These cupcakes have houseplants on them! I think they are pretty original and awesome looking. And there’s a tutorial to show you how to make them.
I have explored the reaches of frozen zucchini. Next up: what to do with all those bags of green beans in my freezer?
Usually, I sauté or blanch green beans with garlic or bacon. And of course, there’s green bean casserole. But what else can be done with them?
Here are five recipes that would work for frozen green beans:
Vietnamese Beef and Green Bean Stir-fry. This one speaks for itself. Yum!
Sichuan Dry-Fried Green Beans. Spicy deep-fried green beans with Chinese flavors.
Green Beans With Almond Pesto Under Egg. I am going to try this as a lunch in the near future.
Pasta With Pesto and Green Beans. I’m particularly excited about this recipe because I happen to have all these ingredients on hand.
What is your favorite thing to do with frozen green beans?
Check it out, a DIY AT-AT Rocker from Star Wars for your little geek toddler.
It’s made of wood and Jen, from EPBOT, says she will put up a template so others can make it too. Here some shots of the rocker in process. And this:
This tutorial shows you how to make your own candles in these cool, geometric shapes. They look fantastic.
You print out paper molds, paint them with wax, and fill with a wick and wax, like so:
Still, I’m skeptical about this tutorial because it looks hard to pull off without making a huge frustrating mess. But the candles look so cool, it’s worth a try.
Great gift potential here.
Put up a pegboard and hook the yarn on hooks.
Put your yarn in an old CD tower, like the kind you can get at IKEA.
Display your yarn in clear glass jars.
Or, if you want the yarn out of sight, store them in a shoe organizer on the back of a door.
Bored Panda has a great round-up of photos of how some of the fruits, vegetables, and spices grow. Some plants are so amazing and gorgeous! For instance:
HA! How big of a reaction would you get presenting a pair of these at a baby shower? You can buy the pattern to knit them yourself here for $5.
Is it pretentious to call a cookie a muse? Can a cookie be a muse? For a cocktail?
The Thin Mint Cocktail uses chocolate syrup—I used regular old Hershey’s chocolate–baileys, vodka, and fresh mint. It’s sweet, chocolatey, minty… plus it looks like chocolate milk. Enjoy it with some cookies, and you’ve got a great grown-up dessert on your hands.
Thin Mint Cocktail
1 ounce vodka
1 1/2 ounce Baileys
2 sprigs fresh mint
1 Tablespoon chocolate syrup + garnish
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint and vodka. Add the baileys and a tablespoon chocolate syrup (one longish squeeze). Add ice and shake. Taste. Add more chocolate, if desired, and shake again.
To garnish, add a bit of chocolate in the bottom of the cocktail glass (optional) and pour the drink over it. Enjoy!
My freezer is overflowing with produce from last year’s garden. In particular, I froze most of the zucchini from my zucchini experiment, and now I have to eat it.
Well that’s why you grow a garden, right? To eat the vegetables. But frozen zucchini isn’t as good as fresh. It gets mushy when you freeze it, so half the zucchini recipes you see are no good. And there’s only so much zucchini soup and chocolate zucchini muffins a person can eat.
So I went in search of new zucchini recipes what would specifically work for frozen zucchini. Here’s what I came up with:
Spicy Turkey and Zucchini Burger. I would probably skip the mint and cilantro, but otherwise it seems like these flavors would work well together.
Vegetarian Chili. It has been a long time since I made a vegetarian chili. (I usually make my mother-in-law’s version.) This recipe looks good, although I would substitute the yellow squash and fresh zucchini with frozen. I may make this next week!
Julia Child’s Zucchini Tian. I’m curious about this one. It’s zucchini, rice, and a Béchamel sauce made with “zucchini juices plus milk.” Hmm…
Pasta With Zucchini Sauce. I’ve made this kind of thing before, but I completely forgot about it. It’s pasta coated in a sauce of zucchini and garlic, very simple and delicious.
Savory Summer Squash Quick Bread Recipe. Hey, how about a savory zucchini bread? I bet it would go great with the chili.