I was feeling a little crafty today and thought I’d do an easy paper project – a small notebook.
I bought a cute little notebook last summer at my favorite gift/home decor shop in Minneapolis, Patina. The notebook was made by Noi Publishing and has been a god-send when we’ve gone to restaurants where they don’t give the kids paper and crayons. My son and daughter have decorated most of the pages and now I don’t have any room left for my doodles, notes, and oh so very important information.
So it was time to make my own – and save a few dollars. So into the crafty paper drawer I went – this is a drawer where I throw miscellaneous ephemera with pretty patterns, pictures, colors, or whatever. I save a lot of stuff and am happy I finally used some! Today’s paper came from a booklet/brochure I had advertising Amy Butler’s fabric. I love her fabrics, so now I’ll get to look at some of them each time I use the notebooks!
Making the notebooks was simple. Here’s how I did it:
Cut plain sheets of paper and one cover to 7-1/4″ by 5-1/2″. I did this dimension because my stapler has a depth of 3-5/8″ and I wanted to be able to easily staple the sheets together. I put 10 pages in each notebook (folded to make 20 pages).
Staple the notebooks together in the center. Face the cover up when stapling so that the flat part of the staple is on the outside.
Pretty and easy! So easy I made six of them. Is that overkill? Oh well!
Filed under craft, project
So I’ve been continuing my resolution for trying at least one new recipe a week, and this week’s was really good – Crispy Fish with Lemon-Dill Sauce from Cooking Light magazine.
One word – YUM! My son loved the fish (though he did dip it in soy sauce since that’s his new favorite condiment). It might have helped that I billed it as homemade fish sticks – whatever works, right?! We had sauteed zucchini and couscous as accompaniments with this flavorful, crispy, broiled cod.
Here’s what it is:
- 2 eggs whites
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 t paprika
- 3/4 t onion powder
- 3/4 t garlic powder
- 4 skinless cod fillets
- salt and pepper
- cooking spray
- 1/4 C mayo
- 2 T finely chopped dill pickle
- 1 t lemon juice
- 1 t chopped fresh dill
Preheat the broiler. Put the egg whites in one shallow dish and the breadcrumbs, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika in another. Season the fish with salt and pepper on both sides. Dredge the fish in the egg whites and then the breadcrumbs to coat. Place on a broiler pan that has been coated with cooking spray. Broil the fish for about 4 minutes on each side or until they are to your desired doneness.
For the sauce: Combine the mayo, pickle, lemon juice, and dill. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
For the sides: Cut the zucchini into 1/2 inch-ish slices and saute in a skillet with a little olive oil and salt and pepper for about 5 minutes. Cook the couscous according to the packages directions (though I used chicken broth instead of water).
Sometimes I find “light” recipes a little bland, but this was delicious! So if you’re looking to add a some fish to your repertoire, this is a good one!
For my Junk Love today, I’d like to return to my love of handbags. I would say that handbags are my one real obsession. It’s honestly difficult for me to pass up buying a handbag when I really love it – especially when it’s on sale.
I’ve not gotten into buying vintage handbags all that much, but this beauty was impossible to pass up. I mentioned in a past Junk Love post a monthly flea market that is held in my small town. Well, I found this patent leather handbag for $2 – yes, $2! The inside says the brand is Koret, which after some online researching I learned was one of Jackie Kennedy’s favorite handbag brands during her reign as First Lady.
It is in great shape with only a couple minor wear areas on the corners. It came with a mirror in a satiny sleeve and a change purse on a thin gold chain – both seem to be original to the handbag. I don’t know if the handbag is worth anything, but my guess is that it’s value is above $2. But honestly, that doesn’t matter much to me – I just love the look and can’t wait to take it out on the town!
Until next week!