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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Necklace Hangers

My long necklaces just lay in a pile and get all tangled. I needed a way to hang them but I couldn't find anything that I liked that had small enough hooks. So...I made my own.

Items Needed:

Scrapbook paper
Wooden Blocks
Mod Podge & Brush
Ribbon (not pictured)
Hot Glue Gun (not pictured)

First: Paint your block and let them dry. Then cut your scrapbook paper to the size of the block.

The screw your hooks in where you want them. I actually just screwed these in with my hands. I didn't paint my whole block because that's the paper is going to cover it.

Mod Podge your paper to your block. Then put a coat of Mod Podge over the paper to give it a glossy look.

Let it dry.

Glue some matching ribbon to the sides so it can hang from a nail on the wall.

Then hang your necklaces! I had everything on hand and it only took me about 15 minutes (plus drying time.) This is a super easy project and can be finish in a short amount of time.

Have fun!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Kids Coat Hangers

I feel like I'm always looking for my kids jackets when it's time to leave. These coat hangers give them a specific place to hang their jackets and it gives them a little responsibility too. Hopefully their jackets will be easier to find as we're running out the door.

Materials needed:

Wooded Hooks
Paint & Brushes
Nails & Hammer to hang it up

I got these wooden flower hooks at Hobby Lobby. Just paint and hang. Simple as that!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Bow Board

We love our hair bows at my house. With 2 little girls, we can never have too many. My other bow board is overflowing so I decided it was time for another. ( I know, two boards is a little much).

Supplies Needed:

Board ( I used an old cork board)
Paint and brush
Glue Gun

First, paint the board and let it dry. (Depending on what kind of board you have.) It's okay to get it on the cork because it will be covered up with fabric.

Then cut your fabric a little larger than the space you want to cover. That way you can fold over the unfinished edge.

Get some ribbon and cut it into strips. I laid it out so I could see how I wanted it. Also, if the ribbon is a little wider, it holds the bows easier.

Then, fold the corners of the fabric under so it's a nice clean corner. Then glue it down. Glue all 4 corners but leave the side free for now.

Then glue all the ribbon ends under the fabric in the pattern you like.

I think a criss-cross pattern works the best. There is more space to hang bows.

Then go back and glue the fabric down around all the edges.

Make sure to glue each intersection of the ribbon. Glue it down to the fabric and also to the other ribbon. This will provide support for your bows so they don't flop around.

You can hang your board however it works best for you. I just glued some ribbon to the back of each side.

And you have a fun bow board! It doesn't have to be perfect because all those pretty bows will cover most of your board. Hopefully you don't have an obsession with hair bows like me and you'll only have to make one of these. :)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Father's Day Frames

I guess I should have posted this earlier so others could have a chance to make it, but I just finished the day before Father's Day. :)

Supplies needed:

Wooden letters- "D" & "A" (You can use the D twice)
Paint and paint brush
Picture frames

First, paint the letters any color you want. I chose black so it would be easier to see. Then let them dry.

I took my kids outside to take pictures of them holding the letters. I took A LOT of pictures just to get them looking at the camera. Since I only have 2 kids, I took a picture of them together for the 3rd frame.

This is a really simply project (if you can get your kids to cooperate for pictures.) I think it'll look great on "Dad's" desk at work!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Ribbon Flag Wreath

I've been looking for something patriotic to hang on my door this year. I found this tutorial on the Ribbon Retreat and had to try it. I think it turned out so cute! Thanks Shirley for the idea!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Home made Oreo Blizzards

I love Oreo Blizzards from Dairy Queen but they can be a bit pricey. So, I decided to make my own at home for WAY less money!

All you need is:

Vanilla Ice cream
Oreo cookies (or whatever kind of treat you would like)

Just scoop your ice cream into a bowl. Break the cookies apart and smash them into the ice cream. (I like to crush the cookies in a separate bowl before mixing with the ice cream.)
Then mix it all together.

This is so easy and really inexpensive. Give it a try!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Cafe Rio Style Salads

Don't let the poor picture quality fool you...these salads are so delicious and surprisingly easy to make! They are great for big family gatherings!

This recipe serves 6-8 people.

You will want to have the following toppings for your salads:

Tortillas (go on the bottom. I suggest buying the dough tortillas from Costco. They are easy to cook and the fresh tortilla taste is well worth a special trip)
Meat (see Pork Barbacoa recipe below)

Beans (I prefer black beans, but pinto beans will work, too. We just use 3 cans of beans and heat them up.)

Mexican style rice (see recipe below)

Lettuce (I prefer Romaine)

Shredded Cheese

Creamy Tomatillo Dressing (see recipe below)

Crushed tortilla chips (for die-hard Cafe Rio fans, you can order a side of their chips from their restaurant, but tortilla chips have worked fine for my family.)

Other garnishes may include: paremesan cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole, cilantro

Pork Barbacoa recipe:

3 lb. Pork roast
16 oz. Salsa
1 can Coca Cola
2 C brown sugar

Put roast in crock pot, fill half way with water. Cook on high for 5 hours. Take pork out and drain liquid. Cut roast into 3-4 sections, put back in crock pot. Mix coke and brown sugar. Pour over roast, along with salsa. Cook on high 3 more hours; shred with fork.

Personally, if I have time, I like to shred the meat, pour out some of the liquid in the crock pot, and cook the meat another couple of hours in the leftover liquid. It makes it extremely moist.

Mexican Style White Rice Recipe:

3 C water
4 t chicken boullion (I usually just throw in a boullion cube)
4 t minced garlic
1/2 bunch of cilantro
1 small can green chiles
3/4 t salt
1 T butter
3 C rice
Juice from 2 limes

Blend cilantro, green chiles, and garlic in blender. Bring water to boil and add all ingredients. Simmer covered 30 minutes (or until rice is soft). I have tried using brown rice before, and it doesn't seem to work very well for this recipe, so I don't suggest it.

Creamy Tomatillo Dressing Recipe:

1 pkg Hidden Valley Rach Dressing
1 C mayo
1 C chopped cilantro
2 cloves minced garlic
3 chopped tomatillos (make sure to peel the paper off)
1/3 C-1/2 C buttermilk, to desired consistency
1/4 t Cayenne pepper (or you may use 1 jalapeno or green tobasco sauce)

Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix well. Chill until ready to serve.