Friday, February 27, 2015

Stuffed Peppers {A Nello's Sauce Recipe}

Stuffed peppers

Stuffed Peppers alla Nello's Sauce

If you need an easy dinner to warm you up this weekend, this will be perfect!

6-8 large bell peppers
1 yellow onion, diced 
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup dry wild rice mix
1 pound ground pork sausage*
1 small jar Nello's Sauce (I used the marinara, but if the kids were not eating, I would have loved to try it with the Hot & Spicy!)
1/4 Cup shredded parmesan cheese
* you could use any type of meat but we recently bought a share of a pig from a local rancher, so we used pork and the sausage gave a great flavor.

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  

2.  Cook the rice according to package directions.  I found a great mix at Trader Joe's that had black barley and radish seeds.

3.  Chop the top inch or two off of the bell peppers.  Reserve the tops and dice up any of the flesh.  Scoop out the seeds so you have a nice cup for your stuffing.  When the water is boiling add the pepper cups and let them cook about 5 minutes.  Drain them and set them in a baking pan.

3. Heat a teaspoon of oil (coconut or olive oil) in a large saute pan and and add the diced onions and bell peppers.  Cook about 5 minutes and add the garlic.  Cook another minute and add the meat.  Cook until no longer pink then add the Nello's Sauce and rice.  Mix thoroughly.

4.  Scoop the meat/rice mixture into the pepper cups in the baking dish.  Sprinkle the parmesan cheese evenly over the peppers and bake for 10 minutes or until bubbling.  Enjoy!

+ Full Disclosure: I was not paid for this post, but I did receive Nello's Sauce in exchange for posting some recipes.  You can read more about this partnership here.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Framed Floral {Block Tutorial}

March is my month to be a quilter for Haven Circle of do. Good Stitches.  I love how fun it is to plan the quilt and pick a block for everyone to make.  That might be the part I love most about quilting, aside from picking fabric!

I think this is going to be our #havendgs block for march

Can you tell I've been dreaming of spring?  I sketched a simple block and figured out the measurements of the borders.


If you would like to make a block you will need three different fabrics: floral, near solid and low volume/white background.
Here are the cutting directions to make a 12.5" block*:
3.5" Square - floral
(2)1.5 x 3.5" and (2) 1.5 x 5.5" rectangles of near solid
(2) 2 x 5.5" and (2) 2 x 8.5" rectangles of white
(2) 1.5 x 8.5" and (2) 1.5 x 10.5" rectangles of floral
(2) 2.5 x 10.5" and (2) 2.5 x 13" rectangles of white*

*This will actually make a slightly larger 13" square, but I thought it was better to trim off a little excess white than to end up shy of 12.5" square.  

DGS march block

I put the strips together courthouse-step style.  As in I started at the center and joined the top and bottom strips and then the side, rather than in a clockwise fashion, like a log cabin block.  I definitely recommend pressing and a little starch between each frame to keep a nice square.

March block #havendgs #dogoodstitches

If you make any blocks, I'd love for you to add them to the Petit Lyons flickr pool!

Have a great Thursday! xo, Courtney

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

4th Blogiversary {Giveaway}

Today I'm celebrating my 4 Year Blogiversary and 1000 followers on Instagram with a fun giveaway!

I'm celebrating my Blogiversary and 1000 IG followers with a giveaway of all my favorite things: gnome socks, #patchworkplease, low volume/texty FQ bundle, @barij notepad, 100 liberty 2.5" mini charms and the latest stitch magazine.  To enter leave a comm

You could win two pairs of gnome socks (knee and low cut), a Bari J weekly task pad, a copy of Ayumi's amazing book Patchwork Please, a low volume/texty fat quarter bundle, 100+ 2.5" mini charms in Liberty of London Tana Lawn and the latest issue of stitch magazine!

To enter just leave a comment and tell me how you follow (if your email address is not linked to your profile, you better add that too), and/or comment/follow on IG.   Best of luck.
I'll pick a winner later this week.

Thank you all for following me all these years, or just recently,  and for continuing to keep up when the posts have been few and far between!


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

KCW {Day 2}

Sean took a nap today and so I continued my kids clothes week challenge streak!  Two days, woohoo!

#kidsclothesweek day 2 lizzy house mice on bikes with chambray and red gingham flannel. Have I mentioned I like @annamariahorner #quickchangetrousers  pattern? ��

Another pair of Quick Change Trousers (from Anna Maria Horner's book New Beginnings).  Today's trousers feature the mint mice on bikes print from Lizzy House with chambray on the outside and flannel inside.  On this pair I didn't bother making the cute rear panel in a contrasting fabric for the B side. Since I never end up reversing them, I figured I would save a few minutes cutting and sewing that part.

Quick change trousers action shot

And I caught a few shots of Sean modeling the pair I made yesterday.  He's doing his favorite thing - moving large rocks around the yard while grunting and saying "big!" a lot.  He cracks me up.  

Quick change trousers action shot

I actually cut a little frog from the orange flannel dots to applique on to a t shirt, but I didn't get to that today.  Maybe tomorrow.  This is all I really had planned for the week.  I have some quilting bees and swaps I need to work on, so  we will see what tomorrow brings!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Kids Clothes Week {Day 1}

I have completely missed the last few Kids Clothes Weeks, so I am determined to put in a good effort for this session.  Now, I totally missed that the theme for the season is "upcycled."  Oops.  Personally,  I was trying to go for "sew all the fabric in your stash you keep buying for boy clothes before they are in high school."  Maybe I'll manage to get an upcycled project in this week, but definitely not today. Or tomorrow.

#kidsclothesweek finish! Navy cord #quickchangetrousers with #lotuspondfabric and flannel dots

I've been wanting to make a few more pairs of Quick Change Trousers for Sean before the weather turns warm.  The pattern is from Anna Maria Horner's awesome book New Beginnings.  I made these with a navy baby wale corduroy and lined with orange and white honeycomb dots flannel.  The feature fabric is from Rae Hokstra's line for Cloud 9, Lotus Pond.

Happy frogs quick change trousers

And here's the B side.  I guess the idea behind these pants is that if they get messy you can just take them off, turn them inside out and, voila, clean (looking) pair of pants.  This just never seems to happen with me.  There is always the favorite side.  So this is probably the only time the B side will see the light of day.

Quick change trousers reverse side

I have a second pair of Quick Change Trousers already cut out for tomorrow, so hopefully I will have another finish.  Possibly an actual baby wearing a pair!

Do you participate in the Kids Clothes Week challenge?  Any big plans for the week?  

Happy Sewing! -Courtney

Friday, January 30, 2015

Handmade Birthday 2014 Wrap Up

Last year I joined a group started by Susannah Kate called the Handmade Birthday Club.  The idea is that you are in a group with 11 others and about once a month it's someones birthday and you all make something handmade for them.  So, over the course of the year you make 11 gifts and on your birthday you receive 11 lovely, handmade packages!

It worked out really well.   I knew a few people in my group, and got to know them even better, and made some new friends, too.  I made my 11 gifts and got 9 in return, which in terms of swappy things like this, I think isn't too bad.  Plus, the 9 gifts I got were all amazing!

Handmade Birthday Club 2014 - received

The photo above shows the lovely gifts I received.  From the top 1. Liberty patchwork mini by Tammy 2. Heather Ross mini from Karen 3. Stationery set from Sarah 4. & 5. Sewing machine cover, C mini from Di 6. Hexie Trivets from Becca 7. Wallet from Sarah 8.Project Bag from Susannah Kate 9. AMH Mini from Diane 10. & 11. Applique dish towel from Lee

Handmade Birthday Club 2014

And this mosaic shows the gifts I made.  1. Rainbow Mini for Amy (@needledfig on IG) 2. Boxy Pouch (from Patchwork, Please) for Sarah R. 3. Heather Ross mini for Sarah L. 4. & 5. Hand Sewing travel pouch (pattern in Patchwork, Please) for Deborah 6.Rocket Factory Mini for Rebecca 7. Tea Towel and Hexy Trivet for Tammy 8. Flower tote bag for Karen 9. Liberty Potholders for Di 10. Noodlehead Divided Basket for Susannah Kate 11. Tea towel and Hexy trivet for Lee 12. (not pictured) linen napkins with AMH for Diane

It really was a fun year of making (and receiving!) but I took a year off.  I do miss it, so I'll probably go back to it for 2016.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Read Between the Lines {Finished Quilt}

Last fall I became a quilter for the Haven Circle of do. Good Stiches.  I have been involved in do. good stitches for a few years, but only as a stitcher, making my blocks every month and sending them to the quilters.  Our circle lost a quilter, so I decided to step up to the plate.

My first month to be quilter was November 2014.  I wrote a tutorial for a block here.  It was so exciting to see the blocks trickle in and play with them on my design wall.  

I did have a few blocks that measured a little small, so I had to get creative on the layout and turned the corner blocks on point.  I'm really happy I had to make a design change, as I probably never would have without the smaller blocks.

I quilted on the diagonal and used the eco friendly Quilter's Dream Green batting.  Oh my gosh, I don't know if it's the diagonal lines or the batting but it is the softest quilt!  I backed it in this wide ikea print that I bought in a destash from my friend, Lisa.  I love it and love that I have enough left for another quilt back!

Of course the binding had to be text print, so I chose one of my favorites, from Carolyn Friedlander's architextures line.  

I just need to get it labeled and then this will be on its way to comfort someone in the unimaginably difficult circumstance of being in a women's shelter. I've written about this before, but I just love that do. Good Stitches provides such wonderfully beautiful objects of comfort to the recipients.  People that surely have seen one to many hand-me-down or cast off item.  Warms my heart.

So, it looks like I am getting back into the groove of blogging lately!  I'm really enjoying being back in this space and I hope I can keep up the momentum.  Thanks for reading and for your continued support of my creative endeavors.  xoxoxox, Courtney