No-sew t-shirt blanket

I hate throwing things away if they’re still got some use in…

blanketI hate throwing things away if they’re still got some use in them, so my project today is explaining how I upcycled a pile of my husband’s old t-shirts into a colorful no-sew quilt.

My husband is a fan of a good graphic tee, especially if it has a comic book character or symbol on it (he’s also a huge comic nerd). However, he is hard on shirts – he gets holes in them in the randomest of places, and they seem to sprout overnight. When I would make him clean out his drawers every few months, he would hand over the hole-riddled shirts, thinking I would donate them to the textile recycling here in NYC. But I hated to toss them, especially the ones with his favorite comic logos on them. So I saved them up, and over a couple of evenings this summer made them into a “quilt” (which he now loves!)

The best part? No sewing involved! Here’s how it’s done.

Farm Fresh Ricotta Tart

Healthy Farm Fresh Ricotta Tart with Tomatoes, Roasted Peppers, and Thyme I…

Healthy Farm Fresh Ricotta Tart with Tomatoes, Roasted Peppers, and Thyme

I chose this recipe to share today because it combines so many of my favorite things (and is, of course, delicious)! It is the perfect mix of:

  • an awesome and healthy crust from Cooking Light –  I recommend this crust for any and all savory tarts
  • farm fresh produce from my weekly farm share – a huge shout-out to Corbin Hill Farm, who delivers fresh veggies to me and thousands of other shareholders each week in Harlem and the Bronx, making fresh food available to neighborhoods that need it most
  • fresh (from my kitchen!) ricotta – I promise, making it yourself is easier than you might think!
  • roasted red peppers – ’nuff said

Of course, you can buy all of these ingredients from a store… but making the ricotta, roasting the peppers, and making the crust takes just a few extra minutes, is healthier, yummier, and SO WORTH IT! I promise.

Green Bean, Corn, and Avocado Salad

I learned three very important lessons the first time I tasted this…

Gren Bean, Corn, and Avocado Salad | http://simplicityssakeblog.comI learned three very important lessons the first time I tasted this dish. Until that fateful meal, I thought I hated avocados. More than hated – they made me ill! I had tried one as a teenager and thought it tasted like slimy walnuts, and the more I thought about it the more nauseous I became. I swore them off, and avoided them successfully for several years… until they were served to me during my very first meal with my French host family. No matter how much you hate something (unless you are allergic), you will eat it when you are trying your hardest to not offend the complete strangers who are lodging you for the next 4 months, especially during the first meal. So I steeled myself and took a small forkful of my host mom’s green bean, corn, and avocado salad… and then went back for seconds… and thirds. Not only was it DELICIOUS (so sweet! so crunchy! so creamy!), but I had also avoided my first possible snafu as a guest in their home. I promptly committed an even greater sin by mutilating the cheese, but at least I hadn’t offended anyone. So the 3 lessons I learned that evening were:

Cornflake Cookies

AKA Best Cookies Ever, whose secret recipe I am sharing with the…

Cornflake Cookies | http://simplicityssakeblog.comAKA Best Cookies Ever, whose secret recipe I am sharing with the world for the very first time

Yes, you read that right – there are CORNFLAKES in these cookies, and let me tell you, you have never tasted anything so deliciously balanced between sweet and slightly salty, crunchy and soft. This recipe came to me on a handwritten index card (as all the best ones do) from my mom, and try as I might I can not find it anywhere online. I’ve made these cookies for at least 10 years, for countless gifts and parties, and everyone who has tasted them loves them. So now I bequeath this recipe unto you – use it in good health! (Speaking of which, there are a few healthier substitutions suggested here for the health-conscious / butter-averse.)

Chalkboard Clothespin Labels

Chalkboard Clothespin Labels

My friends are all fabulous cooks, so when we get together 95%…

Chalkboard Labels

My friends are all fabulous cooks, so when we get together 95% of the time it is a potluck… and we spend 50% of the get together explaining to new arrivals what all the dishes are on the table! So when I came across this idea on pinterest I knew I had to make them. When I debuted them at a recent gathering, they were a huge hit – I think I found this year’s DIY Christmas presents!