Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom


12 Adorable Scarves to Sew

It's scarf season!  Time to bust out the fleece, chiffon or your favorite warm knit fabric and stitch up a few new scarves.  I've gathered a few of my favorite DIY scarf sewing tutorials as inspiration!

Pocket Scarf Tutorial
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Thai Coconut Chicken Curry

Thank you to Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces for partnering with me to share this 15 minute Thai Coconut Chicken Curry Recipe.

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It's starting to be that time of the year again again, the holidays are just around the corner and all our activities are going full steam ahead!  We have Scouts (boys and girls on different nights) run club, homework and other afterschool projects/activities.  (Not to mention my own work.)

When it comes to making dinner, I do my best to plan ahead and stick to it!  Of course, we all have those days when nothing goes according to plan.  Sometimes we'll do pizza, but I prefer to keep my pantry stocked with a few basics that will allow me to get a home cooked meal on the table in 20 minutes or less.

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Flat Front Skirt Tutorial (size 2 to 10)

New pattern alert!!  Remember my Flat Front Skirt from last week?  I have the pattern and tutorial ready to share with you today!

How to sew a flat front skirt

I'm loving how the skirt turned out, the fit is perfect!  The skirt has a flat front, so it looks good with a tucked in shirt and elastic in the back, for easy on/off (and easy construction.)  I definitely prefer the ease of elastic-waist bottoms, and the look of the flat front really makes it look more structured.
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25 Minute Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Today, I'm sharing this easy recipe for Spaghetti Carbonara.  It's so simple and creamy, plus you'll love that it takes less than 25 minutes to get on the table!

Easy Pasta Carbonara Recipe

My daughter asked for "noodles" for dinner the other night.  I already had something else ready to go, so I told her I would make it for her the next night.  Turns out, since then we've be playing pass the cold and I haven't done much actual cooking.

Thankfully everyone is on the mend and I thought I would make this simple and creamy Spaghetti Carbonara recipe for dinner.  This is one of those recipes that when finished, looks and tastes like you put a lot of effort into the sauce!  (Shhh... Nobody needs to know dinner took less than 25 minutes!)
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Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Barbecue Beef, plus a Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker Giveaway

Today I'm sharing this recipe for Shredded Tex-Mex Barbecue Beef Sandwiches, made in my new Slow Cooker.  Plus a big Thank you to Hamilton Beach for providing a Set 'n Forget® 6 Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker With Spoon/Lid to giveaway! (Details at the bottom of the post.)

slow cooker barbecue sandwiches

I'm not sure if you've noticed, but I haven't had a new slow cooker recipe on the blog since February.  We had a little mishap while cleaning the cooking container...  Yep, it was dropped!  (I've been meaning to purchase a replacement insert, but every time I sit down to order it, I keep getting sidetracked.  I wonder how that happens?)

I felt incredibly blessed when Hamilton Beach asked me if I wanted to try out their new Set & Forget® Programmable Slow Cooker.  Of course I did!  They even offered a 2nd slow cooker for me to give away on the blog if I liked it.
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