Archive | December, 2010

Happy New Year!

31 Dec

I have a good feeling about 2011.

Good luck in the New Year.

I’m not much of a believer in fate or a grand plan. I’m a girl of science, but I do believe in good ol’ luck! And I’m not above superstition. I’m making black eyed peas tomorrow.

Throw in an owl against a night sky…if not for luck, then just for beauty.

I’m editing to add the following two I had misplaced.




Postage Stamp Coasters

27 Dec

I made a bunch of these “jumbo stamp” coasters!

I used the idea here on Design Sponge, but I used different images. All the stamps are from Karen Horton’s Flickr photo set of her mom’s collection. They are so beautiful, and I’d like to do some other things with them in the future! I also have a cool stamp I’ve been saving that I’d like to do some projects with- more about that later.

I am editing this to say that I had been a little concerned about how these would perform- that a hot mug might melt the transfer material. But so far, they have worked great. Yay. Cuz I really like them.

Merry XMas Eve!

24 Dec

I’m loving these gold deer I bought on eBay! Of course, I set them up on the table and within 5 minutes the cats had knocked them over. Next year, I will figure out some way to display and stabilize them. Next year, I’ll also make more kinds of cookies and give more away! I will also buy some kind of real pine so I can have that smell in my house…if not a tree, then a wreath or some garland. Next year…

Cheddar Jalapeno Cookies

22 Dec

If you tell me you don’t like sweets, I will look at you like you have three heads. That being said, I made savory cookies this year.

I got the recipe here, on Design Sponge. When I make these again, I will make them a little thinner, like a lot of the commenters did. More like 1/4″. They are super yummy!

Reason #87 Why I Love New Orleans

19 Dec

Parades in front of my house.

I love ’em.

Red Beans and Rice

19 Dec

I’m a recent convert to Camilla brand red beans. I don’t know why, but they are creamier than other red beans when they are all cooked up. Now that I love them, I don’t think I’d even make red beans and rice if I didn’t have them. You can mail order them from the company!

I got this “Real Cajun,” “certified Cajun” andouille sausage that was “prepared the Cajun way!” But I’m certified too wussy, because it’s a bit hot for me. So sad. I’m just a sucker for any kind of packaging that has some lady’s picture on it. (see also: Mama Lucia pizza in St. Louis) Uber bonus if she has a bouffant hairdo.

Anyhoo, I use the Joy of Cooking recipe that I modify a bit; I don’t usually use ham hocks.

Red Beans and Rice!

1 c. celery, finely chopped

1 c. onion, finely chopped

1 c. green bell pepper, finely chopped

2 tsp chopped garlic

1 TB olive oil

2 bay leaves

1 tsp. dried thyme

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. ground white pepper (or black pepper)

1/2 tsp. ground red pepper (or to taste)

8 c. water

1 pound red beans (about 2 cups)

1 pound smoked andouille or smoked kielbasa sausage

-saute celery, onion, bell pepper and garlic in oil until soft

-add spices, stir

-add water and beans, bring to boil.

-reduce heat and simmer, covered,  until beans are tender, maybe 2 hours.

-slice sausage diagonally and add to beans

-serve over rice

If you want to use ham hocks, simmer 2 in the water with everything but the beans until tender, about 1 hour. Remove those before adding the beans, let cool and add the meat when you add the sausage.

I like to cook it until about half the beans fall apart. This picture is the stage when the liquid is starting to thicken, maybe about halfway to being done. Stir it a lot toward the end, and add some water as needed.

Happy Monday! Beans and rice for you!

Bird Ornaments

16 Dec

I have been making ornaments to give as gifts for a few years now, and this year I made these fabric bird ones.

I made them with fabric I already had on hand, and it was fun mixing and matching!

I got the idea from this post on Zakka Life blog, and she got the pattern from the Spool sewing blog. Just look in the right column for the free patterns. Someday, I’ll make some cat toys stuffed with catnip with this pattern!