Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Super Easy Super Yummy Turkey Chili

It's starting to cool off a bit in Nashville. And by cooling off I mean mid 80's instead of upper 90's...haha. One of my favorite recipes to make in the fall, well actually anytime is a super easy, super yummy Turkey Chili. I do not consider myself a cook, but I took a stab at it, and I think it paid off. So here you have super easy, super yummy turkey chili!

Super Easy Super Yummy Turkey Chili

1 lb Ground Turkey
½ an Onion chopped
1 28oz can of Diced Tomatoes
1 15oz can of Black Beans (drained and rinsed)
1 15oz can of Corn (drained)

Chili Seasoning:
1 Tbs Paprika
2 ½ tsp Seasoning Salt
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder
½ tsp Cayenne Pepper (Add more Cayenne for a kick)
1 tsp Pepper
½ tsp Dried Thyme
½ tsp Dried Oregano

In a large pan add turkey and onion, and cook until meat is cooked through and onions are soft (about 5-6 minutes). Add chili seasoning,cooking for an additional minute. Add tomatoes, black beans, and corn, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Serve with a piece of sprouted grain toast


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Sunday, July 31, 2011


It's a Blanketpack.
I know, I know, definitely need to come up with a better name then that. Haha.

So I saw this idea somewhere on the interweb. Just can't for the life of me remember where (woops!). But as soon as I saw, I knew I wanted to make something similar...just needed an excuse to try it out! A niece turning 4 years old...I think that's a good excuse.

There are definitely some revisions that need to be made for future bags, but I'm just excited that I figured it out! What do y'all think?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A little sewing in the great outdoors...

Little man absolutely LOVES to be outside, and I really wanted to finish a sewing I did something I've never done before yesterday...I took my sewing machine outside!! It was awesome!! Addison was happy as a clam, exploring our backyard and throwing sticks for our pup Bodhi, and I actually was able to finish his in my opinion.

So here you have it...Addison's raincoat!

My dear sister-in-law told me about this laminated cotton she had seen at our favorite local fabric store Textile Fabrics. When I saw it in person...I just had to have it, and I knew exactly what to do with it! I used the same pattern by Anna Maria Horner that I used for Addison's flannel coat I made last year...

Ugh...look how tiny he looks!!!!

I did make a few adjustments though. The original pattern was a little on the short side, so I added a couple inches in length to the coat. I also felt like the hood wasn't nearly as big as I thought it should be for a raincoat. So I added a little bill to the top of the hood to extend it a bit. I also added snaps instead of the buttons that the pattern called for.

There are tons of imperfections...laminated cotton is somewhat tricky to work with. I really should have done some research and looked for tips on sewing with it...maybe next time. Overall though, I'm pleased with it, and I think he just looks too cute for words...even with no pants on!

This is his new favorite thing to do these days.
He lifts his hands up, and makes a questioning sound, it's pretty hilarious.

Oh yea...the Porter Flea craft fair was last weekend! It was a complete success, and so incredibly encouraging. I'm so excited to start doing more craft fairs...I hope to have a couple lined up within the next few months, so I'll keep you updated on that!

One more thing...just wanted to send out a special HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my dear sister-in-law Katie Kivett!!! We love you so much and are so, so happy you're officially part of the family!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The life of a 14 month old...

...through the lens of my iPhone...

, that was exhausting!

I just love this little guy :)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Porter Flea...

I am so stoked to announce that Just Dandy will be a vendor at the first ever Porter Flea, coming up this July 9th!! My good friend Flights of Fancy and I will be sharing a booth, and let me tell you, it is going to be a FUN TIME!

So far they've confirmed some pretty fantastic vendors that you need to check out. So if you haven't already...mark it on your calendars!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sneak peak...

I know summer has just barely started, but for some reason I'm already thinking about fall. Could be that the heat has been sweltering of late, and some cooler temperatures sound amazing right about now. Or maybe it's that I just decided to pick up knitting/crocheting again. It's been awhile...I forgot just how much I love it! Why you ask have I been knitting/crocheting lately? Well, I've got some super fun new baby goodies I'm working on to add to the ole shop. What? You'd like a sneak peak?

Well alright...

Who says babies can't have beards ;)

On a somewhat similar note...I've added a bunch more animals to the shop. And I've got some uber cute rompers for sweet baby girls as well.

Stay cool Nashville!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bow Ties...

Bow ties on little boys are pretty stinkin cute

*Want one for your little guy? You can snag one here*

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I'm totally going to be that mom...

...and post a bunch of pictures that I think are really cute of my little guy...hehe

Here in the Hickman household...we're pretty big fans of Hockey. It's been pretty exciting watching the Nashville Predators make franchise history by making it to round 2 of the playoffs! Sadly, their Stanley Cup dreams were dashed with the loss of last night's game...but we're still very proud of them! During the playoffs, the Preds have been hosting a pre-game party in the square outside of the Arena. Very randomly, Russ got asked to play in a Drumline that played during the party. So last night we packed up and ventured downtown to watch Daddy play.

I know I'm incredibly biased, but I'm pretty sure he was the cutest Preds fan out there....

(The shorts are my creation, suspenders from H&M)

He had SO much fun!! I loved watching him walk around, taking in all the sights and sounds. And of course he LOVED the drums. I don't know what it is about drums...but boys just seem to love em!

It's not even over yet, but I cannot wait til Hockey season this coming fall!!

On another note...THE CICADAS ARE HERE!! They're gross, and fly around everywhere...when will they go away?!

Friday, April 8, 2011

First Birthday Bash!

This past Saturday, we celebrated Addison's very first birthday...Hooray! We were so happy with how the day went. We had beautiful weather, fantastic friends, some corn hole, grilling, and of course Birthday cake. I know he won't actually remember it, but I'd say he had a pretty fantastic first birthday :)

Every birthday party has to have a banner. The theme of the party was Sailing, so for the banner I decided to do bunting (can't get enough of it) I cut out little flags in various fabrics, and appliqued red felt. I wanted the bunting to be different and go along a little more with the theme, so I used large eyelets in each corner, and threaded some twine through them. We didn't get a good picture of the banner at the park, so I took one in our backyard instead...hehe.

Addison's fleet of cupcakes! I must admit, I was pretty pleased with myself when this idea sprung into my head. I had so much fabric left over from the bunting, and wanted to do something with it...cut out a few triangles, glue a toothpick inbetween, and Voila...cupcake ships!

Russ made fun of me for making him one, but I love how his birthday hat turned out. I made a couple, and this was by far my fav. As far as the smash cake...I'm not a baker, nor am I cake decorator, but at least I tried ;)

Trying on his birthday hat...look at those cheeks!!

We have the best friends and family!

A little corn hole action...

And some grilling...

lots of kiddos....

and birthday smooches....

Addison absolutely LOVED being sung to. His face just lit up with all of the attention on him.

And then there was the cake. This was his very first bites of cake and icing, and just plain old sugar...
...I'm pretty sure he liked it.
And that was Addison's first birthday bash!
Thanks to our good friend Mark for taking pictures for us! You're the best!