It is definitely winter in Utah now. Last year I had two goals for sewing: pants and button-down shirts. If you follow this blog any, you know all about my pant adventures and you can read about my favorite button-down shirt pattern here. After last year, I really need to learn how to start styling my outfits and getting more variety in my closet. I’ve tried to make several classic cardigans, but they’ve all turned out awful. I hate how cardigans look on me. Some people can pull off the look…I can’t. On a whim, I decided to try something totally new, a blanket style jacket. Because I spend a lot of time commuting with a backpack, I needed actual sleeves on my jacket. I was really inspired by these looks:
Another favorite pie of mine is pumpkin pie! I’ve perfected the recipe years ago and would love to share it with you! Earlier this year, we received a bounty of fresh pumpkins from our in-laws. We roasted and pureed the pumpkins, divided the puree into 15 ounces, and froze it in ziplock bags. This has been a fantastic treat to be able to pull out a small bag of pumpkin puree and quickly make pie or muffins or whatever.
Thanksgiving means time to bake some pies. I’d like to share some of my pie recipes. First recipe I’d like to share is delicious dutch (or crumb top) apple pie. I’m of the opinion that unless you are making a mile high deep dish apple pie, putting a crust on top really is unforgivable. The crumb topping adds flavor and texture to an otherwise uniform and bland pie.
I found an online a tutorial on how to create a quilted sham, but their sham was for a standard size pillow. I have queen-sized pillows (20″ x 30″) and so I needed to change some things. First of all, this is a SUPER easy project, quick, and only takes 10 fat quarters to make two quilted queen-sized pillow shams.
I cut up my Lululemon Wunder Under leggings. It was the scariest sewing thing I’ve ever done. My leggings were first generation Wunder Unders and almost 10 years old. I purchased them when I was living in California back when Lululemon was still an unknown boutique yoga clothing store. The fabric now is thinning and seams are beginning to show fatigue. I’ve wanted to have a legging pattern for the longest time, but with my frustrations trying to find a decent pant pattern, I was dubious that any standard legging pattern would work. I knew my Lululemon leggings fit, so I went about cutting up my leggings and using them to draft a pattern. Spoiler alert: the pattern is perfect!
One of my goals this year was to dehydrate a box of peaches. Given the size of our food dehydrator, we were able to dehydrate several boxes of peaches. I store my dried fruit in 1/2 gallon mason jars and use the FoodSaver wide-mouth jar sealer to remove all the air from the jars. It’s a brilliant system and a great way to preserve dried fruit for later snacking (note that I am NOT being paid to promote these lovely products).