Friday, January 16, 2015

2015 Culinary Bucketlist

I was inspired after reading Karla's Culinary Bucketlist.. she has this awesome blog called Foodologie.. you should check it out. I mean really the idea of a culinary bucket list is just awesome. 

So of course since she posted it I have been thinking of all the new things I want to try this year. 

Here goes nothing.. In 2015 I want to make:
  • Pretzels: because well they are pretzels and doing the whole twisty aspect sounds like fun
  • Bread: I have tried breadsticks in the past and they were ok.. but after talking it out with a few foodies I think I figured out what I need to do
  • Hummus: funny enough I have had this on my meal prep menu to make for the last month but I still haven't done it.. so this year I will get to it. 
  • Canning: I want to give canning a go. I am hoping this year is the year to have my first garden so canning could come in handy if I get an abundance of tomatoes and make my own sauce.. or if I just want to make some quick pickles.
  • Tamales: because yum
  • Cheese: My friends made mozzarella recently but I couldn't participate and I was so bummed to miss it
And because I craft as well my crafty bucket list is:
  • To make clothes using a pattern
  • Sew a scrap buster quilt because you know those scraps I have had for years need to be used sometime..
  • Wood burn something.. I mean I have had the tools for a while now so it would be nice to finally use them.
  • Finish crocheting the blanket I started in August... or was it before August...
I know there is more I wanted to try but right now I can't really remember it all.

So what about you? What do you want to try to make in 2015?

Stay Crafty
-Jesika

Monday, January 5, 2015

2015... where did the year go?!

To avoid sounding like a broken record I will fully admit that I have failed my blog this last year.

I had big plans for it and a lot of posts planned but they never happened.

Why? Life.. that's why, it happens and things don't go as planned and then next thing you know it's 2015 and you are wondering where the year went. 

I for one have no idea where the time went but alas it is gone. 

I resolve to make this year a better blogging year as I have spent the last year learning more and more and I cannot wait to put it to use. 

I hope you all stick around to see what I have in store for the future! 

Stay Crafty!
-Jesika

Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan 9/29-10/3

Hey would you look at that, I am getting better about posting... :)

They may not be super fun posts but in planning my meals again I have been trying new recipes that I have also been making an effort to photograph so I can then share with you!

Baby steps here people... I mean we all know Rome was not built in a day!

So this week I start another Advocare 24 day challenge, I like to do the cleanse every three months if I can so it's been three months and since I am also doing a weight loss challenge through my gym I figured I might as well do the full 24 day challenge as well! I have talked about the challenge before but and I love to talk about so if you want to chat about it let me know.

This week on the Dinner menu we have:
Monday: Grilled Chicken with Bacon Shishito Peppers
Tuesday: Yellowtail with Mushroom & Kale Sautee
Wednesday: Turkey Meatballs with Squash Noodles
Thursday: Shrimp Skewers with Sauteed Beet Greens
Friday: Chicken with a Roasted Beet Salad

I am trying to incorporate heartier vegetables into my meals and my farm fresh to you boxes really help that. I also have issues with going to the store for veggies and buying a million other items that I don't need so having them deliver to my door has been amazing. They also made changes to their service recently that allows you to add or substitute your vegetables! The customization of the boxes is seriously my favorite!

*Note* I do not get compensated for my posts, I just love the products and love to share them when I can. All opinions are my own as a user of the products/services

This week for Lunches we have:
Squash Turkey Lasagna x2
Baked Chicken with Green Beans
Baked Chicken with Broccoli

My lunches tend to be a cook two things and split them up so not as fun but still tasty if you ask me!

Stay Crafty!
-Jesika

Monday, September 15, 2014

Meal Plan Monday- Week of 9/15/14

I know I have been all over the place... just not here.. and well it happens so oh well, however; one of my goals for the year was to be a better blogger and seeing as we are halfway through the 9th month of the year.. I think it is time to try to tackle that task. 

As part of being a better blogger I am hoping to post my Meal Plan Monday, every week and 1-2 new posts a week. 

In being more organized on here with my meal planning maybe I will actually get my prep time in and be more organized. 


This week for lunches I plan to make:
For Dinner it looks something like:
  • Monday: Out to eat with friends to celebrate Nico's birthday
  • Tuesday: Grilled Chicken with Shishito Peppers
  • Wednesday: Meeting my girlfriend for dinner as Nico does a "guy's night"
  • Thursday: Chicken Cheesesteak Stuffed Pepper
  •  Friday: Seared Yellowtail Salad
Getting organized and eating well is not easy, but it certainly is worth it so give it a try!

 Stay Crafty
-Jesika

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Refashion Feature

I am so pro refashioning which you all should know by now. So when Amy told me she had a whole post about refashioning and I was featured I was so flattered. 

I of course loved looking through all the awesome refashions and now I just want to go find some ugly terrible dress and make it into something awesome!

I may need to hit up goodwill this weekend to try to find some terrible clothes on sale just to refashion them. I hope I can find something since I haven't had much luck since moving back to Orange County.  I mean I really loved Thrift Town in Sacramento and they had a huge selection of everything!

If you have any thrift store suggestions for Orange County let me know! Also remember I like to see whacky clothes and turn them into something awesome so the older and "uglier" the better!

Go check out Amy's post on refashioning for some inspiration of your own! Go Here!!

Stay Crafty!
-Jesika

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Healthyish Apricot Crumble

So for those of you that follow me on Instagram you saw the pictures of the apricots that I overambitiously bought at Costco. While I love apricots I can only handle so much before they start to ripen too quickly for me to handle. Of course that means I needed to make a dessert of some sort to use the apricots so they would not go to waste.

I mean really, how could I saw no? Look at them!!


But really... Look at how pretty they are!

Although I wanted to have dessert I was also conscience of the fact that I have been eating well and I am making my way to reaching my goals and I did not want to totally disrupt that sooo I came up with this Healthyish Apricot Crumble.

I knew that I wanted to make a crumble but I wanted to limit the butter and the sugar intake so that it wasn't too sweet, too heavy or too decadent. I know, I know decadent and dessert goes hand-in-hand buttttttt it is summer and it is hot and well sometimes a nice light crumble is perfect. 

You could even throw some ice cream on top and that would take a way a bit of the healthiness but I did not have ice cream so I improvised and well it's love.

Healthyish Apricot Crumble: 4 servings
2 cups sliced apricots (about 8 apricots)
zest + juice of 1 medium sized juice lemon
1/4 cup agave nectar *
1 small sprig rosemary, chopped
Crumble:
½ cup rolled oats
¼ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup coconut oil- room temperature
Yogurt Cream:
2 TBS Plain Non-fat Greek Yogurt
1 tsp Agave Nectar*
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In an oven safe pan place the apricot mixture.
Using a pastry cutter incorporate the coconut oil with the dry ingredients for the crumble. Mix until it is incorporate and the pieces are pea like (shape and size). Spread evenly on top of the apricot mixture.
Bake for 35 minutes.
Let cool and top with a small spoonful of the greek yogurt mixture.  
*more or less to achieve your desired taste, I wanted it slightly tart.

So what do you say, gonna give it a go?
What fruit/items are you overambitious with when you visit Costco? 
Thanks for popping on in!
Stay Crafty
-Jesika

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cabinet Makeover


So I had mentioned that I was redoing my bathroom, guest room and backyard… yeah I know I have a lot of things going at once. But I am in sort of a redecorating phase, I have this overwhelming deserve to add more color and customize where we are living to be more of my style and so I am working on it!

The first project I did besides tearing out a lot of bushes for our backyard redo was to repaint the cabinet in our guest bathroom. It is a bit old and from being in the bathroom and being exposed to the steam and water from Nico setting sodas on the cabinet and what not it was pretty thrashed. Some of the wood was exposed and it made it expand and get sponge like and it just needed to be redone.
I had to start by doing a lot of sanding to the cabinet, it needed to be roughed up and smoothed to try to get rid of the parts that had expanded due to moisture. 

I didn’t want to change the color of it necessarily so I bought a quart of pure white paint that the man at Lowe’s recommended. Per his recommendation I did 3 total coats over the cabinet, drawers, shelf and door. 

My customization came in when I opted to paint the inside of the drawers black to give a different look to it and well I was going for a black, white and gold bathroom to go with the Sageish green walls. To add some sparks of gold I painted the hinges and the nobs with some gold spray paint.
Where I got really creative was the glass pane on the doors. I covered them with painters tape and cut out a pattern that I spray painted gold. I personally think it turned out great. And it was only a $10 redo… much cheaper than going and buying a whole new cabinet!

I also got good use out of the gold spray painted and painted a basket I had gotten from Pick Your Plum that I use to hold all the little shampoos and conditioners that I keep around for my guests.
And I painted the tissue holder, because why the heck not!

I think the cabinet turned out awesome and between that, changing out the curtain and bringing in some black and white towels the bathroom has a whole different look to it. I am really digging it.. now if only I can find a soap dispenser I like.. they all have silver tops which isn’t too bad since the towel rack and the faucet is silver.

Unfortunately the bathroom is a bit tiny and the lighting kind of sucks so that is the only good picture I have for now, but I am working on getting more for you but at least I have something to share!

Opinions.. is it weird to have a soap dispenser with a silver top and the bottom painted gold? My brain wants to say it would clash but maybe it wouln’t be so bad… or maybe I should paint it gold… put some stencil cutout stickers on it and then paint it black then peel away the stencils to have it black with gold design and a silver top?

Let me know your thoughts!

Stay Crafty
-Jesika
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