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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Roasted Sweet Potato with Goat Cheese and Garlic Herb Oil on: October 30, 2017 06:18:31 PM
I may have eaten cake for lunch, so I may have been craving a veggie-centric dinner!

Roasted Sweet Potato with Goat Cheese and Garlic Herb Oil

This makes 3 very large, meal sized servings or 6-8 side servings

Pre-heat oven to 450*. Grease a baking sheet


2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
2 cups baby portobello mushrooms, halved
olive oil
salt and pepper

3 tablespoons goat chevre
3 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
Garlic Herb Oil (see below)

In a medium sized bowl, coat sweet potato with olive oil and salt and pepper. Stir well and then place onto baking sheet. Cook for 20 minutes. Add mushrooms to bowl and seasong with oil, salt, and pepper. Stir sweet potatoes, push to one side, and add mushrooms to other side. Cook for 15 minutes, stir and cook for 15 minutes more. To plate as meal sized dishes, plate mushrooms and sweet potatoes into 3 bowls and then crumble 1Tablespoon chevre and 1 Tablespoon pomegranate seeds on top. Drizzle each with 1-2 teaspoons of garlic herb oil.

Garlic Herb Oil:

1/4 cup olive oil
6 cloves garlic, crushed
1 T dried Herbes de Provence, or other dried or fresh herbs of choice.

In a 1 cup or larger glass container, heat all ingredients in microwave for 1 minute while watching to make sure it doesn't boil over (this is to cook the garlic to take the raw bite off of it, if you prefer you can do this step in a small pan on the stove). Use as is, or I prefer to blend it up and then drizzle. Keep the extra in fridge and use on a variety of foods for a hit of garlic-savory-numminess.

I served this with a stupid-simple salad--crisp romaine, radishes sliced super thin, a homemade vinaigrette and plenty of kosher salt and coarse black pepper.

And here's a gratuitous cake picture! Normally I'm a "chocolate or don't bother" kind of girl but I've been craving pineapple upside down cake for about a week, so I made it so. Luckily my boyfriend has a potluck at work tomorrow, the two of us don't need a whole cake!  Smiley

2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Summer Vegetable Tian on: August 21, 2017 09:34:00 AM
So, I'm still working on using up the veggies I posted in this post.

For this dish I used up the eggplant and 1 zucchini as well as some sad looking tomatoes I had lying around, an onion, and copious amounts of cheese.

I think I sliced these around 3/8 inch thick.

1 eggplant, sliced
1 zucchini, sliced
2-3 tomatoes, sliced
1 onion, sliced
other veggies that are good--large mushrooms, yellow squash

1/2 cup bread crumbs
1-1 1/2 cups shredded cheese, a blend of parmesan and something melty-er is good!
Italian Seasoning or seasonings of choice, I used Penzey's Sandwich Sprinkle
Salt and Pepper

Spray small baking pan with Pam. Slice veggies and season with Salt and Pepper and seasoning of choice. Stack on cutting board in alternating order and then lay in pan so you can see the layers. Sprinkle with more salt, pepper, and seasoning and then with cheese. Bake at 400* for 15 minutes and then reduce heat to 350* for 20 minutes. Top with bread crumbs and bake for 5-8 more minutes. Mixing the bread crumbs with a little oil or butter first can make them crisp up better, I forgot to do this and the boyfriend thought they were a tad gritty.

(Since my dish was glass I wasn't comfortable cooking it super high so I did 350 and then raised it slightly at the end, but a higher heat would produce a roast-ier flavor.)

I served this with a salad and garlic bread, but it would be great with pasta! In fact, the leftovers are going to get chopped up this week and served over ravioli, drizzled with pesto, and sprinkled with pine nuts!

3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Green Bean Artichoke Stuffing on: August 16, 2017 03:04:12 PM
My lovely friend sent me home with a ton of yummy veggies from her garden! I have twice as many green beans as shown to use up!

This recipe is based on this one that came in a Penzey's email this week. However I made it more stuffing-y and added fried onions for a nod to green bean casserole

A whole bunch of green beans (it was a full lunch-sized brown paper bag plus part of a second one), chopped into bite size pieces and lightly steamed
1 12oz jar of marinated artichoke hearts, liquid reserved
1 box of dry stuffing mix, your flavor of choice
1 cup water
2-3 T butter or margarine
1.5 tsp Penzey's Sandwich Sprinkle

1 cup of fried onions (I used garlic pepper flavor!)

Melt the butter and mix everything together. Put into a casserole dish sprayed with Pam and bake at 350* for 35-45 minutes. Top with fried onions and cook 5 minutes more. Nom!

4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Charred Jalapeño Corn Salsa on: August 16, 2017 02:51:35 PM
I bought some yummy corn on the cob a couple weeks ago at the Farmer's Market and made this dish up with it. It was sooo good on top of basically everything we ate that week!

3 ears corn, husked
2-4 jalapeños
1 large red onion, peeled and cut into thick slices
5 cloves garlic, peeled but kept whole

juice of 1-2 limes
1/4 - 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
salt to taste

You can grill or broil this to get a nice char! I don't have a grill so I turned my broiler to high and moved the rack to the top of the oven. Line a sheet pan with foil and then spray with Pam. Place your corn, jalapeños, garlic, and onion on the tray and sprinkle lightly with salt. Broil for about 3 minutes and check, you may need to remove the garlic now. Turn everything else over and broil for a few minutes more, checking and turning as you go. Remove items when they are charred on all sides, the corn will take the longest as you'll want to char all 4 sides.

When everything is out of the oven and cool enough to handle, chop the onion, mince the garlic, and cut the corn off the cob. Don't forget to scrape it with the back of your knife when you're done to get all the kernels and the corn juice out! Peel the skin off the jalapeños, remove the seeds, and coarsely chop.

Mix everything together in a bowl, stir in the lime juice and cilantro and adjust salt if needed. Put on salads, eat with chips, in burrito bowls, nachos, tacos, everything!

5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Dairy Free Coconut Watermelon Ice Cream on: July 05, 2017 03:52:21 PM
We've been watermelon eatin' fools so far this summer! Alas, the watermelon I purchased this week was a bummer. It wasn't very sweet or juicy and really just too flavorless to eat plain. I've been finding a few different ways to use it up anyways though (Might I recommend watermelon margaritas? Yum!)

However, I can't always be drinking tequila, so I decided to try out a soft serve type ice cream. Well, at first I was going to make a sorbet, but then I remembered I had a can of coconut milk. This was so delicious, I ate way, way too much of it (but, since it was dairy free I didn't get a tummy ache, yay!) Try it!

1 quart chopped, frozen watermelon
1 can full fat coconut milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
Simple syrup to taste (my watermelon wasn't sweet AT ALL, so I probably used 1/4 cup.)

Blend everything in VitaMix, adding more frozen watermelon or a drizzle of almond milk if needed. Eat immediately or freeze in a flat container for 1-2 hours. If you freeze any longer than that, you might want to set a timer to scrape it every half hour or so for the first 3 hours. And then when you go to eat it, let it sit on the counter to soften about 10 minutes. Top with shredded coconut if you like!

6  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / 5 Ingredient Dishes! on: July 05, 2017 02:53:21 PM
I'd love to see a new cooking challenge for our monthly Craftster Challenge! Maybe something like a 5 ingredient challenge? Make a dish using 5 ingredients (or less). Salt, pepper, and oil are freebies and don't count against the 5 ingredients. Who doesn't want more ideas for yummy, easy dishes??

7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Disneyland Skirts for girls on: June 05, 2017 10:59:05 AM
I'm going to Disneyland on Thursday and these are the skirts I've made for my friend's little girls, they are 2 and 4.

I had this Frozen fabric in my stash...not quite enough of it to make skirts but I decided my quilt piecing skills would come in handy and I just added some solid pink cotton to the top.

I bought 2 yards of this Princess fabric a year or two ago on a close-out sale for $3 a yard! I made these two skirts for the girls and 1 for their mom as well! I wanted to use binding for a few of these skirts but couldn't find all my binding (I moved last fall lol) However, I did find this partial package of dark blue binding in a random box, so I used it for a pop of color and also I didn't want to iron another 2 hems lol!

I have 2 more skirts in Minnie fabric I am almost done with, I will add pics when I finish the hems and the waistbands.

For all skirts, including those for me, I did a super simple easy full skirt. I cut the fabric width twice as big as the waist, piecing panels as needed.  For the ones with trim or that were too short I added an extra piece of fabric horizontally before stitching the side seam(s). Then a hem and a simple fold over waistband that I inserted elastic into!

I ended up with 9 skirts, 2 for me, 1 for my friend, and 6 for the girls. 2 yards of fabric I already had for $3 a yard, I spent $10 on elastic and $35 on additional fabric, plus pulled a few bits from my stash. $51 for 9 skirts, of licensed characters no less? Not too shabby! Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Disneyland Skirts on: June 05, 2017 10:47:13 AM
I'm going to Disneyland on Thursday! I'm so excited, I haven't been since I was 9! And, I won this trip from a radio station! Who actually wins those things? Apparently I do!  Grin

I had some Disney fabric that I decided to make into skirts for my friend's daughters, I am going with my friend and her 2 yo and 4 yo. Buuuut I needed elastic and I thought I might get enough fabric for 1 more skirt for the girls. Joann had Disney fabric on sale so of course I ended up picking up enough fabric to make myself 2 skirts, along with 10 yards of elastic! (half price, yo!)

I love this one, I had the sunglasses fabric in my stash and decided it would be too cute matched with this Minnie print.

And this skirt shall be worn with black capri lace trimmed leggings. Because girlfriends, it is SHORT and I believe clothes at Disney should probably be family friendly! Turns out my calculations for a skirt didn't take into consideration the fact that this was a directional fabric going the wrong way. D'oh! That's ok, that's why leggings exist!

For all skirts, including for the girls.  I did a super simple easy full skirt. I cut the fabric width twice as big as the waist, piecing panels as needed. Mine I made roughly a little above knee length (the princess one is barely covering my badonkadonk though!) For the ones with trim or that were too short I added an extra piece of fabric horizontally before stitching the side seam(s). Then a hem and a simple fold over waistband that I inserted elastic into!

I ended up with 9 skirts, 2 for me, 1 for my friend (not pictured), and 6 for the girls. 2 yards of fabric I already had for $3 a yard, I spent $10 on elastic and $35 on additional fabric, plus pulled a few bits from my stash. $51 for 9 skirts, of licensed characters no less? Not too shabby! Smiley
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Mini Art Quilt Swap 8 Gallery on: April 24, 2017 09:49:38 AM
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10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 118 ENTRIES / How did your brain even...? (Jayne's Hat) on: April 07, 2017 10:28:07 AM
I made this little patch/coaster/badge thingie for the recent One Tiny Snarky Thing Swap. My partner liked Firefly so I tried to come up with a different way to make the famous Jayne hat. I decided on super tiny hexies! I found a quote I liked that could go with it from the show and got to it. This badge is right at 4 inches square.

I finished the binding at my quilt guild's Hand Sew Happy Hour, which we have at designer Violet Craft's taproom! (You can also see my long term hexie project in this pic, made with 1 inch hexies and Violet's Madrona Road fabric. It tickles me to work on it there).

The Back:

My proof of concept, I kept showing this to people and asking if they knew what it was.

I think I ended up with 1/3 inch hexies? I kept changing the size to see what would fit within the 4 inch parameters.

I initially was going to embroider the words with my sewing machine but I was having trouble with the touch screen, it needs to be calibrated. Plan B, I just hand embroidered the words onto a background fabric and cut them out and stitched on.

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