Saturday, April 16, 2016

Solving Hunger One Recipe a Day...

I've been quite on-point with cooking lately, even while suffering through the flu last week.

Here's 10 more recipes to add to the collection, including some that turned out pretty damn good (if I may say so myself):

Recipe #310: Slow Cooker Jambalaya from Plain Chicken
Unfortunately, I put this recipe in the crock pot on Monday morning before work, and by the time I got home from work on Monday, my flu was at full-force and I was confined to my bed for the next 3 days while my husband at the jambalaya in the dark so I could sleep.

Oh, the joys of the flu... the joys of a studio apartment... and the (real) joys of a loving husband.

BUT... I did get a few bites of this a few days later when I was feeling up to it (not that I could taste much). The hubby reported that it was a little too healthy (with the turkey sausage) for his taste.
Let me know what you think of it...




Recipe #311: Lentil Soup from CutOutandKeep
A few days into my dehabilitating sickness (seriously, it was bad), I finally mustered up the desire to make and eat food. Using only ingredients we had in the house, I threw together this lentil soup that kept my belly full for the rest of the week. 

Recipe #312: Cucumber and Avocado Sandwich from GoodLifeEats
I love avocados, and I love cucumber sandwiches, so this sandwich was a good combination of the two. And that's all there is to say about that.
 






Recipe #313: 2 Ingredient Cheese Biscuits from WonkyWonderfulYum. Yum yum yum. Biscuits stuffed with fresh mozzarella cheese coated in oil. These were a wonderful side dish to our spaghetti squash main dish, and they were delicious leftovers as snacks the next day. So easy to make, too!





Recipe #314: Lasagna-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash from ArisMenu:
I bought two massive spaghetti squashes from the store last weekend, so tried out two different spaghetti squash recipes this week. In the end, I still prefer my spaghetti squash with some brown sugar... simple and sweet.
This Lasagna-stuffed spaghetti squash was good, but I would leave the meat out if I tried it out again. That cheese though...

 

 

Recipe #315: Spaghetti Squash Carbonara from HugsandCookiesXOXO:
The other spaghetti squash recipe was a carbonara recipe where the squash serves as the pasta substitute. Don't worry though, the bacon and bacon grease mixed in with the squash totally makes up for any healthy plans you had for dinner.
Overall, it wasn't quite the same as traditional bacony-starchy goodness of regular pasta carbonara, but it was good enough for the husband to eat it, so I would call it a success.

Recipe #316: Peanut Butter Microwave Fudge from NowYouCanPinIt:
This fudge was so easy, and so delicious, and so cheap, I couldn't believe it. Maybe it didn't hold up to my dad's secret family recipe for fudge, but it also didn't take $20 in ingredients and half an hour at the stove stirring for EXACTLY 6 minutes. I'd love to find a peanut butter-chocolate version of this fudge that's just as easy and just as delicious, but I guess that's wishful thinking, huh?



 Recipe #317: Pizza Stuffed Pretzel Rolls from DomesticFits:
These blew my mind. They were SO GOOD! My mouth is just watering from the salty pizza-y goodness, and it was kind of fun making them, too! I loved that the recipe called for pre-made pizza dough so I didn't have to deal with making my own. The only problem I ran into was that it took me until halfway through rolling out each roll to find my nitch... at first I wasn't rolling the dough thin enough so they were too small and sticking together, but once I got it... I got it.
THEN THIS AMAZING THING HAPPENED where I trusted the recipe and dumped these perfectly good bread pizza dough things in boiling water. As I did it, I kept imaging them coming out as this mushy mess, but they just got kind of crispy and that's what made them taste extra pretzely in the end.
Only one broke open and spilled out in the water and turned into a goopy mess.
Excuse me, while I go make these again.



 Recipe #318: Rosemary Garlic Butter Steaks from CookClouds:
Another amazing recipe...
Since we moved to New York City, we moved away from all things steak... the grill, the smoker, the parents who would invite us over for filet mignon. Besides the occasional special occasion where we make it out to a delicious steak house, I certainly haven't had my fill of medium-rare goodness... until this week when I tried out this recipe.
The trick was finding a recipe that just let me cook the steak on the skillet, without anything fancy. Except butter.

These steaks were fast, and easy, and delicious, and made me feel like we were in suburbia again.


Recipe #319: Cherry Pie Bubble up from Mandy's Recipe Box:
The last recipe of the bunch, I made this cherry pie bubble up tonight. It was fast, easy, sweet, and delicious, and a great use of our refrigerated canned biscuits. This is a great quick dessert to bring to a party or get together where you need something last minute.


Now, I'm hungry again from looking at all these pictures, and my fingers hurt from all this typing. 
Until next week!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Oh, Baby!

Oh, baby, oh boy!

My first nephew has arrived, and I've made sure to spoil him already!

Of course, this was a chance to test out some new (and already tested and approved) homemade baby gifts, but anything that helps me be the favorite aunt is a plus as well.

Here are some of the baby gifts I've made since I found out about nephew 8 months ago...

We had a mini baby shower when my brother and his wife visited over Thanksgiving, so I made these Month-by-Month onesies, and paired it with a month-by-month frame that I found on amazon.
I had made these onesies back in June of 2014 in this post, for my friend. Back then, I used fabric, but this time I used iron-on vinyl in blue, green, and navy, and a little leftover sparkly gold for the 1 year onesie.




For Christmas, I made a copycat version of some cute onesies we had found in a boutique shop while Christmas shopping...

I used the leftover onesies from the packs I had to buy for the month-by-month project (of course, I couldn't find packs of 3 in each month span). 

First, I made this simple Hashtag Onesie with leftover vinyl.
I think it gets right to the point, don't you?


Next, I made this Where the Wild Things Are Onesie by piecing together pieces of felt and sewing them on (which I had to do when I was at my parents' house for Christmas... no room for a sewing machine in NYC!)
I used some leftover vinyl for the 'wild thing' words.



Today, on my last sick day at home with the flu (yuck!), I finished my first crocheted baby blanket. It's a little rough around the edges (literally), but it's finished, and I did it, and it's all crocheted, and it only took me 8 months. I used this pattern from about.com, which claims to be quick and easy. Oh boy, what's NOT quick and easy?






Finally, I present my pride and joy... the Knitted Harry Potter Baby Blanket inspired by EchoLovelySound on Etsy. I made this blanket by knitting lots of 4"x4" squares in Gryffindor colors, maroon and yellow. 
You'll notice that I ran out of maroon halfway through, and when I went to Michael's to buy more, they didn't have any more of the same color.
So I went to a different Michael's.
Same problem.
So I went to a different Michael's all the way down in Atlanta, Georgia when I was visiting.
And. got. the. wrong. color.
So, I ended up having two different shades of the reds, but it worked out that I could pattern them out. I actually ended up kind of liking the way it turned out, cause it looks more patchy.

I also made a long thin knitted boarder around the outside to pull it together.




I added a hood by knitting a triangle and stitching it to a top corner. It was kind of trial-and-error to knit a triangle that followed the lines of the blanket exactly, but it didn't take too long.
 Once I got to a sewing machine, I sewed a white felt lighting bolt on the hood. I tried to find a lighting bolt patch, but of course there wasn't one.

This is one side of the finished product:

And here's the other. Notice the 'L' on the bottom right of the yellow patch? That's for the baby's first name.

This is the blanket all folded up like it's swaddling a baby:

... too bad I didn't have a baby to test it out on.





Ta-da!




Well, that's a taste of things that have past, and things that are to come in this poor boy's life.


Sunday, April 3, 2016

Know What I Know - Candy Jars and Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cookies

Let's talk about the internet.

Through the internet, I have been able to discover endless inspiration for crafting, baking, cooking, and more.

I've learned things. I've seen things. I've discovered things I never would have before. I've connected with people and kept relationships that otherwise would have sizzled away.

You have the knowledge of the whole world at your fingertips.

My friend recently got a job at skillshare, and told me all about it. So, I decided to try it out, and post my very own class.

Because I might as well contribute to the knowledge of the whole world.

I decided to make a candy jar for my friend's birthday, and also one to keep my dog's treats!

Check out my class... there is a special, and you can get 3 months of skillshare premium services for only $0.99 through this link!







 Oh, I also completed Recipe #209 - Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cookies from SprinkleSomeSugar today. I figured these cookies would be delicious when I saw the recipe. I knew the cookies would be delicious when I tasted the dough. Yet, I was still blown away with how delicious these cookies really are.
I mean, who doesn't love Cinnamon Toast Crunch?!