Thursday, July 2, 2015

Red, White and Blue Bracelet


I crafted today while I watched Wimbledon, I made these cute little bracelets to celebrate the 4th of July. Each bracelet took about 45 minutes to make.

Supply List:

waxed linen cord

jewelry glue

beads in red, white and blue

large jewelry clasps

scissors

ruler

Directions:

Cut the waxed linen into 9 inch pieces.


The waxed linen cord is in the beading section.


I bought both the waxed linen and jewelry clasps at Michael's. 


Using your jewelry glue - add a glob into the larger end of the clasp and put about 7 to 9 pieces of the waxed linen cord into the clasp.


Wait a few minutes for the glue to dry - then spread the linen out like an octopus and start randomly beading.


The wax will hold the beads in place. I happened to have some red, white and blue beads - left over from when I made the Flag pins for Meals on Wheels. But I also bought some crystal beads in two different shapes at Hobby Lobby.


Once each strand has 15 to 20 beads in any random pattern - cut the wax cord into a 7 or 7 1/2 inch length. Then add a glob of glue to the other side of the clasp and add all of the beaded cords into the glue.


Wait a few minutes for the glue to dry and your bracelet is complete. 

 The waxed linen cord also comes in black and I was thinking with orange and black beads for a Halloween bracelet.

Happy 4th of July! God Bless America.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Olive Tapenade - Napa Inspired




My husband loves olives! So today I made him some homemade Olive Tapenade. This is so simple to make - it invokes a little minimal chopping and pulsing in a food processor.  And he loved it!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup chopped shallots

1/4 cup finely chopped sundried tomatoes

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons red vine vinegar

 6 ounce can green olives, well drained

6 ounce can black olives, well drained

1/4 cup fresh basil, lightly packed

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Place shallots, sundered tomatoes, olive oil and vinegar into a food processor. Pulse until everything is finely chopped and well combined. Add olives, basil, salt and pepper. Pulse again until everything is well combined and finely chopped.

Place the tapenade into a serving bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Chill for a least 1 hour or overnight.



Serve with toasted baguette slices or crackers. The perfect summer appetizer to serve at your next BBQ.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Flag Brownie


I made a m&m Flag Brownie! So easy and really fun! I simply made a 9" x 13" brownie. I let the brownie cool completely. Then the brownie can be frosted in chocolate or vanilla frosting. I used chocolate frosting.


For this project you will need two bags of red, white and blue m&m's. Apparently Target is the only store selling these red, white and blue m&m's. And when you start the design - place the side with the m&m logo face down into the frosting. Place the decorated brownie into the fridge for about an hour to set the m&m's.


Wishing you a happy and safe 4th of July! God Bless America.



Thursday, June 25, 2015

Tennis Team Emergency Kits


Tomorrow is our last USTA match of the season - so I made all of the ladies little Tennis Emergency Bags! These were so simple to make and you can get everything you need at Target or a drugstore that carries little travel size items. 


Each kit contains a hand sanitizer, sunscreen, Chapstick, nail file, two bandaids, two hair ties and a granola bar.


I put all of the items in a cellophane bag.  


I tied each cellophane bag with yellow and white ribbon.



Made some simple labels. And my little tennis gift is ready for the ladies on the team.


I hope we win tomorrow! It is going to be HOT!







Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Heirloom Tomato Soup



Lately I have been ordering Heirloom Tomato Soup whenever it is on a menu. So I decided to try to recreate the recipe at home. I Googled a bunch of recipes and figured out how to make it at home.

I had some awesome Heirloom Tomato Soup last week and it was served with a Lobster Grilled Cheese sandwich. Yum!

This is a really easy recipe and can be made in advance - then reheated before serving.

Ingredients:

2 lbs. heirloom tomatoes, sliced

1 shallot, finely chopped

3 to 4 tablespoons of olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

 1-2 cups chicken stock/broth

3 to 4 table spoons heavy cream (optional)


Directions:



I used cherry sized heirloom tomatoes.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Slice the tomatoes in half and place them in a large shallow pan. 


Add the shallot, olive oil, salt and pepper. Place the pan into the preheated oven for 35 to 45 minutes. 


Once the tomatoes are soft and the pan is full of tomato juice the pan can be removed from the oven. I let the tomatoes cool for a few minutes. 



Then the tomatoes can be pureed. I used an immersion blender - because I am lazy and didn't want to clean a food processor or blender.  Then the tomato puree can be added to a saucepan and the chicken broth and heavy cream can be added to the simmering soup. Add more chicken broth if you want a thinner soup.


I served the soup with some crusty bread and a green salad.


This soup recipe only made about 3 large soup bowls. The next time I make this recipe I am going to double the recipe. 












Sunday, June 7, 2015

Tri-Melon Salad



Last week I bought a new melon baller at Sur la Table. And I have been making melon ball salads.


I made this melon ball salad with a cantaloupe, honeydew melons and watermelon. 


I always squeeze a little lemon over my fruit salads. Sometimes I will also add a squeeze of honey.


It is so nice to have a bowl of fresh cut fruit in the fridge. Having fruit ready to eat is always a healthy snack. This fruit salad would be a great dish to make for your next BBQ.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Flag Pins for Meals on Wheels


I made 50 of these pins for Meals on Wheels. I ordered the Flag pin kits from OrientalTrading.com.


Each kit came a little plastic bag withe the pins, beads and directions.


Once I made a few Flag pins I no longer needed the directions.


I made the pins while I watched the French Open. I will need to find a new craft project when I watch Wimbledon in 3 weeks!


Now that I know how to make these Flag pins - I am going to buy the supplies at Michael's and make a bunch for friends and neighbors.


Since I was making these for Meals on Wheels - I packaged them in little bags. These little pins are perfect for Memorial day, Flag day and the 4th of July.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ladybugs for Meals on Wheels

I have been making some Ladybugs for Meals on Wheels. This has been a labor intensive project, many steps, but super easy. I like to craft while I watch my favorite television shows.


When I make something for Meals on Wheels I have to make 50!

Supply List:

Black scrapbook or construction paper

circle punch 1 or 1 1/2" round

soda tabs

red Sharpie

black Sharpie

black wire

sharp scissors

black seed beads

small google eyes

glue gun and glue sticks

red scrapbook paper

small plastic bags

small white labels

black pen

mini ladybug stickers

Directions:



Cut wire into 1 1/2" pieces and wrap a small black seed bead around each end.


Punch out some black circles - if you don't have a black punch just trace a small shot or juice glass. Attach the beaded wire to the back of the black circle using a small drop of hot glue.


Using the red Sharpie completely color the soda tabs red. When the red has dried use the black Sharpie to make the dots. Heat up the glue gun and attach the soda tabs and google eyes to the round black circle.


They look so cute! Once the hot glue is dry - the Ladybugs can be packaged.


Cut the red scrapbook paper to fit inside the small plastic bag. Then pop the ladybug into the bag.



I added a label and mini Ladybug sticker to complete the little soda tab Ladybug.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fruit Salad




Now that it is Springtime - I almost always have fresh fruit and fruit salads in the fridge. This fruit salad came out so pretty and colorful.


I used strawberries, blueberries, grapes, kiwi and pineapple. 


I also added the juice of two limes and a couple tablespoons of honey. This is a perfect salad to serve with morning eggs or lunchtime sandwich.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Treats for the 5th Grade Religion Class



If you have been following me on this blog or Instagram - you will notice that on Wednesday afternoons I have been substitute teaching a 5th grade Religion class. Today is the last Religion class of the year. So I made some cute bracelets from a bead kit that I bought from www.orientaltradingcompany.com. The bracelets say, "I am Strong with God." And they have a little silver cross.


The kit came with everything - string, pony beads, alphabet beads and the little cross. They were super simple to make.


I also made the kids some m&m tubes. The orange little tag says, "Pray." I wanted to remind them that they should be praying all summer. Before we have snack (yes, I always bring a small snack) someone has to say Grace.


These are just little take home treats.


And I also want to tell them that I will be praying for them to have a happy, healthy and faith filled summer.