Archive | August, 2012

Peach Crisp

31 Aug


I bought some peaches about a week ago because they just looked beautiful and delicious. And then I went out of town for the weekend and found myself with six peaches quickly approaching their demise. To use them up, I decided to make a peach crisp. I didn’t actually have a recipe for this, so I improvised and used my favorite apple crisp recipe and just substituted apples for peaches. It worked out pretty well if I do say so. Now let’s talk about this recipe.

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Peach Jam and More Lessons Learned

24 Aug

When I went to the farmer’s market with my mom a few days ago, I saw some really beautiful peaches and a woman selling peach jam. And then of course I said, “I need to make my own peach jam!” So here we are. Jam number three this summer. My sister tells me I’m starting to go a little crazy on the jam front, but I honestly don’t think there is such a thing. So allow me to tell you my escapades in making peach jam, which was by far the most difficult jam I’ve made yet. I think this has more to do with me being a moron rather than the difficulty of the recipe.

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Banana Bread: What I Do with Brown Bananas

17 Aug

First of all, I want to apologize in advance for the truly mediocre pictures on this post. I used my iPhone rather than my actual camera out of sheer laziness for all but the above photo. It felt like a lot of work to make banana bread, so I didn’t feel like being artsy as well. Moving on. When eating bananas, I personally like them a little on the starchy side. Just before they start to get brown spots is pretty perfect. However, once bananas (preferably three bananas) start to get a little too brown, I  just let ’em get full-on brown until they look a little disgusting. Why? Because then it’s banana bread time. The really brown bananas are perfect because they’re very sweet at this point and also have a nice mushy texture — perfect for baking.

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DIY Make Your Own Hula Hoops

10 Aug

A few weeks ago, I went to a flea market and saw someone selling handmade hula hoops for $30. Instead of buying one, I thought, “I can totally make those!” And thus began my journey to make my own hula hoops. In retrospect, I probably should’ve just shelled out $30 for one of her hoops. This process is both expensive and a little time-consuming, but I suppose it was a learning experience. Plus my color-matching skills are way better than that woman’s. Yeah, I totally aced kindergarten. Ultimately I guess I ended up with a prettier hoop. And then eight more hoops that I don’t know what to do with. If you want to make a lot of hula hoops for a party or some other reason, totally do this. If you want one single hoop, totally don’t do this. Or at least read on for how to do this in a more economic fashion.

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Blackberry Jam and Lessons Learned While Jamming

6 Aug

finished jam

I’ve wanted to make blackberry jam for a while now, and yesterday morning my dad bought 15 pints of blackberries at the flea market. It felt like my time had come. I’ve only once made jam before, but I felt more confident this time around. The hardest part about making jam is knowing when it’s set, and that’s still a stress-inducing time for me. It’s just something I’ll have to get used to. I again used a recipe from Food in Jars, and she still has yet to fail me. This recipe makes a small batch of six half-pints (plus a tiny amount extra) of delicious blackberry jam. Let’s move onto the jammin’.

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Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

3 Aug


Today we are going to learn to make a snack that is salty and crunchy and pretty much guilt free. Chickpeas are high in protein and low in fat and when roasted make a fantastic alternative to potato chips (which I love). I’ve been thinking about trying to roast chickpeas for a while, but I was turned off by the cooking time. An hour!? UGH. But now that it’s behind me, it wasn’t all that bad. I just spent all that time watching “15 Awesomest Boy Bands,” which was just splendid. Sorry for the spoilers, but *NSYNC was robbed. Don’t get me wrong — I loved Backstreet Boys almost as much but not quite as much as I loved *NSYNC. My 11-year-old self shed a tear. Now let’s move onto the recipe.

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Guest Post: DIY Triforce Cut-out T-shirt Alteration

2 Aug

Today, you’re in for a treat: The amazing, fantastic mega-awesome Michelle (sister of Sarah) is visiting Tea Time & Tulle for an easy way to repurpose T-shirts with a slightly nerdy twist.

If there’s one thing I enjoy more than the Legend of Zelda, it’s not being naked all the time.  Luckily for me, sometimes these joys coincide with awesome T-shirts.  Not so luckily, this shirt is from my smaller years and was on the road to becoming the culprit in an asphyxiation case.  After a few restless nights of brainstorming, I realized that cutting holes in shirts generally makes them larger.  So don’t throw away that old, beloved T-shirt just yet; there may be hope for it still. Continue reading