Saturday, April 30, 2011

Eco Easter Project and Tasty Goodness (yep, more)

A couple days before Easter I was watching my niece and nephew and we made this cute little paper-mache egg for their parents. The streamers/crepe paper that we used were being recycled from a previous party. Simply take some white glue, diluted with water in a bowl. Take a baloon and blow it up. The balloon pictured was a water balloon but you obviously want to make sure to fill it up with air because you'll be popping it later. Wrap the paper mache and paint on the glue in layers, making it thick enough to be sturdy. Dry overnight or to speed it up-place in front of a fan or put outside in the sun. Once it's all dry you can insert a pin to pop the balloon and cut the egg in half. Once cut, you can add any decorations-maybe paint it up or just add grass and goodies :)

And I don't know why I'm on such a cooking kick lately, but here's another good one :)

Cheesy Crab Tostada

On low, toast a flour tortilla with cheddar cheese and crab meat (precooked), slowly melting the cheese and warming the meat. For sauce, I used some hickory bacon onion ranch dressing. To add a fresh touch, I chopped up some fresh avacado and fresh pickled cucumbers. The fresh pickled cucumbers add a tang and are easy to make. Brine a freshly sliced cucumber with half water and half vinegar-toss in some salt, garlic, onions, any other flavor you'd like infused.


Monday, April 25, 2011


I've recently opened a shop called CustomCreativityGal where I'm listing only custom orders showcasing the many types of arts and crafts I make and sell. In my usual JollyJennifer shop, I've been feeling it's a bit too chaotic and mis-matched. I still may continue to use JollyJennifer for pre-made items that I'm looking to sell regardless of the crazy mixture. I'm also planning on diverting some of my product line to (a username I have reserved but not yet set up as a shop) and that will be for my recycled/upcycled/eco/green items. I continue to have occasional sales at Crafting4Causes though they are fewer and farther between than I'd love. Still doing what I can to help out some great causes. Personally, this month I chopped off my hair, donating a ponytail to Locks of Love and I'm considering donating a large portion of my jewelry line to my local blood bank to give as freebies for those who donate blood. Always keeping busy, always enjoying the journey :) Please feel free to click on my shops and browse around, and I love comments!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mexican Bear Lasagna? Whatever it is, it tastes amazing!

Here's my latest creation: tasty goodness.

I rarely follow recipes, and this isn't an exception, but I can share the basics of this tasty creation.

In a square brownie pan I stacked layers of the meat mixture, tortillas, and cream sauce. Baked for about 30 minutes at 350F and viola! Layers of tasty goodness with heart.

The basics:
meat mixture-
bear (Like dad's a great hunter and the meat is always enjoyed by our family. We have a specialty processing company prepare the meat so I got it ground and cajun seasoned. A spicy sausage of a more common meat would be just as good I'm sure)
cooked white rice (Cooking for 1 is annoying, so I usually cook a large batch and freeze most for later)
grated zuchinni
grated carrot
shredded cheese

cream mixture-
condensed cream of mushroom soup
milk (dilute the soup so it's in between soup and straight from the can)
dried onion
garlic powder
tortillas-plain old white flour do the job :)

I plan to try this one over and over again. I love how the texture of the tortillas keeps it all together unlike lasagna noodles that tend to slip around.

On the size I shredded up some cabbage with some more carrot and zuchinni, tossed in hickory bacon and onion ranch dressing, and devoured :)