February favorites? Yes! I’m starting a new monthly series of some of my favorite things. This could be anything such as a new fabric collection, a recipe, book, tip, etc. (Don’t worry, this is not going to replace Sew Thankful Sundays.)
I’m crushing on this Summertime Moda Mix fat quarter bundle from Fat Quarter Shop. I love the mix of cherry red, peachy coral and apple green with the black prints. It’s got me dreaming of long summer days and maybe a table runner or some napkins out of those fun prints!
I’ve recently added an Instant Pot to my temporary kitchen arrangement. As you may know, we’re remodeling our kitchen and I’ve still been trying to cook dinner three or four times a week. I’ve relied heavily on my mom’s old crockpot, but Mr. Crafty Quilter accidentally dropped (and shattered) it in the bathtub after he finished cleaning it. (He’s a good man for cleaning up after dinner, but he hasn’t told my mom yet that he broke her crockpot.)
Enter the Instant Pot, a modern replacement for the crockpot, rice cooker, pressure cooker, vegetable steamer and more. Yes, it does all of those things and the clean up is easy! I made split pea soup last week and it was ready in 45 minutes. I made steel cut oatmeal yesterday and it was wonderful! I’m excited to try more recipes, which there are plenty of on Pinterest.
I was thrilled to see the release of this book, Charm School, 18 Quilts from 5″ Squares by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. One of my favorite types of precuts is the 5″ charm square and you can be sure I have a few in my stash. I “pet” them every once in a while, but I think it’s time I started creating something with them. There are so many cute patterns in this book, and I love Vanessa’s sense of style and color!
I’ve made this Roasted Beet and Kale salad twice in the past week and it is SO good! It’s an easy recipe especially when you buy pre-cut and washed kale and pre-cooked beets. This great recipe comes from Kristen at The Endless Meal and there are so many delicious recipes there waiting to be made! This is another good find from Pinterest – it’s my number one place to search for recipes.
I had a wonderful experience recently shopping on Etsy at The Red Hen Shop. Melody has a great selection of fabrics, and I received my package in two days. She included a nice note and a little extra piece of fabric with my order. It all started with a sweet comment from Melody on one of my blog posts which brought me over to her Etsy shop. I ended up with some sweet fabric in return!
I hope you enjoyed a few of my random favorites this month! Let me know in the comments if you’ve found anything worth shouting about recently. We’d all love to hear!