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Monthly Archive for April, 2012

Easter Herb Quiche — by Pardis


I make this simple quiche often, but specially for the Spring Equinox as well as for Easter events I’m invited to.  Last year I took it to a friend’s house with an herb garden.  Read the story and tutorial post on my Easter Herb Garden on Mothering.com!  Here’s a partial photo of the herb garden for peeking but when you visit Mothering.com you’ll see the full and bigger photos with detail and many Fairy Easter Garden ideas:

Oh, and did I mention you can also start your herb seeds in the egg shells you save from making the quiche.  Here’s a photo from Natural Home & Garden.  Click here or on the photo for the TUTORIAL!

for TUTORIAL click on this photo by Natural Home & Garden

Now let’s get  to the recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

- 4 Eggs

- Green Scallions – 1 bunch [can be replaced with leek or fresh garlic greens]

- Parsley – 1/2 bunch

- Kale – 4 leaves

- Optional herbs to add are a few leaves of basil, dill weed, cilantro, mint, and any other herbs of your choice.

- 4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

- Salt and Pepper to taste

TOOLS:

- 10″ Iron Skillet

- Stainless steel turner [the thinner the better]

- Mixing Bowl and Whisk

- Food Processor [optional]

HOW-TO:

1) Wash herbs and pat them dry with towel to take out water as much as possible.  Using a salad crisper is best.

2) Take out the “woody” part of the stem from the kale leaves, so the dark green part is left.

3) Cut the root ends of scallions off.

4) On a cutting board, cut all greens coarsly so all pieces are smaller than 2″.

5) Place in food processor and use the Pulse button twice, each time about 15-20 seconds.

This is the texture you want to achieve … as small as possible but not mooshy.

6) Place the herbs in a bowl and add the 4 eggs.  Then add 2 Tablespoon of olive oil, salt and pepper or any other spices your heart desires.

You can cut the top off carefully if you want to keep the shells for planting seeds.  For the tutorial on how to plant seeds with egg shells click here to go to Natural Home & Garden website.

7) Mix well using a whisk.

8) Place the iron skillet on stove on Low to Medium heat (3 on a scale of 1-10)and add 1 Tablespoon of oil.  Pour the egg/herb mixture onto the skillet and put a lid on it to trap moisure.

9) After 10-15 minutes (until the mixture has solidified enough to divide into pieces).  Take off the lid and using the edge of your turner, draw 3 lines to divide into 6 pieces.  Then turn each piece individually, and add 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil.  This is where a nice thin turner comes handy, to be sure you can scrape off each piece from the pan and turn it quickly.  At this point you will not need the lid anymore.

 

10) Let the other side brown (about 10-15 minutes) and it’s ready!

Serve with your favorite salsa or yogurt and bread of your choice.  You can also make this dish in the oven, but you’ll need 2 more Tablespoons of olive oil [oven temperature 375 degrees for 40 minutes]

 

 

 

Posted by Living Crafts on Apr 5, 2012 11:56 AM | 1 Comment

Book Binding Tutorial and Oak Meadow Giveaway

The art and craft of bookmaking creates a special space to hold our words, drawings and ideas.

Here is a wonderful book binding craft to share with the children in your life, compliments of Oak Meadow Curriculum and School.

Bookmaking fosters an appreciation for the beauty of language.  Handcrafted books can be used for stories, reports, or journaling–or be given to someone as a special reminder of the joy of writing.  This thoughtful article, Hardwired for Writing: The Intelligence of the Hand  explores both the cognitive benefits and charm of handwriting.


For more crafts and articles on creating a lifestyle of learning at home, visit back issues of Oak Meadow’s Living Education Journal.

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Giveaway!

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Oak Meadow Curriculum and School has generously offered a complete homeschooling curriculum package for one K-8 grade of your choice. That’s a value of $120-$420! It’s a great time to plan your curriculum for next year, and this package will give one Living Crafts reader the perfect start!


Simply visit Oak Meadow’s latest issue of Living Education, a quarterly journal that inspires and informs home learning with strategies, tips, and crafts. Leave a comment here with feedback and/or suggestions for future issues and you’ll automatically be entered in the giveaway!

We will pick one lucky Living Crafts winner on Thursday, April 12 Midnight PST and announce on this same post.

Posted by Living Crafts on Apr 5, 2012 08:37 AM | 444 Comments

Dyeing with Koolaid Tutorial



In the Fall 2009 Issue of Living Crafts we featured an article on dyeing wool yarns with food colorings. Here is link to a great website offering Kool- Aid formulas for mixing 135 shades by combining flavors!

www.DyeYourYarn.com



Beautiful! What a great resource for ideas on playing with food grade colorings!

Many thanks to Judith  for passing this on! You can read more about Judith’s explorations with color at JudithDios.com

Fiona Duthie

Fiona Duthie is a regular contributor to Living Crafts.

In her studio on Salt Spring Island, BC, she creates in a bountiful beauty of color, wool, and texture, inspired by the natural world. Fiona designs fine feltwork, felting and knitting patterns, gives workshops in natural craft, and runs her hand dyed, artisan fibre company, Kattikloo. You can read more about her fibers, projects and creative living at www.kattikloo.com and on Facebook.

Posted by Fiona Duthie on Apr 4, 2012 10:50 AM | No Comments

Felt Chick in Egg Tutorial

This is a super cute, super simple craft to make for or with children to welcome Spring!
Click here for the full pdf tutorial…Felted Wool Egg and Chick

These little chicks can be used as finger puppets, or maybe they will be found with a wee egg, hiding inside!

Fiona Duthie

Fiona Duthie is a regular contributor to Living Crafts.

In her studio on Salt Spring Island, BC, she creates in a bountiful beauty of color, wool, and texture, inspired by the natural world. Fiona designs fine feltwork, felting and knitting patterns, gives workshops in natural craft, and runs her hand dyed, artisan fibre company, Kattikloo. You can read more about her fibers, projects and creative living at www.kattikloo.com and on Facebook.

Posted by Fiona Duthie on Apr 2, 2012 08:06 PM | 2 Comments























  




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