Buttermilk Pancakes

Ingredients:
– 1 cup flour
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1 egg
– 1 1/8 cups buttermilk
– 2 Tbsp melted butter

Directions:
– mix the dry ingredients together
– add the wet ingredients (don’t worry, the batter will be lumpy, it’s normal)
– cook until golden brown on each side

Recipe from http://www.allrecipes.com

Chicken Coconut Curry

I found this recipe on Food52’s website under a section of cheap meals. Supposedly the cost per person for this meal is around $2.50. Sara and I like Indian cuisine a lot, and normally this would be like $10 per plate, so it’s a pretty good deal to make it at home. The original recipe was not very spicy and we like some kick to our food, so it’s been adapted for that reason, if you want more or less spice, adjust accordingly.


2 T Vegetable Oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 Yellow Onion, chopped

2 1/2 tsp Curry Powder, divided 1 tsp into spice mix, 1 1/2 tsp into a bag with the chicken

2 tsp Ground Cumin

1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (original recipe called for 1/4 tsp)

1 tsp Ground Turmeric

A Pinch of Chili Powder (original recipe didn’t call for this, so leave it out for less spicy, bigger pinch for more spicy)

2 Chicken Breasts, cubed

1 1/2 tsp tomato paste

1 cup Coconut Milk

1 tsp Salt


1. Prep everything, because the cooking part goes pretty fast and you don’t want stuff to burn, so mince your garlic, chop your onions, and measure your spices out (I mix all of the spices into a small cup or bowl since they all get added at the same time. Put chicken into ziploc bag with remaining curry powder and use salt and pepper to taste.

2. Heat your oil in a wok or large fry pan on medium-high heat. Start with onions for a few minutes then add garlic for a minute or so.

3. Add spice mix and tomato paste.

4. Add chicken and brown for about 5 minutes.

5. Add coconut milk, the fat will make it creamy so if it has separated be sure to get some of the fat in there. Simmer for another 7 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Usually a can of coconut milk is about 13 oz, so if your liquid has cooked down too much add some more.

6. Serve over rice, you’re done!

Chicken Coconut Curry


Arts and Crafts Day

Today, we put on our creative caps and decided to make some homemade graphic t-shirts. We bought some cheap t-shirts from Target and Wal-Mart and got the fabric paint at Jo-Ann’s.


First, you design something, and then you trace that design onto freezer paper. (Sara kept calling it wax paper, but it is different. One side is paper which makes it easy to draw on, and the other is a plastic which allows you to iron it onto fabric).

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Then, you use an exacto/utility knife to cut out anything that you want printed and leave the things you don’t want printed, essentially making a negative of your design.

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After it is all cut out, you center it onto the shirt and iron it on, we used a medium heat and no steam. In Sara’s words, “Just do it until it sticks.”

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Now, you are ready to print! We used those cheap foamy/spongy brushes and some Tulip brand Glacier White fabric paint. I applied two coats 10 minutes apart, Sara did one coat on some and two coats on other parts of her pattern for a more rustic feel.IMG_0006


We let that dry for 15 minutes and then peeled the freezer paper stencil off of the shirts. We let the shirts dry flat for another 3.75 hours before putting them on and taking a picture.

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Sara is sporting her own DIY t-shirt with a DIY headwrap she made the day before, I’m just wearing the shirt that I made. . . okay, not JUST the shirt that I made, otherwise this site wouldn’t be suitable for general viewing, or really anyone’s viewing.