Monday, August 1, 2016

DIY Ghostbusters Jillian Holtzmann Screw U necklace



As a big opponent or reboots/remake, I was prepared to hate everything about this movie but I actually ended up liking it so much, especially since it came across as as comedy with female leads, and not a chick flick (which I hate). The Columbia Pictures needs to fire whoever was in charge of marketing for this movie because they completely failed this movie; loved it all except for that Fall Out Boy/Missy Elliot cover of the theme song. Seriously it sucks. I like both of them separately but when they come together it's anything but magic.

Last week was RAKit week, a week dedicated to paying it forward, racking up good karama points, and just all around being the good you want to see in the world. As part of the celebration, my local Chive group did a secret RAK exchange, so riding high on the Ghostbusters bandwagon I decided to make a Screw U necklace for my recipient like the one kickass engineer Jillian Holtzmann wears in the movie.

You remember Holtzmann, right? That crazy weird quirky chick? 


How can you not? Her and sweet dumb Kevin made the movie for me.


Anyways, gather up your supplies:

- 1x 1½" split key ring*
- 1x 2": screw
- 1x 18" necklace chain (like the beaded style used for dog tags)
- 1x jump ring
- small sheet of aluminum (0.019" thick)
- jewelry glue or solder
- jeweler's saw

*If you use a 1" split key ring, then you can use a metal letter charm from Michael's, just cut off the top part


Cut I made two necklaces, the one I RAK'ed used a 1" key ring and jewelry glue, and the one I kept used a 1½" key ring and was soldered.

Cut the U out of the metal sheet using the saw. You can insert the screw into the key ring, or you can lay it behind the ring and solder/glue it to the ring. Either way, tape the U to the front side, clamp the ring face down so that it  holds still while you solder/glue the U to the screw.

After attaching the jump ring I found that it also had to be soldered/glued because the key ring would rotate while wearing it.




String the necklace through and enjoy! Don't forget your proton pack!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Greek Pasta Salad

I know I haven't posted in awhile, I've been busy with the whole single mom while active duty in the military thing, you know how that goes. Anyways, I'll try my best to do better and make biweekly posts at least. The operative word in that sentence being "try", again, the single mom while in the military thing...

This year for the July 4th weekend the dude smoked a brisket and finished it off the grill (I'll try to steal his recipe and post it here - it was to die for!) so I figured why not try a grilled dessert since we had that going

You'll need:

- 1lb box rotini pasta, cooked al dente and drained
- 1 green pepper
- ½ cup diced mozzarella (unless you're like me a love cheese)
- ½ feta crumbles
- 1 roma tomato
- ¼ - ½ julienne fresh basil
- Greek vinaigrette dressing
- I threw in a handful of minced pepperoni because my picky 6yr old wouldn't eat it unless I did


Combine all the ingredients except for the vinaigrette in a large bowl until well mixed. Or have your 3yr old do it so you can have a quick adult beverage.



I purposely didn't say how much vinaigrette to add because that all depends on how wet people like their pasta salad to be, just beware that since the pasta was cooked al dente it will soak up quite a bit of the dressing. 




Monday, July 4, 2016

Grilled Peaches

I know I haven't posted in awhile, I've been busy with the whole single mom while active duty in the military thing, you know how that goes. Anyways, I'll try my best to do better and post at least twice a month. The operative word in that sentence being "try", again, the single mom while in the military thing...

This year for the July 4th weekend the dude smoked a brisket and finished it off the grill (I'll try to steal his recipe and post it here - it was to die for!) so I figured why not try a grilled dessert since we had that going

You'll need:

- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 4 ripe peaches
- canola oil (enough to brush the peaches before placing on the grill)
- mint leaves to garnish

In a medium bowl, add slightly melted butter and stir until smooth. Add the cinnamon, sugar, and salt and stir until mixed.

Halve the peaches and discard the pit. Brush the peaches with canola oil and place on a grill set to high heat. Grill until they are cooked through, top with the butter mix and garnish with mint. Add your favorite ice cream for an even sweeter treat!






Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Easy Vegan Paella

One of my best friends is having surgery on her leg soon and won't be able to move around and cook, and she also happens to be vegetarian. In addition to a few mason jars of one glass sangria I made her this super easy paella so she'd be good to go.

You'll need:

- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 4 cloves of garlic
- ½ onion
- ½ red bell pepper
- ½ Italian green pepper
- 2 tomatoes
- 1 cup frozen artichoke hearts
- ½ cup frozen green beans
- ½ cup frozen peas
- 1¼ cups Basmati rice
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- Salt and black pepper to taste (optional)


Heat the oil in a paellera or a pan over medium heat and when it's hot, add the garlic, onion, red and green pepper (chopped). Cook until golden brown.

Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for another 5 or 10 minutes. Add the frozen veggies and cook 5 minutes more.

Add the rice and cook until it begins to be translucent. Pour the vegetable broth (hot), add the turmeric powder, the sweet paprika, and salt and black pepper to taste.

Stir the paella until all the ingredients are mixed and cook over medium or medium high heat for 15 or 20 minutes or until the rice is cooked. Add more vegetable broth if the rice is hard and dry.

Let stand the paella (covered) for at least 5 or 10 minutes.