I originally planned to make this dress for the Summer Sewing Challenge over at BurdaStyle (check out the winner - her dress is fantastic!). But time was not on my side and I missed the deadline. I actually gave myself plenty of time for this project, which is unusual, but I fiddled around with the belt for an entire weekend and then didn't have time for the rest of the dress. But, who cares? I got a dress I like out of it!
I used cotton lawn purchased from Fabric.com for all parts of the dress, so it's nice and light for summer. The pattern is BurdaStyle's Heidi Dress, but I took a few inches off the length and four inches off the sleeve. I made some slight alterations to the pattern and the only change I'd make if I do it again is to raise the shoulders by about 1/2 inch - it gaps just a bit around the neck & arms and that would fix it. I've already worn it a few times and I'm sure I'll get even more use out of it next summer.
Look, Ma! Pockets!
Now for the recipe accessory . . .
Jalapenos Stuffed with Cheese & Dates
We have a ton of jalapenos in our garden this year - yesterday alone I picked thirty jalapenos. Until I found a version of this recipe, I wasn't sure what I would do with them all. It's not like you can put thirty jalapenos in a dish and survive to tell the tale. Both Devon and I love this dish so much that we've gone from having too many jalapenos to not nearly enough. I found this recipe through Pinterest and then tweaked it.
You will need:
*a truck load of jalapenos - slice in half lengthwise and the sloppily remove seeds and white veins(don't take it all out - you want to keep some heat)
*cream cheese - I do use the lower fat version as penance for the bacon
*dates - sliced lengthwise in to about 6 slices each
*bacon strips cut in half
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Fill the jalapenos with the cream cheese and sprinkle with the cajun spice. Place a strip of date on each jalapeno. Wrap the jalapeno with half a slice of bacon. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes and then broil on high for 10 minutes to crisp up the bacon. Yum!
Here I am eating it will a kale salad (also from the garden). Is it lunchtime yet?