Denim for Baby, too?

If you’ve read very many of my posts you already know
that I totally love to make new items out of “old” jeans.
It’s often called, “Upcycling” but it’s just plain fun and
a great way to be wise with money!

This idea came from Pinterest.
Now, Pinterest and I have a strange relationship…
I don’t have one, but when a google search sends me
to someone’s board I cannot lie… I like it.

While hunting for a printable bib pattern I found
a few pictures of these adorable little bibs.  SO CUTE!
So I busted out the bag of “old jeans,”  (thanks, Chilly,
little boys and Zach) and whipped up a few for a sweet
little girl born to our precious friends in Chicago-land.

Now, the other pregnant lady in my life (Hi Kelley) will know
what to expect when she’s done expecting!


Bib 1 front


Bib 1 back


This is a great project if you’re just beginning
to sew.  Fun!


(Note:  I wrote this post a few days ago… cuz as you
read this I’m actually on vacation. Yippee!)




Summer Sides – Netta’s Niche

My neighbors and I were talking about things that go well with
grilled meat during the summertime.  I mentioned the broccoli salad
that’s listed below, and since then I’ve also become somewhat addicted
to the tomato salad, too.


Broccoli Salad
(It’s similar to this recipe)

1 head of broccoli (chopped into small pieces)
2 or 3 slices of cooked turkey bacon, crumbled
1 or 2 spoonfuls of raisins (the yellow ones are yummy!)
2 or 3 spoonfuls of chopped nuts (usually walnuts or almonds)
1/2 cup (approx) of Mayo
few drops of balsamic vinegar
dash or sugar or sweetener
pepper & maybe a dash of salt

Mix all the mayo, vinegar & sweetener together in small bowl.
Add other ingredients in a larger bowl, stir.
Then pour the mayo mixture over top of broccoli mixture.
I like it best if it chills in the frig for 1/2 hr or so, but it can
be eaten immediately.


Tomato Salad

several small grape or cherry tomatoes
small chunks of mozzarella cheese
1 or 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
1/4 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
steak seasoning

Cut tomatoes in half & stir in chunks of cheese.
Mix oil, vinegar & seasonings together & pour
over the tomatoes & cheese.  Get a fork!  Mmm!

(Note:  I’m guessing at the quantity of the oil &
vinegar.  This is something I just mix up w/out
measuring. )

Sorta Wordless Wednesday, Good-Bad-Good

Good =

Making homemade laundry soap that is strong, inexpensive,

smells nice & is quite hard working.

Bad =

Pouring the newly made soap into a 5 gallon bucket that had been washed out,

but the old dried paint wasn’t scraped out.

Hey, it’s dried up. Who cares!

(This results in tiny, wet squiggly bits of paint floating around in the soap.

NOT good. Bad)

Good = Using the strange soap to clean sinks and toilets.

The strange painty bits just wash down the drain.

(Just be sure to rinse well with water.)

More Good =

I’ve found a similar recipe that doesn’t require a 5 gallon bucket,

just 5 milk jugs. I’m tryin’ that next!

(And be assured that I’ll be giving those milk jugs a hearty cleaning first!)

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

Netta’s Niche, Chilton Chicken Gumbo

CHICKEN GUMBO (Chilton Style)

1 onion chopped
1-2 Tbl minced garlic
1 lb. pkg frozen sliced okra
2 cans diced tomates
2 cans water
3 or 4 chicken bullion cubes
5-6 boneless, skinless chicken tenders
2 or more Tbl of cajun seasoning

Crock Pot instructions: put everything
in the slow cooker & cook on low for
approx. 6 hrs.
Serve over cooked rice.

Stove Top instructions:
In a stock pot cook thawed chicken, onion
and garlic on high for several minutes.
Add all other ingredients and cook on low
until you can’t see the okra anymore.
Serve over cooked rice.