So, I have recently picked up a new hobby. I came across this weaving class series on one of my favorite blogs, and decided to give it a try. One thing about me: I don’t like spending money on something that I’m not sure I’ll like or use… Weaving requires a loom. Since I wasn’t certain I would even enjoy weaving, I didn’t want to make the commitment of purchasing a loom I potentially would barely use.
There are a ton of DIY Loom projects on Pinterest, but most of those also required me to purchase something or another. I wanted to use only things I already had. Here’s what I came up with!
-A box with a lid (such as a shoe box)
-Nails or screws (I used screws because that is what I had)
Cut the box so that it is the same height as the lid. I simply put the lid next to the box and traced where to cut.
Use your measuring device to mark dots 1/2″ apart on one side of each component of the box.
Insert a nail (or screw) where each dot is. Leave about 1/2″ of the nail raised above the surface.
You’re done and ready to get weaving! The great thing about this ‘loom’ is that it’s easy to adjust it for most any size weaving. Just place the two components as close or as far apart as you desire!
I’ve made a few weavings now, and I must say that I do enjoy it! While I probably would not have regretted purchasing an actual loom (and I may still do so with one of these: looms), I am glad that I tried it out beforehand.
Today I’m sharing a project I’ve been working on along with my dad!
When I first started this project (looking at inspiration, drawing out how I wanted it to look), I intended on posting it as a DIY… but unfortunately it turned out a bit more complicated than I thought it would. I don’t really have any woodworking experience. Really, my dad did 90% of this… just with me telling him how I wanted it to be.
I really wanted a white cart with copper piping for handles and rails. Turns out copper piping is kind of expensive (at least more than I wanted to spend), so instead, I bought plastic piping and painted it copper. I think that worked out alright.
One of my favorite parts of the cart is the wine rack/holder! I’m not sure what it used to be… my dad and I think it maybe was part of an old oven, but we found it just lying around the garage! It’s the perfect size to hold some of my wine.
Definitely pleased with how this project turned out. I’m also really thankful to have a dad who will help me out with this kind of stuff!
So today I have a recipe for one of my most favorite breakfast foods!
I had never really thought about making these at home before, but one day I came across a recipe on Pinterest. Once I saw how simple it was, I knew I had to give it a try!
-Russet Potato (one per serving)
-Salt & Pepper
-2 tbs Olive Oil
Peel your potatoes for however many you need. I left a bit of skin on just because I like it that way.
Use a grater to grate your potatoes.
Transfer your grated potatoes to a paper towel. Top with another paper towel, and press down to extract as much moisture as you can. Replace the top paper towel with a new, dry one and repeat until it comes back relatively dry. I did this about three times. Getting moisture out is an important step if you want crispy hash browns!
Heat up some olive oil and add the potatoes. I did about 3/4 of a cup of potato shreds at a time in my small skillet. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Cook on each side until they start to get crispy!
Hope you guys all enjoy these hashbrowns as much as I did!
I’m a huge fan of pasta… if it weren’t for the whole I’d get pretty fat if all I ate were pasta… well I’d probably eat a lot more pasta…
Anyways, this is a simple yet delicious recipe (aka the best kind!). I’m always on the look out for things I can make up for dinner pretty quickly.
-1/2c sun dried tomatoes (in olive oil)
-1c cooked chicken breast cubed.
-1/4c fresh basil chopped
-2 cloves of garlic minced
-2c cooked pasta (I used home made!)
Like I said, this one is super easy! Heat up a bit of the oil from the tomatoes, and saute the garlic in it. Add the rest of the ingredients (except pasta) and cook stirring occasionally until it’s all heated through. Now serve over the pasta and enjoy!
I have a recipe today! Its a pretty important one…. that’s right. Pizza sauce.
A jar of this is just about always in my fridge. I maybe eat pizza a lot…. but hey, who doesn’t enjoy a good pizza?
Homemade Pizza Sauce:
This is a super simple recipe! Of course if you want to be super fancy you could use fresh roma tomatoes… but that takes much longer… I don’t usually have time for that. I feel this is a great (and much quicker!) alternative!
First coarsely chop your basil. You could really even tear it if you don’t feel like chopping… and also if you don’t mind your fingers smelling like basil all day. It’s probably one of my favorite smells, but not on my fingers.
Now just go ahead and throw everything into a pot on the stove top. Turn the heat to medium and allow to simmer. (Tip: use a wooden spoon to prop a lid over the pot while its simmering. This will prevent any splattering that’s bound to occur when simmering.) Let this go on for as little as 10 minutes or as long as an hour or so. The longer it simmers the more the flavors infuse together, but if you don’t have the time don’t worry. It’s still tasty! When you are satisfied with the simmering time, transfer the sauce to a blender and blend until its a sauce-like consistency. Be sure to be careful. It will be hot!
Now all you have to do is use it on your pizza! I store the rest in a mason jar in my fridge. It will last for some time! (Though mine always gets used up rather quickly!)