Deviled Eggs

One night last week we were headed to a local farm that hosts a weekly concert in the summer for families where you can bring a picnic and sit outside as you eat and listen. We had pasta salad and cheese on hand but we needed one other thing to complete our picnic dinner. We had a few eggs in the fridge so we decided to make deviled eggs – nothing says picnic like deviled eggs!  Martha Stewart has a whole bunch of awesome deviled egg recipes but based on ingredients we had on hand we made these Old Bay Deviled Eggs. SO GOOD.

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Mix…

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…spoon mixture…

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…enjoy! Btw, we topped ours with green onions.

Quiche Crust

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I was looking through the May issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine (I hope you’ve read page 4!) and came across a great article on quiche. I love quiche – it’s so filling, you can customize it to your liking with what you put inside, and you can eat it at any meal, at any temperature. Anyway, so the part of the article that intrigued me was using a springform pan to make your quiche instead of a pie plate. Interesting! So that’s how bakeries get that high, straight edge of crust in their quiche. I had to try it immediately and show you how it went.

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We had ingredients to make a quiche with ham, peppers, onions, and a little cheese but you fill it how you want – let’s just focus on the crust (do reference Martha’s basic springform pan quiche recipe for measurements, you need more custard to fill the springform crust quiche). I used a pre-made dough from Trader Joe’s that honestly didn’t work out too well for the springform pan. The crust was very crumbly and dry once blind baked and therefore the egg seeped out while baking and we didn’t get as full and fluffy of a quiche as was to be expected. But it still tasted great, and that’s what matters, right? When I make this again I will use a better dough and honestly, we need a better springform pan because I’ve had cheesecakes leak out of this one, too – no good!

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Overall, I would recommend trying the springform pan quiche, it creates a bigger quiche full of light fluffy egg custard. I am eating a big piece for lunch today with a little salad on the side. Enjoy!

Hand Painted Wooden Bead Necklace

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I have been SO excited to share my latest DIY with you – a hand painted wooden bead necklace! The idea of painting wooden beads has been floating around in my head for some time and I finally had some time to pick paint colors and go to work. I love how this necklace came out and can’t wait to make more. Watch out friends and family – you may be receiving a hand painted wooden bead necklace for Christmas this year!

Materials-Hand-Painted-Wooden-Bead-NecklaceFor this project you will need: wooden beads, paint (I love the Martha Stewart Crafts multi-surface craft paint), paint brushes, a string and clasp for the necklace, and needle-nose pliers for the clasp.

 

Painting-Hand-Painted-Wooden-Bead-Necklace-1First – paint your beads! I went with a color scheme of white, black, green, and gold. It’s best to paint your base coat first then let dry completely.

 

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The toughest part of this DIY is painting the wooden beads because you’ll want to create some sort of apparatus to hold the bead as you paint. Two suggestions that I used: 1. stick the bead on the end of another paint brush or 2. use 2 skewers (or similar object) putting each inside the bead on either side (see above). Oh, and to let them dry I stuck the skewers into a jar of popcorn kernels, it worked perfect.

 

Painting-Hand-Painted-Wooden-Bead-NecklaceOnce your base coat is dry, you can add details like stripes, polka dots, chevron pattern if you’re fancy! I ended up doing stripes free-hand (and they turned out a little shaky) but I used the end of a lollipop stick to make uniform polka dots. Let your hand painted wooden beads dry overnight and then you’re ready to make them a necklace, this is the easy part.

 

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First, put your clasp on one end of your string. I like to use a clasp where instead of tying the string to each half of the clasp, your crimp/pinch the metal closed to secure the string.

 

Stringing-Beads-Hand-Painted-Wooden-Bead-Necklace-2Then thread your beads and put on the second half of the clasp.

 

Wearing-Hand-Painted-Wooden-Bead-NecklaceI love this necklace! I’ve worn my hand painted wooden bead necklace already with a simple black tee….

 

Wearing-Hand-Painted-Wooden-Bead-Necklace-1…and a buttoned chambray shirt. An adorable statement necklace, don’t you think?

Asian Salad with Salmon

With all the heavy French food we had since our croissant date and coq au vin dinner we HAD to switch to lighter fare last week. One of the meals we made was this deliciously light and fresh Asian Salad with Salmon, we adapted the meal from a Martha Stewart recipe. This meal was great and we can’t wait to make it again this summer when the cabbage is fresh and plentiful in our CSA.

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Cut your cabbage into thin strips, you can even shred it if you wish. We used purple cabbage and regular green cabbage.

 

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Whisk your dressing ingredients – rice vinegar, sesame oil, honey, and s&p.

 

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Drizzle over your cabbage, shredded carrot, and diced onion.

 

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In the meantime, grill your salmon – the unseasoned little piece was Z’s.

 

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Serve the salmon over the salad, the heat of the salmon will wilt the salad a bit and make it extra yummy.  Enjoy!

Asparagus Couscous

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As always, we are looking for seasonable side dishes to serve for dinner. Since our CSA doesn’t start for a couple more months, we thought for spring we’d eat a lot of asparagus and peas.  Well, adapted from this Martha Stewart recipe I saw on Pinterest, we made this very simple (and quick!) Asparagus Couscous.  We used chicken stock and a few squeezes of lime juice instead of just water for more flavor.

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Cut your asparagus into 1-inch pieces and boil in 2C chicken stock for 2 or 3 minutes.

 

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Add zest and juice of half a lime. Add 1C couscous, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes.

 

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Uncover, season with s&p, and fluff with a fork.

 

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Serve and enjoy (we served with herbed salmon)!

Easter Crafts

I thought I’d give you a quick recap of all my Easter craft series, but first some related exciting news!  If you read this blog, you know by now that I am a big fan of Martha Stewart – her crafts, her recipes, etc… – I even subscribed to Martha Stewart Living when I was 12 years old!!  Anyway, late last week when I saw her Twitter contest for Easter crafts I thought I’d enter and then she actually re-tweeted the photo of my adorable Easter straws, check it out:

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  It’s a thrilling moment when the queen of crafting (or I’m sure it was her staff, but still) thinks your crafts are good enough to share (and by the way, she wasn’t re-tweeting any other entries). Thanks Martha!

Here’s the recap of my Easter Crafts Series:

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Easter Straws

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Polka Dot Easter Eggs

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Colorblock Neon AND Glitter Eggs

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Easter Egg Tree