Saturday, October 29, 2011

Forest Fancies Bake-Serve-Store Casserole Set

I found this Pyrex set today!  It was so nice to find all three bowls in the same place and the one lid.  I believe all the bowls came with lids at one time but I like to display this set stacked so one lid on top will do just fine.  It seems this is not a very popular set among Pyrex collectors but I like to bring these out in the fall.  The beige color and design seem autumn-ish to me.  

These are Forest Fancies Bake Serve Store Casserole Set #471, #472, and #473.  According to Pyrex Love website, they were released in 1981 so I guess they are barely vintage!  In addition, I have the large Forest Fancies bowl that I use mostly for salads.  It's so fun deciding what to dress my food in each day.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Doll Dress with Vintage Bed Sheet

This is one of my favorite doll dresses to make for my daughters' American Girl dolls.  It is a McCalls pattern #6005.  I have made many dresses using this pattern but the one I am showing is made with a vintage bed sheet.  Doesn't she look ready for a tea party or birthday party?  I added my own touches with a little rick rack and a headband.  

My youngest daughter's doll is modeling the dress but I made it for her friend's doll.  I didn't tell the mom that it is a repurposed bed sheet.  Maybe I should get little tags that say "repurposed with vintage bed sheets."  Anyone know a great place to get custom tags?  Probably etsy!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tender and Crisp Chicken Legs with Sweet Tomatoes

Dinner is served thanks to Jamie Oliver's recipe called Tender and Crisp Chicken Legs with Sweet Tomatoes.  This is a beautiful dish with chicken, fresh basil, cherry tomatoes, and garlic bulbs.  You can throw in cannellini beans or small potatoes too.  Doesn't this look so colorful?  The yellow pear-shaped tomatoes are from my garden.  It all goes straight into a pan in a preheated oven for 1-1/2 hours.  I love these one pan meals.  Jamie makes it so easy.

And voila!  You have yummy chicken with veggies and soft garlic to smear on bread.  I lost those vibrant colors during cooking, so sad.  I think next time I'll add fresh basil and uncooked yellow tomatoes before serving.  But either way, it tastes so good!  The recipe is in the book Jamie's Dinners.
 (Did you notice my Dansk Kobenstyle casserole pan?  I'm on the hunt for more!)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Brownie Headband

This reversible headband was a request for my friend's daughter who is in Girl Scout brownies.  I used Girl Scout fabric on one side and a vintage bed sheet on the other side.  This bed sheet is so great because the light blue color is the Girl Scout brownie color!  It's such a great match!  Not to mention, this 2nd grade brownie will be a walking example of repurposing.  I think she deserves an extra fun patch!

For those of you who are interested in making these neat reversible headbands, I will be posting a tutorial soon.  I have made so many of these for shows and friends that I'd love to share the fun!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Thrifting (is that a word?)

I was lucky to find a few vintage pillowcases and bed sheets this week!  I found the one pictured below that I absolutely love the colors!  I keep looking at it with a big smile on my face wondering what to make.  I think I'll let it sit for awhile and think about all the possibilities.  I'm not sure if I'll ever come across the same pattern again, so it's a lot of pressure to find just the right project to showcase the colors.  But this is supposed to be all fun, right?  

Any ideas or thoughts?  Recommendations?  It's a full size bed sheet so I could make a couple things.  My first thoughts are an apron so I can see the colors everyday in the kitchen, a doll dress for my daughter's American Girl doll, and/or a skirt. Oh the possibilities... For now, I'll just look at it and smile :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Southwest Spaghetti Squash Casserole

I have never cooked with spaghetti squash before yesterday.  I have cooked acorn squash and butternut squash but never spaghetti squash.  I learned that it is called spaghetti squash because of the spaghetti-like strands that make up the inside of the squash once cooked.  In fact, it is super easy to take out the cooked squash.  All you do is get a fork and pull out the strands in big lumps.  I felt like a "real" cook yesterday.  One of my daughters helped me which makes the experience extra special.

Doesn't this casserole look nice in my Dansk Kobenstyle Pan?

 The farm stand I frequent had a yummy recipe that  I had to take home and try.
Here is the recipe:

Southwest Spaghetti Squash

1 spaghetti squash (about 3 pounds)
14 oz can Mexican-style diced tomatoes, undrained
14 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup (3 oz) shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cut squash in half lengthwise.  Remove and discard seeds.  Place squash, cut side down, in greased baking pan. Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour or until tender.  Using fork, remove spaghetti-like strands from squash and place in large bowl.  Add tomatoes with juice, beans, 1/2 cup cheese, cilantro, cumin, garlic salt, and pepper.  Mix well.  Spray 1-1/2 quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray.  Spoon mixture in to casserole.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees, uncovered for 30-35 minutes or until heated through.  Serve and enjoy immediately!
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