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Feelin’ Artsy

February 24, 2012

A few little paintings I did recently with cheapo acrylic paint and even cheaper paintbrushes. I have discovered I have a thing for birds and trees as it seems to be the only things I paint lol. The rooster one is for Johanna🙂

Ginger Beer Recipe

February 24, 2012

Okay, okay I know I promised this recipe WEEKS ago but I’ve been a little lazy lol.

The ginger beer turned out… okay.. lol It was amazing before I added the yeast and made it all bubbly so I think next time I make it I will just make the ginger juice and add some fizzy water, or maybe try a brewing yeast and bottled water.  Either way without further adieu, here is the recipe from my moms recipe holder..

But as I said I tweaked it a bit:

1st: I added WAY More ginger than this recipe recommended. Adam likes it really spicy so I just kept adding more until I knew he would like it.

2nd: I used my magic bullet to puree the ginger,   wax paper, heavy objects.. no thanks I wanted to keep my fingers in tact so I just chopped it up a little, added a bit of lemon juice to get things going and voila! Plus I know Adam wouldn’t mind little pieces of ginger in his drink, but for those who want a smooth drink it is still very easy to strain with some cheese cloth.

3rd: The “bowl” I used was actually a mini carboy type thing I got from Value Village for $1.99. You can also use two 2L pop bottles.

4th: CAYENNE PEPPER! I used to hate spicy.. but ” I put that shit on everything” now. I read a few recipes where cayenne was used in the ginger beer so I figured I’d  give it a go. It did give it a really nice kick!.

5th: The bottles I used to store the ginger beer in were just plain 2L pop bottles. I have heard that these  can explode in the fridge so every day I opened it a little to let the gas out.. I have no idea if that helped or not but the only time my ginger beer burst was when I had the brilliant thought to shake it up and see what happens… haha sometimes my blonde hair gets the better of me!

Well that’s all I can think of for now, I am going to try to make it again this week sans the yeast, or maybe I’ll try to make it into ginger wine!


Ginger Beer DIY!

January 31, 2012

Anyone who knows my hunny, knows he is a ginger beer connoisseur.  I don’t even know how many different types he’s tried but its safe to say, he’s probably spent a good chunk of change on the stuff. So, when I found a recipe for ginger beer while going through my mom’s recipe holder I figured I’d give it a shot and see if I could concoct something close – or better for Rap to enjoy!

I did a bit of Googling since I like to combine recipes, take the basics, then jazz them up a bit. Also  the recipe I had was an old newspaper or magazine clipping so the measurements were in grams and millilitres so I had to get a better visual on the task ahead.

What I came up with is the picture you see here. I more or less stuck to my mom’s recipe but I upped the ginger amount significantly and  added a few ingredients I thought would make it unique. I tasted it before I added the yeast and it was great very spicy and gingery! I will post the recipe in a few days to make sure it’s actually edible and carbonated!

FYI I found the little glass carboy thingy at VV boutique ( Value Village) for $2.99 and the air lock from Theresa and Heather’s for $1.00. the ginger cost me a few dollars ( I’ll have to check my receipt later) and Superstore had lemons on sale. Everything else I had at home, so for probably under $10.00 I will hopefully have 4L of delicious spicy and bubbly ginger beer!


slippers after!

December 16, 2011

Slipper pre-felting

December 16, 2011

So I’ve actually already felted these slippers.. they were HUGE but after I washed them about 100 times they actually now fit! I will post a picture of the finished product later.. I have to go put on a batch of homemade Chianti before Adam and I leave for Oak Island Resort this weekend🙂

Have a happy weekend🙂

Learning New Stuff: Knitting Edition.

December 5, 2011

So I’m kind of a project-a-holic. This past year I have taken on an overall back-to-the-land project for myself now that I live outside the city in my beautiful 130 year old house in the amazing Acadian community of Grand Desert.  It has inspired me to try to learn a few basic things such as learning how to garden (this year was a flop lol) , learning how to make my own wine and cheese (so far so good) learning how to bake bread ( still working with Mr. Bread maker on this but I have successfully made cheddar cheese bagels which were pretty amazing) an my newest project… learning how to knit!

My Nanny tried to teach me how to knit several times as a teenager but it pretty much went like this “ Um Nan what do I do here? Uh I think I lost a stitch… how did this hole get here? I give up!” So now that I’ve been working evenings and spend a lot of my day cleaning and watching Dr. Phil, I figured I should take up the knitting challenge I gave up so many years ago and try and do something productive that will keep me warm this winter.

Even though I love learning new things, I am terrible at reading diagrams. Luckily I found an amazing site which shows videos on knitting basics so that I could brush up on my forgotten skills and learn some new ones.  I headed to Theresa and Heather’s General Store to gather my yarn supplies and then headed home to get to work!

So far I have knit 1 baby sock, a pair of Mary Jane slippers and am in the process of making a pair of felted slipper boots.

For anyone who would like to join in my knitting adventure here are some great sites that really helped me!

Knitting Glossary:  Very first stop in learning to knit! They have videos beside some of the terms. Very helpful when you see something like “K1, SSK, K14, K2tog, K2, SSK, K14, K2tog, K1” and you have a small panic attack.

Knitting Videos: Same site, but with so many great tips!

Step-by-step photo knitting basics

Very cool maple leaf dishcloth pattern:

Easy Scarf Pattern for winter!

If you decide you would also like to learn to knit, message me and we can swap stories / patterns! I will post when I have sucessfully completed my first pair of boots!