Thursday, April 19, 2012

Holy Pants Into Shorts...It's Simple

A quick way to turn holy jeans into shorts.  Even you non-sewers can do it! 

Get a pair of jeans that still fit, but have seen better days in the knee area.

Cut to desired length adding 1-1/2 inches for the cuff.

With a sewing ruler press up a hem of 3/4 inch and then fold over another 3/4 inch. Press and pin (if you are not lazy.)

For the inner seam sew just to the back of the factory seam, going back and forth a few times or if you don't have a machine you can just tack it down with a needle and thread.

For the outside seam, flip back the serged seam and sew back and forth a few times or tack by hand then flip the serged edge back over where you have sewn.

All done.  No heming, no frayed edges of the 70's.  Takes about 20 minutes including taking out and putting away all your sewing stuff!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Cheese Dog

The first time the hubs and went to North Carolina we were on a mission.  Well two separate missions.  I was there to have a Tubal Ligation Reversal and the hubs went there to eat!  Although he was born in Atlanta, he claims to hail from North Carolina and has a strange love for the food they serve.  The weird thing is all restaurants in North Carolina have hot dogs on the menu.  That is something you just don't see here California.  Now they don't just call'em hot dogs, they call'em Slaw Dogs.  A Slaw Dog is mustard, dog, chili, slaw and maybe onion.  Ewww! 

Here are the hubs California Slaw Dogs!  He loves them...

First off, I don't really like hot dogs.  Maybe once a year I like a dog that has been fried or BBQ'ed to death on a nice soft bun with NO condiments, just dog and bun. 

Secondly, the natives do not call it a hot dog, they call it a weenie!  This is so hillarious.  Here is how it went down at our first stop...late at Zack's Hot Dogs, in Burlington, North Carolina. (The hubs loves this place so much he once named a dog Zack.) At first glace of the menu I thought man this place is so cheap!  At second glance I saw a menu item that said Cheese Dog (No Hot Dog).  I was sold.  The nice young man came to take our order.  I ordered one Cheese Dog.  He obviously thought I was from Mars or something because he replied, "You know that ain't got no weenie?"  Ummm...yes.  I guess it was my strange acent that threw him off. 

The Cheese Dog arrived.  It was a chunk of cheese in place of a dog, topped with chili and onions.  Delish! 

Here's the thing, when you have kids you have to serve hot dogs...right?  Well now I don't have to eat the dog and I make my own Cheese Dog at home.

There is my Cheese Dog....

Here is my Chili Cheese Dog !

A word about the chili.  Chili for dogs should have NO beans.  I use the Pioneer Woman's version of chili from The Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook.  We love this chili. 

PW's Chili
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 t. ground oregano
  • 1 T. ground cumin
  • 1/4 t. cayenne pepper (optional, I use a scant 1/4 t.)
  • 2 T. chili powder
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/4 cup masa, mixed with 1/2 cup water
Begin by gathering your ingredients and measuring out your spices. In a large pot, like a dutch oven, cook beef and garlic until browned and cooked through.  Drain off grease. Pour in the tomato sauce, spices and salt. Stir together, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally and adding more liquid as needed, using 1/2 cup of water at a time.  (I find I use quite a bit of water to keep the chili from sticking to the bottom.  I usually set my timer for 10 minute intervals and check the liquid level.) After simmering for an hour combine masa and 1/2 cup water. Add to chili and stir to incorporate. Simmer for another 10 minutes. Scoop on top of dogs!!

Now, if you want to just serve this up as a bowl full o'chili...add beans people.  I usually throw in 4 cups cooked pinto beans and more water. 

A note about the water, it will not water down the chili, but if your a scaredy cat and feel like you are just adding too much water you can thrown in another can of tomato sauce.

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