Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thursday Edibles - Chicken Tikka Masala

I made my very own Chicken Tikka Masala for the first time! It was easy, and I love the flavors.

3 lb skinless boneless chicken breast
1 cup plain yogurt
2 tsp lemon juiceginger and garlic paste (or fresh ginger and garlic, coarsely chopped, 1 tsp each)
1/4 cup olive oil
4 tsp chicken tikka masala powder4 tbs sour cream

1. Combine all ingredients except chicken and mix well.

2. Make 4 deep slits in each chicken piece. Marinate the chicken in the mixture for 1.5 hours. Take chicken out of the marinade (keep the marinade). Arrange chicken on a baking tray and roast uncovered for 30-35 minutes at 350F.

3. Combine the roasted chicken with the leftover marinade in a frying pan and sour cream and stir fry for 4 minutes.

Serving suggestion: fresh salad greens, onions, tomatoes and lemon juice(I served mine with asparagus)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Which Kitty is Cuter?

Momma says the striped one, but she's biased of course. I will admit, I agree with her.


Friday, March 19, 2010

Milk Strangeness

Here is some milk. Nothing out of the ordinary; just milk.

Unless you look closely and see that it expired three days earlier in NYC.

I wonder, what's so special about NYC? Why the earlier expiration date?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Which Shoes to Wear Today?

It's a tough decision. Maybe nibbling on the shoe laces will help me decide.

Have a wonderful day!


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Wax Carving!

After multiple promises, I finally deliver to you a post on wax carving! Here is a little bit about the process and what I have done so far:

1. I start out with a piece of carving wax or a ring tube (to make a ring).

2. I saw, carve, file, polish and drill it into whatever I want! Here is a ring and some charms - they are my wax models that I will have cast in any metal I want. It is quite a process, and it takes several hours to carve the littlest piece. The better your wax model is, the better your cast piece will be.

3. The next step is to take the wax models to a caster. He either casts them directly in metal, or makes a mold first, then makes wax models from that mold, and casts those in metal. The mold enables him to make hundreds of the same piece! When the wax pieces are cast in silver, they vaporize in the process. That's why it is called the lost wax method.

Here is what the pieces look like when I get them back from the caster.

4. Now it's time for lots of cleaning up and finishing the pieces! I cut off the sprues, file them down, polish the pieces and give them the finish I want (whether it's a high shine, oxidation or buffing). It is quite a bit of work, but the results are stunning! The pieces are now ready for show time!

Click on the pictures, and the links will take them to the listings in my shop.

Friday, March 12, 2010

How Did It Get There?!

I opened the freezer the other morning to find this:

Surprised to see that ice cream amid meat, beef reduction and dill? So was I! I didn't put it there. Husband said he didn't buy it. Ruby knows nothing about it.

How DID it get there?!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Happy Tuesday!

It's time to list three things that made me happy this week!

1. Having dinner with friends over the weekend! We don't get together with them too often, so it was a treat to enjoy delicious steak and a few laughs.
2. Getting my castings back!!! I can't wait to share them with you - they turned out amazing!
3. Enjoying a cozy Friday night home with Husband.

Let's hear your three things!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Valentine's Orchids

Husband gave me two beautiful orchids in lieu of flowers this Valentine's Day! They are so so pretty.

This one didn't survive the trip as well as the other. After some emergency care, I nurtured it back to health.

I have never been able to get an orchid to bloom again. This time I am committed. See? I even have orchid fertilizer! If you know the secret to getting orchids to bloom, I'd love to hear it.

Or maybe this is the real culprit?!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Happy Tuesday!

Recently I read an article that said if once a week you write down three positive things that happened to you, you will feel happier! I am already a pretty happy person but I thought it'd be a fun exercise to do. So, here they are! Three things that made me happy this week were:

1. Going to a yoga class and getting sushi with Husband;
2. Taking my wax carvings to a caster!!! (more on this soon); and
3. Picking a name for a new Etsy shop - a collaboration with Alison! The name is cloudninejewelry, and more details are coming soon!

Share with everyone the three happy things that happened to you this week, and we'll do it again next Tuesday. :)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Anniversary Sale is Here!

Happy March! I can hardly believe it has been nearly two years since I opened my Etsy shop. A big thank you to my wonderful customers for making this such a fantastic experience for me!

I will be offering some fantastic specials. Here they are:

For the entire month of March, get free shipping in the US and 10% off orders of $50 or more worldwide!

Simply place your order and pay with PayPal, and I will refund the discount right back to you.*

*The sale does not apply to custom orders and items in Clearance and Cancer Awareness/Charity sections.

Happy shopping!