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Tutorial: Simple reversible half apron

For my mother-in-law's upcoming birthday I decided to make her an apron. I found a cute fabric that I thought would coordinate well with her kitchen decor.

I started the apron yesterday and finished it today. It was quick, fun and easy to make. Here's a little tutorial in case you'd like to try your hand at making this apron.

Materials used:
* 2- 28" x 18" cuts of coordinating fabric (1 cut from each fabric) for the apron front/back
* 4- 7" x 7" cuts of coordinating fabric (2 cuts from each fabric) for the pockets
* 2- 1" x 7" cuts of coordinating fabric (1 cut from each fabric) for the bias tape for the pockets
* 2- 4.5" x 44"cuts of fabric for the tie
* Coordinating thread
*Based on these dimensions, you will need 1/2 yard of one fabric and 3/4 yard of the other fabric. (You'll cut the ties out of the second fabric.)
* Seam allowance - I used the presser foot width

First, you'll need the two apron pieces. Fold each piece in h…

Birthday bed cover

My mom decided a few months ago that she wanted a new cover for the bed in her spare bedroom. Her favorite color is blue. After a short search, we found fleece fabric in a cute pinwheel pattern and solid matching blue.

Recipe: Mexican Lasagna

In addition to crafting and gardening, I love to cook. I figured I could start sharing some of my favorite recipes here as well. This is not my recipe, but one I found and modified slightly. It is pretty easy to make and really yummy!

Mexican Lasagna

2 lbs. ground beef
28 oz. enchilada sauce
4 oz. can diced green chiles
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 can of water (or so)
1 package (12 oz. or so) soft corn tortillas
1 lb. grated cheddar cheese
1 onion, chopped
Salt & pepper (to taste)

Brown ground beef and onion. Season with salt and pepper.
Add enchilada sauce, green chiles, soup, and 1 can of water (everything except tortillas & cheese). Simmer for 30 minutes. While simmering, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a 9" x 13" baking dish, place a layer of tortillas then a layer of cheese then a layer of the main ingredients. Continue this way, ending with a layer of tortillas topped with a final layer of cheese.
Bake until cheese is completely melted and is bubbly.

*I try to…

Dress & diaper cover

I finished this little set today (Simplicity pattern 3509).

It's a dress and diaper cover set. The fabric was easy to work with and the project overall was easy and fun! It's for sweet little Hannah and I truly hope it fits her well.

I really liked how the dress turned out. It is hard to see in the pic, but the sleeves are cute little cap sleeves with elastic in them. There is a zipper in the back. (Zippers are my nemesis, but this one looks okay) It's very simple, but I think very cute.

Garden goodies

From my garden...

Some really sweet strawberries and yummy lettuce that we used in a salad today.