Month: June 2013

Dip dot votives – a 5 minute, $5 project

imageWho still has gold paint left over from the glittered feather garland? Go get it! Here’s a super simple project to kick off the weekend. You need:

  • Glass votive candle holders, I used 3 from Michael’s that were $1.49 each
  • Gold paint, or any color you choose
  • a Qtip or 2
  • a paper plate or yogurt tub lid to use as a paint palette

Smoosh your Qtip head on a hard surface to flatten out the pointed tip. This is going to be what you paint with, your dip dotter! Wash and dry your votives. Pour a dime sized puddle of paint onto your palette. Dip your Qtip into the paint then dot it onto the glass. Oh look, it made a polka dot. Continue to dip then dot, dip, dot in any pattern you like.image

I intentionally made each of mine a different design so I didn’t have to worry about them matching. There shouldn’t be any worrying in crafts. Anyway, they don’t have to match, they just go. Let the votives dry. Add a candle, flower, whatever. Happy Friday!

Homemade hummus – 3 ways

imageAt the start of the new year I decided to spend less and better. Which means bypassing crap and instead making purchases that enhance life. Enter the Kitchen Aid mini chopper. Such a great little gadget and totally worth the $40 price tag. It’s got me playing in the kitchen like never before and has revolutionized my sauces and dips, especially hummus. I’m sharing the 3 faves I’ve come up with so far. Can I just repeat that for emphasis?….this non-foodie now makes 3 types of hummus!

Hummus is all about personal taste and preference so feel free to adjust to suit you. I start with the same basics for all 3 versions:

  • 1 can chickpeas, well drained and rinsed
  • juice of 1 large fresh lemon, and/or lemon juice
  • generous pinch of salt
  • 0-3 cloves garlic
  • 0-5 tbsp olive oil

Olive Hummus: add 1 can sliced black olives, drained
Cilantro Hummus: add a loose cup or about 1/2 of the grocery store bunch of fresh cilantro
Artichoke Hummus: add 1 jar of marinated artichoke hearts, juice and all. You need much less or no olive oil for this version.

imageThe method is the same for all 3 types. Just add all ingredients to your food processor and puree until smooth. Extra olive oil will make it smoother and thinner. Give it a little taste test then add more garlic, salt or lemon juice as needed. Enjoy this high protein, high fibre, low fat snack with raw veggies or warm pita bread. Yum!

Cupboard door corkboard – a 5 minute project

imageI like having a little spot in the kitchen to keep the odd bits of paper that inevitably accumulate but I’m not crazy about having them on display. So, I came up with this easy peasy solution: a couple of small corkboards hung inside kitchen cupboard doors. Out of sight but still close by and really good clutter busters. With a few supplies and 5 minutes, you can have them too.

I picked up a package of 2 plain cork panels at Michael’s (use your coupons friends) and a pack of command velcro strips (these things are awesome!). The cork panels actually came with double sided foam tape but I’m a bit of a freak about damaging my precious home so I splurged on the command strips which come off without a trace, if needed. Here are the totally obvious instructions. 1. Apply a command strip to the top corners on the back side of each of your cork panels. 2. Choose a cupboard door or two and apply command strips to the inside of the doors following the directions on the pack and spacing them as they are on the cork. 3. Firmly press the cork panel to the door matching the command strip sections. Viola!

imageThis one holds a calendar, the latest thoughtful card from my sister-in-law, my favorite Thai delivery menu, the receipts I really can’t lose and important business cards. What will you use yours for?