Wednesday, January 26, 2011

this week's honor roll - reuse your christmas lights

christmas time is OVER. bittersweet. i'm not that big into christmas decorations (i.e. red and green EVERYWHERE), so i'm glad those are gone, but i do love christmas lights. i wish we could keep them up all year round without neighbors thinking we're either lazy or white trash. hehe. :)

so, i've been thinking of different crafts or decoration ideas where i could utilize my christmas lights all year round. and this is what i found on the interwebs.

1. cute wall hanging from me and my bucket.
2. i know, it's a long way until halloween, but isn't this crescent moon pumpkin from country living great?
3. i love this paper pennant garland from once wed.
4. amazing round string lanterns from sallygoodin.
5. this lighted piece is like lite-brite for grown-ups! from of paper and things.
6. learn to make flower lights at craftser.
7. this heart wall lamp is perfect for valentine's day! from paper, plate, and plane.
8. pretty and easy-to-make fairy light centerpiece from wandering mist.
9. these doily lights are so delicate and pretty! from the slightly obsessive bride.

hope you enjoy!

Monday, January 24, 2011


hokay so i looove broccoli. growing up, broccoli was served regularly and (luckily) i never dreaded it. i had no problem eating broccoli with just a little butter or salt to flavor it, but now i cannot get away from my garlic-chili roasted version. steamed broccoli is now a thing of the past! my best friend, who doesn't usually like broccoli dishes, and usually stays away from chili powder (too spicy for her), LOVED it!

i've come across several recipes that are similar to mine. in order for me to enjoy, i had to significantly alter the recipes i found (basically start from scratch) because of my health issues. oh, and because of my distinguished tastes, as well.  :P

other recipes you'll find will call for a grill seasoning blend (like mccormick, etc), instead of the last 7 ingredients i have listed in my recipe. i opted to make my own seasoning, and if you like it enough, you can use it as a grill seasoning. all you have to do is simply increase the measurements of the last 7 ingredients (keeping the ratios the same), and pop it into a container for later use. yay!

garlic-chili roasted broccoli
2 heads of broccoli, cut and discard stems
6-8 medium cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp red pepper
1/8 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp crushed caraway seed
1. pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
2. combine all ingredients except broccoli into large bowl. mix well.
3. add broccoli florets to bowl, coat evenly with mixture.
4. transfer broccoli to a nonstick baking sheet.
5. roast broccoli in oven for 15-17 minutes.
- line baking sheet with foil. much easier clean-up.
- if you don't want to make your own grill seasoning, the last 7 ingredients can be replaced with 1 tbsp McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak seasoning, or others like it, depending on taste.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

this week's honor roll - DIY winter wear

january in houston is officially bundle up time. call us babies, but this 30-40 degree weather is just dang cold. good thing i love winter apparel! i love coats and scarfs and mittens and boots and everything in between.

given my enthusiasm for winter wear, i thought it would be fitting for this week's honor roll to be full of the cute winter apparel tutorials i found. here we go!

1. beautiful cardigan embellishment from sisters 4 say more is more.
2. several amazing ear warmers from delia creates.
3. cute fingerless gloves from 12 crafts till christmas.
4. this innovative knit scarf from make it and love it.
5. super creative linen scarf from one flew over.
6. a surprisingly easy ruffled scarf from simply step back.

hope you enjoy the cold!