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Sadie Alice Aprons – By Accident


How do ideas come about – Im sure a million ways… and “by accident” has got to top the list. The other day I was planning to make the “tater tot casserole” recipe that I posted and thought how cute and fun it would be to have Sadie (my 18 month old daughter) help me! She is in that stage of trying out new tasks and copying everyone. She loves to help so this was perfect. I went to get my apron and then stopped because …well SADIE didn’t have an apron! OH MY! What to do?!?! My brain stormed for a moment and then I dug around in my kitchen towel drawer – pulled out the “least stained” bar towel I could find (which was still pretty stained) – fired up my glue gun and rummaged through my ribbon box. Literally…in 5 minutes – Sadie had her very own apron! It was so stinkin’ cute that I had to make a few “real” ones (sewed instead of glued) and OMG – I was having so much fun that I didn’t even realize I had made 6 of them!! haha!! 

They made their way into my 2Raymond Design Co  Etsy store and I have gotten so much great feedback on them! If you see one you like let me know and I can recreate one similar if I am out of stock.

Here’s a few pictures of how this came about… and the ones since. (the “prototype by accident”

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Chili Topped Baked Potatoes (recipe)


Doing my Discover Fabulous duty this morning – searching for a great recipe to share with my fans… I ran across THIS YUMMO little gem! I can’t wait to get to the store to pick out some beautiful potatoes for his hearty meal.  Pair it with a green salad and “dinner is done!”

Let me know if you try it and how it turns out for you!

Chili Topped Baked Potatoes (Courtesy of Southern Living)

Ingredients

  • 1  pound  ground chuck
  • 1  onion, chopped
  • 1  (16-ounce) can pinto beans, undrained
  • 1  (15 1/4-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1  (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1  (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
  • 1  (1 1/4-ounce) envelope taco seasoning mix
  • 1  (1-ounce) envelope Ranch-style dressing mix
  • 2  cups  water
  • 4  large baking potatoes
  • Toppings: shredded Cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions

Preparation

Cook ground beef and onion in a Dutch oven or deep skillet –  stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain and return to pan. Stir in pinto beans and next 6 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes.

Scrub potatoes; prick several times with a fork.

Microwave potatoes 1 inch apart on paper towels at HIGH 14 minutes or until done, turning and rearranging after 5 minutes. Let stand 2 minutes. Split potatoes, and top evenly with chili. Serve with desired toppings.

NOTE: If you like less chili on your potato, freeze half of mixture up to 3 months. Thaw in refrigerator, and microwave at HIGH, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated.

Southern Living, NOVEMBER 1998

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Vintage Pearl Necklace -Reclaimed (Project)


Last Thursday – me & Ric headed out for San Antonio. We love to get away down there for a night out, dinner, recharging…and other stuff 😉 This time on the way down there we took a detour through Gruene, TX…a quaint nostalgic little town with a historical district that has been reclaimed by adorable shops and antique stores. Gruene will forever be a detour now – on our way to San Antonio. I found the coolest stuff there! An old planter stand (taller than me) that I repurposed as a wine bottle rack and a set of old railroad spikes that you will soon see in my Etsy store!

But the most unsuspecting find was this tiny pearl necklace piece – and when I say “piece” I mean it wasn’t all there – I think it was longer at one time – there was something more to it than what I found. I had no idea WHAT I would do with it- but I knew I had to have it – and for $5 – why not??

We arrived home from great weekend trip – and a few more fabulous finds found their way into the back of the suburban. The little pearl necklace layed out on my kitchen island all weekend while we fed kids – cleaned up after feeding kids – and fed kids some more. Last night as I was getting ready for bed – brushing teeth and all that – I noticed some old stretchy-beady bracelets in my misc. organizer in the bathroom- one of them I’ve never worn because it was too small the others were just old and have long been replaced by newer trendy pieces over the past few years. And there it was…the idea. What if I combined those old bracelets – with that tiny little pearl beauty??

Heres how it went….

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Beautiful Burlap Coffee Sack Throw Pillow (project)


Why do I have this “thing” for burlap? Eehhh who cares? Its fabulous in that natural and rustic kind of way…. who “doesn’t” have a thing for it? I am seeing it everywhere these days… and why not? Its cheap, its durable and ooohhhh the creative things I have seen lately!! Pillows, wall art, accessories, table runners, even jewelry! 

A few weeks ago I ordered 5 coffee sacks from Etsy… not paying attention to the measurements given – I was SHOCKED at their size when they came in! These things are HUGE! Each one measured about 2 1/2 feet by about 4 feet!! Wow! So getting them each for $2.50 was a BARGAIN! I have been staring at them since they arrived- wondering what fabulous’ness I can bestow upon them…

My first project using one of them was a throw pillow. I have several $5 plain black throw pillows that I picked up at a sale somewhere a while back. I have been using them “as is” in my family room – but they pick up a lot of lint and its becoming a pain. Since pillow “inserts” at the craft store start at $7 and go up- I figured this would be a great way to repurpose my black throws into something really amazing and save a little dough doing it!  (By the way- you can pick up throw pillows at garage sales, thrift stores & dollar stores all the time- for pretty much nothing. If you get used ones. just give them a good spray with Lysol – you’re going to be covering them anyway – so stains don’t matter. If they are still in pretty good shape (no rips or tears) you can even give them a spin in the washer – but beware of the possibility of the stuffing bunching up. Some will- some won’t.

Okay so here’s what you need;

  • Burlap-  about a yard for an 18 x 18 pillow – but measure your insert and make sure.
  • Insert
  • Needle & NYLON thread – recommend a matching thread to your burlap
  • Sewing machine – OR I bet you could even do this with hot glue – but I can’t vouch for how long the seams will last unless your pillow will be purely for decorative purposes. (You decide here- I used a sewing machine for mine)

Steps: (SEE PICS BELOW)

  • Measure your insert and cut your burlap about and inch to inch & a 1/2 larger than your shape ( mine was square – so EASY!)
  • Put the right sides together and pin 3 sides into place.
  • Sew about 1/2 to 3/4 inch around the 3 pinned sides.
  • Stuff your insert into the cover
  • Fold in the 4th side to create a finished edge – pin – and whip stitch. (All I had was white nylon thread on-hand so you can really see my stitches- but it works out okay for the tutorial)
  • DONE!

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Oooohhh So Cute for KIDS! Naartjie Kids Clothing Stores!


Along my shopping trip out-of-town this weekend…I happened across a wonderful kids’ clothing store at the outlet mall in San Marcos! Naartjie – I had never heard if it before and still don’t know how to pronounce it – but I can tell you IT IS FABULOUS! Surely refreshing- positively adorable – and surprisingly affordable! Not to mention – you will be able to dress your little one like a KID and still keep them fashionable! There’s nothing that peeves me more than a tot dressed like they should be going to the club… but I understand that there’s not a lot of options in most towns.

I am always on the look-out for “something different” to dress my little Sadie Alice in… and this may be it! The sale was incredible and even the everyday prices weren’t too bad. There are stores sprinkled around the US – you can check for a store near you here. STORE LOCATIONS

They sell online too -for those of us who like to shop that way! NAARTJIE ONLINE

Its a little “hippie” and a little “funky” and A LOT original. I found the most adorable jacket and outfit for Sadie – I can’t wait to dress her in it! Mom, check out this store – I promise you will LOVE it! (Oh! And the boys clothes are just as cute as the girls clothes!!)

Check out a few of their pieces here – and see even more on their website!

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Wednesday Favorites


My favorites for today… love these shops and their beautiful items for sale- they all make me smile. See if you can find a little grin in here somewhere…

Wednesday Favorites

$18.00 USD

  • CAOBA - Vest/Sweater

    Silvia66 $119.00 USD

  • Pink Teacup and Yellow Wild Roses Watercolor Painting Hayes

    BillingsleyR… $20.00 USD

  • Vintage Metal Industrial Bin with Chalkboard Label

    solsticehome $36.00 USD

  • Shabby Paper Rosettes

    BennBooCreat… $3.00 USD

  • LIFE IS SWEET cupcake necklace

    TheRustedCha… $25.00 USD

  • Vintage Orchard Crate

    lisabretrost… $35.00 USD

  • Extra Long Repurposed Chalkboard

    funkiefinds $62.00 USD

  • Vintage brass stencil number necklace - 2

    BlackStar $25.00 USD

  • Rumi Quote Felt and Fabric Cuff

    catcreations… $12.99 USD

  • You Are My Sunshine Typography Word Art Sign - Robins Egg Blue

    barnowlprimi… $75.00 USD

  • Obeir a la Coeur Silver Stamped Bracelet

    gardenologyk… $85.00 USD

  • Mama and Baby Giraffe Pillow Cover

    finchhome $35.00 USD

  • love

    sadieolive $85.00 USD

  • Size 9 - Kimiko Flat

    HydraHeart $53.00 USD

  • Coaster Art Party Favor

    Leaflizardar… $3.00 USD

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    Grilled Chicken Ceasar Mac (recipe from Rachael Ray)


    Yesterday morning, as I was checking mail, enjoying my coffee and figuring out the day’s plans…I overheard Rachael Ray on TV talking about this delish-dish. Really all she had to say was MAC-N-CHEESE and I was IN! This was a nice spin on it – with a meat ingredient so it can be served as a main dish! Pair it with some bread & a salad and your family will be singing your praises.

    Ingredients:

     

    Preparation:

    Heat grill pan over high heat.

    Coat the chicken in EVOO and season with salt and pepper. Grill about 12 minutes, turning occasionally, then set aside.

    Bring water in saucepot to a boil for the pasta. Salt the water, add pasta and undercook by 1 minute.

    While the pasta cooks, melt 6 tablespoons butter in a separate saucepot. Spoon out 1/2 and toss with the panko to moisten. Combine with 1/2 the grated Pecorino and reserve. To the remaining melted butter, add the garlic and anchovy paste, lots of coarse black pepper, stir 2 minutes then whisk in flour then stock, milk, and Worcestershire, thicken until it coats a spoon, then stir in the remaining half of the grated Pecorino.

    Drain the pasta. Halve the chicken breasts lengthwise, then thinly slice and combine with the pasta and sauce, transfer to a casserole and top with the bread crumbs. Cool and store for make-ahead meal.

    To reheat: Reheat, covered, in a hot 425°F oven to warm through, then uncover to brown.

    Serve with shredded escarole or romaine and dress with lemon juice and EVOO. Serve alongside Chicken Caesar Mac.

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