Sunday, February 14, 2010

Best of My World This Week, through 2/14

CRAFTINESS
  • New Book from Heather @ Trends & Traditions - Be on the lookout for Heather's new book on how to make pillows to match all those quilts that you make. Best news? NO piping required!! And while you're there, sign up for the giveaway.
  • Off the Grid Sliced 9-Patch - I'm a big fan of 9-patches and all their variations. This pattern is a great one, not only because it looks super-cool when you're done, but it also uses the cheapest pre-cuts - 2 charm packs and a honey bun.
  • 9-Patch Lattice Quilt - this past week was a great week for 9-patches. This pattern is also on my to-do list.
  • Swanky Turnover Quilt - Okay, I lied. Turnovers are also pretty cheap pre-cuts. The genius behind this pattern is that I look at the finished product and don't see it coming from giant triangles. I haven't worked with a turnover yet, but this one definitely inspires me.

FOOD
  • Bananas Foster Cupcakes - The first time my dad tried to make the original dish, he almost set the kitchen on fire. Ever since then, I've had a soft spot for bananas foster and its many spinoffs.
  • Healthy Baked Macaroni and Cheese - I'm not sure how healthy this is, except for the fact that there's loads of spinach in it. But I'm willing to try anything that has "macaroni and cheese" in the title, regardless of its effect on my calorie counts.
  • Butternut Squash Risotto - Sure would be tasty, served with some asparagus or kale.
  • Pasta with Spinach and Ricotta Cheese - So simple, but oh so tasty.
  • Black Bean Soup with Avocado Salsa - One of our favorite Chapel Hill restaurants, Margaret's Cantina, serves the best black bean soup I've ever had. It's always so dark and tasty. I think I've figured out their secret - they cook the beans in the soup, so all the bean broth stays in the soup instead of being drained out when beans are cooked separately.

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