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For years I received e-mails from Martha Stewart in my inbox (no personal mails of course, just the mails everybody can subscribe to) but never did anything with them. Most of the time they were deleted the moment they came in. I don't even remember why I ever subscribed to them, I think because of the craft ideas that comes with them sometimes. 
Since a couple of weeks though, I actually open and read the mails and use the tips and tricks that I can use. Especially the cleaning tips, because like most people (but this is just a wild guess, of course) I rather do funnier things than cleaning my house all the time. 
What I do is making a list of all the tips and tricks in the Martha Stewart mails for one week, so they can be done in the following week. I bought a notebook especially for this purpose. The great thing about lists is that I can check off the things that are done. And man, does it feel good to see the list becoming shorter and shorter each week. 
I started this blog m…

Martha Wanne Be #10

This week's list

I had only a couple of days to check off the chores on my list, because half of the week I was in Cambridge, UK. 

Baking & Cooking *make Katharine Sabbath's cake *gnocchi with peas and egg ✅ *make horchata *tempeh sticks ✅ *mint sugar ✅ *roasted salsa ✅ *watermelon punch *summer shortcake *icepops ✅  *bake bread *make penne alla Norma *roasted carrots with chimichurri *carrot cupcakes *spinach/Gruyere souffle *spinach onion dip ✅ *roasted tomato soup ✅ *roasted chick peas  *make cookie cups
Buying *buy spider plant *buy snake plant *buy souffle bowl
Cleaning *weekly chores II

Crafting *cut fabric Gertie's dress ✅
*sew Gertie's dress ✅
*bandana halter top
*make sewing kit *sewing machine cover *make marbelized vase
✅ = did it → = over to next week
Baking & Cooking
I never ate gnocchi before, until two weeks ago, when me and all colleagues that carry out Penfield operations (a sort of operation where patients are woken up while a brain sur…

Martha Wanne Be #9

This week's list My children had a day off on the same day my usual day off from work, so unfortunately I couldn't do all the cooking and crafting chores that I had planned to do.

Baking & Cooking *espresso mousse *dates & blue cheese *hummus *cantaloupe/lime/chili soup
*caprese rolls for school ✅ *pesto pasta ✅ *grapefruit spritz *vanilla/plum/buttermilk smoothie ✅ *ricotta cornmeal pancakes *sweet potato pie  *make nettle soup
*make dandelion salad *make nettle spinach omelette *fruit pizza *cherry pie *Pizza Hut breadsticks ✅ *French toast *spinach cheese strata
Buying *buy hanging plants *buy eyecream with vit C
*buy a book about foraging ✅
*buy little bowls 

Cleaning *shelves behind television →
*weekly chores III

Crafting *color cotton with flowers
*make rodeo girl shirt → *make FBA for Gertie's dress ✅ *make muslin of Gertie's dress ✅
✅ = did it → = over to next week
Baking & Cooking
Vanilla Plum Buttermilk Smoothie
Became Vanilla…

Martha Wanne Be #8

This week's list

Baking & Cooking *curried red lentil soup with dried cherries and cilantro
*make foods-on-a-stick
*crepes ✅
*tortilla Espanola ✅
*blueberry cheesecake (try out for teachers) ✅
*margharita pizza ✅
*stuffed poblanos ✅
*strawberry napoleons
*Dutch pancakes with blueberries
*Iranian cookies
*pineapple icepops ✅
*pineapple ginger smoothie ✅
*strawberry shortcake
*Mac&Cheese ✅
*snack mix ✅
*bake cherry cake with Reva

Buying * pattern for Gertie's sew along ✅
*lavender plants ✅

Cleaning *weekly chores IIII
*clean plants ✅
*bookshelves behind television

Crafting *origami plant cover
*lavender soap

Making *organize movie night ✅

✅ = did it → = over to next week
Baking & Cooking
Pizza Margharita
Pizza is a favorite in our house, so I was glad to see them appear in one of Martha's posts. For me especially the ones made on flat bread are a big hit: ready in ten minutes. Just smear the tomatoes on the bread,  sprinkle cheese over it a…

Martha Wanna Be #7

This week's list

Baking & Cooking *French butterfly cookies
*bean and cheese burritos ✅
*rhubarb cheesecake squares ✅
*bbq sauce
*caramel buttercream frosting
*Swiss merengue buttercream
*pizza ✅
*watermelon pizza ✅
*tomato avocado toasts ✅
*spicy roasted chickpeas
*stuffed jalapenos ✅
*baked eggplant parmesan
*penne alla Norma ✅
*caprese rolls ✅
*roasted vegetable lasagna ✅
*Spanish omelet✅

Buying *lemonade dispenser ✅

Cleaning *chores from checklist ✅
*clean refrigerator ✅
*clean freezer ✅
*clean walk in closet boxes
*shower houseplants →
*bookshelves behind television
Crafting *French knitted name ✅
✅ = did it → = over to next week
Baking & Cooking
Stuffed Jalapenos
Since a vacation to Lanzarote, belonging to the Canary Islands before the coast of Africa, where we visited a zoo called Rancho Texas where they served stuffed jalapenos, I had a craving to eat them again and this week I found this recipe. I didn't know if they would be the same, but I had to try. Well,…

Martha Wanna Be #6

This week's list
Baking & Cooking *make butter/pecan blondies *Thai stir fried tofu ✅ *spinach onion dip *cheddar jalapeno cornbread *horchata *strawberry rhubarb sangria
*rhubarb strawberry tart ✅ *onion quiche *mirror glaze cake ✅
Buying *citronella candles ✅
*flowers Cleaning *bookshelves behind television →

Crafting *make a moss bowl
*flower wreath
*star deco ✅
*cross stitch family portrait
*embroider shirt ✅
*make lip balm
*fruit soap
*block blanket

Decorating *garden party ✅

Making *fix up lantern ✅
*picknick bag

✅ = did it
→ = over to next week
Baking & Cooking
Thai Stir Fried Tofu
I made this one for the Made It item on my other blog, but it was not at all what I expected. I love Thai food and its rich flavours, but this dish was very bland. Not over to the keepers list, this one.

Mirror Glaze Cake
Because I wasn't satisfied at all with the glaze on the cake that I made last week, I didn't another round of glaze making this week. I used another recipe and this …

Martha Wanna Be #5

Don't know if you noticed, but that cleaning of the bookshelves is on the list for a couple of weeks now, but I just couldn't bring myself to take all these books and clean them one by one. Again. I have four book cases like this and the first two weren't a problem at all, but I just didn't feel like doing this chore. So I shoved it up to next week again.

This week's list

Baking and Cooking *pie crust
*onion pie ✅
*spinach pie
*potato salad with Reva ✅
*avocado/cilantro sherbet
*mashed avocado with hummus
*avocado smoothie
*hazelnut/chocolate crepes ✅
*cast iron huckleberry cobbler
 *strawberry rhubarb sangria →
*caprese sandwich for Reva ✅
*mirror glaze cake ✅ →
*French merengues ✅

*lavender plant✅
*peonies ✅

Cleaning *wash windows with vinegar ✅
*clean bathroom tiles with bleach ✅
*bookshelves behind television →
 * spray hydrangeas ✅

Crafting *block blanket →
*green leave bowl ✅
*paper flowers

Decorating *green leave bowl ✅

Making * forest bathing *picknick bag →
✅ = did it → = over to ne…

Martha Wanna Be #4

This week's list
It was a busy, emotional depleting week. The friend I told you about earlier, the one with cancer, died this week. I'm really glad I've seen her just hours before she died. In this same week I also flied to Menorca to celebrate the birthday of one my best and oldest friends, a surprise party we were busy organizing since January. The cremation ceremony happened to be on the same day I would fly to Menorca, so the days before I was in doubt about what to do because whatever I would choose, I would feel guilty.  In the end I chose to go to Menorca, also because there was a goodbye ceremony on Tuesday that I visited, but the choice wasn't easy. 

Anyway, because of all this, I didn't have much time to keep up with the chores I planned for this week. 

Baking and Cooking *chocolate icecream cake * make stroopwafels *vegetable plate with dips ✅ *make strawberry ice pops *make strawberry shortcakes *make strawberry jam *make spice vegetarian chili ✅ *make red/white/b…