DIY Oyster Mushroom Kit – Day 8 – Final

DIY Oyster Mushroom Kit - Day 8

DIY Oyster Mushroom Kit - Day 8

DIY Oyster Mushroom Kit - Day 8

DIY Oyster Mushroom Kit - Day 8

It was a success! Shortly after these photos I cut the mushrooms up and added them to stir fry. I saved a few and used them the next day on a homemade pizza. I ate a few raw, too, and.. wow! They pack a lot of flavor!

This was such an awesome project. Many thanks goes out to my friends who gifted me this kit! I love you guys! <3

Project: Mushrooms From A Box! Day 6 & 7

They are really starting to look like recognizable mushrooms now as you can see by the bottom (latest) photo. It is so very exciting! Even though I haven’t eaten any yet, I already recommend this kit to anyone who is interested.

OK, enough words, it’s photo time!
Tuesday March 20th ~ 1pm (day 6)
DIY Oyster Mushroom Kit - Day 6 @ 1pm

Tuesday March 20th ~ 4pm (day 6)
DIY Oyster Mushroom Kit - Day 6 @ 4pm

Tuesday March 20th ~ 8pm (day 6)
DIY Oyster Mushroom Kit - Day 6 @ 8pm

Wednesday March 21st ~ 1pm (day 7)
DIY Oyster Mushroom Kit - Day 7 @ 1pm

Wednesday March 21st ~ 11pm (day 7)
DIY Oyster Mushroom Kit - Day 7 @ 11pm

Project: Mushrooms From A Box! Day 5

DIY Oyster Mushroom Kit - Day 5

DIY Oyster Mushroom Kit - Day 5

See the white dots starting to pop up around the horizontal cut? That’s what the spot that sprouted up looked like last night! So fast, mushrooms.. so fast!
DIY Oyster Mushroom Kit - Day 5

It’s time for daily photos from here on out.

First Garage Sale Find of 2012

It’s that time of year again… the time when it’s perfectly acceptable to rummage through peoples things on a nice day in their front lawn and pay them next to nothing for it! I went to my first one of the 2012 season on Friday morning. I found this lovely necklace with a peanut pendant for just a buck!

Peanut Necklace

I’m saving all the change I can find for next Friday’s sales!

“Bacon” Scarf Handmade out of 100% Soft Wool

New scarf product line in my shop. These scarves are very fun to make and are super duper soft. Meant to look like bacon! But hey, if somebody sees it and doesn’t “get it” they’ll just think you’re wearing a pretty brown/pink/peach/white scarf 😉 They don’t even have to “get it”. Those who do are sure to get a kick out of it!

Bacon Scarf 100% Wool

Available HERE!

Project: Mushrooms From A Box! Day 1

I’ve officially started my oyster mushroom kit! It’s from here if you’re really curious. Nowhere on that website or on the box does it say to soak the bag for 24 hours after cutting slits in the side but that’s exactly what the directions inside the box said. So I did that…. I cut a ~ 3×5 X in the bag and submerged it in cold tap water for a WHOLE DAY. *thumb twirls*

DIY Oyster Mushroom Kit - 24 Hour Soak

Since these photos, I drained the water and put the bag back into the box which I then just placed on the kitchen counter top. I can’t wait until I see some stuff growing and wonder if it’s good growth or bad growth. It all looks so interesting to me. When I feel the layer of white mycelium that has already grown inside the bag it feels kinda like salamander skin or something.

DIY Oyster Mushroom Kit - 24 Hour Soak

Would you touch it? o.O

Awesome Recent Etsy Finds #3

One should not underestimate the importance of good spices and the knowledge to use them! This kit is on my wish list for sure and would be a great gift for any chef… even if you think they ‘have it all’ – I bet they wouldn’t mind trying out something new or receiving more of a favorite! Do you know what Tabil is?? Lime Fresco Salt? Sounds exciting ^_^
Spice Kit

This scarf sold already, of course, but.. WOW…. This lady really knows what she is doing and comes out with so many amazing scarves! This one just particularly blows my mind!
Felt Scarf

These make my toes wiggle, wishing they were mine!
Rose Felt Shoes

The enormous size and colors immediately drew me in. I always pack too much when I’m going on a small trip – “.. what if I get dirty in this, what if I want to work on that project?..” – and this bag looks like it could hold it all. Then look at that strap! Sturdy and with a leather feather detail hanging down. Wow. And a lot of people still don’t use Etsy to buy beautiful handmade items, umm, why??
Travel Bag
I would totally snuggle up to it, too.

When I was young, ~ 10 years old, I got my first guinea pig — “Squeeky”! I loved him so much and have had guinea pigs since and have overall always had a soft spot for these little “squeaking monkey rats”. So when I found LalisLittleWorldOn‘s shop on Etsy I instantly fell in love! I wish I did THIS with my guinea pig.
Guinea Pig Print
Not just one cool product (prints) but TWO! Lavender sachets!
Guinea Pig Print Lavender Sachets

Owl switch plate cover. Sign me up.
Owl Light Switch Plate

I also learned about the existance of narwhals this week. They are whales with HORNS like UNICORNS! It lead me to find this necklace that I think is super cute to end this episode of recent favorites 😉

Narwhal Horn Necklace

Project: Mushrooms From A Box!

We’re all excited over here because today in the mail I received THIS from my amazing friends! It’s a DIY kit for growing edible oyster mushrooms at home.

DIY Oyster Mushrooms
DIY Oyster Mushrooms

I’ve wanted to try this since I first heard it was possible years ago. Tomorrow I will cut the box and start misting it to get them to start growing. Stay tuned for progress posts!

Rainy Day Ultimate Oatmeal

It’s raining and I’ve been eating a lot of spiced up veggies lately… So today I wanted something different… something warm, fruity and creamy… so I made oatmeal on the stove. Then I added walnuts, almonds, flax seeds, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and wonderful juices from the berries. Oh, that’s peanut butter smeared on the side of my bowl too – I love the combo of oatmeal and peanut butter. (Better than ice cream!)

Rainy Day Ultimate Oatmeal

What do you put in your oatmeal?

Green Clementine Smoothie

Clementines are a variety of Mandarin Orange. I found a bag of them on sale today so I picked them up. Yay! It’s unfortunate how little fresh citrus fruits I get to eat because the quality and prices in the stores around where I live is terrible nearly year-round. Nope, not close enough to the equator. The good news is that clementines are usually great quality, come in a big bundle/box, and are sometimes on sale. If you have never tried them I really suggest that you do. They have much thinner peels than oranges and are really easy to peel open, typically don’t have seeds and are very sweet and juicy. Of course they are very healthy – containing a lot of Vitamin C, B Vitamins, potassium, calcium, ++ fiber, water and antioxidants – especially when you eat the peel too! I LOVE the sharp taste of the peel in smoothies. It can really hide the taste of other ingredients, such as the taste of spinach/greens or beets, if you don’t like those flavors. OR it can scare you away completely — if that is the case just omit the peel and you’ve still got a lovely smoothie. Check out what I made today:

Green Clementine Smoothie

  • Handful of Spinach *or other greens
  • 3 Clementines * or tangerine, orange
  • +peel ~ 2in x 2in piece *experiment for your tastes
  • Strawberries ~1 cup
  • 1 banana
  • Pineapple ~1/4 cup
  • Flax Seeds ~ 1 Tbsp
  • Soy Milk *until blendable ~ 1 cup

I’m going to be saving all of my peels and putting some of these ideas to use too – 5 Clementine Peel Ideas!

Photos to come! I feel bad publishing text-only posts!