Friday, February 26, 2010

Deserted Island Chilaquiles

I made chilaquiles for Teri Jo and Steve today, and they turned out delicious! There's really no way you can go wrong with fried tortillas, eggs, refried black beans, orange peppers, cilantro, salsa verde, habinero-jack, avocados, and sour cream. That's all you need, except if you remember to buy red onion, as I did not. Simple recipe: fry corn tortillas in canola oil, heat up refried black beans (I added cumin), slice things, fry eggs, and arrange how you please.

Teri and I think hers looked like a deserted island, especially on the blue plate!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Finishing Old Projects Time!

A lot of cleaning up my stash area involved finding bags filled with old projects. Some half-finished fingerless gloves were sitting in one of those bags, so I finished them up, and made a neck-warmer with the additional thread. It's not quite a cowl--hardly--but it looks kind of fancy and elegant! It makes every shirt into a turtleneck, even when the shirt doesn't even go up to the neck!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Chipotle-Cheddar Biscuits

I felt like making biscuits this morning, but normal ones can be so boring! Therefore, I simply added two ingredients to the normal Jiffy recipe to make these scrumptious little guys.

2 cups Jiffy or other biscuit mix
2/3 cup milk
1 canned chipotle, chopped up
a few handfuls of shredded cheddar, a little set aside
salt, to taste

Preheat the oven to 450°, then mix all the ingredients except to for the extra cheddar until it's sticky. Roll or press the mixture down on a surface that's been dusted with biscuit mix and knead it 20 times. Cut it with a round cookie cutter or a glass that looks like the right size (I used a wine glass), and place the biscuits on a greased cookie sheet. Put a pinch of shredded cheddar on each biscuit and bake for 10-12 minutes. Enjoy!

I drank lapsang souchong with it. The smokiness of the tea compliments the chipotle!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Cowl Crisis!

I have a confession to make--I have not figured out the cowl. I always make them way too long and they turn into tiny shawls, but with buttons. I want one that floofs up to my chin. Nevertheless, I got a pretty result with my most recent failure:
It's not foofy or cozy, but it makes a nice ornament to a regular black tee.
Possibly next time I should use a pattern? Any suggestions?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Flower Headband

So on with my battle with the stash leftovers! This is some of the extra yarn from Steve's Jayne hat, but a much girlier product!
This is me being girly.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Very Small Project

My friend and roommate Teri Jo happened to babysit Rachel's friend, so they came over for a play date with the hopes of making a snowman. We then figured out that although the day was sunny, the snow was unfortunately quite powdery, so Teri suggested we make miniature snowmen. We went in to the kitchen to get baby carrots and raisins, and the product was adorable. Then I remembered how I had promised to make some small projects for my blog, so I set to work on making tiny crocheted scarves for the two mini snowmen we made. Snowmen have no necks, however, so they turned out to be a little short. They are quite cute, though!
All was fine and good until the one on the left decided to have an opinion about Teri's footwear. She asked her mom for snow-boots, alright?
No, the snowman didn't actually die. I mean, it is so cute! How could you destroy anything so cute, even if it did hurt your feelings just a little? (Story of my life as a nanny, BTW.)