Month: August 2013

Project 5×5: Results

Today’s the day. Today’s my 25th birthday. (It’s also ironically my 125th post). Today was the deadline for my somewhat of a stretch, but still achievable 25 day countdown of goals to achieve, that I titled, Project 5×5.: Lose 5 pounds Lose 5 inches Do 5 new DIY crafts Make 5 new recipes Finish last 5 chapters of my portuguese language book So the question is, did I achieve my goals. Well, short-answer, no. But I got very close with the ones I didn’t achieve, well I think. Let me explain. 1. Lose 5 pounds. This is the only personal info you’re going to get. Most people who know me wouldn’t believe me if I told them my weight anyway, so what do I care. I started at 177 lb. After week 1, 176 (progress). After week 2, 176.6 (ok we’re going backwards now). Today. 173.6. Net loss: 3.4 pounds. I didn’t make my goal, but I lost 3 pounds in a week, which I’ve never done. So I think I totally would’ve made this …

3×2 – DIY: Upcycled T-shirts

This DIY had multiple outputs, because I did a couple of t-shirts that came out kind of crazy looking. So then I did a few more. But there is only one that I really liked and it’s probably because I didn’t attempt to turn it into a racerback tank top–all of those came out a bit lopsided. One was very close, and I think I can make it better by untying the back and trying to tighten it differently. So picture below is just of the one that I actually liked, but I did make a few tank tops that will be for workout purposes only. I forgot to take before photos, but just picture a shapeless, generic t-shirts: Couldn’t rotate the photos inside of wordpress–too lazy to do it and then re-upload And now you can see into my messy apartment

4×3 – New Recipes: Black Bean Brownies

I’ve seen this recipe pop up multiple times over the past 3 years, always meaning to try it but never taking the time. It had gone out of my mind completely until a friend of a friend mentioned that she had just made a batch. So I looked up a recipe, realized I already had all the ingredients, and went for it. While I was making the batter, I thought it looked delicious. But when I tasted it, I thought, this is going to taste like a nasty chocolate health cake. I had some difficulty in melting the chocolate chips, which sounds crazy, but they refused to melt, they just burned. I stirred in an extra 1/4 cup of chocolate chips to make up for the meltdown fiasco, and then threw some more on top after I tasted the batter and thought it was nasty. It finally got in the oven, baked per the instructions, and cooled per the instructions. As I cut into it, I just shook my head, because as a picky baked …

3 x 1 – DIY: New dishes

I’ve seen this craft on pinterest a dozen or so times, so I decided to try it. I have a few all white bowls and plates that I took a sharpie to. After I finished my design I popped it in the oven and let it heat up to about 400 F, left it in for a half hour, and then shut it off and left the dishes in there while they all cooled down together. So far I’ve only designed one bowl and one plate but I think I may do another set so it won’t stand alone.      

4 x 2–New Recipes: Jamaican Oxtails

I LOVE Jamaican food. Well, really I love most food. Anyway, while I’m partial to curried goat whenever I find a Jamaican restaurant, goat isn’t exactly easy to come by. The butcher shop I go to (Cleaver and Co.) always has cow and thus always has oxtails. Even better, it’s a local, grass fed, grass finished cow–for you food justice folks out there. So I went to the shop today and got just shy of 3 lb. of oxtails that they chopped up for me. I found a recipe online that I basically had all the ingredients for already at home. With a few substitutions and improvisation, I got a real fragrant and yummy dinner paired with my last glass of South African pinotage. The only thing is, I have no reference point for what it should taste like since I never get oxtails. But I like it. Ingredients 3 pounds oxtails, cut into segments by a butcher Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 3 tablespoons light brown sugar 2 Spanish onions, …