Saturday, November 27, 2010

Holiday Ornament Wreath

Time Needed: 10 minutes
Level of difficulty: easy
Materials needed: wicker wreath, glue gun, various assorted ornaments, ribbon

Directions: OK this could not be any easier. Hot glue your ornaments around your wicker frame in the pattern/layout of your desire. Pack them in as tightly as you can so that you can't see the wicker. And, feel free to use as much behind-the-scenes glue as you want to hold stuff in place. I used like 5 sticks. When you're done, tie a ribbon on the top and hang it from your door. Voila!

Helpful hint: I got all my supplies at the dollar store for a total of $6. Nice.

Friday, November 26, 2010


For Thanksgiving, the hubs and I joined two other families. I was in charge of dessert and a salad. I made two beautiful pumpkin chiffon pies, an amazing apple pie, and the most wonderful turtle cheesecake. The salad was pretty good, too, if I do say so myself. However, they were inhaled and I have no pictures to show you. And I'm so stuffed I don't have the energy to tell you about any of the how-to's either. So let's take a break and be thankful for crafting and baking, shall we?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Owl Stockings

Time Needed: 2 hours
Level of difficulty: intermediate
Materials needed: sewing machine, buttons, needle and thread, felt, 1/2 yard flannel, ribbon

Directions: Cut out the shape you'd like the stocking to be in. Then, cut out the owl, his beak, his wing, the branch, and the leaves. Pin them together and sew them on the top layer of the stocking. Leave the buttons off for now. Then, fold over the top of the stocking and sew down so that the lip is pretty. Pin the two sides of the stocking together and stick the ribbon to where the back seam will be. Sew together with the fronts touching and then flip right side out. Stitch on your button eyes and button holly berries. Hang over your fireplace (or in my case, closet) and bask in the glow of your wonderful creativity.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Raspberry Sunrise

It's been awhile! Oh my goodness, work has been crazy and I've been exhausted. Sigh! One day, I'll be able to quit and stay home and blog and craft all day. Anyway, on to the crafts!

Time Needed: 5 minutes
Level of difficulty: easy
Materials needed: 1/2 carton vanilla ice cream, 1/2 carton pineapple sherbet, 1/2 bag frozen raspberries, 3 sliced bananas, blender

Directions: Put all the ingredients in the blender. Blend until smooth. It'll turn pink and delicious and fancy. This would be amazing to serve at a fancy party or event. Have fun!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Gramma's Lasagna

Thanks, Gramma Bowen!

Time Needed: 60 minutes
Level of difficulty: easy
Materials needed: Part 1: 1 ½ lbs. Hamburger, browned, 1/8 tsp. minced garlic, 1 T. parsley flakes,1 T. dry basil 1 tsp. salt, 1 qt. Tomatoes, 1 can tomato paste
Part 2: 1-pint cottage cheese, 2 beaten eggs, 2 tsp. salt, 2 T. parsley flakes, ½ tsp. pepper, ¼-1/2 C. parmesan cheese
Part 3: lasagna noodles, shredded mozzarella cheese, to taste
Part 1: Add seasonings to browned beef and cook for ½ hour or until it is boiled down.
Part 2:
Mix together and set aside.
Part 3:
Take pan and line lasagna noodles and double. Then cook until tender. First layer is noodles. Then ½ cottage cheese mixture. Finally ½ meat mixture. Put slices of mozerella cheese on top of the meat. Repeat layers ending with meat and cheese. Bake at 375° until bubbly.