The BEST DIY breastpads EVER!!!



Like my first child it was a no-brainer that I was going to breastfeed and I was shooting for a year with my second child (With my first I thought I would give it 6 months but liked doing it and it helped me loose weight so I continued until 10 months when she decided she was done)
But like any breastfeeding mom knows breastpads and a great bra are essentials. I have used the disposables but hated the expense and the added waste to the environment so I used cloth pads but the first ones I bought where very small and I had to double them so that I didn't leak through (even then I sometimes did) so I experimented and searched the internet and came across  Adventures in Fluff

tutorial I tweaked it a bit by adding rubber sheeting (you know the kind you put under your kids sheets incase they wet the bed) they sell it at Joann's and they are the BEST BREAST PADS EVER!!!

What You Will Need:
Anti-Pill Fleece (for the back)
 Flannel
Towel ( I used one that was about to become a rag/thrown out)
Rubber Sheeting material (I got mine at Jo-Ann's)
5" Circle Template

Sewing Machine or Serger Machine-I don't have a Serger so I just use the zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine)

To Make:
 Cut out 2 circles from each: Flannel, Fleece, Towel and Rubber Sheeting for each pair of pads you want to make (I made 6 pairs so I didn't have to do laundry so often)
 I made shaped breast pads so I followed Adventures in Fluff's Tutorial and stacked my fabric flannel, terrycloth, rubber sheeting, fleece (fleece being the bottom) in that order on each pad. So if anything soaked through the terrycloth it would be stopped by the rubber sheeting before hitting the fleece which is another barrier.

After creating the cone shape I zig-zag stitched all the way around. They aren't the prettiest thing but no one sees them anyway. Wash them once to remove all the fuzzies from the towel. Also try not to wash them with fabric softener/laundry soap with fabric softener/or those drier sheets as it prevents some absorption of the milk into the fabric.

 

Creamy Chicken Chipotle Cups & Mexican Chop Salad




We just had our housewarming party/Cinco de Mayo party and I decided to try some new recipes so where do you go to find great recipes but pinterest of course! I found this recipe for chicken chipotle cups but I wanted something creamy so I altered the recipe so below is the recipe I made up and everyone thought they were delicious and wanted the recipe

Creamy Chicken Chipotle Cups
 Serves ~30 cups

  • 30 wonton wrappers
  • Pam Spray
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar-Jack cheese (or other favorite cheese)-divided
  • 1-1/2 cup cooked chicken, shredded or small-diced (I used rotisserie chicken for ease)
  • 1/2 cup jarred roasted red bell peppers, diced(I used the ones packed in water)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp pepper 
  • 1/2 tsp. chipotle powder
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Fit 1 wonton wrapper into each muffin cup coated with cooking spray (I used regular size muffin tin not the mini muffin tin) press the wrappers carefully down into the cups so they hug the sides. Spray the wrappers with pam spray as well. Sprinkle with a tiny bit of cheese in the bottom of each wrapper (my daughter helped with this part and thought it was fun)  Bake at 350ยบ for 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool.
Combine remaining ingredients in a medium-sized bowl along with the remaining 3/4 cup of shredded cheese, mix well, season to taste. Place about 1 Tblsp of mixture in each wonton cup close to serving (so the cups stay crisp)-can be made about 1-2 hours prior to serving.

 


Cooked with cheese on bottom


 I also made a delicious chop salad I found on Pinterest and altered I didn't use their dressing either I made this copy cat recipe for Cafe Rio's Tamatillo Dressing

Mexican Chop Salad

Sliced Red, Yellow, Orange and Green peppers arranged on plate
Rinsed and drained canned black beans (cold)
Marinaded Spicy Carrots
Roasted corn (I used a bag of frozen corn sauteed it in a frying pan with a little olive oil, and added salt to taste, 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/4 tsp chipotle powder and 1 tsp cumin.)
I put chopped green onions, chopped cilantro, and grated cojita cheese for people to add as they wished. 
I wanted to add avocado and jicama but I ran out of space on the plate and could not find jicama.       



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I free-handed a triangle template utilizing the whole 8.5x11" piece of cardstock but you can use this template if you wanted to. I also made my own bias tape to make the streamer this tutorial is awesome for that.
To cut out the triangles: layer two pieces of fabric wrong sides facing each other then cut out the triangle I then sewed about 1/2 inch from the edge on the two long sides (left top unsewn because it will be inside the bias tape) then I trimmed the two sewn edges with pinking shears to prevent fraying.
Randomly line the triangles inside the bias tape and sew the sandwiched triangle inside the bias tape. I tacked them up with heavy duty tacks.

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