Thursday, February 21, 2013

Yellow and White Color block

I saw this dress in a magazine and thought I would like to make it. I have had some yellow knit fabric in my stash for awhile and I bought a pattern to match. McCall's M6278


Unfortunately, this dress won't be finished or ever worn. A couple mistakes were made. I shouldn't have tried to make this dress using knit. The white fabric part seemed too sheer, but lining it made it too heavy and thick. Also, the pattern wasn't made for knits, which I knew but it didn't stop me. 

This pattern wasn't very specific with it's instructions particularly piecing the cutout together and therefore it ended up puckering like this.  I pressed and pressed and it just wasn't going to work. 

It would have been such a cute dress for this spring and I might try again with a different fabric. You learn from mistakes I suppose. Try try again! 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Pasta with Vodka Sauce

This is one of if not the first recipe my mother in law gave me as one of Dan's favorites. I make it here and there when there is vodka to spare, which isn't that often. Not to worry, the alcohol cooks out so you can make this for the kiddos, use mild Ro-tel or just a can of diced tomatoes to cut down the heat.

Pasta with Vodka Sauce

1 box of penne or your favorite pasta
1 jar of tomato sauce
1 can Ro-tel
1/2 c. cream
1/4 c. vodka

Prepare Pasta according to directions on the box. In a small sauce pan mix remaining ingredients over medium heat until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered. Serve over pasta.


1. This makes more than enough for 2 people. You will have leftovers, or you can cut the recipe down.
2.  I have used 1/2 and 1/2 instead of cream before and it turns out just fine.
3. You may use mild, medium, or hot Ro-tel depending on your preference.
4. The original recipe does not call for meat, but I usually add Italian sausage.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Fudge Pie

Hey! Did ya'll know that I grew up in the south? My family lived in Tennessee, and Alabama for a short time too, before moving to Indiana in middle school. I promptly stopped saying "ya'll" after being made fun of for my southern accent. Ha! I took a lot from my childhood in the south and still keep up with some friends there as well.

When I graduated college my mom gave me a book with her favorite recipes in it to have for my own kitchen. Many of the recipes she received from friends and family over the years. "Kit's Fudge Pie" is one of my favorites and an easy go-to dessert! Kit was our neighbor in Tennessee and the mom of my childhood friend Kati. We have lots of pictures and memories being very small and living across the street from one another. Every time I make this pie I think about their family.

I make this pie fairly often because it's so good and easy to make. Besides the crust, I always have all the ingredients on hand.

Kit's Fudge Pie
-pre-made pie shell
-1 stick of butter
-1/4 cup of flour
-1/4 cup of cocoa
-1 tsp. vanilla
-2 eggs
-chopped nuts (optional)

Melt butter and mix all ingredients well. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Prabal Gurung for Target

So this is how today went. I woke up at 7am thanks to the dog. I woke up with a hangover thanks to a mini pitcher of green goodness at Kilroys last night (lesson learned). I got up, took the dog out, and headed to Target. I drove a little further to a Super Target with hopes that it would have a good selection. You guys know I have been looking forward to this day for some time. My number one item was this floral crush print dress.

The parking lot seemed empty at 7:55, but then I arrived to this. Which I just think is funny, but I participated and ran in all Supermarket Sweep like at 8am.

This is what me and my 5 new friends found. We were all like "where's the rest?"
All bummed out we each took a few pieces to the dressing room. We checked out the shoe department to find the same situation. Only about 4 of the shoe styles were available. It was kind of funny, we each whipped out our phones looking up other Targets and checking online for styles and sizes. 

This is what I ended up buying. I wanted something with that damn floral print and this was all that they had. It's cute, but it's really just a tee. 
Don't mind my second day makeup and puffy hangover face. 

I did try on this dress, which is the same style as the floral and I'm somewhat happy that it actually didn't fit that well.

Since, I didn't have luck with the Prabal Gurung line I shopped the rest of Target and this peplum came home with me too! 

I finished my grocery shopping while at Target and then came home with the intention of hitting another Target later in the day. I looked up several items online only to find they were out of stock in all Indianapolis area locations and sold out online. Boo! 

So then I drowned my sorrows in half a bag of Cadbury Eggs and took a nap. 

In case you are wondering, I feel much better now and am moving on the other things. I'm currently online shopping and watching IU. 

Nice little Sunday. 

Did you have any luck? What pieces did you get? 

Friday, February 8, 2013


This is my mother in law's recipe and it is wonderful!  She has made these for us several times and I made them this past weekend for the Super Bowl. Believe it or not this is not a spicy recipe, but of course we did add sriracha sauce. So if you are looking for just a tasty wing recipe without the hotness, this is it! (or you can add to it)

It is kind of impossible to take a good picture of a chicken wing. 

Marinated Chicken Wings
1 bag of frozen chicken wings
1 1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
6 Tbsp oil
2 tsp Dijon Mustard
2 tsp water
Sriracha sauce to taste (optional)

Divide chicken wings into two large ziplock bags. Combine ingredients in blender, mixing together well. Pour over each bag evenly and let marinate at least 2 hours. I marinated my overnight. 

Spread onto two baking sheets evenly. You will want a little of the marinade on the pan so they don't burn, but it's not necessary to use it all. 

*Bake at 375 for 2 hours, turn/stir every half hour. 

Please note- My wings only took an hour and half. My mom also made these for her party and her wings only took an hour. Keep a watchful eye on them and depending on your oven it may take between 1-2 hours. I promise, it's worth it! 


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Target: right now

I'm pretty sure everyone who shops at Target comes home with WAY more than they intended to or had on their list. I love Target for all reasons and departments. Over the last week, I have fallen in love with EVERY. SINGLE. THING. in the store. I'm telling you... Spring has sprung at Target and I want IT ALL! Like a crazy person I took pictures of everything so I would remember all the things I think I need. But, like a responsible person I have not bought anything because, lets be serious, it's still snowing here in Indiana.

At first I uploaded all my iphone shots, but then realized how poorly shot they were. So here is a better view. 

Target-right now

Pencil skirt / Coral handbag / Pink shawl / Merona Blue/Yellow Rugby Stripescarf / Xhilaration® Juniors Half Zip Tie Back Fit And Flare Dress - Assorted... / Merona® Women's Seersucker Jacket - Skyline Grey... : Target / Merona® Women's Rolled Ankle Jean (Fit 4) - Dot ... : Target

Dying over anything and everything orange. Love the clutch! I could pick out 5-10 spring scarves if I really wanted to. Such fun colors! Seersucker blazer? What's not to love? Polka dots! I will have some dotted pants this spring! And I just really like the floral skirt!


I may or may not have bought 2 of these 3 blankets. Love em! 

I realize this is such a random post, but this is my life guys. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Super Bowl Party

We had a few people over on Sunday to watch the Super Bowl. Like most of our other get-togethers,  I got a little excited a few weeks early planning the decor and menu. I covered our table in green felt and made lines with masking tape. I found a bunch of football themed decor to add to the table. I decided to make it all tailgate themed and decorated with coolers and folding chairs. I made wings, Auntie Anne's pretzel pigs in a blanket, nachos, and cookies. I was able to find the paper food trays similar to what you would get at the game. Since it was Sunday and not too many people wanted to drink beer, I served root beer and orange cream soda. I may have gone a little overboard with the small group that we had, but it was fun!