Monday, September 23, 2013

The Trifecta {fabric + wip + babies}

 Ahhh the usual....
 Fabric.
I've been rather out of the loop when it comes to new designers and collections of fabric hitting the market.  It takes a lot of time to be a fabric-aholic, because I used to be one! Non-stop shopping, blog reading, and fabric shop browsing is no longer my M.O. - but - I know (and love!) a Lotta Jansdotter collection when I see it!  Fat Quarter Shop was having a nice little 50% off sale on their entire Bella collection so I jumped! They did a special Facebook coupon code so it definitely pays to follow your favorite shops on FB!


I did not buy EVERY colorway or print but just my favorites... to add to my stash.  Great stash builders, right? The grid print is to die for!  I would have bought all the colorways of the grid but they were already sold out, bummer.

As you probably know, I have a little shop on Etsy where I sell 1st Birthday onesies.  Well I've been collecting the leftover scraps from the infaced "ones" and I've been meaning to make a type of ticker tape quilt with said scraps.  The process of trimming each piece into a rounded shape has finally begun!  I'm not sure what the overall layout will be yet - but stay tuned... and if you have any ideas... do share! All of these pieces are three inches or small, many are one inch!

And then there's the majority of my life:

Are they not stinking adorable?  Here they are about 4.5 months...Summer is on the left, Mckenna on the right.  Let me tell you, it is stinking impossible to get 2 babies to smile at the same time... or even separately as thats how I tried this time.  Mckenna just wasn't seeing any humor in the situation!  

Which... led me to splurge on this fun little camera accessory- which does work!  Its called a Shutter Hugger and I tried it out just this morning and it helped me get at least a few good smiles from both babies [at the same time.] 
And that's the key with twins in general - making things happen [at the same time!]

Thanks so much for stopping by!

xo
Cristin




Monday, September 16, 2013

Slow Cooker Lasagna - Yum!


Its practically Autumn now, have you noticed? Last week we were in the 90's and now its scarcely 65!  I love it!  Fall is my favorite season because I love wearing cozy hoodies and sweaters... drinking steaming hot drinks flavored with Pumpkin 
Side Note: holy crap - did you know a Grande (err "medium") Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks is $4.55?! I go there once in a blue moon and immediately remembered why after ordering my PSL!  Yes, it was delicious, though.  

And... fall means making yummy comfort foods that you just don't feel like making or eating in the summer!
Which leads me to this deeelicious Slow Cooker Lasagna recipe. It makes a huge amount and works perfectly in an oval shaped slow cooker.  We had plenty of leftovers PLUS freezing a large dinner portion.  If you have teenage boys, this could actually fill them up with servings to spare!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cooke Time about 4 hours on low

What you'll need:
  • 1 lb lean ground beef or turkey
  • 2 jars spaghetti sauce - whatever your fav is... store bought or homemade
  • 2 cups water
  • 1lb whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 T chopped fresh flat-leave parsley and/or fresh Basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 18 ruffle-edged lasagna noodles (not no-boil)
  • 1.5 lbs mozzarella or Italian shredded cheese
  • 2 cups grated parmigiano-reggiano or parmesan cheese
  • Italian Seasoning (dried)
1. Brown ground beef on medium heat (about 10-12 minutes) until just cooked. Add your fav spaghetti sauce and add water and bring to a simmer.  Set aside on low heat stirring occasionally.

2. In a small bowl combine ricotta, parsley (and or basil) salt & pepper to taste and set aside.

3. Spray inside of your crockpot with cooking spray.  Spread a layer of sauce at the bottom of the crockpot.  **Cover the sauce with a single layer of uncooked lasagna noodles (3) breaking them to fit along curves.  Spread about 1/3 cup of ricotta mixture over noodles (I found holding the noodles like a piece of bread being spread with butter was easier than putting noodles in pot first, then spreading ricotta.) Now top that with 2 cups of meat sauce simmering on stove, then sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup of the parmigiano-reggiano (or parmesan) cheese. Sprinkle lightly with Italian seasoning.  Now repeat this process 4 more times starting at the **

4. Cover and cook in your slow cooker on low for about 4 hours.  The noodles should be soft and cooked through.  Add a sprinkling of parmiagiano-reggiano or parmesan cheese once plated.

Enjoy!
Let me know how it turns out when you whip this meal up for your household!

Thanks for stopping by! 
xo
Cristin