Holiday Links for the Sharing

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First up the Geometric Snowman:

https://us.cricut.com/design/#/landing/project-detail/7105

The Paper reindeer (I uploaded the jpeg into Cricut’s Design Space to make these simpler and faster):

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=281888.0#axzz2jKOhvn68

Coffee Filter Paper Snow Flakes: Ideas from Pinterest and then free hand cut.

Little Geometric Trees from the Gems tutorial by: Minieco: http://www.minieco.co.uk/paper-gems-new-templates/

The bigger “trees” were made using the same gem pattern (A), but I inverted the smaller part into the larger part, to make it sit flat.

The Light bulb Reindeer was put together using a reindeer silhouette and a stock light bulb image, my cupkeiki added blobs of glitter glue to the light bulbs for fun)

Almost everything we made, my cupkeiki easily participated in (the gems were a mama thing), so if you’re looking for kid friendly diy holiday decorations, these are good ones (in my opinion anyway ;))! Have fun!

Holiday Decor

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My cupkeiki and I have been getting ready for Christmas by crafting away.

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From coffee filter and paper snowflakes to geometric snowmen and paper reindeer, the holidays are looking cheery and bright! I’ll share the tutorial and links for our creations in a follow up post!

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Green Tomato BLT

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I can’t stop, won’t stop, it’s nonstop, green tomato on top, bacon always hits the spot, dinner’s ready mama hit the jackpot…

Errr…hheeyyyy there! Whew, that was fun.

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Tonight I whipped myself up (yup just me and not a hoard of other hungry folks), a sautéed green tomato and baby Bella mushroom BLT…Nom nom nom. The manimal has been working on his charcuterie skills, and bacon has been on a very happy rotation. Tonight I used a maple bacon with more meat than fat, which is really nice when it’s going in a sandwich! I sliced the green tomato and sautéed it in about 2 Tbs of butter, along with sliced baby Bella musrooms. I added some miracle whip (I seriously love using miracle whip) to a homemade rosemary loaf added some greens as voila, BLT magic! Bonus points for using green tomato!!

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Food Party!

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Green Tomato Chili

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My great aunt brought over two bags full of green tomatoes the other day. There was a moment of concern over how to use them up and appropriately…I don’t like to let such good things go to waste. I made fried green tomatoes the first night, but that only cleared out 6 individuals. Then yesterday I decided, after reading up on how to use them, that chili was the way to go. I have to say; if you have 6 happy plump green tomatoes begging to not be taken by the frost then you are in luck because their tangy citrus taste will make you wonder why you ever bothered making chili with red tomatoes.

 

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I used:

6 large green tomatoes, chopped up into fourths

1 can tomato sauce

3 cans of water (I used the sauce can 15oz)

1 Tbs. Better than Bullion chicken base

Half an onion, chopped

5 cloves garlic, minced,

1 habenero pepper, chopped (opt)

2 Tbs. chili powder

1 Tbs. Cumin

1 Tbs. Oregano (dried)

1 tsp. smoked paprika

1 Cup White (Navy) Beans

Leftover Ham, already cooked and shredded (about 2 Cups) (cooked in a crockpot for 10 hours, with a little less than 1 cup of brown sugar, on low)

Juice of half a lime

I put everything into a large pot, and let it simmer for two hours and then adjusted the taste, added salt and pepper and let it cook for another half hour. I served it with rice (I usually make white and brown) tortilla chips and greek yogurt (Fage is my go to)

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The tangy, citrus taste of the tomatoes really complements the spices, much the way a tomatillo does in recipes involving them. I did a little research too, and while green tomatoes are “toxic” in their raw form (toxic=gastrointestinal distress or problems) cooking green tomatoes neutralizes the toxicity. Eating them raw is ok, just do so in small amounts.

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I love trying new things and my cupkeiki thought this was great, with lots of yogurt to tame down some of the spiciness from the pepper!