I’m not ashamed to admit that I eat a lot of hummus. It’s pretty healthy, plus it’s quick and delicious. Sometimes, along with some crackers and vegetables, it makes up a whole meal. Usually lunch, but it’s been dinner, and I’m sure one day it’ll be breakfast. Actually, I have had it on toast with spinach or radishes for breakfast. So the only frontier left is dessert. Which I don’t see happening any time soon, but you never know.
While I love standard, plain hummus, I’ve also played around with some variations. A couple of years ago I even made a hummus flight, which consisted of roasted red pepper hummus, chipotle feta hummus, spinach artichoke hummus, and spicy hummus. And now I’ve gone and made two more flavors. This week I whipped up some pesto hummus and balsamic hummus. Ready for the complicated recipes?
Stir 1 tsp pesto (pre-made or homemade) into 1 cup of hummus. Taste, and add more pesto if desired.
Stir 1 tsp balsamic vinegar into 1 cup of hummus. Taste, and add more balsamic if desired.
Below is my standard hummus recipe. Once you’ve made your hummus base, the variations are incredibly easy. I make my hummus from scratch, from dried chickpeas (instructions here), and I think that makes a big difference, but you can definitely use canned beans to save time.
Hummus Base Recipe
3 cups cooked chickpeas/garbanzo beans
1/4 cup tahini
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
In a large food processor, puree the chickpeas, garlic, tahini, olive oil, and lemon juice. If the hummus is too thick, add water by the teaspoon to thin it out to the desired consistency.
After I made my geometric himmeli gems, I couldn’t decide quite where to put them. This one went over a plant on my bookshelf, and I knew that I wanted to dangle the other two from the ceiling, but I couldn’t make up my mind where. Clearly what I needed was more, right? Well, kind of. Things often look better in odd-groupings, so when I decided I wanted to hang two of the gems in my bedroom, I needed one more to properly round out the grouping. And I wanted to add a plant to the mix, but I’ve never been able to keep an airplant alive, no matter what I try. A plant in a pot I can definitely do, though, so a himmeli planter seemed like a safe bet. I whipped this little guy up surprisingly quickly, added some cup hooks and fishing wire, and now I have a cool new piece in my bedroom.
Here it is from the other side of the french doors that lead to my closet:
If you want to make your own, I used this little pot, and the same supplies and steps as in this tutorial post, but cut the following pieces of the brass tubing:
The 2.75-inch pieces make up the bottom point, the 2.25 pieces make up the square base holding the pot, the 2-inch pieces make up the triangles holding the top of the pot, and the 6-inch pieces are at the top.
Just for good measure (and to give you a better sense of how it goes with the room), here’s a bit of the rest of the bedroom:
We just got a rug, which was kind of the final piece we needed to finish the room, so I’ll have to share a full tour soon.
It’s been kind of a long time since I’ve done any clothing projects. But I’ve been seeing net and mesh used in a lot of cool ways this Spring (some of which I rounded up here), and I was feeling inspired. So I took a pencil skirt that I’ve had for a long time, and gave it a makeover to resemble this designer version. I’m quite happy with how it turned out and can’t wait to wear it around town. Mesh feels unexpectedly cool right now, so this skirt probably won’t be the last time you see it here.
How about you, do you like mesh, or does it give you bad flashbacks to gym-class jerseys?
Athletic mesh/net fabric – I bought 1 yard and that was plenty.
1. Try on your skirt and decide how much longer than the skirt you want the mesh overlay to be. I went with 3 inches. Lay your skirt out flat on the net fabric, and trace around it, leaving a 1/2-inch border on all edges and an overhang on the bottom hem. It’s a good idea to add an extra inch or so to the bottom, just to be safe. You can always trim it at the end if it’s it’s too long. Cut out this piece.
2. My skirt had a zipper in the middle of the back, so I needed a back seam. If your skirt has a side seam you’ll want to cut another piece like the one above, but for a back seam, fold the skirt in half along that seam, lay it on a piece of doubled mesh fabric, and trace around it, again adding the 1/2-inch seam allowance and extra length. Cut out, giving you two back pieces.
3. Take your three pieces of fabric, and pin them together along the side seams. Sew those seams up with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. If you have slits in the side seams of your original skirt, add them to the overlay by measuring where they start and ending the seam here. I found that to avoid ripples in the seam, I had to gently stretch my fabric as I sewed.
Sew up the back seam, but before you do, measure the length of the zipper, and leave this part of the seam unsewn.
4. Turn the overlay inside out, and lay it over the skirt with the seams on the inside lined up with your skirt’s side and back seams. Fold the upper edge into the skirt overlay, aligning it with the bottom of the waistband, and fold in the edges of the fabric so the fold lines up with the edges of the zipper, and pin in place. Sew along the bottom edge of the waistband, and as close to the zipper as you can. A zipper foot is useful here.
My name is Rachel and I live in wonderful Portland, OR. Transient Expression is about fashion, style, and DIY. I love to share craft projects, cute outfits, recipes, and inspiration for living a handmade life.
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