Cranberry Chutney Recipe

Hello real world, did everyone have a great Thanksgiving? I felt like it was Saturday for five days, and I love Saturdays :) You might ask, why are you giving us a Cranberry Recipe the week after Thanksgiving? Well, cranberries are good for the whole holiday season. That and I made this for my Mom’s Thanksgiving which was the day after and I took pictures as I went, ha. 

A little back story: My aunt made this for Thanksgiving and brought it to my Mom’s house about six years ago. It was a REALLY big hit with us. Now, I wonder why every family doesn’t make it. It it the perfect accompaniment to every holiday feast. The citrus and black pepper cut the sweet and savory perfectly. Actually, just yesterday my Mom said. “I think I just need to have this on hand for life”. It’s that good. So, we emailed my uncle to get the recipe. Then I was curious and I googled it, I found many similar recipes that were named Cranberry Salsa but none exactly like this one. Does anyone make anything like this? If not, do yourself a favor and whip some up for Christmas. I followed my Aunt and Uncle’s recipe exactly. My Uncle called it “Hudson’s on the Bend Cranberry Chutney” which is a restaurant in Austin, TX, where they live. I wonder if this is some coveted secret?? My Uncle said “The trick to this recipe is to trust the ingredients…..don’t add to or subtract from”.

Hudson’s on the Bend Cranberry Chutney
12 oz pkg of cranberries
½ cup fresh lime juice and ZEST
2 shallots
½ tsp of salt
1 whole bunch of Cilantro
2-3 cloves of garlic
1-2 seeded jalapenos
1 ¼ cup light brown sugar
¼ cup coarse ground pepper
 

Blend together in food processor 
 

My food processor isn’t large enough so I mixed everything together in a bowl then “chopped” in batches
 

I put mine in mason jars and added a fake fall leaf with twine. But lets be honest, you could serve this out of some old tupperware with a plastic spork and it would be pretty. 

So… was this one anyone else’s Thanksgiving plate? All of the recipes I found online called for green onion and white sugar with no black pepper (which I have to say is a definite must). And does anyone have a secret family side that is out of the norm?

GPS Case Tutorial

It’s not too often around here that my husband gets something “TaylorMade”. Sad but true. It’s hard enough to sew for boys let alone old boys. But last week he actually had a special request. That never happens. He asked for a case for his new GPS. 

I came up with this…

Is it manly enough? Houndstooth is about as boyish as my fabric stash gets. And black is always masculine. 

This is so easy I can hardly call it a tutorial but, you need:
-outer fabric
-inner fabric (something soft, I used flannel)
-small piece of batting
-snap set
-scrap piece of trim is optional

For Bryan’s GPS’s size I cut my fabric to 14″ x 8″.  Layer the fabric with right sides together and the batting on bottom. Y’all… I had a serious flannel lint problem! I had to use my lint roller between every step. Once its together its not so bad but during construction, I almost threw the whole thing away… see!

Sew the bundle together leaving an opening and clip the corners.

Flip it right side out.

With the outer fabric touching the GPS, place the GPS in the center of the rectangle and fold one side up to form a pocket.

Pin and sew up the sides of the pocket. Then flip right side out.
Add your snaps.
I added a scrap to the outside by folding and pressing a scrap to fit the outer flap them sewing it on with a zig-zag stitch. This will also close up the opening that you made to flip the rectangle.
The GPS now has a manly home :)

This could be a good stocking stuffer, quick and easy. What kind of man crafting do you do?

How to Glaze Furniture

I love that a blog post can jump-start the finishing of a project. This series, Craft Spaces, made me finish my green table that I thought about painting for a long time. So, I finally did. Yay for making goals and actually completing them, even if it is only painting a table :) So here is a little “How To” for your Monday enjoyment.

I really like the look of Glazed Furniture, I think it adds the perfect amount of dullness to a bright paint color. That and I have an issue with too many conflicting wood colors. The key to glazing is finding the right piece of furniture. Make sure there are a lot of nooks and crannies. This table almost doesn’t have enough but I was OK with that. The glaze sticks into the cracks to give it the antiqued look. 
This Queen Ann Table was in our house growing up, it was modern in the early 90′s. And I LOVE the lines and the scroll of it. My Mom let me have it when we bought our first house. She is good about getting rid of outdated furniture. And that it was, super solid but just a little outdated…

Supplies:
- sandpaper
- base paint (I used Behr in Granny Smith Apple)
- metallic glaze (I used Martha Stewart in Black Coffee)
- paint brush and foam brush
- an old rag

Directions:

I sometimes had to do this step a few times, I would wipe too much off. I tried it with a damp towel and a dry one, they have different effects so play around with it.

And here she is in lighting up the Craft Room.

Very doable and I love the outcome… perfect for garage sale finds, do you think you can do it?
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Stay-at-Home Artist – Craft Space Tour

Welcome Kasey from Stay-at-home Artist today, I originally found Kasey’s blog from her awesome sewing machine cover (which she included the link in her post :) and I’s so glad I did because she is super creative!

Hi everyone!

I’m Kacey from Stay-at-Home Artist and I’m so happy to share my creative space with you today.  My little spare bedroom studio is pretty much a hodge podge of mismatched shelving and folding tables–and it’s usually quite a mess–but I love it!

The white walls are great for keeping the room light and bright, but it was a bit boring.  So lately I’ve been focusing on making the room a bit more inspiring without spending much money.  Those teal drapes are really twin size flat sheets I picked up for $5 each–way cheaper then drapery panels or fabric yardage!
I also made a cute reversible sewing machine cover
Put together a quick paper pennant
And I’m working on a small colorful gallery wall with painted dollar store frames…
While these pretty details are fun, I think function is even more important.
Since I draw, paint, sew, craft, teach art lessons, run an etsy shopand write a creative blog, I have a LOT of supplies.  It’s definitely a challenge to keep it all organized.
 My secret?  Bins, baskets, bins, boxes, crates, and more bins!  
{I think I might be keeping Sterilite in business. :) }
I try to keep everything labeled so items are easy to find when I need them.
I also painted a hardware store peg board to use for my merchandise storage.  
(It also makes a great display when I sell at markets or weekend boutiques.)
I don’t have the fanciest studio in the world, but it’s certainly one of my favorite places to be.  Thanks to Taylor for hosting this fun craft spaces event.  I hope my creative space has given you some ideas for your own!

Thanks Kasey! I love the pegboard and I really need to get to work on that cutest sewing machine cover ever! Don’t forget to link up your craft room HERE

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