Tag Archives: winter

What’s New in the Shop? (April 28 edition)

On my previous post, I mentioned adding more original designs into my Spoonflower library. I started with a few (on a whim, really) to see how they turned out. So far I am waiting to swatch some of them, but one came out really good if you saw my IG, and is now available for purchase!

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From left to right: Pastel Linen Stripes (in Blueberry and Watermelon), Dot Grid, and Pastel Winter (purchase here)

So far I seem to be gravitating towards either nature designs or shapes/geometry. You’ll see on the shop that I made 2 new collections based on those, and organized previous designs into them as well. I’ll be slowly adding more as inspiration strikes! So far I plan to use the dot grid as some fun gift wrap (especially for my future planners), and the pastel linen will become a shawl or wide summery wrap for the poolside!

Btw I am still working on those spring green denim pants! I’ll be helping my CTCon crew with their cosplays tomorrow, so I’ll try to get photos of our projects (and my sewing machine rig for funsies). I’ll be bringing the denim project if I’m able to work on it, otherwise you’ll likely see my pleather thigh-high bootcovers for P3 Dancing’s Mitsuru! #darkhourmorelikedancinghour

From left to right: Kids’ Birthday Party and Corporate Holiday Card design submissions on Minted’s Design Challenges.

Not so much shop-related, but I began entering Minted’s Design Challenges recently (thanks Jess for giving me the info!), My full designer profile is now live, though unlike something like Spoonflower, Minted’s selected winners’ designs are the only ones that’ll be available to purchase for the public. However, voting is public! So once things start getting tallied up, if you guys can help upvote my designs that would be amazing! The deadlines haven’t come up yet though, so I’ll post again when voting opens up. The prizes sound amazing and there are a variety of opportunities to win something at least, so I hope I can make it to the winners’ circle someday :)!

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Delicious Winter Chili (and some epic choco-chip cookies!)

Happy 2017, everyone! I hope your holiday season was well too. Since I bake/cook more often for holiday potlucks and my annual cookie run, I decided to also post one of my recipes I made recently for it! My friends at Otaku Recipes featured my beloved chocolate chip cookies (I was a previous collaborator).

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Click for the cookie recipe! (Thanks Kar for the photo!)

Lately I’ve been putting together a recipe box featuring the best of my recipes, as well as family recipes from my mom and my grandmothers. I used the cards from here but next time I plan to enlarge them, since they kind of run small.

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Magic is in this box :)…

Now finally, onto the dang chili!

Delicious Winter Chili (4-qt. slow cooker)

Yield: 10 to 12 people

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 (15.5 oz.) cans red or kidney beans, washed and drained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated
  • 2 large red peppers, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup beer (use whatever you like to drink)
  • 2 hot chili peppers, deseeded and chopped (depending on the crowd I use jalapeños or habaneros)
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 3/4 tsp. ground sage
  • 3/4 tsp. ground thyme
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  1. Put all ingredients except the ground beef in the slow cooker and stir to combine.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the beef until cooked. Drain the fat and add the beef to the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover the slow cooker and set on LOW for 5 to 6 hours, or HIGH for 3 to 4 hours. Do not lift the cover! 
  4. Serve warm with cheese, rice, and/or tortilla chips, eggs, etc!
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Gosh, I can just smell it from here.

What are your favorite things to cook or bake in winter?