$20 SUPER QUICK MATCHING MOTHER’S DAY DRESSES FOR YOU AND YOUR TODDLER

Mommy and toddler matching dresses made from Walmart juniors dress for only $20. Tutorial on everydayjenny.com. Super quick and easy, great for a beginner sewer.Mommy and toddler matching dresses made from Walmart juniors dress for only $20. Tutorial on everydayjenny.com. Super quick and easy, great for a beginner sewer.Mommy and toddler matching dresses made from Walmart juniors dress for only $20. Tutorial on everydayjenny.com. Super quick and easy, great for a beginner sewer.I was so excited when I saw this cute floral midi dress at Walmart of all places. It got even better when I saw the price- only $9.88!  I bought one for myself and I have loved it. It’s so stretchy and comfortable! Then a few days ago I thought about having matching outfits with my little girl for Mother’s Day. I don’t think we have ever had matching outfits. I stopped by Walmart and picked up another one as I had decided I was going to make her a dress out of it. I was so nervous to do this project because I’m not a great seamstress, but then I saw a tutorial for making toddler play dresses from women’s shirts HERE. I realized I could do this a dress and so can you! You use the already existing hemlines of the neck and the sleeves, which makes this even faster and simpler. I timed myself and I did the whole thing in an hour and a half. So go grab a couple of these cute dresses and make yourself and daughter one! They are out of stock online, but I found mine in the Juniors section of the local Walmart.

Here are the dresses I chose. They also have a  blue floral one and a few other cute patterns.Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everyday jenny.com

Seriously only $9.88. Total steal of a deal!

Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comFirst lay your dress out on a flat surface. You are going to cut the front from the back of the dress, leaving the sleeves intact.Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comYou will now have two pieces- the front and the back. Put the back piece (with the sleeves) aside and fold the front piece in half with right sides together.Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comTaking a t-shirt that fits your toddler, turn it inside out and fold it in half as well. Line up the t-shirt on top of the dress with the necklines matching. You are going to use the t-shirt as a pattern to cut the dress. Carefully cut around the shirt on the top of the shoulder. You are not cutting out sleeves at this point. Make sure you give yourself extra room for a seam allowance. Once you cut around the arm hole shape, STOP! You are going to cut down to the bottom of the dress in an A-line dress shape. I measured approximately how long I would want the dress so I knew where to stop. I had extra fabric left on the bottom.Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comDo it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comYou should have a front dress shaped piece that looks like this.Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comNow fold it in half again, right sides together. Fold your back piece in half,  right sides together, and place your front dress shaped piece (that’s folded in half) along the back piece, matching up the folds.

Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comPlace the front piece slightly further down on the neckline, so the back neckline is higher.  Then cut out along the front piece.

Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comNow you have a front piece and a back piece. Next line up the top and hems of your toddler shirt sleeve on the top and hems of the original sleeve. Cut out, making sure to leave a seam allowance.

Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comNow line up that sleeve with the other sleeve so that you have two total.Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comDo it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comNow you should have four pieces total.Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comPlace the front and back of the dress together with right sides together and match up the shoulders. Sew them together with whatever seam allowance you chose.

Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comNow open up the dress with the right side up. Place the arm sleeve face down and match up the center and mark with a pin.Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.com

Now carefully pin the sleeve to the curve of the arm hole, pinning small sections.

Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.com

Then sew the sleeve into place. Repeat with your other sleeve and you should have one piece.

Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.com

Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.com

Now fold the dress back in half with the right sides together and sew up the bottom of the sleeve and down the side of the dress. Repeat on the other side. You’re almost done!

Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comFold up the bottom of the dress about an inch making it even all the way around and hem it. If you have a double needle use that (I don’t). Now your dress is done! Yay!Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comDo it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.com

QUICK SPAM (DON’T STOP READING) FRIED RICE

So I’ll get straight to it- there is Spam in this recipe (Wait! don’t stop reading yet!) I know there are two camps of people. You either love Spam or you hate it. Well, maybe three camps. You think you hate it because you would never, EVER try canned meat. I grew up eating Spam and I am definitely in the “love it” camp. I was born on Guam, and according to some fun facts I found online, Guam is the largest consumer of Spam per person, per year. Now, I don’t think I eat that much Spam, but I do love it in this fried rice recipe.  But, if you are not a Spam lover, you can easily substitute diced ham (or even cooked chicken) in its place and still have some delicious fried rice. An added bonus to Spam, is its easy storage convience in my pantry and the saltiness of it makes this rice so savory and good! I love to make this rice for dinner either as the main meal with an egg roll on the side, or we have it as a side with another dish like these lettuce wraps.

Fried rice at home is easier than you might think. There are two important tips I can tell you that will affect the taste of your rice. First, make sure to use the right type of rice- medium or short grain. Most of the white rice that is readily available in grocery stores is long grain. The short grain is a sticky rice and is what I prefer to use for fried rice. I usually buy a huge bag of Calrose short grain rice at Costco because we eat lots of rice, but I have found it is usually in the Asian food section at grocery stores. The second tip is to use a good quality soy sauce.  There are a lot of different kinds of soy sauces, from light to dark, and Chinese to Japanese. Some soy sauces are chemically or artificially produced. These will not taste very good if you use them. I love to use Kikkoman soy sauce which is available in most grocery stores.

This is a simple recipe, and you can easily jazz it up by adding sesame oil instead of vegetable oil, some green onions, other vegetables like mushrooms, fresh ginger, or even some fresh garlic instead of powdered. I like it the simple way because it means I have usually have everything I need already in my pantry. This recipe is great for those weeknight meals when you aren’t sure what to cook.  I use frozen mixed vegetables to make the meal quick (no chopping) and I also have a rice cooker which makes cooking the rice easy.

Quick, easy fried rice recipe. A family favorite! Great for a weeknight meal. Recipe on everydayjenny.com

Spam Fried Rice

5 cups cooked Calrose rice (2 1/2 cups uncooked rice)
1 can Spam diced into 1/2 inch cubes or 2 cups diced ham
1 tablespoon vegetable oil*
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 cups mixed frozen vegetables
5 eggs

In a large pot or pan, heat vegetable oil and add Spam, allowing it to brown for 5-7 minutes, stirring periodically. Add the garlic powder and black pepper and stir. Crack your eggs into a large bowl and whisk. Moving the Spam to one side, add the eggs and scramble them. (You can also cook the eggs in a separate frying pan if desired, I just try to save myself washing two pans). Add the frozen mixed vegetables and allow to cook for 4-5 minutes until warmed through. Add the cooked rice to the pot and mix to incorporate everything allow to cook for another 6-7 minutes. Slowing add the soy sauce and stir until incorporated. Add a few more tablespoons if rice seems like it needs more.  Serve with egg rolls.

Quick, easy fried rice recipe. A family favorite! Great for a weeknight meal. Recipe on everydayjenny.com

*You can also use sesame oil if desired.

ODYSSEO FLASH GIVEAWAY- BE AMONG THE FIRST TO DISCOVER ODYSSEO BY CAVALIA IN SALT LAKE

When I first saw the huge white tent going up by South Towne mall, I was intrigued and had to find out what was going on. After seeing a billboard I looked up their website. The show looks amazing! You can see clips of it here-  http://po.st/aUHNDG.

Odysseo, “marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. This larger-than-life show sends hearts racing, but it is also a feast for the eyes that succeeds in delivering the spectacular with soul.” There are 70 horses and 45 actors in the production which Larry King said, “surpasses the world’s greatest shows!”

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I am running a giveaway on my Instagram account —->HERE.

Here’s what you’ll win-

Two pairs (2 tickets per pair) of Gold category tickets. Valid for their Friday, April 22 show at 6:30PM (Mountain) in Sandy, Utah.

Be sure to enter!

KOREAN BEEF BULGOGI WITH JONES CREEK BEEF

I was provided beef from Jones Creek Beef for this post. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Korean Beef Bulgogi rice bowl and quick pickled cucumber and carrots. Made with Jones Creek grass fed beef (you can find it at Walmart). Super delicious! Recipes at everydayjenny.com

One of my favorite restaurants in Germany was a little Korean place my mom would take us too. I loved the food and I thought it wasn’t something I would ever be able to recreate at home. Flash forward to my college years and in an introductory cooking class, we made a Korean beef bulgogi recipe. I was so amazed at how delicious and easy the recipe was. I’ve made many versions of Korean beef bulgogi since then, but this one is by far my favorite.

This recipe does have a unique ingredient in it. A quick story. When I had my second baby, I was so excited to make homemade baby food. A good friend gave me tons of pears from her tree and I carefully cooked, pureed and froze them into individual portions. Well, unlike my son, my little girl refused to eat pureed food. She went straight to table food. So I was left with a bunch of pureed pears (which were delicious by the way!). Many bulgogi recipes call for pureed pear so I started using the baby food in my recipes. Now that I no longer have any of that baby food left, I still like to buy a couple of jars of pureed pears every now and then to use in this recipe. You can also substitute a fresh pear pureed in a food processor if you prefer 🙂

Anyhow, back to the important part-the beef. In order to make beef bulgogi, you want a tender prime cut of meat. I like to use ribeye steaks. The grass-fed ribeye steaks from Jones Creek beef were so tender and had a great marbling and fat content. I could tell a difference in the tenderness when I was slicing them. Besides the meat tasting way better, it also has tons of added benefits- lower in total fat, and higher in B vitamins and minerals to name a few. You can check out all of the benefits on their website. You can purchase Jones Creek beef at your local Walmart. If you’ve never had beef bulgogi and you’re wondering what it taste like, it’s probably best described as being savory but also sweet.  My two kids really enjoy the flavors and gobble it up over rice. After I made the bulgogi, my husband commented on how tender the meat was. I have to agree that the meat was super tender.

My other favorite part of the meal from the Korean restaurant was the cucumber kimchi. I haven’t tried making my own kimchi at home , but these quick pickled cucumber and carrots only take a few minutes to put together and make the perfect side for the beef. Plus, I’m pretty sure it’s easier to make than kimchi. If you make the beef, I recommend you try the pickled cucumber with it.

Korean Beef Bulgogi rice bowl and quick pickled cucumber and carrots. Made with Jones Creek grass fed beef (you can find it at Walmart). Super delicious! Recipes at everydayjenny.comKorean Beef Bulgogi rice bowl and quick pickled cucumber and carrots. Made with Jones Creek grass fed beef (you can find it at Walmart). Super delicious! Recipes at everydayjenny.com

Korean Beef Bulgogi

2 Jones Creek beef ribeyes
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 jar pear baby food
3 green onions
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
4 garlic cloves, minced*

In a gallon ziplock bag, add the soy sauce, black pepper, pureed pear, chopped green onions, sugar, sesame oil, sesame seeds and garlic. Seal the bag and mix together.  Slice the two ribeye steaks 1/4 inch thick against the grain. Add to the ziplock bag and allow to marinate for at least one hour but preferably overnight.  In a large frying pan, add the entire bag of meat and marinade. Cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes, until the meat is to your desired doneness. I like to transfer the meat to a large serving bowl with all the sauce and then take a few pieces out and allow them to brown up a little more by themselves. This step is optional. The sauce tastes great spooned over the rice. Garnish with additional sesame seeds and green onion if desired.

Quick Pickled Cucumbers and Carrots

1 cucumber sliced (and peeled if desired)
3 garlic cloves, minced*
1 carrot shredded (My peeler has an attachment on the other side that shreds the carrots)
1 tsp grated fresh ginger*
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp red pepper flakes
3 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup water

In a pint mason jar, add the rice vinegar, salt, ginger, sugar, red pepper flakes and garlic and stir to combine. Add the cucumber and carrots pressing them down into the liquid. Add the water to just barely cover the cucumber and carrots. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Serve with the beef bulgogi.

*Fresh ginger and garlic are a must for this recipe. I love to use powdered garlic in other recipes, but it won’t taste the same in this one. Buy a piece of ginger, peel off the outside skin and keep it in the freezer. Then you will always have it on hand and it’s SO much easier to grate frozen. I use a small hole hand held grater like this ONE. I also use that grater for my garlic rather then try to mince it.

NAVY AND GOLD TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY

My friend’s little boy turned one on April 1st and she had the cutest idea for a navy and gold party. I loved the idea of combining that with “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”. I had a lot of fun planning out some of the party decor.

First, I drew the cake topper “Twinkle, Twinkle” out with a sharpie on some white paper and took a photo of it with my phone. Then I uploaded it to Cricut Design Space, cleaned up some of the background and was able to cut it out on the Cricut Explore Air.

I thought some stars would be cute for the cupcakes, so I quickly designed a few toppers and also cut some extras for the straws. I’ve been saving some baby food jars forever, knowing that *one* day they would come in handy. I painted the top navy blue with craft paint and used gold adhesive foil cut with the Cricut to add a star. I filled the jars with all sorts of blue candy.

I had the idea of using some Wilton food color gold mist spray for the stars on the cake. I designed a star template on the Cricut and cut it.

I loved how quickly I was able to make custom party decorations that added fun and unique details to the party!Navy and Gold Twinkle Twinkle Little Star First Birthday Party Table

Navy and Gold Twinkle Twinkle Little Star First Birthday Party Cake

Navy and Gold Twinkle Twinkle Little Star First Birthday Party Cake Topper

Navy and Gold Twinkle Twinkle Little Star First Birthday Party Cupcakes

Navy and Gold Twinkle Twinkle Little Star First Birthday Party Cupcakes Up Close

Navy and Gold Twinkle Twinkle Little Star StrawsNavy and Gold Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Treat Jars