I’ll be making this again…

Yesterday I prepared an new dish and I came up with the following :
Prepare brown rice as the packaged instructions dictate.

Next chop fresh tomatoes, banana peppers (these are from my garden), onions, and fresh cilantro

Shred rotisserie chicken

I got this sauce from Harris Teeter.


Now layer all the ingredients in a bowl and top with the sauce. Enjoy.

DonNaturaL’s Ankara Maxi Skirt Tutorial…..

I am so glad you simply asked, ” How did you do it?”  Well, here it is.  I have always admired the beautiful prints of dutch wax ankara fabric.  And here was my first attempt. The next time I make one I will do a sew along for now STRETCH, Grab a bottle of water and enjoy the pictorial:


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Step 1. Lay out your Fabric.

Mine was 6 yards by 48″.  I wish it was 60″ but I’ll show you a work around.

Note: Try to find Ankara fabric that is 60″ wide.

Note: I attempted to use a youtube video by Nadira037 called Maxi Dress Tutorial, but mine didn’t turn out right so I improvised in the next step. (But give this a try she is amazing)



Step 2: Fold the fabric lengthwise.


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Step 3: Fold the fabric over again on itself.



Step 3: Now cut in half.  Yes cut in half , you will have 2 pieces of fabric 3 yards by 48″.

Note: After folding the two pieces (using the circle skirt method) it was supposed to yield two half circles.


IMG_4234 This didn’t happen (see the sad face 😦 )  So here is where I had to improvises.



IMG_42354  Take your time here. Mine was perfect YAY!!!!

Step 4: Pin the two pieces of fabric together. And sew together using you sewing machine or your serger.

Note: Make sure you line up your patterns. The fabric may be not be as approximate but that’s fine. It more important to have the patterns match.

Note: I used pins as this fabric was stable, but you can also use binder clips which are a staple in my sewing projects.


IMG_4236 Here is the wrong side of the fabric. You can see the pattern perfectly lined and serged. 

Note: Basically your are making one wide, very wide EXTREMELY WIDE piece of fabric.

Note: This was definitely a project that you will on the floor cutting and pinning and folding. Stretch First! lol


IMG_42375 Success!!! See the happy face.

Step 5: Now you can fold your new custom-width-fabric using the infamous circle skirt method. 

Note: This way I achieved my desired length. 

Note: Save ALL of your scrap material. This will be used for the waist band and the hem ( I made my own bias tape…that took hours, but the finishes are important to me).  

Allmost Done>>>>>

Note: You will end up with a full circle skirt.

Step 6: Find where you like the back and cut the entire length of the skirt to be able to insert a sipper.

Note: Step 6 not pictured Sorry 

Step 7: Cut out your waist band.

Note: Not pictured, but I made mine the circumference of my waist X 4 inches. I cut two pieces with those measurements

Note: I used Pellon (a fusible heavyweight stabilizer) for stability and then serged the band on all sides.

Note: Then I attached the band to the skirt starting at center front.   I used the sewing machine for this part adding a top stitch.



IMG_4239  8  IMG_4238 ooooh Im getting good with zippers.  yay


Step 8: Add your sipper. I used a regular foot, but I’d suggest a zipper foot.



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Step 9: Hem your skirt with what ever method you choose.  I swear by making my own bias tape to hem using a band of fabric. I think my turned out to be 3 inches by several yards.  I stopped counting the length of the hem after the first 2 hours.  lol







Step 10: EnjoyIMG_4222





Eating better. Eating clean.

I am on a mission to have a better me. Some say that is the path we are on in life. Continually do you BETTER. What YOU are you doing better. IMG_4204.JPG

In the cart:
Brussel sprouts
Gala apples
Granny Smith apples
Spring mix
Snickers natural chunky peanut butter
Goat cheese
Boars head turkey breast gold
Havarti cheese
Cherry tomatoes
Red onion
Salad dressing
Dried mango
Dried cranberries

Oh I almost forgot a rotisserie chicken

Morning Snack

Snack prepared and packaged from home pecans and dried mango. I like them although they are a little sweet. I prefer the organic dried mango at my local health food store they are just right for my taste. IMG_4210.JPG

Refuel for Peace of mind.

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