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21  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Chia Pudding Recipe on: July 21, 2015 05:17:27 PM
Been seeing recipes for chia pudding and got curious. Now this is something that is great for breakfast, and was hopping it might be a good switch for the hubby and his oatmeal obsession. Also if you're craving something sweet, but don't want to blow your healthy habit, this is a good alternative.

Though chia seeds got are most popular for these guys:

Chia Seeds are packed with heart healthy benefits, high in fiber, high in antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids. Once you look there are loads of recipes for using them with other foods, too.

Chia Pudding Recipe
2/3 cup chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 tsp. real vanilla extract
1 - 2 T. light agave nectar
fresh or frozen fruit (for mine I used bananas and blueberries)

Mix first 5 ingredients on a bowl. Dish half full into refrigerator safe cup. Place fruit on top of that layer, put in more chia mix and add fruit to top off. Cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate overnight. Eat!

This pudding is filling and yummy. There are many variations online, but this was my mix of the ones I read.  Smiley
22  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Spiral Veggie Chicken Dinner on: July 16, 2015 06:51:20 AM
This is an easy and delicious dinner for during the week. Or whenever. Smiley

Spiralized veggies are a thing of beauty, and taste even better than they look.

Dish Ingredients:
2 large carrots, spiralized or julienne
1 small onion,  spiralized or julienne
1 English cucumber,  spiralized or julienne
Chicken breasts, grilled and shredded with fork
Sunflower seeds, optional

2 tsp. Lime juice
3T. soy sauce
1 T. Worschester
1 tsp. chili flakes
1 T. honey
1 clove minced garlic
1/2 tsp. Coriander
Add fresh mint, optional
Salt and pepper to taste

Once all veggies are prepped place in large bowl and stir. In small bowl make dressing. Pour over veggies and stir well to coat. Plate veggies on individual plates, top with chicken. Add sunflower seeds if you like. Eat! Grin
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Lumbar Pillows: Velvet Stamping on: July 12, 2015 11:02:17 AM
Friend of mine asked for help re-decorating her dining room. When I was hemming the curtains, which are grey velvet, there was enough leftover to make lumbar pillows for the head chairs.

There is an old technique I've used before called, velvet stamping. Since she has a large tree art piece I wanted to make trees on the pillows to match.

Here are some in progress and one of the chairs with the lumbar pillow.

Stamp used is about 3-4 inches, and this is how it looks when first done.

Did a random pattern on the fabric.

Chair with pillow, although hard to see trees with this picture.

The dining room turned out gorgeous, and the little touch from the velvet stamped pillows turned out to be a good accent.

Thanks for looking. Smiley
24  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Two Great Summer Salad Recipes on: July 12, 2015 10:52:24 AM
Found these two salad recipes and tried them both yesterday. So yummy! Both are vegan, healthy and super easy.
First up is my favorite.
Roasted Yam and Kale Salad
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
2 T. olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 T. olive oil
1 medium onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch of kale, washed, ribs removed and chopped into bite size pieces
2 T. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. thyme
Preheat oven to 400. Put sweet potatoes into a gallon zipper bag with 2 T.olive oil, and shake. Salt and pepper to taste. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes.

Heat 1 T. olive oil with garlic and onion. Caramelize onions, about 15 minutes. After onions are caramelized, turn off heat and add kale to pan with lid on. Leave for only about 8 minutes. Just to slightly tender and brighten in color. Refrigerate till ready to serve. Mix vinegar and thyme toss over salad, EAT!

This salad is so delicious and with so few ingredients you will be surprised.

Second is another easy but crazy good salad.
Curried Quinoa Salad
1 cup quinoa
1 tsp. curry powder
1 carrot, grated
1/4 cup of dried cranberries
1 can chickpeas, washed and drained
thin sliced 1/4 purple onion
salt and pepper to taste
Cook quinoa according to package, but add curry before cooking. Once cooked remove from pot to cool in bowl. Add carrot, cranberries, onion and chickpeas. Salad and pepper to taste, EAT!

Eating healthy is easy when the food is this good. Enjoy! Smiley
25  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Making Mayonnaise on: May 15, 2015 08:09:31 AM
Got this great and easy recipe for making mayonnaise from a friend. It takes about 2 - 4 minutes from start to finish.
2 eggs
3/4 tsp. salt
1 T. vinegar
2 cups of oil

Take your first 3 ingredients, and put them into a food processor with the large steel 'S' blade. Process for 30 seconds. With processor going, slowly poor oil into feed tube in a steady stream. When oil is all gone process for about another 5 seconds, and you're done!

You will have 2 1/2 cups rich creamy mayonnaise with no sugar, preservatives, or anything you cannot pronounce. It will last 2 weeks in your fridge in a closed container.

The cost of a jar of mayonnaise in my area is about $4.00 - 6.00 dollars. This costs about .45 cents to make.  Smiley
26  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Spinach, Ricotta and Grilled Eggplant over Pasta on: May 04, 2015 06:22:10 PM
This recipe is so yummy, it got me to eat eggplant! Takes all of about 20 minutes from start to eating. Smiley

1 medium eggplant, sliced 1/2 inch thick pieces
2 T. olive oil
pasta of your choice
salt & pepper
2 teaspoons of red wine vinegar
6 cups of fresh, washed spinach
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup ricotta, low fat is fine
onion, sliced thin
sliced bella mushrooms, about 6
can diced tomatoes, or you can use fresh
crushed red pepper, to taste
IMG_6902 by HRSG, on Flickr

Heat oil in skillet. Add eggplant, salt, pepper. Cook till tender.  Put on cutting board and cut into bite size pieces. Cook pasta, and drain. Add eggplant spinach, vinegar, tomatoes, salt, pepper and red pepper to hot pasta and toss to combine. Serve immediately topped with ricotta.
IMG_6904 by HRSG, on Flickr

Deliciouso! Grin
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Library Card Catalog Restoration on: May 04, 2015 06:05:52 PM
Friend asked me if I could restore an old card catalog. He wanted to surprise his wife, and dear friend, for her birthday. Although I've never done a restoration on this scale, I was excited to give it a go.

It is a Remington Rand card catalog that he found on Craigslist. The person who had it, had painted it this  red, white and blue.
cab1 by HRSG, on Flickr

Once stripped, the wood must have been very dry when they painted. You can see the white paint had soaked into the wood. You can also see there was a change in the hardware from the drawer fronts, where they used wood putty.
cab2 by HRSG, on Flickr

All stripped and sanded, then did some conditioning to the wood before staining.
cab3 by HRSG, on Flickr

Because there was hardware missing I found some similar brass pieces to use on Etsy. Then I started putting it all back together.
cab4 by HRSG, on Flickr

Though the cabinet has flaws in the wood from neglect, paint and whatever, it is still a beautiful piece of history. I really enjoyed doing this project for my friend.
cab5 by HRSG, on Flickr

Even found some old library cards to use in one of the drawers.
cab6 by HRSG, on Flickr

This took me a total of about 15 hours to complete. I would like to tackle something similar again sometime. Thanks for checking it out Smiley
28  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Best of Glass Wrap-Up for 2014 on: January 05, 2015 05:20:27 AM
These are just some of the amazing projects posted to the glass section in 2014. These were selected by the Craftster members who clicked "This Rocks".

In no particular order, please enjoy these incredible glass projects.

Glass Poppies by bendog

First Fused Coasters by maxxev

First Mosaic Trivet by LimeRiot

Tree Frog by bendog

Bee Happy Mosaic by HSG

Octopus Mosaic by ToRachel

Thank you to all who participate and share here in our little corner of Craftster. Looking forward to seeing new projects, ideas and techniques in 2015 on the glass boards of Craftster!  Smiley
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Cross-stitch or Embroidery? on: November 18, 2014 07:59:13 AM
If you had a lengthy quote to stitch and you wanted the font to be elegant, would you do embroidery or cross-stitch?
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Snarky Honeymooners on: September 20, 2014 06:51:04 PM
Was in the Snarky Housewives swap, and made this for Onyxnox.

She and her husband like the Honeymooners, as well as gin and tonic. from there it was just a mtter of coming up with the perfect way to display my idea. Then I found these two tiny canvases (3x3), with easels. The tiny Barbie phones were from Etsy.
IMG_6829 by HRSG, on Flickr

Side views
IMG_6834 by HRSG, on Flickr

IMG_6833 by HRSG, on Flickr

This was a lot of fun, and I was pleased it came out as I had pictured it.  Thank you for checking it out. Smiley
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