Saturday, June 30, 2012

oscar loves fun fabrics!

he's never seen so many fun fabrics all together like this.  It's like someone's having a party!
a fabric party...

honoring Oscar.

stay tuned for what actually happened with this fabric...

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

DIY: how to resize a tee

I got a couple of new shirts for work the other day (we have to wear shirts with our logo) and even after I washed them, they fit me like a maternity shirt.  Pretty awkward I must say.  So I figured I'd make them fit me better AND show you how to to do it, too!

Turn your shirt inside out and lay a shirt that fits you how you like on top of the shirt to be altered.
Then mark the outline of the fitted shirt onto your new shirt.
*the sleeves of my shirt fit just fine, so I only altered the sides and left the sleeves alone.

Sew along the marks that you made onto your shirt.

Cut along the edge of the stitch.

I added a zig zag stitch for sturdiness.  If you have a serger, serge away!!

done in less than 15 mins.
Now you know where I work.
Please don't stalk me.

Monday, June 25, 2012

a vegetarian story.

after a pretty awkward lunch with my in-laws which resulted in a big veggie throwdown, I wanted to use my blog to say a few things about being a vegetarian.  

AND hand out a few old meatless monday posts!

I have chosen to not eat meat for several reasons.  Before I gave it up completely, I was hardly eating it anyway, so it made for a pretty simple transition (minus the chicken burrito sharing the mister and I would do at one particular super large burrito serving restaurant in town... he's still a little bitter about that).  I always was very intrigued by vegetarians... even when I was younger, chunkier, unhealthier and couldn't dream of giving up steaks, burgers, Chik-Fil-A, etc.  Anyway, the quick version is this... I read Fast Food Nation and I quit eating meat.  

I still eat eggs and dairy products, which makes me a lacto-ovo vegetarian.  I'm slightly lactose intolerant, so if I take in too much dairy, the belly starts a-rumblin' and I start to shut down a bit.

Speaking of shutting down, let's talk about this awkward family lunch.
I have not been eating meat for quite some time now... a few years.  For some reason, family forgets a lot.  A LOT.  It's honestly no big deal, though.  Most of my friends are not vegetarian so I'm used to searching for a way to take the meat out of the meal.  

After the mother-in-law put bacon in the beans and the sister-in-law put cream of chicken in the hash brown casserole, I ended up with salad and a roll on my plate.  I really don't mind this.  It forces me to eat a little healthier and the salad was delicious.  Here are some quotes from our lunch...

"Can't you just pick out the chicken?"  out of the cream of chicken?  I still find a great amount of humor in this question.

"It's not like you have an allergy or anything."  true statement.  I'm also not allergic to roaches, but I think we can both agree that we probably won't eat a roach anytime soon.

"I want you to understand that your choice to eat meat is stupid."  well, that's just mean.  even if you're trying to be funny, which, in fact, you're not.  So maybe we don't tell people they are stupid for the decisions that they make.

"There is an overpopulation of white-tailed deer in our state and we need hunters to control that population."  Wow.  Where did this come from?  Okay great.  I don't remember telling you that you shouldn't hunt.  And if I did eat meat, I'd probably stay away from venison anyway.

As an in-law, I feel like I should be nice.  non-combative.  easy to get along with.  So I kept my mouth shut and tried to smile my way through dinner.  A tough thing to do when you are feeling attacked.  A couple of other family members tried to defend me, but it just turned into a heated debate that I felt that I was the root of.  It was awkward and I don't deal well with confrontation and conflict, so I got up and hung out in the bathroom... in tears.  Fun times.

So the meat lovers decided that I was upset about them eating meat.  No.  Like I said, most of my friends are carnivores.  I don't care.  It's a personal decision for me and I would never force anyone to go vegetarian.  It doesn't offend me that you want to eat meat or even hunt.  I just don't want to be the source of a heated argument.  And I certainly don't want people to walk on eggshells around me, so maybe I'm the crazy one??  could be!!  

I want to start sharing more personal stories on this blog, so this is the beginning!
I love veggies and I love you!
thanks for reading... and any future advice on how to handle in-laws is greatly appreciated!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I scream.

seriously.  how often do you truly scream for ice cream?  maybe a yell.  or a statement... "I'd like some ice cream."  We bought an ice cream maker 3 weeks ago and have made a batch of ice cream every weekend.

The mister is a purist.  Just chocolate.  I want to make fun stuff, but he just makes a face if it's not plain chocolate.  BOR-ING (but delicious).

I finally convinced him to let me make mint chocolate chip last weekend and he reluctantly said that was cool, but he probably wouldn't eat much.

guess who was begging me to make more mint chocolate chip last night.
best flavor we've tried so far.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

DIY: keep your duvet in place!

our duvet slides around in it's cover.  it drives the mister completely mad.  so I took it upon myself to do a little something about it. here's how it went down....

duvet, scissors, ribbon, sewing machine

first, let the cats assess the situation.

kitty cats approve.

cut 4 strips of ribbon (about 5 inches long)

fold ribbon and sew a loop on each corner.

then add loops about half way from the edge to the center on each side.
this should give you four loops across the top of your duvet.

like so.

cut four more strips of ribbon (about 8 inches long)
*kitty paw optional

turn duvet cover inside out and place it on top of your duvet and mark where your loops are.

fold your ribbon strips and sew onto your marked spots on the cover.
not a loop.   you want to be able to tie these.

okay this is pretty much it... tie and cover that duvet!!

now everyone is sleeping better!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

strawberry salsa

I love strawberries.
I love salsa.
 What would it be like to combine them?

it would be a heavenly match!

Monday, June 4, 2012

black bean mushroom tortilla casserole

oh, Martha Stewart.  You just made my vegetarian heart smile with this recipe.

Now I'm not one to go scouring Martha Stewart's website for recipes, but Pinterest was created and well, the rest is history...

how can you go wrong with cheese, mushrooms and beans?
answer: you pretty much can

Friday, June 1, 2012

oscar loves plans.

yep.  it's true.  he's a mister planny pants.
he often falls asleep making plans as you can see here.

wake up, oscar!  you're going to miss your next appointment.