Monday, June 28, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Cut that lemon and orange into wedges and fill the cavity with them. For crispy skin, roast on a roasting pan with the built in drainage thingy so that the juices can run off of the bird. If you don't care for the skin, you can roast it in a dutch oven - uncovered. The chicken will cook in it's own juice leaving the skin soft and easily to peel off.
Let it roast for about one and a half to one and three quarters of an hour or until the meat is no longer pink, the juices run clear, and the drumsticks move easily or fall out of the socket. If you have a handy dandy meat thermometer, your bird is ready at 165 degrees.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
This past Saturday was the Summer 2010 INDIEana Handicraft Exchange. It was amazing! We got to catch up with a lot of crafty friends, meet some new cool people like the lovely ladies from So Silly and we sold out of cookies 2 hours before the event ended! Thanks so much to all the people that made it out and to everyone who stopped by our table to say "Hi" and purchase a bag of cookies.
This year there were a lot of new vendors who impressed us greatly with their handmade merchandise. It seems like at the IHE we end up spending more than we make because there are so many amazing things we want to take home.
Karli ended up with these lovelies:
Clockwise from top: Amazing hand-embroidered linen and velvet pillow from White Nest, up-cycled leather journal from The Binding Bee, sterling silver pebble hoops from Sara B Jewelry, screen printed shirt from The Bare Tree, felted sterling silver hoops from The Biggie, letterpress card from Paper Parasol Press, another screen printed shirt from The Bare Tree (this one for my husband) and a screen printed toddler tee from So Silly.
Sarah snagged these fine things:
Sweet T-shirt from So Silly, orange cream lip balm by Independence Natural Skincare, magnet and Scrabble pendant from Sunday Afternoon Housewife, and a Humpty Dumpty magnet from Backwoods Belle.
If you would like to get your hands on some of these items you will be able to starting July 10 at Indy's own homespun: modern handmade in Irvington. Check out their site for more details.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
A Handmade Extravaganza at the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange
Each June I look forward to spending every cent of my savings on one-of-a-kind, handmade goods from some of the craftiest folks in the Midwest. The INDIEana Handicraft Exchange brings modern craftspeople and indie art supporters together. Last Saturday, 100 vendors spread their wares across their tables and set to work, greeting and exchanging with enthusiastic customers. It feels like the return-to-craft and buy-local movement is growing. People really do appreciate homemade things now, and it’s comforting to see it unfold.
All things involving paper and ink suck me in. I don’t know if it’s the matte sheets, the crisp lines of the font, or the inspiration I gain from holding a blank paged book, but paper hits the soft spot. There were many printmakers, illustrators, and the like this year. This kind of (very affordable) stuff is what turns a bland apartment into a showcase.
I am tickled to see what un-jewelry-like objects can be transformed into wearable art. These artists seem to say, “Paper, not a problem. Felted wool, a cinch. Board game pieces, no sweat. Shrink art, why the hell not?” I agree; we liked it when we were kids, and we like it now. I love such out-of-the-box creativity. It fills life with whimsy and spunk. Don’t get me wrong, though. I dig a finely fabricated, silver pendant or a hand carved wooden ring. These pieces are timeless.
Even though I’m well into my 20’s, I’m still enamored with funky plush creatures. The little kid inside me wants to fill a Pet Net full of these completely unique…things. They’re not quite dolls or animals, but I wouldn’t call them monsters. Whatever you want to call them, I call them awesome.
Being able only to sew a straight line, my jaw drops at the sight of tailored clothing and accessories. Screen printed items always catch the eye. How could you walk away from the perfect printed T? T-shirts are the ultimate souvenir, but why stop at a T-shirt? (I say this as my wallet aches.)
Soaps scented so sweetly they seemed good enough to eat, cookies which were definitely good enough to eat, and ice cream served in bowls made by special needs kids kept our taste and smell senses alight. Some vendors demonstrated their skills right at their table. The deep connection of from hand, by hand, to hand is truly what the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange is all about. It’s a good thing my wallet has time to recover before next year.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Grate them all up and toss the little pieces in a big bowl with a sprinkling of olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste. I believe I threw in some sage, but I wouldn't suggest this. I wasn't a fan of the sage in this.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
As you can see, this is a far cry from hummus. I'd put it in the bean dip/paste category. Next time, I'm going to reserve some of the water from the beans and add it to the food processor until the dip becomes a bit runnier, like dip and hummus should be. Noted.
Though it's a tad thick, I really like how it tastes. I'm glad that I sneaked in the pinto beans for some added protein. I've eaten my pseudo hummus on toast and with tortilla chips, but you could add it to any spread worthy surface.