Friday Fiver: Gingercake!

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FRIDAYFIVErIt’s Friday y’all!  Are you ready for another great $5 deal?  Today Virginia from Gingercake is offering her adorable and practical Art Caddy Tote pattern!  I love this caddy so much because it provides an all-in-one place for your kids’ art supplies, and anyone who has a kid with art supplies knows that they tend to multiply in the night and take over your house. IMG_7104Some of you, like me, have some older kids in school now, and a toddler who cries every morning when she’s abandoned at home.  I try to keep her busy with her own little projects, but having her own Art Caddy that was JUST FOR HER would go a long way in making her feel special and encouraging her budding little artist (and most importantly, making me feel organized!)IMG_7557

The Art Caddy Tote is adorable in both boy and girl fabric, and I think it would make such a great gift too.  Make it in their favorite print and color and stock it up with some crayons and coloring books and you’re a gift-giving star.  You can get your Art Caddy Tote for the next 24 hours for $5!  Just add the pattern to your cart and the discount will automatically be applied.  Happy Friday, and thanks to Virginia for such a great pattern!

 

Awesome Sauce: A Recipe

It’s pretty rare that you’ll see a recipe on Crafterhours, so when you do, you know that it’s going to be pretty great. Or in this case, flat out awesome.  Because I’m still STILL living without my sewing supplies, I’ve been pretty quiet around here.  But this recipe is worth breaking radio silence.  Ladies and gentlemen, behold: Awesome Sauce.awesomesauce

Now before you go judging me for that giant obnoxious graphic, put some awesome sauce in your mouth.  You’ll be changing your tune and maybe even thinking I should’ve gone bigger.  And you will probably propose marriage to me.  That’s only natural, I understand.  But unfortunately for you I’m already married.  To awesome sauce.

The thing that makes Awesome Sauce so awesome is really no different from any other great recipe – it’s delicious and it’s easy.  But Awesome Sauce also comes with the distinction of being delicious.  Also, it’s delicious.  So let’s get started, k?  (delicious.)

First gather your materials, or in this case: The Best Ingredients Ever Combined.deliciousingredients

That would be cilantro, tomato, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and cumin.  Easy, right?

Now here’s the best part.  You just toss ‘em all in a blender or food processor.  No food prep, no chopping.  I mean, you should probably peel the garlic, but that’s personal preference (full recipe at the bottom of the post)

Blend them until they’re nicely chopped like so.

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Now. NOW.  You add the dynamic duo: sour cream and mayo.  I told you this was easy, right?  The recipe says 1 cup of each, I usually go a little less on the mayo.  Maybe a cup of sour cream and 2/3 cup mayo.  Here’s a big giant secret: I don’t even measure any of these ingredients.  I just kinda throw them all in there and then add more cilantro for good luck.  So once your sour cream and mayo are in there, you just blend again until everything’s good and mixed.  Then pour it in a sealed container.bettertogether

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OK, and now we’ve come to the most important and difficult step.  STEP AWAY FROM THE AWESOME SAUCE.  I know, right now you’re thinking I’m nuts.  But stop strapping on that awesome sauce hose and listen to me for a sec.  Once all these ingredients have hung out together in the fridge for a couple hours, they’re going to be EVEN BETTER.  I know you won’t think it’s possible, but it’s true.  I will allow you to lick the spatula at this point.  That’s completely understandable.

After two hours (just leave the house, trust me, it’s easier) you can pull your awesome sauce out and proceed to dump it on everything you eat.  It’s great on meat, fish, potatoes and tacos, or you could use it in a pasta salad.  It’s the perfect dip for veggies or pita chips.  Or just eat it with a spoon.  Whatevs, it’s up to you.

But just because I love and miss you guys, here’s a one time only BONUS recipe to go with your Awesome Sauce!  It’s my absolute favorite vehicle for getting Awesome Sauce into my mouth – Awesome Sauce Grilled Chicken Burgers!

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First take some boneless skinless chicken breasts (one for every two people you want to feed) and cut them in half.  I like to cut at an angle otherwise the fat section of the breast always ends up…well, fatter.  Lay them all out on a cutting board and cover them with plastic wrap.rawchicken

Then get yourself a little free anger management and pound them flat with the bottom of a sauce pan.smashedrawchicken

mmmmmm raw chicken.  Now you’re going to dump all of the ingredients for the Awesome Sauce Grilled Chicken Maranade into a gallon size ziplock:

  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 tb ground cumin
  • chili powder to taste (I do about 1/4 tsp for the pansies in my family, but you could do up to a tsp)
  • 2 limes (zest and juice)
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup cilantro

Put your chicken into the bag, seal it well, and then lay it on its side and mush everything around.  Kids like helping with this part.  They’re good mushers.bagofsmashedrawchicken

Stick your ziplock in the fridge for at least 2 hours (notice that’s the exact time your awesome sauce is in the fridge?  Yeah, that’s because I like to make life easy for you.  You’re welcome.)

After 2 hours, grill your chicken.  I like to use the top rack so they get baked without any burnt spots.gettintoasty

Before your chicken comes off the grill, or as soon as you plate it, top each piece with a slice of Monterey Jack cheese.  The more astute are wondering why my chicken is topped with shredded mozzarella and that’s because I forgot to buy monterey on the very day I was planning to blog this recipe, facepalm.  But really, you could use any cheese here.  (hahahahaha!!!!  Obviously that’s not true.  You must use Monterey Jack.  My type A personality compels you to follow the rules.  But I did sound convincingly casual, didn’t I?)gettinmelty

Now all you have to do is put that chicken on a bun with some lettuce, tomato, and avocado (YOU MUST USE AVOCADO I DON’T CARE IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT) and of course a very healthy serving of Awesome Sauce.  Also just go ahead and pour some Awesome Sauce on your plate, ostensibly as a dip for your veggies, but really because you’re going to want to dip that whole burger into the sauce as you’re eating it askmehowIknow.youareSOwelcome

Enjoy!  And you’re welcome.

 

Awesome Sauce
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Recipe type: Awesome. Sauce.
Cuisine: Delicious
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: a lot
 
This sauce is awesome.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • ½ of a tomato or one roma tomato
  • ¼ of an onion
  • 2 cloves peeled garlic
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
Instructions
  1. Throw everything except the sour cream and mayo into a blender or food processor. Blend until well chopped. Add the sour cream and mayo and blend until combined. Refrigerate in a sealed container for a couple hours to let flavors meld. Keeps up to a week.

 

Friday Fiver: LBG Studio!!

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The Aster Cardigan from LBG Studio took the sewing-for-kids world by storm this spring and summer, and for good reason!  It’s everything sewing for kids should be – easy, cute, versatile, and comfy (and I would add – knit!).  I love the little peter pan collar and button detailing, they make it so sweet and unique.

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My fabric stash isn’t here yet, but I’m already dreaming of fabric pairings for all the Asters I’m going to sew!  It’s also the perfect cool weather topper for the rest of your handmade wardrobe, pairing adorably with jeans, skirts, and dresses.  This one is a staple that everyone who sews for little girls needs in their pattern library!

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Aster Cardigan by Sewing Like Mad

You all know what’s up by now – grab your copy of the Aster Cardigan from LBG Studio for $5 for 24 hours only using code fridayfiver.  Thanks for such a darling pattern and a great sale Vanessa!

Sewing for Kindergarten! The X Factor Dress

It’s my turn Sewing for Kindergarten! It feels like it’s been forever since I experimented with fabric, and this was a particularly fun experiment – I’m calling it the X Factor Dress.crafterhours sewing for kindergarten header

For the duration of production I wasn’t sure whether the X was going to be a critical factor in its success OR the sort of giant light-up “X” used to indicate a fail on Family Feud. crafterhours sewing for kindergarten 101

But before we talk about the dress, let’s talk about this school situation.

Is this your first time sending a child to Kindergarten? Nope!

If not, what number child is this? Second!

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Do you feel like crying or celebrating? Both. Mostly celebrating though, for two reasons. One, I still have a third kid at home that I can look at and distract myself from the fact that they’re all growing so fast. Adrianna calls this the back-up baby concept. And two, because she’s really been dying to go for the last year. As much as she and I love each other, baby sister and I are not nearly as exciting as talking to friends and teachers all day, and this girl can talk. allllll. daaaaay. There were a few tears on my part, but realistically there’d probably be more if she were at home directing all of that talking at just me.

And what about your child? She’s LEAPING onto the school bus each day. The thought of crying about leaving me has not occurred to her, but she has drawn a few lovely photos of me that tell me she doesn’t completely forget I exist while she’s there. Unless the teacher is directing her to draw me just to make me feel better. If she is, it’s totally working.

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What type of school (public, private, homeschool) will your child attend? Public. No uniforms. 

What was your own first day of school like (if you remember ;-)? I remember only a few things about the whole year! Nothing about the first day. This is one of those things about parenting that simultaneously scares and reassures me. Scared that they’re going to remember nothing of all of the special moments before, say, 8 – and reassured that if I’ve screwed up majorly before this point they’re probably not going to remember it!

So, turning to the dress. To put this together I took a basic bodice, sliced it up, added seam allowances and got to work piecing it back together. There’s a bit of piecing in the skirt to line up the X into the side seams. I’d planned to make it a simple slip-over-the-head dress, but the bodice wasn’t quite wide enough to pull that off, so I had to add a side zip. crafterhours sewing for kindergarten2-2

The zipper installation is not my best work, but this is about how we both feel about that quirk.

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The slightly tricky bit in the piecing was the stretch that happens along a bias edge, but this folding template made that no big deal.

While she’s been totally enthusiastic about school so far… reality is starting to settle in. This is more like the reaction I’m getting as she’s realizing that this school thing is now happening every day after day after day for like, ever.
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But you don’t eat a whole apple in one bite, right?
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So we’ll take this one day at a time.
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I’m SO glad I signed on for this challenge. I needed that! To see more in the Sewing for Kindergarten series, head over to Sewing Like Mad!SFK 14 logo

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Friday Fiver: Abby Glassenberg Design!

It’s time for our Friday Fiver again — and it’s the cutest softest most adorable thing on four legs! Please allow me to introduce Darcy the Dachsund by Abby Glassenberg Design!crafterhours friday fiver abby glassenberg design

The PDF pattern for this pup is automatically delivered as soon as you purchase, so you’ll have your paws on it immediately. (Sorry, had to say that. My sense of humor is ruff around the edges.) My favorite part of this design is the ears – I’ll have so much fun picking the fabric for those!

My puppy-loving girls need this one for Christmas! I’m writing this post while they’re at school and can’t peer over my shoulder – that’d turn into immediate begging. And that’s why I chose this pattern to ask Abby to share as a Fiver, it’s just soooo cute. Abby’s attention to detail and skill at describing the steps in softie making shine in this one. Isn’t that what we all learn as we go when buying PDF patterns? The voice of the designer comes through as you work, and it can be so much more satisfying than working with a big pattern company’s product. You’ll find a sample page from the pattern in the shop listing as well as some photos of the finished product in hand for scale.

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Only a 1/4 yard of fleece and a 12″ x 14″ piece of fabric for the ears is required. I haven’t yet sewn one pattern for all 3 of my girls, but this may be where I start just to avoid any arguing over them.

Head on over to Abby Glassenberg Design and snap up Darcy – we’re putting this to bed in just 24 hours! No coupon code needed. Have a dog-loving friend who needs to know about this pattern? Bark at ‘em fast! They’ll wag back! And maybe lick your face. You know, depending on the friend.

As usual, this Friday Fiver deal begins at 6 am Friday and ends at 6 am Saturday, September 6, 2014.