Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Eagle Creek Quilt Shop Shin Dig

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Tonight was the night! I just walked in the door and flipped open my camera to download photos only to find that I never put the photo card back in my camera. Ack...I have no photos of the cute clothesline that Lori set-up for my display or the 30 some ladies who attended. I'm soooo sad! So if anyone has photos from tonight I would love it if you would e-mail some to me. I guess you are off the hook for the group photo since I'm the only one that "took" that one.

All in all it was a fun night. My fear of talking in front of people wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Hey, I'm the girl that would skip school just so I wouldn't have to make a speech in front of my English class (a persuasive argument). I bet you didn't know that Mom!

Thank you so much to Lori and Becky and all the wonderful gals that work at Eagle Creek Quilt Shop for inviting me to speak at your "All Things Baby and Kiddos" class tonight. It was such an honor to have an event designed around what I do. I really enjoyed it. And "YES" to all of you who asked "Is it really ok if we e-mail you?" I would love to help you in any way I can. Even if you don't need help, just to see a photo of what you are working on or have completed would be fun. I would also love to mentor anyone who is looking at turning their hobby into a business.

Thanks again ECQS! I'm so glad to have an adorable shop so close to home that my girls will grow up going to with Mom. I'm sure that not too long from now we'll be there picking out fabrics to make baby doll clothes with. Your store is truely such a gem!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Chicken Enchiladas

I am in the process of making 3 big pans of chicken enchiladas today so I thought I'd share my recipe. A good friend of mine had a baby last week and I am bringing these to her family for dinner tonight and I love making it in big batches are freezing one. If you are going to the trouble of making them, you might as well get the most out of it you can. When freezing a pan, just thaw and then bake as directed. Yumm-O!

We woke to snow on the ground today, and it just feels like a great day to stand by a hot oven all day long. I'm baking a cake and cookies today as well.

I am a HUGE fan of enchiladas. I order them anytime we eat at a Mexican restaurant and I have made several versions of them at home. This one is by far my favorite. I'm not a fan of the pre-made sauce in the can or the envelope type, so I love that the sauce for this one is homemade. This recipe comes from my cousin's cousin, Nicole.

Chicken Enchiladas ~ Time consuming but so worth it!
3 C enchilada sauce (see below)
2 C shredded cooked chicken (I like to cook mine in a crock-pot earlier to make the stock from it for the sauce as well)
½ C thinly sliced green onions
¾ C shredded cheddar (I use more like 1 C)
¾ C shredded Monterey Jack (I use more like 1 C)
¼ C sour cream (extra for garnish)
4 oz can diced green chilis (I'm leaving these out for the new Mommies)
Canola oil, as needed
¼ C chopped fresh cilantro (I omit)
Salt and pepper to taste
12 6” corn tortillas
Non-stick cooking spray
Enchilada sauce (I usually double this because I like a lot of sauce)
2 T canola oil
2 T flour
2 T chili powder
1 tsp cumin
14 oz can chicken broth
8 oz can tomato sauce
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp garlic powder


Heat oven to 350.

Prepare enchilada sauce. Heat oil in a pan, add chili powder, cumin and flour to it and cook for a few minutes (it's like making a roue). Once it's bubbly add the sauce while whisking so you don't get lumps. Thin is out with the broth and add the salt and garlic powder.

In a medium bowl, mix chicken, green onions, ½ C cheddar, ½ C Monterey Jack, sour cream, chilies and cilantro. Stir in ½ C enchilada sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Heat ½” oil in large pan. Fry tortillas, one at a time, until soft (10 seconds per side). Drain on paper towels. Spray 9”x13” baking dish with non-stick spray. Spread small amount of sauce on bottom of dish. Spread 2 heaping tablespoons of chicken mixture in each tortilla and roll up. Place seam side down, side by side in dish. Pour remaining sauce over top. Top with remaining cheeses and bake until bubbling, 15-20 minutes. Garnish with extra sour cream, sliced green onions and chopped cilantro. I usually put these in 2 8x8 foil pans and freeze one before cooking for a future meal since one large pan is too much for our family.


*I sometimes use this method to bake my chicken beforehand. Place your chicken in a 9x13” pan and add about 1” of water to the pan. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for about 30-45 min or until cooked through.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Sneak Peek and Time Off

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I will be whipping up these colorful vintage inspired fabrics into my last collection of the year. That's right, I'm taking a nice long break and won't be back designing and selling until next spring (unless I get the itch sooner). It was a difficult but easy decision to make. I'm excited to start feeling better soon and want to enjoy the entire summer with my family before we add another one in the fall. So once baby #3 is sleeping through the night I should be back in full swing on eBay and Etsy. I'll really miss listing new designs, but I plan to stay creative by sewing a bit just for the girls, putting together "big girl" rooms and a new nursery. I'll keep my Blog going so stop by and say "Hi" as often as you can.

May 13th is my last launch day and I will be guesting with the Lil' Peas (thanks for the invite!). I have the pieces completed in my mind, but they always seem to evolve as I sew, so even I'm excited to see the end result. I do know that it will be my typical multiple piece collection for Mixing-and-Matching and I have some awesome M2M bows coming too.

Thank you to all of my wonderful customers who have supported me in this creative endevour the past 2 years. I look forward to coming back next spring, so please stay on my mailing list so you don't miss my re-entry into the Boutique world.

XOXO,
Angel

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Priceless

New haircut day before photos (not recommended)....$43.00

Sitting fee for Church directory....Free

Sock Monkey tees made by Mommy....my favorite!

Telling you there are 5 people in this picture....priceless!

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We are expecting baby #3 on November 19th. I'm so excited about it that I couldn't wait any longer to tell everyone. Right now I'm in the middle of feeling really, really yucky with almost 2 month left to go of that.

For the rest of the year I will likely only be offering each new design just once and I'm hoping to list some items as one-of-a-kind, ready-to-ship, to leave time for getting ready for baby and all those little details (sleep ranking high on my list right now).

I got back earlier this week from a 5 day scrapbooking retreat. Well, it was for everyone else...I actually brought all of my sewing gear and finished up 2 big orders that I'm excited to ship out tomorrow. As usual I way over packed, but not with clothes. I had dreams of starting and finishing more samples, a B-day gift and another order. But I was still thrilled with the amount I did get accomplished. It felt great to get caught up on sewing and sleep and not having to prepare every meal. I got lots of gabbing time in too which was so enjoyable. Come to think of it, when I sew I'm very much on my own with just the tv to entertain me, so it was quite a challenge to balance what I needed to get done and just enjoying the freindships around me. Thanks Hubby for taking such good care of the girls and the house looked even better than the way I left it! You are the best!!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Sugar & Spice

Why is my sugar shaker half empty and the kitchen floor covered with what looks like freshly fallen snow, you ask? Well...let me back up and tell the story from the beginning.

Last Wednesday the girls and I were visiting my grandparents and near the end of our visit A seemed to have aquired a fever. By the time we got home and they were in bed for a nap (about 3:15) I heard coughing that sounded very different. Poor little A had been sick all over herself, her bed and even Blue Baby. This continued through the rest of the evening.

We counted ourselves lucky that the rest of us had avoided it...until last night. Daddy was making dinner, a very smelly curry dish that started with smoke filling the kitchen (an ominous sign) and E kept saying "I need to go to bed." Huh? That never happens, which should have been my first clue. Shortly afterward, she announced that she too was sick and the carpet would indeed pay for it. So dinner was waylaid and Daddy took over the carpet cleaning duties for the next hour. Oh and the icing on the cake was when the dirty water holder of the carpet cleaning machine was accidentally spilled onto the kitchen counter, down the front of the dishwasher and on to the floor, all because the phone rang (Memorial Blood Center wanting another deposit). What more could happen, dare I ask?

So today as I am gingerly caring for the girls, hoping for the best and fearing the worst, I put them down for a morning nap knowing they could use some extra rest. When I went in to get them up I was greeted by a naked child (that would be A) stting in a wet bed, happy as a clam. Thankfully replacement Blue Baby did not share in the wetness. So after another bath, while I am dressing E downstairs, A wanders upstairs to the kitchen. We hear "clank...clank" and I fear the worst. You see moving kitchen chairs over to the counter has become a right of passage if you will, from innocent toddlers to mischevious little girls. As I round the corner, what should my eyes fall upon, but a very surprised little girl, sitting on a chair in front of the stove holding my sugar shaker upside down (a reproduction vintage style from the Diner days, very big and easy to pour, need I say more) and watching the sweet yummy white grains fall through her fingers.

So what does the beginning of this story have to with the end? Not much, only to say that I can't seem to catch a break this week. And hopefully very soon I will be able to remember this series of events and laugh.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Chocolate Eclaire Dessert

This week's recipe is a dessert, one of my favorites! And it's "no bake" easy. Gotta love that!



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Chocolate Éclair Dessert
1 box graham crackers
3 C milk
2 sm pkg french vanilla instant pudding mix
1 sm tub cool whip
*Chocolate topping
1-1/2 C powdered sugar
3 Tb cocoa powder
2 Tb oil
3 Tb evaporated milk
3 Tb melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tb Karo corn syrup
Layer one sleeve of crackers on bottom of 9x13 pan, breaking to fit. Mix milk and pudding, fold in cool whip. Pour half over crackers and repeat ending with a third layer of crackers. Mix all topping ingredients together and spread over top layer of crackers. Refrigerate for 2 days so crackers become moist.

This is one of my favorite desserts to make. It tastes just like a chocolate eclaire...yummy! Very important to make it ahead of time because it really does need to be refrigerated for 2 days prior to serving.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Sweetest Bloom

Today I have listed my newest collection for spring/summer. I just love the Swell fabrics by Urban Chicks for Moda! They remind me of one of my favorite designers, Cath Kidston.

I will only be offering these pieces once this season
as my production calendar is filling up rapidly.


Dress and Apron
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Pants and Top
Click Here

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And just for fun...here is one of my favorite pics from today's photoshoot.

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