Glory Bowl Salad Dressing Recipe

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Glory Bowl Salad Dressing Recipe - my new favorite salad dressing recipe from the Whitewater Cooks series! This amazing dressing is absolutely delicious and so versatile it can also be used on chicken, rice, noodles and more. Click to go to recipe.Glory Bowl Salad Dressing Recipe

This summer my family took an amazing impromptu trip to the Okanagan Valley in the interior of beautiful British Columbia. If you haven’t visited there before, I’d highly recommend it.

The Okanagan area is known for it’s lush vineyards, orchards, rolling hills and clear blue lakes. The skiing in the winter is phenomenal. During the summer, the quaint towns are bustling with visitors eager to enjoy the countless sandy beaches, hot sun, and a variety of outdoor and water activities.

Burrowing Owl Okanagan Valley British Columbia

Visiting the Burrowing Owl Winery in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia.

While we were visiting, I was introduced to the amazing Glory Bowl Salad Dressing by my dear friends Charity and Brian who are from the Okanagan. We were checking out one of the gorgeous wineries when I noticed Charity buying some interesting looking salad dressing. Having no idea what it was Charity gave me a little history.

Glory Bowl salad dressing is a delicious dressing created by B.C. chef Shelley Adams. Glory Bowl was named after a favourite ski bowl at the Whitewater Ski Resort in Nelson, B.C. which Shelley owned with her husband Mike. This recipe comes from her first cookbook Whitewater Cooks, Pure, Simple and Real. Shelley’s recipes are out of this world and I highly recommend them.

The Glory Bowl recipe makes more dressing than you may need, but you can use the leftover on chicken, rice, noodles or salad. I often give away my leftover dressing and my friends inevitably ask me for the recipe after sampling it. I make a slight variation of the original. To get the original version that includes a brown rice salad that Shelley suggests making with the dressing click here.

Glory Bowl Salad Dressing Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1/3 cup of soy sauce
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup water
2 tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
2 garlic cloves crushed
1/4 tsp sugar
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp white pepper
1-1/2 cups of vegetable oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put all the ingredients except for the vegetable oil into a blender and puree together.
  2. With motor running, slowly add oil in a steady stream. Blend until completely smooth.

(Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks)

Download your Glory Bowl Salad Dressing recipe here.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe. Check out some of my other recipes including Double chocolate pecan cookiesThe ultimate rice krispie squareBest salad everNo bake energy ballsthe best chicken soup you’ll ever eatBailey’s dipped toasted marshmallowszucchini quinoa pattiesperfect chocolate chip cookiesmarinated feta cheesemediterranean humus.

Glory Bowl Salad Dressing Recipe - my new favourite salad dressing recipe from the Whitewater Cooks series! This amazing dressing is absolutely delicious and so versatile it can also be used on chicken, rice, noodles and more. Click to go to recipe.

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8 Free Styled Desktop Photos for Amazing Blog Posts

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8 Free Styled Desktop Photos for Amazing Blog Posts. Good images are a key part of putting together a great website, blog, Instagram or small business. But finding images to use can sometimes be difficult.  Download these 8 Free photos for professional feminine looking promo material now. Click to download your free photos.8 Free Styled Desktop Photos for Amazing Blog Posts

Today I’m excited to share a fun freebie for creatives, bloggers, Instagrammers and small businesses. Good images are a key part of putting together great visual content for your website, promo material or blog posts. But finding images to use can sometimes be difficult. If you’re not using strong, quality photos, you could be losing potential readers, clients and customers. Not to worry, I’ve got you covered.

If you’re looking for professional, feminine styled stock photos, you’ve come to the right place. Perhaps you haven’t heard of “styled stock photos” before – it’s a term used to describe stock photos that have been organized to capture a particular look and feel. Usually, these are photos of desktops with various business, tech and lifestyle objects laid out together. Photos of objects taken from directly above are called “flat lay photos”. Flat lays are super trendy and all the rage these days, especially on Instagram.

I love fooling around and experimenting with photos so this was a fun little photo shoot for me. These styled photos are my gift to you. They’re versatile and can be used for so many things including social media headers, banner, blog post images, sidebar and website banners, mock-ups, text overlays, desktop wallpapers and more.

I’d love to see what amazing things you do with these photos. Email, facebook or hashtag your photos with #dabblesandbabbles on Instagram or Twitter and I’ll post your images on my social media accounts.

Download your free styled desktop photos here. Do whatever you’d like with these photos. Photos are logo free and not watermarked. Photos are 1200 px wide.

8 Free Styled Desktop Photos for Amazing Blog Posts. Good images are a key part of putting together a great website, blog, Instagram or small business. But finding images to use can sometimes be difficult.  Download these 8 Free photos for professional feminine looking promo material now. Click to download your free photos.

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How to Make a Cozy Pillow Bed

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Learn how to make a cozy pillow bed with this quick and easy photo tutorial - a great beginner sewing project. Perfect for reading, lounging, movie nights, sleepovers and camping! Click here for the full tutorial.

Learn how to make this cozy pillow bed.

How to Make a Cozy Pillow Bed

In honor of Throwback Thursday, I’m resurrecting an oldie but a goodie. Over two and half years ago I posted my second ever blog post called “PILLOW MATTRESS – MY FIRST BIG SEWING PROJECT”. At the time, I didn’t think anyone would be interested in my blog or anything I had to talk about. Boy was I wrong! Today, that same post has been pinned over 40,000 times on Pinterest and it didn’t even come with a tutorial or directions on how to make the pillow bed. I think it’s time to remedy that situation now. I’ve redone the photos and am now including a full photo tutorial so you can learn how to make your own cozy pillow bed.

Before we get to the tutorial, I want to take a minute to talk about how great this pillow bed is. It’s been a couple of years since I made the pillow bed and it still gets used on a very regular basis. It’s so incredibly comfortable that it’s the bed of choice anytime my daughter has a sleepover. I’ve even had kids fighting over who gets to use it before. Noelle uses it whenever she goes to sleepover’s where they don’t have an extra bed or mattress – it’s very easy to transport. We’ve even used it to sleep on when we go camping. I’m telling you, it is the most luxurious and comfortable bed ever. And, don’t worry if you’ve never sewed before, neither had I before I made this – it’s super easy to make and you’ll whip it up in no time flat.

Cozy Pillow Bed Sewing Tutorial

Finished size: 33 x 74 inches (83.8 x 185.4 cm)  |  Seam Allowance: 1/2″ (1.3 cm)

Supplies:

  • 2.25 yards (2 m) flannel material in pattern 1 (you can also just choose to do the entire bed in one pattern if you prefer)
  • 2.25 yards (2 m) flannel material in pattern 2
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Sharp scissors or rotary cutter
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil or water soluble marker
  • 4 pillowsCozy-Pillow-Bed-Tutorial

Directions:

  1. Using your scissors or rotary cutting tool, cut both pieces of flannel material to measure 34.5″ x 75″. (PHOTO A)
  2. With both flannel pieces facing their right sides together, pin around one short
    side, one long side, and the other short side (one long side will not be pinned together). (PHOTO B)
  3. Machine sew the three pinned sides together, leaving a 1/2 seam as you sew. Remove pins as you sew. (PHOTO C)
  4. Trim the points off the stitched corners with scissors (don’t get too close to the stitching). (PHOTO D)
  5. On the one long raw side that hasn’t been sewn, fold over and pin the material twice so that there’s approximately a 1/2″ seam. (PHOTO E)
  6. Machine sew the 1/2″ seam along the edge of the material (do not sew the two sides together) and turn right side out. (PHOTO F)
  7. Starting at one short end, mark a parallel line every 18.5 inches down until you reach the other short end. This will divide you pillow bed into four equal sections. Stitch along each line to make four pillow pockets. (PHOTO G)
  8. Stuff each of the four pockets with a pillow. (PHOTO H)

Download your free cozy pillow bed sewing tutorial here.

If you’re interested taking on more sewing projects, check out this fabulous book – Present Perfect: 25 Gifts to Sew & Bestow

Looking for some other great maker projects? Check out: Learn How to Embroider, Pink Grapefruit & Clay Soap, Copycat Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, Outlander Crochet Cowl, DIY Button Stamp ToolJellyfish Friendship Bracelets10-Minute Superhero Costume,

Learn how to make a cozy pillow bed with this quick and easy photo tutorial - a great beginner sewing project. Perfect for reading, lounging, movie night, sleepovers and camping!

Learn how to make a cozy pillow bed with this quick and easy tutorial – a great beginner sewing project. Perfect for reading, lounging, sleepovers, and camping!

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Learn How to Embroider Simple But Pretty Designs

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Click here to learn how to embroider simple but pretty designs - so sweet! Bonus FREE embroidery pattern in two sizes included!

Learn How to Embroider Simple But Pretty Designs

Learn How to Embroider Simple But Pretty Designs – BONUS free Embroidery pattern included!

Hand embroidery is so challenging and tedious – oh, and it’s sooooo old school! Let me be the first to correct you on both points.

I’m the last person in the world to take on anything that’s too hard or time-consuming (case in point – my running shoes still look new and have hardly logged any hours on the pavement). I’m more of an instant gratification kind of girl.

As far as embroidery being old school, it’s making a triumphant comeback and soon you’ll see it everywhere – mark my words (you can’t see it but I’m wagging my finger at you). There’s a ton of incredible designers out there who are anything but old and stodgy. Today’s embroidery designers are cutting-edge, graphic and humorous (and often R-rated). If you’re curious, go check out Instagram and search the hashtags #hoopart, #embroideryart and #handembroidery.

I’m now positive, with every new hobby and skill I attempt, that I was an old west homesteader in a former life. My claim to fame is that I seem to be particularly adept at picking up old lady hobbies (my husband teases me constantly). You name it, crochet, soap making, pottery and now let’s add embroidery to the list. The embroidered hoop you see pictured in the photos is my second attempt at embroidery. I’m not telling you this to brag but rather to prove just how easy it is and how quickly you can learn to hand embroider simple designs. Being the instant gratification person I am, I spent all of an hour or two watching video tutorials then, I grabbed the materials, made my design and got down to it.

This particular embroidered hoop art is a birthday gift I made for my lovely mother-in-law Lynda. She’s sweet, kind, generous and caring but she’s also fierce in her beliefs, convictions, and the love she has for her friends and family. As soon as I found this little saying, I knew it was perfect for her.

How Can I Learn to do Hand Embroidery?

There are tons of tutorials and courses out there on hand embroidery. The first place I went was Craftsy where I took the amazing “Design It, Stitch It: Hand Embroidery” class by Jessica Marquez. This is a great foundation course that teaches 25 basic stitches – at this point, I still haven’t even gotten through the entire course – I was too excited with all the stitches I learned in the first 4 lessons.

If you’re looking for some free tutorials, this great YouTube playlist “Beginner Hand Embroidery: Learn Hand Embroidery with Me Series” by TLCinspirations is another great resource.

Another fun resource for learning about embroidery is my Embroidery Pinterest board where I’ve pinned hundreds of inspirational ideas as well as great photo tutorials.

Now let’s get to the floral embroidery pattern I used in the photos. Below, I’ve listed some of the specific tutorials I used to learn the stitches I chose for this project (click on each to go to the tutorial)

Embroidery Supplies

Luckily there are only a few supplies you’ll need to get started and generally, they are pretty inexpensive.

  • Embroidery needles (sizes 3-9)
  • Embroidery floss – cotton or pearl cotton
  • Embroidery hoop – there are many sizes available – I used a 7″ hoop for the hoop art in the photos
  • Fabric such as linen, cotton or muslin (great for practicing)
  • Sharp scissors
  • Fine tip marker or soluble pen (I used the Fine Water Erasable Marker by Clover)
  • Needle threader (not a requirement but it can help make threading easier)

Once you’ve gone through a few tutorials and are confident enough to start your first embroidered hoop art, feel free to download my pattern and try your hand at embroidery. Simply print it out and then trace the design onto your fabric (I held my fabric up against a window so that I could see the design behind the fabric more easily).

Get Your Free Embroidery Pattern – in two sizes

  • Download the 6″ embroidery pattern with quote here
  • Download the 6″ embroidery pattern without the quote here
  • Download the 7″ embroidery pattern with quote here
  • Download the 7″ embroidery pattern without the quote here

I can’t wait to hear what you think and how your attempt at embroidery goes. Please feel free to share your stories and photos with me… I may even (with your permission of course) showcase them with my social media community.

Click here to learn how to embroider simple but pretty designs - so sweet! Bonus FREE embroidery pattern in two sizes included!

Learn how to embroider simple but pretty designs – bonus embroidery pattern included.

Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link, which means that if you visit Craftsy.com through this link and purchase this product, I’ll get a commission. Don’t worry–the price is still the same for you.

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