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Mini Animal Topiaries

February 14, 2015

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In a desperate attempt to find a cure for my boredom, I took a trip to Michael’s craft store.  While I was there, I found these cute mini topiary animals.  Of course I bought them!  I also purchased some mini terracotta pots and some floral foam.  This isn’t much of a craft project, but it did take some assembly on my part.  I cut the florist foam to fit inside of the terracotta pots. Then, I glued the animals to the top using a glue gun. To finish it off, I glued some small rocks I already had around the top. Now spring will be coming early to my house despite the groundhog’s prediction!

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Burger Cookies

April 5, 2014

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Now that the weather is (finally) getting warmer, it’s time for cookouts and picnics!  Why not shake things up a bit and have your hamburgers for desert? These are relatively easy to make. Plus…the best part… no baking required.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • a box of Nilla wafers
  • shredded coconut
  • fudge and white frosting
  • food coloring
  • decorating bags and tips ( I used Wilton #4 and #199)

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Start by adding some green food coloring to the coconut in a plastic baggy. Shake until covered and set aside.

Next, divide the white frosting into two small bowls. Add yellow food color to one and red to the other to make the ketchup and mustard.

Using the larger #199 tip, pipe the “beef patty” on the flat side of a Nilla wafer with the fudge frosting. I started on the outside, leaving about a 1/8” from the edged and spiraled into the center so the whole  cookie was covered.

With the round #4 tip, pipe the “ketchup” and “mustard” in a zig-zag pattern over the fudge.

Top with the green coconut “lettuce”

Finish by adding another Nilla wafer to the top, flat side down.

Make as many as you like and enjoy! You’ll get at least 30 cookies.

Rainbow Loom..for ages 8+

October 24, 2013

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This is apparently the latest craze in bracelets. I had seen many of them around town and was wondering where people had gotten them.  I was at work and overheard one of the girls talking about the Rainbow Loom she had just bought for her daughter. After enquiring  “what the heck is a rainbow loom?” she showed me one of the bracelets…the same ones I had been seeing.

It appears everyone knows about these things unless they’ve been living under a rock like me. They are made on the loom with rubber bands. I was intrigued, as they reminded me of the friendship bracelets I used to make as a child….and eerie memories of the rubber bands I wore on my braces at the time.  I rushed off the the craft store the next day and picked myself up a loom. Silently chuckling to myself as the box was labeled for ages 8+. I certainly am old enough!

After watching a few Youtube videos on how to use the loom, I tried it out for myself. These are the first bracelets I made with my glorious loom. I plan on trying some with beads next.  I would love to see what designs other people have come up with as well.

Money Holder Wedding Card

June 13, 2013

I wanted to make a money holder card for my cousin’s wedding this year because I couldn’t find anything out there that I really liked. This is what I ended up with. I folded some plain white cardstock into a card with an extra flap on the inside to hold the money. Using an exacto knife, I cut out the dress shape.  Okay, so my knife skills aren’t so great, but I was hoping no one would notice. I then attached a piece of velum on the inside of the card.  The most fun came when I added the flowers and pearls. Being able to incorporate  the brides wedding colors made this so much more personal.

Friendly Cannibal Necklace

March 12, 2013

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This one is not too involved. I just strung some beads on a wire, but it’s amazing  the effect you can get with the right beads.  These kind of remind me of teeth…incisors, but in color.

Whoo’s Turn Is It Chore Chart

February 22, 2013
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In order to spare myself from the daily arguments over who did the dishes last or who’s turn it was to take out the trash, I came up this chore chart. It did the trick. So, if you find yourself having this same problem with your spouse, roommate, or children I say give this I try. Here’s what you’ll need:

  •       a copy of the “whoo’s turn is it” template here:WHOO
  •       heavy paper or cardstock
  •       string or yarn
  •        tape
  •        scissors
  •        hole punch

Directions:

Print out the template on cardstock and punch holes on either end of the chore rectangles.

Cut off a piece of straw about an inch in length.

String the straw onto a piece of yarn or string…use whatever you have.

Pull the yarn through the holes on either end of the chore rectangles and secure on the back with tape.

You can now hang your chore chart on the refrigerator using one of those magnet clips or gluing a magnetic strip to the back.

Valentine’s Day Salmon Cakes & Beet Salad

February 18, 2013

Okay, so I don’t have a Valentine this year, but why not celebrate with a great meal anyway! I made some adorable heart-shaped salmon cakes and a bright red beet salad to share with friends.

 

 

Salmon Cakes

1 lb. salmon fillet cooked and flaked

1 sleeve saltine crackers (about 1 1/2 cups) finely crushed

2 eggs

1 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning

salt and pepper to taste

  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well with hands. You can also add some diced onion and red bell pepper if you like.
  2. Shape into heart-shaped patties.
  3. Heat olive oil (about 1 tbsp) in a frying pan. Cook patties until browned on both sides.
  4. Serve as is or with a simple homemade tartar sauce. Just combine some mayo and pickle relish.

 

Beet Salad

1/2 head green cabbage

2 roasted red beets

1 apple (I used Gala)

red wine vinaigrette

 

  1. Cut all fruit/veggies into thin matchstick slices
  2. Combine in a bowl and toss with 4 tbsp. red wine vinaigrette of your choice.
  3. Clean you hands and any other surfaces in your kitchen that have become stained with red beet juice. I actually covered my cutting board with waxed paper before cutting the beets.
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