Monday, November 25, 2013
50 Different Foods You Can Put in a Jar
This post is dedicated to all the glorious foods … You can put in a jar: desserts in a jar, bread in a jar, appetizers in a jar, meals in a jar, drinks in a jar… I think you can pretty much put anything in a jar and it instantly becomes a million times cuter!
Friday, November 22, 2013
No Fuss Turtle Cake
A scrumptious turtle cake with no fuss required? Yup. Four ingredients. 15 minutes of prep. Get started!
1 hr 38 min
PREPARE cake batter and bake as directed on package for 13x9-inch cake; cool completely.SPREAD cake with frosting; drizzle with caramel topping.SPRINKLE with nuts. Keep refrigerated.HOW TO DRIZZLE CARAMEL OVER CAKEDrizzle caramel topping in even parallel lines down length of cake. Pull tip of knife crosswise through caramel lines to make decorative design.
Monday, November 18, 2013
50 All Time Favorite Uses of Old Things for New Uses
from Real Simple Magazine
from Real Simple Magazine
Monday, November 11, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
Garlic Parmesan Crusted Potatoes
4 medium baking potatoes, halved lengthwise ( I used Maine White Potatoes)
2 ½ tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 TBSP Zesty Garlic Seasoning
½ teaspoon kosher or sea salt and a few turns of the pepper mill
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Coat the bottom of a 13×9-baking dish with the olive oil, and then evenly distribute the grated Parmesan over the olive oil. Sprinkle Zesty Garlic Seasoning over the cheese. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
Place the potato halves, cut side down, on top of the cheese mixture and bake for 45-50 minutes or until the potatoes are very tender when pierced with the tip of a knife. Precise baking time will depend on the thickness of your potatoes.
Cool for five minutes before serving. Remove to a platter with a metal spatula, and garnish with snipped chives, if desired. Leftovers are equally delicious reheated in the oven or eaten cold, my son will attest to this!
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Faux Plique-à-Jour Enamel: Make Colorful Earrings Using Resin and Glitter
I love this resin project by Tom and Kay Benham, Contributing Editors to Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine. It combines a simple but fun jewelry-making material--resin--with a more serious technique--metalwork--along with my favorite supply of any craft: glitter! I love how the resin holds the metal shapes in place, floating in the open-back bezel. This is a great example of creating an open-back bezel for resin using tape, too.
I strongly recommend reading the directions all the way through to get a general idea of how the Benhams created their earrings; then, if you're already comfortable working with resin, making ear wires, etc., you can simplify the process and possibly skip some of these steps/materials.
Colorful Resin Earrings
By Tom & Kay BenhamOriginally published in Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, October 2009.
A friend's new pendant immediately caught our eye. At first glance we thought it was a piece of enamel--but then she explained that she had recently created it in a resin workshop. She had added some glitter to the resin to create the enamel effect. We were so intrigued that we had to give it a try.
Working with resin wasn't as easy as we'd initially thought. We experimented with several resin systems and colorants before deciding on this project, a pair of earrings that give the impression of plique-à-jour enamel (open on both sides), using transparent resin in place of enamel. The resin holds the wire design in place once it cures. The addition of fine glitter creates a stained glass effect with the open back letting the light shine through. Best of all, no kilns necessary!
24-gauge sterling silver strip: .020" x .125"
28-gauge fine silver bezel wire: .013" x .125"
sterling silver seamless tubing: .188" OD x .156" ID
18-gauge sterling silver round wire
double-sided carpet tape
ICE Resin *
mixing cups and spatula
assorted colors of fine glitter
assorted pliers and files
jeweler's gram scale
tube cutting jig
jeweler's saw and blades
pencil, paper for layout
beeswax and tumbler for finishing
soldering setup (torch, tips, striker, flux, easy solder, soldering block, quench, pickle)
* We chose ICE Resin because of its ability to produce a glistening dome finish.
13. Create ear wires with 20-gauge sterling silver round wire. Round each end with the cup burr lubricated with beeswax before shaping. We placed the ear wires into a vibratory tumbler for a couple of hours to work-harden them. Before attaching earrings to wires, apply a coat of Renaissance Wax to protect resin surface. --Tom & Kay
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
PRINT ON POST IT NOTES
from Sugardoodle on Pinterest: http://www.sugardoodle.net/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8056
I first saw the idea to print on post-it notes on Kristen's blog "Inkablinka"....(here). It got me thinking it would be fun to make little post-it note handouts for various reasons. I'm in the process of making Sunday School handouts for 2012 for the 12/13 year old's using post-it notes. I created a few templates that I thought I would share....in case you'd like to make your own.
3 x 3 Template - Click here 2 x 1.5 template - Click here
STEP 1 - Open your file and print it BEFORE you start working on the file. You want a blank template to start with so you know where to put the post it notes to print properly.
STEP 2 - Keep the same file open and type your message or notes in the first box. Copy and paste your text into the remaining five boxes.
STEP 3 - Before you print, put a post it note on each box of your template. Put it face down on your printer and print as you normally would. Your message/note should be within each of the six boxes (as pictured below).
STEP 4 - Finished! Peel off post it notes and place in scriptures, dayplanner, calendar, etc.
Let's say you've printed a set of notes as a reminder for an activity, choir practice, etc. I have made a template you can use (below) that can fit the post-it note. All you do, is open it in Word and type your information in the white box. Print it out and place your post it note in the grey box. Also, if you don't want your text to have the box around it, just double click on the line and select "no outline".
Don't forget template 1 - [doc] [docx]
Don't forget template 2 - [doc] [docx]
Don't forget template 3 - [doc] [docx]
Don't forget template 4 - [doc] [docx]