saturday night i thought to myself " i need a new skirt for church tomorrow" who am i to argue with a new skirt? behold the belle skirt from favorite things. a review and the pattern can be found here at sew mama sew. this pattern is so easy and fun. it goes really quickly and i was excited to use my sweet amy butler fabric. i highly recommend trying the pattern out. i plan on making many many more.l


i am loving this lately. we seriously make it once or twice a month its from rachel ray magazine.
Southwestern Chili-Mac Salad
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
7 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
4 ears corn
2 cups elbow pasta
1 red onion, half finely chopped, half thinly sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder ( we also add goya sazon which i get at walmart)
1 pound lean ground beef
One 15-ounce can kidney beans, rinsed
2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1. In a medium bowl, combine the lime juice and cilantro; whisk in 6 tablespoons olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.2. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the corn until just tender, about 3 minutes; transfer to a cutting board. Return the water to a boil, add the pasta and cook until al dente; drain and transfer to a large bowl. Cut the corn kernels from the cob and add to the pasta.3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion and chili powder and cook until the onion begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a colander and drain well.4. Add the beef mixture to the pasta; season with salt and pepper. Add the kidney beans, tomatoes, sliced onion and vinaigrette and toss to dress. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with the cheese


my pillow looks lopsided but it's not. i love this fabric i got from an antique store. i was just playing around with a new thing called picnik. it's a really cool and free, photo editing site. it seems like they have some fun things. heaven knows i need all the help i can get making my pictures look better.