Baja Tacos

I know, I know.  I’ve been MIA from the blog for a long time.  Work has been exhausting and I’ve barely had a chance or felt like doing the things I wanted to do.  Although I’ve been keeping up with my running and exercising, I’ve been eating poorly.  Totally stress eating–at work, at home.  Not to too much excess, just junk food.  Leftover Easter candy doesn’t help.

I decided that I needed to focus on making more meals at home; lighter, healthier ones.  The other night, Baja tacos sounded amazing.  My plan was to throw a bunch of somewhat healthy pre-made stuff together, but when I went to the grocery store Friday night after work, what the $#&*?!?!  They didn’t have pre-made pico de gallo.

Instead of driving to another grocery store, I begrudgingly picked up ingredients for pico.  Plus I also got some shredded lettuce, feta, an avocado, those new Stand ‘n Stuff tortillas (which are, by the way, amazing!), frozen breaded fish, and pre-made shredded taco chicken:

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I spent some time researching pico recipes online.  Usually, I am too cilantro heavy, but I made sure to measure all my ingredients and, even though it took some prep time, the pico turned out amazing!  I added a few ingredients I found in other recipes, too:

1 1/2 cup seeded, diced tomatoes

1/4 cup diced red onion

1 minced green onion

1 tablespoon diced jalapeno

1 tablespoon minced garlic

Juice of 2 limes

2 tablespoons diced cilantro

Salt and pepper

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So, not to toot my own horn or anything, but dinner was pretty amazing!  I just wish I was a better foodie photographer.

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So I did end up eating some chocolate after that, but I think the veggie-heavy dinner made up for it…at least a little.

Hopefully I’ll be able to stay motivated at this!  Making meals is a lot of work–I don’t know how my sisters do it all the time, and with kids!

–Anna

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Family History

Hi everyone! Jessica here and I just wanted to share something that I bought last Fall and FINALLY finished! I purchased an “I Chart You” ready-to-print  modern genealogy chart which I have always wanted to put together a family tree for me and my husband’s parents, grandparents, great grandparents, etc.

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I have seen many DIY family trees on Pinterest but I loved that the I Chart You prints were so subtle and there were so many colors to choose from plus I think they look cute framed or on a canvas.

I was able to get our grandparent’s names and  great grandparent’s names but only a few great great grandparent’s names since our parents didn’t have many records from that long ago. The nice thing about the I Chart You website is that when you purchase the print you can take your time researching your relatives and fill out the chart on your own time. For example I bought the chart last October and just now filled it out and was emailed my chart within 24 hours. Since there were many empty spaces in the great great grandparent’s spots, they suggested putting hearts in those spots which I thought was nice.

For the blogI loved all the color combinations they offered (31 combinations) and you can even choose your own colors if you want or purchase a gift card for someone. I bought the Terracotta & Blue print since we have some much of these colors in our house. I plan on purchasing more, one for both of my daughters to keep and put in their rooms.

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Instead of printing the chart, I had my chart printed on a canvas which I love but I also think framing it would look nice, too.

blogHave a great Wednesday and thanks for stopping by!

Jessica

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Daisy

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Daisy the hedgehog

So I had the wonderful chance to try out a new pattern by Jennifer Jangles this past week. I love trying new sewing patterns especially sweet little plush animal ones!  I made Daisy, a sweet hedgehog about the size of a football.

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Daisy Hedgehog spikes in the making

Jennifer Jangles creates very playful designs that make you happy every time you look at them, from funky pincushions to adorable quilts. She also designs whimsical fabric that is so colorful and fun it’s hard to resist! She was so sweet to let me test out her new pattern.
Now on to Daisy!

I thought this pattern was adorable and while looking through my stash fabric I decided to use my new stack of Doe by Carolyn Friedlander.  The spikey patterns worked great for Daisy’s body.  I chose the simple white for her face and a blue and mustard yellow for her spikes.  I think she turned out pretty cute:)

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Daisy in the making

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Now she’s really spikey:)

The pattern was easy to follow and with great pictures, which is a major plus! I used quite a lot of pins but everything stayed in place while I stitched her up.

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Daisy the Hedgehog

I love a fast and fun project that you can whip up and see the results right away.  I was able to keep Daisy safe while taking pictures and admiring her but she now resides in my daughter’s room.  I would be happy to make her a whole family of hedgehogs:)

If you would like to check out Jennifer’s other fun patterns and projects check out her website at http://www.jenniferjangles.com/

-Cassie

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Some of My Favorite Things Lately

Happy Saturday!

The sun is shining today in Iowa and even though it’s windy, it is above 40 degrees and it is supposed to be 60 degrees this week! My sister in Arizona would probably disagree with me that 60 degrees is perfect but after having negative temperatures for quite a while, I am excited!

I thought I would share with you some of my favorite things lately since I am working on many projects at the moment and none of them are finished (surprise, surprise!).

Target has their Easter decorations out and even though I am sure I could have easily made this banner, it was $6.99 and I love the colors. I plan on using it in my 2 year old daughter’s room since she loves any kind of festive decorations or fabrics.

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Of course, I did see this bunny garland and I didn’t think the bunnies would stay put when it is hung up so I know I could easily DIY this and move the string up higher so the bunnies stay visible and don’t get twisted. Stay tuned to see how it turns out!

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I don’t know if you follow us on Instagram but you should because we post of sorts of things like food, quilts, fabric, crafts, etc. Basically anything we love and think others would enjoy, too! Anyway, I randomly decided to post a picture of the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream I bought that day. My husband had told me about their new flavor called “The Tonight Dough starring Jimmy Fallon” which is chocolate and caramel ice cream with chocolate cookie swirls, chocolate cookie dough and peanut butter cookie dough. So basically it is a low fat and very low calorie ice cream…..har har. I looked for it at the grocery store this week and unfortunately they were out but I decided to buy a new flavor and it DEFINITELY did not disappoint. If you like chocolate, cookies and coffee then I think you should run to your grocery store and buy this ice cream! My husband and I both agreed it is amazing!

Going along with my theme of healthy eating (again, haha), I made some Monster Cookie bars yesterday and I thought I would share the recipe with you! I have included the PDF file so you can just click and print!

Monster Cookie Bar Recipe

I hope you have a great weekend!!

Jessica

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My February “Make Something”

In February, I read a book, ran a half-marathon, and finished 100,000 words!  The last one was a sprint to the end, much more difficult than I ever thought possible.  And did you know that Microsoft Word stops tracking after 99,999 words?  At least mine did.  The numbers just disappeared from the bottom of the screen.  I was so bummed!  I felt like confetti should shower down on me and horns should start trumpeting when I reached that milestone.  Oh well…

Because I’m not as quilty and crafty as my sisters, I fulfilled my “make something” goal in the last few days of February by creating part of my mother’s birthday present.  I wrapped and mailed everything on the last day possible in order for it to get to Iowa by March 3rd and, somehow, the USPS got it there faster than promised!  Because mom was able to open her gift a day early, I now get to post about it!

I love words and making things fit onto a page, so I made her an 8″x10″ subway art style print for her quilt shop, Inspirations.  I think it turned out pretty dang cute!

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Happy birthday, Mom!

– Anna

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Snow and quilts

With all this freezing cold winter weather happening these days I feel like I’ve been in hibernation mode.  I stay busy during the day but at night I want to eat and go to bed.  I have less motivation to quilt, sew, or make.  I have a design board full of quilt blocks that I want to finish but don’t seem to have the time to sew.  I hope I’m not the only one feeling this way, I’m really hoping once the temperature is consistently above 30 degrees and the tulips start to show I’ll be whipping up all sorts of lovely projects.

Since I haven’t felt like finishing an intense quilty project I did finish two cute scrappy quilts. A little over a month ago I started this easy scrappy log cabin quilt. It’s made up of four big blocks sewn together. It’s a pretty simple quilt but I did the math beforehand to make sure each block would come out to the same size and then sewed those four blocks together, I had to trim here and there to square it up.  This type of quilt is so nice to whip up and is cute!

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Scrappy log cabin quilt and my wonderful husband:)

 

My wonderful husband was there to hold my quilts for me. We took our two kids and thought we’d have a nice morning outside on the ice (and it was above 25 degrees!).  My four year old loved sliding around on the ice but my two year old was not having any of it. So we took a few pictures and then went out for breakfast:)
This quilt is made with mostly Tasha Noel fabric which are so adorable. Her drawings of little girls, flowers, and ducks are so cute from this line called Country Girls.

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Scrappy log cabin quilt

The other fast and simple quilt I finished was a scrappy princess quilt. I love the Heather Ross fabric used and how it’s a bit more whimsical because of the scrappy fabrics.

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Scrappy princess quilt

Scrappy princess quilt

Scrappy princess quilt

Scrappy princess quilt

Scrappy princess quilt

I love the colors of this quilt and how playful it is. I wanted to make a quilt that showcased the princess and also use a majority of the fabric line. I love this quilt but have already started another quilt using this same fabric. Who can stop at just one with these adorable prints:)
Anyways, this is what I was able to finish these past few months during the cold, icy, and snowy winter. I hope you’re able to accomplish more than I have but if not, at least we’re not alone;)
Cassie

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Arizona IMS Half-Marathon

I know most women won’t say they love their bodies, but the last five years I have hated mine with a passion.  It couldn’t function in the simplest way and do something that came naturally and so easily to almost every other woman I knew.  Late last year, after numerous infertility treatments, the doctor finally told us that we would likely never have a child of our own.  It was devastating.

I spent so much of my time the last five years focusing on trying to start our family that I didn’t know what to do with myself after I got that news.  I felt broken.  My body had failed me.  I had failed us.  I felt like I had to set some goals in 2015 and do something spectacular to prove something to myself.

I don’t know why I picked running a half-marathon.  Maybe it’s because I had never run more than 6 miles at one time before in my life (and even that was only once).  Our family isn’t a family of runners; we’re solid farm stock, built for strength and towering over people, not speed and agility.  Or maybe it was because I had gained weight after being on the hormone treatments and sitting around just trying to take it easy.  A running plan would surely help me slim back down.

Whatever the reason, I decided that running a half-marathon would be one of my goals for 2015.  I accomplished that goal this Sunday morning at the IMS Arizona Marathon, running much faster than I had anticipated and finishing really well overall.

My husband had to fly out of town for a work conference that morning and felt terrible he couldn’t be there for me.  My friend that coached me over the last few months couldn’t come into town to cheer me on and was really disappointed as well.  But I didn’t mind; in fact, I was kind of relieved actually.  This was something I had to do on my own.  And I did it!  I did end up proving something to myself this weekend, too: basically, I still kick ass.

–Anna

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