Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Oh hey middle/end of April, when did you get here?!

Every year.. softball season sneaks up on me and overtakes my whole schedule.. I hardly am at home, let alone have time to craft. 

The good news is that I have lots of time to brainstorm and I should have some fun new things coming to the blog soon. 

My biggest hurdle is photography.. I am lazy and my pictures are lazy and well it shows and that is no fun for anyone. 

I am working on learning some tips to make my pictures more pinworthy, but it is a lot to learn!

Anyways I have my list of blog posts I would like to do, is there any craft or recipe requests?

Stay Crafty
-Jesika :)

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

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!

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!

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

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!

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
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
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