Roasted Veggies

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I love roasted vegetables – they are simple to make and healthy, but I hadn’t made any in quite some time. I bought some zucchini and mushrooms a couple of weeks ago and roasted them with onions. They were DELICIOUS! In fact, they were so delicious, I made more this week :) . I had some tomatoes that needed eaten before they went bad, so I decided to roast those with mushrooms and onions.

Here’s the recipe:

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 small container of whole mushrooms
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 small onion
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt
  • black pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut the mushrooms in half, then cut the tomatoes and onions into pieces of a similar size as the cut mushrooms.
  3. Put all veggies in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil. Stir to coat. Add more olive oil if necessary.
  4. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper, to taste. Stir.
  5. Pour mixture onto a baking sheet and spread out evenly.
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes or until veggies are tender, but still have a little crunch. If desired, stir the veggies about halfway through (I usually don’t).

I’m not a huge fan of roasted tomatoes, but it’s just what I had on hand. Use whatever veggies you have! Just keep in mind, you may have to adjust the roasting time depending on how crunchy the veggies are that you begin with (e.g., broccoli would probably take longer to cook).

Here is another roasted veggie recipe you could try!

What is your favorite roasted veggie recipe? I’m always looking for new ones :) .

Cookie Dough Truffles

I found the recipe for these no-bake cookie dough truffles on Pinterest. They only take a few minutes to make, plus the time it takes for the dough and chocolate to harden. The not-so-great part is they are definitely NOT healthy :( . It’s ok to indulge every once in a while, though :) .

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Cookie Dough Truffles

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Garlic Chicken with Orzo

I’m always looking for easy recipes, especially recipes that are at least semi-healthy. This garlic chicken with orzo recipe was one I found on Pinterest. I’ve made it twice now, and we BOTH enjoyed it BOTH times – yay! Here’s my modified recipe below:  Continue reading »

Update: Brass Be Gone!

Two years ago at about the same time I started this blog (Wow – I can’t believe it’s been that long ago!), I spray painted the knobs and hinges on the interior doors of our home. In that post, I told you I would keep you updated, so here’s the update! Continue reading »

Peanut Butter Bites

These peanut butter bites are super easy to make and are delicious. I eat them for breakfast, but they would be just as good for dessert. Here’s the original recipe I found on Pinterest.

Recipe:

  • 1 cup dry oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I use dark chocolate)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (I’ve also used almond butter)
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla (I leave this out and you can’t tell the difference)

Mix everything together and roll into balls (I also refrigerate mine). Enjoy!

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For Sale

Recently, I began selling some of my crafts at a local store. I’m so excited! I hope to have an Etsy shop soon…we’ll see. Be sure to check back in the coming weeks to see if I’ve opened one :) . Below are some of the items I took to the local store – chalkboards, chicken wire frames, earring and necklace holders, and ‘I love you because…’ dry erase frames.

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Here are some other items I’ve made…

Do you have any business tips for me???

Chicken Wire Frame

My dad and I are selling crafts at a festival later this year. Here is one item I plan to sell (if I don’t end up keeping it for my own house :) ).

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Simply staple chicken wire to a picture frame. The frame I used was about 24×21 inches from outer edge to outer edge. I did spray paint the picture frame first – I didn’t like the wood color it was originally, so I used a silvery colored spray paint. When I was finished, it looked too bland, so I added the fabric flowers.

This makes a great picture frame, as it allows you to quickly and easily switch out pictures as often as you like. You could also use it as a place to leave messages, love notes, lists of chores…the possibilities are endless :) !

I will definitely be making more of these.

Happy framing!

Good Company Always Welcome

My dad and I are participating (for the first time!) in a craft festival. We were just approved today to have our own craft booth. I’m so excited :) ! Our main items for sale are upcycled windows and frames. So, my task this summer is to rummage for items we can use for crafting.

On my first major rummaging adventure last weekend, I found a gold mine of old windows. I bought 9 of them for $33.00 (that’s just $3.67 each).

Here is one window I created and plan to sell at the festival. The problem – I have no idea how much to ask  for it :/.

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Below are step-by-step instructions, along with pictures of the process. Continue reading »

DIY Fluffy Fabric Flowers

This post from Girl Loves Glam was a great step-by-step guide for making fabric flowers. You only need a few supplies, most of which you likely have on hand – fabric, a hot glue gun, some type of circle to trace, a pen or marker, scissors, and a straight pin (optional).

I made two sizes of flowers and used three different fabrics. For the bigger flower, I used a yellow fabric and burlap. For the smaller flowers, I used the same yellow fabric and a white fabric. These flowers were used to add a little interest to the chicken wire frame I made (post coming soon – UPDATE: Here it is.).

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These are two of the fabrics I used (burlap not pictured).

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Veghetti (Veggie Spaghetti)

I created (yes, created!) a healthy meatless spaghetti recipe tonight, and it actually turned out really, really well! The hubby even really liked it. It’s been a struggle to find relatively simple and tasty meatless recipes, so I was so excited that we enjoyed this one so much. It seems the cooking genes I inherited from my dad and grandma are finally showing themselves :) .

You’ll notice most of the ingredient amounts are approximations. When I was adding things to the skillet, I didn’t pay attention to the amount (sorry). Also, I’m not sure the sun dried tomatoes added much flavor. We just had some left over from another recipe and needed to use them, so my husband suggested I throw them in the mix as well. Continue reading »