I did sew another string Dresden ring together. This one features a bold blue print. I hope to knock another couple of these out in the next week (though I'll be happy with one, at the rate things are going). I have some new scraps from Jenny that she tossed into an Etsy order for me this past week, and I'm looking forward to playing with those and working them into the string Dresdens.
Jenny was de-stashing and putting some fabrics in her shop, so I had to go have a look. I can't believe she was selling this piece of Michael Miller fabric.
But it's mine now!
Is it possible to be in love with a piece of fabric? Because I think I at least have a serious crush on it. And I'm pretty sure fellow Pyrex fans would agree that everything looks (even) better in Pyrex!
Here are a couple other pieces I am the new owner of. I didn't buy these with the intention of using them together, but it would totally work. Love the little vintage floral! Anytime you want to weed through your fabric stash, Jenny, just let me know. ;)
What's for Dinner... and Breakfast
I made some fantastic barbecued chicken in the crockpot yesterday, and I wanted to share the recipe, which I cobbled together. In former times, I may have just dumped a bunch of Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce on the chicken and called it good (and there's nothing wrong with that, if that works for you). But as you may know, I'm trying to eat less sugar and refined stuff, plus I am gluten and dairy intolerant. I know there are others who may have similar issues. Even if you do not, this goes together in under 5 minutes and tastes wonderful! So good, I also had it straight out of the plastic container, cold, for breakfast this morning. It's one of those things that is even better the second day.
But before I get to the recipe, I have to tell you something. My husband, when it comes to chicken (let's get that clear before I complete the sentence), is strictly a breast man. In all the years I've known him, I have yet to see him eat any other part of a chicken, or turkey for that matter. He claims it's the only part he likes. End of story.
So I sort of tricked him with this chicken dish (though I haven't fessed up to it yet...well, except for admitting it here to the entire internet), because I made it with chicken thighs. Shhhh! I thought for sure he'd notice something "fowl," but I was willing to take that chance because all it would mean was more leftovers for me. See how that works?
So when I asked how he liked the chicken (with as much nonchalance as I could muster), he said it was GREAT! He ate his shredded on sandwich buns, I ate mine with rice, with steamed asparagus on the side. Yep, it was a winner of a chicken dinner!
I will tell him...eventually. I'm going to make it at least one more time before I do, though, and see if the response is still the same. Then I'll give him the full disclosure.
And let me apologize here for what may be the most unappetizing food photo in the world, but it was an afterthought, right before the leftovers went into the fridge.
(Now, even with those prettier dishes and photos above, what do you want to bet this'll be the photo Google/Blogger features in the preview?)
Crockpot BBQ Chicken
1/3 c. tomato paste
1/4 c. soy sauce (I used low-sodium, gluten-free San-J brand Tamari)
1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
1 T. Worcestershire sauce (Lea & Perrin's is gluten-free)
2-3 cloves minced garlic
1 t. dried onion flakes
1 T. honey
1/2 c. water
1/2 t. black pepper
1 t. smoked paprika
1/2 t. dry mustard
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
1-2 t. chili powder
1 pkg. boneless, skinless chicken thighs (6-8)
Lay chicken in crock pot. (I used a brand of chicken with "Healthy" in the name—sorry for lack of specifics—which I found at Walmart, which packaging said there were no additives and the critters had all led happy and free lives before they came to live in the refrigerator case of the big box store...or words to that effect).
Whisk all the above ingredients together and pour over chicken. Cover and cook on Low setting for 4-6 hours. (My generic crockpot cooks a little faster than most, even on Low, so it was already falling-apart done after 3-1/2 hours, but I let it go for a total of 5.) Serve as is or shred for sandwiches, if desired. Enjoy!
The chicken dish was my Favorite Thing this week, so I'm linking to Favourite Things Friday. And I think the Dresden, though not much, is still something to Whoop about!