Sunday, November 21, 2010

Fabric Bracelet

In my recent blog browsing (stalking) I have discovered fabric bracelets and fell in LOVE. I was first inspired by these that I found on V and Co. Then I found these really cute braided rosette flowers. So naturally, I decided that I would combine both ideas into one. Every craft or project I do is usually a combination of a few I have found on blogs. I do the same thing with recipes. If I find a few similar recipes for the same dish, I pick the ingredients out of each recipe that sound the best and combine.

Here is the end product:

First, I cut out three pieces of fabric.
I made each strip 20 inches long because i had no idea how much they would bunch up once I braided them.

Then I stacked the three pieces of fabric on top of eachother and sewed them together.

I frayed the edges a little, tacked the fabric to the floor and started braiding. I made the braid fairly tight. I decided to make three braids for my bracelet.
After all three braids were made, I sewed them together at the end. I also sewed through straight across (through the middle) all three braids so that they would stay together. I did this every inch or so to keep it tight. I wrapped the bracelet around my wrist to measure how long it needed to be and cut off the excess fabric. Then I sewed the ends together. To cover the mess from sewing the ends together, I added a rosette.

I can't wait to make more of these!

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cafe Rio Chicken

I tend to get stuck in the rut of making the same four or five recipes for dinner every week. I started rummaging through my recipe books to find something new to try. I only have a few recipe books and I feel like I have gone through them a dozen times, but I decided to give it another try.
I recently had Cafe Rio for the first time. It was A-MA-ZING! I had never even heard of it until it was decided that that's where we were headed for dinner.
Anyway, I found a recipe for Cafe Rio Chicken in one of my cook books!! So exciting! It's funny because I know I have looked at the recipe before and thought, really? Chili powder and Italian dressing!? Weird.
It most definately did not taste weird.

Here is the recipe:

1 small bottle Kraft Zesty Italian dressing
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. cumin
3 cloves garlic
6-7 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Pour all ingredients in crockpot on low for 4 hours. Shred meat and cook for one more hour.

If you have had Cafe Rio, you know that they also have super yummy Pico De Gallo. I searched around online for a recipe and found one on

The first time I tried this recipe, I also made guacamole. It was my first time ever making guacamole. It turned out pretty yummy!
This time I didn't have time to make guacamole so I only had the pico de gallo and chicken in a burrito.
Since I love this recipe so much I made lots of extra chicken for left overs. I had it again, but added some skillet potatoes and Filibertos hot sauce. YUM!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Feelin' Festive

We are seriously lacking in Harvest/Thanksgiving decor in the Roeder household. Or any type of holiday decor for that matter. So i decided to make my very first wreath.

The flowers with the green centers are from Walmart. Everything else on the wreath is from Michaels.
I am so excited to finally have some holiday decor for the house!

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