Some Homemade Croutons

Last night I stumbled upon Come On, Ilene! and I was hooked, everything Ilene makes is so cute and doable! (If there are two things I like, it’s cute and doable.)

I stumbled upon this post that details how to make a totally awesome soup! It also mentions how to make croutons. The carb-addict in me said that the next thing I baked had to be some croutons! So when my mom and I went to WinCo (bright AND early this morning!) I picked up the ingredients I was missing.

Almost as soon as we got back I got to work. This recipe was so simple, quick, and not frustrating!

Here are my results!

They look good, right? They taste even better than they look!

FYI, the tomato in the salad is homegrown. My mom was VERY excited about the tomatoes, so shout out to her!

Here are Ilene’s instructions for the croutons,

I also like to serve with some homemade croutons, just like how they do it at the Corner Bakery.    I use some sourdough bread that I cut into 1/2″ cubes and toss with minced garlic, olive oil, worcestershire sauce and fresh parsley and thyme. Toast in the oven for about 8 minutes until crisp.

I didn’t follow her instructions exactly. Instead of minced garlic, I used a bit of garlic powder. I didn’t have fresh parsley, but I did have dried parsley from a small jar! I also did not use any thyme. (I’m not big on the taste of thyme.)

I toasted them in the oven for about 10 minutes on 375 degrees. I wanted them to still be a little chewy for when we used them on our salads for dinner tonight!  (They were!)

This recipe was absolutely delicious and I plan to keep it in the back of my mind whenever I think I need to buy croutons. These are FAR better than the store-bought croutons.

Before I leave you to go binge on a salad full of crouton love, I promise I am sewing and stitching! I just haven’t completed anything yet! I’ve decided to take on several big projects before I leave for Evansville, and they’ve been dictating a lot of my time. Let me just say that I’ve got about three quilts to get done! One I’ve just started today and two I’ve been working on for a few weeks.

I hope you’ve enjoyed it!

Have a wonderful (and carb-filled!) day!

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The Basket

Here’s the Basket quilt block I mentioned in The Farmer’s Wife post that I put up a few days ago.

I haven’t worked on anymore Farmer’s Wife blocks, but I’ve been sketching up some embroidering ideas in a journal and I’ve been working on my top secret birthday gifts for friends!

I’ve rewatched Toy Story and I have an idea of what I’ll be cross stitching for its piece.

I hope you’ve enjoyed it!

Have a good day!

Four Days? Oh My!

I’ve been away from my blog for four days! Eep! I promise I haven’t been lazying about my house, I have been stitching! I’ve finished a few Christmas ornament and a few projects I’ve been making for friend’s birthdays.

It’s quite unfortunate that I cannot post pictures on my blog yet! I promise that they will be on the blog soon enough!

However, I’ve just gotten a stash of Westex 2×3 frames, so I can now continue my Pixar line as well as make a special little stitch for my friend Emily. She requested I make her one of a certain Dreamworks movie. Needless to say, I was ecstatic that she likes my work enough to request a piece from me!

I’ll be giving it to her when I arrive in Evansville in about 29 days! (Can you tell I’m ready to be back at school?)

I would make this post a bit longer, but I’m getting ready to go to Disneyland with a couple of my friends! I’ll leave you with the peace of mind that I’m still stitching, I did not get abducted by aliens, and I will have a bit more to post about in the next day or two!

I hope you enjoyed it!

Have a good day!

The Farmer’s Wife

I’ll admit it, I’ve been sucked into the Farmer’s Wife quilt. I didn’t intend to become involved in any way, shape, or form, yet I pieced together 3 (almost 4!) blocks today.

The blocks I made are all for my mother since it is her quilting project. I was just a wee bit frustrated that she had gone out and bought all of this lovely fabric yet she was procrastinating using it! So I started it for her and now she is piecing her own blocks, but I had fun looking at all of her fabric choices and choosing which to use.

So without further ado, here are the three blocks I’ve finished.

Attic Windows

Autumn Tints

Bat Wings

The one that I’m almost done with is titled Basket. The only reason I haven’t finished it is because you have to applique a piece onto the block and I am feeling really lazy about it. Soon I’ll finish it and post it as well.

I hope you enjoyed it!

Have a good day!