Monday, December 27, 2010
Stay tuned for new and fun ideas!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
- 8x10 wood plaque (found at any craft store, actually had this laying aroung)
- vinyl lettering (ordered from Lil Luna)
- finishing spray
1. Paint your piece of wood. I did 2 coats. Let it dry.
2. next apply your vinyl carefully.
3. Then spray it with the finishing spray. I used a matte finish but I think that a semi-gloss would look just as good.
P.S. I've linked this tutorial at Craft-O-Maniac and Giggles, Glitz & Glam
Thursday, December 16, 2010
This is such a great story that I had actaully forgotten about until I was at the book store looking for this year's book.
What is your Holiday Tradition?
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Other tips can be found at the Etsy website.
Monday, December 13, 2010
How easy are those to make!? Go to Uncommon for the full tutorial.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Peanut Butter Buckeyes!
Don't those look yummy!? My husband's favorite combo, peanut butter and chocolate! For the recipe on how to make this fabulous treat go to The Athur Clan. I think that I will be making these this weekend!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
- Try different colors other than the traditional red and green.
- Use ribbons that coordinate with the ornaments
- When using larger ornaments, place them deeper into the tree so that the color radiates from the center.
- If you are going the artificial tree route try a different color try like red or white
* I got these tips from watching HGTV one of my favorite channels to watch.*
Monday, December 6, 2010
First you will need to start out with 4 blocks cut into cubes. (I went to Homedepot and had them cut a 4x8 piece of wood for me.) Make sure to sand the edges for a smooth finish.
After the paint has fully dried you are ready to glue on the squares. Apply a thin coat of modge podge to the paper and the wood. Carefully place your paper on the wood and smooth out any air bubbles. Let it set.
While the modge podge is drying you will need to cut and coil your wire. Cut 16 pieces in varying lengths. First you need to wrap the wire around a small dowel, then wrap it around a larger dowel. (pictured I used the end of a sponge brush and one of my hand whisks)
Now create a spiral using the needle nose pliers to help grap the middle. (sorry no picture of that actual step but you get the idea from above) Next you will want to lay it on a mat and hammer it flat. Do that 15 more times. :)
You should have something like this once you have you finished coiling the wire.
Next drill a hole on the top of your blocks. This is where you will be putting the wire. You don't want to go too deep. (I had my father-in-law help me with the drilling)
After you've drilled the hole you will modge podge on top of the scrapbook paper and all over your block. (this will give it a little sheen after it dries)
Now the vinyl! You will need 4 letters each of the word NOEL. (I ordered my vinyl from Lil' Luna.)
Carefully apply the vinyl lettering to your blocks, on all sides.
After you have added the vinyl you will need to spray it with a matte gloss finishing spray to make sure that the letters adhere to the paper.
And this is your final product. A cute way to display all of those Christmas cards that you will be getting in the mail!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Pork shoulder or roast -- 1 1/2 to 2 pounds
Canned or fresh hominy, rinsed -- 2 to 3 cups
Garlic -- 3 to 5 cloves
Salt -- 2 teaspoons
Water or stock -- 6 cups
Cabbage or iceberg lettuce, shredded
Onion, finely diced
Radishes, thinly sliced
Limes, cut into wedges
Chile piquín, ground
1. Add the pork, hominy, garlic, salt and stock or water to a large pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and then reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until the meat is very tender.
2. Remove the pot from heat. Take the pork from pot and set aside to cool. When cool enough to handle, remove the meat from its bones and shred it with your hands.
3. Add the meat back to the pot and simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes. Adjust seasoning and serve with little bowls of your choice of garnishes so each dinner can garnish his or her own serving.
* If you want to add some color to the soup follow this method: Pozole Rojo - This variation is popular in Michoacán and Jalisco States. It is the same as the above recipe, but dried chiles are added. Remove the stems and seeds from 3 to 5 ancho or guajillo chiles. Mix them with a little of the hot liquid from the stewpot and soak for 20 to 30 minutes until soft. Puree in a blender and strain through a sieve into the stew for the last 30 to 45 minutes of cooking. **
Happy cooking and ENJOY!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
- several red potatoes unpeeled
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 chicken bouillon cubes
- 6 cups of water
- 1/4 lb of velveeta cheese
- 1-2 cups of chopped cooked ham
- 2 cups of milk
- 1/2 cup flour mixed w/ water
Put potatoes, onions, butter, bouillon cubes, cheese, ham and water into crock pot all day (8-10 hours) on low.
Half hour before serving add milk and flour to thicken.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Isn't that just the cutest thing ever!? To make this adorable advent calendar go here for instructions on how to make it.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Any guesses? Stay tuned for a tutorial on this holiday project!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Many Thanks to Danesa for featuring me on her blog today!
I love these fabric pumpkins, they are so easy to make and you probably have all the supplies at home since they are made from toilet paper!!
Come visit me over at Kirstikoo for the full tutorial- I promise it's the easiest project EVER!
and come see more great Fall and Thanksgiving tutorials and ideas from other bloggers in my Thanksgiving Link-Up!
Thanks again for having me Danesa-- Hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Thanks Kirsti for sharing!
Monday, November 15, 2010
Pretty, huh!? I would totally make it but I already have an autumn wreath hanging on my front door. But if you don't have one check out Cheap Cheap Chickadee on how to make it.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Well it is part of my Holiday Giveaway!
A Holiday Countdown or Advent Calendar, whatever you want to call it!!
What was your favorite advent calendar growing up?
Go to my Giveaway Rules on how you can win this fun prize!
You have until Nov 18th to enter. On Friday morning the 19th the winner will be announced.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Super cute! It looks very easy and fun. Go here to see how to make it, there is even a little video that will walk you through it.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
1 store-bough pie shell (for time saving)
1 can pears
Raspberries, blueberries, and mint leaves for garnish
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cooking the pie dough. Remove from oven and let it cool.
2 cups milk or half-half
1/8 tsp Madagascar vanilla extract
½ tsp Pear extract
¼ cup sweetener (sugar, honey, agave syrup)
A pinch of nutmeg
1 egg + 2 egg yolks
3 tbs corn starch
3 tbs cold butter cut in small pieces
In a small pot, bring to a boil the milk, extracts, sweetener, and nutmeg.
In a small container, mix eggs with cornstarch. When the milk mixture is starting to boil, and reduce heat. Slowly pour about ½ cup to egg mixture whisking fast to incorporate air. This is called tempering. Pour the egg mixture into the pot with the milk whisking fast and cook on medium-high heat until thick. Do not overcook.
Put the pot on ice water and add the butter little by little until all incorporated.
Slice the pears; pour the pastry cream in the pie shell and arrange the pear one close to another. Garnish the center with raspberries, blueberries, and mint leaves.
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.
* for more yummy recipes visit her blog at Vanilla Rocks *
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Pretty right!? I think so. Go to UCreate for the tutorial. I found a new weekend project.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Come and support your local craters and their talents!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
- avoid sleeping with tightly braided hair or hair in a high ponytail. The stress can cause breakage or hair loss (hmm looks like I won't be doing that anymore)
- Use conditioner every time after you shampoo to re-moisturizer your hair
- Use a conditioner daily
- Once you have your hair moist, lock in the moisture by running your hair through cold water, this will also give your hair an extra shine
Monday, October 18, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Maple-Walnut Popcorn Balls, YUM!!! (Click here for the recipe)
I'm definitely going to be making this soon!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
- Add some spider web to your Halloween decorations and haunt, you can find it at most stores selling Halloween products. Just attach to something and pull it out all over! There's a new product called "Cob Webs in a Can" that lets you add light layers of spider web effects to your Halloween decorations and props.
- Scarecrows have also become a source for wonderfully scary Halloween decorations! Make a couple for your front porch, yard haunt or to sit inside your home for decoration.
- Use mini ears of Indian corn, mini pumpkins and gourds to embellish your Halloween party table. They make excellent arrangements for an autumn table as well.
* more Halloween decorating ideas can be found at Halloween Tips *
Monday, October 11, 2010
Trick o Treat Bags by Crafty Staci
Brown Paper Bag Banner by Smile Monsters
Soup Can Pumpkins by The Cupcake Cuppy
I like that some of these are made from recycelable items. Enjoy making these to make your home more festive!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
So I asked, "what would you like?"
He closed the fridge and said, "chocolate pudding."
Being the good wife that I am, I hopped online in search for a really good chocolate pudding recipe and found one by Tyler Florence. It was really easy and took about 15 mins to make, not to mention it turned out smooth and declicious. At first I wasn't sure how it would turn out b/c I had never made pudding from scratch, I've always done it from the box, but my husband approved. YEA! So I wanted to share the recipe with you.
2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
4 tsp cornstarch
3 large egg yolks
2 tsp pure vanilla extract (to find really good pure vanilla extract go here)
1/4 tsp fine salt
3/4 cup whipped cream
- Put 1 1/2 cups of the milk, sugar, and cocoa in a nonreactive saucepan. Bring to a simmer, over med-high heat. Remove from heat.
- Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 1/2 cup of milk, cornstarch, salt, egg yolks and vanilla in a bowl. Gradually whisk the hot milk into the egg mixture. Return to the saucepan and cook over med-high heat whisking constantly, until the pudding comes to a full boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, and continue whisking until thick, about 2 or 3 mins more.
- Pour pudding into small cups. Cover w/ plastic wrap and refridgerate for at least 4 hour or ideally overnight until set.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
- Dishwasher Soap Film: Run a cup of white vinegar through the entire dishwashing cycle in an empty dishwasher to remove all soap film.
- Refridgerator Odors: A little vanilla poured on a piece of cotton and placed in the refrigerator will eliminate odors.
- Countertops: Use a mild dishwashing liquid for plastic lamination and rinse well afterwards to prevent residue from getting on food.
- Glassware: For extra-shiny, streakless glasses, add a little vinegar or borax to the final rinse water.
* for more cleaning tips you can go to All About Home *
Monday, September 27, 2010
Cute right!? Well you can go to Totally Tutorials on how to make it. It doesn't look really hard to do. I think that I will be making this to add to our game collection.