Never ending supply of green onions

Green onions, they’re pretty great, a simple, delicious herb of the onion family that really adds a kick of flavor to dishes off all kinds.. Green onions, the annoying herb of the onion family that shrivels up and becomes unusable and the bottom of of the veggie drawer after one use. NOT ANYMORE!!!

I learned the greatest trick ever, I’m calling it the never ending green onion, because really, once you do this, you will have a neverending supply of green onions without having to do any Maintence. Sup, easy?

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Ok so literally all you do is use your green onion down to the white part, fill a glass of water and drop the stems in, place in a sunny spot and in a matter of a week you will notice the green edible parts growing back! Which then you can cut off again and repeat the whole cycle!! Awesome!

I’ve been changing my water about once a week, I don’t know how necessary that is, but the water gets pretty slimy and cloudy looking so I’d recommend doing that..

Viva la green onion!

Bad News Baking Launches.

Ladies and Gentlemen..

 

I’d like to introduce you to mine and Tracey’s new endeavor. BAD NEWS BAKING !!

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As a huge craft enthusiast, decorating fanatic and baking lover, it only seems like the right choice to venture into the world of baked goods. We are so excited, and the response as of late has been huge, and us busy little bees are overwhelmed by all the support (and orders!) we’ve received already!

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(Our very first paid order!! which was chai spiced sugar cookies, double chocolate chunk cookies with pecans, and lavender scones with an almond glaze)

 Thank you! we look forward to sharing our sweet treats with you!

Mini mason jar makeover

On a recent visit to the dollar store i stumbled upon these great little mini mason jars, I bought them without really having an intention to use them right away but oh how many ideas have sprouted since their arrival.  One of the more simple ways I’ve used them is just placing a tea light candle in them and using them as centerpieces for our New Years dinner.. in this tutorial I chose to make them into adorable little storage jars!

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Items needed:

  • mason jar with lid
  • spray paint (make sure its an all purpose spray paint that works for plastic and metal)
  • glue gun
  • small plastic toy

directions: Glue plastic toy to center of the mason jar lid, once glue is dry,  set on a surface to spray paint, Appy 2 coats of spray paint, let dry! voila! cute overload.

Champagne, flavor tripping, and friendship

While it seems like New Year’s Eve was forever ago, I wanted to share with you a little bit about how I spent mine and the fun things we did to make ringing in the new year a little more memorable (and surprisingly I remember it all..)

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This year we chose to pass up the parties, skip the bars, and cozy up with great company by the fire with a good meal, tons of booze, snacks, board games and all in our pajamas!!

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I had a blast planning out the dinner, and decor. The dinner was entirely based on good luck traditions from around the world.
The dinner was coursed out and I kept a Thai theme going throughout the meal to have a feeling of cohesiveness.
First course:
Chinese Cabbage salad

recipe here (this reminds me of an amazing salad i had in California that i’m obsessed with)
Cabbage represents paper money, eating this on New Years promises to bring you plenty of wealth in the year to come
Second course:
Pork soba noodle soup recipe here
In Japanese culture slurping soba noodles on nye represents long life, but only if you don’t break or chew the noodles 😉
Main course:
Pork sliders and Thai chili roasted whole snapper
Pork represents two great things for your year to come;the pigs rotund shape represents prosperity and the way they root forward with their noses in the soil helps to move you forward into the new year. Roasted whole fish is lucky in three ways; they travel in schools (prosperity) the scales represent wealth, and lastly the Japanese word for fish “yue” literally translates to “more than enough” tying together the wealth and prosperity.
Dessert:
Vasilopita cake

recipe here

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a Greek nye tradition, a denser lemon zest flavored cake, that a coin is hidden inside and the one who finds it in their piece is the recipient of one whole year of good luck! (yay for joy! our coin finder this year)

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… are you still wondering what flavor tripping is?..

last year, matt and I visited this place in chicago called ING, a restaurant that focuses on flavor tripping using a little tablet called a “miracle berry”

“The miracle berry is a small red fruit originally grown in Africa which has extraordinary taste changing properties – it changes the taste of sour and bitter foods to sweet.

The active ingredient in the Miracle Berry Fruit, known as Miraclulin coats the tongue and blocks out the taste bud receptors which are responsible for sour, bitter and acidic flavours. The outcome is that all foods which taste sour, bitter or acidic miraculously come to taste sweet.”

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so basically we set out a bunch of different types of fruit and acidic foods, such as pineapple, apple cider vinegar, mustard, limes, grapefruit, and salt and vinegar chips, and gave everyone a tablet. The effect lasts for about 30mins, this is such a fun idea to do with a small group and everyone had a blast!

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Here’s to a happy 2013!

 

Game changer

Omg. It’s here. My baby is here! Not like bun in the oven, or the stork paid a visit, but like, the magical crafting tool I’ve been lusting over for months, is here! I finally bit the bullet and purchased the silhouette cameo electronic cutting tool that will truly elevate me into the crafting mama I always thought I could be. Sorry friends , being a new mommy means I must really dedicate time to my new baby, and will not be leaving the house. Muahahahah.

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Shrinky-dinks.. for your adult life

Do you guys remember shrinky dinks? plastic sheets that you would draw a design on, pop into the oven for a few minutes and watch shrivel up, shrink and turn into a hard little masterpiece? (we also used to do that with snack size chip bags for key chains.. but that’s a whole other thing..) Todays fun little creation involves most ladies favorite thing.. JEWELRY! that’s right people, were making shrinkydink jewelry! well,  I’m making it, and I hope you will too!

this post is somewhat based on a pinterest post I saw, but of course, didnt pin and can’t find it now. duh.

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Things you will need 

  • shrink film paper (also can be called shrink dinks)
  • scissors
  • exacto knife (for smaller cuts)
  • hole puncher
  • ruler
  • fine tip sharpie marker
  • earring hardware
  • necklace hardware
  • nailpolish
  • stamps and stamp pad
  • cardboard (to cook the shrinky dinks on)
  • fine grain sand paper or nail file
  • oven preheated to 325 degrees

step one

Gather materials needed

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step two

create design you want to cut out. remember that they need to be bigger because they shrink BIG TIME. then cut out your design. I decided that after making the chevron shape (the one i remember seeing on pinterest)  that i wanted to do a little of my own stuff.

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step three 

To make my own designs i chose to use stamps. Now in order to stamp onto the slick surface of the shrink paper, you have to sand it down with some fine sand paper.. since i didnt have any, i used a nail file, and it worked great! Make sure whether you are using sandpaper or a nail file, to do a criss cross motion so that you get an even sanding. After it is sanded you can draw straight on it with whatever you want pretty much, i.e. colored pencils, markers, stamp ink (not crayons though, the wax will melt)

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step four

using your hole puncher, make a hole where you want the jewelry piece to hang from, on this chevron i did one on each side of the top so it could hang horizontally

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step five

place shrinky dinks on peice of cardboard so that they are not touching at all and set it into the oven, turn on the light and shut the door to the oven, watch them closely!  in under a minute they will start rolling up on themselves and flattening out. Once they stop “moving” and have shrunk, take them out of the oven. BE CAREFUL they are hot. (tip* if you are doing a very large piece, or a long one, place a piece of parchment paper over top of it to stop it from curling and sticking to itself)

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step six 

once the pieces have cooled, bust out some nail polish or spray paint of your choice and paint on the rough side of the plastic

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step seven

attach jewelry chains and earring hardware to the dried pieces, Since this craft was kind of on a whim i used some old jewelry that i no longer wore anymore. Also giving some new life and a little whimsy to an old Urban outfitters necklace by adding the seeing eye chart

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THE FINAL OUTCOME:

the earrings..

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the necklace..

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and just cause everything looks cuter in a package..!!

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like what you see? feel free to check out my etsy shop where i’ll be selling these items!

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Terrarium How-to

Definition of TERRARIUM

 a usually transparent enclosure for keeping or raising plants or usually small animals (as turtles) indoors

little Living eco-systems cute and small enough to fit on your desk, can really add a beautiful element to any room. These beautiful globes of life, really have peaked in popularity as of late..  mostly because they are freaking adorable, but partly because they are kinda hard to kill, the current ones i have around the craft room don’t even need to be watered until march!! being that they are a desert type of succulent, they do need A LOT of sunlight

Ingredients needed:

  • Small pebbles or rocks i love the ones that CHIVE offers, they come in all colors and are in a cute little pop can top, i chose gold.. 
  • charcoal (this allows oxygen to circulate throughoutt the terrarium
  • moss (dried is fine)
  • succulent soil
  • succulent plants (i usually pick mine up at sprout home on chicago and damen)
  • cute little plastic animal, large crystal (optional, just gives it personality)

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this here is a pretty crude drawing of the placement, layering and how to make the actual terrarium, its definitely not hard!

heres a few that i have made, the jars i found on amazon. and the little deer and pigs i found at michaels craft store

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The mushroom looking plants inside the terrarium are actually just dried flowers, i cannot remember the name of them, but over at sprout home is where i got them and they will be able to tell you what they are if you go looking for them!

happy terrarium making loveys!

Handmade Eye Mask

IMG_1777I don’t think there is anything better than giving, and receiving a handmade gift. It was recently my boyfriends’ sister, Meg’s, birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEG!) and as a busy teacher and mom of 2 adorable lil’ Bebes, What better to receive than a little basket of pampering treats?

Eye masks are kind of one of those great things that are so simple, and so relaxing, and yet seem to be forgotten about or seem like a frivolous annoying step to add to your beauty regime, BUT THEY ARE SO GREAT! pop that bad boy into the freezer, maybe put a drop of lavender essential oil on the top and kick back, 15 mins later you look all bright eyed and bushytailed with depuffed and calmed eyes! How can you beat that?!

EYE MASK 

ITEMS NEEDED:

  • fabric of your choice
  • sewing machine (or a hell of a lot of patience and a needle and thread)
  • rice
  • foil, piece of paper, or a funnel

OPTIONAL:

  • some kind of smaller piping to create a finished edge
  • hot glue gun
  • if you are gifting this: you’ll need to make a tag and grab some string or raffia

step one

make a pattern by folding a piece of scrap paper in half and cut out a goofy horseshoe shape, when opened it should already look like an eye mask

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step two 

place eye mask on top of TWO pieces of fabric and cut around edge of pattern

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step three

Turn fabric inside out, so that the fabric you want to see on the outside of the mask is now sandwiched on the inside of the mask shape

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Step four 

sew around the edge of the mask, leaving about an inch un-sewn

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step five 

using your foil shaped into a funnel, or your actual funnel, pour rice into the unsewn opening you left

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step six

using a thread and needle, ladder stitch the opening of your eye mask closed, to seamlessly seal up the edge

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step seven (OPTIONAL)

my ladder stitching looked like shit, so i took a cute chevron piping ribbon and my trusty hot glue gun and went around the entire edge of the eye mask, giving it a finished look that really made it look awesome.

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FINAL PRODUCT!

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Everything Bagels

I don’t know about you, but i absolutely am OBSESSED with everything bagels. Especially artisan, made from scratch ones.. It seems to me that there is this great resurgence of the bagel, with places like little goat and reno opening up around the city, people are once again embracing the beauty of the carb laden breakfast, and devouring bagels smothered in flavored cream cheeses like the trend is going out of style quick! Ever since i got my kitchenaid mixer, i keep trying to figure out any which way i can use it in my day-to-day life, i just LOVE it, i mean really LOVE it, like, its sick. ENTER: OPERATION EVERYTHING BAGEL. I set out on a mission, to replicate that beautiful orb of  a breakfast food with that glorious sesame, poppy seed, garlickey, onioney, salty, with hint of caraway seed topping, AND BY GOLLY, i did it, i managed, with the help of this amazing recipe by annies-eats, to create the most beautiful and delicious bagels you ever did see!!!

I really cannot do justice to reciting the recipe the way that Annie did on her blog, so ill just give my input and helpful hints that made the process a little easier for me.

Be prepared, these bagels are time-consuming.

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EVERYTHING BAGELS 

Yield: 12 large or 16 medium bagels

INGREDIENTS

For the sponge:
1 tsp. (0.11 oz.) instant yeast
4 cups (18 oz.) unbleached bread flour
2 ½ cups (20 oz.) water, at room temperature

For the dough: 
½ teaspoon (0.055 oz.) instant yeast
3 ¾ cups (17 oz.) unbleached bread flour
2 ¾ teaspoons (0.7 oz.) salt
2 teaspoons (0.33 oz.) malt powder OR 1 tablespoon (0.5 oz.) dark or light malt syrup, honey, or brown sugar *i used honey

To finish:
1 tablespoon baking soda
Semolina flour or cornmeal, for dusting
Desired toppings (such as cinnamon-sugar, shredded cheese, seeds, etc.)
*”Everything” topping: combine 4 tsp. each of poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried minced garlic, dried minced onion and 2 tsp. kosher salt) *i personally added caraway seeds to mine, 2 tbs worth.

 

TIPS FROM ME.

  • Do the sponge by hand, and DO NOT OVERMIX
  • When adding the bread flour to the sponge, make sure you truly level off your cups of flour, or weigh your ingredients (a much more legit way to do it)
  • I used a mixer with a dough hook to knead my dough, and i ended up kneading it for probably about 8 minutes, and did have to add about a tsp of water to the dough.
  • The window pane test can be found here: WINDOW PANE TEST 
  • when dividing the dough, i pulled and rolled the dough into a french roll shape, then i used a pastry cutter and eyeballed about the size that i wanted the bagels to be
  • when making the rounded shapes of the bagels (pre hole poking) i found that the best way to do it was to almost roll the edges under, and smooth with your fingers, it was near impossible to try to roll it into a ball in the palms of your hands
  • i found that you really only had to poke a hole about an inch wide, the dough didn’t retract too much once the  hole was in it and i personally thought the  2 3/4″ hole was just too big once i cooked it. use your judgement though..
  • make sure the water you use to do the float test is cool, or room temp.

 

2nd day, after being refrigerated overnight 

preheat your oven to 500 degrees F

Then you can the boiling process.. Boil water and 1tbs Baking soda, drop them into the water, boiling 1 min per side using a slotted spoon

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Topping:

4tbs poppy seeds, 4tbs sesame seed, 4tbs toasted minced garlic, 4tbs toasted minced onion, 2tbs kosher salt, 2 tbs caraway seed

sprinkle on, directly after bringing out of the boiling water.

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FINISHED PRODUCT:

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ARENT THEY SOOOOO PRETTY?!?! I can’t stop eating them!

Good luck little bagel makers!!