“Baked” Potato Microwave Bag

At the Christmas Eve Eve celebration we attended this bag was given as a hostess gift. I heard people raving about how well it works and it looks super easy to make. The potatoes made this way taste oven-baked, with the exception of not being crispy on the outside, and are so much faster to make with less energy consumption than the traditional way. We don’t use a microwave at our house so I won’t be sewing up one to make a tutorial myself, but I found one here.

Microwave Potato Bag

The tutorial calls for using batting, but the bag circulating at the party (and the ones others were speaking about that they had received and used) did not use any batting, just quilting fabric on the outside and flannel inside.

While looking for a tutorial to link to I did find some important advice on other sites. It is important to use only 100% cotton materials, NO polyester at all, or there is a risk of the bag catching fire in the microwave (not to mention potential unsavory synthetic off-gassing). Also regardless of the fabric size recommended in the tutorial, double check that the potato bag is small enough to clear the sides of your microwave by at least an inch.

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Close up of the instruction label pinned to the microwave potato bag.

Whether made for yourself or to give as a gift, this is one super quick and easy project that receives rave reviews… just thought I’d pass it on. 🙂

Here’s where I’m linking up:

Sunday:

I {heart} Naptime,  Flamingo Toesjembellish clothes upcycling page,

Blissful and Domestic,

Monday:

Skip to My LouThe Gunny SackSew Can Do, Keeping It SimplePolly Want a

Crafter An original Belle,  I Should be Mopping the FloorThe Dedicated House 

A Round Tuit,  C.R.A.F.T.,  diy home sweet home,

Craft-O Maniac, Sew Chatty, Sarahndipities The Cure for the Common Monday

Tuesday:

Not Just a HousewifeHope StudiosFunky Polkadot GiraffeKammy’s Korner,

Home Stories A to Z,  Crafty Confessions, Homemade Tuesday,  Today’s Assignment,

Antiprocrastination TuesdayTake-a-Look Tuesday,  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday,

The Creative Itch BoutiqueSchwin and SchwinHeart and Soul Blog Hop

Wednesday:

Sew Much AdoFrugally Sustainable,  Lil’ LunaSomeday CraftsWhimsy

WednesdayWhatcha Work Up Wednesday

Thursday:

Mom On TimeoutThrifty DecoratingBear Rabbit BearThriving on Thursdays

The Crafty BlogstalkerThe Shabby Creek CottageHouse of Hepworths,

Sorta Crunchy, Delightful OrderAnything Goes Linky Party,

Friday:

Simply DesigningWhipperberry,  Happy Hour Projects

Joyful StamperMaking Lemonade BlogThirty Handmade Days,

Naptime CraftersRomantic HomeFinding Fabulous,

Shabby NestFrench Country Cottage, The Charm of HomeThe Grant Life,

At the Picket FenceFingerprints on the Fridge, One Artsy Mama,

Saturday:

The Gingerbread BlogToo Much Time On My HandsHello Weekend,

Six Sisters StuffSerenity YouBe Different Act Normal

Salsa Verde!

My husband loves salsa verde… on just about everything. I used to use it just every once in a while, but with this pregnancy has come a craving for the stuff. We’ve lately going through it to the tune of about a jar a week it seems. Time to start making it myself, methinks.

I had made this in the past but with a difficult pregnancy followed by two years of extreme sleep deprivation and off into the land of prego again I’ve lost a lot of my DIY habits in favor of convenience. But really, this is not all that hard, tastes better and is SO much cheaper. After almost 3 1/3 years though, I found I had to look up the recipe.

I used this one from Eating Richly with only a few minor adjustments. I omitted the sugar, ground pepper and used only 1/2 of the jalapeño.

Combine all of the following ingredients in a food processor or blender.

Tomatillo

Tomatillo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are unfamiliar with tomatillos, they look like green tomatoes with a papery husk. The recipe calls for 4 medium to large. I found only mostly small ones at the store so I used 8.

Remove and discard the husk and wash the tomatillos.

Slice in half and place on a lined a baking tray.

Place tray under the broiler until the skins are nicely charred.

Chop 1/2 an onion.

1/2 cup of loosely packed cilantro. I used more; I really like cilantro.

I  don’t like things really spicy so I only used half of the jalapeño, discarding the seeds of course.  Always taste test your individual pepper as levels of hotness from one jalapeño to the next can vary significantly.

Add the juice of one lime,

and salt to taste.

Ready. Set.

Go!

One recipe makes enough to fill two smallish jars. This was the second day in a row I made some as I saw that my initial batch wasn’t going to last long at all. This stuff is addictive! I think the next time I make it I will double or triple the recipe at the outset as it is basically the same amount of work, and then I have some to squirrel away in the freezer.

Here’s where I’m linking up:

Here’s where I’m linking up:

Sunday:

Homemaker on a Dime,  I {heart} Naptime,  Flamingo ToesMy 1929 Charmer Blog,

What I Wore Sundayjembellish clothes upcycling page

Monday:

Get Outta My Head PleaseSkip to My LouThe Gunny SackSew Can Do,

Singing Three Little Birds,  C.R.A.F.T.,  diy home sweet home,

Craft-O Maniac, Sew Chatty, Sarahndipities The Cure for the Common Monday

Tuesday:

At Home With KNot Just a HousewifeHope StudiosFunky Polkadot Giraffe,

Kammy’s KornerThe Kurtz CornerI’m Topsy TurvyTip Junkie,

Raising 4 PrincessesThe Creative Itch BoutiqueSchwin and Schwin,

Heart and Soul Blog Hop

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Wednesday:

Sew Much AdoFrugally Sustainable,  Lil’ LunaSomeday CraftsWhimsy

WednesdayWhatcha Work Up Wednesday

Thursday:

Mom On TimeoutThrifty DecoratingBear Rabbit BearThriving on Thursdays

The Crafty BlogstalkerThe Shabby Creek CottageHouse of Hepworths,

Sorta Crunchy, Delightful OrderAnything Goes Linky Party,

Friday:

Simply DesigningWhipperberry,  Happy Hour Projectskojodesigns,

Joyful StamperMaking Lemonade BlogThirty Handmade Days,

Release Me CreationsNaptime CraftersRomantic HomeFinding Fabulous,

Shabby NestFrench Country Cottage, The Charm of HomeThe Grant Life,

At the Picket FenceFingerprints on the Fridge, One Art Mama2805,

Saturday:

The Gingerbread BlogToo Much Time On My Hands,

Six Sisters StuffSerenity YouBe Different Act Normal