Thursday, 22 March 2012 08:33

TND: Baked Beet Chips and Knitted Jersey Bracelets

Written by stephania
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Happy Thursday everyone! This week has been one hectic week and girls' night could have not come soon enough! It's been a week of housebreaking (I've literally gone through 6 rolls of paper towels), loads of events, planning my trip to Florida (the sunshine is calling my name), and squeezing in early morning runs (although this morning I slept right through my alarm and am opting for quick evening run with Ophelia).  I've been feeling a little uninspired in the kitchen recently, so this week I am determined to get my butt in gear and try out a new recipe.  Tonight we're trying a new little appetizer, Baked Beet Chips.  They are so easy to make and are loaded with Vitamin C (perfect for this crazy weather!).  

For the craft, Megan, is sharing these super cute jersey bracelets. This craft is perfect for a low key night when you feel like being a bit creative, but are so wiped out that you have the attention span of this little known puppy.

Stephania

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Baked Beet Chips

adapted from Marth Stewart

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   Photo: Martha Stewart

What you need:

  • 2 medium beets
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

What you do:

Preheat oven to 350˚F.  Peel beets and very thinly slice them with a sharp knife or mandoline.  Toss beets in a large bowl with olive oil and spread beets onto a cookie sheet.  Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over them and bake for 20 minutes (or until crisp).

 

Knitted Jersey Bracelets 

by Megan Kramer (adapted from Vanessa Christenson)

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You can either take an old t shirt and cut it into long strips, or you can buy jersey fabric from your local crafting store.  Cut the strips about 1’’ wide.  The length will vary depending on how thick you make your bracelet.

If your fabric isn’t long enough, knot two together by cutting a small slit on one end of each piece.  Line up the slits, and pull the other end of the bottom piece through the top of both pieces. Now they are linked.

For those of you that remember how to finger knit, this will be cake.  If you don’t remember, or need a refresher, here goes.  Leave a few inches of slack and hold the fabric between your thumb and forefinger.  Decide how wide you want your bracelet to be; 2 fingers for a thinner bracelet, 3 or 4 for a thicker bracelet.  Next weave the fabric around the fingers you want to use.  When each finger has two loops, simply pull the bottom loop over the top, and off of your fingers.  Now each finger will have one loop again.  Wind the fabric around all of the fingers you’re using, and pull the bottom over the top again.  Repeat until you have the desired length (remember jersey will stretch).  Carefully pull the loops off of your fingers-don’t let go of them.  Pull the tail though those loops and tie a knot.  Double knot the ends together to be sure they are secure, and cut off the extra.

Enjoy!

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