Handmade Holiday: A Lovely DOSE

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Two Sundays ago, I bundled up and battled the cold and blustery weather to attend the February 2013 DOSE Market. Inside the River East Art Center, I found a wealth of warm people, yummy food and unique gifts.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, event organizers also gave us the chance to look for love via a game called #dosehearts. Here’s how it worked: you grabbed a pink heart sticker with a number on it, put it on, and sent/read love doses to others by using/following the #dosehearts hashtag on Twitter.

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Other interactive activities included an “Inky Love Notes” make and take corner, “Astro-Matchmaker” readings, a “Poems While You Wait” station where a $5 donation and a topic suggestion would yield an original poem and The Traveling Photo Booth.

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And of course, lots of fun things to purchase, including avocado olive oil (via d’Avo Avocado), prints, pillows, yarn and mason jar flower arrangements (via Forget Me Knodt). :)

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This was my first DOSE Market event, but it definitely won’t be my last. It looks like the next one is coming up on March 10. Tix are $8 in advance and available here.

I leave you with my #dosehearts vine.

Cranberry Avocado Salsa

I discovered this salsa recipe on Martha Stewart’s website last year when I was looking for a fun dip (with a little kick) to bring to a holiday party. The colors of the ingredients are seasonally festive. The honey gives the salsa an extra bit of sweetness and the jalapeno gives it some heat. Plus, the cranberries provide some fun crunch to the mix.

Speaking of sweet honey, this lil guy was my favorite grocery store purchase of the week. (Don’t have any recipes that use honey? Oh bother. You can look below for starters!)

The Makings:

  • Avocados – 2
  • Halved cranberries – 3/4 cup
  • Jalapeno – 1 minced
  • Red Onion – 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Honey – 2 tablespoons
  • Lime juice – 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
  • Cilantro – 2 tablespoons, chopped
  • Salt and pepper

The Sweetness:

1. Chop jalapeno and red onion into tiny pieces, and mix them into a large bowl with honey, lime juice and lemon juice. Whisk briskly.

2. Section avocado into 1/4 inch pieces. (I use a butter knife to score each avocado half, and then scoop out the pieces using a spoon. Easy, peasy, presto avocado!) Add avocado into the bowl.

3. Halve cranberries and chop fresh cilantro, then combine with other ingredients in bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

Now dip those chips!

More Sweetness:

Dragon's Deviled Eggs  Cranberry-Orange-Pecan Swirls  Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots