Monthly Archives: September 2013

RemnantWorks Vintage Patterns

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Vogue 1862

Yves Saint Laurent Paris Original Design

Yves Saint Laurent
Paris Original Design

One thing that has recently become very apparent to me is that I need to reduce the numbers of sewing patterns I have in my collection.  I have been collecting since I began sewing around the age of  13 and that means I have many hundreds and perhaps even thousands of patterns taking up space.

Sorting through all my patterns has been a trip down memory lane.  I seem to remember everything I ever made and when.  I like that.  The pattern above was something I made while at university and I remember buying the fabric and making it up in my little apartment on Polk Street.  It’s hard to believe I ever wore my dresses so short, but we all did.  And those wedge shoes are back in style again.

I know that people are selling “vintage patterns” online and it would be nice to make a small return on this lifelong investment, so I decided to see what I could do.   I opened my store about a week ago and was quickly bitten by the bug.  I sold my first pattern on Sunday and another one today.  How cool is that?!

If you know of anyone who is in the market for vintage patterns, send them my way.  I will be adding new stock daily and have quite a selection from the 70’s and 80’s with a few from the late 60’s.

So far I am only shipping to US customers, because of cost of shipping internationally is prohibitive.   I thought I’d start locally to see how it goes with the thought of possibly expanding later.  Wish me luck! 🙂

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Garlic-Basil-Chicken

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OH, MY!

I noticed a restaurant sign board advertising Garlic Basil Chicken a couple of days ago.  It sounded really good to me, but the place advertising the dish looked like the kind that might accidentally mistake the rodents in the back alley for farm fresh chicken and oops into the garlic basil sauce they go.   I drove on, but the thought of garlic basil chicken lingered in my mind.

This morning I bought the ingredients making a special stop to buy my chicken from an organic supplier, Draper Valley Farms.  Then it was off to the produce market for other ingredients.  This dish is very simple to make, delicious and healthy.

Ingredients 

1 1/2 lbs. chicken breast sliced in thin slices

1 small onion halved and sliced in 1/4″ slices

2 red bell peppers sliced in 1/4″ sticks

5 large garlic cloves sliced or minced

1 1/2 cup of fresh basil

2 Tbsp rice vinegar

2 Tbsp soy sauce

1/4 cup of water

                                                                         ingredients for garlic basil chicken recipe

Dredge chicken in cornstarch or flour and saute in light olive oil until browned on both sides, approximately two minutes each side.

saute chickenRemove chicken from skillet  and add onions and peppers with more oil if needed.  Saute for a couple of minutes being careful not to over-cook.

saute onions and peppers

Add garlic slices and brown

IMG_7876Once garlic is browned, pour in the rice vinegar, soy sauce and water.

add liquids

Add cooked chicken back into pan.  The flour from the chicken will help to thicken the sauce.  Again, add more water if the sauce needs it.

IMG_7878Stir in chicken and cook a little until liquids begin to thicken into a sauce.

Add basil.

fresh basil

Cook until basil is limp stirring as needed.

IMG_7881Serve mixture over rice and pair with a cold beverage which in this case happens to be an Imperial Pale Ale, my personal favorite, Hop Czar from Bridgeport Brewery in Portland, Oregon.

Enjoy!Garlic Basil Chicken