Aprons-Tie One On!

I love aprons.  Due to their recent comeback, there are a lot of really fun patterns out now, many are free.  If you want to try your hand at a simple sewing project, an apron is a great place to begin.

Here are two different styles of aprons that I have made and love:

Apron in an Hour

apron in an hour

Here’s my version…added some pockets.

Retro Tie-Back apron

Retro Apron

I prefer the full apron because I’m a messy cook 🙂  I love the way this retro apron looks when wearing it…use a heavier weight, quality fabric and you will get nice little flares in the skirt that hold their shape.  Just enough femininity without being too frilly.

Speaking of cooking, Simply Modern Mom is currently conducting an “over-used recipe swap.”  I’m linking up Baked Ziti….it is our go-to recipe right now.  Lot’s of flavor, ingredients that we normally have on hand, and it is finished in a half an hour!!  It is a recipe out of our “30-Minute Recipes by America’s Test Kitchen“.  Oh how I LOVE their cookbooks.

Baked Ziti


1 T olive oil

6 garlic cloves

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

salt and pepper

2 15 oz. cans crushed tomato

3 cups water

12 oz. ziti (3 3/4 cup) or penne works well

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (I use the parmesan Reggiano from Costco-love that stuff-a little pricey but worth it and it lasts for a long time)

1/4 cup minced fresh basil (use 1/3 that amount if using dried)

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (pre-shredded is a real time-saver-we use a tad more for extra cheesiness)


1.  Heat oven.  Rack in middle position.  475 degrees.

2.  Simmer Ziti.  Combine oil, garlic, pepper flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in 12-inch oven safe nonstick skillet and saute over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add crushed tomatoes, water, ziti, and 1/2 tsp. salt.  Cover cook, stirring often and adjusting the heat as needed to maintain a vigorous simmer, until ziti is almost tender, 15-18 minutes.

3.  Add cheese and bake.  Stir in cream, parmesan, and basil.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Sprinkle mozzarella evenly over ziti.  Transfer skillet to oven (or in our case, we transfer the ziti into a 2 quart glass dish because our pans aren’t oven safe) and bake untikl cheese has melted and browned.  About 10 minutes.

Bon Appetit! It’s perfection in a pan.  (Throw in a salad and some toasted garlic-parmesan sourdough bread)

Over-used Recipes Swap