Being crafty on a tight schedule requires patience, planning, and a little forgiveness when things don’t pan out. I have had to make peace with the fact that not everything will happen on time; instead, the win is when it happens. In that spirit, I spent the past week getting odd projects finished as the holiday weekend approached.
I found myself using the handprints I made over Christmas as little catch-alls while I was beading my mermaid crown at my crafting table. To protect them until they go on the tree this year, I gave them a layer of paint with some mod podge.
Dots made with the end of my paintbrush accentuated the handprints. The paint cracked, but the mod podge sealed it up nicely and gave it a good shine.
I went through my beads and found a new home for some, and I finished wood burning a board I've been working on for Mother's Day.
I also need a set of quick dinners that make plenty of leftovers to brown bag. Optimally, it comes together in a snap, we eat on time, and the leftovers are stored in individual portions for a more streamlined morning.
I worked out such a Springtime dish recently, and we had two batches before deciding to take a break. No pictures, just speedy goodness. I was inspired by some chicken salad recipes online that skipped the mayo, like this sweet one from Low Carb Yum:
And this savory one with hummus from Living Well Kitchen:
I decided to mash up the two and make a sweet, hummus-based mixture. While it is true, it’s easy to smash chickpeas, I went ahead and got a deli package of hummus to save time.
I covered two frozen chicken breasts with broth and left them in my crock pot for eight hours overnight. In the morning, I took them out, placed them in a large bowl, and left them to cool in the fridge.
I got home from work and took out a package of dried cranberries, a large apple, and the container of hummus. I shredded the chicken, which separated easily with a fork, and chopped the apple. I added the apple to the large bowl, then tossed in a few handfuls of cranberries. Once the drier ingredients were mixed, the hummus was stirred in to bind it all together.
And it was good! Herbs and even a little mustard would be good to add for a change, but the base recipe was very solid. And the next day, I found that the lemon juice from the hummus had kept the apples from going brown. Few things still sound good after three days, but I didn’t mind eating this for awhile.
And then there was Easter. Egg hunts:
Meeting the Easter bunny again:
Son Two's attempted theft of the bunny's stash:
And an Easter card bound to be picked up by Hallmark, riffing on Son One's school acting debut as feisty "Orange Crayon" in a "Day the Crayons Quit" play.