Oct 30, 2014
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wreath15No video this time folks, I am crazy busy!  Hence, I am the procrastination QUEEN.  Last minute makes my creative juices flow.  So wouldn’t you know, that with 2 Halloween costumes to finish, photoshoots to edit, paperwork that needs to get to the accountant, I had a great idea to make some sort of Halloween wreath to hang on my porch.  So at 7pm, I headed to Michael’s to see what sort of last minute craft I can throw together.  This is how the Creep Wreath came to be.

 

Let me tell you…everything is 70% off right now, they want the skulls, pumpkins and sparkly pumpkins GONE.  So haul ass over there today and clean up, because everything you see in this project (except the spider webs, the rat, and the snake) came from Michael’s,  I spent around $14 total on this project.  Find a coupon and save more $$$.

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I got an 18 inch grapevine wreath because it was messy and not perfect, perfectly spooky.  I found a perfect wired edge black and white thick striped ribbon in the dollar bin.  WIN!  I also picked up a wire paddle in silver, black biot feathers, a foam skull, and some black and orange random floral sprays in different styles (I totally mixed and matched).  You can use and put this Creep Wreath together however you like, customize it!  I will give little tricks on how I made/did certain things.  I had the rat and snake at home already (don’t ask) and didn’t end up using them do to the Creep Wreath looking too busy.  But feel free to rat and snake out your wreath accordingly.

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wreath4I started painting 1 inch foam balls like eyeballs.  Do that first so they will be ready and dry when it’s time to attach them to the wreath.  I used acrylic paint and made 9.  I only used 5.  Don’t let them roll away while drying or you will be making more eyeballs.

 

wreath6As the eyeballs dried, I started attaching black fern fronds with the wire.  I used a needlenose pliers to snip the wire and I weaved the wire around the fronds into the wreath until secure.  If the silver wire showing bothers you, take a Sharpie and cover the silver with black marker.  Otherwise, you will be adding different elements to the wreath and the wire will be covered both more evil additions.

wreath7Next, I cut 3 feet of striped ribbon and rolled each end in towards the middle, it looked like a pair of binoculars.  Then I pulled out the end of the ribbon opposite directions and made a crazy curly shape.  It stays in shape because is wire ribbon, duh.  So make sure you get wire ribbon!  I didn’t want to make a bow (you can if you want) but that seemed to happy for a Creep Wreath.  I attached the curly ribbon in the middle to the wreath using wire.

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wreath9Next, I made 2 little bundles of black feathers and orange sparkly, pokey things (I obviously use technical terms) and glued them end to end on the middle of the ribbon.  The foam skull head is going over this, so you don’t need to be worried with how it looks.  Glue the crap out of it so it doesn’t more.

 

**Glue Tip:  Avoid using a hot glue gun if you can, it doesn’t hold up very well.  My favorite glue is Fabr-Tac.  It works of fabric, paper, and foam, and it dries fairly quick.  Using a hot glue gun on foam melts foam.  Boo.**

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To attach the skull, I poked a hole in the back of the skull with a 6 inch piece of wire, then attached the wire to the wreath.

wreath11Next, I added orange bulbs and small black glitter balls to balance out the design and to cover where ever silver wire was showing. Then, I took a small amount of stretchy spider web and covered some areas with it.  I used a small amount to make it look realistic.  Then I added plastic spider rings to keep the realism theme strong throughout the Creep Wreath.  (joke).

wreath12The eyeballs were dry so I cut 5, 6 inch pieces of wire and poked each piece through an eyeball and attached to the wreath.  Remember, I only used 5 eyeballs…it was starting to look a little busy and overdone when I added the rest.  But please decorate your Creep Wreath however you like!  If you like a lot of eyeballs, go crazy with eyeballs!

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It took me about 1 hour to put everything together, and this was with toddler interruptions.  It took another 15 minutes to take apart the floral sprays I bought so I could use bits and pieces instead of the whole spray, and damn, were they messy.  Black and orange glitter everywhere–be prepared.  It was pretty easy and needed no floral design skill…anyone can make this!  Just make sure to hide your wire and glue and  you can pretend you are a professional florist!  Just don’t tell my floral designer friends I told you that…they will be pissed I spilled their secrets.

Enjoy your own custom Creep Wreath this Halloween!

Oct 17, 2014
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Do you want a flavor explosion IN. YOUR. MOUTH?!?

Yes!  Yes you do!  Indian food is where that kind of flavor lives.  If you hate cream & butter, you should keep scrolling, this fabulous and savory meal isn’t for you.  But if you love perfect rice in a creamy tomato sauce that is simple, than this addicting curry recipe is for you.

Indian food may sound difficult but believe me, it is just a sauce with chicken and rice dish…anyone can do it.  This recipe is inspired by my favorite local Indian restaurant’s Chicken Mahkani dish.  The spices and basmati rice are readily available at most grocery stores if you don’t already have most of them in your kitchen, so don’t use that as an excuse not to make it.

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Here is what you will need to make the tastiest and surprisingly easy Indian dish:

cooking time, about 30 minutes

 

1/2 stick of butter

1 medium chopped shallot

1 cup 1/2 & 1/2 (or heavy cream)

1 cup plain yogurt

1 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes

1 tbs garam masala

1 tbs coriander

1 tsp curry powder

1 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp ginger

at least 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/4 of pepper.  Adjust based on your taste preference.

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or more depending on how spicy you like your food)

3 cups basmati rice

1 pound chicken thighs, cubed

cilantro, for garnish

 

 

Put rice in pot, cover with water for 15 minutes to rinse starch away and drain.  Then pour 4.5 cups of water over rice for cooking.  Salt water.  Bring rice to a rolling boil, turn heat to low, cover, and set timer for 10 minutes.  Rice will absorb water and become fluffy and light.

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In another pot, melt butter and cook with shallots, medium-low heat.  When shallots are starting to brown slightly, add cream, yogurt, and tomatoes.  Stir.

Add spices, salt, pepper and stir completely.

As sauce and rice are cooking, cube chicken and add immediately to the sauce on medium heat.  Chicken should be cooked in about 10 minutes.  Add rice to large bowl.  Pour sauce and chicken into a large bowl and incorporate all ingredients together.  Garnish with cilantro.  Serve and enjoy!

 

Trader Joe’s sells a frozen whole wheat Tandoori Roti bread that goes great with this dish or a nice crusty bread will do if you don’t have access to traditional Indian bread.

 

Get this in your belly ASAP and let me know how it goes!  This is a crowd pleaser!!!

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Oct 17, 2014
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Dammit!  I lost the cocktail competition!

 

It was announced 2 days ago that the guy from Thailand won.  I am happy for him because he was a little kooky, like someone we all know, so good for a silly person winning!  On the same day I found out I lost (again!!!) I got a cute little package delivered from London.  It included a signed copy of Jamie Oliver’s newest book and cocktail making tools.  How did they know that I eat and drink my feelings?!?!  Ha!

photoAnyways, I am moving on from my crazy few months, back into MIWS video mode.  A new video is on the horizon–stay tuned!!