I often browse around Craftsy for new and interesting things to make. Recently I stumbled upon a purse pattern, the Phoebe Bag, by Becki Lambert. It’s currently (at the time of this post) a free download from Craftsy. This free version of the purse is a little small, but very adorable. She has another pattern on her Craftsy profile for the Ruby bag, a larger version of Phoebe, with variations for different closures or an outside front pocket. The Ruby pattern is $8.00, and totally worth the cost.
The fabric is part of a Michael Miller collection of Scottish Terrier print fabrics. This purse was made as a gift…and since it was so simple to make, I may be adding a few more to the workload to give as gifts.
Have you heard of Make Modern Magazine? It is an up-and-coming zine from Australia that embraces the art of modern quilt making. Make Modern is new to the publishing world, but their first issue has taken the quilting world by storm. With a blend of projects, show-and-tell, and interviews, the magazine appeals to a wide crafting audience.
Their second issue, due out this November, contains an article with many of the No Girls Allowed Quilting Bee community. They wanted to hear about quilting from a male quilter’s perspective. Thankfully Molli Sparkles was able to put them in touch with the group. The article contains interviews from Molli, Andres, Nicholas, Scott, Shaun and others.
And I’m kicking it off in style! I’ve already made raspberry, blackberry and gooseberry jam for the season. A total of 22 pints of sweet sugary goodness is on my shelf, ready for cookies, cakes, or gifts for friends. Along with the jam, I’ve also put up 6 quarts of tomato sauce from tomatoes at the local farmer’s market.
It’s only the beginning for what I hope to can this summer. I’ve already got a great crop of tomatoes starting that will go towards more sauce, and maybe even some home-made ketchup. If you’re looking for some inspiration for canning recipes, or just recipes in general, check out Punk Domestics. They’ve got a recipe for just about everything imaginable, and have, as of late, been such an inspiration for my culinary adventures.
Rather than making breakfast at home today, we went out to eat at one of our favorite breakfast/lunch places, First Watch. They always have a great selection of food on their menu, and most of it is on the better end of good for you. We had a breakfast hash today that was so awesome, I had to try and make it myself.
Wilted spinach, potato, zucchini, and onion topped with goat cheese, feta and an over-easy egg. The yolk is really what elevates the hash. The best part about this hash, is you can pre-cut the ingredients (minus the potato), store them in the fridge and have them ready to cook throughout the week. Dice the ingredients in small pieces so they cook more quickly.
- 1/4 cup zucchini, diced
- 1/4 cup potato, diced
- 1/4 cup onion, diced
- 1/4 cup red pepper, diced
- 1/4 cup mushroom, diced
- 1 bunch spinach or kale
- 1/4 cup shredded cheese
- 1 tsp coconut oil, divided
- 2 tsp crumbled feta
- 2 tsp crumbled goat cheese
- 2 eggs
- salt and pepper to taste
- Dice zucchini, potato, onion, red pepper into small pieces, roughly 1/4 inch square. You can dice larger pieces if you want, but the cooking time will be increased.
- In pan, heat to medium and add 1/2 tsp coconut, or other, oil. Add potato, and stir for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add zucchini and red pepper, continue to stir for another 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add onion and mushroom and cook till onion is transparent. Add spinach or kale and cook until wilted. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Turn hash out into dish, sprinkle shredded cheese, feta and goat cheese over the top.
- Add remaining coconut oil to pan and return to heat. Add 2 eggs and cook either sunny side up or over easy.
- Turn cooked eggs out on to hash and serve.
Throw some bacon on the side, and a piece of toast and you’ve got a super-filling soul-satisfying breakfast at the ready. Try this recipe, and mix up the veggies. Add some bean sprouts , some sausage or even some jalapeños for some heat. If you’re a fan of a hearty breakfast to start your day, this will surely be a favorite.
I have a logo for A Dandy Man! It’s so exciting for me because this is the first logo that I’ve envisioned since I stared the blog, and it’s finally here!!
The logo was designed by dakini_libra, who does graphic design work and marketing for a local company, and freelance in her spare time. Did I also mention that she’s my wife? So lucky, right? If you’re looking for some design work done, hit her up!
Chicken and Broccoli Lasagna
- 2lbs chicken, cooked and shredded
- 4 cups broccoli, cooked
- 4 cups alfredo sauce
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella
- 1 cup Parmesan or other hard cheese, grated
- lasagna noodles
- salt and pepper to taste
Cook the chicken and cube, shred or slice based on your preference. Chop broccoli into small bits and boil till tender. Drain and set aside. Boil noodles, or use ready to bake noodles. In large saucepan, combine alfredo sauce and chicken stock to thin. Warm sauce and add broccoli.
In a casserole dish, spoon a thin layer of alfredo and broccoli sauce. Add layer of noodles, then a thin layer of chicken. Cover chicken with cheese and spices, then spoon on alfredo and broccoli sauce. Continue making layers in the same manner until casserole just below the rim, or to desired thickness. End with cheese on top.
Bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes till cheese is melted and golden on top. This casserole can also be made in advance and frozen until needed. If casserole is frozen or refrigerated before baking, additional cooking time will be needed.
Do you ever find yourself obsessed with a movie?
It’s rare for me to become fixated on a movie, but every so often, I can’t get enough. I have been this way for as long as I can remember. As a kid, it was anything Jim Henson related. If it had a Henson Muppet, I was all over it. In college, I was obsessed with Bring It On, and Tim Burton movies. It’s been a few years since I have found myself drawn to a movie .
I watched Beautiful Creatures when it came out in the theater. I thought it was beautifully shot, and I really loved the characters in the movie. Recently it played on HBO, and I find myself watching it over and over again. When it’s not on, I crave watching it. Yes, it’s based on teen fantasy novels, and yes, it’s filled with angst, witches and other supernatural creatures. It’s not a movie that is going to change the worldview, but it’s a movie that has changed me.
So today, while I’m stuck in the house with another snowstorm brewing, I’m going to return to the deep south, and watch a witch fall in love with a regular boy. Maybe twice…
Do you have a movie that no matter how many times you’ve watched it, you could stand to see it one more time? What other movies would you suggest I watch?