July 27, 2008

Simple Bib Factory

Three out of the four babies I've been making bibs for are already born... but who's counting? I managed to produce 13 Simple Bibs from Amy Karol's book, “Bend-The-Rules Sewing”. I lost a couple in the beginning as I was getting the hang of sewing around tight curves.

These bibs are cotton with cotton flannel backing. The saleswoman at the fabric shop was very helpful with selecting complimentary fabrics. I just need to place the snap closures and they'll be ready to mail.

I am pleased with the results and I feel much more comfortable with my sewing machine. I hope the recipients of these bibs will stain them with pride!

July 06, 2008

Cold Sesame-Peanut Noodles
On weekends I often make a soup or salad and portion it out to have for lunches during the week. I don't like to spend money on lunch and eating out is so fattening. So, every week I try to develop a new and healthy lunch option that I won't be tired of eating before Wednesday. Today I combined a few recipes that I found online to create Cold Sesame-Peanut Noodles.

Cook: 7 oz. of Barilla Plus Spaghetti
according to directions.
Meanwhile: In a separate bowl whisk together; 1 Tbs. Reduced-Fat Jif Peanut Butter, 1 Tbs. sesame oil, 1 Tbs. vegetable oil, 1 Tbs. soy sauce, 1 tsp rice vinegar, 2 tsp honey, 1 Tbs. chili powder, a pinch of red chili pepper flakes, and 6-8 dashes of Tabasco.
Drain and Rinse: Cooked pasta in cold water until cool.
Combine: Cold pasta and sauce, toss well.
Add: 1 Tbs. sesame seeds and two diced scallions, toss to combine.

This weekend I also made Tangy Mustard Coleslaw from the June 2008 issue of Cooking Light Magazine. It was really good!