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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Shelf Life on Vanilla Beans? on: March 21, 2012 08:23:59 AM
A vanilla bean is a 'pod' from an orchid. I would treat it in the same way I would treat other flowery items - if it's not fuzzy, it's good to go! I've had some in my kitchen for around 3 years (because who really uses that much vanilla bean?) and I've used it recently to make creme brulee and they were delish. Still had that awesome vanilla flavor!
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Stuffed Zucchini on: March 21, 2012 08:21:10 AM
Yum! I love the idea of the olives in this, it would give it a nice salty kick. My father did this for us when we were kids, with zucchini out of our garden, but with salsa and cheese instead. I think yours sounds way more delicious!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tattoo-Inspired Hand-Drawn Plastic Necklaces! on: March 21, 2012 08:18:01 AM
These are fantastic! I especially love the hand and the bird with the little gem! This Rocks!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Colorblock Bangles on: March 21, 2012 08:16:36 AM
Thanks guys! I've made two more since, in different colors and I absolutely love them! I get quite a few 'where did you buy those?' questions, which is always the best ego boost!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Two Layer Wrap Bracelet on: March 15, 2012 09:30:26 AM
Made of jute cord, nylon thread, glass beads and brass charms.

Took almost three hours to complete, I've worn it a few times and it's holding up well. Will definitely be making more.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Colorblock Bangles on: March 15, 2012 09:06:40 AM
Hi All!
This is my first time over here in the jewelry board  Cheesy
These are so fun to make! Cheap plain bangles + embroidery thread (which I think everyone has a stash of for some reason) and a little bit of liquid stitch and voila! It's cheap, fast, and the result is awesome.

Here is my first attempt, and probably my fave.

Then I couldn't stop! I made three, one has a weird chain in the middle, which I'm not fond of..

I love wearing them stacked!

Thanks for checking it out!
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: February 29, 2012 08:25:26 PM
My overall goals since starting up on the thread with you guys have gone very well. The only thing I need to work on is drinking more water. I find that I get very frequent headaches, which I'm pretty sure has to do with me being dehydrated all the time. The only time I really get enough water is when I'm working. I work in a restaurant kitchen in front of a 600 degree grill and we are actually required to drink water while working. Heat stroke is a serious issue! =)

I bought a scale over a month ago and have officially lost my first TEN pounds on my new diet. My man and I are following a mostly 'Primal' diet with a few dairy items thrown in because we don't eat very much fat. Tuesdays we eat whatever we want, but I've found I'm craving more healthy eats and less take-out. I can't remember the last time I craved a hamburger or fries or anything.

You guys have been so much help! You're all inspiring and this is an awesome thread and a great idea.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: February 20, 2012 06:14:16 PM
Ooh, thanks edelC!  I actually read to both salt and sugar the water, to get them to take on a milder flavor...ever tried it?
Turnips actually have quite a bit of natural sugar in them so I could see how putting a little bit of sugar would mellow them out a bit. My dad used to make them when we were kids and put maple syrup on them. We're French Canadian. We put maple syrup on everything.
Now I actually prefer them roasted, just a little olive oil and seasoning (i like turmeric) and roast in the oven for like, 45 mins until nice and carmelized. Like candy! I suppose you could also roast them and then mash them to give them a heartier flavor!
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: February 08, 2012 08:10:25 AM
CLM--your wraps sound so yummy!  I need to have a list of some "go to" healthy foods that I tend to forget about...hummus, avocado...making my shopping list for this weekend!

There's a really great brand of hummus in the stores here... Not sure where you are, but in Canada we have Loblaws Great Food, and it's right beside my house.
The brand is 'Sabra', it's all mediterranean stuff. They have AMAZING flavors. Its the type of hummus that has a bunch of stuff on top of it, like roasted garlic or oil or whatever. They have a greek olive one that's absolutely delicious, and they also have a spicy one that is to die for. 70 cal per 2 tbsp as well which is pretty good!
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: February 01, 2012 09:22:08 AM
@elliot_anne - Found this awesome recipe in my stash and thought you might like it!

Greek Quinoa Chicken Salad
3 oz raw boneless skinless chicken breast
1 cup cooked quinoa
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 black olives, chopped (i prefer kalamata)
1 tbsp each chopped parsley, cilantro, red onion
5 cherry tomatoes, halved
6 marinated artichoke hearts, sliced
1/4 cup chopped cucumber
1 tbsp feta cheese

Cook quinoa as per package directions. Cut chicken into small pieces and cook in non-stick pan. In a small bowl, combine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil. Whisk well. Gently toss quinoa with remaining ingredients, omitting feta. Pour oil mixture over salad, add pepper to taste and lastly stir in the feta cheese. Top with cooked chicken and enjoy!

I love this recipe because it makes a relatively small batch, my and the man like to have this as a lunch! I throw some seasoning on my chicken, like a little oregano or something to give it extra flavor. One thing about eating healthy - i definitely amp up my herbs and spices to add extra flavor!

unfortunately this probably won't be in my book much longer. Adam and I are starting the 'Paleolithic' diet this week.. Hopefully it's for the best! Any advice, ladies?
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