Sunday, February 6, 2011

a Dog Pillow

My dog has this terrible bed we bought for her after we first got her. And she loves it. I do not. It is brown and lifeless and never looks clean. We also had this HUGE cuddle bag I bought my hubby secondhand for really cheap made out of foam bits...
Big huh? She also loved that bag. But it turned out way too big to fit into our apartment and so we decided to dismantle it. Most of the foam we threw away, but a lot of it we kept for ourselves in trash bags. And that eight foot long cuddle bag became a perfect sized pillow for our little puppy.

I made this pillow by first sewing a simple square pillow out of a cheap sheet and filled it with the foam. Then I sewed an envelope pillow using the fabric from the original cuddle bag. I wanted it to be easily removed for washing and that fabric is great because it really is heavy duty and cleans beautifully. And if ever I get tired of the fabric I'll just make another cover for the pillow. easy peasy. And almost completely free (I think I spent 3 dollars for the sheet at walmart and didn't even use half of the material).

And you know what? She loves it just as much as the ugly one.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Indoor Frisbees

What to make for a cousins gift exchange for my five-year-old nephew for under $5? Why not some fabric frisbees?! Genius. These were so quick to make and yes, they actually do fly. It's a good thing too because I did not have a backup plan.

**About the pattern: I played around with the stabilizing stitch in the middle and instead of only doing the circle, I also tried a spiral and a star design. In the end I think the circle design was probably best because the more stitching I did in the middle, the wonkier the entire shape of the frisbee became. It is nice to mix things up a little though.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Turkey Divan

Mix the following ingredients:
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. lemon juice

Set mixture aside.

Cook and drain 32 ounce package frozen broccoli
Place in flat dish (one 10x14 or two 9x9)

Top with one package (2 lbs.) sliced and baked turkey loaf or left over turkey
than top with soup mixture
than top with buttered bread crumbs (I rip up a couple of slices of bread and mix it with about 1/2 a stick of melted butter)

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes

Serves about 8
Here's the turkey I use. It comes in white meat or white and dark meat. Either one is fine to use. In Walmart you can find it in the open-air freezers kind of in the middle of the hallway. (Does that make any sense?)

I stretched this recipe to make 3 dishes in disposable, aluminum containers about 8x8 each. It was a stretch, but still works and I got one more meal for my money.
*To prepare in order to freeze, I followed the directions up until you put on the bread crumbs and I froze it like that, uncooked. On the day I want to use this for supper, I will thaw it out in the refrigerator and top with the bread crumbs right before cooking. Cook as directed.
*If you are going to half this recipe, just use one can of cream of chicken soup instead of both soups.

This is SO good.