Zucchini Noodles

We are having Chicken cacciatore and zucchini noodles today.

How do you make zucchini noodles, you ask?

Why, it’s simple enough. All you need is a big, giant zucchini (small ones will do just as well, but they won’t look quite so spaghetti like) and a grater / mandolin.

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Take the zucchini and wash it well. Cut the top and bottom off. You can peel it, if you like, but we prefer a bit of natural colour in our food.  After it is washed (and peeled if you like) you just push it over your mandolin lengthwise.. (If it’s a big zucchini, you want to cut out the seed part, as it won’t “pastafy” where the seeds are (it simply breaks into smaller bits and won’t look as pretty, so we cut them out).

Once the whole zucchini is grated (or however much you need for your family) put it in a bowl and put a little bit of salt over it all. Mix up, so all the zucchini get a bit of salt on them and let stand for about 10 minutes.

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Drain the liquid out of the bowl and squeeze more liquid out of the zucchini. They will be a bit “limp” after this step. Dry the “pasta” off a bit for the next step.

Now you have a few choices how to handle the “pasta” from here on. You can either bring a pot of water to a boil, add a bit of salt and boil the pasta for about 2 minutes. Drain and serve with your favourite sauce.

You can also saute the zucchini. Heat a pan, then add a bit of olive oil, or butter (make sure the pan does not get too hot for the butter. It will smoke and blacken and you don’t want that.) When the bottom of the pan is coated with a thin layer of oil, throw in the pasta and give it a good stir.  Heat the zucchini well in the pan, until it becomes soft (or the consistency you like for your “pasta”). You can add any kind of seasoning you like to it, or just leave it blank and let the sauce do the seasoning.

You could also just eat it raw in a salad. Or you could microwave it for a bit, in a microwave safe bowl with a tiny bit of water, to make sure the pasta does not dry out. Microwave for about 2 minutes, drain excess liquid and serve.

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Presto! Done! Enjoy!

Let me know when you try it out and what kind of sauce you prefer with your zuchini pasta, or how you prepared them.  <3

Refashioned Dread-wranglers

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It’s summer and I love to keep my hair off my neck when it’s hot out. I am sure a lot of you do, too. To top it off, i have dreadlocks, they seem to be even hotter than “regular” hair. So I tie it up a lot, or have my locks in a bun. Well… t gets boring fast if that’s all you do, so I figured a few headbands are in order. One still has to tie the hair up in a pony tail, messy bun or other up-do, but the headbands make it look different and fresh and fun. One can use a bunch of things for such hair bands. Anything from the obvious Bandanna to vintage scarves and lace shawls, or ribbons. hand made ones are the most fun and can be pretty price conscious, in a pinch. (I usually want things when I don’t have the cash in my budget to actually buy them. Does that sound familiar to you too?)

I do have vintage scarves, but a girl wants options, no? So I went through my stash to figure out how I can make these things for myself. I have a BUNCH of T-Shirt material, that I scavenged from our own old Shirts and from thrift-shop and yard sale buys. I use them to make all kinds of things, as you have noticed, if you have been reading my blog for any amount of time. Now they get turned into hair bands! (I like to call them Dread-wranglers lol) I already have ONE made. Out of striped T-shirt fabric. I love stripes!!! Honestly? This one was just the leftover from another project. It went on my nerves, as it was left out after the project was done and all the stuff put away already. So there it was and I glared at it and then it hit me: Tie it! I just cut it open (since it was still a loop) and ted it around my head and VOILA! It was close to perfect!

It goes around my head once, crosses in back and then ties. I am looking into making more just a wee bit longer, so I can wrap them twice and then tie it. I also want a few wider ones. Why not, right?

If you want to make your own:

Measure your head, then measure the T-Shirt (or fabric you want to make the wrap out of. I like T-Shirts, since you don’t have to sew anything) Make sure you have twice the head circumference, plus about 20 inches for tying (approx. 10 inches of tie on each side, or longer, if you want to tie it in a bow, rather than just a double knot). Find a T shirt wide enough to give you that measurement by only cutting off the bottom part. If you want both sides to look alike, cut off the hem of the shirt as well.

It’s best to find a T-Shirt without side seams. I don’t mind the seam in t, but if you can find one with out a seam, it will give you a continuous strip of material and some people might mind the look of a seam in the middle of the wrap. Take the T-Shirt and measure the desired width of your head wrap up from the hem to the underarm and mark it, then make a straight cut right at the mark. Take the resulting loop and cut it open on one of the side seams, Presto. Done. If you like you can make the |tie| parts pointy, but I like them blunt.

In the top picture you can see the uncut section of T-Shirt, the loop, in the light blue and the striped fabric is another T-shirt already cut open. I did cut away the entire seam, since I didn’t like the way it looked hanging off the end lol.

One could go and get yardage for this project, but where is the fun in that?

You don’t have to tie them, you can just tuck the ends and make it stay that way. Use a few bobby pins to hold the wrap on your head, if you feel it’s not secure enough (mine stay on just fine….) and go have fun in the sun.

So with a few of these I will be good for the rest of the year, or will I????

Honestly? Did you think I could go without a knitted one in my collection? NOPE! So I am working on one right now as well.  I love it. here are a few pictures of it, fresh off the needles. Very lacy, very cute, very stretchy! The yarn has elastic in it! How great is that?  I let you all know when the pattern is done and out.

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If you make any of these wranglers, let me know! Send me pictures! I want to see them! <3

Wishing you a great summer!

Hugs,

Bridgett

 

My Foo

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My fiend Jennie makes handmade plushies. She calls them FOO’s (how utterly adorable is that in itself???)

Well, Jennie found out that I have to undergo surgery and decided to just make me a foo to go along and keep me company! SUQEEEEEE!

Sadly my gallbladder was not playing by the rules and had me emergency admitted and in surgery before the appointed time. So my foo was not ready. But today, when I came home from the hospital (had to go back with complications), the mailman delivered him.

I am so in love with him! He has a secret little pocket for notes and for the little heart to store in. I am melting from the cuteness.

All Jennie’s FOO’s are handmade. Every single little stitch you see! This alone has me vibrating with omgilove!!!! I love handmade things. LOVE THEM! And Jennie does such an amazing job.

She is working on getting some of her work in a Magazine! I think she deserves to be! I will let you all know when that will happen.

If you want to melt someone’s heart with cuteness and your own Foo, please do contact Jenni FooFoo on Facebook (she is still working on her website), or me and I will happily get you together.

Little Teaser?

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Just a quick picture to share!

I made this out of The Alpaca Yarn Company’s  brand new yarn “Mariquita”.

It was such a joy to knit with and it is really great to crochet as well.

If you want to see the whole thins,  keep an eye on The Alpaca Yarn Company’s website, or, if you happen to be in the Seattle area on the 18th, check it out up close and personal at the North West Needle Market at the Embassy Suites in Tukwilla. :)

Review: Little One-Yard Wonders: Irresistible Clothes, Toys, and Accessories You Can Make for Babies and Kids

Little One-Yard Wonders: Irresistible Clothes, Toys, and Accessories You Can Make for Babies and Kids
Little One-Yard Wonders: Irresistible Clothes, Toys, and Accessories You Can Make for Babies and Kids by Patricia Hoskins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ok… I got this book for review and my first thought was: Aaawww, I don’t have little ones….
Then I opened the book.
Oh my gosh! I LOVE everything about this book! I love (nearly) all the patterns in it. I ADORE the fabric choices! I love how easy to understand the instructions are.

PLEASE, WRITE MORE BOOKS LIKE THIS ONE!

If you know me, I do not often give five stars….but this one deserves it.

The fabrics chosen for the samples in the book were absolutely delightful! They made you want to run out and get sewing. I kid you not! One of the few times, I actually read the source in the back of the book, to see where I can get these scrumptious fabrics.

The patterns in the book are relatively easy and straight forward. They are cute and practical and a few whimsical ones.

As I was sitting and squeeee-ing over the book, my daughter came to check it out with me and even she (18 year old teenager) thought the patters were absolutely adorable and she found a few things she would like to make to use for herself. (no, no babies on the way, or even in our circle of friends, just really great ideas on the pillow and bag- front)

All in all: If you even have a remote chance of having a little one around the house and are a seamstress: GET THIS BOOK! Even if you DON’T have little ones, this book will inspire you to get sewing! It certainly has for me!

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