DIY & Crafts, Gardening, Goals and Aspirations, Home Decor, Uncategorized

Goal update: 50 DIY Projects/Crafts…

I challenged myself to this goal at the beginning of the year to keep myself creative and busy! Here’s what I’ve done so far!

-Curtains… after WEEKS of working on these curtains I can finally say they’re complete! I did the curtains for the bedroom and the living room, and I have to say that my sewing skills have improved dramatically! I did a simple flat curtain to hang from clips and I completed a total of 8 panels! 6 of which I had to do twice because my measurements were off… I wasn’t too happy about that.

-Terrariums… I’ve made a few of these because I’m obsessed with them.  I’ll come up with simple DIY instructions in the very near future in case you’d like to make one yourself, they’re super fun and easy!

-Necklace Hanger..  I know I wanted to use some sort of antlers to hang my necklaces from. I saw this project on one of the blogs that I follow regularly, A Beautiful Mess.. it’s a really easy project that I completed in less than 30 minutes. You can find the instructions here. I’m very happy with mine!

-Plants… this past Saturday I planted heartleafed ice plants (aptenia cordifolia) in front of our brick wall. My mom supplied me with cuttings from her yard. So far they look pretty good! They should be rooting in 2 weeks. Yeay!

And I know you must be thinking that 50 projects are a lot… it sure is.

 

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Dish A Month, Goals and Aspirations, Recipes, Uncategorized

Filipino Dish of the Month – March

One of my goals for 2012 is to cook a new Filipino dish each month.  On this cold and stormy day and nursing a sick boyfriend back to health, I knew arroz caldo would hit the spot.  This comforting filipino dish has been my favorite ever since I was a child, arroz caldo (translated as warm rice), is a chicken and rice porridge that is sure to fill your belly and instantly warm your soul. So I contacted my mom to find out what I needed in order to make this myself…

Arroz caldo (Chicken and Rice Porridge)

  • 1 ½ lbs chicken, cut into serving pieces
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked sweet rice (botan rice)
  • about 2 1/2 cups of water (to start with, you end up adding more to reach your desired consistency)
  • about 4-5 Tbsp of fish sauce, add to taste
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup onion, minced
  • 4 pieces hard boiled eggs
  • 1 cup scallions (green onions), minced
  • 2 knobs ginger
  • 1 piece chicken cube (bouillon)
  • 1 lemon or 4 calamansi
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil

Since I’m making my arroz caldo to my preference, I ground both the garlic and the ginger in a food processor that way it was very fine. My mom would cut up the ginger in bigger pieces but I didn’t like that. So whatever you prefer.

Heat cooking oil and saute the onion, garlic and ginger. Then add the chicken cube, cook until cube has melted. Now add the chicken, cook until golden brown.  Next, add 2 Tbsp of fish sauce and uncooked rice, cook for a few minutes.  Add the water and bring to a boil, simmer until the rice has been fully cooked (about 30-45 minutes), stirring occasionally.  You’ll notice as it’s cooking, the water gets absorbed, add more hot water until you reach your desired consistency.  For me, I added A LOT of water while it was cooking because I like my arroz caldo pretty soupy. Also this is a good time to taste test the broth to add more fish sauce, add according to taste. While your rice is cooking you can boil your eggs. Once the rice is done you can add the boiled eggs… peeled (OBVIOUSLY!).. and serve topped with green onions and a squeeze of lemon or calamansi.. Mmmm, Masarap! (Yields 6 servings)

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Recipes

Chocolate Dipped WHAT?

Happy St. Patty’s Day Everybody!  Personally, I”m not too big on the holiday myself because obviously, I’m not Irish, but it is a good excuse to have to wear my favorite color and drink beer.

This evening  we have a potluck to attend to in which the hosts will kindly be preparing some corned beef. I decided to make chocolate dipped potato chips. I’ve never tried them myself and I couldn’t see why it wouldn’t be good, I mean, chocolate is great and I love potato chips. So, I looked up the recipe and they turned out so good! Chocolate and potato chips are a match made in heaven!

Chocolate Dipped Potato Chips

  • (2) 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Ghirrardelli and I’m sooo glad that I did.)
  • About 16 oz of potato chips (I’d go with thicker more sturdier chips that way it can withstand being dipped. )
  • wax paper
  • cookie sheet(s)
  • air-tight container

Line the cookie sheet with wax paper. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave in 45sec-1min intervals stirring in between, do this until all the chocolate is all smooth and melted. Dip the chips halfway in chocolate, one at a time. And remove excess chocolate with a spoon or a spatula, you don’t want TOO much chocolate, otherwise it would be way too rich.. unless that’s what you prefer! Then you just place the chip on the wax paper lined cookie sheet. Once the cookie sheet is full you just refrigerate the chips until the chocolate is set (this really only takes a few minutes) and you’re done! You can serve these immediately or you need to store the chips in a tightly covered container because nobody likes stale chips, even if they’re dipped in chocolate.

Viola! Best snack ever!

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Design

That’s what family is for!

Hi there everybody! Well, this coming August my cousin is getting married and it’s going to be a HUGE wedding so they wanted to save as much money as they can wherever they can! One way they wanted to cut costs was to make their own invites. My cousin Franseve, made a very good attempt at designing their wedding invitation, and although he’s very talented in many ways, invitation designing didn’t happen to be one of his high points. So I offered to do it! Their wedding color is teal, and their main flower are white orchids. What do you think?

(click on thumbnails to view)

I wanted them to be very simple and elegant and also easy to print! So, hopefully they’ll like them! By the way, my cousin is helping us out by building shelves throughout the house. Yay! That’s what family is for! 🙂

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Home Decor

New plants!

Having plants in the house is a must for me.  As I was growing up, my mom had plants throughout the entire house, those huge fortune plants. To me, it’s the easiest and cheapest way to turn a house into a home.  After Chris and I have pretty much accumulated all of the necessary things, it was time to add some plants.  We definitely needed plants that were low maintenance so succulents and cacti were perfect!  Wait, let me mention something though, both Chris and I have each killed a cactus… so yes it’s possible if you over water them. A mistake never to be repeated again!

Succulents don’t need much water, so it’s not a big deal if you forget.  What I like about them is that they don’t look like they collect dust like some plants do. That spider looking plant on the top right of the four is an air plant (tillandsia), they thrive in humidity, so this one will be perfect for my enclosed terrarium. These plants need to be misted with water every couple weeks, not too bad!

I’m excited to make my terrariums with these new little guys… but only after I finish sewing the curtains!

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