Tuesday, August 28, 2012

[Cooking] RECIPE: ToBingCab's Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

Welcome back to The Cabby Crafter!

I was surprised when I asked my husband what he wanted for dinner and he replied:  
"Is it alright just to have salad?"  
Oh my.. I had to touch him and make sure he wasn't sick or in a state of delirium.

We have been eating healthier these days since we were finally on our own, in our cozy hideaway.
 It feels nice not to eat too much meat and rice (which is a staple for us Filipinos).  

I scoured our ref for stuff to use and came up with this:
          Fresh Whole mushrooms (7 was enough for both of us)
          3 cloves of Garlic
          1/4 segment of white onions
          Fresh Spinach leaves
          Sargento Shredded Monterey Jack, Queso Quesadilla and Asadero cheese 
          Bragg's Liquid Aminos Seasoning
          Salt and Pepper to taste

1.  Clean the mushrooms with a damp paper towel.  If washing gives you a sense of being extra clean, do it quickly as mushrooms absorb water.  Cut off the stems and set aside.
2.  Chop the garlic, onion and the mushroom stems.  Saute in a little extra virgin olive oil.
3.  Add the spinach leaves and season with Bragg's liquid aminos, salt and pepper.  Don't overcook the spinach so as not to lose it's superpowers.
4.  Scoop a small amount of the sauteed spinach mixture onto the mushrooms.  Top with shredded cheese.  Arrange mushrooms in a pan and bake at  350C for 15 minutes.
5.  Serve while hot but be mindful of the steamy hot cheese.  Enjoy!  

My friend Sandi mentioned in her blog that eating "meat free" can be fun and delicious too.  
It's not just all cold leaves and dressing.

Try this recipe, make your own variation and share it with me.  
Mr. Cabby Crafter told me it was "NAMIT!" (delicious).

Happy cooking!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

[Bead Soup] 6th Bead Soup Blog Party 3rd Reveal

Welcome to The Cabby Crafter!  I am so glad you stopped by.
Today is the big reveal of Ms. Lori Anderson's 6th Bead Soup Blog Party - the 3rd and last for this year.Whew!  Have you seen the beautiful creations that the participants made?

This was my 2nd BSBP and I was paired with Ms. Sonya Stille.  Read more about her HERE.  The assortment of beads and findings that she sent me was delicious!  I love the everything particularly the copper leaf that she made.  I hardly word with copper, in fact, this was the most copper that I've worked with.

The BSBP guru, aka, Ms. Lori asked us to give a focal bead and a clasp.  The copper leaf that Sonya did was gorgeous and I wanted it to be the centerpiece of this necklace!  I used copper wire, hammered the end, added green beads and wrapped it with wire...lots of wire to make a bail! 
This was an asymmetrical necklace that drapes very nicely on the neck.

I love the color palette - browns and greens, very earthy, "organic" as they call it.
This lariat necklace made use of the nuggets, crystals, copper chain and enameled round beads.  
More wire wrapping but fun!
This was the pot of soup that Sonya sent me.  Isn't it lovely?   Visit Sonya's BLOG and see what she did to the bead soup that I sent her.  Check out her Pinterest and FB page too.

Here's the List of the 3rd BSBP Reveal.  Grab your comfy seat and hop on!
Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads 
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog
Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie

Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging
Hannah Annear, Squintessential

Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs
Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels

Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home
Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas

Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show
Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities
Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures

Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN
Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops

Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio
Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter - THIS IS ME!
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope,  LB Creative Arts and Crafts

Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi
Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry
Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog

Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo
Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila
Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads - MY AWESOME PARTNER!!!
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick

Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design
Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs

Enjoy the weekend!  
Happy hopping!

♥  Michelle