Menu Plan Monday

So menu planning for 4 days!  As I will be on vacation for memorial weekend! Woo! I am pretty excited for a couple days off and spending them in  Vegas, well that is pretty nice too!

I didn’t get to two of the recipes from last week, so those are on the list. 

Pesto Shrimp with Snow Peas & Quinoa
Cilantro Scallops with toasted tortillas
Crock Pot Sesame Chicken
And most likely leftovers/salad/whatever is left in my fridge that is perishable and needs to go!

Keeping it short and sweet!

I hope y’all had a great weekend! I had a pretty crafty weekend and if you follow me on IG.. you saw a bit of it 😉

Stay Crafty
-Jesika

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Color Blocked Tye Dye Shoes

You have seen me do color blocking before.. and yes it was the same colors.. .that is all because Nico and I are part of a car club called MFest and those are the colors.
Well this year it is memorial weekend, and it is going to be super hot and I am also old enough this year to go to the club events which means I have to wear heels more than I did the last time we went. So I wanted some comfy shoes to wear while we walk the event. 

I found these plain white slip ons from the thrift store for $5. I already had bought red, black, and yellow dye so next I had to figure out how I wanted to do this… I knew it would be best if I didn’t have to dip so I bought these wilton bottles from JoAnn.. they are for melting chocolate but they are great squirt bottles too!

I started at the toe with the black as I thought the other colors would bleed down and you wouldn’t be able to tell as much. Once I got a nice coverage of black I went for  the red while still holding the shoe up to prevent the red from going to the back. The last color the yellow was the trickiest. I found that letting it sit on a level surface was the best way to get the yellow to soak in without blending with the other colors.
After I thoroughly saturated the shoes I let them rest overnight to soak up as much as the dye as possible. I then rinsed them with a bit of water and placed them in the washer. 
I left them to dry outside once they were done washing. They turned out pretty good for a $5 pair of shoes…there may be a bit of dye on the sole but no one but me will criticize it!
I think I may try to do something like this again, it was fun!
Stay Crafty
-Jesika

Turkey Meatballs

I defrosted some turkey the other night but I had no idea what I wanted to make with it…
Mind you this happens a lot… it should be a problem but in the end my mind creates something to make.
So when the turkey was all defrosted I kinda just stared at it for a bit but then I had a moment where I wanted spaghetti.. but I am on a no carb diet so I made my pasta out of zucchini by slicing it into strips and served it with these turkey meatballs and it was fabulous.
Ingredients:
1 lb ground turkey
2 oz smoked gouda- grated
2 cloves garlic
3 sprigs of fresh basil sliced
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
1 tsp onion powder
I put all of the ingredients into a bowl and mixed. I rolled the mixture into balls and browned them on all sides before placing them in a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes. 
With 5 minutes left in the baking time I covered the balls with sauce to let them soak up moisture and to heat up the sauce without making a huge mess. 
I served my meatballs over zucchini but they are super good over pasta as well! 
The meatballs were juicy, yummy and bomb.com!
Try them out for yourself!
Stay Crafty
-Jesika

Menu Plan Monday

I am proud to say that I finished my advocare 24 day challenge! I ended up losing a total of 6 lbs and 7.5 inches. I feel so much better now than before and most importantly I now take my time and consider more options when I go out to eat. It is a lifestyle change for sure but it feels great. And since the challenge ended on Thursday I am down another 2 lbs! It is amazing what working out & eating well can do to you!
With that in mind I am trying a lot of new recipes lately! But as always I add my own flare. 
This week all my choices came from my pinterest board! If you don’t follow me on pinterest you really should. I may or may not be addicted and that leans towards having a lot of pins and great boards to follow. 
So anyways this week I am going to try:
Lightened Up Chicken Francese from Skinny Taste  with zucchini pasta & baguette slices
Tilapia Tacos with spanish rice and fresh corn
Heroin Chicken with roasted potatoes and salad
Shrimp Saganaki with baguette slices and salad
Cilantro Scallops with toasted tortillas
I hope I get to them all since they all sound delicious. Note that my serving size on the carbs and grains are typically very small and I prefer to eat more veggies then grains but Nico is the exact opposite.
I am pretty excited to share the results! I also will be sharing a few projects this next couple of weeks but some need to wait until I decide what project I am going to anonymously submit to So You Think You’re Crafty for my audition!
I am so excited to audition!
Stay Crafty
-Jesika

Rainy Day Chicken Soup

Sometimes I just make recipes up… well a lot of times I do that and sometimes they taste gross and other times they are fabulous… 
What? at least I can admit to my flaws… it might be a day or two or a week later but I will admit it eventually… maybe.. or I will admit it to myself.. or not at all.. anyways where I was going with this is  that I made soup and it was yummy and I will make it again..

My soup used:
Chicken Broth (32 oz)
1 Small White Onion, diced
 10 Baby Carrots, sliced
1 Ear of Corn, kernels removed
1 Cooked Shredded Chicken Breast
3/4 Cup Pastina
Lemon Balm
1 tsp Celery Salt
1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 Clove Grated Garlic
1 Tbs Olive Oil
I started by sauteing the diced onion in a bit of olive oil.
I let it get some golden color in some spots and then I added in the chicken broth, the carrots and the corn. I let the broth come to a boil and set a timer for 5 minutes. I then added in the celery salt, pepper, chicken, lemon balm and pastina and let it cook for 4 minutes. 
After it cooked I removed the lemon balm and spooned the mixtures into the bowls and devoured it. 
It was super yummy and the chicken was leftover from my work pot luck on Friday so it was the perfect use. Soup on a rainy day when I have no voice so my body thinks it should cough to restore my voice..it was perfect. It was yummy and the leftovers were even better the next day!
So go make some soup, use my recipe, make your own, add something, take something out do what you want! That is the glory of cooking!
Stay Crafty
-Jesika

Craft Room After

So if you saw the before, the after is now here. 
dress forms and thread

paint organization and a messy desk
Bed & Photo

Organized Closet

Still organized chaos
And like I said it is not dramatic but it is now organized and much better for crafting.. though I doubt it stays organized for long but we will see.

It is kinda organized and kinda already chaos as you can see here but that is cause I am trying to organize my recipe binder that currently looks like this..

Needless to say it is time to cut out the articles and put them in some sheet protectors and organize them instead of just continuing to pile them into the binder.. 

Well that is the room!

Nothing special but it gets the job done but you can bet when I have a room only for crafting it will be epic!

Stay Crafty
-Jesika

Meal Plan.. Tuesday.. fail

Yes, I know it is Tuesday…. yes I also know that Monday is normally my meal plan day but I was tired and  I lost my voice and just didn’t want to do anything yet I still had to work, do kickbox and grocery shop so bleh!
But here is my meal plan
Monday (yesterday): Made chicken soup!
Tuesday: Keep it clean Tilapia with salad
Wednesday: Shrimp packets with mango avocado salsa
Thursday:Scallop Pasta
Friday: Cauliflower BBQ Chicken Pizza
Lots of fish but I love seafood so that is a-okay with me and plus I have a pack of tilapia loins, a bag of shrimp and bag of scallops that are always in the freezer!
It has been a rainy nasty past 2 days here in OC, how is your weather? I hope it is prettier than mine..
Anywho…
Stay Crafty
-Jesika