Zucchini Chips with Sriracha

    zucchini chips 2This treat is extremeley basic, nutritious, and incredibly tasty. The only downside is it needs to bake for a few hours ...so make them early, go on with your day, and when it’s time for a snack these will be in the oven waiting for you!  I based this recipe on the zucchini chips from TableForTwoBlog.com, and added a few of my own tricks, like Sriracha for a kick of flavor. Table for Two has tons more delicious and healthy recipes, check them out here.

What you need:

  • Zucchini (1 zuc serves 1 person, add zucs accordingly)
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt

Instructions:

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  • Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
  • Slice zucchini into thin chips, approx 1/8″ to 1/4″ apart (up to you)
  • Place slices on papertowl and press to blot out moisture.
  • Line cookie sheet with parchment paper, place chips on top.
  • Lightly coat with olive oil using pastry brush.
  • Sprinkle with a small splash of salt
  • Bake for 2+ hours until they are brown and crisp, not soggy!
  • Allow to cool
  • Serve with Sriracha! 

Besides the delicious sweet chili flavor, I also love Sriracha’s easy pour nozel. It makes garnishing food even more fun! I decorated this plate of zucchini chips with a zig-zag sun pattern to give it flair, you can doodle whatever you want! Presentation is always important, if you don’t believe me you haven not watched enough Food Network.

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10 Cool All Black Outfits

Lately I’ve been obsessed with Pinterest. It’s a perfect excuse to gather all the things you love in one place without having to buy them. (Until one fateful day where maybe you can!) Feel free to follow my style, design, food, etc.

Being a very organized person, I enjoy being able to find something I like and categorize it in a public file that myself and others can always go back and make reference to. Being a habitual shopper, I also enjoy Pinterest as a place to store my “wants & needs”, so I can go back and compare them. Sometimes just knowing its presence exists on my Pinterest is enough and I do not need to purchase it.

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Now that you know the inner workings of my brain, I would like to display 10 of my favorite pieces, these are from my board Black is Black These are beautiful black clothes that I will probably never have, but nothing is stopping me from pinning them! See bottom of page for sources.

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How to Rock Your Band Shirts

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My friend Caitlyn is the encyclopedia of music. She has seen every show of any alternative band you have ever heard of, she has also seen all the bands you have probably never heard of. I’m a huge fan of listening to music… surface level stuff. But Caitlyn, she knows the ins and outs of the bands …their band members, their children, their EPs, where they are right now, what they listen to… It’s pretty awesome. She was born with a gift.

Luckily I was born with a gift too, I have creative genes which I recently used to help her out.  You see, she had all these t-shirts from shows that she has seen, but she would never wear them because who wears t-shirts all the time? I do actually, but I get claustrophobic in those crew necks, which is why I resort to cutting them. Now I would like to share this skill with you.

T-shirts can easily be cut into a variety of shapes and sizes to fit the need

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Cut along the outside of the stitch line along the sleeves and collar.
This is the most basic cut, I use it to start all of my shirts to get the bulk of the seams out of the way.

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Cutting Back
There are many ways of cutting out sleeves in the back of your shirt.  Begin with the Regular Cut  to get the sleeves out of the way.  Then flip your shirt over and trim away at the back, working your way out from the bottom of the armhole and up towards the top of the shirt.  Above are cutting suggestions. Remember, the shirt will be more baggy the roomier you cut it. Also, Only cut the back – Do not to cut the front in too far, you do not want to expose your breasts!

The Sleeve Cut

The Sleeve Cut
1) Cut off sleeves along stitch line
2) Turn shirt around and cut back of armhole wider, as seen in the “Roomier” cut (above).
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 The Scoop Cut
1) Regular Cut
2) Cut neckline deeper
To keep neckline symmetrical cut to the center of the neckline then fold the excess fabric in half over the remaining and cut along the new edge.

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The Crop Cut
1) Regular cut
2) Trim neckline thinner (see Scoop Cut-Step 2)
3) Crop 1 inch below the waistline, turning up at ends
This look is great with high-waisted shorts and skirts.  To know where to the waistline is you can try the shirt on and draw a small mark at your waist, and cut 1″ below.  Always start lower if you are unsure and work your way up, you cannot add fabric to a shirt that is too short!
These are a few, of many, ways to cut t-shirts.  I have been cutting them for years now, but have recently enjoyed watching all the different trends and looks people are sporting.  The T-shirt is one of the easiest fashion statements to make, so brush the dust of those old closet souvenirs and get snipping!  Rock your style and express yourself in the clothes you already paid for but never actually wore.

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How to turn an Old Book into a New Journal!

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Being able to make something useful out of something forgotten is one of many joys in my life.  Such as this new trend of turning old books into new journals.  It is a terrific idea, however I am not a fan of these spindly spines people are using.  The spirals fit awkwardly on shelves, in bags, and generally look tacky. A perk of having an old book is also having its old spine to really enhance the character and give it an element of mystique, which brings us to why I have taken this book converting craze one step further:

HOW TO TURN AN OLD BOOK INTO A JOURNAL THAT ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE A BOOK WITH A REAL SPINE AND REAL PAGES INSIDE!

The process is really quite simple, and a great learning experience.  I created this at-home version of book binding by looking over some books to see how they were bound.  I have broken down the process into 3 basic steps, and included pictures and texts to help you along the way.  Best of luck, have fun! Or skip the hard part, and buy a custom book from me on Etsy!

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BEFORE YOU BEGIN gather the following supplies.  Attainable around the house or any office supply store ever.

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 STEP ONE is making your new pages. Gather the 50 pages of blank paper (more or less is very acceptable) They will soon become 200 pages, because you are folding them in half, and can write front and back. Separate the 50 into groups of 10.  You will be working with 10 pages at a time.
Fold the group in half “portrait” style if you are an adult, “hamburger” style if you’re a child, and get out your ruler and push-pin.
Align the ruler next to the crease you have just formed and make 6 holes down the center of your bunch.  I started at the 1/2” and poked at 1,1/2” intervals until I reached the end.Note:  Be sure your pages are the right height for your book, you may need to cut off an inch or so, do this carefully or with a paper-cutter to get good crisp lines.  I had to take my pages to Staples where, for a small fee, they will cut paper for you using a machine.
You want to repeat the folding, the creasing, and the hole-poking for the other groups of paper.  Keep the space between holes consistent among each group for a clean finish.

Screen shot 2013-06-07 at 10.38.28 PMSTEP TWO  Cut two new spines out of the thin cardboard to match the same height and width of the book’s spine. Set aside one cardboard spine for now, this will be the backbone.

Take the second piece and use your ruler and push-pin to create the holes where you are going to sew your pages to the cardboard with needle and thread.  As you can see the book spine looks like the neck of a guitar.

Sew your pages into the spine, this will make a very sturdy book.  Start in one hole and work your way up and down the spine, closing every gap, and tie off on the outside.  Start with the first group of pages and work your way right to left until all 5 group are secured to the cardboard.  The tighter the better.

Now that you have a cardboard spine and 200 lovely pages to write on, you can attach this spine into the old book.

Carefully remove the old pages from the book.  Use sharp scissors or an exacto knife. Take extra caution when removing the spine from the back as not to tear the cover where the layers are very thin.  I made this mistake and tried taping it back in place.  Lesson learned.

Once you have the old pages out, recycle them, throw them in the air, burn them, fold them into 500 paper cranes, you do not need them anymore.

Now use your permanent double-sided tape, I used 3M squares. You can also use a glue gun. Tape the single cardboard strip to the spine, press it down. Do the same thing with the spine that you sewed your pages too, press it down.

Screen shot 2013-06-07 at 10.38.44 PMSTEP 3 involves glue and precision.

You have a book, but you want to seal it. Use some paper with a heavier weight, decorative scrapbook paper, wrapping paper…  anything that fits your desired look.  I used my favorite silver resume paper. You can find some fun styles on papers-papers.com, or any local office supply or craft store.

First use your glue stick to glue down the very first page of your book to the inside of the front cover. Use lots of glue and seal it with your hand.  Do the same thing with the last page and the inside of the back cover.

Second, use your “fancy” paper to cover the inside of the front cover and the second page.  This decorative page should lie flat between the two pages beneath it.  Glue it down, press, and crease it. Repeat on the back side.  Cut back any paper that extends past the edges.

You did it! Congratulations.  You have created your very own book.

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I personalized the journal even more by glueing an open envelope to the back page for my friend to keep mementos in.  I also wrote  a note on the front, since it is a gift.

Be as creative as you want with your pages and content!  This is your creation, be proud that no one else has a book like yours.

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