Friday, September 13, 2013

Friendly gift

Most of you know I'm a hand-made gift kinda girl.  I always try to make stuff I would want to get myself. 

We recently had some good friends buy their first house and we invited ourselves invited us over for dinner.  I wanted to do something as a house-warming gift, so I put a little spin on our teacher gifts and another home project from this past year.

For our teachers I did some fun pots with flowers, with a sign that says "thank you for helping me grow".

I felt like I could make something with more neutral colors for their new home...
and here is how I did it.

Flipped the pot over and painted all the way to the rim. 
Note:  It's easier to get a good edge if the pot is turned upside down.

same thing for the saucer.
Note: I have mentioned this before, but for easier cleanup,
 I use coffee filters to hold my paint as I'm crafting.

And here is the finished product...

So, if you're looking for something useful, easy and budget friendly to give to someone...this is a good one.  I've never had anyone not like this gift and it's definitely fun to make.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Veggie sidedish

I have had many people ask about what we eat at our house.  This is one side dish that has a pretty frequent rotation and is super easy. 

Pick whatever vegetables you have...I mix lots of different kinds, but for this dish...broccoli, squash, zucchini, onion, garlic, and sweet potato.

There is no real art to cutting them up...
the zucchini, I slice in half and then cube it.

the sweet potatoes, cut into slices and then cube

 All cut up...looks like this...I drizzle some olive oil on it...
toss it around with my hands and pop it in the oven
at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes (until fork tender)

When they are finished...this is the finished product (they do shrink up a little).

Best thing about this don't need any seasoning..not even salt.  I've done this as a side dish when I bring dinner to friends and they have all said these are yummy.

One tip: I'm not a big fan of these leftover.  They get a little I try not to make too much extra.  Or another option is...add them to your quinoa for a little change.