Friday, 27 March 2009
Monday, 23 March 2009
Saturday, 21 March 2009
- Oil (to sautee)
- 1 onion (diced)
- 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 4 cups mushrooms (chopped)
- 2 medium zucchinis (diced)
- 2 cups corn
- handful of parsley (finely chopped)
- 1 chive (finely chopped)
- 1 butternut squash (peeled & chopped into large chunks)
- 2 sweet potatoes (peeled & chopped into large chunks)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened soymilk
- 1 tsp red chili pepper (optional)
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- salt & pepper to taste
Place the chopped squash and sweet potato in a large pot. Fill with enough water to cover the vegetables. Add a teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Drain.
Heat some oil in a pan on medium. Add the onion and garlic and sautee until the onions turn translucent. Add the mushrooms, zucchini, corn and chilies. Season with salt and pepper and continue cooking for 3-5 minutes (or until the vegetables soften). Mix in the chopped parsley.
Preheat the oven to 400 F. Add the soymilk to the squash and potatoes. With a potato masher (or use a fork if you don't have one) mash the squash and potatoes. Add the chives and nutmeg and season with salt and pepper.
Spread the sauteed mushroom mixture evenly in a casserole dish. Top with the squash and potato. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until the top is brown.
Thursday, 19 March 2009
Here's a great little project to re-purpose some of those unique jewelry pieces you may have received as gifts. This pair of earrings (only one earring is pictured on the left) wasn't really my style, so I grabbed my pliers and went at it.
I removed all five of the dangling pieces from both earrings and the circular embellishment from the earring finding. Then I added two of the dangling pieces to the earrings and used the rest of the beads for the bracelet. I finished off the bracelet with a clasp and hook, and the jewelry set was done.
Monday, 16 March 2009
- 1 package of wonton wraps (read the label to make sure it doesn't include eggs)
- vegetable oil (for frying)
- 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar
- 1/2 tbsp of cinnamon
In a deep skillet, heat an inch of oil on medium. Meanwhile combine the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Carefully add a wonton wrap into the oil and fry for 30 seconds - 1 minute or until golden brown. I used a spoon to fold half of the cookie unto itself to form a half moon shape. Using tongs or a slotted spoon remove the cookie from the oil and coat with the sugar and cinnamon mixture.
Since this was my first time frying, I burned the first few :( But after a while I got the hang of it and could fry 3 at the same time. I know what you're thinking: a deep fried cookie must be very greasy, oily and filling. But these cookies are actually the opposite. In fact, after I finished making them, I poured the oil I used for frying back into a jar to reuse, and hardly any had been absorbed into the cookies. So happy cookie frying!!
Saturday, 14 March 2009
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Over the years I've amassed quite a few lockets and charms - too many frankly. I've been seeing a lot of charm bracelets in stores these days, so naturally I thought why not make my own charm bracelet with the lockets I have that aren't currently being used. You will need:
I used jump rings for my bracelet because I find them easier to use than split rings (these rings look like mini key chain rings), but you can use whichever you prefer. Open one jump ring using the pliers and insert one end into the hole on your locket or charm. Slip the open jump ring into one of the loops on your bracelet and close the ring with your pliers. Continue adding charms and embellishments as you like.
Sunday, 8 March 2009
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
- An old pair of jeans
- Zipper (or alternative closure)
Rip off both back pockets from the jeans. With right sides facing, sew one side of the zipper to one pocket, then sew the second. At this point you can decide the shape of your pouch. I like the idea of sewing up the edges as is and leaving the pouch with that "jeans back pocket" look. However, considering the function I needed the pouch for, I decided a rectangular shape would be best. Open the zipper half way, and stitch the other 3 sides together. Trim any excess fabric and zipper and turn right side out. Good for the environment and good for staying organized!
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