Monday, January 30, 2012

Growing Your Own Green Onions ... in water!

I was told if you place green onion ends (the part you normally just throw away or compost) in a glass of water, they will grow back!  This doesn't sound like rocket science, so I think it's something I can manage! Here it goes...

I started with a bunch of green onions

I cut the greens and kept the ends (leaving a couple inches on)

I placed the ends in a glass of water, just enough to cover.  I then placed them in the window sill to get some light


I ended up splitting them into 2 jars when I changed the water (I have been changing the water every 3 - 4 days) and OH MY are they growing!!! this picture was taken after a couple weeks.

Tortilla Chips - Homemade

I needed to use up those tortillas from the other night and decided to make tortilla chips!
Ingredients:
Homemade Tortilla
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Seasoning (I used Johnny's on these but you can use anything)
Directions:
1.     Mix olive oil and seasoning in a bowl.

2.     Brush the mixture onto each tortilla

3.     Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes (or whenever they have reached your desired crispness).
4.     Let cool then break apart into bite size pieces.
Eat plain or dip!  I preferred dipping them into yogurt dip where as the hubby liked them plain.

Quesadilla - Homemade

Ingredients:
Shredded Chicken (here we used a deboned rotisserie chicken)
Cheese
Green Salsa
Sour Cream (that is for the hubby, I don’t like sour cream!)


Directions:
1.                  Place your tortilla in a dry non-stick pan and cover with cheese.


2.                  Let the cheese melt a little then add your chicken

3.                  Add salsa

Friday, January 27, 2012

Tortilla - Homemade

I must admit, I love recipes that don’t have too many ingredients!   You know, the ones where you most likely have everything already on hand and can whip it up in a pinch? Those are the ones I like! Here is a tortilla recipe that is just that!

Ingredients:
2          Cups    Flour
½         tsp        Salt
2          Tbsp    Olive Oil
½         Cup      Warm Water

Directions:
1.                  Mix together the flour and salt in a medium size bowl.

Thousand Island Dressing – Homemade

Again, super easy recipe! So easy, you probably have all these ingredients already in your home! This made a good size batch, in my opinion (Way more than the tiny size I pictured below).  It was more than enough for my Homeless Rueben, listed below. 
Ingredients:
½     C      Mayonnaise
½     C      Ketchup
1      Tsp   Worchester Sauce
½     Tbsp Sugar
1/8    C     Relish (I think you are suppose to use sweet relish but all I had was very little dill relish, so that’s what I used.)
Directions:
Combine all ingredients into a small bowl.  Stir well.
I used mine right away but it would probably help to let it sit, covered, in the fridge for several hours before using.

Homeless Rueben
I bought a HUGE container of sauerkraut at Costco the other day and I am the only one in the family who will touch it.  I was craving it last night but couldn’t figure out what I had lying around to put it on.  Then it dawned on me, RUEBEN!! But we didn’t have any of the typical ingredients to make a Rueben.  So here is my homeless version.
Ingredients:
Piece of bread, toasted
Sauerkraut
Thousand Island dressing listed above

Directions:
I toasted a piece of Daves Killer Bread, cut it in half, spread some homemade dressing on,
added sauerkraut to one half,
topped with the other half and ...
... TA DA! Homeless Rueben!

Maybe next time I will try a traditional one and actually have rye bread, corned beef, and Swiss cheese! But for a quick fix, this worked just fine!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Magnetic Makeup Frame Tutorial

So my new internet love is pinterest.com!  I love love LOVE this website!  So many things to look at, I just can't get enough!  Our neighbor introduced me to pinterest and also found this make-up magnet board idea.  Seriously LOVE!  Over the weekend we each made one, I took pictures along the way for a tutorial... 
Supplies Needed:
Picture Frame
Sheet of Metal
Cutters
Marker
Fabric
Mod Podge
Magnets
Makeup
Tin Cans
Paint & Brush
Hot Glue Gun

Directions:
1.                  Disassemble your frame.  The back of the frame is not pictured here but you will need it for step 2

2.                  Use the back of the frame as a template for your metal. Use a marker to trace the outline and then cut.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Guacamole Recipe - Homemade

Easy to make! Yummy to eat!  I hope everyone has made guacamole but just incase you haven’t, here is a recipe from our neighbors that I love!
I hate to say this but I don’t measure these, I add them all by taste.  Next time I make it I will try to use measurements.  I will also try to take pictures.
Ingredients:
Avocado
Lemon Juice
Minced Garlic
Cayenne Pepper
Pops Dry Rub (This is a seasoning our neighbor's dad makes and it is yummy!!! You can put it in / on so many things!!!)
Salt & Pepper

Directions:
Cute avocado in half, remove pit.
Scoop out avocado.
Add all ingredients to taste and mash with a fork.  
That’s it! That easy! And Yummy too!! J

Friday, January 20, 2012

No Sew Tutu Tutorial

Supplies Needed:
Tulle      
Elastic
Scissors
Ruler
Coffee Can (or something round, your leg, full paper towel roll, ect.)

Directions:
1.  Measure the waist and cut elastic 3” shorter.
Example:  If the waist is 20” you will want to cut your elastic at 17”

Wearing           Waist               Cut Elastic     
0-6 Month         10-14”               7-11”  
6-12 M              14-16”             11-13”
12-24 M           16-18”             13-15”
2-3 T                18-20”             15-17”
4-5 T               20-22”             17-19”
6-7 Small        22-24”             19-21”
8-10 Medium  24-26”             21-23”
10-12 Large   26-28”             23-25”
NOTE: These are not exact, just ideas to go by

2.  Sew elastic ends together.  You can do this by hand or machine.
I used a ZigZag stich on mine

Magnetic Picture Frame

A while back I got into making these magnetic picture frames! I went crazy making them and now have a huge stack at home!  All I used was a 12 X 12 sheet of decorative paper, cardboard, and glue!  I added magnets to the back and a sheet cover to the front to protect the picture.

Front
Back
I was excited about the set I made for our fridge! 

The picture frame was the most time consuming but the pencil holder and initial magnets were pretty simple!

The pencil holder was made from a tin soup can, scrap paper from the frame, and magnets. 

The initial magnets (Chad, Chelsea, Dillion, Devin) were made with flat back marbles, more scrap paper from the frame, stickers for the initials, glue and a magnet!

What do you think?!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tutu, Wand, and Slippers

I absolutely love my 2 step boys!!! I get to see a lot of green, blue, camo, cars, trucks, motorcycles, mud, boogies, ect throughout the day! So when one of our friends or family has a little girl birthday party I get super excited!! I get to make things with pink and purple, frilly and lacey, LOVE IT!  All I could think about for this last little girl’s birthday party was making a tutu!!
Once I made the tutu I couldn’t stop!! What about a wand?!  And slippers!!!! (Ok, I hate to admit this but I ran out of time for making slippers. Those were store boughtL)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Picture Perfect Thread Holder Tutorial


As I mentioned before, we live in a 2 bed, 1 bath, 828sq ft condo.  Needless to say, every inch of flooring is occupied.  It has now become mandatory that every object that enters must be dual purposed. 

Craft Organizing Idea:  Get something off the floor (where there is no available space) and onto the wall (where I still have a little space available)!  What to pick first… How about… that nasty brown box that is storing all my thread! 
    Now, I didn’t have a lot of extra money to spend so I needed some creative ideas.  I was inspired by this ingenious idea found on grey luster girl's blog.  Here is what I had lying around and how I made a similar one... 
Picture Perfect Thread Holder Tutorial
Materials:
Old Picture Frame            
Corkboard
Hot Glue Gun
Nails – I used 2” long nails
Pencil and Ruler   
Directions:
1.      Disassemble your picture frame. 
(Discard everything but the frame and back.  I couldn't just throw away the protective plastic or picture template inside!  I just haven't decided what I want to do with them yet!)

2.      Use your hot glue gun to secure the corkboard to the picture frame back.

3.      Add your frame onto your new corkboard back.

3.      Measure and mark where you want your nails to be.
(I took more time than needed here because math skills are not my best subject.  Measuring would be ideal but I am a more visual person.  My tip for this is to find 2 or more of the biggest spools you plan on hanging up.  Set them on the corkboard however far apart you will want them.  Lightly press your pencil through the middle of the spool to make a mark.  If your pencil doesn’t work use your nails to lightly make a hole.  Do this over the whole board)

4.      Hammer Nails through the corkboard and backing.
(I don’t know if you’ll want to do it exactly like I did but I found the easiest way was to place a thin rug on the hearth of our fireplace, set the picture frame on top, and hammered the nails so they went all the way through the corkboard and backing.  This left the nails poking through the back a little but helped hold them in place.  You might want to test out a couple nails before you do the whole thing.  Make sure you can hang the frame on the wall without the nails touching the wall.  Also make sure your nails are big enough to hold your thread)

5.      Load the nails full of all your thread, hang on the wall, and enjoy!!
           
I really scored with this project!  Not only did I get the old box of thread off the floor but I also got rid of the corkboard and nails that were lying around! (I did have to send the hubby to the store because I realized half way through I didn’t have enough nails! But all in all I cleared up some much needed floor space and only spent a few bucks!
My craft station ... A work in progress


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Mocha - Homemade

Ok, I love me my mochas! I have decided though that my pocket book would like them a lot more if I started making my own!  

Homemade Mocha Recipe
Ingredients:
     6         oz     Trader Joes Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips 
     1 1/2   C     1% Milk
     1/3      C     Organic Sugar
     2         C     Coffee (I brewed 4 Cups in my coffee pot to get 2 actual CupsJ)
     1        tsp     Trader Joes Vanilla Extract

Directions:
     1.     Heat the milk and chocolate chips on medium-high heat stirring frequently until chocolate chips melt completely.
     2.     Add sugar and salt and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, turn heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes stirring constantly.
     3.     Stir in vanilla and coffee
     4.     In a blender, blend on HIGH for 1 Minute.
     5.     Enjoy! 

*This is a VERY sweet mocha!  You can tweak it anyway you want if you don’t want it that sweet and you can always change the milk to what you prefer, add heavy or light cream, or a whip topping... Or anything else! Play with it! :) I drank 1/2 the batch hot and then stored the rest in the fridge and drank the other 1/2 cold the next day :).  I think I prefer it hot but it wasn’t bad cold either :).

Friday, January 13, 2012

Indoor Winter Herb Garden

 Is it possible?!
I don’t know….. but there is one thing I do know …. They have started sprouting!! In the past I have not had a green thumb, it would be the hardiest of plant and I would manage to kill it.  Horrible right?! I have only recently (within the past year) been trying to "grow" one (a green thumb that isJ).  Last year my wonderful hubby built us a small garden bed on the side of our small condo.  We planted a very little, yet shockingly successful, garden!
My oldest step son and myself hard at work
This year we will be house-sitting for the hubby's parents while looking for a bigger HOUSE (yes house!!! … 828sq ft …..2 bed …. 1 bath….. is NOT big enough for 4 people and a dog).  Yet we have made it work for the past 3 years.  I am hoping with a new place will come a new bigger garden!  And during this whole process I am hoping to maintain a garden ... somewhereJ.  Anyways… back to the project ….
I’m thinking….So far so good!   
From left to right we have: Chives, Basil, Parsley (that’s really taking off!) and Green Onion.  The chives and basil have sprouted, but they are so little the camera had a hard time picking them up …. If you look close… they are really there! J Now, I have heard that it’s not the sprouting part that I need to worry about, it’s the growing nice and luscious herbs that might be a problem…. Any ideas???

UPDATE

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

2012 Resolution: Start a blog

2012

New Year, new resolutions!  This year's resolution, start a blog! Over the years I have read a lot of blogs but it never crossed my mind to start my own.  Then this year I thought… why not?! I am always looking for new ideas, finding new ways to organize, craft, cook, bake, ect… Why not share my thoughts and finds with others that have similar interests?!  Maybe this way my (wonderfully sweet) hubby can take a break from pretending to be interested in the new ideas I have for organizing my craft space! Or the new baby bib, burp rag, and booties I made for the neighbor babyJ! I have to give it to him though; he does try really hard to be interested in my crafting and new ideas!  But let’s face it, I have a hard time showing interest in the shoot em’ up play station games he plays or that annoying little RC helicopter he likes to hover around my head! J But we love each other, even if not all our hobbies are the same.  That's all that matters!