Easy Taco Rollups

There’s no denying that I love tacos. It’s one of my go-to meals when I don’t really feel like spending too much time in the kitchen. The other day I wanted to make a quick snack so Ryan and I could eat as we needed while we were working on different house projects, and the results were not too shabby.

Taco Rollups  recipe

These taco rollups came together in no time with some ingredients I already had on hand. They definitely hit the spot and would be a great appetizer as well.

Taco Rollups ingredients

First, open and roll out crescent dough. To smooth the dough out and remove the serrated cuts, roll with a rolling pin or smooth with your fingers.

Taco Rollups layout dough

Mix olives, jalapeños, taco seasoning, chicken and cream cheese together and spread over dough all the way to the edges.

Taco Rollups spread mix

Sprinkle with cheese and hot sauce. As much or as little as you want.

Taco Rollups cheese and sauce

Carefully, roll dough and filling into a tight pinwheel. Use the parchment paper to help you with this.

Taco Rollups roll

Cut into slices, about and inch thick.

Taco Rollups  slice

Place on prepared baking sheet. There should be around 15 pieces.

Taco Rollups  place in sheet

Sprinkle with more shredded cheese if desired.

Taco Rollups cheese topping

Bake on a 375 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden. Let cool just a bit before enjoying.

Taco Rollups  bake

 

Taco Rollups

Ingredients

  • 1/8 cup diced black olives
  • 1/8 cup diced jalapeños
  • 1 tsp. taco seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded chicken
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package crescent rolls
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese, plus extra for topping
  • hot sauce to taste

Steps

  1. Open and roll out crescent dough. With a rolling pin or fingers, smooth to make one sheet.
  2. Mix olives, jalapeños, taco seasoning, chicken and cream cheese together and spread over dough.
  3. Sprinkle cheese and hot sauce over mix.
  4. Carefully, roll dough and filling.
  5. Cut into slices and place on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with more shredded cheese if desired.
  6. Bake on a 375 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Taco Rollups

Just Waiting Around

There was a lot of waiting going on around here this weekend. Being past my due date, even if it’s just for a day or two, really makes me antsy and just wondering when go-time will be. So, we ran a couple of errands, but mostly hung out around the house.

I was pretty tired after work on Friday, so I snuggled with Boone almost all night.

Boone snuggles

Saturday, mom and I went to run some errands aka shopping, and got back to a bouquet of flowers for baby. Ryan bought this super colorful bouquet to encourage baby to come out, but apparently it needs a lot more of bribing than that.

Flowers for baby

We also got Boone a toy so he could entertain himself for a total of 15 minutes before performing some strategic surgery and taking out the squeaker. He’s an expert.

Toy destroyer

Still nothing on the belly front and the day was pretty nice, so we went out for a short walk.

Walks w mom

Saturday night, we treated ourselves to a few games of Yahtzee. On the second round, we all got a Yahtzee on our first turn. Ridiculous.

Yahtzee

Sunday after church, we hung out for a while and later got the motivation to move and go on a quick Target run. Here we are in the aisle I wish I could partake in, soon though.

Target trip

Then, it was Super Bowl time. I made some pigs in a blanket, which were delish.

Pigs in a Blanket

And Ryan made some homemade pretzels, which were pretty good too.

Pretzels

The mandatory belly pic (40 weeks 2 days)…

Belly Cooking

Then, back to bed we went after the game.

Hope this baby decides to greet us soon!

Have a good week!

Baby Quilt, Part 2: Quilting and Finishing

Hello! Glad to have you back. Today, I’ll be sharing with you the second part of how I made my baby quilt. Part 1 focused on making the design, getting the fabric ready and sewing the front of the quilt. Today, I’ll show you how I made the quilting pattern and finished the item.

Baby Quilt and Boone

We left off with a completely finished from piece.

Baby Quilt top and bottom border

From here, the next step is to “sandwich” the fabrics together. You want to align the front of the quilt, then the batting and finally the back fabric. Lay they nice and taught.

Baby Quilt layers

This is when I cut the excess batting and back fabric.

Baby Quilt interfacing sandwich

Pin and pin and pin some more. You want to make sure that the three pieces of fabric stay together while you quilt them.

Baby Quilt pin

To make the quilting design, you have a few options. I decided to go with a zigzag pattern. At first, I meant to measure and mark a grid on the fabric, but after thinking about it a little more, I figured I could use the back fabric as my guide. It’s a gridded dot design, so I just marked the dots that would be my transition points (6 down and 5 across).

Baby Quilt zig zags

Start from one end of the quilt to the other. When switching directions, it’s important to make sure the needle is inserted through the fabric before lifting up the presser foot. Then carefully rotate the fabric, so the needle doesn’t break. Put presser foot back down, sew and repeat until pattern is done.

Baby Quilt pivot quilt

By the end of my fabric, I couldn’t do a full pattern, so I just sewed along the edge of the fabric for these sections.

Baby Quilt zig zag edge

Your quilting pattern is now done!

Baby Quilt quilting

For the edge, you’ll need to iron your 4” strips in half.

Baby Quilt binding 2

Then, fold each side into the middle crease and iron.

Baby Quilt binding 3

Finally, fold that in half and iron once again. The ironing makes sewing the binging a lot easier.

Baby Quilt binding 4

Sew the binding around all the edges of the quilt.

Baby Quilt attach binding

Make sure to fold corners in cleanly.

Baby Quilt fold corners

Also, when joining to separate strips, sew one underneath and the top one should get folded to eliminate raw edges.

Baby Quilt fold over binding

I decided to do two side by side strips of stitching.

Baby Quilt corners

That’s it! The quilt is finally done.

Baby Quilt at home

I loved loved how it turned out and I must say it wasn’t bad at all for a first stab at quilting. Pretty proud of myself on this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Quilt design

Can’t wait for Baby Ayers to use it! At least Boone seems to enjoy it!

Baby Quilt how to

Hope you enjoyed this and that it inspires you to create something awesome soon!

Baby Quilt corner details

Baby Quilt, Part 1: Design to Assembly

Ever since I found I was expecting, I knew I wanted to make a few crafts for baby, one of them being a quilt. Granted, I had never made one before and have beginners sewing skills, but I still wanted to take a stab at it. It was a long process, but I’m definitely happy with the results. I’ll be sharing with your how I went about into making the quilt in the next two posts, since one would’ve been too long.

Baby Quilt details

After lots of internet browsing, I found the size I wanted (40″x48″) and came up with a design. It took a lot of variations and drawing, but I finally came up with a squares and line design, made up of 6 different patterned fabrics. To help me visualize the design, I made a mock up of it on on Photoshop.
Baby Quilt  design

Sketching out the pattern to scale made it really easy for me to calculate fabric needs and measurements. So I headed to Joann’s Fabrics and found everything I needed. It was a very successful trip.
Shopping list:

  • 1/2 yard per fabric pattern (6 total patterns for 3 total yards)
  • 1/2 yard of fabric for the border
  • 1/2 yard of fabric for the edge
  • 1.5 yards of fabric for the backside
  • batting
  • thread
  • sewing needles

Baby Quilt fabric pieces

Once home, I was ready to tackle the cut list.

  • fabric 1-3: (17) 2.5″x2.5″ squares and (4) 2.5″x24.5″ strips
  • fabric 4-6: (18) 2.5″x2.5″ squares and (3) 2.5″x24.5″ strips
  • border: (2) 3.5″x40.5″ strips and (2) 3.5″x42.5″ strips
  • edge: 4″ strips, enough to go around the perimeter of quilt, it’ll depend on the length/width of your available fabric
  • backside and batting: no cuts until front was made

Tools needed: straight edge/rulers, very sharp cutting tools (a rotary blade in my case), a cutting mat, tape measure, scissors and pencil.

Baby Quilt materials

To cut the inside design pieces, lay out the fabric and flatten as much as possible (iron if desired). Cut a straight line as close to one of the edges as possible.

Baby Quilt cut strips

From there, mark in increments of 2.5″ at different points along the length of the fabric. Guided by a straight edge, cut along those points with a rotary blade. Repeat until all your cuts of fabric are ready.

Baby Quilt cut

To assemble the design.
Using your colored sketch as a guide, start pinning together the squares of fabrics adjacent to each other. Make sure to align correctly if the pattern has an up/down pattern.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Quilt pin pieces

Sew along adjoining edge with 1/4” seam allowance. Instead of doing one by one, I just kept feeding the pieces back to back to speed up the process.

Baby Quilt sew squares

Once again, match up pieces that are next to each other, pin and sew.

 

Baby Quilt sew duos

Keep doing this until you have all your strips made.

Baby Quilt assemble strips

Iron these so they lay as flat as possible.

Baby Quilt iron

Next, pair up, align and pin adjacent strips. Sew with a 1/4” seam allowance.

Baby Quilt pin strips together

Once again, do this until all strips are sewn together. When aligning and pinning the strips, make sure to align them where different fabrics meet to keep seams and corners as square as possible.

Baby Quilt align and square

Eventually, you will have sewn all strips together to make the front design. Iron it.

Baby Quilt insert design

The next step is to sew the border around this insert. First, sew each side.

Baby Quilt side border

Then, sew the top and bottom pieces. The front of the quilt is now complete.

Baby Quilt top and bottom border

Up to this step is the most time consuming part of the quilt, but it is also the most intricate. Just a lot of measuring, cutting, pinning and sewing. It seems never ending, but once you get to this point, the rest is a breeze.

Baby Quilt front detail

Stay tuned for the second part where I show you how I finished this quilt. Best part, I did it without a quilting machine!

 

Baby Quilt without quilting machine

Have a good day!

Mom is in Town!

Hey! This should be a short one since nothing much happened this weekend really. Friday was a pretty low key day for us. Ryan spent most of the night working on his ice fishing gear and I spent the night crafting. Boone was not excited about being ignored all night, but he gets over it quick.

Lazy Boone

Saturday, I spent the day wrapping up some loose ends while Ryan went to ice fishing and then to a wedding. Then, it was time to pick mom up from the airport! Not before getting the car washed, it’s mandatory before family comes over. Plus, Ryan had left it pretty filthy.

Car Wash

Mom’s in town in preparation for baby’s arrival, so any time now s/he can come into the world. Hopefully, it won’t be tomorrow though since we’re expecting quite a bit of snow.

Moms in Town

After dinner, we just hung out for a while and got settled. Since I had a new buddy in town, Boone decided to jump ship and cuddle with Ryan, which he thoroughly enjoyed since I’m usually the one he prefers to cuddle with.

Boone snuggles

Sunday, mom and I went to church and had a coffee date afterwards, while Ryan did some more ice fishing. He’s trying to get his fill before it’s too late.

Coffee Date

The rest of the day was spent just hanging out, working a little bit and relaxing before the week. And of course, Snapchat fun!

Snapchat Fun

Here’s to a great week!