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Friday, January 16, 2015

Recipe: Mexican Quinoa Bake

Once the mystery of what quinoa is was revealed to me, I was in hot pursuit of recipe ideas. I like to read recipes for inspiration and then do my own thing with them. That's how this recipe came to me and now it's a regular dish in my repertoire.


I'm not going to bore you with a lot of cutesy talk here. This recipe is fantastic, easy, and can be made in one pan in about 30-40 minutes. Just try it. Yeah. It's good!



Maureen's Mexican Quinoa Bake (about 8 servings)

Ingredients:
Pam or enough olive oil to coat skillet
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
1 Tbs  garlic, minced
1 fresh jalapeno, minced (remove seeds if you don't like heat)
1 1/2 c. water or broth (chicken or vegetable)
1 10 oz can tomatoes with chilis (Rotel, for instance)
1 1/4 cup frozen corn
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 15 ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained
2-3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Optional: chopped cilantro and sour cream as toppings

Heat oil/Pam in skillet over medium high heat and add cut up chicken pieces, cooking until browned and nearly cooked through. Add jalapeno and garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes, stirring. Add quinoa, water or broth, tomatoes, corn, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover, then reduce to a simmer for about 15 minutes. Add black beans and cook another 5-8 minutes until quinoa is cooked. Reduce heat to low, cover all ingredients in skillet with cheese, then cover skillet and heat until cheese is melted. (I sometimes put the ingredients in a casserole dish, then add the cheese, bake at 350 for about 10 minutes to melt and brown the cheese).

Serve with sour cream and chopped cilantro on top-- or any other toppings you might like: avocado, pico de gallo, additional cheese, etc.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Product of the Day-- Applique must haves

I couldn't do appliques without a double sided fusible medium. These are the two I like and recommend. I use the Lite Steam a Seam 2 most often.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Product of the Day: Brother XL2600i Sewing Machine

You can get this machine for just $79 on Amazon. It's basic in price but a bit more than basic in features. I has a one step automatic buttonhole feature-- which I always recommend if you can get it. It has a threader and a fairly decent selection of stitches as well, including stretch stitches. There isn't a lot a home sewer, especially a beginner, isn't going to be able to do on this machine. If you want to try sewing but don't want to drop a lot of money, this will get you sewing right away for just a small investment. I have numerous students who have used this machine and they have made everything from children's clothes, to adult clothing, to jackets, Halloween costumes, window treatments, quilts, and more. It even hems jeans with ease, no hesitation getting through that thick denim. Definitely worth a look if you want a budget machine.

  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Product of the Day: Serger

Once you start using a serger, it becomes a sewing essential and you wonder how you ever sewed without it before. It make sewing so much easier and opens the door to do so many new things. I love my serger. This is the one I have. It's not the most high tech serger out there. I don't use the most high tech sewing machines, either. For the price and functionality, I can't say enough good things about this serger. I don't think you'll be disappointed if you want to get started with a serger.

Cleverly Disguised Spammers

I have never done this but it's time to fight back. There are people out there like one named Angela Jackson who leave comments all over the blogosphere and youtube, commenting on bibs in this case, so they can include a link to a product they are trying to push in their seemingly harmless comment. Am I the only one who thinks this is unscrupulous? Beware! I'm OK with people who happen to have a link to their page in their signatures but when you see someone spent the day trolling all over youtube and blogs, posting comments over and over again to deliberately get their link out there, well, I wouldn't do business with them if they paid ME. This is one of the reasons I screen comments on my blog to keep my readers from being exploited.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Product of the day: Chalk Cartridge

If you've taken lessons with me, you know this is one of my favorite tools for marking fabric. Also, if you've taken lessons, you've used this and asked: "Where'd you get this?" The reason I love this chalk set is because it's convenient and easy to use and it also contains enough different colors so, no matter what color my fabric, I have a chalk color that will show up on it. If you buy only one fabric marking product, buy this one.


 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Product of the Day: Needles

If you need an assortment of needles you'll use the most, these fit the bill. They're universal and made to fit all machines.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Product of the Day: Bobbins

If you need bobbins (and you probably do), this is a great buy on these bobbins. Only 14 cents each and free shipping.

They fit in all machines (including Brother) that use Class 15 bobbins, which is most machines.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Back to Business

I had a great vacation. I came home and was sick the next day and stayed sick for the whole next week but I'm back to feeling great and busy as can be! I've delivered quite a few orders this week and the sewing schedule is back in full swing.

You know you put it off every year. You want to sew and make things for Christmas but you wait and then it's too late. Well, it's not too late. Schedule now and you'll be sewing in plenty of time for Christmas. Email me for an appointment. Click the tab at the top of the page for private lessons and get all the details.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Vacation time

I am taking a much needed vacation but will be back to work on 9/29. Lessons are filling up for the first two weeks of October but I will not be taking any more reservations until 9/29. No new orders can be accepted until 9/29.

If you are interested in lessons, email me and I will get back to you when I reopen or contact me at a later date.

I look forward to seeing everyone in a couple of weeks!

Monday, September 8, 2014

September Schedule for Lessons and Orders

A few scheduling announcements: I don't have openings for any more lessons until 9/29. Our sew along for the MD Anderson kids will be on 9/30 from 10 am to 12 am. If you plan to come, please message me for address and other information. The last orders I can take for the month of September will have to be in by Thursday, 9/11. Normal production will resume on 10/1.
For more information, please visit my Facebook page

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