‘Tis the season for giving, which in my world means it’s the season for crafts. I love being able to give someone something completely one of a kind that was made just for them. Boys make this particularly hard – they never seem to want earrings or scarves, but this year I decided to try my hand at customizing a knife. (Here’s a preview of how the project turned out, I’m really happy with it.)
I’m going to show you a set of personalized beer growlers, and beer mugs, that I designed and etched for my brother’s birthday/christmas. He’s in his early twenties and has been brewing beer with his roommate for a while now. I’ll admit, most of the family thought this was a fad, the first batch would be terrible, and he’d sort of give up on the process. Nope. The first batch apparently sucked fairly badly, but not enough to deter college kids who can’t afford to pay retail for alcohol and his brews have slowly gotten better over the last year or two. He’s started giving bottles away as gifts to family members.
A Time for Tamales December 9, 2014
I’ve been bad about keeping up with posting my Daring Cooks challenges on here. But they’re doing some restructuring to the group, and in the mean time all of us were given the chance to try challenges that we missed or that were posted before joining. I decided to go with an older posting challenging individuals to try making their own tamales. I love tamales, and can get them from some pretty spectacular places here, but it’s always fun to make something yourself.