I’m still here!

Tonight of all nights I choose to blog, but since I’ve been uncharacteristically glued to the television for the last couple of hours and taking a break from sewing, what else could I do but dust my laptop and fire her up! It’s interesting watching the results, President Obama’s camp waving flags and smiling, long sedate faces at the Romney camp. Whatever side your on, winning or losing, left or right, the thing to take away is that the country is split in two when it comes to political views and we aren’t going to get anywhere unless we work together. We don’t have to convince each other that your wrong and I’m right. My best friend who has starkly different views than me,  mentioned that we could listen to each other and learn where the other is coming from. You hear that Washington?  Just a little?

I know I’ve have been more than slacking lately, well at least when it comes to blogging. I have to say, when the twins started preschool I thought I would have more time on my hands. Ummm…yeah.  Meetings, auction, committees, conferences and volunteering, oh my! Add this to the list of things people never tell you until after you have kids, like how your bladder will never be the same, etc. When my daily to do list goes up on the chalk board everyday, blogging gets pushed down to the bottom. Plus it is also holiday craft fair season, which keeps me sewing up into the wee hours of the morning for days on end. I had my first bazaar last Saturday and it went pretty well, definitely excited to do some more and to get over my nervousness and start my Etsy shop. Two things keep me from jumping in. I’m not sure what to put in my shop policies regarding returns and complaints, it just makes me nervous. Then shipping, what do you charge for shipping? Do you charge a flat fee and just eat it if you under charge? I know these seem inconsequential and I will get over them soon, because I need to start selling some stuff or my husband is going to blow a gasket if one more craft store bag comes into this house! Here’s a little taste of what I’ve been working on and some pictures of my booth!

I managed the Weekender bag!

A cute lunch bag, I can’t wait to make more!

Needle books!

Even bakers get the blues.

PIes in jars for a bake sale, one guy bought a whole case!

Coffee cozies, my husband thinks these are nuts, I sold a bunch. Ah ha ha!

Bunting made with vintage linens.

My booth!

A few of my wares!

You can see a little of my Sugar Plum garland.

My kid’s reward for letting me sew so much.

Doing craft fairs is certainly a lot of work, but when my husband texts me and tells me that one of the girls says, ” Where’s the owl paper? I need it for my craft fair!” Classic!

Hopefully it won’t be so long next time, if it’s been awhile come looking for me, I may be trapped under my ironing board or stuck in a school meeting!

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Pretty please with a Banh Mi on top?

So, I have a huge favor to ask, please forgive me for a self serving request. I promise to follow this with an awesome banh mi sandwich recipe!

Recently I downloaded the  new Martha Stewart Craft Studio application available on the iPad. It’s an app that allows you to create and customize digital cards, scrapbook pages, thank yous and invitations just to name a few. It was free for a limited time so I snapped it up. Anything that allows me to be like a graphic designer without the  training to do so is a win in my book! I also found out they were having design contest and thought I would submit an entry. I was super surprised and elated to find out that my entry was selected as a finalist! I don’t think it was my design as much as my little cuties the prime subjects. I know, look at that nepotism shine, but they’re my babies, it’s expected!

See, this is the card I made. Aren’t they cute?

So my big favor is, to win the contest, Martha Stewart Living is having a popular vote for each card on Pinterest. If you are a Pinterest member and you go to the Martha Stewart Living profile and look for the Craft Studio contest board, you will find the above picture. All you need to do is repin it, that’s a vote! Or you can follow this link straight to my entry. Pretty please?

OK, now onto the promised Banh Mi recipe. I have been planning on blogging this one for awhile, it’s amazing. I can’t help but drool a little as I’m typing this. If you haven’t experienced a banh mi sandwich, it is a Vietnamese sandwich made on a baguette, an influence from the French colonists. It is filled with an assortment of grilled or cooked meats and usually has mayo, pickled carrots, daikon, cucumber slices and cilantro to name a few. They have been very popular lately and have been all over the food truck craze. Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon this recipe on Epicurious.

Prepare for some serious deliciousness!

Pork Meatball Banh Mi from Epicurious

Hot Chili Mayo

  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped (I usually omit this so I can keep the mayo longer in the fridge)
  • 1 T hot sriracha (or a bit more!)

Stir all ingredients in small  bowl, season with salt. Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. I like to leave out the green onions to prevent spoiling and keep the mayo in squeeze bottle in the fridge. It’s great on sandwiches and burgers!

Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 2 green onions finely chopped
  • 1 T fish sauce (very important!)
  • 1 T hot chili sriracha
  • 1 T sugar
  • 2 t cornstarch
  • 1 t ground pepper
  • 1 t kosher salt

Line a baking sheet with plastic wrap. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. With moist hands, use a tablespoon to portion meat, rolling into 1 inch meatballs. Arrange on baking sheet. Do ahead, can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. To cook. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Heat sesame oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add half the meatballs. Saute until brown and cooked through. Turning the meatballs often and lowering heat if browning too  quickly. Transfer meatballs to another rimmed baking sheet and place in the oven. Repeat with remaining meatballs. If you making a double batch (or even a triple batch) make sure to take out the first batches of meatballs out of the oven to prevent drying.

Quick Pickles

  • 2 cups coarsely grated carrots (I would julienne these if you have a mandoline slicer)
  • 2 cups coarsely grated peeled daikon (I usually omit this and sub in cucumbers)
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 t coarse kosher salt
  • 1 T Asian sesame oil

Toss ingredients in a medium bowl. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour, tossing occasionally.

For bread you can use four 10 inch long pieces french bread OR for a variation I love to use Hawaiian sweet rolls and make meatball sliders. So yummy! Also you will want thinly sliced jalapenos and fresh cilantro sprigs for additional toppings.

This is the slider version. I loved the softness of the roll instead of the chewy french bread.

I hope you try the recipe, it is awesome. A big favorite in our house and great the next day! Thanks for the help!

Hello world!

I’ve been meaning to start a blog, but to be accurate, I already have a private family blog that I haven’t updated in over a year! I figure if I have a blog that features some of my kitchen adventures and nocturnal craftiness, maybe I will keep up with it more? Let us hope.

A little about myself, I’m a stay at home mom with twin 3 year old girls living in Oregon. I craft when I can, usually in the midnight hours and would like to turn the crafts into more of a profession than a hobby. Getting there slowly but surely, I have an Etsy shop, now I just need to open it! I also work as an independent representative with Demarle at Home. Who is that, you say? Their most reconizable product is their Silpat baking mat, sold in many stores and favored by pastry chefs, at home cooks, and Ms. Martha herself. Demarle has a huge line of flexible bakeware as well as many other wonderful cooking tools that are available only through their at home sales market. I will be using a lot of their products on the blog, trust me, once you try them it’s impossible to go back. Fear not, you can use your own cookware, but if you would like to know more about Demarle, feel free to reach out to me.

So stay tuned for recipes, crafty tutorials, and perhaps a few photos of my kids. They’re just too cute, I can’t always resist.

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