The Skirt Series: part I

This whole idea of having free time because I’m not in school has been somewhat of a farce lately. Work has been super busy, so I haven’t had time to really make anything….even dinner now! Fortunately things have been made pre-blog…so that’s what I’ll show for the time being.

Every year, my mom, sister and I have a “sewing marathon” weekend where we devote the entire weekend to sewing fun clothes. This comes with a certain amount of prep so that we have all the materials and patterns set and ready to go when the weekend commences. These next few posts will be what we made this past sewing marathon weekend in September.

Brown skirt

Skirt series #1

We tend to make skirts a lot because they are super fast and you can make the same pattern look so different with different fabrics or top stitching details. I like the straightness of this skirt and the seam down the front gives it some dimension.

brown skirt

skirt series #1

A pretty simple skirt, a pretty simple post…stay tuned for the continuation of the skirt series!


Quick yet tasty Chicken Quesadillas

Work has been a little demanding these past couple weeks, so the only thing I’ve really had time to make is dinner. After working all day on Saturday, the last thing I wanted to do was make a super involved meal, but I was actually pleased enough with this meal that I decided to post it.

But first, a quick background story:

Earlier in the week, Brandon’s firm had their annual Chili Cook-off where the different groups within the firm team up and make various fall dishes and chili. They each have a theme and compete for best theme, costumes, and, of course, chili. It seems that whenever Brandon volunteers to bring in food, that means I’m making food. Too bad I didn’t have this blog back in March when I made a pretty awesome Shepard’s pie for St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe I’ll reenact it for you sometime…it was prize winning!

Anyway, this time he volunteered to bring in various chili toppings. Tomatoes, cilantro, jalapenos, green onion, sour cream, etc. After my chopping spree we had quite a collection of tasty chili toppings.

the tower o' toppings

I’m sure my toppings were beyond fabulous however, there was so much food that Brandon practically brought back all the toppings in the same quantity as when he left that morning….

OK back to my food

Turns out these so-called “chili toppings” are also very good candidates for chicken quesadillas. Here’s what I used:

  • 2 cans chicken
  • salsa
  • can of black beans
  • can of corn
  • cilantro – chopped
  • green onion – chopped
  • jalapeno – chopped
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • whole wheat tortilla

First mix the black beans and corn into the salsa. This makes way more than you need for the meal make sure you get some tostitos or something as well.

put the chicken in a bowl and mix it with the salsa mixture and the rest of the ingredients (I didnt measure anything…just make it look good)

Quesadilla Mix

After its mixed up soon some on a tortilla and grill it on a skillet.

Put some olive oil in the skillet first…the tortillas brown better with it.

Everything is already cooked, so you’re basically just heating it up. Fold over the tortilla and cook on both sides for 4-5 mins or until its hot and the tortilla is nice and crispy.

This makes about 5 or 6 Quesadillas. Enjoy!

chili toppings turned quesadilla

birthday dinner at z cucina

If you haven’t noticed, I’m trying a little naming game of “stuff I [past tense verb] | explanation.” We’ll see how it goes. Maybe there will be four of five big categories: did, ate, made, ??, ??. I guess you’ll just have to keep coming back to find out!

birthday dinner at z cucina

It seems that bloggers always have fun angles and cool pictures of mundane things. Here is my first attempt. Plus I want to figure out how to add pictures to this.

So my 27th birthday was yesterday, 10.10.  Gawd, 27…my twenties are dwindling away! Brandon took me out to eat after work yesterday to a locally owned restaurant in Grandview. It was fabulous. Brandon got Scallops with tagliatelle and broccolini (which we decided was a mix of broccoli and asparagus). I got pan-seared Gnocchi with pesto, grape tomatoes and shaved parmesan. mmm, tasty! Plus the weather has been absolutely gorgeous here lately, so we ate outside on the lovely patio. Even though it was overlooking a rather unsightly parking lot, the ambiance was pretty good.

That’s all for tonight. Ideas have been brewing for future posts though, so keep a look out. I’ll be back soon!


stuff I did | started a blog!

yeah, I know, maybe that’s sort of a cop-out for my first blog post, but hey, that’s what I’ve spent my new-found free time on lately! So, welcome to my new blog. It’s still a little rough around the edges, but hopefully as I work on this more it will get a little more personalized and not look so out-of-the-box.  Until then, I hope you enjoy reading whatever it is that I do.