Monday, April 19, 2010

Menu Plan Monday and Bee Productive!

This is the last week of our family budget cycle, meaning I had about $15 left in the food line. I took a hard look at the food we had on hand and was able to eek by at the grocery store with $2.57 left to spare in our grocery slush fund for this month. Here's what we're eating:

Sunday - Creamy Orzo (double the vegetables, halve the cream and parmesan as always), Asparagus
Monday - Leftovers
Tuesday - Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quesadillas, Avocado
Wednesday - Homemade Pizza trying out this pizza crust
Thursday - Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto
Friday - Pasta and Vodka Sauce, Green Beans

For more menus, be sure to check out OrgJunkie.

Despite the fact that I've barely posted at all on the blog this month, I have been fairly productive. Last weekend, I finished my Sew Bee It blocks for Geraldine. She chose some great solids and asked us to make wonky four-patches, then sash them in a pearly gray. Not my usual palette of colors, but it was great fun! Be sure to check out the tutorial she posted - I have big plans to try this pattern out with some crazy modern prints I have my eye on.

Oh and P.S. - the cashier who rung up my groceries @ Kroger this weekend was a tres weird. After barely saying a word to the 2 customers in front of me, he carried on and on with me about how much he loves Nancy Grace and how she's "easy on the eyes" and how her "take no prisoners approach gets him going." Which is all fine. Every cashier is entitled to their own political preferences. But I'm not really a Nancy Grace kind of girl. She's just a little too abrasive for me. Oh, and I usual don't discuss with cashiers at any store what "gets [them] going." But I didn't want to bring this up with the man because I didn't want to have any "problems" with my coupons. So I just grimaced awkwardly and breathed a sigh of relief when I made it back to the car.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Menu Plan Monday, 4/12-4/18

Sunday - Calzones
Monday - Black Bean Burger and Tater Tots
Tuesday - Ribollita Soup and Bread
Wednesday - Spinach Shells, Asparagus
Thursday - Breakfast for Dinner
Friday - Pizza
Saturday - Chicken and Broccoli Casserole, Sweet Potato Biscuits

For more menu plans, be sure to check out OrgJunkie!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Cart Before the Horse

Whenever I finish a quilt top, I always seem to have a few spare blocks. I have the noblest of intentions of turning those blocks into coasters, hot pads, a big motley scrap quilt or something. But usually, they all just sit in the orphan block bin. This weekend, we spent some time at the in-laws for Easter, and call it spring fever, but lately, I'm not happy sitting down unless I have something to work on. Visits at the in-laws usually require lots of sitting down time yakking away, eating, or watching movies - ideal activities for tackling some binding. In anticipation of said marathon sit-down sessions, last Thursday, I ran upstairs, grabbed a few orphan blocks, sewed them together, made a quilt sandwich, and quilted away.

Friday night, I whipped out my table runner to bind when the post-dinner talks started then realized I had everything I needed except my beloved quilting thread. I was a little antsy, but I survived. Saturday night, I returned triumphant with my thread and managed to tack down the binding before we left.

Do the blocks look familiar to any Schnibblers out there? They're orphans from the very first project I made for the Year of Schnibbles challenge - Winter White. When I set the original quilt on point, I ended up with a surplus of Winter white blocks. Notice that I don't have the un-orphaned quilt top quilted yet - hence the post's title. Eh, whatevs. I have time.

I tried a new quilting design on this one. Some of my stitches are a little bit on the long side, but I like the design enough to keep practicing.

For once, I think my favorite part about this mini-quilt might be the backing. Usually, I'm lukewarm on the backings I use, but this one is beautiful. Honestly, I'm not really sure where/when I got it. But I was such a fan I even used it for the binding.

Vital stats
Started: September 2009
Finished: April 2010
Machine-pieced, machine-quilted
Collection of fabric: Glace by 3 Sisters

Monday, April 5, 2010

Menu Plan Monday goes spontaneous

Okay, it's not that spontaneous. It's just that all of our nights are equally un-busy this week, and I'm equally prepared for just about all our dinners, so dinner is whatever we feel like that night. So far:

Sunday - Green Beans, Macaroni and Cheese, Sweet Potato Casserole
Monday - Tortilla Black Bean Casserole, Avocado

What's left for this week:
Vegetable Stir Fry
Ribollita and Bread
Frozen Pizza
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas
Eat Out with company (Friday or Saturday)

For more menus that are probably more structured than this, be sure to check out OrgJunkie.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Best of My World This Week - Another Two-Week Edition

  • DIY Swiffers - I knew there had to be a sustainable way to own a swiffer.