Wednesday, February 3, 2010

February 3rd - Spray Paint, Rick Rack, & Smoked Salmon

Today, between swimming lessons for my three year old and Baby Time at the local library for my 8 month old, I was able to fit in some creative moments...

#1 I spray painted sconces and a frame that I like but didn't like the colors of. Spray painting doesn't take much creativity but it does quickly upcycle something that may otherwise be throw away (although it is not the greenest way to go about keeping something out of a landfill...) I wasn't sure how I would feel about the gold but it is pretty and shiny and will look great on the wall where I plan to hang them. I bought these for $1 each at a thrift store. I have had the frame forever, but never liked the green. I thought this paint would be more of a cream... I was going to paint it completely but decided I like bit of the green showing through. So there, I did have to use a bit of creative decision making  in this process.

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#2 I needed to get some muslin for a sewing project and decided to go a bit crazy buying trim for another project I have in mind (mixed media not sewing). I LOVE rick rack and I LOVE the local fabric store called Sugar Pine, that has EVERYTHING a creative needleworker could ever need!

#3 I made dinner. I make 2-3 meals a week that I have never made before. My whole family likes to eat and we are willing to try most anything (although the only "meat" I eat is fish). I get several food related e-newsletters so I am never lost for inspiration (there is also the local library and my massive cookbook collection). This one is from Martha. It is basically a salmon bagel sandwich turned into a pasta dish. Everyone including my three year old LOVED this. So easy, so tasty!
Farfalle with Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese
By Martha Stewart


Serves 4

  • 12 ounces farfalle (bow-tie pasta) I used fusille...
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 small red onion, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 2 ounces bar cream cheese, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, coarsely chopped, or 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained and rinsed
  • 4 ounces smoked salmon, cut into bite-size pieces


  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, according to package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water. Add onion to pot; immediately drain pasta mixture, and return to pot.
  2. Add cream cheese, dill, capers, and salmon to pasta. Toss, adding reserved pasta water a little at a time to create a thin sauce that coats farfalle (you may not need all the water). Season lightly with salt and pepper. Serve.

All photos by Tiffany Teske
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kimbuktu said...

As usual, your food looks yummy! Wish I liked to cook, but I admit that I prefer someone else to cook and I eat. I will even do the cleaning up!

Love your upcycling endeavors.

Serena said...

Looks so great! we love salmon here :)

I was actually contemplating curing my own salmon, what do you think? Jason thinks im nuts! ...its can't be that hard to do it without poisoning us!