Afer a long cold grey winter, it’s so tempting to get carried away with all the pretty spring flowers. Trouble is, tulips and daffodils don’t last very long. I adore the look of blue hydrangeas, but temperature fluctuations at this time of year mean they often die. I’m a gal who needs bang for her buck. So, if I’m going to spend anything, I want to enjoy my plant containers for months instead of weeks. That’s how I justify splurging on winter and summer pots like the ones I’ve shared with you on this blog. So, the only time I ever go to the effort of making spring planters is if they can be cheap and/or easy (prefereably both). If you want more fab photos and info on the elements I used, click ‘continue reading’ (below). Or, if you just want to see the video demo of how simple these babies are to make, here’s the link to michelleswalnutkitchen easy spring planter demo. Continue Reading
But, even though we’re getting teased with a day here and there, don’t kid yourself… it’s still going to be chilly for the foreseeable future. I don’t know about you, but I’m still wearing my woollies and craving wintery comfort food. So, what could be better to take the edge off a damp, cold, rainy day? A bowl of delicious leek and potato soup. Mmmm…YUM!
Over the last few months, I’ve been producing video demos so you can see for yourself how easy it is to whip up some of the recipes I’ve written about on the Walnut Kitchen blog. I first posted the recipe for this hearty soup in the early days of my blog. (Here’s the link to the full leek and potato soup recipe) Now, if you click below, you can watch the video demo to see how to make it. Let me know if you try it. Or if you have any other soup recipes you love that are perfect for the winter to spring transition, I’d love to hear from you. Happy Cooking!
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Years ago, when I was still working at HGTV, we had to come up with a title for a new craft show. This show was going to blow all others out of the water. It would be unlike any craft show because it had edge. (I know, that sounds a little ridiculous). We all wanted to call it “Craft Addict” but alas, the ‘higher ups’ said no because it was too close, they thought, to crack addict. At least now I can put the term “craft addict” to good use! 🙂 But, seriously, I never considered myself to be a ‘crafty’ type of gal. Far from it! But, as you can see, I got a little carried away with these DIY mason jar gifts. I’m thinking they are going to make great treats for Valentine’s Day!
A while back, when I shared my granola recipe, I included a picture of my go-to breakfast cereal in a mason jar. It was all ‘dolled up’ with some fancy paper and bows. To my surprise, some lovely people actually reached out to say they would pay me to make some pretty mason jars to give away as gifts. How unexpected! How strange… because I think it brought out this dormant crafting bug I think I caught! Oh! Oh! Does this mean I will be scrapbooking soon? Help!
So, off I went to Michael’s to stock up on supplies. I entered another world. I went to town on labels, craft paper, jute twine and ribbon. Made a couple batches of cereal, put them all together and was pretty pleased with the end result. What fun! I thought, “Hey, if I can do this, anyone can”.
So, in case you want to see how easy it is to jazz up a jar to make anything more enticing, check out my DIY mason jar demo (below)! Here’s what you’ll need for each mason jar: craft paper cut into an 8”x 8” square, 30” of ribbon and 1 label.
NOW YOU CAN WATCH HOW SIMPLE THIS BREAKFAST GRANOLA RECIPE IS TO WHIP UP
If you read my homemade granola post a little while back, you know that this recipe is one of my favourites. It’s delicious and healthy -a perfect combo since we are all trying to get off to a good fresh start this month. Watch the video demo (below) and see for yourself that this breakfast granola recipe is also quick and easy. Now, there’s nothing stopping you from making it!
GET READY FOR WINTER…AND I’M NOT TALKING COATS, HATS & MITTS
Appreciating the beauty of this season is easy after a fresh snowfall. But, on those ugly, freezing, slushy grey days, I need a dose of PRETTY! So, part of MY preparedness plan for the drudgery of these cold months is to indulge in beautiful winter planters. Don’t laugh! It’s a splurge that makes me happy and warms my heart. When I see 2 pretty winter containers flanking each side of my front door, it’s the best welcome home hug I can think of.
Winter planters are THE best welcome home hug PARTLY because the window right beside them is where my dog Woody is always perched!
There are tons of beautiful, affordable pre-made winter pots out there. But, I’m a sucker for those extravagant planters in the fancy neighbourhoods done by high-end florists. Unfortunately, they are WAY out of my league in terms of the price tag. So, my compromise is to make them myself! I love channeling Martha Stewart! It’s great to be outdoors, nice to be creative and it is satisfying to know you saved money by making it yourself. The end result isn’t always perfect, but perfection is overrated. Continue Reading
If you grow up in a traditional Jewish home, Friday night dinners are a special time for family and friends to connect and literally ‘break bread’ together. The bread I’m talking about is challah (egg bread).
According to Ellen Schwartz, “It’s a nice opportunity once a week to do things differently and start off your meal with something sweet.” I couldn’t agree more! Until now, I would NEVER have contemplated making it. Mind you, I’ve NEVER made bread before. Too intimidating!
Now YOU AND I are going to learn how to make it together from one of the most experienced challah makers I know! A few weeks ago, I kicked off a new theme called “Silver Linings” where I shine the light on inspiring people and then… we cook together. (I can’t help myself, it always boils down to food) Bestselling author, Ellen Schwartz was my first feature. You can read about her and her AMAZING new book “Without One Word Spoken” here.
I love eating out, especially when it’s a home cooked meal made by friends who are into food as much as me. So, it’s a treat to get an invitation to Shelley Adler and Paul Cohen’s house. Shelley is a wizard in the kitchen and has a knack for finding really interesting recipes like this red lentil soup. The combination of cumin, cilantro and a final squeeze of lemon are mouth-watering!
Red lentils are legumes that don’t need presoaking. Why? They are hulled and split. Because they have no skin, they are easier to digest with the added bonus of cooking up fast! I personally prefer them over green and brown lentils. BONUS: Lentils are also a great source of dietary fiber, protein, and B vitamins.
This soup is one of my all-time favourites because it isn’t just delicious, it’s also very nourishing. Below is the recipe AND the video so you can see that it’s SUPER easy too. ENJOY!
That’s all it takes to whip up a batch of chimichurri sauce
If you read my post about chimichurri sauce, you will know that it’s my latest obsession. Whether it’s fish, tempeh, chicken or steak, this flavourful accompaniment is mouth- watering with just about anything you put on the barbecue. I especially love it with lamb racks that have been well seasoned. Chimichurri sauce has parsley, cilantro and vinegar so it’s tangy and fresh. That combination mellows the richness of lamb or any red meat you serve with it. I think it’s a match made in culinary heaven.
TRY IT! This recipe is SO easy as you’ll see in the video demo. Enjoy and subscribe to my YouTube channel if you like what you see 🙂 The printable recipe can be found at the bottom of my earlier chimichurri post.
A short while back I blogged about my peach pie recipe and now I’m sharing my FIRST EVER YouTube video demo of the pie filling (that’s me in the picture…my kitchen was a mess!) It’s all shot and edited by yours truly. I’ve spent my summer vacation teaching myself how to use iMovie. To say it’s a little rougher than my usual standards as a TV executive is a MAJOR understatement. But heck, we’re living in the digital world and perfection isn’t going to be possible when I’m doing it all by my lonesome.