Tuesday, January 31, 2012

lentil chili

oh.my.word. this chili is to.die.for....and very healthy!! I got this recipe from whole foods website. so simple and so good for you!! the only change i would make if i were you is to add a little bit more chili powder and maybe some hot sauce if you like things *spicy*. it also calls for cilantro and i absolutely hate cilantro so i just added it on the side for the look.

random lentil facts:
With about 30% of their calories from protein, lentils have the third-highest level of protein, by weight, of any legume or nut, after soybeans and hemp.
Lentils also contain dietary fiber, folate, vitamin B1, and minerals.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

From Trash to Treasure

In a quest to eat a healthier, organic, homemade diet I bake bread for Dale's lunch every weekend. This weekend I was so pumped because my agave nectar came in from iHerb.com and I was going to use it in my bread instead of honey this week. The particular recipe I use calls for warm water and you mix it with yeast and honey. Well I guess this week I made my water too warm because after going through all the steps I got to the end and let my bread rise. I set my kitchen timer for 45 min. I got up to check it after 30 min because I love to see how big the dough has gotten. I Took off the damp towel to find unleavened bread. Crap! What do I do now? I started googling "what to do with unleavened bread". I found a fabulous recipe for pita bread. Since I already made the dough I just followed the recipe from there you can find the recipe here http://budgetbytes.blogspot.com/2010/12/pita-bread-078-recipe-010-serving.html My "trash" turned in to something super tasty and VERY fun to watch in the oven!!!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Rustic Wreath Tutorial

So I decided to make a cute rustic wreath that we can use year round and between holidays.

wooden wreath
hot glue gun
cardboard letter
permanent marker

First cut about 3 inch strips of burlap. The strips should be about 1 1/2 feet long. Make a knot at the end of the burlap and then start twisting and wrapping in a circle gluing down as you go. (sorry I don't have any pictures of that part.

For the cardboard letter- trace the letter on a piece of burlap (front and back) and cut it out. Hot glue both pieces on to your letter. After your burlap is glued on start to wrap the twine on the outside of the letter gluing as you go. Wa-la!

Glue down the rosettes in a pattern that you love and glue on your letter and you've got yourself an easy rustic wreath!


So after a lot of thought I've decided to join the crowd and start a blog! I chose the name Sharpe's Serendipity because God has a funny way of showing us that things happen with in His timing. We seem to happen upon things at the most random but best times (plus I'm a sucker for alliteration and I couldn't help it.) This blog will be full of stories, crafts, and yummy recipes. hope you enjoy!