April 2013 archive

Really Rad Roasted Radishes (+ carrots & potatoes)

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Roasted Radishes, Carrots and Potatoes

Roasted Radishes, Carrots and Potatoes

I know I’m a bit of a dork but I get so excited seeing vegetables growing in my garden.  The whole transformation from that teeny tiny speck of a seed into a wonderful, colourful and tasty piece of food that helps to feed my family still amazes me every time.  Yes, I know I can run over to the grocery store and buy my vegetables but there is just something so much more satisfying about growing it myself – oh, that and it tastes divine straight out of the ground.

Today after work I popped up to the garden to see how everything was coming along when I noticed some of my radishes were looking ready to be picked – how exciting, my first harvest of the year.  Now, I have to be totally honest here, I’ve never really liked radishes.  In fact, the only reason I grow them is for my mother-in-law’s partner Gary, but they’re out of the country for the next month.  So, that brought me to my dilemma this evening – what do I do now that I have all these radishes that are ready to be eaten.  After some consideration I realized that I could probably just roast them like I do my other veggies.  I gathered, chopped, seasoned and roasted and voila, they were spectacular. Roasting the radishes really mellows out the flavour so they aren’t so spicy. Note, that’s why you hardly see any radishes in the finished photo above – my husband ate most of them before I could get them to the plate to photograph.

This recipe is pretty loosie-goosie, just add a little more or a little less of whatever ingredients you like.

Ingredients:

  • 8-12 radishes halved or quartered
  • 8-12 baby potatoes quartered
  • 3-4 carrots chopped into chunks
  • tbsp olive oil (more if you use more veggies)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp steak spices
  • 1/4 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp parsley

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Gather and wash veggies and chop into pieces.
  3. Put into a microwave safe bowl and microwave on HI for about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Take out of microwave and pour olive oil and all the spices into the bowl with the veggies.  Stir around so that everything is evenly coated.
  5. Spread veggies onto a baking sheet and cook for 30 minutes.
  6. Take out of oven, let them rest for about 5 minute to cool and then serve with your meal.
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Felt Flower Design iPhone Case Tutorial & Template

| Crafts & DIY

Felt Flower Design iPhone Case

Felt Flower Design iPhone Case

Felt Flower Design iPhone Case Tutorial – A few weeks back I came across this gorgeous pin of Felt Flower Sachets by The Purl Bee. I totally fell in love with the design but to be completely honest, I’m not really a sachet kind of gal.  It did however, get me thinking – I had been trying to come up with a design for a iPhone case and preferably something out of felt… bingo, the felt flower design but on a phone case.  I went into my Adobe Illustrator program and started drafting a template for the design. In less than an hour, I had completed my beautiful new iPhone case and I just love it! I used a gorgeous charcoal grey for the body of the case because I don’t think it will show dirt easily but use any colour you prefer. I’ve also made a couple variations with pockets but you can add any extra’s on that you’d like – a button for a closure or the middle of the flower would look cute too.

Materials:

Directions:

  1. Download template above. I’ve also included a variation to add a pocket if you’re so inclined.
  2. Cut out template, trace design with fabric pen onto felt and cut out.
  3. Take your long, outer piece of felt, fold in half (pin the outside edges into place) and use a ruler to find the middle.  Lay out your larger petals from that mid point towards the outside so that there’s about .25″ left between the tip of the petal and the outside edge of the case.  Lay out the other 3 petals in the same manner.
  4. Take your glue and put a thin strip along the middle of one petal from tip to tip.  Place back onto case into position.  Repeat with the rest and then do the same with the smaller petals on top.  Really, I just eyeball it to make sure it looks even. Let the glue dry.
  5. Remove pins, unfold felt and sew the petals from the outside tip of one petal across to the second petal.  Repeat with the other two petals so that essentially, you’ve just sewn an X in the middle of your case. *If you’re making the case with the added pocket this is when you’d pin then sew the top edge (closest to the flower design) of the 2 long felt pieces together with a 1/8″ seam.
  6. Fold in half so that the short side (which will become the top opening) are perfectly even and pin edges of case, sew with edges from the top downwards with a 1/8″ seam.
  7. Trim off any stray threads, grab your iPhone and insert into case and admire! (please note that if you already have a protective case around on your iPhone that’s quite thick you may not be able to fit your phone in this case – you’d have to make the template slightly wider to accommodate for the added case thickness ).
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Easy To Sew Skirt – Great For Newbies!

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Easy to sew skirt - great for newbie sewers.

Easy to sew skirt – great for newbie sewers.

Easy To Sew Skirt – Who knew a sewing machine could be so great (well, lots of people obviously – it just took me longer to figure it out).  After I got over my initial fear of sewing, I actually managed to create a few cute projects.  My second project was a super easy skirt for my daughter.  It turned out pretty well and I thought I’d give it another go with some beautiful new fabric and document the process this time – why not help out a few newbies who may be nervous about sewing too. If I can do it, anyone can. This skirt can be made in child or adult sizes.

I originally found this wonderful sewing tutorial on YouTube by craftyamy93 – what a great job she did explaining everything. To watch this fabulous video tutorial go here.

Materials:

  • Sewing machine with corresponding coloured thread
  • Fabric
  • Elastic (thick width)
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Clothing iron
  • Pins
  • Chalk or Fabric Pen/Pencil

Instructions:

  1. To get the size for the elastic, measure the elastic around your waist so that it’s a little snug, cut to size, pin the elastic right sides together and sew – double stitch and finally top stitch.
  2. Measure the length that you want your skirt to be and then add 2″ for seam allowance.
  3. To figure out the measurement for the width of fabric you’ll need, stretch the stitched elastic as far as you can, measure and then double that measurement.
  4. Cut the fabric to the correct measurements.
  5. Turn fabric inside out so that the good sides face each other, pin two edges together and sew with a 1/2″ seam. Iron seam flat. Using a zig-zag stitch, finish the edge of fabric that will be sewn onto the elastic to keep it from fraying.
  6. Create the skirt hem by folding over edge 1/2″, iron and then fold over again, iron, pin and sew.
  7. Take the elastic and mark with 4 pins evenly space out around the elastic (fold in half to find the 4 spots). Do the same for the skirt. Now match up the 4 pins on the elastic to the pins on the skirt and then pin the fabric to the elastic in those 4 spots (fabric about half way down the width of the elastic).
  8. Starting at the first pin, sew using a zig-zag stitch, pulling the elastic taut as you go. Sew all the way around the elastic in this manner. You can also do it a second time around about a 1/2″ down if you choose.
  9. Snip off any stray threads and you’re done.

If you’re up for it, you can add a zipper like craftyamy93 did in her video (I’m just not quite that brave yet although she makes it look super easy).

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Worthwhile Quote… Free Printable

| Design & Technology

Free printable

Free printable

I’m a sucker for a great quote (check out my popular “Sayings & Words” Pinterest board).   My Kobo e-reader is filled with great saved quotes that I mark when reading. I usually don’t do much with the quotes other than just read and enjoy but today I decided to get a little creative with a very sweet quote. I would credit the saying with who quoted it but there seems to be conflicting information (Elizabeth Browning or Franklin P. Jones).

Feel free to download, print and admire but remember, this is for personal use only.

Print on regular letter size (8.5″ x 11″) card stock or paper and when printed at 100% it will fit into an 8×10 mat if you chose to frame it. Click HERE to download and/or print.

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