Web Wednesday: June 7, 2017

Failures, Free files and Pockets

 

  • Technically this wasn’t a web link that caught my eye; it was one of the things NPR calls a “Driveway Moment” where you are listening to a story on your car radio and you have to sit in your driveway to hear the end of it because it’s so interesting. Anyway you term it, I really enjoyed this feature on Total Failure.
  • Here’s a cool resource – Scrapbook & Cards today is a magazine available in Canada. But they let you read all the issues and have access to all the downloads for free, online.  EDIT: Pam from Get Silvered has a way better post on all these magazines.
  • I don’t wear dresses often, but this sewing tip is a good one. I believe EVERYTHING should have pockets. And if it doesn’t, then just add them!

None of the links in this post are affiliate; they are just items that caught my eye.

Teeny Tiny Tip: Visually Reinforce a New Habit

A quick trick that doesn’t require a 500-word essay

I’ve reached that age where my doctor is aggressively encouraging me (as in threatening me with lab tests) to take a Calcium supplement.

I’m apparently also at that age where it’s getting harder to take on new habits, in that I failed to remember to take it 3 times in the first 5 days.

Mr. SuzerSpace came up with the trick of putting the bottle in front of the cereal boxes in the cabinet.

MEGA BIG DISCLAIMER TIME: This would be a terrible idea if we had children in the house.

I’m supposed to take it with food, and literally having the bottle in front of me when I go to make my breakfast has given me a 30-day no fail record so far.

First Friday: June 2, 2017

A look back at the last month

Here’s what the month of May looked like at SuzerSpace:

  1. Happy Face Planter – this has held up through a very rainy month and still looks great.
  2. Mom pin – She did see it on the blog before I gave it to her, but she liked it anyway!
  3. Happy Day Mini Wreath in spring colors. Thinking of doing a patriotic version for July
  4. After seeing those “Avocado Hand” injuries on the internet, I wish more people would try my better method for getting the pit out of an avocado.

 

Daisy Flower Pot Birthday Card

A Silhouette Print & Cut Project

Mom’s birthday is near Mother’s Day which always presents a challenge – how to make sure she gets double attention instead of cheated out of half the fun.

Since it happens in the Spring, and I’ve been on a paper flower kick for weeks, it’s obvious what her card needed to be this year.

A paper flower pot! Continue reading “Daisy Flower Pot Birthday Card”

Creamy Coleslaw

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer, and at SuzerSpace, that means it’s the beginning of creamy coleslaw season as well.

I used to buy this in the deli section of the grocery store, but those pre-made tubs are often loaded with preservatives, and they are usually pretty large (intended to feed a crowd) and we are a two-person household.

It’s not very difficult to make this, and I really like being able to control how much onion is in it, and the creamy-sauce-to-slaw ratio.

I watch the prices of the pre-shredded “slaw mix” at the store, and when the come down for summer, I use them as my base. If the price is too high, then I start by shredding red and green cabbage and carrots in my food processor. This recipe assumes you are starting with a standard 14 oz bag of pre-sliced mix.

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Creamy Coleslaw

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5

Ingredients

  • 14 oz Bag Pre-shredded Slaw Mix
  • 2 Stalks Green Onion
  • 1/4 - 1/3 Cup Mayonnaise Regular or Light
  • 2 Tbsp Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 - 1/2 Tsp Celery Salt

Instructions

  1. Slice the ends off the green onion, and then slice thinly. I use the entire onion - white and green parts.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the slaw mix and the onion.

  3. Add the cider vinegar and 1/4 cup of Mayo. Sprinkle the Celery Salt on top of the mayo.

  4. Using a large fork, stir to combine. Mix thoroughly, and add additional mayo if a creamier sauce is desired.

  5. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving. 

Recipe Notes

  • I like the mild taste of green onions, but feel free to swap white, yellow or even red. You'll need to adjust the proportions for the heat of the onion.
  • Note: There is no "cooking" in this recipe - the 30 minutes included in the recipe list are for the time it needs to refrigerate before serving.

Sunday Scrolling: May 28, 2017

Memorial Day Menus, F1 at Monaco and Smashville

  • To kick off the unofficial start of summer at SuzerSpace, we bought a new grill. So our weekend menu is set. Need a few ideas? These looked good.
  • If you are reading this on Sunday, it’s the biggest race weekend of the year. My favorite is the Formula 1 race at Monte Carlo. Because of the time difference, you can watch it while drinking coffee in bed. And pretend that someday you will have enough money to see it in person.
  • Normal people spend Memorial Day at picnics, parades and baseball games. Us? We will be having a Stanley Cup Final party, cheering on our new favorite team.

None of the links in this post are affiliate; they are all just things that caught my interest this week.

Big Scheduling News – Starting in June, “Sunday Scrolling” is moving to “Web Wednesday” – look for it starting June 7.

Show and Tell: Daisy Flower Tea Light

A project I tried from another website

When I first thought about purchasing a Silhouette Cameo, I worried about the cumulative cost of the craft. I could see what the machine’s price was, and I had a rough idea what paper would run me, but I wasn’t sure about the actual cutting files.

I was reasonably sure I could create my own, and initially I thought I’d need to upgrade to the Designer Edition of Silhouette Studio. But then I ran across the tip somewhere that the basic, free edition would accept DXF files, and I knew Adobe Illustrator (which I already own) could export those files, so that was good.

So I bought my bundle, which even came with a generous download credit at the Silhouette Design store.

Turns out I never should have worried though, because there is a wealth of free cutting files out there. Some are from generous craft bloggers, but even more are from sites that sell cut files. Obviously, they are hoping you’ll love their files and you’ll come back when you want to purchase something specific.

Case in point – this super cute Gerbera Daisy Tea Light. The 3DSVG site has tons of files for purchase, and a very nice stash of free files to try them out. And what I really liked was the super easy to follow video. (Disclaimer time – I was not compensated for this post. I googled “free cut files” and stumbled upon them. In exchange for my email info when I signed up for an account, they gave me free files. You can do the same!)

I made two of these – one actually following the video directions and using the appropriate color card stock. But as anyone who knows me, I don’t really like to be told what to do, so for the second one I made some changes.

I still used tacky glue to adhere the points from the round top piece to the first row of inner petals, but then I switched to double stick tape to adhere the other colored petals. I found that was easier to get a tight wrap around the tea light, although the trade off was you don’t get a second chance with the tape – when you glue, you can squish something into better alignment if needed.

I also cut the second version out of yellow and brown stock to make a Brown Eyed Susan instead of a Daisy. In case the reason for the flower version switch isn’t obvious to you, why yes, I DO have brown eyes 😉 .

Quick Fix BBQ Turkey Wrap

Low-Carb, tasty and ready in mere minutes

This is a recipe that I can’t personally vouch for the taste, but based on how often he makes it (and the fact that there are zero leftovers), it’s a hit in Mr. SuzerSpace’s book.

There are plenty of recipes for using your slow-cooker to make barbecue meats for sandwiches. Pulled Pork, turkey breast, the list goes on.

But what if it’s 7:30 at night and you suddenly have a hankering for a BBQ-meat sandwich? And you are keeping to a low-carb diet so getting take out isn’t really an option?

Enter the quick fix BBQ Turkey Wrap.

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Quick Fix BBQ Turkey Wrap


Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 Low-Carb Flatbread
  • 1 oz Sliced Turkey
  • 2 Tbsp Bottled BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup Black Beans Rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 Tsp Olive Oil
  • Shredded Cheese Optional
  • Arugula Optional

Instructions

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl (or Mr. SuzerSpace's favorite - a coffee cup) combine turkey, sauce and olive oil. Stir to combine.

  2. Cover bowl/cup with a spatter shield and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir, and then heat again for 20 seconds more.  The turkey is pre-cooked so you just want to heat it and the sauce to eating temperature.

  3. Sprinkle black beans on flatbread, top with cheese (if desired) and Turkey/sauce mixture. Top with arugula if desired

Teeny Tiny Tip: Better Buns

A quick trick that doesn’t require a 500-word essay

Low-carb life has it’s challenges.

Take hamburger buns. They aren’t very good for you – white flour is pretty much persona non grata in a Type-2 Diabetes household.

The special low-carb versions? Not very much taste, super expensive and when you read the label, not really impressively better for you.

We swapped to Whole Wheat English Muffins. Technically, because we like the Trader Joe’s brand (not a paid endorsement – just our favorite), they are called “British Muffins”.

The nutrition* is better where it counts.

Whole Wheat muffins have better nutrition than standard hamburger buns.
Nutrition info from Myfitnesspal.com

And they are more flexible – if you have a surplus of hamburger buns in the house, your choices are pretty much hamburgers. If you have a surplus of British Muffins, you can always use them for as a base for quick pizzas, sandwiches or, I suppose, breakfast.

 

*I’m not a doctor or a nutritionist. You should never take advice from a paper crafter without consulting an actual professional.

Sunday Scrolling: May 21, 2017

Peonies, Sewing Machines and Pantone Colors

  • The peonies in my garden are always late bloomers, but I love them anyway. If I had more discipline, I’d take better care of them and they’d probably fare better.
  • Mom and Dad are downsizing and I was gifted a fabulous sewing machine. You know what that means? New obsession!
  • I’ve filled my Instagram feed with crafts and design only (no politics, religion or Kardashians!). I’ve been following this designer for a while, and Mashable just did a nice write up.

None of the links in this post are affiliate; they are all just things that caught my eye this week.