Monthly Archives: August 2014

Super Easy, Spicy Hummus Wrap

I told you all a while back that I stopped eating meat, (except fish), and at first, had major trouble coming up with what to eat for lunch.  Remember when I shared my recipe for the portabella melt?  Well, over the nearly two years (two years!) that I’ve been on this meatless journey, I’ve come up with a few more sandwiches and wraps to add some variety to my mid-day meal.

hummus veggie wrap recipe

There’s a locally owned gourmet food shop by my house with breads, pastas, and cheeses, as well as a refrigerated section with quick lunches, pizzas, dips (aaaah dips), and a variety of wraps.  One day I was in there and discovered a vegetarian wrap called the “Spicy Hummus Roller.”  It’s spicy hummus, walnuts, cucumber, carrots and lettuce wrapped in a flour tortilla.  A perfect blend of mushy, (for lack of a better word) and crunchy, and pretty healthy to boot.  It is delicious, but it’s like $100 a pound or something.  I left half of it in the refrigerator and Jeff, politely holding back his fury said, “Did you really just pay $10.50 for a tortilla with hummus in it?”  Why yes I did, and it was good too.  He was right though, that is one expensive lunch.  And it doesn’t even come with a side of chips.  So, the next time I was craving one, I decided to have a go at making my own version.

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It is really quick and easy, and you could use any veggies that you love.   The vegetables in my recipe are just the ones I had in the fridge that day.  I still frequent and love that store for a fresh baguette or handmade noodles, but I’ve gotta tell ya, my version of the “roller” is pretty close to theirs, and probably cost $2 to make.   They do have one-up on me in their wrap rolling technique though.  How do they roll all that stuff in there and get it so tight?  If you have the inside scoop, please share.  I would love to know.

Ingredients – (For one wrap)  

3-4 Tbsp hummus (store bought, or make your own.  It’s really easy.  I use this recipe here.)

1 Tbsp walnuts

Sriracha, or your favorite hot sauce

1/2 Carrot, cut into sticks

1/2 Cucumber, sliced lengthwise

1/2 Bell pepper, cut into thin slices

Tomato, (I used sun dried on this one)

Salad greens

Flour tortilla

Directions

You don’t have to do this, but I heat my tortilla in skillet for a couple of minutes to make it more pliable and easier to roll up the fillings.   Remove from skillet and spoon on the hummus.  Then sprinkle the walnuts and a few dots, (or more if you like it really spicy), of the hot sauce.  Add the rest of your sliced vegetables, fold in the ends of the tortillas and roll it up.

Repurposed Spice Carousel

I was doing some pretty intense cleaning the other day.  You know, the kind where you start giving away everything you own and cleaning out the refrigerator with a toothbrush?  No?  You don’t do that?  Well, I was trying to get rid of some unnecessary stuff, and one thing that immediately caught my eye was a spice carousel that has been taking up prime counter space next to our cooktop for the past 7 years.  We never use it because we have one of those awesome pull-out spice racks in our cabinet, plus I don’t know what half of the spices are in that thing anyway. When do you use celery seed or caraway?  What the heck is caraway?

repurposed spice carousel before

I didn’t want to just toss it, because the carousel works fine and I think the rack cost us around 50 bucks.  Suddenly, I had an “Aha! moment.”  Ugh, I can’t believe I just said that.  Did anyone else hate when Oprah said that?  I love her, but it drove me bat shit crazy when she would cut people off mid- sentence, look out into the audience with her finger to her temple and say, “yessss!  You had that Aha! moment.”  Oprah, please.

Anyway, spice carousel.  It hit me that this spinning house of old, useless spices would be perfect for some of my small art supplies, like needles, beads, buttons and so on.  So I emptied all the spices in the trash can, and I’m telling you, they were so old, they didn’t smell like anything.  Not even that funky, licorice-tasting fennel.

Next, I put them in the dishwasher and then set them out on the counter for a day to completely dry out.  Jeff came home from work and goes, “what’s going on here? Are you moving the spice carousel downstairs for your craft supplies or something?”  I mean, seriously, how did he know that?  Cause my man is smart, I’m tellin’ you.  The total package.

repurposed spice carousel dishwasher

I took it to my basement craft area and starting transferring stuff from inside the Dave Matthews-sticker-decorated college art box, into these handy, clear containers.  Buttons, embroidery floss, sticks of chalk, and sewing needles are now neatly organized and easily accessible.  Aaaah, I heart organization.

repurposed spice carousel craft 3

repurposed spice carousel craft 2

 

Have you recently repurposed something in your house?  Do you have a craft room/area/closet?  Soon I’ll post pictures of Jeff building mine.  Yes, not only is he cute and smart, he builds craft rooms.  Paws off ladies.

 

 

 

DIY Smartphone Case Cover

This week I’ll be posting a few really quick projects because Jeff has a house in the local home show, and I need to be around to help he and his business partner get a slideshow prepared, and iron blue jeans for local tv appearances.  I mean, shirts. Collared shirts.

smartphone custom cases

Anyway, first up is a little project I tackled a while back when I had to get a new smart phone. Don’t you just love how the technology is constantly changing and getting a new phone, requires a new charger, speaker dock and phone case?  Yeah, me neither.  I was bummed about shelling out more money for a new phone case, so I did a little search for DIY covers.  I came across all kinds of free templates online with fun designs that you print out and insert into a clear case,  but as y’all know, using your home printer ain’t really “free.”  Printer ink is like liquid gold, and I had tons of scrapbook paper laying around I could use instead.  So, I bought one of these clear cases on Amazon, cut out all kinds of different patterned paper, and made a different case for every day of the week.

smartphone custom case purse

I don’t really change it everyday, because that would be a huge pain in the ass, but at least I know I have options.

– My friends are like, “where’d you get that bomb-ass case girl?”

– I made it.

– Of course you did.

Some of my friends think just because I’m a little crafty, I make everything I own.  “I love that dress. Did you make it?”  Whaaat?!  Yeah right, who has time for that?

Cutting template smartphone custom cover

I found the template for my new phone here.  Don’t forget to uncheck the “scale to fit” box when you print it out, so you get the correct size.  If they don’t have one for your phone, just do a Google search for “insert brand of phone here template,” and I’m sure you’ll find a .pdf.  The first time around, I actually traced around the outside of my new, clear cover on to a piece of card stock, but the pattern ended up being just a smidge too big and when I tried to trim it, because of the curved edges, I royally screwed it up.  So trust me, save time and use a pattern.

 

Materials

  • Clear Smartphone Case – There are some on Amazon that cost only a few bucks, but that’s what I had last time, and it turned yellow and got scratched up pretty quickly.  I paid more for this one and it just feels better, and still looks new after having it for a couple of months.
  • Pencil
  • Scissors and Exacto Knife
  • Decorative Papers
  • Glue (optional)

Cut out your pattern with scissors, and then use your exacto knife to cut out the camera hole. Here’s a little trick I learned in design school.  Cut several slits and then cut out the shape.  It’s easier to get a more precise, accurate cut on small openings like this.

cutting camera hole smartphone custom case

 

Then, just pop your paper in the clear case and insert your phone.  It’s not necessary to secure the paper with tape or glue because the phone’s gonna hold it in there.

smartphone custom cases 2

The glitter paper, (which is super awesome by the way because it doesn’t “shed”), and most of my other scrapbook papers are from Paper Source.  I think it looks cool to glue a couple of different style papers together, or you could get really crazy and glue on a picture of your cat, your girlfriend, or David Bowie’s head.  Oh man, I love him.

Make your own case and send me a pic so I can post it on my Facebook page.  Speaking of Facebook, The Potato House reached 100 likes the other day! Woo-hoo! Keep ’em comin’!