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Spring burlap art in 5 minutes

Spring burlap art in 5 minutes

What you need for this project is a Spring bird stencil (Mine is Tulip brand)
craft paint
Stencil adhesive (stencil tape will work too)
sponge brushes (I find a pack at the dollar tree)
burlap sheet
and any picture frame you have on hand
Stencils and craft make to make your own Spring art work
I chose the colors that will compliment our kitchen.  Blue, greens, yellows, they all work and I happened to have blue and green craft paint on hand.
How to stencil
Stenciling is truly for the NO-brainer in you.  In all of us.  I can’t draw to save my life.  I don’t even try.  Why would I when there are so many cute stencils out there?
Hopefully, I will have my own someday.  I am working on that dream by the way:)
Spring art on burlap
5 Minutes later
Happy Spring in the kitchen
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5 Minute Water Sensor

5 Minute Water Sensor
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Something I find really annoying to do is filling up a jug of water. Because the water dispenser lets out the water quite slowly, it takes  ages to fill up the jug completely. So I came up with the idea of making a water sensor that will let me know when the jug is full, so I don’t constantly have to focus on it.

Because I didn’t have very much electronic experience, I made it from trash. To make it I used a cheap kid’s toy that I got from a kid’s magazine. Basically, it was a small sack that started laughing if you squeezed it. The sound it makes is not perfect, but it works fine. Instead of this any toy that makes a sound when a button is pressed could be used. Happy Meal toys would probably work perfectly.
The two open ended wires are just regular uninsulated 1.5mm wire. I attached it to the toy with some hot-glue (no soldering).

Making this took me just about five minutes. The rewiring was very straightforward, and thankfully there was no soldering needed.

How to make it

  1. Remove any covering or casing, so that you can get to the switch. In my case all I had to do was cut off the sack to get to the plastic casing underneath.
  2. Remove or just rewire the switch so there are two open ends. All I had to do was to press the wires onto the switch plates.
  3. Glue (or solder, depending on your toy) the wires down so there are two open wires sticking out
  4. Bend the wires around the casing, making sure that they don’t touch. Leave a 1-2cm gap so it can be hung over the side of a jug.
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Iranian cucumber and mint yougurt

Iranian cucumber and mint yougurt

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Mast o Khiar is a simple traditional Iranian side dish that goes good with almost everything. With mint, cucumbers and yogurt it makes the perfect summer snack that takes only takes a few minutes to make.

Step 1: Gather Ingredients

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You will need:

  • 2 cups yogurt (not sweet. Just a little sour is perfect. Mine is home made)
  • 1/2 a large cucumber
  • 1 Tablespoon dry mint
  • 4-5 sprigs fresh mint
  • 1/3 Teaspoon salt
  • Raisins (optional)

You will also need:

  • Knife
  • Dish to serve in
  • Serving spoon
  • Measuring spoons

Step 2: Mix mint and yogurt

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Ok, this is easy.

-Pour approximately two cups of yogurt into your bowl.
-Add 1 Tablespoon of dried mint.
-Add about 1/3 of a teaspoon of salt.
-Mix everything

Step 3: Add cucumber

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– Peel and dice half a cucumber.
-Mix into yougurt

Step 4: Garnish with fresh mint

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Take the fresh mint and put it on top.

Step 5: Serve

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Serve chilled. Usually its fine if you make it right before you serve it.
If you want you can add raisins.


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Salsa fresca

Salsa fresca

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For about 10 years I have been making salsa.  My recipe changes almost every time but here are the basics for making a fresh, chunky, salsa.

This dish is also called pico de gallo.

Step 1: Ingredients

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There are some things that i put in every salsa i make.  Usually I double this amount just so I can munch on chips and salsa through a good portion of the week.

  • 5-8 Tomatoes (usually roma but I have used just about any fresh and firm tomato available)
  • 1 or more bunches of Cilantro
  • 1 can of Corn
  • Onions (I use two bunches of green onions now)
  • 2-3 cloves of Garlic
  • 0 slices of Bacon (I know, weird, right?)

There are many other things you can put in too…

  • Jalapeño peppers (or even hotter peppers) with or without the seeds
  • Limes to squeeze the juice onto the salsa
  • Avocados, mangoes, carrots, radishes… experiment!

Step 2: Chop tomatoes

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I’m not very good at this step despite chopping these things pretty frequently.  Often i’ll chop a few and then move on to something different for the salsa and then come back to them.  Tomatoes are just so boring.  And after a while they start to kind of burn my skin.

Step 3: Add corn

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I have a friend that hates that i put corn in my salsa – you also might not like it.  I use canned corn because fresh corn is a bit more seasonal than all the rest of the ingredients.  Cut the lid but leave a hinge so you can easily drain the corn before you dump it out.

Step 4: Chop the onion

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I have used a few different types of onion.  But bunches of green onion are my favorite.  They require far less cutting to make them salsa-chunk-size!

Step 5: Shred the cilantro

Unfortunately I do not have a photo of this step.  As you’re well aware, cilantro is very sneaky.  If cilantro was your friend and you had your camera out, cilantro is the kind of friend that always turns away or hold up their hand whenever a camera is around.  This is well documented.  Ask anyone that has tried to photograph cilantro.

Maybe it is the whole “Chinese parsley” or “coriander” naming confusion.

One thing that is for sure – this stuff is good for you!

Step 6: Peel and mince the garlic

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I tend to go overboard on the garlic.  Sorry.  I have been known to put an entire head in.  But just a few cloves are probably best if you’re going to be sharing this batch.

Many health benefits have been identified for garlic.  Social benefits seem t be fairly limited though.

Step 7: Mix well and enjoy!

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