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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Minty Strawberry Orange Juice: Make It From Scratch Herb Garden Recipe

Hi guys! So far, my most-used herb has been mint. It's so easy to pick a few leaves and add them to all kinds of drinks. Mint makes everything taste fresh and cool. Here's a really tasty juice that I whipped up: Minty Strawberry Orange Juice. 


Ingredients: 
4 oranges
6 strawberries
10 mint leaves

Process all ingredients through a juicer. Pour into a glass. Decorate with a sprig of mint and enjoy.

* If you don't have a juicer, you can blend the ingredients in a blender and then strain through a nut bag or fine mesh sieve. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Minty Salad: Make It From Scratch Herb Garden

Hiya! Today I have a great summer lunch recipe that uses our fresh spearmint leaves. It's got a complex flavor profile and is refreshing, light, and delicious.

Minty Salad
Serves 2

Ingredients:
1 orange or 2 clementines, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1 cucumber, peeled and diced
1/8 cup spearmint leaves, washed and chopped
1/2 cup rotisserie or grilled chicken
1/4 cup blueberries
1 Tbsp sunflower seeds
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and gently stir to mix. 


This has so many great flavors and they complement each other perfectly. The vinegar and red onion are tangy; the fruits are sweet. Cucumbers and sunflower seeds add crunch and texture. The fresh mint ties it all together and makes it taste like summer. 


Let me know if you give it a try. I'd love to hear what you think. 

How are you using your herbs this summer?

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Grainline Tops Sewn: Scouts and Larks and Linden and Penny

Hi guys! During Me Made May, I sewed up a few shirts using the Scout and Lark patterns from Grainline Studio. Scout is designed for wovens, and it's a little different with each different fabric. 

This one's made of rayon challis, and I love the drape.


And here's one in double gauze, which is very breezy and comfortable, and suprisingly opaque for such a lightweight fabric.


And this last one is made of quilting cotton. I followed Jen's tutorial to lengthen and add cuffs to the sleeves. I love this cloud print! I only wish it didn't wrinkle as easily as it does.



I added a couple inches of length to my Scout pattern, since I'm 5'10". I think that's perfect for the rayon challis and quilting cotton versions, but the double gauze would have fit better without lengthening it. It sometimes gets bunched up and wrinkled at the bottom. It would be easy to shorten it a bit if I ever made that a priority.

 And now for a couple of Larks, the knit t-shirt. Both of mine are the scoop-neck version, with short sleeves. The pattern comes with four neckline possibilities: v-neck, boatneck, and crewneck, in addition to scoop-neck. You can also choose between four sleeve lengths: cap, short, 3/4, and long.

Here's the striped one:


And the floral one:


I lengthened this pattern too, and I don't think I needed to. Next time I may try it in the standard length.

In June, I whipped up this pink and white striped Linden. My on-hand white ribbing didn't match, so I debated for a long time and finally chose to use red. This is a really lightweight french terry, which is great for summertime. Some mornings and evenings are cool, and we've even had the occasional chilly, rainy day this summer. Plus, it's always chilly in the basement, where I sew. A sweatshirt comes in handy down there! 


I did okay at matching the stripes on the side seams!


And now I've made a Penny Raglan top, from green jersey.

Gratuitous cat inclusion. 

I lengthened this shirt by about an inch, and I really like the length. I don't want to flash any stomach skin right now, and I don't have many high-waisted bottoms, so I don't want true crop tops. This length gives the idea of a cropped top without showing any skin. Unfortunately, I didn't mark my pattern after making this and I made a second shirt, which is, of course, shorter than I'd like. In cooler weather, I can layer it over a tank top, but for now, I'm probably not going to wear it.

Lesson: mark changes on the pattern right away! 

Have you used any Grainline patterns? Are they TNTs for you, too?