Sisters Share It All: Pinterest Challenge (Follow Up #1)

Our last Sister Share It All was an invitation to join us in a Pinterest Challenge, choosing six of your pins to accomplish during the next six weeks. Today we’re sharing our progress on two of them.

You can see all six of my picks here.

First project checked off was making Creamy White Bean and Bacon Soup. We’re big soup fans around these parts, and if it has bacon, we’re 100% sold. But the reason I chose it for this challenge is because it called for dry beans, rather than canned. I know dry beans are easy and way cheaper, but I have never bothered to use them because I never think far enough ahead to use them. So this time I cooked them in my crockpot (without bothering to pre-soak them), and it turned out to be just as easy as everyone said. Plus, they were soft and delicious, and shortened the soup cooking time since I didn’t have to let the canned beans soften.

I also made some challah bread to go with the soup, since I was feeling extra domestic 🙂 


2/3 cup hot water (110-115 degrees)
1-1/2 tsp yeast

2 eggs
2 TB vegetable oil
2 TB sugar
1 tsp salt
3 to 3-1/4 cup flour

Combine yeast and water and let it sit and activate for five minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and knead until a soft, smooth dough forms. Knead for 5 minutes longer, then cover and let it rise for 45 minutes or until doubled. 

Remove dough from the bowl and on to a floured surface. Divide into three equal sections and braid, tucking both ends underneath the loaf. Let rise for 30-45 more minutes. Cook in an oven preheated to 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack. 

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Challenge number two was to wear an outfit that I pinned a while back. I liked the combo of the pencil skirt and sweatshirt, and when I found this lace sweatshirt at TJMaxx a few weeks ago, I knew I had to re-create it. 
I wore it to church on Sunday, planning to take some photos when we got home, but then after an unfortunate bathroom accident with Peanut (when his aiming went awry…sorry, TMI??), I was forced to race home and change. So after a major wash, I threw it back on yesterday and took some photos. The first time I swapped the belt for a statement necklace, and I have to say I like the belted version better. 
So…how are you guys doing with the Challenge?? Hop on over to Janssen and Landen’s blogs and see their progress! 
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  1. Love it with the belt – I agree that it looks better that way. And yep – been there, done that with kid incidents. :p

  2. HandJ Cobb says:

    I like the statement necklace! We've gotten three of our six done over here, such a fun challenge!

  3. Kylie says:

    I love your blog! As a new sewist, your tutorials seem easy to follow and I can't wait to try them 🙂 I think you should do a lace sweatshirt tutorial!

  4. Brittany M. says:

    Good job so far, Merrick! Week 1 was a bust in my neck of the woods, but I was able to do 3 1/2 in week 2 (i hung one curtain panel rather than both; ran out of wall anchors halfway through), so I made up for it! I have posts all written but haven't uploaded my photos yet, which is pretty much my MO for everything.

  5. Lizzy says:

    Great outfit! Did you make the skirt? Where do you typically find your jersey fabric, because I really want to try one of you pencil skirt tutorials!

  6. Mrs. W says:

    This is very cute and could be an everyday chic style I need to try. BTW, where did you get those shoes? Thanks!

  7. Tara says:

    Really cute–I like it both ways actually! And I need to light the fire under my bum on my challenges :-/

  8. Lindsay says:

    I really like that outfit. I think I like the belter version better too.
    I didn't start the challenge out with you guys but I have sewn, painted & cooked three of my recent pins.

  9. mmm that soup sounds delicious and comforting, and I love your outfit!

  10. chalayn says:

    Oh! Good job on completing two of your "challenges". I have done two as well but I have only blogged about this one. :/ I guess I'd better get caught up! 🙂

    By the way, that outfit looks great on you!

    The Brayn of Chalayn

  11. Adorable! Definitely much, much better with the belt.

  12. SheridanR says:

    That lace sweatshirt is adorable!
    And I agree with Mrs. W, those shoes top the whole outfit.
    Loving the Pinterest Challenge. I totally forgot to post mine but it is up now and this week I'll be catching up to everyone else in the Pinterest Challenge!

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