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Too Cute Tuesday: Naan Bread

Every Tuesday, it’s friends, a craft, and a cocktail. To learn more, see all the posts together at www.toocutetuesday.com or check out the Too Cute Tuesday Facebook page.

All this month, we’re making all those food items we’ve always wanted to try. My friend Morgan sent me this link way back about how to make Naan bread via Videojug. Only 10 minutes to rise and 10 minutes to bake with 10ish minutes prep? Sounds easy to me. And with mint to use up in my fridge, it’s mojito time! (I mean, come on, what else are you supposed to do with mint?!)

Sue rolls out the naan- easy!

Materials

1 tsp. yeast
1 tsp. demarara sugar
1 tbsp. warm water

7 oz. flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 tbsp. natural yogurt
2 tbsp. milk



If you want to hear an authoritative-sounding British woman give you the instructions, watch the video below. Otherwise my overly simplified instructions

1. Mix ingredients in group one together. Put aside in oven (not warm- just warmer than your kitchen) for 5 minutes.

2. Mix group two ingredients together and put aside. Add group 1 (now frothy mixture) and stir. Knead for five minutes, cover with wet towel and stick in the oven (not warm).

3. Make mojitos. Debrief with TCT friends about firefighting training and dog behavior while bread rises.

4. Take out dough and cut into four sections. Roll out but not too thin.

5. Spread vegetable oil on cookie sheet and add dough. Preheat oven for 275 degrees F and cook naan for 10-15 minutes. Serve warm, in our case, with chicken marsala (also in Videojug series).

6. Eat Indian food with a chocolate chaser. Aren’t you crafty, and now full of tasty food!


Indian: How To Make Naan Bread



Too Cute Tuesday: Lettuce Wraps

Every Tuesday, it’s a craft, a cocktail, and friends. To see all the posts, check out TooCuteTuesday.com or check us out on Facebook.

A few of our members have requested different food items so the month of May is dedicated to food. Dorrie requested we attempt lettuce wraps à la P.F. Chang a few weeks ago so we’re starting with that. And if you have requests, let us know!

Izzy shows off her mad knife skills. At Too Cute Tuesday, we encourage playing with sharp objects.

Recipe modified from Recipezaar

Materials/Ingredients

3 tablespoons oil
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 cup water chestnuts
2/3 cup mushroom
3 tablespoons green onions
1 teaspoon minced garlic

2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon rice wine vinegar

Special Sauce
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon walnut oil
2 teaspoons water
1 teaspoon red chile sauce (note: use less if you don’t have heat tolerance)

Iceberg lettuce

Cocktail of the Night: Limeade… we really should have added stuff but we didn’t.



The most work involved in this craft was chopping. Sue was on it.

1. Greet TCT participants as they arrive at Craft Central and offer beverage. Heat oil in a wok and cook chicken 4 minutes per side. Set in a bowl to cool.

2. Get enthusiastic participant to make the special sauce (essentially whisking it all together). Have another enthusiastic participant do some chopping of water chestnuts, mushrooms, green onions, and garlic. Be impressed with a fancy knife left by a certain semi-pro chef who often hangs out at Craft Central. Have third enthusiastic participant mix stirfry sauce with soy sauce, brown sugar, and rice wine vinegar. Cut up chicken into small pieces.

3. Add everything but special sauce and lettuce leaves into the work and cook until the liquid is absorbed. Serve on lettuce leaves and pour special sauce on top as desired. Eat like a burrito.

Tada. Much better tasting than it looks in this photo!

4. Eat ice cream for dessert to balance out lettuce as main course. Yum!

Overall, a very easy recipe, especially to cook in a group. We were done in less than half an hour which left plenty of time for socialization, the real point of Too Cute Tuesday. Aren’t we crafty… and well fed!



Too Cute Tuesday: Laundry Detergent

Every Tuesday, it’s a cheap craft, fun cocktail, and good friends. To learn more, check out Facebook or see all the Too Cute Tuesday posts at www.toocutetuesday.com.

This week at Too Cute Tuesday, a lot of our usual suspects were off on school vacation so it was just Sue and I tonight, holding down the crafting fort.

A while back, my Fort Kent friend/fellow blogger Kellie sent me a link to some cheap and easy homemade laundry detergent she made. When I realized how many jugs of plastic (not to mention dollars) this would save over time, I realized it was a perfect craft for Earth month. This April, we’re doing all Earth-friendly crafts this month.

I halved Kellie’s recipe since it was just Sue and I taking home the booty…but one penny per load of laundry?! That’s amazing, and so easy!

Materials
1/6 bar of Felds-Napta
1/4 cup Borax
1/4 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda

Cocktail of the Night: Dirty Underwear
1 oz vodka, 1 oz peach schnapps, several drops grenadine. To make a cocktail, fill with lemonade.



1. Head to the grocery store cleaning aisle to find needed crafting supplies. Just as you’re about to give up, notice the Borax and washing soda on the top shelf at the end of the aisle, and the Felds- Napta bars behind a display. Clearly, these aren’t the grocery store’s money making items!

2. Bring the supplies to Craft Central. Mix some beverages and read the containers trying to figure out what’s chemically in each. Interesting. Bonus: Make some chemical equations about what’s going to happen, if you feel so inclined/nerdy.

3. Grate 1/6 of the bar of Felds-Napta soap into 3 cups of water over the stove. Heat until soap dissolves.

4.Turn off heat. Stir in borax and washing soda until dissolved.

5. Pour mixture into one gallon bucket and fill rest with warm water. Let sit overnight.

6. Hang out and drink laundry-related cocktail.

Tomorrow night, I’ll be mashing it up (it’s apparently going to be a bit goopy) and stick it in jugs. Ta-da!

I apologize for the lack of photos, folks. It was not a real photogenic craft. But Sue and I did have a good time and if you tackle this project, so will you. Aren’t you crafty, and domestic?

See Kellie’s original blog post here…



Too Cute Tuesday: Can Camping Stove

Too Cute Tuesday is a weekly event involving a craft, a cocktail, and friends. To join the fun, visit our Facebook page or see all the TCT posts in one location here.

I was at a party a couple months ago when my friend Joe told me he could make a camping stove out of two cans and a utility knife. I of course made him do it on the spot. What a perfect craft for Too Cute Tuesday and a great way to recycle a couple of cans! (Remember, we are trying to make all our crafts earth friendly since Earth Day is this month.)

Since I apparently don’t drink anything out of cans, I had to buy some beverage, in my case generic store brand diet coke, so I could craft. Rum, cola, knives, and fire? We have a fun and potentially dangerous night on our hands.

Materials
2 cans
Utility knife
Scissors
Nail or thumbtack and hammer
Liquid fuel and lighter

Safety stuff: Fire extinguisher, Place to burn safely, trained firefighter (optional)

Cocktail of the Night: Rum and Coke (might as well use the Coke, right?)



Sue and I tried to follow the instructions and make 32 holes around the outside of our can. We gave up after about half that because pushing the thumbtack through the can was actually kind of hard on our hands!

For those of you wanting really exact directions, Instructables has a very specific tutorial. As you know, here at TCT, we like to make it simpler if we can (which means sometimes it doesn’t work… but then sometimes, it does!)

1. Pour cocktail right away, since you need two empty cans to attempt.

2. Poke holes around the bottom of one can, and a few in the middle. This is where the fuel will get poured in and where it’ll burn off.

My camping stove worked well (gasp). I know, I'm as shocked as you are.

3. Cut the holey can so only the bottom and about 1 inch of the body of the can remain. Cut the bottom off the other can the same way. You’re going to fit the two pieces together eventually.

4. Fringe the other can so you can fit the holey can bottom on top of the fringed one. Both can bottoms will be facing outward.

Andrew brought utility knives and the goal of making this craft way simpler than it was. Here he is 'fringing' the bottom of the second can.

5. Go someplace where you can contain a blaze. Pour in liquid fuel and set on fire. Boom, you have a stove (well, hopefully not ‘boom’ but you get the idea.

So these can stoves are lightweight, which makes them great for backpacking, and small which means they won’t take up too much room in your pack. Aren’t you crafty, outdoorsy, and earth friendly at the same time?



Too Cute Tuesday: DIY Shaving Cream

Every Tuesday, it’s a craft, a cocktail, and friends. Because DIY is fun and you don’t have to be Martha Stewart to make something cool. For more fun, check it out on Facebook or see all the Too Cute Tuesday posts at www.toocutetuesday.com.

April is my favorite month. National Poetry Month, my birthday, and Earth Day all happen. Also my world gets less muddy outside and I can start wearing sandals.

This month we salute Mother Earth with environmentally related crafts. This week, we made our own shaving cream, inspired by a combination of eHow and Planet Green. Chef Dan showed us and made hot lemonade to spice things up. Yay Tuesday!

Materials:
1/4 bar of soap (2 inches x 1 inch x 1 inch)
1/2 c. water
double boiler situation
1 tbsp. glycerin (It naturally comes in liquid form… which I didn’t know before this evening)
a few drops essential oil (optional- we used lime)
mug

Cocktail of the Night
Hot Lemonade: Combine juice from one large lemon, 1-2 oz. maple syrup, 1 tbsp granulated or brown sugar, 1 oz dark rum. Fill with hot water.

Chef Dan shakes things up. If you have a hot kitchen, might as well make a warm cocktail!



1. Read article in Planet Green about melting glycerin and adding oil to create shaving cream. Think it’s easy.

2. Go to your local hippie-dippy store to pick up glycerin. Realize you can only find liquid glycerin. Hmmm.

3. Return home and research. Learn on eHow that you need solid soap base to add to liquid glycerin if you want solid soap since glycerin at room temperature (at least the pure stuff) is supposed to be in liquid form. Decide to use a bit of bar soap you have in your shower as your base but decide to forgo eHow’s suggestion of protective body suit, goggles, and oven mitts.

4. Create double boiler and add water and soap. (Hint that I didn’t take: Cut it in pieces so it will melt quicker.) Chef Dan arrives at Craft Central just in time to create a cocktail.

5. Relax and wait for melting. Rejoice when it finally happens.

6. Add glycerin and essential oil. Pour in mug to cool overnight.

To use the shaving cream, just use a moist brush and rub to create a lather. Or so we’re told!

I always think the melt and pour crafts are going to be easy but sometimes, even these things surprise the unprepared crafter. But as long as you have good entertainment, you should be all set!

Aren’t you environmentally friendly, clean shaven, and crafty?



Too Cute Tuesday: Salt Water Taffy

Too Cute Tuesday is a weekly event involving a craft, a cocktail, and friends. To learn more check us out on Facebook or see the TCT posts at www.toocutetuesday.com.
This past Sunday was Maine Maple Sunday and while sap production is lower this year than was expected (something to do with the relatively warmer weather we’ve been having), we are not letting that get us down at Too Cute Tuesday!
We decided to make maple flavored salt water taffy because it was easy and it involved sugar, two factors we often consider with crafting.
Armed with buttery scissors, I am up to evil candy cutting.
 

Dorrie deals with our mass of taffy, with buttered hands and a tolerance for heat. Now that's taking one for the team!

Ingredients:
2 cups white granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons butter
1-1/2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon flavored oil
7 drops food coloring
maple syrup or other flavoring
food coloring (optional- we didn’t use it)
candy thermometer
sauce pan
cookie sheet
plastic wrap or wax paper
scissors
extra butter
Cocktail of the Night: Triple Phat Limeaid (two parts lime juice, 1 oz citrus vodka, 1 oz cognac, 1 oz orange liqueur. Shake and pour.)



If you need more detailed directions, check out eHow. Otherwise, we’ll take you through our process below:
1. Gather sugar, syrup, salt, and water. Dump in saucepan. Heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Heat mixture slowly to 260ish degrees F. (Mental note: You might want to actually get a candy thermometer to do this. Ours only went up to 220. D’oh!) Candy will be at the hard ball stage, which means you can put a bit of mixture in a cup of cold water and it makes , you guessed it, a hard ball. Stir in maple syrup (or any flavor and coloring you are using).
2. Pour mixture on buttered cookie sheet to cool. Make cocktails and dish about the nearby earthquake while waiting mixture to cool.
Christie the happy crafter proposes we have other 'pull it' crafts since this one was so fun. She is hard pressed to think of another besides making cheese.
3. Butter your hands, you’ll be glad you did this in a second. Form ball from the mixture. Pull and fold. Pull and fold. Add butter to hands as necessary, or unnecessary, you know, because buttery hands are fun. When the taffy becomes lighter colored and harder to pull, separate into a few sections and hand them to your friends who have also buttered their hands.
4. Pull and fold. Pull and fold. Have Christie propose that we have ‘pull it’ month, a whole month of pull-related crafts. Interesting idea, Christie, but please tell me this to me when my hands are not covered in butter so I can write it down.
5. Stretch candy into sections approximately 1/2 inch wide. Butter scissors and cut candy off into little pieces. Resist the temptation to put these immediately in your mouth. One of members practically accidentally welded her jaw shut. Wrap pieces in plastic wrap or wax paper. Make your friends who have jobs outside the house take them to give out at their workplaces, if only because you shouldn’t ever consume that much corn syrup.
This recipe makes a ridiculous amount of candy so be warned!

Aren’t you buttery, and crafty?



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