Monday, April 28, 2008

Cinco de Mayo Nachos

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner and its a perfect time to break out my nacho recipe. The original recipe calls for thinly sliced white onion for the top, but I like it without. I also add black olives and extra sour cream.

1 pound Mexican chorizo, removed from casings and crumbled
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups cooked pinto beans
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
large, restaurant style corn tortilla chips
1 1/2 cups grated pepper jack
1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Chopped fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish

In a large skillet, cook the chorizo, garlic, and cumin, stirring, over medium-high heat until the sausage is browned and the fat is rendered, about 5 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels. To the fat in the pan, add the pinto beans, chili powder, salt, and 1 to 1 1/2 cups water (depending on the moisture in the beans). Cook over medium heat until warmed through, smashing with the back of a heavy wooden spoon or potato masher until chunky/smooth. Remove from the heat.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

On a large, oval ovenproof platter or in a large baking dish, spread 1 layer of chips. Top with a layer of 1/2 of the beans, then 1/2 of the sausage and cheeses. Repeat with another layer of chips, beans, sausage and cheeses. Bake until the cheeses are melted and the mixture is hot, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from the oven.

In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream and lime juice, with a pinch of salt. Drizzle over the nachos, garnish with cilantro, and serve immediately.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Get Lost!

Can I just be the first to say ' Thank God Lost is back on tonight.'
And Grey's Anatomy too!

The Weekly News

ChouChou Moves To The Riv

For those of you out of the loop, I'm moving to Fall River. Same email addy, same cell number. You don't realize how much crap you acquire until you have to start packing. I'm getting rid of a bunch of stuff (72 gallon bow front fish tank anyone?) because I either don't need it, don't want it or don't have a place for it. I was going to have a packing party but the thought of a bunch of drunk people in a cramped apartment with packing tape and fragile items would just be an overall bad idea. I figured I'd talk PsychoBoy into taking off two days to help me pack & go. Wish me luck!

Fatty & Dom Get A Haircut
Last week I took the boys to the groomers to get trimmed. And then to a new apartment. Needless to say, they weren't happy with me. I have a medium sized dog crate that I used to tote them over. Fatty cried the whole way, even when we stopped to see Auntie Banana. And then peed all over the place. So I get there and figured I would just wait and they would groom them right there and then. Not the case. I was told to come back in an hour and a half. I felt bad leaving because they were plastered to the back wall of the crate and had sheer terror across their faces (as much sheer terror as a cat could look like he's having) I came back later to get them and was a little confused. Shouldn't they look like little lions? They didn't get shaved, as I thought they were going to, they just got a little trim. Anywho, this 'trim' appeared to help a lot. They arent shedding nearly what they were before and seeing as it's always 8 million degrees in the apartment, I'm sure it will be easier on them. I'll throw some pics up soon.

Fun Stuff
Steve & Barry's is still having their $8.98 sale. I picked up some more pants for work and a cute little denim skirt. PsychoBoy picked out a pink striped button up for me, which I wore to work Tuesday and recieved a lot of comments on. Check out Bitten! I also found a pair of super comfy black Sketchers at the mall too.

We'll be over at
Roger Williams Saturday morning if it's nice. Photos to follow.

Eddie Izzard Is My Homegirl, er... Boy.

Eddie kicks off his Stripped Tour right here in Boston next week. And who's got tickets? You betcha! Front row. Center. Love it. I'm gonna try to sneak my camera in so I'll have pics posted probably on Friday seeing as I'll be moving all next week. Which brings us to another blog... (see above, silly.)

The Times They Are A Changin'

What initially started off as a blog about my crafting is now morphing into a blog about my ramblings. Because I'm lazy, and it's easier, I'm now smushing my blog and IssueGirl's blog into one. So to all of my crafty friends out there, I'm sorry but you'll have to sift through all of my personal stuff as well. Hope you guys don't find it too boring!

Friday, April 11, 2008

The Wicked Never Rest...

I know I've been slacking on posting new stuff. My sincerest apologies. I don't know about you folks, but this week has been totally crazy for me. Not only are we getting busier at work and I'm trying to keep up with studying and writing papers for school, I'm also in the very slow (it seems) process of moving in with my boyfriend who lives about 40 minutes from my house. I haven't crafted in about two weeks! What's a gal to do? *sigh*

I hope everyone has a super weekend! I'll leave you all with some of my favorite things... enjoy!

Friday, April 4, 2008

a la mode: Etsy Pick of The Week

I gotta confess... I'm a little jealous of Linda at a la mode. She makes unique items like retro switchplate covers and my favorite item, the bitch clutch (see below) I'm also partial to the robot hairpin.
Here's what she had to say about crafting and some words of wisdom...

How long have you been crafting?

Since as far back as I can remember. I’d guess around 4 or 5 (I’m 42 or as my kids say, twenty twenty-two). My mom is very creative, I remember making furniture out of cardboard for my Barbies. When I was in elementary school, I designed funky tops for myself as well as bags.

What’s your favorite thing to create?

It changes every day. That is why I have an eclectic Etsy shop. I do really like making my handbags. I enjoy thinking up new designs and figuring out how to put them together. However, my light switch plates are really what launched my business.

Where do you get your inspiration?

I love architecture, modern design, and popular culture. I read a lot of magazines. I also love finding utilitarian objects and incorporating them into my designs. I’m usually inspired first by an object or shape and then the rest falls into place.

Words of wisdom?

It seems cliché, but love what you do. If you don’t it becomes work. Also, keep your head up. Having other people judge your work is hard. Remind yourself that not everyone will like what you create. It is mostly important that you like what you create.

Pink Chihuahua Art: Etsy Pick of The Week

This week's featured etsy artist is Kelli with Pink Chihuahua Art. She has fantastic polymer clay animals and mixed media pieces. You can find her on etsy or her own website, Pink Chihuahua Art. We recently asked Kelli some interesting questions and here's what she had to say...

How long have you been crafting?

I have been crafting for about 8 years, but I am just now starting to make it business.

What’s your favorite thing to create?

I love to create with polymer clay, it is so versatile. You can make everything from a small figurine to beads for a necklace.

Where do you find inspiration?

I find my inspiration from my surroundings. Sometimes it's a flower or an animal or sometimes it's a ribbon or bead that I find in a craft store.

Any words of wisdom to pass on?

Be yourself in your art. Art is an expression of you not anyone else.