Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It's Spring!

I had some T-shirts to upcycle, so I found a few tutorials to play around with. This Recycled Mooshy Belly Bunny is by the clever Chez Beeper Bebe. She makes all kinds of cute things and shares a variety of tutorials. My bunny looks like a child made it, but my daughter loved it. She saw me making it before she left for school and begged for the finished bunny.

I also tried making a skirt from a T-shirt, but that was a total fail. The concept looked good, but it didn't quite work out. Too bad an Abercrombie shirt had to die, but it was in the poor kids box anyway. Now I have a fancy designer dust rag. Hollywood probably wouldn't have worn the skirt anyway, but I had to give it a try.

I decided to give the Granny Square block another try using a much quicker strip piecing method. And check out this oversize Granny Square block using colorful nine patches. I really have enjoyed seeing all these Granny Squares popping up in blogland. Such a darling block and I love the bright colors the others have used.

My attention span (and scrap stash) was good for about four of these blocks. They will work perfect for a mini quilt. And maybe I'll get brave and do some free motion quilting.

Chicken wings for dinner last night. I like to bake them on my oven broiler pan. Put foil on the bottom part for easy clean up and spray the top part with cooking spray. I bake them for an hour at 350 degrees, then crank the oven up to 425 degrees for the last 10 minutes. The wings we get are pretty large. Those chickens have serious guns. The result is fall-off-the-bone, perfectly cooked wings.

And because I was feeling lazy, I only served a crudite platter with the wings. I stuffed those mini peppers with a cream cheese and feta mixture. Tada, easy dinner. And plenty of leftovers for lunches.


  1. LOVE that little bunny. I think I need to make one too!

  2. The bunny is too cute! I love that you used minky dots on the ears.

    And thanks for the baking wings tip! I've never tried it, but I know we'd love it around here. What sauce/rub do you put on them and when?

  3. Those wings look delicious! recipe please.

    1. Here's how I do the wings:

      I dust them with a dry spice rub before I cook them (chili, garlic, onion powder, cumin, pepper, red pepper, seasoned salt, etc.). Put foil in the bottom of the broiler pan and spray Pam on the top part. Bake one hour at 350 degrees, then crank the oven to 425 for about 10 minutes or until the skin gets crisp. You could flip them too, but I usually don't. If you don't have a broiler pan, bake them on a rack. They render quite a bit of fat while they cook.

      Once they are baked I just toss them with Frank's wing sauce. It has no calories, no fat. Lots of flavor and not howling hot. It's better than the butter and Tabasco I used to use. Grilling them is a nice change too. I like them so much better than deep fried wings. Serve with veggies and blue cheese or ranch.


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