Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Do you like my so called costume?

I decided to try a few new tutorials
(well, new to me),
and it just...kind of...fell together. :o)

I did a little freezer paper stenciling...

Tutorial found HERE at MADE.

Made some arm warmers from a pair of socks...

Tutorial found HERE at I AM MOMMA HEAR ME ROAR.

And a super cute, super easy, Big Bow...

Which I decided to make my own tutorial for.


1. I cut a piece of felt in to a 9" X 8" rectangle, but you could use any dimensions you would like.

2. I folded the rectangle in half.

3. Then I sewed around the border, and through all the corners, leaving a small opening in the front.

4. I clipped the corners.

5. Then turned it right side out, and put a little hot glue on the opening.

6. I pinched the center until I got the look I wanted.

7. Then wrapped a scrap of felt around the middle, and hot glued it together.

8. For the final step I added an elastic band on the back, but you could easily add a clip or pin if you wanted.

And there you have it! A super simple, super cute, Big Bow!

Hope you have a Happy Halloween!

Oh, and if you are looking for the perfect treat for tonight, try making some of these...

Cute, Huh! And they were really simple. I found them HERE at FAKE GINGER.

Have a Happy Halloween! 

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

A night at the Ramada

11:00 PM - Arrive at work, set up camp, and realize that my dress is covered in cat hair...

12:00 AM - Hot Tea and Netflix...

1:00 AM - Put the finishing touches on my latest cowl...

2:00 AM - Believe it or not, I do actually work here...

3:00 AM - Impromptu photo shoot for said cowl...

4:00 AM - Look! More working...

5:00 AM - Coffee Anyone?

6:00 AM - Towel Duty...

7:00 AM - Finish blog post while waiting anxiously for my 2 favorite people to arrive...

And there you have it, just another wonderful night at the Ramada. 

Happy Saturday!
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Our New Favorite Meal

A couple of weeks ago N8dogg and I tried this Oriental Chicken Salad at his sister’s house, and we haven’t been able to get enough of it since. It’s quick and simple, and the best part is that a big bowl of it lasts us all week long, which makes it perfect for work lunches and leftover nights. So, since we have been loving it so much I thought I would share it today.  

What you will need:
  • 4 Chicken breasts, cooked, skinned and cut into pieces
  • ½ Head of cabbage, cut up (We use a little more than half a head)
  • 1 Pkg. Oriental (or chicken) flavor Ramen noodles (These are N8dogg’s favorite part, so we used 2 Pkgs.)
  • 4 Green onions (Which we opted out of)
  • ½ Cup of sliced almonds (we used 2/3 Cup, because that’s what came in the package we bought)
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds 

What you will need for the Dressing:
  • 2 Tablespoons of sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of white vinegar
  • ½ Cup of vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 Teaspoon of salt
  • ½ Teaspoon of pepper

Note: I like to prep my cabbage and my chicken before I start making my salad just to streamline the process. 

So, once you have your ingredients prepped start by browning your sesame seeds and almonds in the oven at 350 for about 10 minutes.

While those are browning go ahead and combine your dressing ingredients along with the oriental (or chicken) flavoring from the Ramen noodles. I like to mix my ingredients in a mason jar or something that I am able to shake up. After mixing (or shaking) refrigerate. 

Oh, and don’t mind the cow on top of the refrigerator. He thinks he is the keeper of the food. 

Next, mix your chicken (cooked and cubed), cabbage (cup up), Ramen noodles (uncooked and broken up), onions (cup up), and almonds and sesame seeds (toasted) in a large bowl.

Then just before serving pour your dressing over the mixture and toss.

This salad is usually eaten as a side dish and serves 8 – 10 people. However, N8dogg and I eat it as a main course, and can usually get 4 – 6 servings out of it. 

Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Happy Tuesday!   


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