Cuban Black Beans and Fried Plantains

I am still in the process of moving, we get the keys tomorrow so all of my stuff has been boxed except essentials for about a week. I found some time to make something that’s been on my ‘to do’ list.

 


Finger Knitting: My First Scarf

I’ve been in the process of changing jobs and also getting ready to move.. so not a lot of focus on crafting and more on putting things in boxes and selecting books to donate(it’s really hard!). I have a few projects that are slowly being worked on, I need a commute hobby so I gave finger knitting a try. Here’s my first scarf. Now I’ll be that strange person knitting on the bus…

 

 


Eggplant, Toast and Egg Breakfast

 

Ingredients

1 tsp olive oil

2 Breaded Eggplant Cutlets (you can make your own but cutting an eggplant into thin slices and hand breading or you can find them frozen and pre-breaded in some grocery stores. If you make your own you can freeze them for quick use later.)

1/2 tsp butter

1 piece whole wheat bread

1 tsp olive oil

2 eggs

salt and pepper to taste ( I used an Alderwood smoked salt)

fresh basil

(optional) If I had it on hand I would have added thinly sliced Avocado.

Instruction

In a skillet heat the olive oil to medium-high heat and add the breaded eggplant cutlets, cook for 3-5 minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove eggplant from pan and set aside. With a paper towel wipe away most of the remaining olive oil.

Add the butter to the pan and as soon as it is melted place the bread in the pan. Check the bread every 20 seconds and as soon as it starts to brown check it every 10 seconds until it is toasted to your liking, Remove the toast from the pan and plate it toasted side up, add the eggplant on top of the toast.

In the hot pan reduce heat to medium and add the olive oil. Crack the eggs gently into the pan and cook until the bottom part of the egg is opaque and firm, 1-2 minutes, add the salt and pepper to the egg carefully flip the eggs without breaking the yolks and cook on the other side until all of the egg white is firm but the yolk is runny. Remove from pan and place on top of the eggplant. Arrange with fresh basil and enjoy.

 

 

 


My First Wallet Projects

I’m an extreme beginner with very little fabric so, wallets.


Project List

My hobbies have grown so my project list needs categories now, here’s what I’ve got in the works, who knows what I will get to, I should have some free time in a few weeks.

 

Cold Process Soap Making

Idea: I made a lot of soap last year, I have  isolated my favorites and will be recreating some variation of them. All of my soap sold or was given away last year so I only have the newer two that I made in November that were curing at the time I ran out.

  1. Charcoal soap split (Lavender/Rosemary Soap, Cedar/Bergamot)
  2. Breton Sea Salt Bar
  3. Coconut Milk split scent ( hawaiian jasmine, sandalwood)
  4. Beer Soap (new soap type)

Other Soap

  1. Shaving Cream (will run out soon)
  2. Laundry and Dish Soap ( will run out soon)

Lip Balm

This is meant to be as a set for holiday presents but it didn’t happen. I will be infusing the black tea into the oils.

  1. Black Tea & Lavender
  2. Black Tea & Peppermint
  3. Black Tea & Bergamot

Lotion/Conditioner

I might make these with Black Tea Infused Oil as well.

  1. Apple/Sage Conditioner
  2. Apple/Sage Lotion

Sewing

I’m an extreme beginner, I still cant sew a straight line or understand some terms and instructions. The seam ripper is my best friend and I keep stabbing myself with pins and burning myself on the iron… but I have determination.

  1. Skirt
  2. Purse
  3. Backpack
  4. Jean Quilt
  5. Tri-Fold Wallet

Paper Projects

  1. Handmade Paper with Botanical Imbeds
  2. Hardcover hand made blank journal

Cooking

  1. El Pollo Loco Chicken ( pineapple and lime glaze)
  2. Teriyaki Tofu ( I can’t get it right!! Eventually…)
  3. Corn Tortillas

 


First Sewing Project

I have successfully made pillow cases. Onward to pattern collecting.


Project: Tiny Book

I’m a beginner at book making so I’m starting with small things that don’t involve me going to the craft store. Each tiny book is made from one sheet of paper with hand sewn binding, some fancy duct tape, a few paper flowers and a button. Two of them I made with pockets and put tea bags in the pockets. I just need to go buy a few different varieties of nice tea.

For one of my non pocketed tiny books I used a lemon water carton to bind the cover, and learned a few things.  I’ll probably make a larger book next time or incorporate some of my handmade paper into a small book.