January was a busy month. Going back to work tried to cramp my creative, but didn't. These are a few of the projects I worked on, and some of my creative cooking (no one died!). Learned some things from my projects, some were wins and others not so much.
Charlie wasn't really impressed with a collar I cut off an old shirt, but I loved how cute he looked.
My upcycled jeans memo board turned out fun. I may look for an old leather belt to add or may make a macrame one. The snowflake on the right is one that diffuses oils, and I love being able to write while feeling lifted by the scent of citrus.
I've been on a caramelized onion kick and have been adding them to almost everything (when I wasn't eating them just as they are!). I made cabbage and sausage for the first time and it turned out delish! Next time I will cook the cabbage with a ham bone I saved from a spiral baked ham we bought.
Speaking of which ... my husband doesn't like the honey glaze that comes with some hams, so I didn't use it on the ham. However, I did save it, put it in an empty spice jar, added more white sugar and mixed it up. I use it in place of sugar and cinnamon on buttered toast and added it in place of just plain white sugar for a bread recipe I threw into the $6 breadmaker we found at the thrift store. Just enough spice to make it smell yummy, but not overwhelming in taste.
I finally got my crocheted coaster finished and loved how it came out. It is an easy enough project that I can do when watching a movie or just relaxing (as long as I hide the yarn and sequin thread from a tiny rotten kitten!).
I've also been adding soups to a lot of meals.
- Shepherd's Pie: added a can of condensed Golden Mushroom soup, but think next time I will use Cream of Celery soup and add mushrooms.
- Stuffing: added Golden Mushroom soup and reduced some of the water needed for the stuffing.
- Chicken & Rice: (hubby's favorite!) added Cream of Celery soup and mushrooms to the rice while it was cooking.
Mom mentioned that she liked a brooch I sent her her at Christmas, so I made her one to send for next Christmas. I'm going to make earrings to match, but need to find an old pair of clip-on ones that I can cannibalize for the clip. The gold berries are balls of glow-in-the-dark glitter glue on gold sequins.
I found also in my cooking creativity, that sometimes throwing an unexpected spice into a recipe can be all that it needs to take it over the top. I added cinnamon to my chili this month, and it gave it a smokey edge that made it taste amazing!
I've been keeping little slivers of soap stashed in a scrubby mitt and finally decided to melt them all down into new bars of soap. Threw in a little bit of olive and coconut oils to help with my winter skin. I'll let them sit for a few days and then put them in muffin papers and a zip-lock bag.
As much as I hate living in this dungeon ... it seems to have given me a creative thought process that is running 1000mph 24/7/365.