Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Chipotle-Cranberry Sauce recipe

Ever since I discovered how easy it is to make your own cranberry sauce, I've stopped buying the cans cold turkey and haven't looked back since. Last week the BF and I went to Tropical Smoothie and tried one of their wraps with a chipotle cranberry sauce and it was so good that I decided to recreate it for Thanksgiving.

- 1cup orange juice
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 - 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
- 1 bag fresh cranberries
- juice of 1/2 lime
- lemon zest

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine orange juice, sugar, cinnamon stick, ginger, salt, and chipotle, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Add the cranberries and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring until thickened for about 8-10mins. Remove the pan from heat. Remove the cinnamon stick and stir in the lime juice and lemon zest. Let cool (but it tastes just as good when it's slightly warm.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Upcycled Child's Work Bench

Johnny has been asking for a "real work bench like the one you have in the garage Mommy!!" for Christmas, so I decided to make him one out of an out nightstand I found at a Goodwill.

I started by sanding down and painting the nightstand to match my workbench, then the BF and I attached the wooden boards to the sides and as a frame to hold the pegboard (the boards on the front sides are merely for aesthetics) by drilling them with screws. We then attached the pegboard with a staple gun. The vise grip was attached with help from his metal cutter to make a holes with which to screw it onto the bench. The "after" photo isn't the final look though, I think it'll look better once I paint the trim around the drawer pull black but I think I'll leave the wooden boards as is What do you think of this project?