Friday, September 12, 2014

five on friday

five on friday
1. A Family Hike + Picnic by Mandi Johnson for A Beautiful Mess is an excellent read. Best takeaway: "We finally put aside my whiny baby concerns (but I don't have hiking boots! But we have a toddler! But... but...!) and drove out to the wilderness for a family adventure." (I totally limit our activities due to my "whiny baby concerns." Gotta stop that).

2. I enjoy taking and sharing pictures though I know very little about photography. I appreciate Justina Blakeney sharing 15 Tips to Styling, Shooting, and Sharing.

3. Is there anything better than crafting embellishments in jars?? Take a look at Jamaica Edgell's paper tape and rubber stamps in jars in her workspace.

4. Eric Barker's 6 Things the Happiest Families all have in Common for "The Week" via Joy the Baker is spot on. My family needs a mission statement stat.

5. Oh, Joy the Baker. These apple pie biscuits have to be in my future with a hot cup of coffee.

Enjoy your weekend! :)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

52 sandwiches #44: torta de rajas

There's a backstory to this sandwich and I'm going to share it with you (even if you don't want to hear it. ;)

I realized the other day that various cultures must each have their own unique sandwiches (after seeing this picture- yum), and thought I'd look into my own culture for some sandwich inspiration. I've mentioned that my mom is from Guatemala and my dad is from Mexico. (They met and married in California. My siblings and I were all born in California). I like both Mexican and Guatemalan/Central American food, so I started researching Guatemalan sandwiches first. I came across a few different sandwiches that peaked my interest. A chile relleno recipe, in particular, got my wheels turning. I asked my mom if she had ever tried a chile relleno sandwich and she said she had. Though she has made chile rellenos, she has not made chile relleno sandwiches. (Mom, why??)

Then I remembered that my dad makes rajas (not often enough), which is kind of like a deconstructed chile relleno. I suggested us trying a raja torta altogether for lunch this past weekend. Spoiler: they were delicious!
52 sandwiches no. 44: torta de rajas
I don't typically give exact measurements for recipes that I share because I figure we all like more of some things and less of others and we're making unique serving sizes for ourselves/our families. Aren't you glad this isn't a food blog? To make rajas, take poblano chili peppers. Roast them and peel them (like this). Then slice them long ways. Saute them in butter. While they're sauteing, cut an onion into slices. Slice carrots and potatoes long ways, as well. Add the vegetables to the sauted peppers. Add garlic salt, pepper, and laurel leaves. Allow the vegetables to get soft and caramelize. Add 1 can of enchilada sauce (spicy if you'd like) and and 1 can of tomato sauce to the vegetables (in equal parts). Allow the vegetables to simmer. Once they've softened (after about 10 to 15 minutes), top the vegetables with shredded queso fresco and dollops of sour cream. Do not mix.
52 sandwiches no. 44: torta de rajas
To make the sandwich, cut the bolillo in half. Add the vegetables and sauce to the bolillo. Be sure to top with sour cream and cheese.
52 sandwiches no. 44: torta de rajas

** I am attempting to make 52 sandwiches. Read more about how this project got started here. See all the sandwiches I've made so far here.**

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

workspace wednesday

workspace wednesday
The library's conference room has been my workspace lately. When I was in college and needing to focus (typically during midterms and finals), I would head to the library to shut out all distractions. I've been doing that lately to work on the summer months for Project Life. See how I'm equating midterms/finals with Project Life? #priorities

It's nice to have a quiet room to myself (well, and my sister Jasmine- she comes with me). It's amazing how much I can accomplish during a quiet hour. At the beginning of the month, I set a goal to make time for myself to take a breather. This is something I'd like to do often. I forget to make time for myself and I know it makes me a better wife/mother to pamper myself periodically. Going to the library is one of the best ways to pamper myself. I understand if it's not one if yours. It's 'cause you're weird and I'm not. ;)

Seriously though, what do you do to pamper yourself?

P.S. Related: my goals for September + my summer Project Life book.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

whimsy jar swap from jasmine to jenna

Yesterday I shared pictures of the whimsy jar Jenna made for Jasmine (for my whimsy jar swap). Today I'm sharing the one Jasmine made for Jenna. It's the one on the left:
whimsy jar swap for jasmine from jenna
Jenna mentioned that one of her favorite color schemes is gold and baby blue (cute!).
whimsy jar swap from jasmine to jenna
Jenna also mentioned that her favorites include "anything sparkly, "anything vintage or vintage inspired," "lace," "flowers," "pearls," "pretty paper."
whimsy jar swap from jasmine to jenna
The jar that Jasmine put together for Jenna feels romantic, soft, and vintage inspired.
whimsy jar swap from jasmine to jenna
I can't get over this color scheme. It's so pretty. This has me itching to make whimsy jar after whimsy jar. I love 'em.

(These pictures were taken by Jasmine).

P.S. Like soft, romantic whimsy jar assortments? Me, too. Check out a few more "romantic" whimsy jars here, here, and here.

Monday, September 8, 2014

whimsy jar swap from jenna to jasmine

My soon to be sister-in-law Jenna (she's my youngest brother Joshua's fiancee) and my sister Jasmine joined me for my whimsy jar swap (hooray).
I'm happy to be surrounded by crafters who get me. When I first got into crafting, I thought that the only others who paper crafted were very old ladies. I don't know why I thought that.
whimsy jar swap for jasmine from jenna
These are the jars they made. Jenna made the one on the right, which is the one I'll be sharing today:
whimsy jar swap for jasmine from jenna
Tomorrow I will share the one Jasmine made for Jenna.

Jasmine mentioned that she liked the color scheme aqua and red (one of my favorites, too!) The jar Jenna made for Jasmine had plenty of red and aqua paper, embellishments, etc.whimsy jar swap for jasmine from jenna

Jasmine also said, "I love all things project life. My favorites are journaling cards, wood embellishments, flair buttons, labels, alphabet stickers, thickers, washi tape, washi tape, and more washi tape."
whimsy jar swap for jasmine from jenna
(Wait- do you like washi tape? ;) Me, too!)
Jenna didn't disappoint. She was so generous! (Hey Jenna, where'd you get that ruled, red label?? *hearts in eyes emoticon*)
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What a cute jar!

I'm hoping to share a few more whimsy jars from other swap participants here with you. :) Be back tomorrow to see the one Jasmine made for Jenna.

(The last 3 pictures were taken by Jenna. The rest were taken by Jasmine).

P.S. I am really fond of this color scheme. See the package I put together for a red and aqua swap a few years ago here. (The retro kitchen jar set is super cute). See another package I put together for a friend here. (I should dust my sewing machine and make another pocket organizer like that one).