Sunday, January 30, 2011

COOKED: Mexican soup

It's cold outside and a hearty soup was needed. I found this recipe in Woman's Day magazine. It was filling and delicious!
I can't find the recipe on their website. So here it is:

2 tsp olive oil
1 small onion chopped
1 large sweet potato (12 oz), peeled and cut into 1/2 - in. pieces
14 1/2 oz each chicken broth
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 can (11 oz) corn niblets drained
1 cup mild or medium salsa
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1 can (15 oz) canned black beans, rinsed and drained
Garnish: sour cream and cilantro (option)

1. Heat oil in a 4-qt saucepan over medium heat. Sauté onion for 3 minutes or until softened and translucent.

2. Add sweet potato, chicken broth and cumin; cover and reduce heat. Simmer 15 minutes or until sweet potato is tender. Process soup until smooth.

3. Stir in corn, salsa, tomato sauce and black beans. Simmer covered, 5 minutes to blend flavors. Serve with sour cream and cilantro if using.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sewn: Laptop case

Here is another sewing project that I attempted. I needed a new laptop case to protect my computer. I originally bought this material to make a slip cover for a pillow. I never made it! But it looks great for this project.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sewn: Oven mitt

Last summer, I felt the need to learn a new craft so I decided to take a few sewing classes. Once again my grandmother's influence had something to do with it. Growing up my grandmother would sew our clothes, Halloween costumes and even my graduation dress. So it just seemed natural for me to learn how to sew.

I've sewn a few items, but this is the one am most proud enough to post. Maybe I'll post some other ones. We'll see...