Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Quinoa, Chicken, Avocado & Cranberry Bowl

We all love quick, easy, healthy dinners and this has quickly become a family favorite! It only takes four ingredients and you can have it on the table in just about 20 minutes. I especially love it in the summer because I'm not cooped up in the kitchen on a beautiful day, and the only cooking is simmering a pot of quinoa.

  • quinoa (cook as much as your family will eat, plus some extra for leftovers!)
  • shredded cooked chicken (we use leftover from roasting a chicken but you can also use a rotisserie chicken)
  • avocado, diced
  • dried cranberries
I don't have amounts because this is one of those throw-it-together meals! Just use as much as your family will eat. :)

Start by cooking your quinoa according to the package instructions. I like to cook it in chicken broth instead of water for a little more flavor (we make our own broth after we roast a chicken). I also like to soak the quinoa in water for a few hours ahead of time if I remember, then drain and rinse before cooking. But I don't sweat it if I forget. While this cooks you can chop the avocados and shred the chicken.

When the quinoa is ready just scoop some in a bowl and top it with your yummy add-ins. Easy, right?

Just be warned, the kids like it so much they might try to swipe it before dinner even starts!

What's your favorite, healthy summer meal?

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Bryan Coffee Table Twist

I've seen this style of coffee table pop up quite a few time lately. I spotted one on pinterest and fell in love with the industrial vibe and the combo of open shelving with drawers.

image via pinterest

Then another turned up in an issue of Better of Homes and Gardens. And it suddenly reminded me of something very familiar.

image via Better Homes and Gardens magazine

Our very first building project, my very first plan, and my very first post. Hello, beautiful. Our Rhyan coffee table has been taking a beating for over seven years and is still going strong, and it shares a lot of features with the tables I've been pinning (the same basic layout with an open shelf on top and drawers below).

So today we're looking at how you can make a few simple changes to turn a Rhyan table into... let's call it a Bryan table.

The tables are very similar with just a few differences. The Bryan table is wider, the drawers are more shallow, and there are only four drawers instead of six. Plus you can add wheels to finish off the more industrial feel. Sounds easy enough, huh? We'll also look at two options for the drawers - one using drawer slides and one without (our original table and the PB table it was based on did not use slides, but if I did it over I probably would).

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Stroller Bag Brag

It turns out people having been loving our Stroller Friendly Diaper Bag tutorial, and you guys have been sending in pictures of some amazing finished projects!

Make your own with our free pattern & tutorial.

We've been adding some of the pictures to the end of the tutorial, but it's getting crowded and we didn't want to leave anyone out. So we're giving something new a try! We'll use this brag post to show off all your great work in one happy spot (with a link in the original tutorial so others can enjoy and get inspiration for their own bags).

Want to share your own stroller bag brag? Submit pictures on our facebook page or by emailing us at MoreLikeHome (at) gmail (dot) com. Let me know if you want your name included in the brag and if you have a blog post you'd like your photo linked to. Happy sewing!

 Mags made this bag with laminated fabric so it is easy to wipe-clean. Love the happy red lining!

This cute polka dot version was made by a Erica for her baby-on-the-way (and she says it's working great now that baby is here!). 

This black & white bag was made by a reader for a friend!
Amanda added in this great ruffle when she accidentally cut the flap to short. Definitely a happy accident! Thanks, Amanda!

Suanne just finished this bag for her daughter and grandson-to-be. She used marine military fabric in honor of her SIL and added a bunch of custom upgrades like velcro pockets, bias trim all around, and a built-in wipe pocket that I'm pretty sure I need!

Divya's bag was made for summer days with a refreshing watermelon & citrus print. Completed with green accents and a custom monogram!

Rebekah's bag is Paris themed in black, white, and pink. She made some minor changes to the pattern by increasing the height of the side pockets and adding a second swivel clasp inside for keys. She plans to use the stroller straps to hang her bag on the back of highchairs at restaurants.

Thanks for sharing your work!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

DIY Big Brother Shirts

The boys have a little bit of an announcement....

Yep, coming this halloween there will be TWO big brothers in the house! We are all so excited, and apologize for the lack of posts as most of my free time has been spent napping lately. Babies make me tired, you guys. But I wanted to stop in and share how we made the big brother shirts we used to make the announcement to family and friends. This was my first time finally trying freezer paper stenciling and it turned out great!

What you need:
fabric paint & brush
freezer paper
an exacto knife
"big brother" printable
"bigger brother" printable

Start by printing out the images for the shirts. Printing them full-size worked great for both a 4t shirt and an 18m shirt, but you can scale them up or down if you want a different size. And of course you can print your own using any fonts you like!

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