Apr 19, 2013 10:06 pm
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DIY Tube Bracelets Done Two Ways Tutorials from Small Good Things here. I love the bottom photo where the bracelet is done with seed beads and a magnetic closure. For more unique DIY projects from Small Good Things go here:

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“Lentil Curry in a Hurry”- Quick Red Lentil Curry Soup with Coconut Milk Drizzle

The beauty of having a Trader Joe’s, well three TJ’s locations within walking distance to my apartment is that I have access to quick-fix ingredients that can easily be transformed into a hearty meal.

While at TJ’s this week, I grabbed their ready-made mire poix and a bag of their red lentils and figured I’d make something up while I was in the kitchen.  After taking a glance around my pantry and fridge, I was able to concoct this flavorful soup!

What You Need:

2 Tbs. Olive Oil

1 1/4 Cup Red Lentils, picked through for stones and rinsed

4 Cups of Mire Poix (mixture of carrots, celery, onion, chopped)

1 Cup Sliced Cherry Tomatoes

5 1/2 Cups Water

1 1/2 Tbs. Red Curry Paste

Salt to taste

Coconut Milk, optional

Cilantro, optional

1. Set a large pot over medium heat, add olive oil.  Toss in the mire poix and saute until the onions become translucent.  Add a big pinch of salt.

2. Add in the lentils and stir to coat the lentils in the olive oil and vegetable mixture.  Pour in the 5 1/2 cups of water and cherry tomatoes.  Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for 25 minutes.

3. Stir the pot occasionally to help break down the lentils and keep the bottom from sticking.  Spoon a little broth into a small bowl with the curry paste, stir and pour curry mixture into the pot.  Stir to combine.  Taste for seasoning.  If the soup seems a little watery, continue to let it simmer until it reduces to your liking.

4. Before serving, add chopped cilantro and a drizzle of coconut milk on top of each serving.

totally making a version of this tonight….!

Jan 30, 2013 6:32 pm
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Starr Hill Picks #11 - Zach Peters - Jefferson Theater Social Media Manager

As you can tell from this playlist, I’m a sucker for soul music.  2012 was a huge year for the genre; Adele’s soulful-pop absolutely dominated the mainstream charts and a number of unknown gems popped up like Alabama Shakes, Charles Bradley, Allen Stone and Michael Kiwanuka to name just a few.  This list touches on a number of these artists as well as a few other random favorites.  Hope you enjoy!

St. Lucia -Before The Dive

Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

Cody Chestnutt - Don’t Wanna Go The Other Way

James Blake - The Willhelm Scream

Michael Kiwanuka - Tell Me A Tale

Charles Bradley - Why Is It So Hard?

J.D. McPherson - A Gentle Awakening

Allen Stone - Unaware

Menahan Street Band - The Crossing

Frank Ocean - Super Rich Kids

Moby & The Dicks - Change

Dinosaur Jr. - Don’t Pretend You Didn’t Know

Jan 20, 2013 8:02 pm
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My wonderful husband gave me this blog for Christmas. I am a special ed teacher who loves to create, inspire and share. Crafting and baking have been my after work get away for years. I hope I can share a little bliss with you.


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