Monday, February 18, 2013

Berry Special Valentine

So I know I'm a bit late getting this up. Time just got away from me! I whipped up this little valentine using my Cricut, but it could easily be made by hand.

I used the Preserves cartridge for the strawberries/blossoms and the Nursery Rhymes cartridge for all of the message except the word "berry" which is from the Mickey Font cartridge. The basket is woven out of paper strips that I cut by hand. It's had to tell from this picture, but I dotted the solid red strawberries with red glitter glue.

You don't have to wait until next Valentine's Day to make this card. By simply changing the message inside, you could make it for any occasion!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Chicken and Dumpling Casserole

I love to cook but I hate doing dishes. Luckily, Michael is all too happy to be my live-in dish washer. Unfortunately, when I was growing up my mom wasn't too crazy about filling that role. So, needless to say I didn't get to cook much when I lived at home. Most of the times that I was allowed to cook, I was making my signature dish: chicken and dumpling casserole.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Work in Progress : Starburst Afghan

Being from Southern California, I'm a pretty big winter-weather-wimp. I hate being out in the cold. But one thing I do love about the winter weather is cozy-ing up on the couch with my latest crochet project. As much as I hate to admit it, this is the second winter I've been working on this afghan. We had a pretty warm winter last year, so I'm just going to blame that for my slow progress. Since I'm at about the halfway point, I thought I'd share this work in progress.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Home Ec 101: Homemade Chicken Stock

One of my goals for 2013 is to reduce my kitchen waste. Good for the environment and good for my pocketbook. This means only buying as much food as we can eat before it goes bad (I tend to get a little overzealous when I enter the produce section) and making sure I use every last scrap of that food. On Friday night I made a roast chicken (sorry, no recipe this time!) and after I'd carved it all up, I looked at the carcass and knew it was destined for great things. Yes, that humble pile of bones would be transformed into something magical: a stock. Homemade stock is one of the quickest ways to elevate your favorite recipes to the stuff of legends. Store bought has got nothing on homemade.