Upon going through my fabric stash I discovered some fabrics that I bought ages ago with tote bags in mind. Determined to reduce the pile of fabric I've been amassing, here is the first completed project...
I even had a small scrap left to make a coordinating change purse!
Now that we've flipped the calendar into March are you starting to think about doing a wee bit of decorating for St. Patrick's Day?
Being fond of rainbows and ladybugs I love to include them in my holiday decorating. I don't go crazy, just a few things displayed in our living room/dining room for us to enjoy.
A while back I picked up a metre of cotton shamrock fabric at the Thrift Store for $2. After a quick visit to my Mom's fabric stash (thanks Mom!) for another metre of backing fabric, I was able to make these simple placemats to subtly suggest the shamrock theme.
Here's what I did:
- Cut 8 rectangles of fabric 18"x14" (4 for the front, 4 for the back)
- With right sides together, sew a 1/4" seam around the edge leaving a 4" opening.
- Turn right side out and press with an iron so the corners are square.
- Sew a stitch 1/8" from the edge of the placemat all the way around to close the seam.
- You may have noticed that I didn't use any batting inside my placemats. You could easily add it to yours but we actually like that they are thinner than some of our store bought mats.
I was left with a small pile of scraps so because I also wanted a table runner for the dining room sidetable I decided to step outside of my creative comfort zone and try ... gulp ....
q u i l t i n g !
(my Mom, the expert quilter, is smiling right now!)
So before I chickened out, I cut the scraps into 3" squares and sewed them together to make two long strips. I then sewed the two strips to the edge of a long piece I had leftover from the placemat backing. Once again I didn't use any batting so using the same technique for the placemats I sewed on the backing fabric and my table was ready to decorate!
I have been on a bit of a quinoa kick lately so last night I made up our favourite sushi using quinoa instead of rice. If you haven't already tried quinoa, I highly recommend it as it is packed with vitamins, minerals, fibre and is a complete protein. Rice seriously pales in comparison but then I must confess to being bias as I'm allergic to rice!
Ingredients: (for 4 servings)
4 nori sheets (makes 8 pieces per sheet)
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
Braggs or regular soy sauce (wheat free if celiac)
Rinse measured quinoa in a strainer. Bring 1 cup of quinoa to a boil in 2 cups of water and then let simmer for about 15 mins. (yes it even cooks quickly!) Slice cucumber into long strips Cut avocado lengthwise into strips.
Place 1 sheet of nori onto sushi mat with the rough side up. Spread about half a cup of cooked quinoa onto the bottom third of the nori sheet. Top with a row of cucumber and avocado. Roll sheet away from you up the mat to form a cyclinder. Wet the top strip of seaweed slightly and seal closed. Roll the sushi mat around the cylinder and press tightly.
Unwrap the sushi and with a dampened serrated knife cut into bite sized pieces. Serve with a small dish of soy sauce to dip in. Feel good about all of the extra superfood ingredients you are getting in this simple little snack! ~ joey ~