Summertime in the PHX

The temps are in the triple digits which means summer has officially hit us. Tourism slows down, folks hide in their air-conditioned homes, or go somewhere cooler to escape the unrelenting heat that punishes us every year. The craft shows come to a screeching halt or move out-of-town for the summer for this very reason.

Well, what if I told you that you could shop handmade items, eat from your pick of 5 different restaurants, sip a refreshing adult beverage, and listen to great music all while inside a beautifully spacious air-conditioned space?

Look no further than the Desoto Central Market in downtown Phoenix. They’ve started a summer market that takes place every Friday from 5pm-9pm and Sundays from 10:30am-3pm. This is happening all summer long dudes! I’m super excited to be participating this Friday the 19th!

Pop Up Market HighRes

I’d love to see you, so come by and people watch with me! Maybe have an adult beverage or two…or three. Whatevs, I won’t judge you!

See you there!

Xo

-Xappa

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Firebird

Okay, so I’m not the most consistent person in the world when it comes to blogging. Lets just leave it at that, shall we? For now, I offer you a recipe and a quick update of the goings on in the warped world that is Xappaland.

So here we go with the recipe…

This my friends, is one of my favorite dishes to both make and eat. Veggie enchiladas with home made sauce. Delicious with lots of yummy vegetables and the sauce is fantastic! By the way, the sauce tastes nothing like the canned stuff. Don’t get me wrong! I do like the canned stuff, but you can’t beat home made!

Veggie Enchiladas with roasted sauce

Makes enough for 4 servings. Takes about 1 hour with 30 minutes prep time.

For the sauce:

5 good-sized tomatillos (or you can use tomatoes for a red sauce)

1 green bell pepper (You can substitute red for a sweeter sauce)

1 small white onion

2 Hatch chilies

3 cloves of garlic

1 jalapeno (optional)

1 cup of fresh cilantro

For the filling:

8 ounce package of mushrooms

1 yellow squash or zucchini

1 medium white onion

2 large carrots

2 broccoli crowns

1 can of good quality olives

2 c. panela cheese (you can substitute any cheese you want, but I’m telling you this cheese is the best!)

Package of flour tortillas (larger size ones)

Sour Cream, green onions and avocados (for garnish)

P.S. I feel silly telling you this, but if you want to make this vegan just sub the cheese and sour cream or omit it entirely. You won’t even miss it because the sauce is what gives it so much flavor.

Directions:

Fire up the grill (with mesquite for best results), or the oven to broil (which ever suits you). In the meantime, rub a small amount of olive oil on all of your sauce ingredients (with the exception of the cilantro, leave that aside), until they’re coated.

Once your grill has reached proper temperature set each ingredient on the grate and let it blister on each side checking often. If using the oven do the same thing by putting the ingredients on a cookie sheet. You want it to look like this:

I forgot to take a pic of my stuff so here's someone else's from Delallo.com

Once the peppers have blistered on all sides take all ingredients off the heat and set them aside until they’re cool enough to handle.

In the meantime dice the onions and carrots. Give the mushrooms, broccoli crowns, and squash a rough chop into relatively the same size so they cook evenly. Saute the onions and carrots in a little bit of oil until they’re slightly browned. Add the mushrooms, broccoli, and squash with a little bit of salt then turn the heat down to low and cover.

Now it’s time to make your sauce! Peel the skin off of your peppers and tomatillos/tomatoes. Make sure you de-stem and de-seed your peppers! Put your naked peppers, tomatillos/tomatoes, garlic, onion, jalapeno, and cilantro into the food processor and blend until liquefied.

At this point you should be tasting and seasoning your sauce. It’s important you don’t skip this step cause you’re going to be covering your entire meal with it! Add salt and pepper. Taste and adjust.

Once you have your sauce to your liking, add about half of it to your cooking veggies and turn the heat up to medium high. Add the olives and stir often until the veggies are cooked through (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside.

Now you want to set up your enchilada making station!

Put a layer of sauce on the bottom of your glass baking dish. Fill each tortilla with filling and cheese to your liking. Fold it up like a burrito and place in the dish, repeat until the dish is full.

Pour the remaining sauce onto the top of the enchiladas (you can do that with any remaining filling too). Sprinkle the cheese on top and put it into the oven on broil. Keep a close watch on them bad boys!

Once the cheese on top has browned slightly they’re ready!

Here’s a rough idea of my process. I forgot to take a pic of the sauce and cheese on top of my enchiladas before I baked them, but you get the idea.

I like to garnish mine with some delicious avocado slices, green onions, Mexican sour cream, and a drizzle of hot sauce.

So, this summer has been very eventful. Here are some of the highlights:

We went to see the Black Keys in Mesa. A really good day and night with some great people. Those guys know how to put on a great show!

I took a trip to California to participate in the Getty Crafty event and visit my family.

On the first day, I visited with my sister-in-law and my niece. Isn’t she the cutest baby you’ve ever seen?

My mom’s garden. Apparently, it has been quite fruitful. Still waiting on that zucchini bread ma…

I sent my pop some make-shift plans for display items. Of course he went above and beyond what I asked of him. Check out the cuff display behind the earring rack. Crazy! Thank you again, pa!

Mom and dad helped out with so much for this show.

It was such a beautiful day.

I ran out of battery power for my camera so the other photos I took weren’t so lovely.

Sacramento is so green and lovely. I miss that so much living in the desert.

Aaand a few more. Sorry about the blurriness. I took these from the car.

The next day we went to my favorite ice cream spot in the whole world.

Brock’s Ice Cream Palace. I’ve been going to this place since I was little and it NEVER disappoints.

Still looks the same.

Even though Violet wasn’t eating it she enjoyed the ice cream just the same.

I believe my flavor was caramel cashew. I wish I had some right this moment.

On the last day of my visit my mom and I went to breakfast.

Real cute spot and the food is consistent and reasonably priced.

Isn’t my mama pretty?

Our food.

My mom playing with her food. I kinda wish my trip was longer but, I just don’t got it like that…yet. It’s always nice to have a taste of home even if it’s a really tiny one. I’ll see you again in the fall my lovely family!

Over the summer I fixed up some new display cases made for my local shops. Here’s one I did for Blueberry Deluxe from start to finish.

I got me a stinky train-case (it seriously reeked of Jean Naté), and took the top handle off.

Gutted it of the unsightly vinyl glued inside.

Here it is gutted.

I traced the pieces I took out onto some vintage fabric. Cut it out leaving about 1/4 seam allowance and sewed each piece with finished edges. Once that was done, I just hot glued the fabric onto  the inside. As you can see here, it is slightly too long. I just snipped a little off folded it over and glued it in place.

Another view.

After I finished glueing everything in place I added some wire to hang various items off of. I just drilled holes into the existing plastic for the wire to hook onto.

I re-attached the handle and sewed the wire onto the fabric for the top of the display.

And here is the case finished with the items waiting for new homes. What do you think? I think you’re pretty much up to speed on the goings on in Xappaland except for a few things here and there. Hope your summer was an eventful one and I’ll have some more updates for you soon. Good night for now, and enjoy your weekend!

xoxo

-Xappa

Spring fever

Spring has definitely sprung here in the desert. The season here is very short and makes way for the blistering sun in a few weeks. We’ve been taking advantage of the weather and enjoying time outdoors as much as possible before the heat hits.

Our first attempt at a composting bin has been successful and we purchased herbs and some pots to put them in. So far, they’ve lasted longer than any herbs I’ve owned before. Which isn’t that long but, for me it’s quite an accomplishment. We’ve already put some to use in our cooking. Using fresh herbs makes a huge difference.

I used some of our fresh rosemary for some Italian greyhounds. I used the recipe here. Deeeelicious! Such a refreshing drink.

We had them with black bean burgers, chips, salsa & guacamole. So good!

I get so excited for light drinks during the warmer weather. If you have any drink suggestions or recipes please share with me!

Even though the swaying trees and smell of jasmine in the air make me want to lay in the grass and daydream my life away, Space Cadet has been keeping me busy. I’m proud to say that Firefly Gallery is now carrying my line! If you’re in or passing through Paso Robles, California  stop by and check the place out. Locally and handmade items by some very talented artisans. It’s adorable!

Annnnnd in local news, Space Cadet is now available at Wet Paint artist’s supply in Tempe, Arizona!

If you’re local and you don’t know about this place, shame on you!  Lots of art supplies, locally made wares, crazy selection for all your spray paint needs, and an impressive stock of art related magazines, books and dvds. Now get your ass in there and buy something! Jess and Dump will take care of you.

On top of the new locations, I will be participating in the upcoming Getty Crafty Event in Sacramento, California.

So far over 70 vendors have signed up for this event and I’m proud to be one of them! There will be live music, food, and very talented crafters slingin’ their wares. Learn more about the event and the cause here.

I’ve already started on some enamel pieces for the show. Can’t tell you how excited I am about using my kiln! It’s a love affair, really.

I can’t wait to turn these into necklaces and rings. And yes, that is an octopus and an anatomical heart up there.

Here’s some pics of the last batch I made that were more illustration oriented.

There will be a good mix of the two for the show. I plan on making more hearts in the future. maybe even teeth with pretty designs on them. I’d love to hear some suggestions on what you’d like to see on a necklace.

Bad manners.

Okay, so I’ve been a horrible blogger. If my friend’s daughter Sofie were here she would inform me that I have bad manners. So, I’m here to apologize and give you a recap of the past few months. I’m SO very sorry! Please forgive me?

Now to give you the scoop… Had the 2nd In the Yard event with PHX DIY. We have a few new members and it was a lovely day out!

Here’s one new member and close friend Angela Riccobono. She’s reppin’ for her line Cherry Bombin’ Wear. Lovely items made from recycled bicycle tubes. Love her to death!

Next up we’ve got Claire Tinnion. She creates lovely paintings and is a real sweetheart!

We have added See Saw Designs to our growing number of members. Raquel, Angela, and Lindsay do amazing letterpress work!

Next up is Starving Artist Bazaar. Jennifer creates fantastic creatures from recycled wool sweaters, and lovely lamp work jewelry.

Thems are the new memberonis! Here’s a look at the treat table. It was the day before Valentine’s day after all.

Kinda wish I had one of those cookies right now!

K. Next up in my calendar of past events was a Roller Derby! Some of the PHX DIY girls got together for Amanda’s (from Perfect Dressipe) birthday. We got there about 30 min before the bout was supposed to start. The line was out the door and stretched out across the large parking lot. Apparently because of this movie there has been a surge in attendance to these things. It was lots of fun, however I think it may have been more fun if alcohol were allowed. Just my opinion.

Here’s a horrible pic of the girls revving up the crowd. Sorry, we weren’t in the best spot. My other pics were waaaay worse than this one.

Anyhoo, awesome night! Had lots of fun with the girls and got to meet some new peeps. That’s always a good time.

So, after all of the celebrating and holidays and what nots. I decided to do a cleanse. The master cleanse, no less.

Ummmm….yuck. I only lasted 5 days. I’ve done this before and the longest I’ve gone is 8 days. Absolutely hated every minute of it. BUT, I felt really good afterward and it keeps me from getting sick all year. If you’re interested I suggest doing some intense research, and making sure you’ve got the right mind-set to do it. It is not an easy plan in the least.

A few weeks later PHX DIY participated in the SAMA Street Fair.  Here are a few pics of the event…

Here’s what the street looked like at 7:30am. Interesting way to do the check in…interesting but frustrating.

Here’s the street once the fair got started.

And our lovely PHX DIY members set ups…

Against the grain.

See Saw Designs.

Spoonful of chocolate hope.

Starving Artist Bazaar

Kenzie Noelle Designs.

Sea Lemon.

Cherry Bombin’ Wear.

Space Cadet.

Okay. I suppose you’re all caught up for now. I promise, I won’t lag on getting these posts up for the rest of the year! Have a great week!