Crafts & How-Tos

As you know, I’ve been trying to be a bit more proactive about actually making things I see on Pinterest. And I’ve decided that goes beyond the crafts to also include some of the rather tasty looking foods on there. So I was instantly intrigued when I saw these bad boys:

Spinach? BURGERS? Oxymoron, you say? NAY!

Not everyone likes vegetables. Some people don’t care for them. Some people hate them.

I am not one of those people.

I’ve always loved broccoli. As I got older, pretty much every vegetable was added to the “I like to eat this a lot” list. (You don’t have that list? Hm…you’re weird.)

I’m also fortunate in that my husband will eat pretty much anything I think up. While he might not go out of his way to eat a hunk of green stuff, if I say, “Wanna try a spinach burger?” he is usually down for a taste test. And so the experiment began.

You can find the full recipe here, but here’s a quick break down:

1. The recipe called for frozen spinach, but I only had a bag of the fresh stuff, so I chopped my own. (Fresh is better anyway, right?) Have I mentioned how much I love my food processor lately?

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2. Then I mixed in half a cup of shredded cheese, have a cup of bread crumbs, 1/4 onion (diced), 2 egg whites, 1 full egg, some garlic powder, salt, and paprika (I didn’t have red pepper flakes).

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3. Next, heat a large skillet with a bit of cooking spray. Form patties out of the spinach mixture and cook them for 4-6 minutes on each side.

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That’s it! I don’t have an “after” picture, but not for lack of trying. My final product just wasn’t as pretty as the above. So…if you really need to see a final image, just scroll back up.

I followed the recipes recommendation of adding ranch and hot sauce (well…creamy Italian and taco sauce…I work with what I have), and I highly recommend that preparation.

So there you have it. A delicious meal that’s also high in fiber and protein. And even the husband liked them! Popeye would be proud.

Exciting news! Remember last year when I participated in the Cold Hands, Warm Hearts blogger exchange?

Welp, I’m doing it again folks.

I just found out my blog partner. She’s from Tennessee and her name is Dusty. (Is that not the cutest name ever? I can’t even take it.)

You can find her blog here. Her second post is about hair issues. Obviously we are meant to be, right?

Now I just have to get my butt in gear and make sure I send out her care package by the end of the month. (Last year a was a few days late…so shameful. But at least I blogged about what I received…unlike my partner. Also shameful.)

Anyone else doing any kind of blogger (or real life) exchanges? What was your experience like?

****EDIT*** Aaaand she wrote the nicest post about me ever here. Seriously, I love southerners. Dusty, you’re awesome to the millionth power. I don’t want to brag, but I’m pretty sure I got the nicest swap partner.

Remember that time I decided to get all kinds of crafty?

I actually did it! Here’s a sneak at the projects I’ve finished/started:

Knotted Ribbon Bead Necklace:

Original inspiration.

This one was actually really simple. All I did was take a piece of ribbon and alternate knots with gold beads. I even had time to make two. Easy-peasy.

My version.

Ta-da.

Plus, see that green necklace? That one is actually more interesting to describe, but I’m making a quick change to it, so you’ll have to wait for the final version.

Next, I made a Ribbon Chain Necklace, which was also quite easy. All I did was wind some ivory ribbon through some chain:

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Ignore the gratuitous knee shot.

I even made a bracelet to match.

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I’ve also been doing a bit of crocheting (the cold weather brings it out in me), but I’ll save that for another post. (Because I’m aware you can only care so much about how I entertain myself on Saturday afternoons.)

Anyone else getting inspired by the crisp weather?

So…I’m pretty sure an entire fourth grade class somewhere got assigned a project on narwhals yesterday. If not, there’s is just no explanation for over FIVE HUNDRED views that post got yesterday. (Well, except the fetish thing…) The blog itself got over SEVEN hundred views. I’m thrilled and stunned at the same time.

The sad part is that I know it’s a fluke, so today’s numbers will be nowhere near as impressive. (Unless a few of those fourth graders are procrastinators!)

Last night, I kept making Joey play “Guess How Many Views I Have NOW!” I think the game was more fun for me than it was for him.

Anyway, moving on. Just had to get that out of my system. Wowie.

For any of you who have recently found the blog due to a narwhal search, welcome! (And hopefully you’re not a sicko.) If you care to shed some light on why so many people searched “narwhals” yesterday, I’d surely be obliged.

*EDIT*** Apparently narwhals were trending on Yahoo yesterday? So random. Oh well, guess that clears THAT up!

In other news.

Does anyone else read blogs or go on Pinterest and just feel like an absolute loser for not being able to make things? Or, at the very least, not attempting to make anything?

I’ve decided to be craftier. (A person can just decide that, right?) I have two or three necklaces I want to make. Like this:

I could totally make this.

I’ve downgraded that Mad Men dress to a skirt (the bodice was not coming along well…baby steps. I ended up just buying a super cute dress on Etsy. Photos to come.) but still need to actually make it, and I have a couple of dresses I’ve convinced myself I can alter. Plus, I keep seeing really cute infinity scarves on Pinterest, and I think I could manage that. And I can crochet…and I need a new earmuff/headband thing…and I saw one on Pinterest…so…there you have it.

So what I’m saying is, it shall be the winter of crafting! (I’ve lost what little male audience I had to begin with, haven’t I?)

At the very least, it will give me something to post about. You know, now that I have all those narwhal lovers turning to me for the cold hard facts about the unicorn of the sea. Mmhmm.

Anyone else have crafts on the horizon they want to tackle?