June 30, 2009

Bridal/Baby Shower centerpiece

My cousin is moving to the East Coast after her wedding so she wanted gift cards and/or money instead of large gifts. I made this centerpiece for the table and the guests simply clipped their monetary gifts onto the empty clips. It worked perfectly. I printed ten pictures of the happy couple (luckily I took their engagement photos, so I had a lot to work with), adhered them to paper, attached some ribbon, and clipped them to the tree. The only tip is to put the ribbon between the photo and the paper so that you don't see it from the back. Super easy and incredibly cheap. Especially since I already had the picture holder/tree thing.

Bridal/Baby Shower Favors

I was put in charge of favors for my cousin's wedding shower. I wanted to move past Hershey Kisses wrapped in tulle but I didn't want to break the bank. I looked online and found some cute personalized candy bar wrappers and figured I could make my own. I got some white scrapbook paper for 17 cents, some ribbon for a couple bucks and printed their initials on some green paper. Easy.
I found these Dove bars at the grocery store and saw that they had three individually wrapped bars in each package. Perfect. They were about 2" by 3", a great favor size. And I was able to get a few different varieties.
Because I had a few varieties and wanted to differentiate between them, I used return address labels with the variety printed on them to attach the paper in the back.
I used permanent adhesive to attach the ribbon
Then attached the initialed paper on top of the ribbon.

And we're finished! A nice big stack of pretty favors.

June 5, 2009

Indian Food, Anyone?

Red Kidney Bean Curry with Naan Bread



I try to cook on a budget so I'm always looking for ways to use beans. I found this fabulous recipe from one of my favorite sites, The Smitten Kitchen. I love it because it uses beans and all the other ingredients I generally have on hand. I made a few changes- first, I substituted bottled jalepenos for the fresh chilies (about four jalepeno slices). I also used powdered ginger (2tsps) instead of fresh. Top it with some plain yogurt (necessary, in my opinion) and serve with naan bread and you have an incredible homemade Indian meal.

And here's a recipe for Naan bread. It has become a staple at our house. If you cook up the naan then freeze it, just pop it in the toaster for a bit and it tastes fresh.

2¼ t yeast
1 C water
¼ C sugar
3 T milk
1 beaten egg
2 t salt
4½ C flour
Garlic & Butter Mix

Mix yeast and water. Let it bubble. Add other ingredients and form a soft dough. Let rise as time permits (we usually don’t let it rise at all, but it is better when it does). Pull dough into ¼ inch thick patties (about 5 or 6 inches in diameter). Fry in a little olive oil until cooked through.