Monday, March 23

Tikka Masala

A friend of mine posted this on facebook a few weeks ago and I knew I needed to try it, so I did, the next day. Oh my goodness SO GOOD!

It's her recipe or the one she follows but i'm just sharing it here so that I can point others to it and not have to write it out every time!

So thank you Liesl for sharing! I've made it 3-4 times now and everyone loves it!

I'm sharing some pictures, it's not the prettiest of food... but it's so tasty it doesn't matter.

we serve it over rice with the na'an

broiling the chicken

Tikka Masala:

8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 Tbsp. cumin
1 Tbsp. coriander
1 c. plain greek yogurt
1 large yellow onion, diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. kosher salt
1 piece ginger root, 2-3 inches, peeled & grated
3 Tbsp. garam masala
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 Tbsp. raw sugar (white is okay)
Sriracha to taste, for heat (I personally didn't use any)
1 1/2 c. half & half (or milk)
1 Tbsp. cornstarch

Put the chicken in a bowl and season with coriander & cumin, then stir in yogurt and let sit 10 minutes. Spread out in a single layer on a foil lined baking sheet and broil in the oven 5 - 10 minutes, until starting to get dark charred spots (won't be cooked through). Remove and let cool while preparing sauce. In a large heavy skillet, saute onion & garlic with salt until soft. Add ginger & garam masala and turn heat up to medium high for 30 seconds while stirring. Add tomatoes & sugar and bring to a boil, then turn heat off. Pour into crockpot (add Sriracha here). Chop cooled chicken into 1-2" chunks and add to crockpot, also add liquid from baking sheet. Stir together, cover and cook on low 4 - 5 hours. Before serving, combine milk & cornstarch and stir into mixture, allow to cook 10 more minutes (until bubbly). Serve over rice.

Side note- I couldn't find the garam masala in any stores around here so i searched the internets and found THIS site... and i make my own minus one of the ingredients that i have no clue what it is. Pretty easy.

And no good Indian dish is the same without
1 pkg. (2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 c. warm water
2 1/2-3 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1/3 c. plain greek yogurt
1 lg. egg

Dissolve yeast & sugar in warm water & let get frothy. In a separate bowl combine oil, yogurt & egg, then stir into yeast mixture until combined. In a medium bowl mix 1 c. flour with salt. Add wet ingredients and stir. Add flour 1/2 c. at a time until you can't stir with a spoon. Knead on a floured surface for 3 minutes. Dough should be smooth & soft, not sticky. Cover & let double, about 45 min. Flatten & divide into 8 pieces (I often do more & make smaller na'an). Work with 1 piece at a time. Roll out to a circle as big as your hand. Cook in a hot skillet or on the bbq grill until large bubbles form & bottom is golden brown, flip and cook other side. Repeat until all dough is gone.

Saturday, February 21

It's finished!

here it is all painted and pretty!

and the room view:

Look I'm already putting it to use!

Chloe helped me pick a new colorway for my next batch of rolags! She named them "Sunny Day".

and i had a custom order for some batts in my shop.

so i made a few extra for myself... or i may list them... time will tell.

Monday, February 16

DIY craft table!

Thank you Pinterest.

It all started because i finally rearranged my fiber area in the formal living room... This looks a lot better than it did but I wanted to put some sort of curtains under the table (the one in the middle under the window) so that it would hide most of my stuff...

 and here's the other side of the living room:

Well as i was searching i came across a bunch of DIY craft tables that used cubicals from Target (or the like) and i totally wanted one! I even made up a little diagram of the room and cut out the furniture to see how it'd look...

I then showed Joe and convinced him that this would be awesome. Plus i already had one of the cubicals and only needed to buy one more plus the table top and a few bits of other wood...

So on Valentine's Day Joe started making it for me, I helped too of course!

and then i shoved all my stuff under and in it....

I still need to paint the wood but i'm in love with it! I love that everything is hidden, the curtains ::swoon::....  and i now have a spot to sew in and not have to clear everything out of the way in the dining room. Love it!

check out the before and after... I really should have taken a pic before the before. It was bad. trust me.

Next up, I want to make valences for the windows...

Monday, February 9

hello blog.

I actually forgot about this blog... Ever since Ravelry took over my online life i kinda put my blog on hiatus.

anywho- here's an update.

Gabe, he's 11, almost 12. Leah is 9, almost 10. Chloe just turned 8 and Truban is 5... They were celebrating the New Year, wow can it really be 2015 already?

Actually I'm all about Instagram... it's kinda like my snapshot blog so if you want to follow me over there you can!  I usually post pictures daily, mainly about my crafting but my kiddos sneak in too!

My sister and I host a video podcast called The Weasley Sisters Podcast... it's a weeekly/bi-weekly thing and we talk about our knitting, spinning, crochet, weaving, sewing.... and life. It ties into the Ravelry group we play in, HPKCHC. Its a huge group where you knit for points, lots of fun.

Knitting... i'm working on a couple of sweaters. One is for my bestie Katie and the other is for a good friend Helga...


Pumpkin Ale:

I'm slowly working on some socks:

Spinning! I'm doing a challenge this year that's hosted on instagram- #spin15in15 Basically you spin 15 min a day, every day in 2015. Anyone can join at any time... all you need to do is use the hashtag when you post to IG. Here are a few spins i've done so far:

And then there's the weaving... I made a few scarves using some handspun.

Well, hopefully i'll be back, if not come find me in other places!