Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Chicken & Salsa Pitta Pocket - Recipe


I've been missing from blog land the past week. I've had quite a few things going on in my head and I have totally neglected my blog so I'm sorry about that but I am back with a de-lish recipe so hopefully that will make up for it :)

Yesterday, I made up this little pitta pocket with stuff I had in the fridge and it was sooo yum. And gluten free which always helps :P

To make it, I took a garlic and chilli gluten free pitta bread (normal ones would work just as well) and toasted it for a few mins on either side. I wanted it warm but not too crispy. Then I cut the very top off and using a blunt knife, opened it up to form my pocket. I then filled it with cold chicken, shredded lettuce and salsa. Oh.My.Gosh. It was so yummy!

I used 1 x pitta bread
40g chicken breast
40g lettuce
60g salsa (I put some inside and left some on my plate for dipping)

Delish!

Friday, 15 June 2012

Red pepper hummus - Recipe



Red Pepper Hummus Recipe (serves 3)

1 cup dried chickpeas (or 1 ½ cup tinned)
2 x red bell peppers (about 1 ¾ cup)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp tahini (optional)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 ½ tsps cumin
salt and pepper
½ cup cold water

First of all, you will need to cook your chickpeas. I cook mine from dry in my pressure cooker but if you don't have a pressure cooker you will have to soak them overnight and then cook as per packet instructions. Grill the red peppers until blackened then cover with tin foil and leave to steam for 15mins. Remove skins. Mix all ingredients except water in a food processor. Blitz together, adding water as necessary to form a smooth(ish) paste. I served ours with toasted (gluten free) pitta bread slices, celery sticks, romaine lettuce, yellow pepper strips and cucumber strips. Delish!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Jar Lid Pincushion


Today I’m going to share a jar lid pincushion that I made recently as a guest post for Be Your Best Mom

Before I show you how to make your own, let me tell you why I needed a new one. One day we were all sat happily around the table eating broccoli and feta soup when Leyla decided there was far too much peace in the room. She picked up my (old) pincushion (which, to be fair, I probably should’ve tidied away before dinner) and dropped it all casual like into her soup! Yeh, she can be very naughty. But she’s cute! She takes after her Dad lol.

So there was me with no pincushion and my pins all full of soup. It’s funny now looking back but I was far from impressed at the time!


I was planning to make a simple square and stuff it, not unlike this one at Paper. String. Cloth, but then I decided I wanted something with a bit more stability on the bottom. That’s where I came up with the idea to use a jar lid. Ooh, while we’re on the subject, let me tell you another (creepy) story about making this. 

I got my jar lid out of the cupboard but it smelt like curry (it was a curry jar lid). I washed it and put it on the draining board and went to gather my supplies. When I came back for the jar lid, it had gone! Like literally disappeared. There was only me and the babies in the house and they were both napping so I knew they hadn’t taken it. I searched my kitchen for a good half an hour and even looked in the other rooms just in case I had for some reason taken it through. Anyway, it was totally gone so I got a new jar lid out, washed it, dried it (keeping TIGHT hold of it so I didn’t lose it) then took it in to make my pincushion. When I had it all finished, I went back into the kitchen and my original jar lid was sat right there on the draining board!! Yeh, I have a ghost that thinks it is hilarious to mess with my crafting stuff. Not cool, ghost, not cool!


So, let’s make a jar lid pincushion...

First of all, gather your supplies. You will need:
a jar lid
glue gun
material (I used two co-ordinating pieces I had left over)
stuffing
needle and thread


Take your jar lid and lay it out on top of material #1. Draw and cut a circle around it, making sure the circle is about 1″ bigger all around.


Squeeze some glue into the jar lid, going around the inside edge, then pressing the material down on it. You want your material to be quite tight on the jar lid so make sure you pull it before you stick it. It’s fiddly but you’ll get it.


Your jar lid is done! It doesn’t look all that on the inside but that is going to be covered anyway.


Next we’re going to make the middle pincushion part. Lay your covered jar lid onto material #2 and draw out a big circle, about 3″ bigger all the way around. Do a line of running stitch all around the outside then pull up to gather.


Add enough stuffing to make the pincushion very firm (fill it then add more, then more again, it needs to be very full!) Stitch the opening shut tightly.


Squeeze some glue onto the bottom of the pincushion and press it tightly into the inside of the jar lid. Hold until it is fixed. If you have gaps around the outside edge, like I did, then you may want to take your needle and thread and do some stitches all around the edge to make sure it is totally secure.

Fill it with your pins and you have a very cute little pincushion for all of your sewing needs!

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Mint Stuff I've Seen #17

This Week's Features:

DIY Tank Top - Dollars, Sense & More

Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce - Simply Recipes


Fast and Easy Soaked Oatmeal Pancakes - Rodale


Printable Maths Flash Cards - Mr Printables

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Friday, 8 June 2012

Crochet Bath Set: Free Pattern

I actually did this tutorial as a guest post for Finding My Way in Texas about a month ago. Just in case you didn't see it over there, I thought I would repost it here :)

I love how these turned out. I've already got a few more lined up in different colours and I think they are going to turn out just as cute!


I've been thinking about Christmas presents early this year. I wanted to make so many of my presents last year but, because I left it so late, I hardly gave anything Mammy Made :( I thought this little bath set would be a lovely present, just add a nice bar of soap and some shower gel or bubble bath!

They make up really quickly which is always a bonus. BTW, I should probably add...if you are one of my friends or family, you should probably forget all about this post as you are more than likely going to get one of these sets and you wouldn't want to spoil the surprise now, would you? :P


To make your own set, you will need a 4mm crochet hook and DK yarn. You will also need a wool needle.

Bath Puff

Main:
Round1: make a magic ring, ch3 and work 11dcs in ring, join with sl st in top of ch3 (12)
2. Ch3, turn, dc in st at base of ch3, 2dcs in each st around, join with sl st in top of ch3 (24)
3. Rep round 2 (48)
4. Rep round 2, bind off (96)

Repeat rounds 1-4 six times. Weave in outside ends but not magic ring ends.

Tie:
1. ch100, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and across, bind off, weave in ends.

To make up:
Fold the tie in half and tie a knot to form a loop. I double knotted mine to make sure it was big enough to not fall through my magic rings. Loosen magic rings on each piece of bath puff and push the knot through. Repeat until all six pieces are on the tie. Weave in the magic ring ends, pulling tightly closed around the tie. Push the bath puff pieces down firmly and tie a knot at the top, making sure bath puff pieces are still tightly squashed together. Fluff the bath puff. Done :)

Option1

Soap Bag (Option 1)

Main:
ch22
1. dc in 4th ch from hook and across (20)
2. ch1, turn, sc across, ending with sc in top of ch3 (20)
3-32. rep row 2
33. ch3, turn, sk st at base of ch3, dc to end, fold in half so two dc edges are facing, seam edges with ss, sc across bottom and up other raw edges.
34. ch8, sc at bottom of ch8, sl st in next st, bind off and weave in ends.

Tie:
1. ch75, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and across, bind off and weave in ends. Thread the drawstring through the holes created in the dc rows. Tie off in a bow. I had my bow at the front of the bag because I thought it looked prettier than having it at the side but either would work. 

Soap Bag (Option 2 -  for stripes)


Main:
ch44
1. dc in 4th ch from hook and across (42)
2. join into a round by working a sl st in the top of ch3, ch1, turn, sc in st at base of ch1 and across, join with sl st in 1st sc (42)
3. ch1, turn, sc in st at base of ch1 and across, join with sl st in 1st sc (42)
4-16. rep round 3
17. Bind off, leaving a long tail. Stitch the bottom of the bag shut using the tail then tie off and weave in all ends.
18. To make the hanging loop, ch9, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and across.

Tie:
1. Cut two or three lengths of wool approx 15" long. Hold them all together and tie a knot on both ends to secure them together. Thread the drawstring through the holes created in the dc row. Tie off in a bow. I had my bow at the front of the bag because I thought it looked prettier than having it at the side but either would work.

Enjoy your new bath set and if you do make one from this, or any of my other tutorials, send me a picture! I love seeing all of your work :)


Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Coconut Flour (Gluten-Free) Pancakes - FAIL!


A few days ago I went to the hospital Accident & Emergency because I had chest pains and tightness that felt like someone squeezing my lungs. I really thought I was about to die! After being examined, it turns out I'm not about to die and it is my stomach not my heart that is causing me problems. Hmm, weird!

After researching on the internet, I have decided to attempt a gluten-free diet. I have read about a lot of people who have found relief when cutting out gluten so I'm hoping it will work for me aswell. Also, I have always had problems with wheat causing me bloating and stomach cramps so this could well be win-win :)

This morning I decided to plunge in head first and try some gluten free pancakes made out of coconut flour. Errrm. I don't know exactly what I did wrong but they did.not.work.


I added my cup of coconut flour, my cup of eggs and my cup of milk and mixed it all up but what I did not at all get was a nice smooth batter. Instead, I got this weird, thick paste-y stuff :S I added another cup of milk and it got slightly more like batter but was still far too thick.

I cooked it anyway, thinking it might just still work. It did not. I ended up with a few pieces that were salvageable (which, incidentally, Leyla wolfed down :P) but I mostly ended up with crumbs!

Someone please tell me what I did wrong and/or give me a good recipe for coconut flour pancakes that does not involve tons of other stuff I am not likely to have in my cupboard. I don't know why I thought it would work but I had to at least try to cook it as I had just used up the last of my eggs and a full bottle(!) of milk.

Any tips on how to achieve a gluten free diet would also be much appreciate as I am still a newbie. As you can probably tell from my awesome pancakes!! :D



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Monday, 4 June 2012

Mint Stuff I've Seen #16

This Week's Features:


Button Burlap Heart - Southern Lovely


Oatmeal Muffins - My Favorite Finds


Kale Chips (Crisps) - Googly Eyes & Glitter


Princess Bustle Dress - girl. Inspired

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Friday, 1 June 2012

XL Tshirt to Cute Halter Refashion


I recently took part in the Ricochet and Away "I Will Wear it in Public" Sewing Challenge. It was great and I LOVED seeing all the pretty things that everyone made. I was really impressed with everyone's efforts!


For this challenge, I decided to tackle something I had never dared try before: a top for me! Eek! 

I have made shorts for myself and I have cut jeans off and stuff like that but making a top for me was a scary idea. I love making things for my kids normally and that is pretty easy since they are just rectangles and it is easy to sew for rectangles :P 

I knew I would have to make this top tight if I had any hope of making it / feeling comfortable in it so that's where I started. I didn't know whether I would make a tshirt or a cutey top so I thought on it for a while and in the end decided to make a halter top. I had seen them around on Pintrest and always thought they looked really cute with the gathered neck.

I think it turned out really cute! I wore mine out clubbing for my friend's 21st birthday and I think I looked pretty good if I say so myself. I am definitely going to be turning more tshirts into cute halter tops :)


I decided to sew on two little loops at the back so, if I wanted to, I could wear it as a crossover top. I think wearing it this way also looks awesome! 

If you could take a minute and go and vote for me here, I would very much appreciate it :)

Thank you Rikka for letting me join in this challenge. I have had a mint time!



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