2 DIY projects we're going to try this week + 1 that worked!

Project #1: "repurposed chalkboard for kitchen"20120724-092953.jpg

Today I finished a successful DIY that I wanted to share. I took an old frame from Ikea that I have had since college (yay repurposed old stuff!) and took out the poster. Then, I cleaned the plexiglass off and painted it with a roller and 3 coats of chalkboard paint. After it dried for several hours, I placed the plexiglass and cheap cardboard that the frame came with back into the frame and snapped it all together. It looks great and will soon be hanging in our kitchen!

Future projects...

1. How fun are these rope necklaces from honestly wtf blog ? Stay tuned. Gotta get to the hardware store.

2. Also, if I order enough things online....I will have enough cardboard and then.....I can make little cardboard houses / forts with the little lady! She loves hiding and playing peek-a-boo, so this is right up our alley.



What to do with aging grapefruit?

In December, I impulsively bought a crate of grapefruits for charity from one of my students....they are STILL in the fridge and starting to look a little less fresh and delicious. Β So my friend Helen (another victim of the charity selling grapefruits) recommended that I make a Grapefruit Yogurt Cake (Ina Garten's recipe featured on smitten kitchen blog).

See you later grapefruit...hello tasty breakfast / dessert bread! Β Wouldn't it be great with some fresh strawberries on top?

Do you have any ideas for elderly grapefruit? Β Please share!

Please let me know, there are quite a few to use up before their rapidly approaching expiration date!


Keen-WHAT? (Quinoa)

So, I am trying out something new in the kitchen, Quinoa. Β It has been all over the place recently (magazines, NYtimes, cooking shows, on menus at "normal" restaurants), yet we have not really had a chance to get to know one another. Β It's about time!

Breakfast Quinoa:

Cook Quinoa according to package instructions and then sprinkle with your favorite toppings.

Some ideas: craisins, raisins, dried fruit, toasted almonds or other nuts, honey, greek yogurt, cinnamon sugar

(note: just ate this sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, it was delish...and delightfully less slimy than oatmeal)

Dinner Quinoa:

Corn, Edamame and Quinoa Salad (courtesy of the NY times)

Dinner at our house tonight:

Thai vegetables (Yellow Curry sauce from Trader Joe's combined and slow cooked with zucchini, red potatoes, carrots, garbanzo beans and onions) guessed it!...QUINOA!

If you have more ideas or great recipes involving this South American Super Grain, let me know by leaving a comment on this page.

Thanks and Happy Tuesday,


additional reading - Quinoa craze: