Montag, 29. Juni 2015

GARDENING: PLANT MARKERS



There are many ways to mark which seeds were planted in a pot. I liked these three projects for their simplicity and their low cost. This is not really a step by step tutorial but you'll see! :)



Number one: stones!

All you need for this project are stones and a touch-up pen suitable for porouse surfaces. The stones need to be large enough to fit the names of whatever you've planted. I just scribbled the names of my herbs onto the stones and added some kind of decorative border. Stones are waterproof (duh), the pen is too, so they'll last forever.



Number two: polymer clay markers!

I used white polymer clay - every color you like will work - and punch letters. If you don't have punch letters, you could also use a touch-up pen, a sharpie, really any kind of waterproof pen would work.

I rolled the polymer clay down to a thickness of about 4 mm (0.15 inch), and then cut stripes.

I cut the endings diagonally so the markers would ease into the soil.

Next I baked the polymer clay according to the instructions to harden it.


Number three: popsicle sticks!

This is the simplest one yet. Eat popsicles (or buy the sticks at a craft store like I did), use a sharpie or any waterproof pen, or even a ballpoint pen to inscribe the sticks, plant in soil, done!

See, three simple and inexpensive ways to mark your plants. I hope you like them!
Happy Monday, and yes I meant that!
Ida

Freitag, 26. Juni 2015

OUR WEEKEND RECIPE #21


 Hello my friends,
I suddenly realized that it is Friday! Working basically from home all the time and sometimes also on weekends, I sometimes forget what day of the week it is... Anyways, hurrah!! Friday!! So here I have a fun thing for you, three different snacks in jars. You could take it with you to work, give it to your kids for school or take them on a road trip. Kept in the fridge, all three sorts are good for a couple of hours.This is the best way to use up your leftovers. I used glas jars for two reasons: you can put them into the dishwasher; I don't like plastic jars. Always imagining that I taste the plastic.
Let's see what I mixed together:
























Perfect breakfast to go. I took my no-sugar-no-nuts-nothing-but-grain-muesli and mixed it with yogurt so that the grains will soften. For taste (let's be honest, those mueslis taste like dust pressed into little clumbs) I added sliced apples and blueberries. If you're still not satisfied with the sweetness, add some honey (to keep up the good conscience).

























My favorite. Let's start at the bottom: For the marinade, I mixed aceto balsamico, olive oil, salt, ground pepper. And some sesame seeds, just to try out the combination. It works! I placed some cucumber slices on top of the marinade to seperate the rest of the salade a bit from the marinade. Then I added pieces of red pepper, feta and some walnuts. On top I placed a handful of mixed salad. so yummy. In summer I basically live off this salad and watermelon.

























This is a couscous and vegetable snack, topped with a yogurt and chive sauce. Couscous is fantastic in summer, you can eat it warm or cold (as a salad for example), it's a light and healthy dish. I always make to much couscous, so this would be a classic leftover dish. (cousous: e.g. 1 cup of couscous + 1,5 cups of boiling water + salt +pepper, rest for 10min). I filled the couscous in first, then some finely chopped carrots and red peppers. For the yogurt sauce I mixed yogurt (haha), chive, salt and pepper and some grounded garlic (please DO NOT use garlic when taking it to your office/school, everybody will thank you).
























I think there are a million ways to fill these glasses, do you have a favorite recipe?
I hope you enjoyed this post,
lots of love,
Anne

Mittwoch, 24. Juni 2015

ON TV: GARDENING

This time on tv, I am presenting such a variety of things that we decided to create not one, but three blog posts with the content.

Today I want to show you how to sew a gardening apron! And because sometimes, life is messy that way, I deleted the photos showing the individual pattern pieces off my phone with a bunch of other photos. Bear with me, please...

You'll need about 20 inches (0.5 m) of a wipeable fabric (I used pvc-coated cotton from marimekko), about 40 inches (1m) of bias tape in a color that goes well with your fabric, scissors, and a sewing machine.

Now measure the width of your pelvis and create a pattern, using the width and your preferred lenght of the apron. I created two slightly different kinds - you'll see on the show - depending on preference. That is pattern piece #1.

For #2, you cut a piece of fabric, again using the width of your hips and about 6 inches (15 cm) height. This will be the pocket.

For #3, cut a stripe about 4 inches (10 cm) longer than the width of your hips, and about 2 inches (5 cm) wide. This will be the tool holder.

First, fold over the lenghts of pattern part #3, and sew two straight lines, turning it into a pretty sturdy strip. The good thing about coated fabrics is that there is no need for hemming! Awesome!

The next step is to secure the strip on pattern part #1. Because pins would cause visible holes in the fabric, I opted to use tape. Worked great!

The first two seams I sewed were the ones on the edges.

Next, I divided the strip into smaller sections, again, securing them with tape, and sewed back and forth a couple of times per seam. That makes for a sturdy and durable seam, and I want these aprons to be super durable!

Tadaaaa!

Next, I folded over the edge of pattern #2, sewed a straight line and repeated on the other side, sewing a double line there, just for nicer optics.


Again, holding it in place with tape, I added the pocket and sewed it in place.

This is what it looks like! The last step is now to add the bias tape on top so I can actually tie it around my waist. I used some fabric leftovers to to hem the apron. You could also use bias tape for that!

And that is the finished apron, ready to be used around the garden or balcony!
XO, Ida

Freitag, 19. Juni 2015

OUR WEEKEND RECIPE #20



Empanadaaaaas!

My friends Phil and Olli are amazing cooks. They also are amazing musicians, you can listen to their latest album here .

They sometimes cater events and serve their famous empanadas. One time, when they cooked empanadas I offered to help out and we turned out to be a pretty good team. 
Phil rolled the dough, I filled and shaped the empanadas and Olli had the honors of frying them all. 

When they asked me to help out again a few weeks ago, I did and snapped a few photos while we were at it.

It came in handy that Olli's kitchen table is black, what a nice backsplash for food photos!




For about 50 empanadas you'll need:

1 kg corn flour
1/2 kg wheat flour
1/2 l water
1/8 l sunflower oil
1 tbsp paprika powder
2 tbsp salt













Mix everything, and incorporate the water, folding and rolling the dough, ideally on a flat surface, not in a bowl. Take your time, the warmth of your hands will help smoothen the dough, and it's also pretty relaxing.

If the dough still proves to be too hard, add water. If it's too sticky, add flour. 

The dough can be used immediately, or you can even freeze it (or half of it) for another time!







In addition to the yumminess of the taste-testing (somebody's gotta make sure everything tastes right), we had a great time talking, and Olli has an incredible record collection. So anytime the record stops, one of us - usually the one with the least floured hands - will get up and pick another record. It's always a wild mix and basically heaven on earth.

We prepared two fillings, one vegetarian (if you leave out the feta cheese it's vegan), and one with meat.




For the vegetarian filling you'll need:

2-3 sweet potatoes
500 g of spinach, fresh or frozen (if frozen, cook it first)
400 g of feta cheese
1 onion
salt, pepper, provencal herbs, garlic, nutmeg.

Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into small cubes (they'll cook faster!) and cook them. Once they are soft, add the spinach, feta, and herbs to your liking. Mix with your hands or with a spatula.




For the meaty filling you'll need:

300 g of minced beef
4 potatoes
1 onion
1 can of peeled tomatoes
1 cup of long grain rice
chilli powder, salt, pepper, garlic

Peel and cut the potatoes into cubes. Cook the rice. Roast the onions with the minced meat until done. Add the tomatoes, the rice, the potatoes, and lastly, the herbs.

Olli recommends to form a dough roll with an approximate diameter of 4 cm (about 1.5 inches). We then cut pieces off the roll with a lenght of 4 cm, too (no need to use a ruler, just make sure they are all about the same size). Phil flattened the dough with his hand and then rolled the pieces out to thin, slightly oval discs.




I added one large tablespoon of filling to each disc, folded the dough over the filling and pressed the edges down with a fork, which secures the filling in place and looks nice, to!




Add sunflower oil to a deep frying pan on high temperature. When it's hot, slowly add the empanadas to the hot oil and fry on both sides until golden.

Olli created his own sauces to go with the empanadas but they also go great with guacamole, ajvar, or hot chilli sauce!




Last but not least, I asked Olli for tips and he said: make sure the empanadas are tightly closed, or the filling will spill once you put them into the pan. Do not drop them into the frying pan, let them gently slide into the hot oil (also: less spilling!). 

And most importantly, he said: do it with love.




So, on that note: Have a great weekend everyone and lots of love to you all!
Ida


Mittwoch, 17. Juni 2015

BEANIE TUTORIAL























Hey there,
I noticed that we didn't show you any t-shirt tutorials last month! This is an easy t-shirt to beanie tutorial and I think it is one of my favorite projects ever. I wanted to have one of these beanies for a long time, but never found one I really liked. Today I realized how easy it is to make a summer beanie out of any old t-shirt. Why you need one in summer? Think of hiking, evenings at the campfire.... when you travel, always take a cap with you! By the way, no this is not an angry face you see on the picture, this is my 'I think I'm smiling/trying to have my eyes open while smiling/fail at smiling' face. I thought it is kind of a nice pic anyway. There you go.
So, here is what you'll need:
- t-shirt
- cap/beanie that fits well
- sewing machine
- scissors
- paper
- pen
- pins






















First of all: you won't need a set square. I just realized that I never touched it again after placing it on the floor and took a picture :-)



Fold both the paper and the cap in half. Place the cap on the paper and draw the outline.
























Cut out the pattern, turn your shirt inside-out and place the pattern on the bottom of the shirt.
























Pin the pattern to the shirt and cut it out.
























With your sewing machine, sew both sides together, stopping where the 'v' part in the middle begins (follow my super artistic dot line).
























Fold the beanie in half, so that the seams lie on top of each other. The 'v' then turns into a nice round top for your beanie. As a last step, sew the top together. 

 

Still can't believe how easy that was. I'm gonna make gazillions of these beanies, Think about the possibilities! 
Lots of love,
Anne

Freitag, 12. Juni 2015

OUR WEEKEND RECIPE #19

Happy Friday everyone!!
This has been a long, long week but finally summer has arrived! And, believe it or not, the meterologists predict an even nicer, sunnier and hotter weekend. We all know we should drink as much water as we can get into our system, especially in summer. Sometimes I need a little taste, but I don't like sugared drinks, getting the impression that they make me even thirstier. That's why I came up with this super simple sugar-free fruit ice tea.




 There are a million possibilites of which fruit to put into the ice tea, here is what I chose:
- 1 lemon
- 1-2 peaches
- lemon basil
- 2  fruit tea bags 
- some ice cubes

Make a pot of fruit tea and let it cool down completely. When the tea is cold, pour the juice of half a lemon into it. Cut peaches into slices, take some lemon basil leaves (melissa would be fantastic too!!) and add everything to the tea. Allow the various flavors to blend in the fridge for an hour at least. Before serving, add ice cubes and decorate with lemon slices. Simple as that, delicious as it can get!



























I hope you will have some time to go swimming this weekend, if so, take a bottle of this fruit ice tea with you - super refreshing! What's your favorite summer drink?
Love, Anne