Monday, July 30, 2012

Pay it Forward: BBQ Chicken legs

I have like ten things to post for y'all here but life is too crazy right now. So instead of leaving this empty as I have been doing (sorry) I thought I would share this great recipe. I made these for 20 people for my Brother in laws birthday. They were very well received by even the pickiest eater.

Via The Pioneer Woman

Make them using this Recipe

Monday, July 9, 2012

Pay it Forward: Pasta Salad

Let me start off by saying I am not a big pasta salad person. I think a lot of them are mayo heavy and that is just yucky. So, when my sisters mother in law asked each of us to do a pasta salad for the 4th I searched the Pioneer Woman. For those of you who don't follow her, she is amazing!!!! Everything I have ever made of hers is fabulous and this pasta certainly kept up the trend. I did add some chunks of mozzarella to mine but other than that just follow her simple instructions. The sauce smells like heaven and would make an excellent dip for bread. Anyways If you want to try it go here

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Duct Tape Tote Bag

In college I worked 3 years as a Resident Advisor. Part of the job entailed planning events for the residents, and if there was one thing I learned over the years it's that people love duct tape! We made duct tape wallets, flowers, flip flops, purses, and whatever else they decided would be fun during the events. My affinity for duct tape apparently hasn't diminished and much to my husband's distain we are the proud owners of this collection...

So when I needed to make my twin semi-niece-in-law's birthday presents, I thought why not a duct-tape tote bag?! Fortunately, since I left it to the last moment, I am extremely handy with the duct tape and was able to crank both of them out in an hour. I would suggest though that you take it slow if it's your first project. If your lines get all messed up or if the duct tape gets stuck together you will get frustrated and upset.

You will need:
  • 2 or 3 colors of duct tape 
  • wax paper

To start, you need a surface you can safely stick your duct tape too and then remove with ease! Then take one of your colors and lay a 13.5 inch strip face up on your work surface.

Take your other color and put a piece, approximately the same size, halfway down and on top of your original piece. It should look like this...

Fold your original piece of tape over onto the second. This will be the top of your bag on one side. 

Flip the whole thing over.

Using the second color, take a piece approximately the same size and lay it on top of the exposed sticky part of the tape.

Flip and repeat with the other color. 

 Keep flipping and repeating until your sheet of tape is about 32 inches long. End your sheet by folding over the last piece of tape like you did with the first. Then take a ruler and create a straight line down each side using the shortest piece as your guide.

Cut it. Now you should have good straight sides.

Fold the bag in half. Then using one of your two colors, or your third color, lay a piece of tape across the length of your folded bag. 

Turn your bag over and fold over the tape. Cut off any extra length. Then repeat on the other side. When you are done it should look like a thin envelope. 

Then take it over to your sewing machine. Pop it open and fold the bottom. Sew across the corners about 1.5 inches up on both sides. It'll look like this...

Snip off the extra.

Flip the bag inside out.

Then tape the outside like you did the inner. I actually put mine on an ironing board so that it could do it all at once. I also made it a bit longer so I could fold it over the top but then realized it was unnecessary, so either way is great.  

Then, you are going to need a long surface and two rolls of duct tape. Take a piece and make it as long as you want your strap, plus about six inches. Lay it sticky side up and set a roll of tape on each side like so...

Then take another piece, the same length, and lay it ove the top slowly. On each end, leave about 3 inches, not stuck together. Use the tape to block it from sticking together. Stick your bag sides in each gap. Line up the straps with the sides and press them in.

You can just leave the bag as is or you can cut out a design by sticking tape on wax paper, cutting it out, and peeling it back.

Aren't they adorable? And you could even get a great thank you like mine! 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Wrap it Up: Target bag

So this is a quick tutorial and honestly, I only took one pic and it's not that good. On the other hand, this is super simple and I doubt your need for it will be very high. You see, my husband and I were about a month late on giving his brother a birthday present. He was coming over and we had the present but nothing to wrap it with. So rather than fight the inevitable, I thought, why not just use this Target Bag.

Here is what you do!

Cut off the handles
Tie one around the top of the bag
Tie the other around

And there you have it. I promised it was easy! 

It's nothing fancy but it has a nice little poof to dress it up a bit.

More complex things coming soon!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Quick Fix: Bag Storage

Do you have a bundle of plastic bags under your kitchen sinks like I did? During our spring cleaning we went through a bunch of Clorox wipes. I have seen the empty containers used for tons of different things on pinterest and I thought why not for all those bags! 

I cut out the tabs that stick out so that there's a smooth hole to pull the bags out. Then I stuffed it full and there you go. Easy peasy! 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Raspberry Buttercream

A few weeks ago we hosted our weekly dinner group and I was looking for something easy and special to serve for dessert. I settled on a lemon box cake (upgraded) and a raspberry buttercream frosting. It was a big hit and making the frosting actually made the kitchen smell amazing!!!!

You will need: 
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup raspberries 
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 16 oz of powdered sugar
First thing you need to do is wash your raspberries. I would do this a couple hours before you plan to make the frosting. You need them to be really dry before you continue or your frosting will be all watery. Once that is all taken care of, beat your butter and raspberries together. I let mine go for about 3 minutes. You want them really well combined. Then add your vanilla and salt and blend another minute. Gradually add the powdered sugar and you're done! 

Heavenly smells and heavenly taste await you! 

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Helping Hand

This is a quick and easy classroom craft I hope ya'll will enjoy! It takes less than a half an hour and can be super cheap. Not to mention it's just such a fun and unique pointer.

You will need:

  • One gardening glove (got mine in the target dollar section)
  • Some batting
  • A dowel
  • A needle and embroidery floss 
  • Ribbon (optional) 
  • Glue gun (optional)

First tie a knot in the end of your embroidery floss. Then thread it up through the middle of the pinky finger of your glove.

Then you are going to go through the side of the thumb at about knuckle height. Once through, you can either tie off and cut or just leave it hanging a moment.

Next, stuff the end of the pinky finger. It will be worlds easier if you do that now.

If you cut it off, you will have to tie another knot here. Then take your needle and come up about a cm higher on your thumb than where you last did (Warning: If you didn't tie off and start again, the thumb may bunch a bit.) Go through the top of the ring finger and tie it off. Then stuff the ring finger. Repeat with the middle finger. Then stuff the thumb. Put a bit of fluff in the index finger and then stick the dowel inside that finger.

Then stuff to your hearts content! When you finish, take your embroidery thread and weave in and out on the inner layer of the gloves wrist.

Then pull tight and tie off. (You can skip this sewing step and just use your glue gun here to get it nice and closed)

And that's it! I did add a ribbon to mine just to pretty it up a bit. Now I just feel like pointing out everything. Maybe I'll give the husband a tour of the house or something :)