Thursday, March 10, 2011

My new spring skirt....

What I'm Wearing: Jean Jacket {Christopher & Banks '05}; White T-Shirt {Kohl's}; Green Floral Skirt {Made by me yesterday}; Tan Boots {Target}; Black Necklace {borrowed from Gabrielle, Kohl's}; Yellow Flower Ring {giveaway}; Kate Spade inspired earrings {Etsy}.  

I made this skirt yesterday for spring. Some of you may recognize the fabric from the Taylor skirt I made for my etsy shop. Well, back to my skirt. What pattern did I use? The yoke was already drafted by Gabrielle. And I just used two rectangles for the skirt. Very simple and easy to do. Maybe I should do a tutorial. Thoughts? 

Tuesday I made dinner at our house and I wanted to share pictures and recipes with y'all. :) You don't mind do you?

Homemade Gluten-Free Apple Pie

5 C. Apples {about 5-6 apples}
1 /3 or 2/3 C. Sugar {depending on taste}
1/4 C. Cornstarch or Arrowroot powder {I use Arrowroot.}
2 tsp. Cinnamon + any spices you enjoy! {I just shake some in. No measuring for me.}
Splash of lemon juice

Add all the ingredients together in the pie crust. Bake according to your pie crust instructions.

Crisp Topping

1 C. Flour {Any kind. For a Gluten-free option, I use almond meal from Trader Joe’s}
1 C. Oats
1/2 C. Brown sugar
1/4 C. White sugar
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 C. Butter {soften}
Sprinkle of salt

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Mix well with a mixer. Crumble crumbs on top of pie.

Pie Crust

For the pie crust I just use a pre-made gluten-free one from Whole Foods. You can use your favorite pie crust recipe, or a pre-made one. Enjoy!

This recipe is my own. =D

Fried Chicken
The one on the left is made with King Arthur White flour. While the one on the right is gluten-free and made with almond meal from Trader Joe's.

1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. salt
some pepper
1 tsp. paprika 
I had 8 legs and thighs pieces and there was enough mix leftover for more.

Put everything in a paper sack and shake one chicken piece at a time. Place chicken on a plate. Heat either grape seed oil or shortening in heavy skillet to the depth of 1/2 inch. When warm add the chicken and fry both sides until lightly browned. Turn pieces frequently. When all pieces are evenly browned, cover and cook slowly 30 to 40 min., or until thickest pieces are tender when pierced with a fork. Drain on plate with paper towel.  

Buttermilk Biscuits
These are so good! We love them so much I made fresh ones for lunch today. :) AND they taste Cracker Barrel's. 

2 C. flour {I used King Arthur White Flour}
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/3 C. shortening
3/4 C. buttermilk

Blend first four ingredients together in a bowl, with a spoon. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles cornmeal. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients; add buttermilk all at one time. Stir with a fork until dough follows fork. Gently form dough into a ball and put on a lightly floured surface. Knead lightly with finger tips 10 to 15 times. Gently roll dough 1/2 in. thick. Cut with a small glass cup, lightly flour first. Place on a baking sheet, greased, close together for soft-sided biscuits. Brush tops lightly with milk. Bake 450 degrees 10 to 15 min., or until biscuits are golden brown. 

Both of the above recipes are from The Southern Cook Book of Fine Old Recipes {1965}. You can buy your own copy here


  1. Beautiful skirt! In my opinion a good tutorial is always appreciated!
    Mmm, those recipes look yummy!

  2. I love apple pie and biscuits! Apple pie is one of my favorite desserts and nothing can bet homemade biscuits.
    love the skirt.

  3. I would love a tutorial! My first thought when I saw the picture for this post was "What pattern did she use and where can I get one?" So adorable!

  4. Cuteness!!! I love the skirt! Great job, Ashley! *sigh* Someday, I'll be able to sew; someday! Oh, and thank you SO much for the beautiful MM Studio pattern!


  5. Super cute skirt! I'd love if you did a tutorial! I'm always in awe of your skills as a seamstress! I'm *Trying* to make an Easter dress right now, without a bodice pattern... we'll see how it goes... the last dress I made didn't get finished because I ruined it sewing the skirt onto the bodice (by accident) and putting holes in it....*sigh*

  6. Your skirt is absolutely lovely! I envy your ability to make your own clothes. You'll be able to do so many things with it!

  7. Ohhhh... I wish I could sew like that!!! I LOVE the skirt...

  8. Beautiful skirt, Ashley! I would LOVE it if you posted a tutorial.... It doesn't look too challenging, and I greatly enjoy sewing!
    Those recipes sounds delightful. I just made an apple pie tonight, with homemade crust and filling! Mmmm... :)

    Many Blessings,

  9. Thank you girls! We are all so sweet!

    Alright, I'll work on putting together a tutorial for y'all. :D

  10. What a lovely skirt!
    The pie looks ummy! :)

  11. I would love a tutorial for that darling skirt! I totally want to make one for myself. You did a great job!


  12. Cute skirt! I like it! Also the food looked really good too!!!!! :D

  13. Ashley~
    Tutorials are always great.... so glad you are putting one together for that adorable skirt!!
    Oh, and your meal looks wonderful too! I've printed off the gluten-free apple pie recipe and am going to send it to my Nanny. My Paps is allergic to gluten, so this would be a great pie recipe!
    xxx Achaia

  14. Oh, what a beautiful skirt!! I would love a tutorial as well. :)

  15. Oh Yes Please do a tutorial:) The
    skirt is lovely and so is the pie:)


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