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Is Sewing A Lost Art? Part Two 
 
Mar. 7, 2012 3:45 am 
Updated: Mar. 21, 2012 6:26 am
     Sewing home decor is one of my favorite hobbies.
I moved to a new house 4 years ago and since then I have been busy making various sewing projects. I have an open floor plan in the living room/dining room and kitchen area.

     The challenges I faced were finding window treatments for six foot windows in the dining room and the kitchen area. 
These are some sewing projects that I have completed:

If you ever searched for pillows, you know it is hard to find a pillow that doesn't go flat. I like to make my own pillows because the pillows hold their shape better than store bought pillows.



 




Window Coverings



Since the dining room and kitchen windows are so large. I made one continuous panel. I couldn't find any fabric that I liked, so I bought some panels from a department store and sewed them together. I added wrought iron window toppers to complete the window treatments.

Dry cleaning window treatments are too expensive.You might as well go out and buy new window treatments.  So, I looked for panels that I could put in my washer or wash by hand. So all the swags and drapery panels are machine washable. 



Dining Room Window




Kitchen Window




Here is the continuous swag panel I sewed together for the kitchen window. The gold bands at the top are just costume jewelry bracelets that I had in my jewelry box. 



In the bathroom off the hallway I added a panel with beads to a store bought shower curtain. All of the material on the shower curtain is washable of course.






Can you tell I like red? LOL! It was great fun making all these projects! Sewing is not a lost art in my house.

Thanks for reading my blog.

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Dining Room WIndow Treatment I made.
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Kitchen Window Continuous Panel I made.
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Throw Pillow I made.
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Shower Curtain
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Comments
Mar. 7, 2012 5:23 am
Very nice. There was a time when I sewed. Not so much any more. You have done a great job.
 
Lela 
Mar. 7, 2012 5:41 am
Hello, Baking Nana. Thanks for stopping by. You are a jack of all trades.
 
Maggi 
Mar. 7, 2012 6:19 am
Should really get back into it....I need window treatments!! Good work, Lela!
 
Mar. 7, 2012 6:22 am
Hi Lela, so pretty! You are talented! I used to make pillows and curtains and shades but not anymore. But I still love the homemade ones. Love red too. My living room is red and I think I have the same leather sofa!
 
Lela 
Mar. 7, 2012 6:25 am
Hi Maggi, thanks. It is a lot cheaper to make your own window treatments than hiring an interior decorator.
 
Lela 
Mar. 7, 2012 6:26 am
Allie, you must be my long lost twin since we both like red and we have the same leather sofa.
 
sueb 
Mar. 7, 2012 6:28 am
When I make decorator pillows, I always put a zipper in the back. I sew it in the way you'd put a zipper in mens' trousers. I also make the pillow tighter to the pillow form than you did, to make it stay fluffier, without the fabric shifting after a lot of use. You did a great job on your window treatments!
 
Lela 
Mar. 7, 2012 6:44 am
Nice tip on using a zipper, SueB. I like when I learn new things. Thanks for stopping by.
 
Mamaw1 
Mar. 7, 2012 7:10 am
Very lovely work! I think your chooices are great, and make a very "expensive" presentation!
 
Lela 
Mar. 7, 2012 7:40 am
Hi Mamaw1. Thanks for the compliment. My husband liked that I saved him money.
 
Gitano 
Mar. 7, 2012 8:40 am
Yes, you do like red! :) wonderful job on the curtains too! I am in the middle of making faux stagecoach blinds for the cottage, just got everything I need from JoAnn's last week. Just need to verify inside window frame measurements and it's off to the races! I like to overstuff my pillows too, and instead of zippers in pillows, I make the back panel of the pillow in 2 pieces and then attach a band to each to overlap then add buttons/buttonholes. It is way easier that way than installing zippers (which I hate almost as much as gathering!) :) Good job on the blog again!
 
Gitano 
Mar. 7, 2012 9:05 am
I have an off-site blog about my sewing too if you care to take a peek at what I do ;) http://lagitanacreations.blogspot.com/
 
Paula 
Mar. 7, 2012 9:30 am
How beautiful! I love that you used bracelets you already had as decorative bands on your swags! So creative!
 
Mar. 7, 2012 11:13 am
Good work. just yesterday i was thinking about taking up sewing. Not sure what kins of machine to buy or how to really learn though. My Mom was a homeeconomics teacher and tried to teach me when i was a kid but i was impatient and not good at it. i did do some great embroidery though ;). Any ideas? Thanks.
 
Gitano 
Mar. 7, 2012 11:16 am
Mattsbelly... JoAnn's Fabric Stores would be a good place to start, they have lessons you can take as well as great staff that will guide you on which machine best suits your intended purpose! Look on-line in your city for Sewing Classes, do you have a community centre that would offer them?
 
Mar. 7, 2012 2:30 pm
Well, I wish I could do all that. Does it count I custom screenprinted swags for my adopted Mom so they'd match her wallpaper? :) Loved the colors you used!
 
Mar. 7, 2012 3:40 pm
Lovely job! If you have shopped for throw pillows lately they have gotten so expensive and the quality just isn't there. I don't have a machine anymore, but I still do small projects by hand.
 
Cheoah 
Mar. 7, 2012 6:34 pm
Beautiful, wish I had that talent.
 
Lela 
Mar. 7, 2012 7:07 pm
Gitano-thanks for sharing your website. What lovely cosmetic bags and such cute purses. I will have to spend some time viewing your beautiful blog! As for making stagecoach blinds-you are definitely talented! Thanks for the tips on pillows, too!
 
Lela 
Mar. 7, 2012 7:11 pm
Hi, Paula. The bracelets were a simple solution to keep the swag in place. Thanks for stopping by.
 
Lela 
Mar. 7, 2012 7:17 pm
Hi, Mattsbelly. Gitano has some great suggestions to get you started. The first thing my daughter made was pillowcases. Straight seams and so easy. There are also so many blogs and videos online that are helpful, too. Now, sewing machines vary in price. I have Bernina. I learned to sew on a Bernina in my high school sewing class. I had a Singer, but it just kept breaking down. Now, the Bernina has worked for over 30 some odd years. Go figure. I hope you try some classes to help you out with the basic skills.
 
Lela 
Mar. 7, 2012 7:20 pm
Hi, CatHill. Wow-screenprinting-you must be very artistic. It sounds like a fun project. I am impressed! You got skills, Girl!
 
Mar. 7, 2012 7:31 pm
A SEAMSTRESS!?! CrazyCook needs HELP! I've been working on a duvet cover for a year now, and it's just not coming together! Your treatments are gorgeous! Did you make the "blinds" also? Please email me at crazycookaz@yahoo.com so you might give me some advice, I'd really appreciate it! Be well!
 
Lela 
Mar. 7, 2012 7:31 pm
BigShots Mom-I looked at the cost of throw pillows-so expensive. My family is hard on pillows. It seems the pillows get constant use in my house. It seems I always have something I have to mend by hand. Just last week I had to do emergency sewing on my Granddaughter's stuffed monkey.
 
Lela 
Mar. 7, 2012 7:33 pm
Hi Cheoah. Thanks for stopping by and also for the compliment.
 
Lela 
Mar. 7, 2012 7:38 pm
Hi Stevie-I would be glad to help you. I will send you an email. No I didn't make the blinds-too many windows-I would be Crazy Lela if I had to make those. LOL!
 
Mar. 7, 2012 10:10 pm
What's WRONG with being "CrazyLela?" LOL!! I'll be in touch, and thanks! Who knew that crazycook can sew?
 
Lela 
Mar. 8, 2012 3:47 am
Stevie-LOL! You definitely make life interesting and oh so fun.!
 
Mar. 8, 2012 5:28 am
But I wish I could sew! I even have a sewing maching. Poor lonely little thing lurks in the basement.
 
Lela 
Mar. 8, 2012 5:33 am
Cat Hill-if I were your Fairy Godmother, I would grant you your wish! LOL! Yes, my sewing machine likes company and keeps calling me to make something. My daughter likes to make quick things- such as pillow cases, aprons, etc. Nice seeing you here!
 
Mar. 8, 2012 7:57 am
Thanks Lela we do have a JoAnn fabric store here. I'll start there.
 
Lela 
Mar. 8, 2012 8:39 am
Mattsbelly-you are welcome. I hope it is a start of new hobby!
 
ibbz 
Mar. 8, 2012 9:00 am
Your projects look beautiful. I was thinking about getting a new sewing machine but I don't do much sewing any more. Maybe a new machine here staring me in the face might get me off my fanny. ty.
 
Mar. 8, 2012 12:16 pm
I love to sew, but then I was a kid in the '60s. I was a very active tomboy when I was very young, and I still remember, oh I must have been about 6, the day my Grandmother sat me down with a needle, thread and a piece of gingham fabric and she taugt me how to smock the little checks in the material. I was hooked. Being short, I've had to hem every pair of pants I've ever owned. Sewing has been a tremendous skill that I've always been glad to have. Lately I made a bunting and hat for my new granddaughter. I love to sew. AND cook! (Lela, see if you can have that comment from Nanette38858638 removed...I believe it's a link to a scam site.)
 
Lela 
Mar. 8, 2012 12:57 pm
Hi, Ibbz. Thanks for stopping by. I was looking at the new sewing machines-so expensive. I think I will just stick with my old reliable Bernina.
 
Lela 
Mar. 8, 2012 1:01 pm
Msntnkrbll-Isn't smocking beautiful. You don't see that design unless you sew seems like. My, a new precious granddaughter-Congratulations. You will love spoiling her because that is what Grandmothers do! Nice seeing you here!
 
Mar. 9, 2012 6:03 am
Great job Lela. I just started sewing again and I have a love/hate relationship with it. When I make an error ARGH!
 
Lela 
Mar. 9, 2012 6:50 am
Aloha, Mauigirl. Mahalo Nui Loa for the compliment. Glad you could drop by!
 
jor 
Mar. 9, 2012 12:21 pm
you have done a lovely job!!!!!!!
 
Mar. 9, 2012 12:27 pm
Sewing is something I have never been good at. I sew for fun and sometimes out of necessity but my are they the ugliest stitches I have ever seen in my life! I love red curtains too!!
 
nancy young 
Mar. 9, 2012 12:41 pm
Purchased 'toss' pillows can be so very expensive! Making them can be so simple and satisfying, and a good project for beginning sewers, not to mention so very economical! Any fabric shop should have someone who can give assistance to new sewers, after all, there are their future clientelle. Check with local comunity colleges for possible sewing classes, also. Look in your public library for books on sewing. There are a lot of them available for the various levels of experience and skill. While I was growing up 'everybody' sewed. I'd love to see sewing become again the popular skill that it once was.
 
Mar. 9, 2012 1:11 pm
Lovely creations, Lela...and they are custom designed. I used to do a lot of home decorator sewing when I was in the military and moving around every few years. After DH and I both retired, I donated a huge moving box full of draperies I'd collected over the years to the local Goodwill. Some had been modified three or four times for different window sizes when we'd move. I'm glad to see sewing becoming popular again, but it's often difficult to find fabric stores in rural areas. Anyhow, good job! The red looks so rich in your home. Beautiful!
 
Lela 
Mar. 9, 2012 1:39 pm
Merlion-Hello there! Thanks. Sometimes you just have to sew that button on. It seems my husband is always losing buttons on his shirts. How is your baking coming along?
 
Lela 
Mar. 9, 2012 1:43 pm
Hi, Nancy! Thanks for the tips for those who want to learn how to sew. A simple pillow without the fringe is how I started with pillows. Sewing Books- I have used several to figure out how to make such things as pinch pleated drapes. Nowadays, there are videos online. I didn't have anything like that when I was growing up. So there are a lot resources out there.
 
Lela 
Mar. 9, 2012 1:51 pm
Good Day, Pointer Sister. It sounds like you had a lot of windows in your lifetime to cover! As you probably know, it seems there are so many different sizes of windows. Thanks for the compliments. We only have 2 places to shop for fabric where I live. Walmart had some fabrics and now they are eliminating their fabric department here, too. So, I have ordered fabric online from various sources-Joann's, fabric.com, and Amazon. There are other websites, too. However, you have to know what you are looking for and what kind of fabric you are ordering. Also, watch the shipping prices.
 
morgan2010 
Mar. 9, 2012 2:25 pm
I used bathing suit material that was on close-out, and turned it sideways when I cut it, so I had finished edges. I just sewed the top. They wash well, and the weight of the fabric makes them hang beautifully without wrinkles.
 
Lela 
Mar. 9, 2012 2:36 pm
Morgan-I assume you were making drapes. Correct me if I am wrong. That would make it so easy-not to hem them. I like the fact they wash well without wrinkles.
 
Lela 
Mar. 9, 2012 2:37 pm
Jor-nice to see you here. Thanks for reading my blog.
 
bobbbett 
Mar. 9, 2012 7:06 pm
I learned to sew at 9 yrs old on an old treadle machine. My Dad used to laugh because I used two feet to treadle. It seemed like everyone in Minnesota sewed.But here in Colorado it is a lost art. Seems no one sews but me. Nice to connect with people who sew. My husband is in a wheelchair-so many of my creations these days are necessary designs for him or the wheelchair. But last month I did have to make new curtains and coverlet for one bedroom-so still "got-it" I guess.
 
Lela 
Mar. 9, 2012 9:17 pm
Bobbett-Since i retired from teaching, I have time to sew. You must be creative to sew for a wheel chair. My dad had a wheel chair and needed a cushion to sit on, but I was crunched for time when I was teaching and found someone to make him one. He really appreciated it. He would transfer the cushion to a chair, too. Thanks for stopping by.
 
Mar. 10, 2012 6:26 am
Don't have time to "talk" right now..out the door to the ballpark. However, I am just starting to teach sewing classes....like to discuss it with you...later. Bye!
 
Lela 
Mar. 10, 2012 7:29 am
Skunkee-sure sounds like a fun endeavor. Please do!
 
Mar. 10, 2012 9:59 am
Beautiful work, Lela! Such talent! I'm sure you home is stunning with all your personal touches!
 
Lela 
Mar. 10, 2012 10:13 am
Mickdee-Thanks! It was fun making all the above. Right now, I am working on adding old chandelier crystals to a large rod iron wall art. My husband was doing some remodeling on my FIL's house and he was going to throw away the lead crystals. I, of course, said-no-I can use those. Have a Good Day!
 
Esther 
Mar. 10, 2012 3:45 pm
No, sewing is not a lost art, as a matter of fact, it seems there are more people sewing today than I remember. There are great TV shows--Sewing with Nancy, Sue Hausman, Martha Pullen, and they have guests that offer incredibly creative items that make me look like an amateur today. So much to create--so little time!
 
Lela 
Mar. 10, 2012 6:16 pm
Good Day Esther-I don't get Martha Pullen or Sue Hausman here in Colorado. I get Sewing with Nancy on Saturdays. It would be nice to have those shows though. Thanks for sharing.
 
Mar. 11, 2012 12:05 am
Hi Lela, I am getting back into sewing, (my first love) by using a new machine I gave my daughter for Christmas. She never took a class so I will be her "guide." I love your ideas and have made pillows before also. I just have to ask about the iron decorations above the window treatments. They are gorgeous! I have a similar round piece in my family room and it would be great to match it up with the similar pieces! Did you purchase them online or in a dept. store? Your projects are so beautiful, keep up the good work :) Contact me at Preshgap@aol.com if you can. Thank you! Yolanda
 
Lela 
Mar. 11, 2012 8:32 am
Hi, Yolanda. when I was in high school my Grandma bought me a sewing machine. I think that really helped me with sewing. Will contact you soon. Thanks for stopping by.
 
Mar. 11, 2012 10:49 am
Hi, Yolanda, I love sewing too, but I just can't find the time to do it anymore as I am a career changer and still studying in order to finish my certifications. Do you have any simple and quick projects you have done recently?
 
Wendie 
Mar. 11, 2012 1:11 pm
Fantastic work, Lela! Not only does do-it yourself save a bunch of money but you get to make things exactly as you need and desire. You are just amazing. Thanks for the inspiration. I do a very little bit of sewing but frankly it intimidates me, although that's so silly! Anyway woman, you rock! :-)
 
Lela 
Mar. 11, 2012 1:23 pm
BlueCats- Hi it's me Lela. Try something simple like pillows. There are a lot of online info out there to help you. I used pillow forms instead of stuffing because I think the pillow forms last longer. Buy the best pillow form you can so it lasts longer. Such as http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSKohdoxN-c&feature=related
 
Lela 
Mar. 11, 2012 1:29 pm
BlueCats here is another site that has a lot of ideas to make. http://www.youcanmakethis.com/
 
Lela 
Mar. 11, 2012 1:30 pm
Hi Wendie-Thanks. My husband likes that I save money on home decor. See above for some easy sewing projects. Google the web for other sewing ideas. Happy Sewing!
 
Mar. 11, 2012 4:09 pm
Although I sew my own clothes, I have never done any home decorating projects. Thanks for sharing, you have a great talent!!
 
Mar. 11, 2012 5:42 pm
I'm envious...your work is beautiful and I love your style! I've been looking for window treatments for the three windows in my upstairs hall since we've lived here (nearly 20 years!). I can't find anything I like that I can afford...you are inspiring me to try and make my own.
 
Lela 
Mar. 11, 2012 5:55 pm
Hello, Skmccormick-Thanks. The six feet wide windows motivated me to sew the swags. I couldn't find any window treatments that I liked.
 
Lela 
Mar. 11, 2012 6:12 pm
Hi, Wyattdogster-I looked at fabric before I settled for the panels that I sewed together. It was actually cheaper to use the panels than the fabric. I like the material-it is 100 % polyester- described as faux silk. It is machine washable. I probably will use the delicate cycle or maybe just wash by hand in the bathtub. Since it is polyester-it will probably dry in the dryer ok on low heat. I think the panel came in 108 inch length so you could drape it over the rod and down the sides-but it was too short for the 6 ft. wide windows I have. I guess the panels I used are discontinued, too. However, check out J.C. Penny's for ideas. I bought the panels from there. Also the Kirsch rods, although I don't see them on the website. The Cindy Crawford Style Aria Panel is a washable panel. Do a search at J.C. Penney's to see these panels.
 
Donna 
Mar. 12, 2012 8:59 am
Great job,love your idea of the beads on your shower curtain,and your color choices.
 
Mar. 12, 2012 4:20 pm
I really like the swag idea. And I've often resorted to sewing curtains for my children's rooms because the end result is more personal for them (they choose the material) and it's not as expensive as the ones sold in stores. Good job. :) I feel a bit of inspiration for throw pillows in this house. ;)
 
Lela 
Mar. 12, 2012 5:26 pm
Good Day Donna. Thanks. When I picked out the material, it just needed something to finish it off. It was an easy way to doll up a shower curtain.
 
Lela 
Mar. 12, 2012 5:29 pm
Zaagoo-Hello! I think if you can sew curtains for your children that is so personal and they can get exactly what they want to decorate their room. The throw pillows I made I used a pillow form. I splurged a little and bought the more expensive ones. It seems like they are holding up better than the pillows I made with stuffing. Thanks for stopping by.
 
Judypatutti 
Mar. 12, 2012 8:26 pm
You are sooooo lucky to be sooooo talented .... I am trying to do some sewing .... when my grandmother wanted to teach me I wanted to play outside ... now here I am old and wanting to sew ...too achy to play outside any longer and cannot sew .... I keep buying material so I could start a fabric store for the people who have no stores nearby....the things you have made are just awesome ....keep showing pictures .... love them ....
 
Lela 
Mar. 12, 2012 9:09 pm
Hi Judypatutti-Thanks. That's wonderful that you are setting up a fabric store. Here, where I live there are only two fabric places to shop.
 
JennRN 
Mar. 13, 2012 3:28 am
Hi Lela, I really like your work. It's inspiring me to do some sewing. I took some sewing classes a few years ago, would like to start off basic. Maybe a nice pillow. Also thanks for the link to the website 'you can make this', they had some nice patterns for dresses for 'american girl'! I think my girls would like it.
 
Lela 
Mar. 13, 2012 5:36 am
Good day Jenn, thanks for stopping by. Pillows are easy and straight seams. I think the hardest thing about sewing pillows is sewing them shut because they are bulky. I pin and baste the opening shut first before I use the sewing machine. I am sure sewing "American Girl" outfits would be cheaper than buying the clothes. Happy Sewing!
 
Meggie 
Mar. 13, 2012 6:56 am
Thank you for sharing your projects. I have fought for years to bring the art of sewing back. I sew very badly myself and have always wished I could learn to do better. There are no sewing classes around any more. In fact, I am a Famiy and Consumer Sciences major and was told by my department head that I should go to Sears to learn to sew. This is sad. Sewing would save hundreds of dollars for anyone who needs to just adjust hems or seams. I hope someone with influence in schools will read this and make the art of sewing once again important in the school system. I also hope you talented people who do sew will be willing to start clubs or classes to teach those of us who would love to learn your craft. Thank you again for sharing your projects. They are lovely. Recently I purchased a table cloth for three dollars form a clearance bin. I intend to make window toppers for my kitchen windows. Imagine, spending three dollars to redecorate your kitchen. That is a true savings in this economy. Adding place mats would complete the color scheme and again for a few dollars. Think of what cah be done if people would just learn this unappreciated art.
 
Lela 
Mar. 13, 2012 9:35 am
Hi, Meggie. I only know of Joann's where I live that offers sewing to the general public. If kids are young and live in a rural area of Colorado there is always 4H. I like your idea of using a tablecloth and turning it into window toppers. Great idea. I have seen some beautiful table cloths that I was drawn to because of the design. I may go back now that you have inspired me and try to find a teal colored table cloth because I need a window topper for a bedroom window. Thanks for stopping by I enjoyed reading your comments.
 
Mar. 13, 2012 11:39 am
I think you mean "wrought" iron.
 
Lela 
Mar. 13, 2012 12:28 pm
Hawkechik-oops forgive my faux pas.
 
Sue 
Mar. 13, 2012 3:52 pm
Loved your projects your curtains are beautiful. The wrought iron accents are great.I love to sew. I do alot of home projects myself as a matter of fact my sister just sent me fabric to make her a valance for her sliding glass door. My passion is quilting, Just went on a quilting retreat this past weekend. Keep up the great work.
 
Lela 
Mar. 13, 2012 9:02 pm
Hi Sue. Thanks for reading my blog. I am envious of your quilting retreat. I am sure you learn a lot and enjoy the camaraderie with other quilters.
 
laurjoan 
Mar. 14, 2012 12:55 pm
I still sew a lot - you have done a wonderful job - I like your ideas!
 
Elaine 
Mar. 14, 2012 4:59 pm
I love to sew and sew quilts, wallhangings and table runners. I love meeting other quilters and really enjoy taking in the annual shop hops so you see all the different shops, fabric and fellow quilters.
 
Lela 
Mar. 14, 2012 5:48 pm
Laurjoan-Thanks for reading my blog and the compliments. Keep up the sewing. Have a Nice Day!
 
Lela 
Mar. 14, 2012 5:51 pm
Hi Elaine. It is good to hear that there are people who love to sew. Quilting is also a skill most people don't use anymore. Meeting other quilters gives you new ideas and inspiration. I really admire the intricate detail that goes into a quilt. Thanks for stopping by.
 
Mar. 14, 2012 7:56 pm
Lela, I love the added touch of the pillows and curtain in bathroom and rest of your house. You did good! And it was saved money. Thanks for sharing with us. This is my first comment, so HELLO to everyone. Hope to be talking again real soon. Janine
 
Lela 
Mar. 14, 2012 9:49 pm
Welcome to AR, Janine. Thanks for the compliments. You will find so many interesting recipes and other items of interest here. I hope to see you again here on the AR Blog. Have a good evening!
 
 
 
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I enjoy cooking for our family sit down dinners. Although my kids are grown, we are a close family that enjoys 4-5 sit down dinners a week together. My family's favorite dinner is chicken enchiladas smothered in green chili. I have a passion for cooking, baking for the holidays and food photography.
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I am family oriented and spend time with my family enjoying meals. My favorite things to cook are Mexican food and any food my family asks me to cook. My family looks forward to home cooked Mexican food at least once a week and Italian food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am on a journey to reclaim family recipes that were lost when the cooks in my family passed away. Cooking traditions are a major part of my passion for cooking. On Christmas Eve, we always had green chili and tamales. Cookie baking, lemon bars, pizzelles , and potica have been a must at Christmas as long as I can remember. My family looks forward to homemade pizza, when we gather as a family to decorate the Christmas cookies. Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without noodles and gravy piled high on mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and broccoli and rice casserole. On the 4th of July, there is the 4th of July Potato Salad that I make using 10 pounds of potatoes. Mexican Food is part of our weekly menu--green chili served over mashed potatoes or as a slopper (green chili poured over hamburgers.) I am always making tortillas for someone. They call my tortillas little white pieces of gold. Saturdays are Family night for dinner. It is the one day my kids can request a meal.
My cooking triumphs
Seeking help on the Buzz and the AR Blog has resulted in a few triumphs. I am extremely ecstatic about overcoming the yeast monster. I can now bake baguettes, focaccia and the best rolls in the world, my Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls.
My cooking tragedies
My first attempts at baking bread/rolls resulted in rock hard flat rolls. However, I am improving. Baking at High Altitude is somewhat of a challenge.
 
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