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We’re Learning to Sew. Maybe just Sam is.

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Craftsy

The other day, Sam asked me if I could sew his uniform patches on instead of having to take them somewhere, and pay, to have them done. I told him I might be able to – if we had a sewing machine and I learned how to use it.

I’d taken a sewing class in high school, but I mean. That was years ago and I haven’t done anything but (very poorly) hand sew somethings since then.

We went out and bought a cheap little Brother one that had off the chart ratings on Amazon. Nothing special – just the basics. As soon as we came home, I searched for an online sewing class to help me learn the machine. I found a free, short class on Craftsy, and that night sat down to put what I’d learned into use.

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Sam and I somehow had the thread on the bobbin going the wrong way, and I pulled up the class to check how to do it. He started laughing and told me earlier that day he’d watched the same one.

I have to admit – in the few weeks we’ve had the machine – he’s used it more than I have. He’s able to sew all of his patches on and fix things while I’m slowly plodding away with help from more beginning classes like Learn to Sew.

Once I started looking around on the Craftsy site, I ended up taking a photography course on The Essentials for Understanding Light and drooling over one about capturing life differently.

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Pork Hominy Soup with Cilantro

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and eMeals all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #eMealstotheresuce http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.”

Pork Hominy Soup with Cilantro

I’ve used Emeals.com in the past, but had forgotten about them until Pollinate Media reached out with a campaign. Lately I’d been falling behind on meal prep, and we ended up with whatever was in the fridge as I tried to finish up working. Grocery shopping became a nightmare when it took half a morning to plan the weeks food only to spend 2 hours shopping for it.

Working from home full time meant little time for this, but I missed cooking and preparing meals more often than I was getting to.

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The Pioneer Woman – A Year Of Holidays Cookbook Giveaway!

The Pioneer Woman - A Year Of Holidays Cookbook Giveaway!

You all know my undying adoration of The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. I met her last year at BlogHer and literally almost passed out. Ask Rebecca (another amazing cook), I think by the time Ree and her girls came through the door she might have been googling nearby hospitals to take me to.
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Chicken Coconut Curry Soup

This warm, rich soup is such a perfect way to end a winter night. No worries about it tasting like coconut – the milk adds a much needed creaminess while the peppers add a kick of spice.

This was originally posted in Cooking Light years ago, but I’ve tweaked it to make it a lot simpler and quicker. Don’t leave out the lime – it’s the perfect bit of tang needed.

Chicken Coconut Curry Soup

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The Easiest Pumpkin Soup You Ever Did Eat

Kacia blogs at Coconut Robot, and also is one of the founders of the popular online Bible Study (that’s changed my life) She Reads Truth.

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I’d like to present to you all: the easiest pumpkin soup you ever did eat.

And I’m also sneaking in an easy way to “cream” up your soup, without adding cream!

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I’m a soup girl. I could eat it every evening when the temperature starts dipping into the 50s. My husband? Well, he likes it, but he usually has to reign me in to keep me from making soup every evening.

Oops!

Besides just loving the hot-soup-in-my-belly feeling, soup is just so easy to make! And this pumpkin soup could quite possibly the easiest in my meal planning list.

Ready for it? Go grab these 4 things:

  1. 1 small can of pumpkin puree
  2. your “milk” of choice. I use coconut milk from Trader Joe’s, but use whatever you’d like!
  3. Curry.
  4. Salt.

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