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Saturday, November 5, 2016

DIY Shabby Chic Vintage Pumpkins

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DIY Shabby Chic Vintage Large Pumpkin


1. Look for a pumpkin that is tall and slender, like a vase. Think about the stem length you want to use.  

2. Carve around the top of the pumpkin around the outer edge of the pumpkin. Let it curve inward slightly. Think flower vase top.

3. Gut pumpkin.

4. Spray paint the pumpkin white and let dry.

5. Take a sturdy brush like a stencil brush, and dry paint some brown acrylics in the crevices. By dry paint, you take a dry brush and dip it into the paint. Then you wipe the brush on the palette until you have very little paint on it. Then you lightly brush over the area, adding pressure as you find what you are looking for. Keep going until no paint brushes on it. You can blend it a little bit by continuing to brush an area (like blending makeup) and/or by wiping main areas with your finger or hand while still wet. 

6. Add a little water into the pumpkin.

7. Add fresh flowers or fake flowers in pink and white.

8. In this one, I added fresh flowers, but I didn't like the gap between the bottom of the flowers and the tip of the pumpkin. So what I did was take some fake flowers, pulled the flower from the top of the stem, and shoved it in between the stems down into the pumpkin. 

9. This lasted about 2 days inside the house before the flowers started to look wilted. Outside in the crisp fall air of West Virginia with an average temperature of 70 degrees, they have lasted over a week before wilting. 


DIY Shabby Chic Vintage Small Pumpkin


1. I spray painted it white and dry brushed some brown for a distressed look like mentioned above. 

2. I took white silk roses and pulled them off the stem.

3. With a Philips screwdriver (I think it would work better than a flat head), I poked a little hole going in as far as making the x. 

4. Then I jammed the flower into that hole. 

5, Then I added a string of fake pearls. You could also add a lace bow using staples. 

Note: If you are curious, super glue does NOT work on pumpkins.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

5 Super Amazing Restaurant Quality Cheeseburgers

I do a lot of grilling in the summer, and I'm in love with Cheeseburgers, but it gets old quickly to do my default cheese, ketchup and mayonnaise. Here are some ideas to switch up the pace.

5 Super Amazing Restaurant Quality Cheeseburgers | Burgers | Best Cheeseburgers | Beef Recipes

The Hilltalian Burger

Inspired by a little dive bar called The Hill House in Parkersburg, WV, the Hilltalian burger contains the following:
  • Burger Patty
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • A little pizza sauce
  • Some Banana Peppers
  • And Garlic Toast for the bun

The Net Burger

Inspired by a small tavern in Parkersburg, WV, the Net Burger features ingredients such as:
  • Burger Patty
  • Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Pickle
  • Banana Peppers
  • Hot Mustard

The Cheyenne Burger

Centered in downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming sits a small diner who serves these amazing burgers:
  • Hamburger Patty
  • Bacon
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Grilled Mushrooms and Onions
  • Fried Onion Rings
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Mayonnaise

Applebees Quesadilla Burger

Applebees has totally switched the game with this bunless burger of awesome:
  • Hamburger Patty
  • Bacon
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Pico De Gallo
  • Lettuce
  • Mexi-Ranch
  • Flour Tortillas (instead of a bun)

My Bearnaise Burger

I created this masterpiece burger for those of us who love steak.
  • Hamburger Patty (season with Worcestershire Sauce)
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Bacon
  • Bearnaise Sauce (Knorr packet; use whipping cream instead of milk)

Tips

At BLT Burger in Las Vegas, chef Laurent Tourondel brushes burgers with butter while they’re on the grill. The natural sugars caramelize, making the meat extra-delicious

Coleslaw makes a great condiment

Other toppings can include French Fries, crispy onions like that in Green Bean Casseroles, and Chinese Food.

You can add and mash bread crumbs and seasoning to the raw meat to almost double the amount of meat and add a little crunch.

These burgers are so less boring than your average burger. Get a restaurant style sandwich in the comfort of your own home. 

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Grilled Pineapple Skewers

These grilled pineapple skewers make a great side dish for any summer meal.

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Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. Fresh Pineapple Chunks
  • 1 c. Brown Sugar
  • 2 c. Sugar (1 c. for sugar mixture; 1 cup to sprinkle afterwards)
  • 1 Cup Melted Butter
  • 3 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 8 Skewers (if wooden, soak for 20 minutes)
Instructions
  1. Mix brown sugar, 1 cup of the sugar, butter and cinnamon into a bowl.
  2. Place Pineapple on Skewers
  3. Brush sugar mixture over pineapple
  4. Grill on low heat about 3 - 4 minutes
  5. Turn them over and grill another 3 - 4 minutes
  6. Sprinkle with Sugar

You can also do a Hawaiian Luau with this recipe for Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs and ideas for a luau.

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Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs

It's summer, and it's just too hot to use the oven in my house, so I'm going to try out a lot of grilling recipes. I have tendency to burn everything on the grill, so I am learning to make sure the grill is clean to avoid things catching fire making it too hot and to avoid food sticking to the grill, and cook on lower heats.
Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs | Recipes | Grilled | Dinner

This recipe for Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs is less sweet than it appears. It would probably be more sweet if you omit the Sesame Seed Oil, but my husband hates sweet.  The kids favorite part is the chicken and pineapple.

Here's the recipe. It wasn't too bad to make, but I would hardly call it a lazy dinner. It was a little more overachieving than what I'm used to.
Ingredients
  • 4 Boneless Chicken Breasts (cut into 1 - 1.5 inch chunks)
  • 1 Large Can of Pineapple Chunks
  • 5 TBSP Orange Marmalade
  • 1/3 c. Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 c. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Sesame Seed Oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic Salt
  • 16-18 Skewers (if wooden, soak in water for 20 minutes)
  • 1 Purple Onion
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix the canned pineapple (with juice), orange marmalade, brown sugar, sugar, sesame seed oil, ginger, and garlic salt.
  2. Cut the chicken into 1 to 1.5 inch chunks, and place in bowl. Refrigerate for a few hours if you want.
  3. Cut Onion and Red Pepper: divide in half, cut two ways horizontal and two ways vertical
  4. String the chicken, pineapple chunks, onion and red pepper along skewers.
  5. Grill on low heat turning every 4 minutes for 12 to 16 minutes

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Ideas to Turn this into a Fun Hawaiian Luau Night

Side Dish Ideas

Grilled Pineapple Skewers
Rice (replace water with coconut milk and add cilantro)
Fresh Fruits (Pineapple, Papaya Slices, Watermelon, Grapes,  Melon,  Cantaloupe, Strawberries, Mangos,  Bananas, Apples, Coconuts)
Jello Cups (pour jello in clear plastic cups and add umbrella)

Drinks

Kid-Friendly Virgin Pina Coladas

Decorations and Fun

Grab some Hawaiian decorations and cups from the Dollar Store
Tiki Torches
Bonfire
DIY Flower Straw Toppers made from cupcake liners
Hula Hoops

15 Ideas Memorial Day Shenanigans

Memorial Day weekend is a time for BBQ and family, and the first time most pools open for the summer. People remind us this time of year that Memorial Day is not a day for BBQ, but to honor the fallen soldiers. As a military veteran, I can vouch that the military is pretty big about honoring all holidays with a community event and a 3 day weekend.  Just make sure you don't forget the soldiers in your prayers and events.

Memorial Day Shenanigans | DIY | Recipes | Summer | Holidays

Here is a round up of material to help you plan your Memorial Day Weekend with your loved ones. As usual, I aimed for quick and easy ideas.

Please enjoy this weekend. Our soldiers didn't die for you to grieve. They died for you to embrace your freedom and liberties.

What to Cook?

Full Menu Ideas

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Deep South Dish has thought of everything in their collection of southern recipes, from sweet tea to BBQ Chicken.

Whiskey Burger

Memorial Day Shenanigans | DIY | Recipes | Summer | Holidays | Cheeseburgers

BBQ Pit Boys has a BBQ style recipe for almost everything. Check out their site and add some zing to  your traditional BBQ. Pictured here, whiskey burgers.

Hawaiian Potato Salad

Memorial Day Shenanigans | DIY | Recipes | Summer | Holidays | Potato Salad

You may not be able to spend Memorial day on an exotic beach of Hawaii, but you can bring Hawaii's flavor to your backyard and imagine a beach. Cooking with Curls's Traditional Hawaiian Potato Salad.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Memorial Day Shenanigans | DIY | Recipes | Summer | Holidays | Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Lemon Tree Dwelling can bring a dish to your cookout just in case the rest of the food isn't something to wake up for.

Bacon Jalapeno Deviled Eggs 

Memorial Day Shenanigans | DIY | Recipes | Summer | Holidays | Deviled Eggs

This totally beats the idea of paprika and dill. It has paprika in it, so it's still very traditional. Full recipe here.

Fruit Skewers and Chocolate Dipping Sauce

Memorial Day Shenanigans | DIY | Recipes | Summer | Holidays | Fruit Skewers | Chocoalte

The chocolate sauce has rum and whipping cream in it. Get the full recipe here. 

Red White and Blue Strawberry Shortcake

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Two Sisters Crafting came up with this easy idea. Add a little blue food coloring to your cool whip, and serve with strawberries and pound cake or angel food cake. Easy buttons include purchasing cake from the bakery or boxed cake. Festive, but not much effort. AND DELICIOUS.

Red White and Blue Strawberries

Memorial Day Shenanigans | DIY | Recipes | Summer | Holidays | Strawberries

How easy is this? From The Sisters' Cafe. Dip strawberries into white chocolate and then dip the tip into a bowl of sugar mixed with blue food coloring.

Festive Fruit Salad

Memorial Day Shenanigans | DIY | Recipes | Summer | Holidays | Fruit Salad

Wit and Whistle gave us this brilliant idea. Cut out watermelon with a star cookie cutter, add some strawberries and blue berries...

DIY Decor

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Michael's Craft Store gave us this nifty little decoration idea.

Patriotic Wood Decor

Memorial Day Shenanigans | DIY | Recipes | Summer | Holidays | Patriotic | Wood

Infarrantly Creative's method for making this board sounds easy enough. You can do almost any design or colors. Any message, like "Land of the free because of the brave."

Free Printable to Frame

Memorial Day Shenanigans | DIY | Recipes | Summer | Holidays | Free Printable

If creating a painted block is too time consuming this close to the game, try a free printable to frame thanks to How to Nest for Less.

Bandanna Wreath

Memorial Day Shenanigans | DIY | Recipes | Summer | Holidays | Wreath

Dollar Store Crafts: Wrap bandannas around a foam wreath with twist ties, smear some glue and modge podge on the edges to avoid drooping,  and glue on some stars.

Paper Wreath

Memorial Day Shenanigans | DIY | Recipes | Summer | Holidays | Wreath

Blooming Homestead has this easy paper wreath to make. You can spray it with acrylic sealer to make it last longer.

Glitter Tape Flag

Memorial Day Shenanigans | DIY | Recipes | Summer | Holidays | Flag | Crafts with Kids

No. 2 Pencil has a really easy idea to spruce up a piece of wood with glitter tape. You could use almost any washi tape.

Popsicle Stick Flags

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Giggles Galore fun messy craft for kids. These are almost fail proof, you can display them in many fun ways, like tie to ribbon and garland across something. Make your kid proud with your pride in their crafts.

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5 DIY Amazing Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is right around the corner, here's 5 quick DIY gift ideas for mom and grandma...

One of the best round-ups for mom... I would love all of these. 

5 DIY Amazing Gift Ideas for Mother's Day | Gifts for Her | DIY Gifts | Gift Guide

Orchestrate a Family Frame on Mother's Day

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You're already together.  Find a photographer or DIY.

To do it all on Mother's Day, here's how:

Take a photograph of the youngest generation

With a frame of choice, take a picture of each mom holding the frame with a white sheet of paper inside of it.

Then the rest is photoshop or image editing. You can use Pixlr for free. Just import pictures on different layers, "free transform" in Photoshop and hit the CTRL key as you drag, or "free distort" in pixlr, match the corners of the photograph into the corners of the white in the frame. Upload to a professional printer to purchase prints.

To do it Prior to for a more legitimate feel:

Purchase enough matching frames to do what you want. You can always get cheap frames and spray paint them. 

Get a picture of the youngest generation. Print it up and frame it. Then schedule pictures going up a generation to the next, and print up the photograph and frame each time until you get the end result. 

DIY Faux Taxidermied Wall Mounts

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If you can find resin animal heads to mount on a wall, spray paint them white like in this tutorial (and this photograph). 

Or you can really crafty and do a Papier Mache version, like of a Unicorn.

Make it white for a simplistic look, but you can decorate them any which way you'd like. Add flowers or rhinestones.

DIY Rustic Mason Jar Sconce

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How cute are these? This takes the gift of fresh flowers to another level.

You can also use adjustable duct clamps like this one.

Mini Garden

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You can create a mini garden for the house using almost any container. Paint some Mason Jars and fill with herbs. Grab some candle holders, or wine glasses, or anything from the Dollar or Craft store.

First two images from Ciao Newport Beach, and 3rd image from Pretty Designs. 

DIY Mother's Day Journal

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Keep adding to the journal every year, from some arts and crafts to poetry and notes.

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