DIY COUCH SLIPCOVER

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Ever since we moved to our new house 5 months ago, my husband and I decided to be really good in handling our finances. We want to pay off our house soon. That means less eating out and a very strict budgeting. We didn’t buy any furniture, instead, family and friends blessed us so much by giving us stuff for our house. My husband’s friend realtor gave  this to us and a bunch of other furniture that they hardly used. It was such an answered prayer because we were wanting to have more chairs/couch for our living room as we like having people over.

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Although this floral couch is not that bad at all with the color that we want for our living room, the print is just too busy for me. Our other couch and chair are blue and though they are not solid colors, they are not printed either. I wanted to have a more unified color so I’ve decided to make our own slipcover using canvas drop cloth.

I have discovered, through pinterest, that you can actually make a lot of stuff using canvas drop cloth. It is so much cheaper than buying yards of upholstery fabric, is durable and have that what they call rustic/vintage look. I bought mine at Home Depot (Everbuilt) because their 6×9 10oz at Lowe’s (Proline) has seam in the middle which will make you waste fabric and wont work if you need a bigger cut. Dropcloth at Home Depot, at least from my experience, don’t have seam in the middle and I kinda like the texture and color better. Also, it doesn’t fray as much.

When using canvas drop cloth, prewash is very important. You’ll know once you open the package. It’s so stiff, hard and smells like chemicals but after prewashing/bleaching it, it’s going to be softer and nice.

I soaked mine overnight in 3 cups of bleach and hot water in my machine. Then run in normal cycle the next day, washed it again in hot water but this time, just with the laundry soap. Then I washed it again twice without soap at all, just the hot water. I would’ve use a fabric softener but we didn’t have it so I just went with it. After washing, I put it in the dryer in high heat to preshrunk it. Then take it out of the dryer while still a little damp and iron it and you’re good to go!

I’ve read a lot of diy’s and how to’s for slipcovers but these 2 blogs are the best that I’ve found ( Miss Mustard Seed and  Cedar Hill Farmhouse). This project is overwhelming at first but you’ll get the hang of it. Of course, it wasn’t perfect but I love how it came out. The couch has 2 matching pillow so I made 2 colorful pillow covers for it.

2016-03-01 11.27.01Here’s my diy couch slipcover and pillow case 🙂  I have enough fabric canvas so I also made a slipcover for our ottoman.

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Looking at these in our living room makes all the hard work worth it! I’m still planning to make a slipcover for our chair, other couch and glider. I’m so excited and I know everything will look really nice when they’re finished!

How about you? Have you ever used a canvas drop cloth for house projects? Don’t hesitate to share. I’d appreciate new, fun and creative ideas.

Blessed day everyone!

Spinach and Chicken Sausage Pasta

2016-02-19 21.25.13In our house, we call it greek pasta because we dont know how we’re going to call it the shortest way. Spinach and chicken sausage pasta is just too long for us so we just named it “greek pasta”. But its not! Its really not a greek pasta. I just thought about greek pasta because of the feta cheese in the sausage, thats it!

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Having said that, we love this pasta dish! Its easy to make and doesnt require a lot of ingredients. It has been our go-to dish when we need to make something fast, easy and yummy! Adding goat cheese in it made it superbly delicious too! Even my toddler cant have enough of it every time I make it.

I hope your family enjoy this dish as much as mine does!

God bless you!

Ingredients

1 lb gluten free fusilli pasta (or whatever pasta you want to use)

1 pack of chicken sausage, 4 pcs (bought mine at Aldi’s)

3 tbsps extra virgin olive oil ( or more)

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tbsp dried basil

2 cups frozen or fresh spinach

Direction

  1. Boil your pasta according to the package instruction
  2. While the pasta is boiling, cook sausage in a small skillet according to package instruction.
  3. Seven minutes before taking the pasta out of the water, saute garlic with olive oil in medium heat in a large saucepan. Cook for 20 seconds then add dried basil and spinach. Let it cook for 5 minutes then lower heat to medium low.  Add the cooked sausage, sliced in small pieces and mix in the cooked pasta until well blended . Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve it with a generous amount of goat cheese. Enjoy!

 

Chili with a Filipino twist

I’ve never had chili until I came here in the US. The only chili I knew was chili dog. I didn’t know you can actually eat chili by itself. If I  were in the Philippines, for sure I would’ve eaten it with rice just because WE EAT EVERYTHING WITH RICE! The first chili that I  tasted here in the US was from Wendy’s. I know, not the best place to have your first chili but it wasn’t that bad neither.

So anyway, in search of meals that I want to serve my family, I decided to try to cook chili. I looked at several recipes and mix and match some that i think my family will like  🙂 I don’t normally follow instructions and ingredients to the point that I thought I was making a stew. 😛 I added potatoes, celery, carrots and green peas so yes, it sounds like its a stew plus the fact that I used beef stew meat. (Oh boy! save me from myself!)

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What’s the Filipino twist in this, you ask 😛 I used the Filipino tomato sauce guisado which is sweeter than your normal tomato sauce here. That’s it! 😀 My husband doesn’t care for “our” tomato sauce but using it in this chili made him like it.

This recipe, my version, might be overwhelming as I used a lot of ingredients but some are optional so you’ll be fine. This recipe makes at least 8 to 10 servings so there’s a lot leftover for us. I let them cool and put them in ziplock bag or containers then to the freezer. When I “dont have time” (ummm, lazy?)  to cook, I just put it in a pot, add a little chicken stock and warm it in medium heat to low. 😊 Let me know if you tried it, liked it or not (just be nice 🙂 ) Also, if you have a chili recipe you think I should try, dont hesitate to share. I love recipes that have been tested and tasted by family and friends. 🙂

God bless you all! 🙂

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Forgive me about this picture. It doesnt give justice to the yummyness of the chili. Ill try to be better at taking pictures next time 😀

Chili with a Filipino Twist

Ingredients

1/2 of onion

4 cloves of garlic

3 lbs beef stew meat

2 tbsp coconut oil (vegetable oil or canola oil, whatever is available)

2 tbsp cornstarch

1 tbsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1 1/2 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp six pepper blend (optional)

1 tsp chili powder (or more)

1/4 chili flakes (or more)

2 bay leaves

3 cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 can diced tomatoes (do not drain)

2 tbsp tomato paste

1 kg UFC tomato sauce guisado

2 cups water or chicken stock

1 tbsp brown sugar (or add more if you want it to be sweeter)

Vegetables are optional:

2 potatoes, cubed

2 medium sized carrots, diced

1 stick of celery, chopped

1 cup sweet peas

Directions

  1. Salt and pepper beef stew meat and cover it on cornstarch. In a medium high heat, brown the meat in oil in a large skillet. Turn the heat to medium , add onion and let it cook for a minute then add garlic and celery and cook for 30 seconds. Add the remaining dry ingredients (herbs and spices) except for bay leaves and brown sugar. Cook for a minute longer.
  2. 2. Stir in the beans, , tomato paste, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, a cup of chicken stock (or water) bay leaves and brown sugar. Let it simmer for 30 minutes then add the potatoes and carrots. Cover the pot and cook for an hour and 1/2 or until the meat is tender. Stir occasionally making sure its doesn’t go dry or burn the bottom. Add the remaining chicken stock (or water) . Add the green peas 15 minutes before taking it out of the stove. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Garnish with sour cream, cheese and cilantro.

FOR SLOW COOKER:

Follow the first instruction, transfer it to a 6-qt slow cooker. Stir in all the remaining ingredients, cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

 

 

 

 

Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

It was so much fun when my first born M started to eat. He is almost 2 so there are a lot of food that he can eat now and… he LOVES TO EAT! That is such an extra blessing! Whatever I put in front of him, he will gobble ’em up and then he would say and sign “bon” which means more.

I have been giving him fruits (fresh/dried) or goldfish crackers for snacks but this momma loves to cook and wants to make something special for her little one withour giving him all the sugary stuff that you see in the sweet fun aisle at the grocery store.

COOKIE. He started saying cookie when he saw me eating a chocolate chip cookie while we were buying our groceries at Sams. They usually have free cookies in the counter of the bakery area so I would always get 2, for me and my husband. We told M that it’s a cookie but he can’t have it..yet. Eventually, we gave him small little crumbs of it just to taste it. Of course he loved it! So I decided to make him a healthy cookie! I researched, googled recipes and found some that I can use and can substitute a healthier alternative.

Instead of using flour, I used quick oats and unsweetened shredded coconut. This recipe doesn’t have sugar too although I  added a tablespoon of raw honey for sweetness, I’m guessing that’s a better substitute.

This banana peanut butter oatmeal cookie came out really good. It’s crispy in the outside edge and soft in the middle. I even liked it! M can’t stop saying “mommy, cookie!”1455387909236313729590

I really hope you give this super easy recipe a try. You can also try to make this with your little one so it will be more fun!

By the way, you can also add nuts, dried fruits (I suggest you chop them), Chia seeds, chocolate chips, it’s up to you really what you want to add .

God bless!

Banana Peanut Butter Cookies

(12-15 yummy cookies)

 

Ingredients:

1 ripe banana

1/4 cup & a tbsp creamy peanut butter

1 tbsp raw honey

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 cup quick oats (I did half oats and half unsweetened coconut flakes)

1 tbsp Chia seeds (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degree F. In a bowl, mashed banana, then add peanut butter, honey, and vanilla. Stir until well blended. Fold in oats and coconut flakes until well combined. Use a small ice cream scoop or a spoon, whichever you have and roll in to balls. Place it on a greased cookie sheet and slightly flatten with the palm of your hand. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes until it’s a little golden brown in the outside. Let it rest for 5 minutes and enjoy it with your precious little ones!