You know those plastic tabs that seal under the cap of juice and milk cartons?  Next time you see one, don't throw it away!  Give it a quick wash make a ring with it!  Or stash it with your craft items until you have a few of them to work with.  These are super fun to work with and I'm actually surprised they're not being sold individually every other quirky item used for crafts seems to be!  

One week left 'til school starts!  Wooo hooo!  I get the feeling that the kids aren't as happy about this as I am.  The girl one especially.  So to make her feel a little better, I made her some pencil toppers.

I love the look of a bowl of fruit on my table.  Except the fruit never lasts long before getting eaten, so what I'm left with most often is an empty bowl.  Taking inspiration from the colourful fruit of all different sizes that temporarily find a place in said bowl, I decided to make a more permanent centerpiece using some Styrofoam balls and scrap material.

Over the last 4 months, I have noticed that most of the traffic being brought to this site is from many of the vegan recipes that I have posted, in particular the Vegan Pumpernickel Bread, Vegan Spinach Dip and Creamy Vegan Caesar Dressing.
Because of that, I found myself doing less crafts, and more recipes.  Recipes are easy.  Since we normally don't eat out a lot I tend to do a lot of cooking, which means lots of time to try new things.  Which is great,  but not necessarily for Homespooled.  So along with a few changes I've recently made to my diet, I decided to start a new site called la vie vegan where you can find all of the vegan recipes I've posted on Homespooled, as well as many others. 

New recipes will be added to la vie vegan weekly, as well as new posts, news, information and charts as my knowledge as a vegan grows and as Señor delves into the science behind the food.  And don't forget to follow us on Facebook!
I will still be adding the occasional recipe/review/tutorial to Homespooled in the Kitchen section, when it seems like it just needs to be here :)  And of course many more crafts to come!
On the 15th day of the herb garden, I decided to transfer the growing plants to larger pots.  Unfortunately for me, we didn't get any chives or rosemary :(  Jerks.  I won't give up though!  I am definitely going to try those two again.
Can you spot the re-used orchid pots?
I was able to transfer over some dill (top right), basil (below), cilantro (bottom right) and parsley (not shown). 
To be totally honest, I am petrified of these plants. They seem very fragile and I keep imagining that I will wake up one morning to go check on them and they will all have died.  Then I will have to post a gardening fail, which means no home grown herbs for me :(

So, fingers crossed everybody!
A couple of weeks ago, my allergies came back full force.  So I figured if I was going to be spending so much time with my tissue box, it may as well get a little dressed up...

It's growing! All three pods of dill are showing signs of life...

I love the flavours of coconut and ginger together.  The other day, I was staring at the giant bag of dried cranberries in my pantry wondering what to do with them...and I just so happened to have some coconut ginger rice in the fridge.  I added one to the other and the flavours went great together! So I embellished it a bit and this was the result... 
Cranberry Coconut Ginger Rice
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil + 1 tsp
2 tbsps fresh ginger, minced
2 tsps garlic, minced
1 1/3 cups basmati rice (uncooked)
1 1/4 cups coconut milk
1 cup water
1 tsp kosher salt
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup chickpeas
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
fresh ground black pepper

MAKES 7 servings

Do you like wine?  I like wine.  There are so many screw top bottles now though that when I get one with a cork, I get pretty excited that I get to use my fancy cork screw.  And I always keep the corks...unless the removal process destroys them of course.

I recently used some of those corks to make great looking gift tags.  (Even though the gifts I gave with them guessed, you can use these on any gift.  That's what I'll be doing come December!

I don't have a green thumb.  There are two plants in my home that I can say are alive...not necessarily well, but alive.  A spider plant and an aloe vera.  If you know anything about plants and which ones are easiest to keep, you'll know that's not very impressive.

These two plants have survived on the same sill together since I moved into this house over a year ago.  This morning, I pissed off the spider plant and took it away from its friend, Mrs. Vera.  I needed to make room for my egg carton garden, which I wanted to be placed in the best spot possible.

I use herbs A LOT in my cooking.  But herbs can get expensive and they don't last very long in the fridge once you've removed them from the plant.  Now, I know that there are better ways to store them in the fridge and that if they are to go bad, I could always freeze them in an ice cube tray with oil before that happens, but I wanted a more permanent solution.

There is plenty of room around me for growing my own herbs and vegetables.  I have a huge back yard and get this, a green house.  Last summer, my first summer living here, I worked in the yard, planted some strawberries and attempted to grow a few other things that eventually died away.  Gardening is hard.  One day I intend to learn, but today is not that day.  It is however the day of my first baby step towards turning these thumbs green.

In order to save space in the house, I used an empty egg carton to plant 6 different types of herbs that I use most often in my kitchen.  Even if you or your family don't eat eggs, I'm sure you know someone who does.  Ask them to keep their empty cartons for you!  Of course, when the plants start to grow (if they do, ahh!) I will transplant them to pots.  Until then I believe this carton will do just fine.  (But what do I know?)