Monday, August 27, 2012

Yummy homemade pita chips!







Pita chips is one of my favorite snacks, and these are just as delicious as the expensive ones (I'm cheap when it comes to snacks) at the store.

So here's what you need:
-pita pockets, about one per serving
-salt and pepper,
-oil, I suggest not using olive oil because it will come out very strong
-paprika (if you like them spicy)

Directions:

Slice the pita pockets diagonally





Then open each slice and slice them so there single pieces

Add a bit of oil to an oven pan and season pan with salt, pepper, and paprika (use a bit if you want them spicy)
add the pita pieces and make sure their fully covered in oil, then season them again, add oil if necessary


Let cook at 300 for about 25 minutes, then check on them, they may need some more oil drizzled on them at this time.
Cook for the same amount again and then take out.
Pat them down with a paper towel to eliminate excess oil,
And serve! This would be absolutely delicious with a spinach artichoke dip!







Sunday, August 26, 2012

Hand made ribbon board

This item is also available for purchase at my etsy shop here :  https://www.etsy.com/listing/109625345/ribbon-board-for-photos-and-cards-18-by

It will cost you about the same to order it as to make it for yourself, I am currently offering free shipping on all of my products!

I had made this ribbon board a few months ago for my hubby ;) but I had no ribbons so I just used yarn. I just updated it with ribbons and buttons and it's so cute now!

Here's a picture, as well as what you need and how to make it for yourself!





Supplies:
-about ten feet of ribbon, it can all be the same color or different colors like I used.
-buttons, I needed 14
-a canvas, about 18" by 24"
-cloth, just a bit bigger than the canvas, long enough to stretch around the back
-staples
-hot glue gun

Directions:
Cover canvas in cloth and staple about every two inches to the wooden part on the back of the canvas
Then cut the ribbon to fit diagonally, each piece is separate, and hot glue gun to the back of the canvas, weave the ribbons as you put them on, and hot glue gun the overlapping pieces.
When done hot glue gun (or sew, it will just take longer) to the overlapping pieces

Hang up and place cards or little notes on it!

Here's the back


My niece liked it too!






Wednesday, August 22, 2012

About What's Going On With Me

So while I'm really just beggining to put myself into doing this blog. And hoping to attract more followers, as much as this is a work in progress.
I'd just like to mention that i will be attending MassArt this fall.
And this is me!



I thought it would be good to put a face to the writing and blog. And hopefully I get some followers! Tonight I will be editing the layout of my blog and some of the pages, I'll soon start working harder and taking better photographs (using the canon rebel instead of the iPad) and on doing more posts just for the hell of it instead of when I'm going to do something anyways.

Besides this blog I work as a nanny in the north end of Boston, I live with my wonderful boyfriend in Waltham MA, and do as much as I can to explore the area and use my time to do more of my art.

I would love some comments on my posts, and let me know how anything comes out or if you have any suggestions!

Caramelized Onions on Steak Tips

So I just made these (again for my employers, lucky them!)
If you already know how to caramelize onions you can skip this tutorial but if not go here: http://thejanuel.blogspot.com/2012/08/how-to-caramelize-onions.html




Ingredients:
-steak tips
-caramelized onions
-steak sauce
-butter and or oil
-paprika
-oregano
-salt and pepper
-rosemary (to garnish) or any other fresh herb you have
-parsley
-ginger, and or cloves


Directions:
1. Slice the steak tips so there about 1 inch by 1 inch


2. Sprinkle a little bit of each spice and herbs, if your using cloves use very little



3. Bring the oil and or butter to a sizzle and add the steak tips, make sure they can have room and are not piles up, I did 3-4 at a time in a pan. Flip only once 1 side is browned.






4. Let cook until desired. Then (this is optional) put steak tips onto paper napkin to let the oil drip off. As you can see there will be a lot.



5. Add the steak sauce to the caramelized onions



6. Put steaks onto plate and layer the onions over. Then garnish with rosemary.




How to Caramelize Onions




So all you need for this is:

Oil, and or butter
Onion(s)
Salt
Suger (white or brown is fine)

Directions:

Heat up the oil or butter in a pan until warm, slice the onions into strips, then add to the pan. Let them cook for about ten minutes on high, but make sure they don't burn, then lower the temp to medium/low, and let cook for about 20 minutes, then add the sugar and salt, and let cook another 20.

-keep in mind that onions tend to shrink when caramelize, so use more than you would normally when cooking onions.

See below to see how the onions usually progress:












Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Nails, Day 22

So I know it's been a while, those nails lasted much longer than I thought they would!

Anyways this next series I just did, (and I know the pictures are horrible, I really have to try to get better at this whole thing, if only my computer was fixed!). I used a magenta pink, clear to cover, and thin nail stripes i ordered on amazon.