Monday, July 25, 2011

Peas, Peppers and Pretty Things

One of my favorite meals is brown rice, black eyed peas and banana peppers. When I worked in New Orleans and would get home from work late, it was my go to for a quick meal (without the rice).

When that jar of banana peppers is empty, I know just want to do with it after seeing this post at Signed With an Owl. Since my attempts at the African flower pillow weren't working out, I frogged it to the size of the bottom of my jar, and then made up the sides as I went along. A nice way to dress up an old jar which will eventually be filled with flowers and gifted to friends and co-workers.

Tin cans get a quick paint job and then a crocheted cozy to dress them up. I think I will fill them with candies and chocolates.

Even though these clouds are blocking the sun's rays, it is still 117 out there, so I am keeping busy inside.

Jingles can only dream of going outside.

Wishing you all a great start to a new week. Friendship blessings, Tammy


Susan said...

Oh Tammy....I wish YOU a great new week, too. You are so clever to be able to cover jars and cans like that. Wowsers. Looks like an overcast day here in New England and I'M GLAD. If rain comes, to cool things off, GREAT. Take care, Tammy. A scratch behind the ears to Jingles! Susan

Linda said...

Hi :)
You make some very lovely, thoughtful things. I imagine this must be your temperature most of the time. Don't know how you can get used to it. Here, we have a brief reprive from the heat with a high of 92 today and sunny, after a brief rainstorm yesterday.
Hope you have a great week. Mine is pretty busy with some vacation days again.
Linda :)

val said...

I hope you have a wonderful new week too! Jingles looks a bit sad that it is too hot outside. We started letting Leo outside a couple months ago....he is much happier!
Don't forget my giveaway!

Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio said...

We love black eyed peas, but never thought about adding bananna peppers. Your jar covers are so pretty. Thanks for visiting me. You deal with the heat better than I do, I think.
We haven't had our hottest days yet, but nothing like your part of the world. Wishing you a great week.

Anonymous said...

Hello. Yes, after I painted I let it dry and then sanded it down to get that distressed look. I know what you mean about that "shocking" white appearance.

Diane said...

Stay cool Tammy. I love your creations. And thanks for your comments on my blogs. Give Jingles a hug. Diane

GWENNY said...

Oy! and I thought it was hot here! Love your crocheted bottle cover.

Becky~ said...

You know I never tasted black eyed peas.But the brown rice and banana peppers are yummy.It looks like a great but lite meal.

Happy day ahead to you!

Anonymous said...

Hello Tammy!
Thank you so much for your visit today:)
yes, I understand how frustrated you get when you can not find specific yarns for a specific project you have in mind! It gets me crazy :)
Have a beautiful evening!

Kit said...

I am loving what you do to dress up ordinary items. So clever. I love the can and it's multi colors. Kit

Leah said...

I hope you have fun at your yarn sale! Isn't it amazing how we always need just a bit more, even though we have loads already!! I can totally relate. I hope you're coping ok in the heat - it must be exhausting. We are the opposite here. Wellington officially had it's coldest day in history yesterday! It's cold again today but it's a crisp, clear day so at least we can go outside. Have a lovely week. See you again soon!

sweetpea said...

tammy, thanks so much for your comment on vegan eating. i wanted to recommend robin robertson's vegan cookbooks to you. her recipes are delish and you will be shocked at how much great vegan food there is in the world. happy healthy eating!



glor said...

Brown rice, peppers and black eyed peas ...that is calling to me, sounds wonderful! I'll be trying that, do you use a dressing? I love the crocheted jar, and lovely this will look with flowers. You are always thinking and such special thoughts for others. A joy to come and visit with you ... always. Blessings.

crochet lady said...

Fun creations! Have a great week Tammy.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Whew, girl!! Stay as cool as you can! Fun to learn that you worked in New Orleans. There is some kind of good food in that place! I love black-eyed peas... anyway you can cook them... and with banana peppers sounds fabulous. Love your jar and can covers! blessings ~ tanna

Brandy Marie said...

Your cat reminds me of my kids on hot days :D Especially my son! :) You are so talented in crocheting. I love the bottle cover!! :) My great grandmother tried to teach me when I was little, but I just never got it. I dont know what I will do without her or my grandmothers once they are gone. I cant mend or sew my way out of... well anything! :) Hope you stay cool _B

Theresa said...

That sounds a bit like hoppin jon which I love! Another thing I love? Those jar and can cozies! I am a novice crocheter at best but I would love to try this.
I feel for you in this heat, we have had some doozy days ourselves and let me tell you it is no picnic without central air. I am going to try a trick that I just read about and that is to freeze a gallon of water and set it in front of the fan so that it blows cool air. Our bedroom is upstairs in this old house and when it was so hot and humid, the fan was only blowing around hot air.
Have a fabulous week Tammy! t. xoxoo

Kate said...

Hi Tammy
Thank you for always leaving a smile in me with your posts. Love the song on the player. have a wonderful summer


Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

So delightful Tammy!!

I can do the beans and rice but WHAT are banana peppers - can you take one out of the jar to show me please?!?!
Maybe we do have them in NZ but they have a different name - sounds like a great dish!

Love the crochet covers - you're so resourceful and they make super prezzies!

Enjoy your week!
Shane :))

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

So delightful Tammy!!

I can do the beans and rice but WHAT are banana peppers - can you take one out of the jar to show me please?!?!
Maybe we do have them in NZ but they have a different name - sounds like a great dish!

Love the crochet covers - you're so resourceful and they make super prezzies!

Enjoy your week!
Shane :))

GarterMademoiselle said...

Tammy, that is a fantastic idea, and very thrifty of you to take the mishap-pillow and make something new from it. I have numerous empty jars just begging for a pretty make over. And a gal right here in the house who loves to crochet! :-)

Had to tell you too, how thrilled I was that you enjoy tasting the food of the countries you visit. Too many times I hear of friends going to other countries, and all they want to eat is the food they know from Germany. Why bother going any place else then?? You and I share that love of wanting to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of places we visit!

Happy Tuesday. ~Debby

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Hi Tammy! I am catching up with you this morning and I am so delighted that you are now making granny squares! I certainly get your excitement! I love how you dressed up that empty jar! Your favorite meal sure sounds good and healthy. We are suffering a great heat wave here in the US, but sounds like you are, too. Stay inside and make granny squares, that's what I'm doing! Have a wonderful day! Twyla

nanny said...

What a clever idea to cover the jars and cans....I think they are so pretty.

I love peas too! Purple Hulls are my favorite. I need to get to the market and buy more while they are fresh and plentiful.

Stay Cool!

Kathleen From Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Love your crochet! Black eyed peas are a must here in Texas. We usually eat them with homemade cornbread. Have a good week! blessings,Kathleen

June said...

Hi T,
I love how you repurpose your jars and cans! I never, ever thought of a can cozy before.
I hope that you are able to get relief from your heat soon. It has turned off so hot here as well. It rarely gets this hot here, but it was 94 yesterday. I am out in the garden some today and today feels like another scorcher, but at least we have a little breeze today.
Maybe we sould both just stay indoors and enjoy crafting?
sending sweaty hugs...

Pam said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. My hubby had a knee replacement last week. I spent lots of time at the hospital. He is now home and recovering. He is using a walker and won't be able to drive for 6 week. So you can see that I'll be a busy lady for awhile. I hope to continue to blog when I get a few moments.

I love the cozies for the bottle and cans. Some day I may try some of these. Another item to add to my "would love to do" list.

Stay cool. Our temps are a little cooler (around 105) People laugh when I call this cool but compared to the 116 we had a few weeks ago it is cooler.

kimmie said...

You are very clever! What a great way to re-purpose things and make them special!

Poor Jingles .... It's sometimes hard to be an indoor kitty!

Anonymous said...

You sure have been enjoying your pajama days. Glad to be back from vacation and back on here. I felt so out of touch. Can't wait to see you.

Love and Hugs,

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

LOVE your handiwork! Thank you for the recipe! :)


Cheryl said...

Hi there - Thanks for stopping by my flower girl cottage blog and commenting on my Michigan post :)
I am you newest follower and I LOVE your blog you have been to so many places and I love all your pictures
You New Friend - Cheryl

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

What fabulous gifts, the can and jar holders are with candies in them, such a neat idea.
Hope that you manage to stay cool indoors and have a great week.


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I had trouble getting here because it isn't just your internet that is acting up. I didn't think your blog would ever load today. Beans and rice and fruit are my kind of meals. So healthy. And I pity Jingles in this heat. I bet Bleubeard knows what he's going through. It's been hot and humid here, too. And temps under 100 F are unheard of around my part of the country, too.

Cozy Little House said...

That sounds delicious and so easy! My kind of food.

Hong Kong Badger said...

Have a good week too (although it is now half way through almost) - those crocheted little cozies look so cute!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I've never had that dish - sounds interesting. The cozies are too cute! Love them - wish I new how to crochet better. said...

Hi Tammy, I just love the crochet covers!

Libbie said...

Hi Tammy! You have so many amazing flavors! Oh how I would enjoy a meal with you!!!

117! I have to know...what is it when it is cooled off :)

LOVE YOUR JARS! Your work is amazing!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I love black eyed peas so much I could eat them right out of the can :) Love love

Kate said...

Your jar looks great, and will look so pretty with flowers! Hope you have a great rest of the week too!

Anonymous said...

You keep getting mor eand mor ecreative with your craft ideas. The jar looks lovely, and I love the cozy for the tin can. Very cute ideas!! I wish we could see the look on people's faces when they get your containers with croched designs and treats inside.
Your dish with the peas, rice and banana peppers look yummy! I have not searched recipes in a long time, and am thinking of doing just that right now. Thanks for the idea!!


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