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My Second Clutch/Wristlet

Ok, second time around. Made a few alterations from the first one.

My second clutch

My second clutch

The first change I made was to add interfacing to it to add body to the fabric. Here’s what I used.


Interfacing body

I put it between the pieces of fabric to add body. I also used it in the credit card second.

Inside peek

Inside peek

Look at all that junk!

Look at all that junk!

Man, I carry a lot of stuff! One of the best things about this clutch is my epi pen easily fits in it. I could fit it in my first one, but I had to work at it and it took up so much room. I made this one a little bigger specifically for my epi pen. Bonus – If it is big enough for my epi pen, it will also hold my glasses!

It is about 10x6

It is about 10×6



I used Velcro it close it and the same kind of elastic on the wrist hold as the first one.

Velcro close

Velcro close

So pretty

So pretty

I like the contrast of the dark fabric outside and the red fabric inside.
I used fat quarters from a novelty pack I got a Joann.
I used one whole fat quarter to make the inside of the clutch and half a fat quarter on the outside fabric.


Low Carb Pizza Crust

I’m on a low carb kick and I was craving pizza.  What was I going to do?  A Google search of course!  I found a recipe for a flax seed meal pizza crust and modified it for my taste.  Not only was it easy and quick to make (about 30 minutes) it tasted great!  I think this will be the only pizza crust I’ll be making !


1 1/2 cups flax seed meal (got mine at Costco)

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 tsp fresh oregano

1 tsp fresh rosemary

2 cloves chopped garlic

3 tbsp olive oil

3 eggs (I used egg substitute)

1/2 cup water

Mix all ingredients together ( I mix all the wet ingredients with each other and all the dry ingredients with each other, then mix the two)

Let sit for about 5 minutes to thicken (it will thicken, don’t worry)

Thickened dough

Thickened dough.  See, it thickened

Spread on the pizza pan, stone or parchment paper.  I used parchment paper and it came out fine.

Spread the dough

Spread the dough

Bake for 15 minutes  in a 425 degree oven or until it is cooked through.

Add toppings and bake or broil until they are done.

Pizza Oven Fresh

Pizza Oven Fresh



As with any pizza crust you will want to grease your pan if you aren’t using a silicone pad or parchment paper.

When you spread the dough out make an indention 1/2 inch in from the edge to hold your toppings in.

See my Pesto Pizza  post to find out how I topped mine!

Homemade Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns in 30 minutes

I made my own buns tonight.  It was an experiment gone right.

salmon burgers on homemade buns

salmon burgers on homemade buns

I used the whole wheat dinner roll recipe I posted on March 19th.  https://hoecakesandhemlines.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/fast-whole-wheat-rosemary-dinner-rolls-in-30-minutes/


1 1/8 cups warm water

1/3 cup olive oil

2 tbsp yeast

1/4 cup honey

1/2 ts salt

1 egg

1 tbsp vital wheat gluten

3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary (can use dried or really the herb of your choice)


Mix water, oil, yeast and honey.

Set aside for 15 minutes.

Add salt and eggs.

Mix gluten with flour and gradually add to the wet ingredients.

Shape into hamburger buns.

shape into buns

shape into buns

Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm, draft free place for 10 minutes.

Bake for 10-15 minutes (until golden brown) in a 400 degree oven.

I made the rolls bigger (hamburger size).  Basically, I made four out of the recipe for a dozen rolls.

Hot Buns!

Hot Buns!

I made some fabulous salmon burgers with it.  I also baked some zucchini and potato chips.  Tonight’s meal was low-key but high flavor!

I cooked the salmon burgers with sage and jalapeno.  I sliced open the buns and put a little cheese on one side and mustard on the other.  I used swiss chard instead of lettuce.  They were great!  The only thing that wasn’t either homemade or home-grown was the salmon burger.  Thank you Costco for the lovely salmon patties!

Salmon burger

Salmon burger

As for the zucchini and potato chips I… sliced up one zucchini and potato (both home-grown), tossed them in some coconut oil, put down a sheet of parchment paper on the cookie sheet and spread the zucchini and potato.  Then I seasoned them with garlic powder, ground chipotle and black pepper.

Put them into a 400 degree oven (preheated from baking the buns) for about 25 minutes or until crisp.

baked zucchini and potato chips

baked zucchini and potato chips

I garnished ours with a few fresh okra from the garden.  We love okra!

Chicken Tacos with Homemade Corn Tortillas

I made my first batch of corn tortillas last night.  They were DELICIOUS!  They were also easy to make.  I was finished in under 30 minutes.  Gotta love that!  I’ve mastered flour tortillas. Now for corn…

I followed the directions on the package of masa. Brilliant, I know.

One of my coworkers got me a tortilla press, THANK YOU LILLY! I used it to press out my tortillas.

Tortillas - Maseca Corn Flour Masa for Tortillas

Within 5 minutes I was cooking my first corn tortilla.  That one, of course, was sacrificed to the cook.  YUMMY!

I cooked some chicken with some garden fresh cayenne peppers and onion.  Kale on the side (god, how I love kale).  Picked some blackberries out of the garden and had those on the side as well. A lime because tacos are always better with lime.  Cut up the left over gouda I had from making mac n cheese a week ago (can’t let cheese go to waste).  It was so good that sadly I have no left overs for lunch today. Sigh……  good thing the tortillas are so easy to make!

My mouth is watering!

My mouth is watering!

I may have licked my screen after looking at this

I may have licked my screen after looking at this

Full Meal Deal

Tonight I’m posting our dinner.  It was about half and half store-bought and home-grown but not to worry it was 100% DELICIOUS!

Full meal deal

Full meal deal


Chickpeas (Central Market)

Rosemary (garden)

Thyme (garden)

Olive oil (Costco)

Tilapia (Costco)

Radishes  – slice radishes and leaves (garden)

Mangos (Costco)

Red bell pepper (Costco)

Green Onion (garden)

Jalapeno (garden)

Cilantro (Central Market)

Garlic (Costco)

Sweet potato (Costco)

A dash of cinnamon (Costco)

Snap Peas (Costco)

I started by putting a cup of chickpeas in water to soak before I left for work this morning.  When I got home, I watered the gardens then I picked some rosemary and thyme to go in the hummus.

If you want to bake your potato in the oven, get it in there now.  Otherwise cook it in the microwave later.

I started the chickpeas and threw in the rosemary and thyme. I brought them to a boil and then turned them down to simmer for about 45 minutes.

I grabbed my mangos and started chopping them up. Then I chopped about half a red bell pepper and threw that in.  Next came the jalapeno seeds and all.  Then the green onion (about a 1 inch onion and all the green ends). Then some cilantro and some garlic (about 2 cloves).  If I had remembered to buy some limes I would have juiced and zested one and threw that in as well.  Mix it all up and set it aside to let all the flavors mingle.

Mango Salsa Ingredients

Mango Salsa Ingredients

Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa

I put the tilapia in a pan with about a tbsp of olive oil.  I covered it with sliced radishes and radish leaves.  I threw in a little cilantro as well.  Start cooking it over a medium-low heat. Put a lid on it.

Tilapia with radishes

Tilapia with radishes

Pop a sweet potato in the microwave to bake unless you had the time to bake your potato in the oven.  They do always taste best baked in the oven.

I drained my chickpeas, reserving the liquid.  Tossed them into the food processor with the herbs and a couple cloves of garlic, I cooked with them and processed away.  I poured in some of the liquid to keep it moving.  I put in about 3 tbsp of olive oil.  When it looked like it was getting too thick I would add a little more liquid.  At this time, turn  the heat up on your fish to medium-high. It is ok if your hummus looks like it might be a little runny.  It will set up and be fine in about 10 minutes.  Toss in some paprika and whatever else you might want to flavor it.  Put it in a serving bowl and set aside.

Your tilapia should be done now.  Take it off the heat.  Take your potato out of the microwave and slice it in half.

Grab the snap peas out of the refrigerator and get everything plated.  It is time to eat!

Let's eat

Let's eat