August 17, 2016

FOODIE - Cornish Hen

Hello Everyone,

I love to cook just as much as I love to sew.

When I cook on Sundays, I cook enough food to the last the entire week, although I like cooking, I don't want to cook EVERYDAY.

I prepare a meal prep for the week, Saturday is a free day (no cooking), I normally eat out on Fridays and Saturdays.

This week, I made Cornish Hens, I used fresh herbs from my garden (yes, I also grow a garden).  I used basil, rosemary, oregano and thyme.  I love using herbs and veggies from my garden.

I washed and dried the herbs, then I used my chopper (Pampered Chef Chopper) to chop the herbs to make a rub.

I mixed the seasonings Adobe, lemon pepper and olive oil with the chopped herbs to make a paste.

I pat dried the Cornish Hens, and I lift the skin on the Cornish Hen to rub the herbs paste directly on the meat.  I placed two small celery pieces inside.

I baked the Cornish Hen on 350 degrees for 1 hour.

The local grocery store had all peppers (green, red, yellow and orange) on sale for $1.00/each.  Since my peppers are not ready to be picked yet, I bought 2 of each and sliced them and put them in the freezer for later use.

I steamed broccoli and added the frozen sliced peppers to the broccoli along with adobe and lemon pepper seasoning.

I made Sun Tea by sitting a class jar of water with 4 tea bags in the sun on a table on my deck.

This was my Sunday dinner along with Sun Tea

August 16, 2016


Hello Everyone,

When I go shopping with my clients, I focus on helping them pick their pattern and fabric, if I see some fabric I like, I make a "note" of it in my pad and I keep my focus on my client's project.  Well, when I saw this beautiful graffiti fabric, I feel in love with it and I knew I had to have it. This fabric feels absolutely wonderful, it's a knit fabric.

I kept my focus on my client "that day".  Two days later I went back to the fabric store to purchase this beautiful fabric. During my drive to the fabric store, I prayed they still had it, and they did.  I purchased the fabric from Vina's Fabric and Bridal in Langley Park, Md.

I knew I was going to make McCalls 6559, View D, I had to make a dress that was going to totally capture the beauty of this fabric.
The fabric is thin, so I made an underlining with tricot fabric, I don't like for people to see thru my clothes (I still wear a slip, I'm "ole skool").  

The lining gave the dress a very nice weight and it feels very soft against my body.

I'm using my new fabric care labels in my clothes now.

The first day I wore this dress was to see the "Born For This: The BeBe Winan Story".  After the play, I was standing outside the Arena waiting for the Valet to bring me my car, a young lady commented on my dress, I told her I made it the day before, all of sudden I was having a conversation about my dress with about 10 women who wanted my business card and what to feel the dress.  I was asked a lot of questions about my sewing skills.  

One lady said "it only took one person to say something, now you are passing out your business cards."