8.24.2012

Italian Chicken and Veggies Recipe


The other night I was struggling to think of something to make for dinner and I came up with this...

Here is how I made it... 
 
Ingredients: 
 
 1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 packet of good seasons
4 TBS melted butter
1/2 to 3/4 of a 14 oz can of chicken broth 
raw chicken - I used chicken tenders
potatoes
bag of frozen corn
1 can french cut green beans


First I placed the potatoes in the bottom of a 13 by 9 casserole dish and salt and peppered them. Then I placed the chicken on top. 
Next I put a half a bag of frozen corn on top...
And then topped it with french cut green beans... 
Then I mixed the cream of chicken soup, packet of good seasons, melted butter and chicken broth together and poured it over the chicken and veggies. I covered and baked it for one hour at 350 degrees. It tasted great! I was pretty impressed that my lack of planning created something so yummy!


8.20.2012

Easy Peasy Kids Quilt Tutorial

Easy Peasy Kids Quilt
Here is my easy peasy kids quilt:

And here is how to make it:
Take one Jelly Roll of 20-24 strips. Cut the ends off so each strip is 40-41 inches long. Sew all the strips together. Add a border (mine is 4.5 inches wide on all four sides) and your quilt top is complete! This is so simple and quick but yet it is a mighty good looking quilt! My quilt measured around 50 x 57.  It can be made bigger or smaller by adjusting the borders.
Now all you have to do is sandwich and quilt it then bind it J Cant get any easier than that!
Kristy with Hopeful Threads is challenging everyone to make something for foster children or the families caring for foster children. (See my last post for all the scoop.)  This quilt would be the perfect gift for any child. Just make one and drop it off at your local children’s services agency. If you don’t know where to send it in your community I can help you find a place to donate it or you can send it to me to be donated. I am so excited that we are able to show children they are loved so much that a quilt was made just for them!
You can also link up to the 100 Quilts for Kids Challenge hosted by Katie!
I have made up quilt kits (backing and binding material included) in my shop available for purchase, or use your scraps!  I would love to see pictures if you make one of these!
Have a wonderful day and happy sewing!!

8.19.2012

Dianes Quilt

I would like to thank everyone who sent me blocks to get this quilt finished in a timely manner. I had asked the gals of Stash bee as well as Heal @ Do Good Stitches and they were more than willing to help.



My coworker Diane was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She has started the treatment course for this and is in good spirits. This quilt made her day! She recently started losing her hair and this was just the thing to keep her positive attitude going. I included the addresses of all the ladies who sent blocks along with any well wishes they sent. I know Diane will be sending everyone thank you cards because that's just the type of person she is :)

I quilted it using straight lines. I got the idea from this table runner


Thanks to everyone who helped brighten Diane's day!!

8.14.2012

Easy Pillowcase Tutorial

                                                                    Easiest Pillowcase Tutorial


Hey there! For anyone who doesn’t know yet Kristy from Hopeful Threads challenges everyone to sew for a cause each month! For August she has asked us to sew for Foster Care. The projects can be made for the foster children or their foster families. This is actually something that is very important to me.
Thankfully there are foster parents out there to take children in need and show them love and hope. Many times when these children are placed in foster care they do not have any of their belongings to take with them. That is where we come in! Make a pillowcase, a quilt, a bag filled with goodies, or you could even make a stuffed toy. After you make your project donate it to your local children’s services department or children’s home. You could also make a zippered bag filled with lotions or an assortment of teas and coffees for the foster parents thanking them for what they do. You may not feel that you are doing much but I promise it will make a difference in someone’s life!
So… Lets get started shall we?
For your pillowcase you will need a main print of ¾ yards or 27 inches plus a trim piece in a coordinating color of ¼ yards or 9 inches.


I don’t bother cutting the selvage off of mine. Put your main piece in front of you with the right side up then place the ¼ yard strip of fabric on top of it with the wrong side up like so…


Now you will sew all along the edge (above the butterfly pins). Next you want to flip it over so the wrong side of your main print is showing you. Start rolling up the main print until you are in the middle of your ¼ yard strip.

Fold your ¼ yard strip over the rolled fabric and pin it.

Now sew it carefully so that you don’t get the rolled fabric sewed up in your seam. Next is to pull out your little sausage. Just go to one of the open ends and kind of fold back the outer fabric whiles pulling the inner fabric out.

Now you don’t have any raw edges there!!

Next lay your fabric out with WRONG SIDES TOGETHER and sew all the open seams with a SCANT ¼ inch seam.



Now turn your pillowcase inside out and sew a little over a ¼ seam. Viola!! You now have a pillowcase with NO RAW EDGES!!



Now sit back and admire it a little before making someone’s day with it!!
I am hosting a pillowcase kit giveaway on Kristys blog so hop on over there and enter to win. I am also having an extra one here! Enter both places for a better chance to win!! You can have three entries here...All you have to do here is:
1. Be a follower and leave a comment.
2. Like Gingersnaps Fabric Boutique and leave a comment.
3. Like the shop on Facebook.

Go check out the Shop for pillowcase kits, quilt kits and more. Use the Code Hope12 for an extra 10% off my already low prices.

Good luck and thanks for stopping in!!