Archive for June, 2011

1950s Sweet Corn Relish

When you think about corn relish, you probably think “that’s so 1950s summertime picnic.” Well, at least that’s what I think. But retro food is making a big comeback. After all, canning and preserving is quite an old school trait in and of itself—and one that I’ve grown to love dearly.

This sweet and tangy corn relish takes you right back to the cool 1950s. The combination of red peppers and yellow corn make it both pleasing to eat and to look at. My larder shelves finally have some color besides deep reds and browns!

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Thrifty Tip Tuesday: Keeping Flowers

At first glance, this week’s thifty tip doesn’t seem all that thrifty at all. It’s purchasing fresh flowers on a weekly basis. Now when I say flowers, I don’t mean a fussily arranged $20 bouquet. No, a $5 bundle will do you just fine.

Having something green in your home not only helps contribute to cleaner oxygen, it also makes for a cozier home. You might think that buying a $5 bouquet won’t make much of a difference but it really does. And if you follow these few quick and easy tips, you can make them last all week long (and then some)!

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DIY Paper Pennant Banner

After a very eventful weekend, I can honestly say I’ve never been more proud to be a New Yorker. Gay marriage passed and it was pride weekend. Can it get any better? I cannot explain how liberated and wonderful it felt to celebrate with my comrades. The energy was radiating and contagious. I got a taste of what it must have felt like in the past, when there was more sense of a community of people acting together. Realistically, I don’t know if it was anything like that, but it was truly fabulous.

All of this pride and excitement made me feel really crafty (I know, I know) and inspired me to whip up a pennant banner that I had been putting on the back burner for a while.

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Strawberry Rosemary Syrup + Strawberry Rickey

One of my favorite memories from last summer vacation was sitting outside at Pepe’s Wharf, a little seafood place in Provincetown, sipping on Raspberry Lime Rickeys, watching the sun set, and eating fish and chips with Alex. The breeze was cool, our tans were fabulous, and the smell of the ocean was just so wonderful. Ever since then, I’ve been saying that I want to recreate those Raspberry Lime Rickys back in New York. Well, I finally got around to making my own version the other night, and decided to put a little spin on it.

I love raspberry syrup, but it’s not raspberry season. It is, however, strawberry season, so I decided to make a strawberry-rosemary syrup to see how it would work. The results were fantastic. My favorite part about this syrup is that you can actually can it, which relieves all the pressure of using 4 cups of fruit syrup—something I don’t think we’d be able to do too easily (or we’d end up on the floor, bombed).

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Thrifty Tip Tuesday: DIY Microwave Popcorn Hack

When I was in college, microwave popcorn was my jam. Well, that and making grilled cheese with irons, but that’s another story. Microwave popcorn was always a staple in my dorm room, and every time I came home I’d be off to Sam’s Club to buy a jumbo pack.

I still love microwave popcorn. I just don’t eat it on a daily basis now. Over the years though, I’ve discovered that the chemically fortified butter used in microwave popcorn just isn’t doing it for me anymore. So thankfully I learned this little thrifty tip from my sis.

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Strawberry Lemon Preserves Giveaway Winner!

Thank you all for entering to win a jar of Strawberry Lemon Preserves! I really enjoyed reading all of your comments–you all sound like you have got some seriously delicious canning projects ahead of you. It was also wonderful to see Handjobs being tweeted all over the interwebs. Unfortunately there can only be one winner. Out of 22 comments, RANDOM.ORG chose commenter 15 – Mackenzi Farquer. Congratulations, Mackenzi and thank you for linking me on SITE’s twitter!

10 Questions With Marisa McClellan of Food in Jars

Since starting Handjobs (For the Home) back in December 2010, I have interacted with such a rad group of readers and bloggers. Everyone has been so welcoming and friendly in helping me enter this new world, and I am extremely grateful.

So, I thought, why not feature a few of these awesome people right here by doing some mini interviews? It’ll be a great chance to learn about various aspects of other bloggers, both in and out of their interweb persona. I’m calling it “10 Questions With…” and first up is the lovely Marisa McClellan from Food in Jars.

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