Monday, September 1, 2014

Simple Project Each Day in September - Day 1

I have started a Simple Project a Day in September challenge, at the end of the month I'll have completed 30 small projects - household, craft, personal goals, whatever you might have been putting off.

Day 1:
 Backs of each pack that show the insert design
Project Life logo to be used in an upcoming project
Purple plastic envelope for 12x12 paper where all the blank inserts reside for now
  • Open and organize all the Project Life insert pages, I took it a step further and saved the small images of their designs off the back of each package for another project for the month
Would you like to join me? I'll be tracking my completed project on my blog and Pinterest so you can #SimpleProjectsEachDay so I can check them out.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Homemade Veggie Cream Cheese


Now doesn't this look better than anything out of a pre-packaged box?

I dried these red and yellow tomatoes and bell peppers in my dehydrator a few days ago 

Room temp whipped cream cheese

Tomato slices cut with scissors, easier than even the sharpest knife 

Dried onion 

Fresh Dill 

Green and Black/Purple bell pepper 

Whipped Cream Cheese 

All the veggies into the mix as well as fresh cracked black pepper and sea salt 

Mixed to perfection, placed back into the original cream cheese container and refrigerated. It will be perfect in a few hours or better yet tomorrow so the dried veggies will rehydrate to make them chewy instead of crunchy. Enjoy on a crispy thin bread, toasted bagel or with an addition of a cup of sour cream as a dip for crudite. No preservatives and the salt content is in your control.

Friday, August 29, 2014

My Nikon and a Mental Health Day Around CT

Purple filtered sky 
A lake in Coventry kissed with lavender filter 
Slightly sureal but beautiful 
No filters or editing, nature is pretty amazing 
This reminded me of Monet 
With a purple filter 
The water is like a tinted mirror 
I might blow this image up to frame for the living room 
Blue Heron spying some fish in the water 
Mushka at the park scoping out wildlife 
Beautifully moss covered tree 
Extreme closeup, the veining is incredible

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cute Paper Clips for Filofax/Planner/Organizer

I was in a meeting this morning that required my attention but not direct participation so while my phone was on mute I multi-tasked making these adorable paper clips using the following supplies:
  • Large Paper Clips - available at Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Staples, OfficeMax - with back to schools sales you can find them just about anywhere and in patterns and different collors
  • Stamps of Life sets: tv2stamp and coordinating TV Diescoffee4two and coordinating Coffee Cup Dies
  • Twine wrapped around the small spool die, can't recall who it's from but it is a 2-piece set with a larger one
  • Dimensional adhesive tape
  • White & Black card stock for die cutting, white for stamping on and black for backing
  • Your choice of inks, pens, or glitter - I used Ayto Spika in Lavendar for the coffee cup with my initial on it
You can see the dies on the left and the tiny coffee stamp on the right 
A closer look at the dies

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Homemade Basil Pesto with Hazelnuts


My little prep bowls, lines up to jump into the Nutribullet 

Fresh basil from the garden, I had to trim the bush and decided to use them in a peso for my linguini for dinner 

3 cloves of garlic, I like it garlic-y lol 

3 tablespoons of Parmesan 

Toasted hazelnuts, I used 10 little nuts, not the entire bowl 

Salt and fresh cracked black pepper

Don't forget fresh squeezed lemon juice, I almost did. Start with 1 tablespoon and add as much as you like lemon flavor. Mine has 3 tablespoons. 

Olive Oil, use your favorite brand, cold press, extra virgin, this is what I had on hand. 

In the bottom of my Nutribullet container (small one) I added Olive Oil first 

Basil leaves 

Garlic and Hazelnuts 

Salt & Black Pepper 

Cheese and Lemon Juice 

Lid on and blend away, this little bit only took 20-30 seconds 

Ready! 

Beautifully dressed al dente linguine with my homemade pesto, chopped toasted hazelnuts and tiny compact basil leaves 

I love the flavor combination, the lemon cuts through the rich olive oil and basil and the hazelnuts are a fun alteration to traditional pine nuts. Give it a try and let me know how you liked it. Bon Appetite!