DIY – Patriotic Door Decoration

Patriotic Door Hanger from Relish the Feast

The Fourth of July is nearly here, and that means red, white & blue everywhere. On Pinterest, I saw this cute decoration, which inspired me to update my front door. Using that as the inspriation, I made this simple DIY using items I had in the house, which = free! Total time spent: less than an hour. #winning (Is that still a thing? Probably not.)

What you’ll need:

  • A wooden dowel, stick, rod of some kind, roughly 1.5 feet in length. (I really wanted to use a stick from the woods, but we’ve had rain every day. Wet stick = no bueno for crafting. I used an extra paint stirrer that I had around.)
  • Variety of scrap fabric/ribbon/etc. in red, white and blue
  • Drill (optional)
  • Red, white and/or blue paint (optional)

Directions:

  • Drill a hole on each end of your stick where the ribbon hanger will attach. This is optional. The alternate option will be to tie the hanger all the way around the stick in order to hang it.
  • Paint the stick. Again, optional. My stick color was boring, so I painted it. If you are painting your stick, wait until it is dry to attach the fabric/ribbon/etc.
  • Cut the red and white fabric/ribbon/etc. into strips that are about 2 feet in length. No need to be exact.
  • Cut the blue fabric/ribbon/etc. into strips that are about 1 foot in length.
  • Attached the strips of fabric/ribbon/etc. to the stick, staying inside the drill holes or point where you’ll attach the hanger. Alternate red and white along the length of the stick. Only do blue on the left third. That’s your field of blue like the flag. I looped the strips through themselves and tugged until they were tight. For the small, shiny ribbon, I had to tie a knot to secure it. (Alternately, you could cut your blue strips the same length as the red and white ones and only use blue on the left third. Get creative!)

Ties for hanger - Relish the Feast

  • Cut an extra strip of fabric/ribbon/etc. to use for the hanger. Slide one end through each of the holes and tie a knot on the backside to keep the hanger from slipping out of the hole. (If you didn’t drill holes, just tie the strip onto your stick.)
  • Hang it up and celebrate the Fourth in style.

Back tie for hanger - Relish the Feast

Enjoy! If you make one for your home, I’d love to see it. Share it with me (@relishthefeast) on Instagram.

-L

Banana Rice Porridge

Banana Rice Porridge from Relish the Feast

This dish was a happy accident. It began as cheater maduros, which is a Caribbean sweet plantain dish that I alter and make with bananas. Then it was going to be bananas in coconut milk, a Thai dish. As frequently happens in  kitchen, I ended up with something totally different. Creamy, sweet, more of a rice porridge. Delicious fresh out of the pan for dessert or breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 ripe bananas, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 2 cups day-old cooked jasmine rice

Directions

  • Melt butter in a large sauce pan on medium heat.
  • Add bananas and stir until the bananas are golden and shimmering.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on the bananas. Stir.
  • Pour coconut milk into the pan and keep stirring while it warms up. Feel free to mash the bananas a little if they aren’t doing it on their own already.
  • Slowly add the rice, continuing to stir (think paella). You don’t want anything to burn, but you want it nice and steamy.
  • Stir until the mixture is pudding-esque. You don’t want standing liquid. Then remove from heat and dish up.

Consistency - Relish the Feast

I topped this with pecans at breakfast, and it added a great texture and heartiness. It would also be good with other nuts, sliced fruit or a small, small drizzle of honey. Enjoy!

-L

Cosplay: Steampunk March Hare Concept

2014 DragonCon photo by Wade Bishop Photography

DragonCon, a convention similar to Comic-Con that takes place around Labor Day each year in Atlanta, is a mere 3 months away. It’s a crazy jumble of experiences that I highly recommend if you enjoy people-watching, creativity and/or costuming. (Or sci-fi, comics, fantasy, steampunk, anime, gaming, alternate history, space, robotics, etc., etc., etc.) Describing it succinctly and wholly is a monumental task, so Google it for yourself.

2014 DragonCon Outfits with Relish the Feast

This will be my second year attending. For a newbie last year, I think I set my bar high by agreeing to create 2 costumes. My takeaway from that? Totally worth it. Totally fun. Totally need to start making the things earlier. Ideally, I would already be constructing something or done with an outfit; however, I only recently drew out my concept for 1 of the 2 cosplay outfits I plan to wear this year. (That’s me as Kaylee from Firefly and as Vanellope von Schweetz from Wreak It Ralph.)

Steampunk March Hare Concept by Relish the Feast

This is my initial concept drawing for one of this year’s outfits: a female steampunk March Hare from Alice in Wonderland. The color palate will include maroons, oranges, browns, gold and blue. Starting at the top, let’s dissect.

  • Jaunty ears
  • Headband of straw (an homage to the original work where the March Hare was depicted with straw on his head which was a sign of madness in that time)
  • Large silky bow tie
  • Faux metal, ornamental collar
  • Necklace TBD
  • Short sleeve button up most likely
  • Corset
  • Crop jacket with half sleeves and ruffled
  • Spoon bracelets
  • Skirt with a poofy longer back
  • Weapons belt with ladle and tea cup
  • Tall socks
  • Lace up boots that hit mid-calf

Wish me luck! I am not an experienced seamstress, but I can follow directions and love a good YouTube tutorial. I’m sure I’ll learn a lot during this process, and I’ll be scouring area thrift stores to see what I can find to save some time and effort. I’ll keep you posted on the progress.

Enjoy! Mad thanks to Wade Bishop Photography for letting me use some of his images in this post!

-L

Simple Summer Rolls

Radio silence over! Softball season has ended, and I have time to cook and craft again. Hazzah!

These summer rolls can be made a variety of ways. Try them with your favorite veggies (or whatever you have on hand). I include a “recipe” (using that term loosely) for a dipping sauce below, but a peanut sauce is also a delicious option.

Simple summer rolls should be eaten fairly soon after you make them.

Simple summer rolls should be eaten fairly soon after you make them.

Thanks for sticking with me!

Ingredients

  • Rice paper
  • Shredded carrot
  • Shredded cucumber
  • Shredded daikon radishes
  • Thinly sliced yellow bell peppers
  • Cooked shrimp
Prepping in bowls make it easier to roll.

Prepping in bowls make it easier to roll.

Directions

Note: Work on these one at a time.

  • Lightly wet 1 sheet of rice pepper
  • Pile a little of each vegetable in a pile in the middle.
  • Place 1-2 shrimp (depends on size) on top of the vegetables.
  • Roll like an egg roll or burrito (over, roll a little, sides, finish rolling)
All rolled up!

All rolled up!

Salty Red Chili Garlic Sauce

This is a cheater recipe. Buy a jar of red chili garlic sauce. Thin it out by stirring in a little soy or tamari sauce. Done.

Stupid simple dipping sauce that seems like you did more than stir.

Stupid simple dipping sauce that seems like you did more than stir.

Enjoy!

-L

Strawberry Basil Galette

Strawberry Basil Galette by Relish the Feast

It’s strawberry season, and selling fresh-picked strawberries from the farm is a popular fundraiser where I live. This is how I ended up with 12 pints of them crowding the bottom shelf of my fridge.

Berries for pie from Relish the Feast

Half of them were made into strawberry-basil jam. Look for that post soon. Two were given to co-workers. (Bet you wish you’d been in the elevator with me that day, right?) The remaining berries were turning fast. Enter – the galette. A catch-all of pie-like goodness.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pie crust (pre-made)
  • Roughly 4 pints of fresh berries
  • 3-5 large, fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions:

  • Roll out pie crust onto either a pie dish or a cookie sheet. I used a pie dish in an effort to contain any escaping liquid.
  • Wash strawberries. Top them. Cut them into bite-sized pieces. Put them in a big bowl.
  • Gently stir sugar, flour and lemon juice into the strawberries.
  • Cut basil into tiny pieces. Sprinkle on the strawberries and mix.
  • Pour strawberries into the center of the pie crust. Spread them out a bit, leaving enough dough to fold edges in and over 1-2 inches toward the center.
  • Place in a cold oven. Turn it on and bake at 350 degrees for roughly 40 minutes. I forgot to set a timer. The galette cooked for the last puzzle on Wheel and the entire episode of Jeopardy!
  • Let cool for at least 20 minutes before slicing.
  • Eat, making sure to lick the plate when you’re done.
Ready for the edges to be folded in

Ready for the edges to be folded in

Ready for the oven

Ready for the oven

Delicious!

Delicious!

Enjoy!
-L