite the little baker (and I love that!). 
Enchiladas Cancun was the next new recipe, from a Sargento recipe collection that I added to my recipe folder at some time in the distant past! It was quite good, but we tend to like our enchiladas with corn tortillas, so we will try it with them next time. 
Next up was a recipe that I pulled from Cooking Light way back in June 2012 for a Summer Veggie Rice Bowl. August was the perfect time of year to make this! I loved the dish and the leftovers. Everyone else in the family was lukewarm on it, but none of them are fans of zucchini (unless it is in bread with chocolate chips!). The week we made this, the grocery store was out of pine nuts, so we substituted almonds, which worked quite well. I look forward to making it next summer with pine nuts! 
Last up was the last of the crock pot meals from my neighbor. This one is called Beef Stroganoff, but it wasn't like stroganoff that we've had before. It was more like a chili. We all really liked it, so I will buy the ingredients for this one again. 
Hope you enjoyed seeing the new recipes - I just made the menu plan for this week and we have another new one on the menu. 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Stash Report and Accomplishments - August 2016

The warm, lazy days of summer are upon us and I have enjoyed a nice month with relaxation, stitching, time with kids and friends, and a wee bit of quilting too. Since it wasn't a very busy month in the crafting department, I thought I'd do  my stash report and accomplishments for the month all together. 

I started my month by finishing one of my earlier APQ UFO Resolution tops - #7. I made the top in June and had pulled binding fabric at the same time. It was sitting on my cutting table, so I decided to go ahead and finish the quilt off. I quilted it with a pantograph that is echoing hearts, perfect for a valentine's quilt. I kept at it and got the binding attached and sewn (all machine sewn) so I had this one done by the middle of the month.  
The rest of the month found me doing more cross-stitch than quilting, as I could more easily stitch and watch the Olympics! Our family was glued to the tube for two weeks watching all the sports we could and enjoying every minute of it. During that time, I finsihed up my August ornament from Just Cross Stitch called "Dear Santa" and started on another pattern that I've had for ages. I should have it finished soon, as  I am into the backstitching now. 
I did find a little time to get going on my APQ UFO Challenge item for August, #6. For me, this is a kit, as I'd bought the fabric and the pattern about a year ago. I added it to my UFO list so that I would make it a priority to get it done this year. At the end of the month, I was about 50% complete, so it will probably be my "first a finish" for September. 

I did have quite a good time adding fabric this month, as our LQS had their annual Ice Cream Social sale and it coincided with my birthday, so that meant I could get sale fabric for a great price, and then purchase anything else in the store with my birthday discount. I did have a good time and finished up 4 bolts...a few of them had less than 2 yards left, so it wasn't too much fabric, but it sure was fun! 
Sale fabric and birthday purchases
In total, I spent 8 1/4 hours in my sewing room and here is the impact on my stash: 
Fabric added this month: 9 5/8 yards
Fabric used this month: 2 1/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 13 1/4 yards
Fabric used year to date: 51 7/8 yards

Net fabric used: 38 5/8 yards

Hope you are enjoying a restful and crafty Labor Day weekend!