Homemade Chili Oil


Another day, another diy. I have been curious what it takes to make chili oil, especially good chili oil. Something that always seems like a mystery, to me. 

Ingredients:

3/4 C. Canola Oil

3 Star Anise

1 small stick cinnamon

7 Tepin chilis, dried

1/4 Cup Crushed Red Chili Flakes

2 cloves garlic, minced well

Steps:

Bring to a simmer the cinnamon, star  anise, Tepin chile’s and oil over medium high heat in a heavy duty sauce pan. When oil begins to bubble, tune down heat to medium low and cook for 20 min. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly-5 to 10 min. *always be sure to watch your oil while it’s cooking to avoid burning spices or your house down*

After the oil has cooled, add chili flakes and garlic to a heat proof jar or bowl. Slowly pour and stir oil over pepper flakes-use a strainer to catch the spices from the pan so that they can be discarded. Go slow so that the chili flakes and garlic don’t burn. *it will bubble as you pour the oil over the flakes and garlic, so pour safely* Allow oil to cool completely and then store in the fridge in an air tight container (glass). 

*more chili flakes can be added to intensify the flavor. Also different types of chili’s can lend different flavors so it’s worth playing around with!

*use clean utensils to retrieve oil if using a jar to reduce the risk of contamination and spoilage. 

Moon Hanging

A Beautiful Mess came out with this beautiful diy wall hanging tutorial using yarn and embroidery hoops. The minute I saw it, I wanted my own. So I did my own, and I absolutely love it and want to make like a billion more…maybe. haha. 

It’s a very simple, slightly time consuming, incredibly therapeutic craft. Take three hoops that can fit within one another- lrg, med, sm. Cut the hoops in half, wrap each half in a color of yarn, leaving a long enough tail at each end to tie to a dowel, or stick, or branch or copper pipe (oh the possibilities) after your hoops are secured, add the frill by figuring out your desired length at each hoop-mine are long strands folded then looped through/around the hoop bottom, cut out lots of yarn and start tieing. You can make it as thick or thin as you like. 

I purchased my yarn and hoops from Who Gives A Scrap FoCo, because I do love to upcycle and reuse and they always have what I need-or don’t but get anyway-teehee.

 Full instructions for this project can be found at A Beautiful Mess blog: http://abeautifulmess.com/2017/04/statement-wall-hanging.html