Happy Thursday everyone! I am happy to report that my sewing machine has safely arrived from Indiana and that I am back on track with my New Years Resolutions. I've joined my first running group (we'll be meeting at 6:45AM tomorrow morning!) and now I'm on the hunt for fabric to continue on with my sewing lessons. I'll be making a pillow for my bed and long white curtains for the two windows in my room. If any of you have any cool fabric store recommendations or fun sewing projects for beginners, please leave a comment below!
This week we are having a special Thursday Night Dinner at Tandi's house. I made my favorite tomato based pasta sauce a few days ago and wanted to try something new with it so I turned to one of my favorite cookbooks, Apples for Jam, by Tessa Kiros.
She divides up the recipes by color, which I find most helpful when I'm planning a dinner party and want to make sure that each plate comes together perfectly. I was thumbing through and found this recipe for Beef and Potato Croquettes that I had marked ages ago. They were really simple to make and are absolutely scrumptious! We will be serving these with the pasta sauce as a dipping sauce and a big green salad.
For the craft this week, I wanted to share one of Emily's DIY Christmas presents that she gave to me this year, a flower headband. I am now totally obsessed with sewing projects and can't wait to try this one out myself. Emily has been sewing for years so she is far more advanced than I am, but I think that I could pull this project off. She also used this adorable headband as the ribbon for the packaging too!
Beef and Potato Croquettes
by Stephania Stanley (adapted from Apples for Jam by Tessa Kiros; 2006
What you need:
- 4 red potatoes
- 1 lb ground beef
- ½ cup grated Parmesan
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 dash of pepper
- 1 egg (lightly beaten)
- Olive oil
What you do:
Bring a pot of water to boil and add potatoes. Boil potatoes for 20 minutes or until tender. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Once the potatoes are done, strain them and finely mash them in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add beef, Parmesan, egg, salt, and pepper. Using your hands, mix together. On a large edged-cookie sheet drizzle 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Spread with a spoon so that the entire surface is covered. Wet your fingertips and make little meatballs a little smaller than golf balls. Place on cookie sheet and gently smash down a little bit to form a tiny pancake. Continue until the cookie sheet is filled. The croquettes do not spread too much, so feel free to pack in as many as you can onto a sheet.
Bake for 25 minutes or until bottom surface is crispy, golden brown. Flip croquettes and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
Emily's Flower Headband
by Emily Ross
What you need:
- 1 scrap piece of fabric for flower
- 1 scrap piece of fabric for leaves
- 1 30” scrap piece of fabric for headband
- Matching thread and needle
- Sewing machine (optional)
- Fabric scissors
What you do:
Fold the headband fabric in half lengthwise and pin down the middle to hold in place. This will help you cut the fabric evenly on both sides. Starting from the folded edge cut lengthwise along both edges so that the center of the headband is 2 ¼” wide and it gradually narrows down to the ends to be 1” wide.
With the design side face up fold under and pin in place ¼” of the edges. Sew hem around edge to hold in place.
Cut two leaves from the leaf fabric and set aside. Next, form flower by twisting and tightly spiraling flower fabric. Stitch to hold in place as you go until you form a flower that is about 1 ½” in diameter.
Layout the leaves and flower onto the center of the headband and pin the leaves in place. Make two rows of stitches about 1/8” in from the leaf edge with white thread. Sew flower in place by stitching the flower from the back of the headband.