sazon tomato soup.

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A few years ago my friend served me a bowl of this soup and I have been dreaming of it ever since. This past holiday break, he showed me how to make it! Its so so easy and my family goes crazy for it, so we plan to keep it in rotation. we made it with sazon goya, which I learned contains MSG, so im going to experiment with making my own sazon seasoning and give it a try, so I’ll be sure to report back.

Olive oil
3 Tomatoes
1 packet sazon goya
1 small onion
3 cloves garlic
1 box pasta noodles (shells or orichette work great, but honestly you can use anything)
Salt and pepper to taste

Put a little bit of olive oil in a large soup pot and warm. Once warmed, add dry pasta noodles and continually mix until they get toasted and blistery.

Meanwhile, Puree tomatoes, onion, garlic and sazon with a little bit of water ( to get it going) in a blender and blend until smooth. Add this mixture to the pasta and once it boils fill the blender with water about two times (with my size pot and vitamix I fill it one and half times). You basically want to fill the pot almost to the top with water. The amount of water will have to do with the consistency of your broth. If you want it thinner, add more water, if you want it thicker, add less.  Season with salt and pepper.

Once broth boils, cover pot, lower heat and let simmer about 40 minutes.

Serve with warm tortillas. Soup is good in fridge for about three days.

tahini cereal.

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I guess I’m on a cereal making kick! After making that chocolate cereal, I remembered this recipe on Shutterbean and tried it out. Another success! Makes a great snack, but also so good in almond milk with bananas!

  • 2 cups Kashi Seven Grain Cereal
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • milk, for serving
  • bananas, for serving

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a large bowl, mix together Kashi cereal, oats, sesame seeds and coconut until well combined. In a small bowl, combine the tahini and maple syrup. If mixture is thick, add about 1 tablespoon of water to thin it out. Stir maple tahini sauce into the cereal mixture until well coated. Season with salt and spread coated cereal mixture onto a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to make sure mixture is evenly browned.  To serve, divide cereal into bowls, top with milk and bananas. Cereal will last in an airtight container for up to a week.

peanut butter brownies.

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I whipped up a bunch of these brownies for a holiday party I was heading to and they were a  hit! thanks for the recipe, Isa! Will be keeping these in my backpocket FOR SURE!

recipe found here, and in her new cookbook!

comforting miso soup.

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Its been pretty chilly around here and all I have been wanting to do is eat soup!

I threw this together with a bunch of stuff that was leftover in my fridge and it came out comforting and delicious. I made the last minute decision to throw in these thick spinach noodles from the asian market I had sitting around and they were perfect. Reminded me of a good bowl of chicken soup, only there is no chicken here!

4 cups vegetable broth
2 cups water
chopped carrots, celery, onion
Cauliflower florets
green beans
(really you can use whatever you have laying around!)
1/2 cup of miso paste (i used yellow or brown i think!)
2-4 cloves of garlic, minced
Garlic
Olive oil
Your favorite noodles (optional)
salt and pepper

Saute chopped onions in olive oil about 5-7 minutes until golden and translucent. Add minced garlic and cook about a minute or so, then add carrots and onion, stirring occassionally and cooking until a little soft, maybe 5 minutes or so.  Add cauliflower and green beans or whatever vegetables you are adding at this point and stir and cook a few minutes longer. Add broth and water and cover pot and cook until cauliflower and green beans are cooked through, maybe 10 minutes or so. I had the water bowling.  Add the miso paste and stir into dissolved.

Note: The noodles i used only needed about 5 min to cook, so I added them while the soup was boiling and I had about 5 min left.  then i added the miso and cooked for about 2 more minutes until the miso was dissolved.

 

“boquet of peace”

Happy new year! This is now my FIFTH year of keeping this blog going. Started as a 365 project, and just kept going and going…its been a great resource to me to keep track of recipes that proven successful as well as keep track of all the things I have made. Heres to another year of good recipes and fun crafting!

Once a month I volunteer as the art mom for my son’s second grade class. For our first project, I showed the kids Picasso’s “Bouquet of Peace” and told them a little about Picasso’s life and a little bit of background of the painting. We talked about other signs of peace and events in which the kids have given or received flowers. One of the kids even had this painting in her room, so she was really excited to talk about it. I passed out card stock, pom poms, construction paper, sequins and buttons and had the kids create their own bouquets of peace. We started by tracing our hands for the hands in the drawing, and then used them materials to create the flowers.

embroideredy hoop ornament.

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I made just one more ornament this holiday season –  I had some of this tiger fabric left over and was trying to think of something to make with it for milo. I threw this little ornament or wall hanging together for him. I think this would be a great idea if you have a piece of an old quilt or pillow or even some baby clothes that are sentimental – I added some embroidery in there since he will most likely use this as an ornament. Came together in no time! Again, the possibilities are endless! All you need is fabric and a small embroidery hoop.

photo transfer ornaments.

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and more ornament making for the holiday season! I love giving handmade gifts!  I found the instructions here. 

  • Wooden craft ornaments ( I found some at micheals for $.52)
  • Matte Gel Medium
  • White Craft Paint
  • Christmas images you’ve had printed on a LASER printer (ink jet will not work.  Kinko’s self serve printers are laser.
  • foam brushes
  • twine
  • Glitter Craft Paint
  • sandpaperSTEP ONE: Paint your ornaments with white paint (a lighter background is best to trasfer the photo). Distress the edges if you would like to with sandpaper


STEP TWO:  Cut photos to size.  Apply a coat of the gel medium to the image side of photo.

STEP THREE:   Put photo IMAGE SIDE DOWN onto ornament.  Use a credit card or other burnishing tool to smooth paper down and get rid of any air bubbles.  Allow to dry overnight.

STEP FOUR:  Use a squirt bottle to mist water over the back of the paper.  Then use finger to gently rub the paper away.  You can also remove any paper that is hanging off the edge as well.   Best technique is to rub paper off entire surface and allow to dry.  Repeat this until you no longer see any paper remnants.  It took about 4 times to get all of the paper off for me.  Luckily it only takes a few minutes for it to dry.   Be careful not to rub too hard over the faces!

STEP FIVE:  Sand around edges again, if you want.  Apply glitter paint if you’d like!  Add twine to hang and you’re done!

marbled ornaments.

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I have so much nail polish and I rarely ever use it – So when I saw that I can put some of that nail polish to use in a craft I was all game. All I had to do was pick up some glass ornaments – I got 8 of them for $5 and went to town. I love how these turned out. The possibilities are endless.

Heres what you need:

Ornaments
nail polish
water
bucket or bowl
dowel rod or long stick for stirring
gloves (optional)
empty egg carton

Fill a container with enough water that you can easily submerge the ornament in. Also choose a container you can throw away when you are done.

Drizzle some nail polish in the water, then use a stick of some sort to marble it if youd like.

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Holding the top of the ornament (wear gloves for this step if you dont want to get too messy) and directly submerge the ornament in the water. the paint adheres immediately. You sort of only get one dip, so make it a good one!

Set on top of egg cartons, or the ornament tray in my case, so they can dry.

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golden snitch ornament.

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I had intended to make these last year, and never got around to it. I found a pack of 12 plastic gold balls at the dollar store last season and have been hanging onto them with the hopes to make one of these. These took a little bit of patience and care to create – but they are perfect for all harry potter fans in your life!

I got the idea here.

Heres what you need:
Gold Ornament Ball
Jewelry or floral wire
Tissue paper
elmers type glue
hot glue
Gold glitter
pencil

First, draw an actual size sketch of how you want your snitch wings to look on a scrap piece of paper. Use this as a guide to shape thin craft wire into your wing shape. Close the shape by twisting the wire around the other one 3 or 4 times to make a tight coil. Snip the wire, but leave a little bit of the coil for later. Do this again for the other wing.
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Coat wires with glue and lay a sheet of tissue paper over top of wires. Use a clean dry brush to push down on the paper, sticking it down to the wires all around each wing. Let dry, then cut out, leaving a few millimeters of paper as a border. Apply glue to border and roll over edges of wire all around the wing.

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Coat wings on each side with glue and apply light gold glitter. Let dry.img_9331

Use a small dab of hot glue on the wire coils to make a surface for attaching to the ball. I used the longer tail here to help adhere the wing to the ornament. I held each of them vertically against a piece of parchment paper. Hold each one until the glue cools and a flat surface has formed on the bottom. I put a little more hot glue around it after it dried to secure it a little more and then later put elmers glue around along with some glitter to help hide the hot glue.

wooden animal creature ornaments.

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I saw these little guys on pinterest and I knew I had to create some! They will make great little ornaments to hang on gifts. Im probably going to keep one or two for me, and might just keep them out all year long! I ended up using marker instead of paint, and I think paint might be the way to g0 – the marker sort of runs once it hits the wood, so be careful!

  • Wooden beads
  • Felt
  • Paint or marker
  • Embroidery thread
  • Scissors
  • hot glue
  • Paint brush

 Cut a felt circle for a collar and two ear pieces for each animal. Glue the collar to the base of the wooden ball and glue the ears to the top. Hold them in place while they dry.

Paint or draw simple face on the front of the critter.

When everything is dry, cut a 7-inch piece of embroidery thread. Fold it in half and tie an overhand knot. Hot Glue the knotted thread to the top of the critter head.