Arugula With Sunflower Ginger Dressing

Arugula with Sunflower Ginger DressingMaking the salad that has the crunchy texture with nutty flavor but has to be dairy and nuts free is quite challenging for us who avoiding dairy product and nuts. But if you don’t mind the taste of arugula and sunflower seed, it fit into this type of salad.

I love spicy food, so I add Thai chili on the dressing. But it is totally optional if you don’t eat chili pepper then just omit it. This salad is good to serve as side dish with seafood or chicken, or just enjoy the salad topped with soft boiled egg, tender chicken, boiled shrimp or any salad topping you like.

Arugula Salad with Sunflower Ginger dressing


Arugula with sunflower ginger dressing

Serve: 2


  • 3 cup arugula
  • 2 cup sliced cucumber
  • 1 orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 2 cup thin slices white cabbage

Sunflower ginger dressing

  • 3 tsp sunflower butter
  • 1 tsp salt ( I use Himalayan salt)
  • 1-inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 3 tbsp canola oil ( feel free to use any oil you like)
  • 1 and a half tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 3 Thai chili (optional)


  • In a medium bowl, put the arugula, cucumber, bell pepper, cabbage, and shallot.
  • In a blender, mix all ingredient for the salad dressing, if it too thick, just add water a teaspoon at a time.
  • Pour the dressing over salad and serve.

The cabbage is adding the crunchy texture, use purple cabbage, red and orange bell pepper instead, for more colorful salad.

Arugula Salad with Sunflower Ginger Dressing

If you have a chance to make this salad, rate it, write the comment, post the picture and tag #craftyforhome on Instagram and don’t forget to pin it on Pinterest, I would like to know if you like the crunchy texture and the nutty flavor of this salad.

10 Red Accent Gift Wrapping Ideas

Gift wrapping ideas. (1)

The big holiday of the year is coming up. I am sure everybody busy planning for the perfect holiday from now on, from the holiday menu for dinner, gift shopping, decorating the house, trip to visit family and friends, hoping everyone gets relax not overtired during the holiday season.

To be honest, I am not preparing anything yet, other than to do my favorite one, wrapping the presents. I finished gift shopping early, so I can do something else later on like baking cookies.

This time I use red accent on each gift. To make the wrapping decor stand out, I use the solid white wrapping paper for the base. The most important thing here, we don’t need more expensive wrapping items than the value of the gift itself. We can actually find things we can use to decorate the present around the house, like kitchen twine, yes that string for baking the chicken or meat. If you knit, the yarn is a great idea to use on wrapping the present. Look outside, the spruce tree or juniper is gorgeous during the holiday, snap the twig, little one, not the whole tree, the evergreen tree leaves is perfect for decorating the presents. If you really need to purchase the decoration item, every dollar stores have a beautiful display of all decorations you can imagine for less.

Right now I use what I have on my stash, then I go get what I need to dollar store if I don’t have any available on hand.

The material and tools I use here:

  • Felt ribbon
  • Red washi tape
  • Gold washi tape
  • Gift tag
  • Elastic ribbon
  • Decorative ribbon
  • Fabric ribbon
  • Candy cane
  • Paper-doily
  • White wrapping paper
  • Candy cane pattern wrapping paper
  • Black crafting paper
  • Rhinestones
  • Transparent tape
  • Double-sided tape
  • A hole puncher
  • A drinking glass
  • Pencil
  • Scissor
  • Cutter
  • Sewing machine with matching thread

10 Red Accent Gift Wrapping Ideas

  • Doily with the bow tie.

Doily with bow tie.

Doily with bow tie

Put the paper-doily first, wrap the red washi tape around the present, secure it with transparent tape in the back. Make a simple bow from ribbon, attach the bow and the gift tag on top of the paper doily, secure it with transparent tape or double-sided tape.

  • Doily with a candy cane for a bonus.

Doily with candy cane.

Doily with candy cane

Put the paper-doily in the middle, wrap the red washi tape around the present in length and width, secure it with transparent tape, attach the candy cane and the gift tag on top of the paper doily using transparent tape or double-sided tape.

  • Weave the washi tape.

Weave the washi tape

Weave the washi tape (1)

I use the gold and red sparkly washi tape. Cut the red tape into three pieces for wrapping around in the width of the box. Cut the gold tape into three pieces for wrapping around the length of the box. Weave the tape using the over and under weaving system. Secure each end of the tapes in the back with transparent tape.

  • Trace the ornament shape.

Trace the ornament shape (1)

Trace the ornament shape

You can make any shape you want by tracing the circle using a drinking glass or cookie cutter. There is also lots of printable ornament shape that you can use for this project. I use the felt ribbon for this. You can use any red paper or even red fabric for this. Cut up the shape, decorate it with gold washi tape. Put the elastic ribbon on the box, use the transparent tape or double-sided tape to keep it stay the shape you want. Arrange the ornament shape on top of the elastic ribbon then attach it using double-sided tape.

  • Elastic ribbon and rhinestone.

Elastic ribbon and rhinestone

Elastic ribbon and rhinestone.

Wrap the elastic ribbon around the box, secure each end in the back by making a knot or use transparent tape. Apply double-sided tape on each rhinestone, place the rhinestone anywhere on top of the elastic band.

  • Wrapping paper over the present.

Wrapping paper over the wrapped box (1)

Wrapping paper over the wrapped box

If you have another wrapping paper with a red pattern or any other color and pattern you like, cut it a piece to wrap around the box on the width, put the red washi tape around the edge of it. Secure each end with transparent tape in the back.

  • Felt garland.

Sew the garland.

Sew the garland

Trace the circle using a drinking glass or any other circle object on top of the felt ribbon. Sew all the circles just like making garlands. Here is how to sew paper garlands, it will be the same way if using felt. Wrap the garland around the box, put the red washi tape on each side of the garland, secure each end with transparent tape in the back.

  • Santa belt.

Santa belt.

Santa belt

Cut the felt ribbon, long enough to wrap around the box by the width. Cut a rectangle shape on black crafting paper. Make incision using the cutter on the black paper resemble the belt buckle. Insert the felt ribbon on the black paper just like wearing the belt, secure each end of the felt in the back using transparent tape.

  • Curly ribbon.

curly ribbon.

curly ribbon

The classic one uses the ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around the box. Make a knot or secure it with transparent tape. Wrap the piece of ribbon on pencil or chopstick then pull the pencil out, it will make the ribbon curly. Put the curly ribbon on the box apply the transparent tape, attach the gift tag on top of the curly ribbon.

  • Tight the gift tag

Tight the gift tag.

Tight the gift tag

I happen to have the gift tag that looks like candy. Use a hole puncher to make six holes around the gift tag. Insert the elastic ribbon on one hole, wrap it around the box, insert the ribbon into another hole, then wrap it around again, just like making dream catcher or inserting the shoelace. Make a knot on each end of the elastic ribbon and secure it with the transparent tape in the back of the box.

There you go, it is very simple decoration but pretty. It will make your family and friends feel special for sure having their gift with the lovely decor, the personal touch on the wrapping itself will make the gift more special.

10 red Accent Gift Wrapping Ideas.

If you make the gift wrapping decor ideas like this one, or you have any other beautiful ideas, I would like to see it, please post the picture, leave a comment, tag #craftyforhome on Instagram and don’t forget to pin it on Pinterest.

Make Paper Garlands

Paper GarlandIf you have some colorful crafting paper, you might want to try making the paper garland. You can use the stock card paper or scrapbooks paper, whichever you like the most. I happen to have crafting paper, the kids use it a lot for making origami, collage, or painting.

The proses to make this garland is quick and simple with very few tools to use. If you have hole puncher would be nice, so you don’t have to cut it with scissors. But I only use glass shot for bigger circle, and icing pipe for a smaller circle then cut it. To make it quick, I use the sewing machine on straight stitch to thread the paper garland. But you can do hand stitch or glue it with the string if you preferred.

Because I don’t use a hole puncher, here is what I use to make the paper garland:

How To Make Paper Garland

  • Crafting paper, card stock, or scrapbooks paper
  • Scissors
  • Any circle object like drinking glass, ramekins bowl, or donut cutter
  • Pencil
  • Sewing machine with matching thread

Sew Paper Garland

There are ways to use the paper garland. Here I give you samples how to use it:

  • Kids bedroom decor

Kids Bedroom Decor
Use the colour theme to coordinate with the bedroom decor. Here I just hang the garland on the headboard wall. If you using tape like I did here, make sure the tape won’t peel off the paint when you remove it. It is a pretty simple addition to kids bedroom decor and very cute one.

  • Bookmark

Bookmark using paper garland
If you like to read books, not one or two but a lot of books, you must find that using bookmark help a lot. I sometimes forgot which page I was reading before I went to the kitchen to prepare dinner. Or maybe for a gift to somebody who loves read instead of buying ready-made bookmark, why don’t make your own.

  • Decorate the gift wrap

Christmas is coming, also somebody’s birthday, graduation, wedding or baby shower. Instead of wrapping the gift using regular store-bought wrapping paper that chance will be same looking wrapping with other people gifts, why don’t make your very own gift wrapping idea. To make the decoration stand out, please use the plain wrapping paper for the base. When you give the people you love with the gift, they will feel special and always remember your gift and how beautiful you decorated it.

  • Party Decor

If you like DIY decor, you will like how to incorporate paper garland into the party decor. Match the paper color with the party theme. I can imagine it will be cute using rainbow color for the unicorn theme birthday party, use yellow paper for the emoji birthday party, blue or pink paper for baby shower party, or white paper for the wedding.

  • Dreamcatcher

Instead of using yarn or ribbon, use the paper garland for the dream catcher streamer. Make it look different from the usual dream catcher.

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If you try these ideas or have any other idea how to use the paper garland, post the picture, write the comment and tag #craftyforhome on Instagram, and don’t forget to pin it on Pinterest.


Endive And Pear Salad

Endive And Pear Salad

It is highly recommended to eat what is in season, especially for fresh produce. I read somewhere that one of winter veggies is Belgian endive, while I am sure that I always find it in the grocery store all year long. Also, I am sure right now even more in stock. So, while grocery shopping, I noticed a nice looking Belgian endive, and came to my mind about making a salad that incorporates pear on it.

Endive And Pear Salad
While most recipes out there recommend pairing endive with nuts, but I would like a salad that is easy enough with all ingredient we have in the pantry and of course has to be dairy free. So, I use lemon for the tartness, and honey for the sweetness. As you know Belgian endive has chicory taste but it surprisingly pairs well with honey and lemon. Fresh and not too sweet but also not too salty.

Endive And Pear Salad

Serves: 2


  • 2 Belgian endive, trimmed, separate the leaves
  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 bartlett pear, sliced
  • 1 small shallot, sliced

For dressing

  • Juice from half lemon
  • 1 small shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt (I use Himalayan salt)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp canola oil (feel free to use any oil you like)
  • 1 tbsp water


  • In serving bowl or plate, arrange the Belgian endive, lettuce, shallot, and pear. In a blender.
  • whisk all ingredients for the salad dressing. Pour and mix the dressing over salad, garnish the salad with more parsley and serve.

By the taste, it would be perfect to pair the salad with roasted chicken or fish. But I would definitely pair this salad with summer barbeque too if there is Belgian endive available in store. I am also very sure this is one of my favorites salad and pair well with the Shrimp Skewer

Do you have your favorite Belgian endive salad recipe?

If you have a chance to try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment and don’t forget to tag the photo #craftyforhome on Instagram, I would like to know if you like the salad as much as I do.

Bubur Ayam (Chicken Rice Porridge)

Bubur is porridge, ayam is chicken. The base ingredient is rice. So bubur ayam is Indonesian language for Chicken Rice Porridge. It is one of the staple food in Indonesia, each town has different seasoning and how to serve it, but it is the same base for the ingredient, rice and chicken.
When we were a kid, my mom usually fed us chicken porridge when we get sick too, I guess it because contain all necessary nutrient like chicken soup to help our body to fight with common cold or flu, and it sure can fill up the belly at the same time, while we were just stayed in bed waiting for that sickness gone. We also feed the baby who starts eating solid close to one-year-old with this porridge, without ingredients for garnish and condiment, it still a better choice than package store-bought baby food, but it is totally up to the parent choice for this one.
You can serve the porridge with few spoons of the yellow chicken broth or just the porridge with the other ingredients without broth. If you like all the aromatic herb like lemongrass or coriander then you will know how is the taste will be, it tastes like chicken soup with the citrus fragrant, just like any other Asian food with similar herb they use on cooking.
I use chicken thigh here because this cut has more flavor, but you definitely can use chicken breast, and you can replace water with chicken broth instead.

Chicken Rice Porridge

Bubur Ayam (Chicken Rice Porridge)

Serve: 4 portion

For the porridge:

  • 1 cup rice ( I use jasmine rice)
  • 6 cups water or chicken broth
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken thigh
  • 1 tsp salt

For the yellow chicken broth:

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken thigh
  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • 1 shallot
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper powder
  • 1-inch fresh ginger or 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1-inch fresh turmeric or 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 lime leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cooking oil
  • 2 and 1/2 cup water
  • enough oil for frying the cooked chicken

For garnish:

  • 2 egg
  • 1 tsp cooking oil
  • chopped fresh parsley
  • chopped fresh celery leaves
  • chopped green onion
  • fried shallot
  • Fried soybean
  • Indonesian sweet soy sauce (optional)
  • Shrimp cracker or emping belinjo ( optional)


For the porridge:

  • Rinse the rice, put it in the medium size pan, add all ingredient. Cook it over medium heat, once the rice absorbs the water, keep stirring it to prevent scorching or burn the rice. It is somewhat a labor in the kitchen, you required to stand up in front of the stove until the porridge ready, the rice will look soft and mushy, the chicken is cooked and fall apart when you stir the porridge. It is similar to rice pudding consistency. Turn the heat off and set aside.

For the yellow chicken broth:

yellow chicken broth

  • You can actually cook this at the same time as the porridge.
  • Using the pestle and mortar or blender, grind the shallot, garlic, and turmeric, or just mince it.
  • Peel the ginger skin off then bruise it with knife or spoon. Also, the same way with lemongrass, bruise it before cook will release the fragrant better while cooking.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, put oil then add the ground (minced) shallot, garlic, turmeric. Add lemongrass, lime leaves and ginger, saute until fragrant.
  • Add chicken, coriander, white pepper, bay leaves and water, once it boils, turn the heat down, add salt and simmers the broth until the chicken cook, set aside.
  • Take the chicken out, fry the chicken until a little bit dry, then shred it.

For garnish:

porridge garnish

  • Make omelet from the two eggs, then slice it up thinly.
  • To make the fried shallot, slice the shallot then fry it until a bit brown but not burn, you can use the oil from frying the cook chicken thigh or use the different oil.
  • For shrimp cracker or emping belinjo, this is optional, as some people don’t like those things, but it definitely adds the authenticity of the food origin. Most of these can be found in any Asian grocery store. You can actually make the shrimp cracker from scratch like the recipe here or here.
  • For Indonesian sweet soy sauce, it is optional too, as some people don’t feel comfortable eating soy product due to the dietary restriction or just don’t eat soy. It is different than regular soy sauce, this one has a thicker consistency and sweet taste. Same with fried soybean, you can omit it if you preferred.

How to serve:

Chicken Rice Porridge.

  • Put the porridge on the plate or bowl, add 3 or 4 tbsp of yellow chicken broth over porridge, garnish it with shredded chicken, sliced omelet, chopped green onion, chopped celery leaves, chopped parsley, fried shallot, fried soybean. Top the porridge with sweet soy sauce if you use it. Serve it with shrimp cracker or emping belinjo.
  • If you like to add spicy kick into it, you can add a teaspoon of hot chili powder or crushed Thai chili when you serve the porridge.

In Singapore and Malaysia, I believe it called congee. In Indonesia, we can easily find rice porridge everywhere, from the people who sell it going around the town by bicycle, motorcycle, simple cart, or in a restaurant. Each town has a different name and a little bit different taste. This day, chicken rice porridge is not only for breakfast but it also for lunch or dinner. Now, I only enjoy it for dinner as it is filling and still complete meal on a bowl.

One Pan Baked Salmon With Vegetables

One pan Baked Salmon ANd vegetables

Salmon is one of the easiest ingredients to work with. Do you eat salmon a lot? We do, especially my oldest daughter, she loves to eat seafood. Instead of cooking the salmon on the stove, fry or pan searing, I like to just pop it in the oven, simple and mess-free. Bake the salmon at the same time with the vegetables also cut the cooking time, as everything will be ready at the same time. All kind of vegetables can be used here, if you like broccoli or cauliflower, that is perfect. If you like tomatoes and kale instead, that is also perfectly fine. You can add more or double up the number of vegetables you like. Less seasoning also makes the salmon and vegetables keep on its own flavor.

If you have limited time to cook on the weekdays, like me who always catching up with the kids after school schedules, this recipe is perfect. You can prepare all ingredient in the day before, keep it in the fridge in a separate container or ziploc bag for cut-up vegetable and salmon in the other container or ziploc bag. Just season it with salt and pepper while waiting for the oven preheated.

The taste of the vegetables I use here is complimented each other, what I always thought salt and pepper is enough seasoning for this. You can serve it with the potato that baked on the same pan or serve it with rice, it is a simple and complete dish in no time.

One Pan Baked Salmon With Vegetables.

One Pan Baked Salmon With Vegetables


  • Salmon fillets
  • 4 medium size potato
  • 1/2 medium size red onion
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 1/2 pound of brussels sprout
  • 3 carrot
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 425°F
  • Chopped all vegetables, cut off the hard part of the asparagus.
  • Put the nonstick foil on the baking sheet pan, I use foil for easy cleaning, if you preferred without it, then just lightly spray the baking sheet with cooking oil
  • Arrange all ingredient on the baking sheet, drizzle it with olive oil, sprinkle some salt and fresh cracked black pepper.
  • Bake it for 15 minutes then flip the salmon to get crispiness on the salmon skin, flip all the veggies to get a nice charred around it, bake for another 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, let stand for few minutes then serve

You will love to cook the salmon this way, no more splatter oil on frying pan, no more plenty kitchen ware to clean, other than cutting board, knife and dinning ware, or maybe ask the furry baby to lick the plates clean for you…kidding… Anyway, there always no leftover if I cook this for dinner, which is good too, no extra storage container.. wait.. no? Well, leftover is good for lunch tomorrow but it seems everybody in my family like this, so it always finishes at one sitting, except my little one, still working on it.

Well, I hope you like the recipe as much as we do.


Pumpkin Sunflower Cookie Bars

Like everyone knows, at this time of year full of pumpkin flavor. From pie to smoothies, from sweet to savory dish, pumpkin is a great choice. I grew the pumpkin in my backyard, wasn’t big size like what I expected but still okay for the first time trying to grow it. Besides, there are still so many pumpkins available in store with all kind of different sizes. I make pumpkin puree by roasted it in the oven 400°F for 30 minutes. Scoop the soft flesh then puree it in the blender.

Pumpkin Sunflower Cookie Bars

So, instead of making a pie, here I make pumpkin cookie bars layered sunflower butter spread. It tastes nutty compliment to the pumpkin taste but nut-free.

Pumpkin Sunflower Butter Cookie Bars

Pumpkin Sunflower Cookie Bars


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 cup sunflower butter spread
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chip


  • Preheat oven to 350°  F
  • Beat butter and sugar until smooth, add egg and egg yolk, beat well, add baking powder, baking soda, salt, pumpkin purée, cinnamon, and nutmeg, beat well.
  • Add flour, beat well, divide the dough in to two portions.
  • On a baking sheet layered parchment paper, spread one portion of dough.
  • Spread the sunflower butter on top of the dough.
  • Spread the other half of dough portion on top of sunflower spread.
  • Scatter the chocolate chip on top of the dough.
  • Bake for 15 to 18 minutes.
  • Leave it cool or keep in the freezer for 10 minutes  to make it easier to cut the cookie bar.

I keep it on the cookie rack by the kitchen counter top without cover, and it is even better taste in the next day, more crunchy.