Poppin' Tags and Chicken Pizzadilla

I don't have any jean capris. This is a problem because I have to go to a football game tomorrow and the high temperature is about 103 degrees. My typical uniform is jeans and a staff polo, but full-length hot denim jeans just won't cut it. So what does any crafty girl do? 

I went to Goodwill (wut-wut-wut-wut) and lucked into finding some pretty nice Old Navy jeans in my size. Now, most people get all weird about buying used thrift shop clothes. But honestly, when you think about it, I know LOTS of people who donate perfectly good clothes to Goodwill. They just don't like the style, they don't fit, or they aren't needed anymore. That means not all thrift clothes are super nasty. Yes, there ARE super nasty clothes there, but you've got to be brave and know what you're looking for. Be patient and keep your eyes open and you can find some really nice stuff. I nabbed the jeans for $4 and got a nice dress shirt for work as well for the same price. Protip: Wash your thrift clothes before you wear them or hang them in your closet. Always. 

Now, I'm all prepared to make capris. I pulled out my sewing machine which I only have a small knowledge of and got to work. First step- I stood in the mirror and eyeballed about the length I want. Hold your breath and cut off the excess. I know I only spend a few bucks, but they are good jeans and cutting them cuts into my cheap soul a little bit. 

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Now that there's no going back, I fiddled with the cuff I wanted. Fold, try on, adjust, take off, fold, try on, adjust, repeat. Once I got them where I wanted them, I ironed a pretty good crease into them. I made sure the cuffs lined up as best as I could and added a good bit of steam. 

ImageI have the leg pulled back so you can see both cuffs. I promise they aren't that uneven. From there, I headed to the sewing majigger. I started at one of the thick seams and went across the top of the cuff. As I approached the seams, I knew my machine couldn't go over them, so I went as far as I could, then backstitched a little. I don't know if that's the proper protocol for sewing denim, but that's what I did and I'm pretty sure it looks just fine. 

ImageOverall, I'm very happy with the way they turned out. I want to add some lace trim I have lying around to the back pockets one day when I'm a little braver with a needle and thread. I also wanted to show off my half-priced Sally Hansen nail stickers. I found the music print at Tuesday Morning for $4. My other nails have black polish with a sparkley gold top layer. Tomorrow is our first football game of the year, so I wanted to have a bit of school spirit. Please ignore my chubby stubby hand. I do have a thumb, but it's holding the jeans. 

Before I sign off for the evening, I'd like to introduce you to the Chicken Pizzadilla. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of the original version, but it would give you heart disease just by looking at it. I discovered this glorious food in the little town where I work at one of like three places to eat. It's technically a gas station, but they serve sandwiches, pizzas, fried chicken, and the like. 

Original Chicken Pizzadilla. Start with a large pizza crust, top with lots of ranch dressing and mozzarella cheese. Cover with grilled chicken strips and bacon. Add more cheese and ranch and fold the crust over. There is absolutely NOTHING healthy about this, but it is every bit as delicious as it sounds.

I decided that I wanted to attempt to make a slightly healthier version. I started with a pizza crust mix from Walmart, which despite being part Italian, I could not make look like a round pizza should look like. Ugly is still edible. I spread some Walden Farms Ranch Dressing over the crust after it had baked a few minutes. Now, if you haven't heard of Walden Farms, it's time you had. They make dressings and toppings that are calorie free. WHAT?! Calorie free Ranch dressing! Now, you can taste the difference for sure, but it isn't bad tasting at all. It's kind of nice because it doesn't taste like you're drinking your arteries full. (Side note: I love their BBQ sauce, other salad dressings, and I'm eager to try their ketchup and chocolate syrup.)

After the thin layer of ranch, I added shredded mozzarella cheese and a premixed/precooked chicken topping I had already prepared. Back when I made Bacon Pancakes, I saved 3-5 slices of bacon. I pulled all the fat off and crumbled the bacon into a bag. I then cut up a chicken breast into teeny tiny bits and sprinkled a bit of ranch dressing mix (the powdered kind) onto the chicken. I put it all in the bag and mixed it up to store in the freezer. When I stated the crust, I pulled out the mix and cooked up the chicken. 

Top your pizza crust with ranch, mozzarella, chicken, bacon, and a little more mozzarella and put it back in the oven.

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Oh man. It was so good, and it really made a whole lot of food. I didn't calculate specific calories, but without extra grease, butter, oil, and fat, I don't think it would be too bad for you.

I hereby declare today a huge win. Now if I can just survive tomorrow- 8 class periods, a pep rally, a 1.5 hour bus ride to a football game, said football game, bus ride back, then the additional drive home. I'd better take my Tardis blanket and get started crocheting!