Monday, September 30, 2013

Chicekn Tacos.... What Chicken Tacos?

Hey everyone! I hope you are having a great Monday so far! Well remember forever ago when I said I was going to share a recipe for Chicken Tacos.... Yeah I forgot :) You know when your pregnant and you forget things all the time. Well I still have that every now and then.

So I don't have any awesome pictures, but I can let you know how to make the easiest chicken tacos ever.

Chicken Tacos

Ingredients
  • fresh or frozen chicken breasts (the fresh will cook faster)
  • 1 3/4 cups salsa (we like chunky Pace)
  • 1 onion, sliced or diced
  • 1 can of Rotel
  • 1 cup water or chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • tortillas
  • cheese
  • sour cream 
  • avocado 
  • etc. 
 Directions
  1. Throw the first 6 ingredients into your Crock Pot and stir to coat the chicken breasts. Cover and cook for 6-8 hours on low, or 4-5 hours on high. (the fresh chicken breast will probably only take 2-3 hours to cook)
  2. Once the chicken is cooked through, pull it out and shred. I love using my Kitchen Aid stand mixer to shred chicken. It works fantastically. Return shredded chicken to Crock Pot. 
  3. While shredded chicken warms in the juicy goodness, warm tortillas and get toppings ready. Jeff drowns his tacos in sour cream, and I love sliced avocado and cheese on mine. 
  4. Build your tacos and enjoy :) 
I've made these twice and they were great both times. Plus the leftovers warm up really nicely. I just threw them in the crock pot and let them warm for a couple hours. 

Oh and for this recipe I made my own taco seasoning for the first time and it was delicious! Plus it doesn't have any of that extra stuff from those pre-done packets of seasoning :)

Taco Seasoning Recipe:
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Selfish Sewing Week Wrap-Up

Well I didn't get everything on my little list finished... in all honesty I only worked on my Marcelle Medallion quilt. But I am really happy with how much work I got done on it and I cannot wait until it is finished! 

Can't decide which fabric to use. What do y'all think? #mmqal #marcellemedallion
This is where I started the week at. I had my center medallion done and was auditioning which fabric to use as my first border. I posted this on Instagram for some advice, and thankfully all my Intagram buddies are awesome and voted for the Pearl Bracelets because that was the one I was leaning towards. 

Pearls won :) #mmqal #marcellemedallion

Sewed a test row of my triangle boarder and it actually looks right! Saving the real thing for tomorrow. #mmqal #marcellemedallion #selfishsewingweek
The triangle border was the one I was most terrified of (since I haven't tackled the flying geese yet) but I did a tester row and it went together easier than I thought. I am so glad that I went to Joann's and got this ruler. It made cutting out the triangles 100% easier than if I were to have made a template.

Added my first triangle border. #mmqal #marcellemedallion
My first border turned out a bit wonky and puckered in a couple places, but I adjusted my seam allowance and the next three turned out perfect. FYI to anyone who attempts this quilt, use a true 1/4" seam allowance when sewing the triangles.

Getting better at posing for me :)
Then on Wednesday I took a break and made this awesome backpack for William. The fabric is just too darn awesome, and I can't wait to make some pillows out of the extra I have. 

Working on my last 2 triangle borders. This has been easier than I thought it would be. #mmqal #marcellemedallion #selfishsewingweek

Border 2 done! #mmqal #marcellemedallion #selfishsewingweek
I got the second border done Thursday afternoon. I love how the quilt changes and grows with each additional border that is sewn on. 

Hmm I think I like it.... #mmqal #marcellemedallion
Late Friday night (aka 2 in the morning), I got this border sewn on. I love the polka dots :)

Progress. Border 3 done. #mmqal #marcellemedallion #selfishsewingweek
This is where the project is at right now. I LOVE it!! It is so bright and awesome. I can't wait to get going on the other borders and see how it grows. 

Even though I only worked on one project, I think my Selfish Sewing Week was pretty darn successful.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Disney Packing List

There are T-minus 7 days and counting until William and I head out with my parents on our Walt Disney World vacation! As our trip gets closer I am getting super excited, but it's bittersweet because Jeff wasn't able to take off work and join us :( Whenever we take our next vacation, he is for sure going with us!

Anyway, I have been looking over my packing list and getting everything we need for this trip together. We are driving this time so I don't have to worry about being super condensed for flying, but I can't over pack either. Over packing is my Dad's biggest pet-peeve. He will pack for an entire week in one backpack! I just can't do that no matter how versatile my wardrobe is lol.

So here is My List:
  • 5 pairs of shorts
  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • 10 shirts - both long & short sleeved
  • light jacket/sweater
  • undies etc. 
  • socks + extra pairs
  • tennis shoes
  • Sperry's
  • flip-flops
  • swimsuit
  • sunscreen & bug spray
  • toiletries - shampoo etc. 
  • pillow
  • hat 
  • sunglasses

William's List:
  • 10 pairs of shorts
  • 5 pairs of pants
  • undies with plenty of extras
  • pajamas for 8 days
  • socks + extra pairs
  • tennis shoes - 2 pairs
  • flip-flops
  • swimsuit
  • 2 toys
  • blanket
  • pillow
  • stuffed animal
  • hat
  • sunglasses
Those are our basics. Basically the normal stuff you would take on any trip plus some extras. William needs more pants & things because he might be potty trained, but accidents happen. And his extra tennis shoes might be a mystery to some, but when a child has an accident standing up.... it ends up in their shoes.

Obviously there are other items you need when going on vacation so this next list is going to have those things. For Disney, I highly recommend carrying a backpack rather than a purse. Our first trip in November I had a purse and a backpack, and it was a real hassle. In April I just used a backpack and it was a breeze. I only had one bag that needed to be check, and I was able to have both arms available without worrying about dropping my purse.

Other Items:
  • camera + charger and extra SD cards
  • video camera + charger and extra SD cards
  • ponchos
  • band-aids and blister ointment
  • first-aid kit with all the necessities
  • a backpack
  • sippy cup + snack cup
  • Disney Trading Pins
  • autograph book
  • squeeze fruit packs
  • hand sanitizer 
This is what I have so far, but I'll probably be adding things here and there as it gets closer to when we leave. One thing that I have gotten good at is only needing one bag for each of us plus our backpack.

And my biggest piece of advice is once you get to your hotel unpack your stuff and put it in the drawers & closet. That way your suitcases can be put up out of the way and you're not tripping over bags while in the hotel room.

25 Before 25 Check-In

So today marks the first check-in for my 25 before 25 list. I've been a tad bit successful with what I want to accomplish. If I didn't write anything under something, it means I haven't even attempted it.
  1.  Finally lose those 10lbs that have been hanging on since having William. 
    • I'm down 3lbs... so basically just water weight. If you use My Fitness Pal or RunKeeper, add me as a friend and we can cheer for each other!
  2. Complete 10 quilts (binding & all). 
    • I've completed 1 quilt so far! 
  3. Start making significant & consistent money from my Etsy shop.
  4. Exercise at least 4 days a week. (this goes hand in hand with #1)
    • Doing pretty good with this one. William and I have been going to the park and walked/jogged pretty consistently, and I have done yoga at home. 
  5. Go camping as a family. 
  6. Go to the beach as a family. 
  7. Balance our finances and stick to a budget.  
    • We're getting better at this. A friend of mine suggested Mint.com as a way to monitor our finances, and it has been awesome so far.
  8. Be able to run 5 miles without stopping. (again goes with the exercise thing) 
  9. Grow my blog to at least 300 followers. 
    • I love y'all! I'm up to 219 followers :) GFC & Bloglovin combined.
  10. Feel comfortable in a bathing suit again. (again exercise)
  11. Keep in touch with my girlfriends more. 
  12. Save money and upgrade my camera to a DSLR.
  13. Visit a state I have never been to before.
  14. Bake soft pretzels from scratch.
  15. Get a family portrait taken.
  16. Start planning a wedding. This one hinges on Jeff's decision to make us "official" :)
  17. Have a pattern published in a Magazine or Moda Bake Shop.
  18. Read at least 25 books. 
  19. Read to William more consistently. 
  20. Have an organized meal plan each week. 
  21. Teach William how to do age appropriate chores
    • He is becoming a rock star at helping me unload the dishwasher, and he is great with picking up his toys at the end of the day. 
  22. Visit my brother more often. 
  23. Open a savings account for William, and start saving for college.  
    • DONE!
  24. Finish William's 1st year scrapbook.
  25. Make The Weekender Bag & The Aeroplane Bag

I think I have done pretty good considering it has only been a month :) 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Not so Selfish Sewing

Well I broke my promise to only sew for myself this week, and I made William this beyond adorable Toddler Backpack. I just couldn't help myself. This fabric has been calling my name for a while now and I finally sat down and did something with it.  I used Made by Rae's Toddler Backpack pattern to make the backpack. This pattern is fantastic! The directions are clear and concise and the bag came together super quick.

Let's take a moment and talk about this awesome fabric. When I saw it online at Terry's Fabrics, I just knew I had to have it. My dream car is a red and white vintage Volkswagen Van. Seriously if I could have any car in the entire world, that is what I would choose without giving it a second thought.

The fabric is a fantastic weight. It is upholstery weight rather than a quilting cotton, so it has a bit more body to it. I still have a decent amout of it left, and I think I am going to make a Weekender Bag out of it. 



I fussy cut the side panel to have that adorable blue van right in the center :) This was my very first attempt at sewing with piping. I was so scared when I sewed everything together, that I basted all the seams first so I could make sure I didn't mess up.

Of course William has already loaded it up with his toys :) I should have waited until I put the lining in to show it to him. I'll have to do it while he is sleeping, but I'll wait until it's not Selfish Sewing week anymore ;)

I used a thicker utility zipper so that it will be easier for William to open and close. Plus I really like the look of the thicker zipper.

I love that I went with the blue piping and the red zipper and straps. I almost went with red on red, but I think that would have been too much.

Seeing how much William loves his new backpack just melts my heart and makes me feel awesome :) So I guess technically that means I sewed this for me right?

If you get the chance, check out the awesome fabric Terry's has to offer. They have some adorable prints that I haven't seen anywhere else.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

WIP Wednesday

This week I have only been working on my Marcelle Medallion quilt. I adore how it is looking, and I am only just now working on the triangle border. I can't wait to get more of the borders put together and on this thing.

Marcelle Medallion center

I paper pieced the center medallion with this amazing tutorial from Penny Poppleton. It came together so easily, and I didn't have to attempt Y seams! Hooray for avoiding something difficult.

Pearls won :) #mmqal #marcellemedallion

I was conflicted on which fabric to choose for the 1st border, but I love the way the Pearl Bracelets look. I think I might have a thing for Lizzy House fabrics :)

Sewed a test row of my triangle boarder and it actually looks right! Saving the real thing for tomorrow. #mmqal #marcellemedallion #selfishsewingweek

Last night before I passed out from exhaustion, I did a test strip of border 2 with some extra triangles I cut out. I was pretty shocked when it actually looked like it is supposed to. I hoping to get the triangle borders pieced and sewn on the medallion today. Fingers crossed that William takes a long nap :)

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Hump Day Blog Hop

Hey everyone! I am so excited to be Co-Hosting the Hump Day Blog Hop over at Fitness Blondie. Liz created this Blog Hop to celebrate being half-way through the week and because the Hump Day Camel is just too darn funny :)



To participate, simply add your blog link. There is no required entry or anything like that. This is about networking, making new friends, and finding new blogs.

All that Liz asks:
1) "The Hump Day" blog hop button button be displayed anywhere on your blog page or a specific entry with a link back to me or the weekly co-host.
2) You don't have to follow me, but in the words of Blake Shelton: it'd sure be cool if ya did.
3) But please follow the co-host. {That's me :)}
4) Mingle with your fellow Bloggers.

The Hump Day Blog Hop



Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Congrats to Janet M. for winning the Grandma's Lawn Chair Pattern! I emailed you :) Thank you so much to everyone else who participated.

There are still a couple more chances to win if you go check out the last few stops on the Blog Hop!

Mon 23rd - Jamie @ Sunflower Seeds
Tues 24th - Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts
Wed 25th - Krista @ Spotted Stones
Thurs 26th - Cristy @ Sew Much Like Mom
Fri 27th - Diane @ from blank pages...

 And don't forget you can always go purchase the pattern on Craftsy and Etsy. 10% off until the end of the blog hop. No coupon necessary! 


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Monday, September 23, 2013

Selfish Sewing Week

Today marks the start of Selfish Sewing Week{September 23-29} sponsored by imagine gnats and Made with Moxie. I was super excited about this because I need some "me" sewing time. That means anything that is a gift or meant for someone other than myself will be put on the back burner. I sew all the time, but it has been a little while since I have made something 100% for me, so I am excited to focus on myself a bit :)


Here is my small list of goals:
  • Pair of sleeping shorts for my upcoming vacation. I have some amazing voile that I want to use and an Amy Butler pj pants pattern.
  • A Mug Rug for my desk. 
  • My Marcelle Medallion quilt.
  • Maybe a new dress if I have the time. I have 3.75 yards of gorgeous Liberty of London fabric that I have been dying to sew into something just for me :) 
We shall see how much I actually get done :) Are you planning some #selfishsewing this week? If so, join the flickr group, and there's even a Pinterest page.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

WIP Wednesday

I have been pretty busy these past couple of days. Yesterday I showed y'all the adorable quilt I made with a pattern called Grandma's Lawn Chair. The pattern is by Diane over at from blank pages.

This quilt was a secret until Diane released the pattern, and I am so happy I finally got to share it and be a part of her blog hop & giveaway :) 


I still have the same things I have been working on plus a couple more. I completed the center medallion for my Marcelle Medallion quilt and I am in love! Jenn over at Penny Poppleton put together an amazing tutorial on how to make a template for English paper piecing & foundation paper piecing the center medallion.

I LOVE this! It turned out so much better than I was expecting! #mmqal #marcellemedallion

I finally cut into my cherished Constellations half-yard bundle for this, and I am so glad I did. This star is probably one my favorite things I have ever made! I'm in Austin for the week, so I brought my stuff with me hoping to squeeze in some sewing time.

My Shining Stars BOM is still sitting waiting to be finished. I really should do it because I only have 1.5 blocks to finish in order to be able to sew the top together. I keep getting distracted by other project though. I have total quilting ADHD.


My Sisters Ten modern BOM is almost complete! Anne Marie over at Gen X Quilters even had some awesome labels made on Spoonflower. I am so happy I ordered one from her. It is going to look great. Plus I really need to get in the habit of labeling my quilts.

That's all for me this week. I'm hoping to have a couple tops finished next week! Fingered crossed it happens.



Fresh Poppy Design

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Grandma's Lawn Chair Blog Hop & Giveaway

I am excited to introduce y'all to an amazing new PDF quilt pattern called Grandma's Lawn Chair by Diane at from blank pages. I was over the moon when I got the chance to test this pattern for her. I had an amazing time making it and I am so happy that I was able to help Diane with her very first full-quilt quilt pattern!
 
Grandma's Lawn Chair Blog Hop @ from blank pages...
 
The pattern is 15 pages long and is loaded with amazing features and diagrams. You have the choice of making 3 different sizes: Baby (33.5" x 39.5"), Toddler (39.5" x 45.5"), and Lap (69.5" x 75.5"). Diane has done a fantastic job making it to where anyone could make this quilt. I would definitely say it is perfect for a confident beginner, and it sews up quite quickly. 

Included in the pattern:
  • Table of Contents
  • A few tips regarding the fabric you choose.
  • Cutting instructions for three different quilt sizes: Baby, Toddler, and Lap size.
  • Tips and instructions for using directional prints as well as directional prints for the background fabric.
  • Cutting instructions include how to cut from yardage, as well as how to cut from fat quarters (or fat eights for the baby size).
  • Piecing instructions.
  • Fabric variations and color schemes, as well as a key for cutting if using scraps.
  • LOTS of diagrams  
  • Coloring pages for all three sizes so you can play around with your layout before cutting any fabric. 

I made the Baby size quilt out of a fat quarter bundle of Pearl Bracelets that I got from Pink Castle Fabrics, and some Kona White for the background. I also backed in in some yardage of Pearl Bracelets that I had on hand.

I love how it turned out, and it has already been gifted to a friend who had a baby last month. Part of me wishes I had kept it because it was so adorable, but the baby size is just that much too small for my growing William :)

The pattern looks pretty complicated but this quilt came together so quickly, that I was able to finish the top in a couple of afternoons. Diane shows you a great way to strip piece your fabric which makes these blocks come together in a matter of hours. I adore the weaving pattern the fabrics create.


The pattern is very well written and easy to follow. Diane even provides a nice little key for abbreviations that occur within the pattern.


Once I got my top finished up, I quilted it with gorgeous Aurifil 50wt thread by echoing the seam lines. This was my first time using my new walking foot for quilting. I don't know how I ever did anything without that thing.


I think I might like the way the quilting looks on the back more than I do on the front. I can't wait to make another quilt from this pattern! I think I will make the lap size so I can have a nice quilt for when I am sitting on the couch.


Now time for the fun part! Diane is giving one of my readers a free download of her new pattern. Just use the Rafflecopter widget below for your entries! The giveaway will be open for a whole week and I will notify the winner next Tuesday.

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And don't miss out on the other wonderful ladies who are part of the blog hop! You can go check out what they made with the pattern and get more chances to win the pattern :)

Here's the line up:

Mon 9th - Diane @ from blank pages...
Tues 10th - Julie @ Jolie Maxtin
 Wed 11th - Ginny @ Fishcreek Studio
Thurs 12th - Kelleigh - guest blogging at from blank pages...
Fri 13th - Sara @ Sew Sweetness

Mon 16th , Diane @ from blank pages...
Tues 17th - Hilary @ Young Texan Mama
Wed 18th - Mike @ The Amateur Quilter
Thurs 19th - Rachael @ imagine gnats
Fri 20th - Courtney @ Mon Petite Lyons 

Mon 23rd - Jamie @ Sunflower Seeds
Tues 24th - Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts
Wed 25th - Krista @ Spotted Stones
Thurs 26th - Cristy @ Sew Much Like Mom
Fri 27th - Diane @ from blank pages...

If you just can't wait for the giveaway, you can purchase this pattern on Craftsy or Etsy.
During the blog hop it's on sale for 10% off. No coupon necessary.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Happy Birthday Grammo!

Today my Grandmother turns 90 years old! I know she would hate me telling the internet how old she is, but I just can't help but brag for her. She is a fantastic woman, and I have learned so much from her over the years. If it wasn't for her, I would have never gotten into sewing and embroidery.

Happy Birthday Grammo! You are the greatest and William is supremely blessed to have you as a Great-Grandma.

She doesn't know that I am heading to Austin today to surprise her, and that her sister from Chicago is coming down on Wednesday! It's going to be a fun and eventful week!

Call for Guest Bloggers!

Hey friends! As some of y'all know, William and I are heading to Disney World with my parents at the beginning of October. We're going to be gone more than a week, the 4th - 14th, so I would love if anyone would be interested in doing a guest post on my blog.

I only need a few of them because I will have a couple pre-scheduled posts, so I'll take people on a first come first served basis.

You can post about anything! As long as it's not nasty and non family friendly :) If you're one of my crafty/quilty friends, you can share a recent project or tutorial. If you're one of my fashionista lady's, I'd love a post about fashion advice :) my closet needs some TLC. Anything non-nasty goes!

If you are interested just shoot me an email and we can work out all the details about how to send me your post and when it will go up. youngtexanmama@gmail.com

I hope y'all have an awesome Monday! I know I will! Only 19 days until my vacation :)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Our Ideal Daily Schedule

The best piece of advice my mom ever gave me about parenting was to make a schedule for William and to stick to it.

At first I was hesitant to do this. I didn't want to give my mom the satisfaction of being right... but she always is :) Love you mom. When William wasn't on a schedule it was terrible 2's all day long (even before he was even 2).

Now that he is on a schedule, he is in a better mood, and I can get so much more done around the house and in general. So here is how it goes (in an ideal perfect situtation):

8-9 a.m. - William wakes up and we go straight to the bathroom to potty and brush teeth. Then we get breakfast.

9-11 a.m. - William has his TV time while I blog and respond to emails. William is currently loving The Tigger Movie and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. I have brainwashed him to love Disney. He loves Disney all on his own :) Sometimes this is when we will go for our walk at the park and then play on the play ground.

11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Playtime. This is when we turn off the TV and listen to music while playing with Williams toy or doing arts and crafts. William has recently fallen in love with coloring. Lunch time also falls in this time frame.

1 p.m.-2 or 3 p.m. - Nap time for William & sewing or exercise time for me. He'll nap anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on how busy our morning was.

3-4 p.m. - Afternoon TV time while I do chores and get ready to cook dinner. If I have to run errands this is when I will normally do it because he's in a good mood from nap time.

5 p.m.-6 p.m. - William eats dinner while I am cooking dinner for Jeff and I.

7 p.m.-8 p.m. - Bathtime after dinner and bed time at 8. He his so great at going to bed. He asks for kisses from Jeff and I and then says good night when we shut his bedroom door.

After he goes to bed I have the evening to work on the computer or do sewing.

This is an ideal perfect day with Williams schedule, so it's not always like this but the things that stay consistant no matter what are his nap time and bed time. Nap time is always at 1pm and bedtime is always at 8pm.

Occasionally he will wake up in the evening, but it is normally because he needs to use the bathroom. He'll even tell me "go pee-pee then go back to bed" he's such a big boy :)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Remembering

I have no words to express my feelings for the events that happened in this country 12 years ago today. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who were affected by this tragedy.




WIP Wednesday

I haven't been very busy with sewing recently because I was in Austin over the weekend. But I did get a little bit done :)
I got 3.75 yards of this gorgeous Liberty Fabric at the Remnants Fiber Culture closing sale in Austin. I am thinking I am going to make a dress or a skirt with it.

Here are all my blocks for the Shining Star BOM. Just 2 more to go and I will be finished and able to get this baby put together!

The other night I couldn't sleep so I stayed up and made some scrappy binding for my Lucky Stars quilt. I am really happy with how it turned out and I can't wait to get it sewn onto the quilt. 
 

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Monday, September 9, 2013

Disney Foods Bucket List

I am thoroughly looking forward to all the food we are going to be eating on our upcoming Disney trip. One of my favorite things about Disney is the amazing culinary adventures you are able to embark on :) lol (that was an epic sentence). Anyway.... The darling people over at Chip & Co. have a 100 Disney Foods to Eat Before You die list, and I am hoping to cross a couple things off during our next trip. 

**I have already crossed out the things I have eaten in the past**
Magic Kingdom
  1. Dole WhipAloha Isle
  2. Dole Whip FloatAloha Isle
  3. Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar – Ice Cream Carts
  4. Mickey Mouse Shaped Pretzel – Frontierland Pretzel Wagon
  5. Popcorn – Pop Corn Carts
  6. Hot DogCasey’s Corner
  7. Nutella and fresh fruit waffle sandwichSleepy Hollow
  8. Funnel CakeSleepy Hollow
  9. Rice Crispy Treat – Main Street Confectionery
  10. Hamburger and FixinsPecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
  11. The ‘Plaza’ Ice Cream SundaePlaza Ice Cream Parlor
  12. Lobster RollColumbia Harbour House
  13. Mickey Mouse WaffleCrystal Palace
  14. LeFou’s Brew - Gaston’s Tavern
  15. Roasted Pork ShankGaston’s Tavern
  16. Ooey Gooey Toffee CakeLiberty Tree Tavern
  17. Sweet Cream Cheese PretzelLunching Pad
  18. Citrus SwirlSunshine Tree Terrace
Epcot
  1. BeverlyClub Cool
  2. School BreadKringla Bakeri Og Kafe
  3. Fish and ChipsRose and Crown Pub and Dining Room
  4. CrepesFrance Pravilion
  5. Grand Mariner SlushFrance Pravilion
  6. MargaritaLa Cava de Tequila
  7. ChurroMexico Pavilion
  8. Parrillada - La Hacienda de San Angel
  9. Caramel CornKarmell Kutche
  10. Soft Pretzel & German Beer - Sommerfest
  11. Kaki GoriJapan Pavilion
  12. Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup & Pretzel BreadLe Cellier
  13. Apple CobblerLiberty Inn
  14. Frozen Red Stag LemonadeFife & Drum
  15. General Tso’s Chicken DumplingNine Dragons
  16. Shawarma PlatterTangierine Cafe
  17. Wood Fired Authentic Pizza NapoletanaVia Napoli
Hollywood Studios
  1. Butterfinger CupcakeStarring Rolls Cafe
  2. Marble CupcakeStarring Rolls Cafe
  3. Peanut Butter CupcakeStarring Rolls Cafe
  4. Red Velvet CheesecakeStarring Rolls Cafe
  5. Carrot Cake CookieThe Writers Stop
  6. Grapefruit CakeHollywood Brown Derby
  7. Sterling Silver Pork Seared TenderloinHollywood Brown Derby
  8. Cobb SaladHollywood Brown Derby
  9. Milkshake & Burger (any Flavor)Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater
  10. Angus Chuck BurgerSci-Fi Dine-In Theater
  11. Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken50′s Prime Time Cafe and Tune-In Lounge
  12. Dad’s Traditional Meatloaf – 50′s Prime Time Cafe and Tune-In Lounge
  13. Mom’s Old-Fashioned Pot Roast - 50′s Prime Time Cafe and Tune-In Lounge
  14. Peanut Butter Jelly Milkshake50′s Prime Time Cafe and Tune-In Lounge
  15. Dad’s Electric Lemonade50′s Prime Time Cafe and Tune-In Lounge
  16. Chicken Curry – ABC Commissary
  17. Turkey LegToluca Legs Turkey Co
  18. Honey-Hazelnut & Ricotta CheesecakeMama Melrose’s Ristorante
  19. Rosie’s 1/3 Pound Angus Onion Straw Cheddar CheeseburgerRosie’s All American Cafe
  20. Grilled Veggie Sandwich – Backlot Express
Animal Kingdom
  1. Jalapeno stuffed cheese pretzel – Safari Pretzel
  2. 1/2 Slab of St. Louis RibsFlame Tree Barbecue
  3. Smoked 1/2 Chicken - Flame Tree Barbecue
  4. Dim Sum Basket – Yak and Yeti Restaurant
  5. Cinnamon glazed almonds/pecansDino Diner
  6. Ice Cream Cookie SandwichDino Diner
  7. Pizza (any kind) - Pizzafari
  8. Mac n Cheese Hot DogRestaurantosaurus
  9. Speciality Hot TeaRoyal Anandapur Tea Company
  10. Slow roasted pulled beef sandwichTamu Tamu
  11. Zebra cupcake – Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery
  12. Brownie paw – Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery
  13. White Chocolate elephant cupcakeKusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery
  14. Cotton Top Tamarin CupcakeKusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery
  15. Triple Yeti Blast – Upcountry Beverage Cart
Deluxe Resorts
  1. Zebra DomesThe Mara – Animal Kingdom Lodge
  2. Bobotie Platter -The Mara – Animal Kingdom Lodge
  3. Barbecue Beef Short RibsJiko – The Cooking Place – Animal Kingdom Lodge
  4. Indian Style Bread serviceSanaa – Animal Kingdom Lodge
  5. Tandoori Chicken/Lamb/Shrimp – Sanaa – Animal Kingdom Lodge
  6. Kitchen SinkBeaches & CreamBeach Club Resort
  7. Tonga ToastKona Cafe – Polynesian Resort
  8. Macadamia Nut PancakesKona Cafe – Polynesian Resort
  9. Kona CoffeeKona Cafe – Polynesian Resort
  10. Lapu LapuTambu Lounge - Polynesian Resort
  11. Pele’s Fire PunchSpirit of Aloha Dinner Show – Polynesian
  12. Kilauea Volcano Delight DessertSpirit of Aloha Dinner Show – Polynesian
  13. Honey Coriander Chicken WingsOHana – Polynesian Resort
  14. Bread Pudding with Banana Foster SauceOHana – Polynesian
  15. Smoky Portobella Mushroom SoupArtist Pointe – Wilderness Lodge
  16. Canyon SkilletWhispering Canyon Cafe – Wilderness Lodge
  17. Sushi Roll (Your Choice) - California Grill – Contemporary Resort
  18. Goat Cheese RavioliCalifornia Grill – Contemporary Resort
  19. Strawberry Soup1900 Park Fare – Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  20. The Grand SandwichGrand Floridian Cafe – Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  21. Deconstructed Beef WellingtonYachtsman’s Steakhouse – Yacht Club Resort & Villas
Moderate Resorts
  1. BeignetsSassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory – Port Orleans French Quarter
  2. Fried ChickenTrails End - Fort Wilderness Campgrounds & Cabins
Value Resorts
  1. Tye Dye Cheesecake – Everything Pop Food Court – Pop Century Resort
  2. Steak and egg Breakfast Burger - Landscape of Flavor Food Court - Art of Animation
Downtown Disney
  1. Chocolate Covered Pretzels – Goofy’s Candy Company
  2. The Original 1762Earl of Sandwich
  3. Hot Fudge SundaeGhirardelli Soda Fountain
  4. Chocolate ExtinctionT-Rex
  5. Sparkling VolcanoRainforest Cafe
  6. Doh BarsCooke’s of Dublin
I'm a bit disapointed to say that I have only had 19 out of 100. I guess that's good for my diet though lol. We shall see how many more I cross off in October. But between now and then, I'm going to be exercising my butt off.... lliterally :) Thank goodness William loves riding in the jogging stroller.

What are your favorite foods to eat at Disney World?

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunday Social


Sunday Social

  1. What is your favorite fall activity?
    • Going to the Pumpkin patch with William and Jeff. We've gone every year since having William and it is so much fun :) 
  2. Do you follow a football team? If so, which one and why?
    • Since Jeff and I are both Aggie grads, we always follow Texas A&M. Other than that we aren't diehard fans of any pro teams, but we play fantasy football so we still watch the games.
  3. What is something fun about fall in your area?
    • It's not as hot haha. The season fall doesn't really exist in South Texas, so we just look forward to "cooler" temps. aka highs in the 80s instead of 100s.
  4. What are your favorite fall staple outfits?
    • Jeans and a long sleeved T-shirt. Plus I have an amazing pair of boots that I got for Christmas last year. I adore those boots :) 
  5. What things are his looking forward to most about this coming fall season?
    •  Football games, and going to Disney in October. I love the way the parks are decorated during the fall, and the crowds are so much less than in the summer.
  6. What is your favorite fall holiday? Tradition?
    • Halloween. I LOVE Halloween... I'm pretty sure I love it more than Christmas. When I was younger (aka in college 3 years ago lol) I loved dressing up and going out with my friends. Now, I love going trick or treating with William, and making his costume. Last year he was a pirate, this year I think he's going to be a Race Car Driver :)

Friday, September 6, 2013

I Think I Figured it Out

I have been lost for the past couple of weeks as to how I am going to quilt the quilt I am making for my sister. But I think I might have finally figured it out.

The quilt along was called The Lucky Stars QAL, so I had the idea in the back of my mind to do something with stars. I just couldn't figure out what. But then I came across The Free Motion Quilt Project. It is this amazing blog that has literally hundred of free motion quilting ideas.

While browsing the beginner designs, I found Superstar and fell in love.... well fell in like then I watched the video on the website and then fell in love :)
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I'm still a bit stuck on if it will be the right fit for this quilt, or if I should save it for something else. Plus I just need to figure out if I can actually do it on my machine. I think I might be able to, but I am intimidated by the size of the quilt (56"x76").

 What do y'all think? Do you think this look good, or do you think it will overwhelm the quilt?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

WIP Wednesday

One of my 25 before 25 goals is to finished 10 quilts. I know for some that's not very many, but for me that is a lot! Since I am working towards that goal I have been trying to stay busy, but this past week hasn't been very productive. I am however slowly but surely adding onto my WIP list

I still have this lovely thing that needs to be basted and quilted. I am so lost on how to quilt it. I think I might just do straight line quilting because I can't think of anything else.

I've been sewing away on my Shining Stars BOM. I received the last kit at the beginning of August, and I am just now finishing my June blocks. But once I get those done, I can put together the quilt top (I did the months out of order).

The blue one is the 12.5" block from August without the sashing, and the red one is the 12.5" block from July with the sashing.

I am caught up on my Sisters Ten BOM and I can't wait for next months blocks. I love how this is coming together and I am really happy with my fabric choice for this one. (I was worried it was too girly at first).

I've got all of my sashing and background fabric cut and ready to go, so when I get all the blocks done I can just keep sewing and get the top put together quickly. At least that's my goal.

I've also joined up with the Marcelle Medallion QAL & The Countdown to Christmas QAL. I'm really excited about these 2 projects. I bought Liberty Love a couple weeks ago at the Austin Shop Hop and I have been dying to make the Marcelle Medallion. And I am excited about the Countdown to Christmas QAL because I have been wanting to make an Advent calender for a while now.

Better Off Thread
 I've already got my fabric pulled for my Marcelle Medallion, and I just need to grab a charm pack for my Countdown to Christmas QAL.

So that's what will be holding my attention for the next couple of weeks, plus I have a couple other projects waiting in the wings :)

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Better Off Thread
- See more at: http://mmedendorp.blogspot.com/p/the-countdown-to-christmas-quilt-along.html#sthash.pmYFlpaE.dpuf
Better Off Thread
- See more at: http://mmedendorp.blogspot.com/p/the-countdown-to-christmas-quilt-along.html#sthash.pmYFlpaE.dpuf
Better Off Thread
- See more at: http://mmedendorp.blogspot.com/p/the-countdown-to-christmas-quilt-along.html#sthash.pmYFlpaE.dpuf