Monday, April 20, 2015

My Kind of Mexican Rice

I love a good Mexican rice from a favorite Mexican resturant. For the longest time, I've wanted to make some delicious rice at home. A few months back, I finally began to search the internet for the best, most delicious Mexican rice recipe. I found a lot of recipes for Mexican and Spanish rice! I filtered through them and did some trial and error batches of rice. After all of that I came up with the following recipe which I really find to be very delicious.
•2 cups long grain rice(it's important that it be long grain)
•4 cups chicken broth
•1/4 cup olive oil 
•heaping 1/2 cup tomato sauce
•1/2 teaspoon cumin
•1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
•1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
•1/2 teaspoon black pepper(I like to add quite a bit more because I really like pepper)
•fresh onion(chopped finely)
•fresh jalapeño(halved and most seeds removed depending on your taste for don't remove with bare hands) 
•a large pot with a lid
1. Heat olive oil on medium to high heat depending on how quick you can stir your rice in(6-8 heat level)
2. When the olive oil is heated(you will see some fizzling) add your rice and onion and stir often until lightly golden

3.When rice is sizzling and golden brown, stir in the tomato sauce

4.When rice it somewhat whiter and the sauce has stuck to it pour in chicken broth 
5.Stir in the chicken broth then add all the spices and fresh Jalapeño and stir that in as well

6.Bring the rice to a boil then lower the heat to 2-3 and cover the pot. Make sure the rice maintains a light boil throughout the cooking process. 
7.Let the rice cook, covered for 15 minutes...Do NOT remove lid
8.After 15 minutes, take the pot off of the burner, Do NOT remove the lid and let stand for another 5 minutes
9.After five minutes you can finally remove the lid and stir the rice, bringing the bottom rice to the top
10.Grab a bowl and scoop up some scrumptious rice! Or even better make tacos, enchiladas, burritos with fresh Mexican rice
-Allie Ann :-)
P.S. I hope to add a new sewing DIY soon just thought I'd share this recipe :)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Downtown Tunic Pattern by Sew Caroline

Hey, ya'll!  I had the honor of pattern testing for Caroline of Sew Caroline again!  This time I tested the Downtown Tunic pattern! I've found that it is such a cute and sweet pattern! Simply choose a couple of coordinating fabrics(1 knit for the main tunic piece and 1 woven for the skirt piece).
The top piece is Anna Maria Horner KNIT and the bottom skirt piece is Melody Miller(Cotton+Steel) voile(WOVEN).  I think these two fabrics ended up looking fantastic together!  They are a great match! I heart fabrics ;-)
This side view shows the excellent drape and flow of the skirt piece of the Downtown Tunic pattern.
Thanks for reading! Go sew one up? You'll have fun! :-)
- Allie Ann :-)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

My Quilt Market Dream Came True. (Fall Quilt Market Houston 2014)

Hi! I want to share my trip to Quilt Market.  One month ago on October 23rd I embarked on my first journey to Quilt Market! Attending Quilt Market had been a dream of mine for a very long time.  It was an amazing trip! It is so wonderful to know what Quilt Market is really like after imagining it for many years.  It was such a fun trip! I met some many nice people who share my love for sewing and fabric! :-)

We arrived in Houston just in time to see this beautiful sunset!
Picking out classes to go to at School House at Quilt Market!
Waiting in line for Sample Spree to begin!
Post Sample Spree goodies!

 We heart Cotton+Steel!
 I finally met Amy Butler!
      Amy's booth                                                                        
I met Valori Wells!
I met all of the Cotton+Steel gals! Kim, Rashida, Melody, Sarah and Alexia.
I met Anna Maria Horner!

I met Sew Caroline in person!

I met Tina Givens!
 I met Tula Pink!

Tula's booth:

Congratulations on 35 years, Quilt Market!

So, Quilt Market was awesome! I wish I could go every year! :-)

-Allie Ann :-)

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Sol Hoodie Pattern by Jamie Christina

Hey everyone! I'm here to tell you all about a great pattern that has been a favorite of mine since I made my first one about a year or so ago.  The pattern I'm referring to is one by Jamie Christina. I've sewn a few of her patterns before and they are of great quality. I especially love the Sol Hoodie.  The Sol Hoodie is the pattern I'm showing you today.  I love the first one I made but I had a hard time finding the right fabric to use to make it a true jacket weight hoodie.  I love the second one more because the fabric is just right for a jacket and it's blue! What I really love about this pattern overall is of-course the statement ribbon on the front zipper and the hood. This pattern is a great one to use those gorgeous Renaissance Ribbons on. I also love that it is a comfy and casual hoodie. It also includes thumb holes!

And here is the second one that I just recently finished:

The ribbon I used here is designed by Amy Butler for Renaissance Ribbons and can be found here and here. The fabric is sweatshirt fleece from Girl Charlee and can be found here.

Here is the first hoodie I made:

The ribbon I used here is designed by Amy Butler for Renaissance Ribbons and can be found here and here.

And here is the second one that I just recently finished:

The ribbon I used here is designed by Amy Butler for Renaissance Ribbons and can be found here and here. The fabric is sweatshirt fleece from Girl Charlee and can be found here.

-Allie Ann :-)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Picnic Skirt Pattern by Sew Caroline

Hi readers! I'm back on the blog to share my latest pattern testing endeavor. I had the opportunity to pattern test for Sew Caroline again. This time I tested one of her latest patterns, The Picnic Skirt. This pattern will be available soon along with another new pattern, The Waterfall Tank. I really enjoy pattern testing. There's something really neat about it! I love sewing, of course,  and when pattern testing one is able to make something great and help give feedback to the pattern designer.  This pattern is another great one from Sew Caroline. I love how it is simple in construction yet the way it it drapes and flows gives such beauty to the skirt. I especially love how subtle the high-low hem is and that a zipper is included in the back of the skirt. Anyway it's a very nice pattern and will be out soon. I sewed mine up in Joel Dewberry rayon that I'd been saving for something special. I fell in love with this fabric right when I saw it! I love all the fun little flowers in the design.
Here's my Picnic Skirt:

-Allie Ann :-)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sugar Pop Top Pattern by Sew Caroline

Hi!  I'm really excited to share that I had the opportunity to be a pattern tester for Sew Caroline!  It was so fun to pattern test for the first time.  Sew Caroline's patterns are great and this one is no different.  It is a really cute top pattern that features a peter pan collar, two sleeve options and a hi lo hem line.  I love the subtle flutter sleeves!  When I first thought of making the sugar pop top, I dreamed of the fabric I would use.  I went to one of my favorite fabric shops to find the perefect fabric for my Sugar Pop Top.  The fabric I decided on is Kaffe Fassett's Lotus Stripe.  I found this same fabric online and if you need some too it can be found here.  The Sugar Pop Top will be avaliable soon in Sew Caroline's pattern shop(here) along with her other clothing patterns.  Anyway, I had a blast being a pattern tester for Sew Caroline.  I think the top turned out great with the fabric I chose.

PS: You should check out Sew Caroline's new fabric line out in July, Gleeful.

-Allie Ann :-)


Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Frenchy Bag Pattern

Hi all!  I've sewn up a countless number of bags since I began sewing.  I love Amy Butler's bag  patterns most of all!  I don't know how, but up until now I had'nt sewn The Frency Bag Pattern by Amy Butler.  Well by no suprise, I love this pattern too! :)  It's simple and fun and the finished bag is a great size.  I especially love the fabric I chose for my first Frency Bag.  It's Fox Field,  Tula Pink's most recent fabric collection.  It's gorgeous.  I love all the vibrant colors!
P.S.  I'm really excited to be participating in the upcoming mystery quilting craftsy class with Tula Pink!  You might just see the quilt show up here soon.

-Allie Ann :-)