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One of my favorites

One of my favorite websites is Mennonite Girls Can Cook. A group of twelve Mennonite women take turns posting recipes on their website each day. On Sundays they post a devotional thought called Bread for the Journey. After the success of their website they have published a cookbook. The cover features some very attractive aprons flapping in the breeze on a clothesline. There is a link on the website explaining about the aprons and telling which pattern was used. A while back when Hobby Lobby had Simplicity patterns on sale I purchased the pattern. I have made quite a few aprons that are bound in narrow bias tape. Several years ago I ordered this "spool" of 100 yards of double fold bias tape from Home-Sew Inc. It's much more economical than buying the small packages. It's also nice to not have to piece the bias tape.

Recently one of my favorite aprons needed to be replaced so I was able to use my new pattern with some 1930's style fabric from my stash. Here's the finished product:

One of my favorite recipes from MGCC is this one for French Bread. I've been making a batch nearly every week. I ususally make two small loaves of the French Bread and then something else, such as pizza, stromboli, cheeseburger buns, etc. I usually give one of the loaves away and we eat the other one. One thing I like to make with the bread is these open-faced sandwiches. There isn't really a "recipe" for these, but I'll tell you how to make them.

Open-faced Toasted Ham Sandwiches

1 loaf French or Italian bread, sliced in half lengthwise. One half will serve 2-3
olive salad or Italian salad dressing
sliced ham lunch meat
sliced cheese
very thinly sliced tomatoes (Roma are best because they are drier)
Italian seasoning

Place bread on a baking sheet and spread with olive spread or drizzle with a little Italian dressing.
Layer on the ham.
Slice the cheese in half diagonally and arrange on top of the ham.
Top with tomato slices and a sprinkle of Italian seasoning.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 mins. or until sandwich is heated through and cheese is melted. These sandwiches can be assembled ahead of time and then heated later. It makes a nice Sunday night supper after church.

Here are a few pictures showing the process:

The bread:

The Olive Salad:

The ham and cheese:

The finished sandwich, ready to eat:

So, if you need an easy meal idea here's one you can try.


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The first apron

picture of apron

Several weeks ago I wrote a post about a new book I had received for Christmas. Last night I finished up the first of several aprons I hope to make from the book, A is for Apron. During Christmas vacation my daughters and I went out to Hobby Lobby (where the book was purchased) and while we were there Megan chose some fabric for an apron. Since then Nora has purchased some fabric and chosen a pattern that she would like and I plan to make one for myself as well. So, I should be in the apron business for a while yet.

The first step in making the apron was to get the pattern from the book enlarged 400%. The friendly woman at Kinko's figured it all out and printed my pattern for me on a large sheet of paper.

picture of pattern

I thought the apron turned out pretty well and hope Megan agrees. This apron is cut on the bias and I did have a slight bit of trouble stitching the waistline seam without puckers. I think if I make this one again I will add a little bit of gathering on either side near the ties. I did find the general directions in the front of the book for working with the bias tape to be excellent. I had fun making this and am looking forward to trying some of the other designs.


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A is for Apron

I love aprons. I have made many aprons over the years, both to wear myself and to give as gifts to other apron-wearing friends. For the last few years this has become my favorite apron pattern:

picture of pattern

Here is one of my current favorites made from this pattern:

picture of blue apron

Knowing my love for aprons, DD Nora (pictured here with her dog, Paisley)

picture of Nora and Paisley

got me this book and fabric for Christmas:

picture of apron book and fabric

The book contains a section on vintage aprons, basic construction techniques, making aprons from other items such as dishtowels and skirts, and patterns for 25 different aprons. It is chock full of apron ideas. The patterns are included in the book in miniature form and you have to enlarge them 400 percent. Megan and Nora have each chosen a design and fabric that they like, so I will keep you posted on any finished aprons in the coming months. I've got my fabric washed and ironed and now I need to go to a copy store and get my pattern enlarged.

How about you - do you wear aprons and do you have a favorite style or pattern?

Edited to add: Attempting to use another pattern in this book I ran into great difficulties with the pattern. I decided to check at Amazon to see the customer reviews and find if others had run into similar problems. I was amazed/dismayed at all the bad reviews! Most people feel like the book has great pictures and ideas for the aprons, but many of the patterns do not go together well and the fabric requirements that are listed are not accurate. I can give an illustration of that: for the apron I was trying to make the pattern listed 1/4 of a yard for the waistband and ties. It then proceeded to tell me to cut a piece 7" wide by 70" long. As you can see, something is missing here. So, as many of the people who commented on the Amazon site wrote I would recommend that you get this book from the library and use it for inspiration and then buy a commercial pattern if you actually want to make an apron.


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