Project Name & Link: Night Owl Charm Bracelet
Brief Description: This charm bracelet was inspired oddly enough, by a male friend who doesn't wear charm bracelets. He's a bit of a night owl, and whenever I picture him, I always imagine it's night and he's curled up in the dark with a good book and a glass of wine. This bracelet was made without any pattern or guide.
Challenge: Bertie Bott's Bean - Peach
Project Name: Overnight Oatmeal Recipe (Ginger Peach)
Brief Description: I've always liked oatmeal, but the instant variety is loaded with sugar and artificial flavors, and making it in a pot each morning dirties extra dishes and takes too much time. Plus the instant variety leaves me feeling hungry around 10:30, well before lunch. (This is because each packet is half a serving size of oats.) So after seeing Overnight Oatmeal making the rounds on Pinterest and food/nutrition blogs, I decided to give it a try. I got hooked. Now I make 5-6 jars on a Sunday afternoon, so I'll have it all week. The best part is you can control the sugar, and mix up your favorite flavors. Below I'll post the basic recipe, and my favorite variation. This recipe helps lead to good health, is made with peaches, and protects the heart.
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
pinch of salt
1 tsp. chia seeds (for added fiber & heart healthy oils)
1 tsp. brown sugar
1/2 cup almond milk (or skim milk)
Place the oats, salt, chia seeds, and brown sugar in your jars. The night before you wish to eat the oatmeal, stir in the almond milk and place in the refrigerator. In the morning pour into a bowl and heat in the microwave for 45 seconds. Stir, and heat another 45 seconds. Serve.
Ginger Peach Overnight Oatmeal
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
pinch of salt
1 tsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. brown sugar
dash of ginger
dash of allspice
dash of cloves
2 pcs crystallized ginger, minced
1/2 cup almond milk
4-5 slices frozen peaches, chopped
4-5 pecan halves, chopped
As before, place all of the dry ingredients (except the nuts!) in jars. The night before serving, add the almond milk and chopped frozen peaches. In the morning pour into a bowl and heat in the microwave for 45 seconds. Stir, and heat another 45 seconds. Top with chopped pecan pieces, and if desired a light drizzle of maple syrup to serve.
My Ginger Peach version: 329 calories, 10 grams fiber, 19 grams sugar, 335 mg sodium
2 packets of Quaker Instant: 320 calories, 6 grams fiber, 24 grams sugar, 520 mg sodium
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
Project Name: Fixing all the pants!
Brief Description: I'm short. Really short. 4' 11.5" tall. I have to hem my pants, but rarely bother. This time I hemmed my new workout pants, AND repaired a hole in the amazing Astronomy PJ's that Fiber Alchemist made me. All three of these pants now work much better for me.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - October
Project Name: Creamsicle Syrup (Orange Vanilla Syrup)
Project Page Link: http://foodinjars.com/2010/03/orange-jelly-recipe/
Brief Description: I am teaching a friend to can, and her husband requested Creamsicle Jelly, after I'd listed some jelly recipes I'd found online. It is basically an orange and vanilla bean jelly. The recipe is from the Food in Jars blog, which if you followed my canning adventures last summer, you might remember that I DON'T recommend. Her Creamsicle Jelly recipe had so many bad reviews for it not setting, that I decided to go another route. I used her Orange Jelly recipe, which had good reviews, and which utilized twice the pectin, and simply added the vanilla bean. Alas, I should have learned my lesson to never follow any of her recipes, and just found something else in the Ball book. It never fully set, so instead of jelly it is a syrup. But I'm quite certain it will be delicious on ice cream or pound cake.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - November
Project Name: Photography Light Box
Brief Description: Most of you know that my full time job now is running my Etsy shop. As it was originally a side business intended to help make ends meet, I didn't invest in much in the way of setup for photography. I simply took pictures on an off-white table, on my covered porch, during midday, when there was lots of natural but indirect light. But as it is now my full time job, I decided it was time to get more professional with my pictures. This is my first attempt at a light box. It was created from a cardboard box, and white muslin. I looked for the larger 120 watt clip lamps at Home Depot, but they were out, and I ended up with 60 watt. They aren't quite bright enough, so I'm currently using it up against my large window, when the light is pouring in, during the morning. I'm hoping to get 2 more small lamps for the back, or to eventually create another one from PVC and a few desk lamps.
For comparison, here's two pics of the same bracelet. One taken outdoors on a wooden table, and the other with my new light box.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Pride
Project Name & Recipe Link: Cranberry Mustard
Brief Description: This past week I did a round of a canning with a friend who wishes to learn more about it. This batch of Cranberry Mustard comes from the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, but can also be found at the link above on the Freshpreserving.com website. It is both bold, and red, like Gryffindor House!
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures
Project Name & Recipe Link: Smuttynose Vunderbar Pilsner Mustard
Brief Description: Final canning project from this past week. I used the Oktoberfest Beer Mustard recipe from the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, replacing the Oktoberfest with Smuttynose Vunderbar Pilsner. (I'm a fan of Smuttynose beers, as they are made in my home state of New Hampshire!) The complete recipe can also be found at the link above on the Freshpreserving.com website. This project combines mustard two different things, mustard and beer!