I’m Handy With My Hands!

Yes, That really is the corny title I’m going with for this blog post. No, I don’t care that you’re judging.

Sometimes, when crappy things happy to me, I like to make things with my hands. I’m going to be presumptuous and say it’s a trait I get from my dad. You see, he’s a construction worker… and so much more. Currently, he does tile installation. But he’s also done carpentry, electrical work, plumbing, sewing, gardening, painting and so on. He’s an artist in his own right, an artist that makes magic out of wood and nails and fabric and marble with only his hands (okay, I guess some tools too). So naturally, I should like to work with my hands too. Though, I’m far from an artist. In fact, I probably make most things look very amateur because patience was not a trait he passed down to me.

Now you may be asking, what crappy thing happened to you? Well, I don’t quite feel like dwelling on that (I mean, this blog is about beauty and positivity!). I’ll leave it at this: I’ve always been better at being single anyways.

So what did I make? Some fun paper crafts to start!


Just about a week ago, I got an email asking me to join the team of Orientation Leaders for Emerson’s 2011 Orientation. I am beyond excited about being a part of this! Orientation for me last year was the most exciting week at school period and now I get to help make it just as exciting for a new group of incoming students! Part of my job is to send my little group of eight handmade letters. I’m throwing in these paper pennants for fun! They were so easy to make and I hope my orientees like them.

In the middle of my cutting and gluing, my mom called asking me to make dinner. Sometimes, I’m really not up for it. But today I most certainly was. Cooking for my family can be difficult–correction, cooking for my dad can be difficult. In his words, “it’s not a meal without meat.” Spoken like a true Bosnian. So whenever I cook, there must be meat! Tonight, I made Greek burgers with a side of chickpea and spinach couscous.

Here’s my recipe for the burgers:

1 package of ground veal or lamb

1/2 teaspoon each of vegeta, black pepper, paprika, dried basil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 small red onion, finely chopped

1 cup crumbled feta cheese

1 and 1/2 cups baby spinach

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Ciabatta bread or kaiser rolls

Sour cream, yogurt and dill for spread

Sliced Tomato
Start by mixing in the spices, garlic, 1/4 of the onion and 2 tablespoons of the feta together with the ground meat. Form into patties and grill until well done (I had my handy dad help with the grilling, but this can also be done on the stove top). Pro tip: throw the buns on top of the grill at the same time to warm them up and get some essence from the meat.

In a bowl, mix the rest of the red onion, the rest of the feta, spinach, balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. Toss to coat everything evenly.

In a smaller bowl, mix a spoonful of sour cream, 1/2 spoonful of yogurt and mix with chopped dill to make a refreshing spread.

To assemble, coat the bottom of the bun liberally with some of the dill spread, place a spoonful of the spinach, onion and feta mix, followed by a slice or two of tomato and finally the meat and top bun. Yum! The best part of cooking was watching my parents actually really love the whole meal. And that’s how I turned my attitude around with the help of my own two hands.

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