What I’m Lovin’ in March

Maybe you realized {or you didn’t? #NoHurtFeelings} I’m behind on my What I’m Lovin’ monthly posts. So, as a treat (to both of us 😉 ) I’ve combined January, February, and March for a big batch of all of the things I’ve been enjoying that I hope you will too!

1. QuiltCon

I bet you know this by now! I had such an amazing time at QuiltCon in February! You can read all about my experience in this post and go on a virtual quilt tour with me here and here.

2. Thug Kitchen Cookbook

My mother-in-law got me this cookbook for Christmas and it has not disappointed! The pages are filled with hilariously written recipes and tips embellished with some very flavorful language {the kind I often use when cooking – because let’s be honest – cooking is not a talent of mine}.

My favorite recipe so far is for the To-Go Breakfast Bars [in progress in the photo below] – they are surprisingly easy to make and quite tasty! For the past few months they have been my “go-to” for sharing {I took a batch to QuiltCon to share with my guild and took a batch to work after my grandfather passed away to thank my colleagues for being so supportive – the bars were a hit with both groups!}

We also made the cauliflower “wings” and root vegetable fries which were also delicious.

For the past few years I’ve been making their Hoppin’ John recipe on New Year’s Day so it was no surprise the recipes in the cookbook have been packed with flavor! If you aren’t sure about the cookbook, browse the recipes on the website and try a few. You won’t turn back!

3. Colette’s post about organizing sewing patterns {here}

I found this post so helpful! My current system involves 3-ring binders & plastic page-protectors to house the pattern & instructions. This works great for PDF patterns whose instructions print on regular size paper (I tuck the folded freezer-paper-traced pattern pieces behind the instructions in the sleeve), but doesn’t hold vintage or printed indie patterns very well (too much space around them causes them to slide out too easily). The comic-book-storage sounds like a much better fit for those!

Once I find the perfect organization solution, I’ll share it with you 😉

4. Shoreline Boatneck

If I could just get away with wearing my Shoreline Boatneck every day, I’d consider it. I hoped to have another one sewn up by now, but I’ve been distracted…

5. Paper Tigers

Earlier this month, the Nickelodeon Theater hosted a free screening of Paper Tigers with a panel discussion that included the Superintendent of the district in which I work. The documentary was enlightening. It is definitely a must-see for anyone working in education, serving youth, raising/loving children, etc. {anyone & everyone}. It has started a really interesting dialogue locally that I hope continues and grows.

You can view the trailer below and find where to watch Paper Tigers here.

Paper Tigers Trailer – KPJR Films from KPJR FILMS LLC on Vimeo.

6. My paper-pieced Bunny

I finally dusted off my homework from QuiltCon {see how the bunny started in this post} and finished my Bunny block! I have big plans for him so stay tuned 😉

The bunny is from Violet Craft‘s Forest Abstractions quilt.

7. New beginnings with the New Moon

This week I went to a New Moon Circle hosted by a dear friend.

It was so refreshing, rejuvenating, and inspiring. We gathered, we meditated, we journaled, we shared, and we laughed. It was beautiful.

I have looked back at my journal from that night and boiled my intentions for the next month into 3 over-simplified mantras.

I have felt very scatterbrained lately. I’ve found myself jumping from project-to-project [at home and at work] – becoming very easily distracted by easier/quicker/shinier projects.

This month I want to SLOW DOWN {less multitasking}, FOCUS on one project at a time {giving whatever it may be all of the effort it deserves}, and BE PRESENT in the moment {less scrolling, less distraction}.

*If you’re local {or not! Penny shares great resources}, follow Earthstar Radiance on Facebook – Penny’s meditation classes are the 2nd Wednesday of every month & the New Moon Circle is around the time of the New Moon 😉

8. Our nephew is here!

L to R: on his birth day! > from his first full #SliceSisters day > that time my sister let me wear him > with the Hubs on the day he was born 🙂

To say I’m a doting aunt is probably an understatement. I won’t bore you with all the details and I’m trying to restrain myself from flooding Instagram with baby pics {now I understand why parents post so many pictures of their littles} but it sure is tough! He, my sister and her husband are all adjusting to being a family of 3 beautifully. I’m so thrilled to watch that and treasure the moments I get to be part of it.

{Catch up on all of my monthly What I’m Lovin’ posts here.}

Vegan & Raw on Main Street

Anytime I find a restaurant that has more than two vegetarian options (salads don’t count – don’t even get me started on this), it’s my new favorite place and I will talk every friend I have into going there with me. Well friends of mine, get ready: The Good Life Cafe on Main Street is on the list!

Find the cafe at 1614 Main St, Columbia, SC

Find the cafe at 1614 Main St, Columbia, SC

Too bad it was a dreary day because the tables out front look like the very best place to enjoy a delicious lunch while taking in some solid people-watching (I guess that’s excuse #1 for returning..).

After my dear friend (and notorious Work Hubs) Markessce mentioned he wanted to try The Good Life Cafe, I jumped on this #rawsome date opportunity. So I did what any social media geek does and tweeted my fellow vegetarian foodie (The April Blake) to ask for entree recommendations. The Good Life Cafe’s Twitter account got involved & next thing I knew, Hank (the chef’s husband, who among other things, runs the cafe’s Twitter account) met Markessce & I at the door and offered to let us try the Eggplant bacon. Two years into vegetarianism and the one thing I still dream about is bacon. There’s just no good substitute. UNTIL NOW.

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Eggplant bacon strip taste testing – delicious!

Although April recommended the lasagna, I rebelled and went for the Burrito wrap (excuse #2 to revisit: must try the lasagna).

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The Burrito Wrap, fresh fruit, kale salad and “Keep The Doc Away” juice. Just splendid.

My date chose the tacos. We’re the kind of friends who never hesitate sharing food (even though our common ground is the fact that we’re both slightly germophobic neat freaks, we abandon that completely when it comes to “words-can’t-describe-this-deliciousness you-must-taste-it-for-yourself” situations with each other). That being said, I will tell you first-hand that the “mayonnaise” sauce really makes the flavor in these tacos pop!

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3 tacos with a side of fresh fruit and veggie slaw.

I hope this post has convinced you to stop by The Good Life Cafe to try some local raw, vegan cuisine that will “delight the palate and nurture the soul!”

If you’re not local to Columbia, what’s your favorite vegetarian-friendly spot? I’m known to plan road trips around food stops.. 🙂