5 Minutes Mediterranean Hummus
5 Minute Mediterranean Hummus – Growing up in rural Ontario, my opportunities to sample a variety of culinary options were incredibly limited – I was a meat and potatoes country girl all the way. The first time I tried hummus was when I went away to University. I think I almost died and went to heaven at my first experience with hummus – so rich, creamy and flavourful. I’m pretty sure that’s all I ate for that entire summer. Then I went to Greece about 10 years ago and had the fortune to sample the real authentic stuff. Oh how I love Mediterranean food!
Tonight I was thinking about my love for hummus when it occurred to me… why not add some of my other favourite flavours to make the ultimate tasty dish. I ran to my kitchen and whipped out whatever ingredients I could find in the fridge and got to work. When I was done and had my first taste, I knew this recipe was a keeper.
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- 1/2 a can of chick peas (you can add a bit more if you’d like)
- 8-12 olives (I used a mix of green and black)
- 3-4 sun dried tomatoes
- 2 garlic cloves chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- juice from 1/2 a lemon
- 2 tbsp of crumbled feta cheese
- Put all the ingredients together into a food processor and turn on until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy.
- Scoop out and serve with fresh bread, crackers or veggies.
Easy and inexpensive wall art anyone can make.
DIY Wall Art Anyone Can Make – We’ve lived in our new house almost a year and a half now. Like most people, we did all the big updates first and now we’re just making tweaks here and there. Our en suite bathroom is a monotone cream colour and while it looks clean and simple it also looks a tiny bit boring. I figure it’s just Michael and I who ever see it but even for us it needed a little something. Michael is one of those guys who likes to have a say in how the house is decorated – no pinks or floral’s for him. We decided that instead of painting the bathroom, we’ll try to bring in more colour with accent pieces, so to start things off I decided I could make a quick and easy canvas wall art.
This is something anyone can do… no artist talent needed for this project. Oh, and did I mention this is super cheap to make too.
- 3-4 different colours of paint (I used cheap acrylic paint from Michaels – $1.99 a tube)
- 1 colour of paint for the base and a brush to apply it
- Canvas (again, I got this for about $5 at Michaels)
- Circular pouncers (mine where Martha Stewart pouncers)
- Hanging supplies (hammer, nail, string/wire, staples)
- Lay your canvas on some old newspaper and paint the entire thing with your base colour – I used a warm white colour. Allow to dry.
- Starting with your largest pouncer, dab into paint and then onto canvas – mainly at the top and spread out. Now, use the next largest pouncer and do the same thing but go down the canvas a little bit more. Carry this on with all the pouncer sizes until you’re using the smallest pouncer sporadically at the bottom of the canvas. Make sure not to go right to the bottom of the canvas (unless this is a look you want).
- Repeat this same process with all your paint colours.
- When everything is dry I reapplied some of the first colours I used again, just so they weren’t buried underneath all the other paint and to fill in any open spots.
- Allow to completely dry.
- Staple string/wire evenly across the back of the canvas. Put a nail in the wall where you’d like the wall art and then hang the canvas.
Easy-peasy crochet beanie.
Easy-Peasy Crochet Beanie – In an earlier post I talked about the bucket list of things I wanted to learn. The first thing on the list was to learn how to knit. This past summer I took the plunge and started knitting with an easy cowl. It turned out beautifully (with a big thanks to my mother-in-law Lynda for her guidance and patience in getting me going). I ended up making a number of the cowls, some hats and leg warmers for Noelle. I really enjoyed knitting but one fateful day when we were out camping at the beach, my camping neighbour offered to teach me to crochet – game over for the knitting! Wow, I liked crocheting SO MUCH MORE than knitting. It’s faster, requires a little less attention than knitting and it’s a lot easier to fix any mistakes you make along the way. I also find that crocheting is soothing and can put you in a zen-like state once you get going.
So I wanted to show you the very first crochet project (the hat in the photo is the actual hat I made) – the easy-peasy crochet beanie. It’s so easy anyone can do it. After I made the hat, I wrote down all the instructions that my camping neighbour gave me. Here’s the pattern (hopefully you can make this out, it’s written pretty loosie goosie as this is just the way it made sense to me):
- A bulky yarn. I used Bernat Roving in cream that I purchased at Michael’s. If you’d like to embellish the hat with a design then you’ll also need a second colour.
- One 5.5 – 6mm crochet hook.
- Yarn or tapestry needle
- Button if you choose to add a flower
- Chain 5 and then join together into a ring with a slip stitch (keep all your stitches loose).
- 12 double crochets into the ring.
- Chain 3 and then 1 double crochet into the same stitch as the chain 3 from the previous row. Now double crochet in each stitch around and then slip stitch to join.
- Chain 3, 2 double crochet in the next stitch then 1 double crochet and the repeat this pattern for the entire row. Slip stitch to join.
- Chain 3, 2 double crochet in the next stitch then 1 double crochet in the next TWO stitches and keep in this pattern for the entire row. Slip stitch to join. (If you’re wanting to make a childs hat skip to step 7)
- Chain 3, 2 double crochet in the next stitch then 1 double crochet in the next THREE stitches and keep in this pattern for the entire row. Slip stitch to join.
- Chain 3, double crochet in each stitch and join with a slip stitch. Continue this for each row until the hat is as long as you want it.
- Final row, chain 1 and then single crochet in each stitch and slip stitch to join (keep this last row loose or else it will make the hat too tight at the bottom).
- Fasten off and weave the ends into the hat using your yarn/tapestry needle.
When I was done, I added in the second yarn colour to create the swirl design. I found an easy flower pattern online and fastened it onto the hat with the button which I just love.
If you’re looking for more fun crochet projects check out this great book: Crochet One-Skein Wonders®: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World
Indoor Fairy Garden
Indoor Fairy Garden – Recently Noelle had 2 weeks off for Spring Break. That meant coming up with at least a weeks worth of activities to keep her busy. One activity we planned was to make our very own indoor fairy garden. What little girl doesn’t love fairy gardens! Here’s the list of what you’ll need to make your own:
- Short/wide pot
- 2-3 little plants (make sure the plants are suitable for the room you’ll be keeping your garden in – ours was a bright and sunny location)
- Little bird house or structure
- Rocks and/or sea glass
- Moss, ferns or any other interesting plant life you can find outside
- Any little toy fairies, princesses, toad stools, or anything else you think would help accessorize the garden
How to put it together:
Paint your bird/fairy house and put it aside to dry. Add soil to your bowl until it’s about 2/3’s full. Add in your 2-3 plants leaving a spot for the bird house. Carefully add the birdhouse. Put a little more soil around the plants and around the birdhouse to make sure it’s anchored in there and won’t fall or get knocked over easily. Create a little walk way to the front of the house with little flat stones or sea glass. Put moss around any exposed soil that you can see. Finally, decorate with sticks, rocks and any little toys that your child would like to have in the garden.
That’s it, your all done! Don’t forget to water the garden or else it’ll end up being a fairy compost heap!