Category: Crafts

Five Things Fri—Saturday

Ok, so this time my Five Things Friday post really is being posted on Saturday. My clock just hit 12:08 AM…This is what happens when I get so excited house hunting I forget to start my post writing! That’s right we are looking to buy a house. Something quaint and cottage with land and trees surrounding it, not street lights and neighbors separated by only a driveway.

Today the Five Things are Five things I have made this week.

1. Donuts.


Yes! Finally! I found some donut (or doughnut) pans at HomeGoods and scooped them up at a fantastically low price of $3 each. I bought one regular donut pan and one twist long john pan…I have dreams of getting one more of both! For my first Vegan Baked Donut trial I used Chocolate Covered Katie’s “healthy” Kirspy Kreme Baked Doughnut recipe…I will be posting a more detailed post about these beauties soon!

2. Snack Time.


I’m all about simple and quick snacks, and when they are healthful and yummy all the better! This came about when I was craving Ants on a Stick (Log? however you want to say it). You remember that snack from our childhood…or at least mine! Typically it involves smothering the channel of a celery stalk with peanut butter then topping with a neat row of raisins. This day, my celery was a little on the small side, very narrow…so I mixed raisins into my peanut butter and used it like a dip! I loved how easy (and less messy) this was and still tasted delicious. I have a feeling I will be making a tray with raisin and peanut butter dip at my next party! Uh, I wonder if I could add raisins to my peanuts the next time I make peanut butter!?!?! New idea…to me anyway! Yes, that is my copy of Whole Grain Vegan Baking sitting next to my snack. I was paging through it while chomping on celery, I can’t wait to start making the amazing foods in this book!

3. My Mom’s Yumzetti.


This is my childhood. My mom hates cooking, so she loved all in one pot meals. Yumzetti in our house meant egg noodles, one can of tomato soup and one can of cream of mushroom soup and a punch of peas and a pound of hamburger cooked in the microwave then added to the finished dish. I loved this dish growing up. A few years ago I made it vegetarian by using Morning Star crumbles, this time I veganized and healthified (yes this is a word in my house) it! Instead of canned soups I made my own using cashews and portobella mushrooms and a can of tomato sauce and tomato paste and instead of “fake” meat I used steamed crumbled tempeh with a little soy sauce. It was yummy and totally filled the craving I had for my mom’s cooking. This recipe may make it onto the blog…but I didn’t really write things down so who knows!

4. Jewelry.


I’m finally back at my bead table creating shiny, sparkly, pretty pieces of jewelry. I’m loving it! I made these earrings for myself, then loved them so much a made one more pair to sell…Coming to my etsy shop soon!

5. Mendal’s Knobs.

Drawer/Door Knobs that is. She is awesome, I know I have said that before. But really she is so creative and original! This woman has created some truly cool retro looking Star shaped knobs using ice/candy molds and epoxy and star sprinkles (yes edible sprinkles) I will hopefully remember to come back and post a picture…I can’t believe I didn’t snap one this evening when she unveiled them! She made these for her mom’s kitchen, which is yellow, green, blue and red…and her mom’s favorite shape is a Star. She is such a sweet daughter right?

So that is this weeks 5 things! There were other things made In The CatHouse this week…and maybe some will show up as a post before next weeks 5 things. I really need to start a few more themed posts to increase my blogging…maybe a Wednesday post? We shall see!


Spring Pinterest Challenge: Kitchen Food Storage

Welcome to Spring Pinterest Challenge 2013, brought to you by Sherry of Young House Love and Katie of Bower Power and co-hosted by Emily of Sparkle Meets Pop and Renee of Red Bird Blue!

Like most other foodies I have a lot of “stuff” in my kitchen. Of course, since, going vegan and whole foods plant based that “stuff” is a bit different. I now have large quantities of Organic Brown Rice, Organic 100% Whole Grain Pasta, Organic Quinoa, and Steel Cut Oats. I also recently purchased some Black Rice. Nearly all of these things were purchased at Costco. Great deals on Great foods. Now The problem is what to do with all these things. They all come in bags. I wanted a more sturdy and easily organize-able storage system, than a bunch of floppy bags with not fantastic zip lock closures (or no way to reseal at all).

So I hit up Pinterest. And found some great ideas using glass jars as storage. Ball jars or recycled Pickle and Pasta sauce jars. Loved it! So I started collecting those giant pickle jars from work a while ago, we go through one in about 2 to 3 weeks.

This was my favorite pin:

Chalk Board Paint: Clever and Creative Uses

I love the simplicity of these jars, with the black lids and the chalk labels. Sadly, the pin doesn’t take you to the actual post on Mom Prepares blog and I wasn’t able to find it.

This pin:

Zero Waste Blog By Bea Johnson is a truly interesting, inspiring, slighlty extreme (okay, very extreme) approach to minimalist lifestyle...but so beautiful, I find myself captivated by the measures taken by this family.

Is my dream pantry. All organized. Food all in glass containers.

This pin links to Zero Waste Home a blog by Bea Johnson about her family going zero waste. The slogan Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, & Rot and only in that order, is so inspirational!

I wish there was more information about what is in those jars and where she bought the jars. But I can use my imagination!

I’m currently about 60% of the way to this picture. Already using Ball jars to store a lot of dry goods like nuts and baking soda. However, my pantry looks nothing like this!

Maybe this will be my summer pinterest challenge!

Once I had the jars it took a while to get rid of the pickle smell. Soaking the jars in lemon juice and white vinegar helped, then leaving open for a few days helped too. The lids were a different story, I tried both and ended up making a paste of baking soda, which did a good job, not perfect, but better.

So, then came the label making and lid decorating. I had Mendal get on that! Because she is crafty and I wanted her to have some input on some decor in our kitchen. Since the weather has been rainy and cold we opted for fun Duck brand duct Tape to cover the lids. She then typed up the cooking directions and what the product is using Word and fun fonts she down loaded from 1001 Free Fonts. I am not sure which fonts she ended up using, but I can find out if anyone is interested.

So, we have 3 of the 4 jars done!

In the cathouse pickle jars food storage

Our kitchen colors are white, black and apple green. But I loved this mod floral tape so much I asked Mendal to use it. I may decide to redo the lids in all the same Duck Tape down the road, possibly the green, black and white zigzag like pattern? The one we didn’t get finished today will have black and white Hounds-tooth patterned tape on the lid and of course Organic Quinoa on the label!

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You may also be able to see that the sell by stamp is still on the glass. Mendal has some ideas on how to get them off, just need to try them!

So, there you have my response the Sherry and Katie’s Spring Pinterest Challenge! This isn’t the first time I have participated, but this is the first time I had a blog to showcase what I made!

To see more Pinterest Challenge projects from many other bloggers go check out EmilyKatieSherry, and Renee’s blogs!