Monday, January 28, 2013

The Conversation Continues!

Looking for more tips and inspiration? The Something Green conversation continues here at our new site, The Chef’s Wife. Stop by for recipes (we have an affection for baking and the occasional culinary disaster), kitchen tips (such as how to start and maintain a well stocked D.I.Y. pantry), and plenty of inspiration that is fancy enough for the chef, yet wholesome (and practical) enough for his wife (that’d be me).

Thanks for dropping by!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Concrete Vases

Put an urban twist on your eco party planning by transforming cinder blocks into chic, modern vases.
Photo: Loveolio

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Reused Denim

Here is an unexpected way to get a second life out of a pair of old jeans: use the denim to decorate your party! Wrap dark pieces of denim around everything from glass bottles to empty coffee cans in order to create a one-of-a-kind table spread.
Photos: Style Unveiled

Monday, July 11, 2011

DIY Painted Vases

I don't know about you, but I find it terribly frustrating when I browse the gardening aisles of a store and find the price stickers adhered to simple flower pots and vases. Yikes! However, there's no need to spend big bucks in order to spruce up your favorite plants. The next time you're at your local hardware store, be sure to browse their selection of "mistake paint" (the small jars of "mistake" colors often cost anywhere from $1-$5) for quirky colors you can use to refinish and reinvent your old jars or pots.
Photos: Luna and Chloe Weddings & Joy's Hope 

Friday, July 8, 2011

Creative Ice Cream Cones

No need for paper plates here! Consider serving simple summer treats in kid-friendly (and adult-friendly, too) ice cream cones!
Photo: Bakers Royale

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Message in a Bottle

Create a nautical theme with easy DIY message in a bottle place cards. Simply slip a note marked with each guests' name inside of a reused glass bottle and leave at every plate.
Photo: Martha Stewart

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Exotic Plants

There is no need to create centerpieces that incorporate multiple flower varieties. Instead, offer your guests a striking conversation starter with a bold single stem. Consult your florist to inquire about unusual plants that are sprouting up in your area.
Photos: Green Wedding Shoes

Friday, July 1, 2011

Strawberry Rice Pudding

For me, rice pudding is such a satisfying dessert. It’s rich and sugary but also quite hearty, always leaving me with that warm content feeling that comes after a special meal. I really enjoy this recipe, which is inspired by the recipe found in Diana Shaw’s, Almost Vegetarian. While I enjoy the flavor of strawberries, any berries would be perfect for this easy, make ahead dessert.

1 cup low-fat or nonfat strawberry yogurt
2 ½ cups low-fat or nonfat milk
Zest of one lemon
2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
½ cup Arborio rice
2 cups sliced strawberries
Fresh mint (for garnish)

At least a week before preparing the dish, make the vanilla sugar. Fill a sugar bowl with about 1 cup of sugar and bury 1 or 2 vanilla beans in the sugar. Let sit for several days.

Warm the milk in a saucepan over low heat and steep the extra fine lemon zest in it for about 10-15 minutes. Keep the milk just below a simmer.

Dissolve the sugar in the milk. Remove milk from heat.

Add the rice to a heavy saucepan and pour in enough of the hot milk to just cover the rice. Stir over low heat until the milk is absorbed. Continue adding warm milk and stirring until you’ve used all the milk and the rice is plump and chewy.

Take the risotto off the heat and let it cool, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the yogurt and strawberries.

Refrigerate for at least three hours, covered, until the dessert is well chilled throughout. Before serving, garnish each serving with a sprinkle of vanilla sugar and fresh mint leaves.

Something Green Recipes

We’re trying something new here at Something Green. Since we have such affection for food, and spend a great deal of time browsing the local Farmer’s Market and experimenting in the kitchen, we thought, “let’s share some of these fun recipes with readers.”

Over the coming weeks you can expect to find a mix of easy recipes that are perfect for entertaining (whether you’re entertaining a single friend or preparing a feast for all your favorite pals) alongside the normal decorating inspiration that you’re accustomed to finding on the site.

As always, please let us know your thoughts. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Terracotta Cupcake Holders

Create a cupcake display by reusing wiped down terracotta pots. The small pots are just the right size to house these tasty treats and will look pretty for a garden party or other outdoor event.
Photo: Emmaline Bride
Related Posts with Thumbnails
Blog Design by Edub Graphic Art and Design