Pasta Failure

I had always heard that pasta is hard to make, but that didn’t stop me from trying. I found a recipe to make the pasta dough in my bread machine. So I set out to buy the ingredients and even recruited Amy to help me make the pasta. I spent the better part of the afternoon making it.

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It did look pretty till we tried to cook it then it was nothing but mush. I do plan on making it again since I have ingredients still left over.

Lessons Learned from Pasta Failure:

1. I think I made it too thick. Next time I plan on making it thinner.

2. I think I put way too many noodles at once in the water.

3. Maybe let it dry out longer, despite that it said in recipe you didn’t have too.

Of course all that is guess work and time will tell. I’m trying to gather the courage to attempt it again. I will post the recipe if the second time works.

We can’t always have perfect attempts I guess, just keep trying and learning!

Anna

Banana Berry Smoothie

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I was hesitant at first about trying a smoothie with spinach. I was afraid that would be all I could taste. Boy was I wrong. Maybe I didn’t add enough, but I couldn’t taste it at all! Can’t wait to try a new kind tomorrow!

Banana berry smoothie
4 large strawberries cut into slices
1 banana cut into slices
1/2 c. Blueberries
1 tablespoon honey
A hand full spinach
1/2 c. Vanilla Greek yogurt
Ice

Blend berries and banana. Add spinach and blend. Add honey, yogurt, and ice and blend one last time. Pour in a glass and enjoy! Makes 2 servings.

Amy

No Bake Easy Granola Bars

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Let me start out by saying everyone loves these. Anyone who has tried them as instantly asked me for the recipe or begged me for more. It’s easy too.

I made Oatmeal Raisins ones to start with and one day Amy came over and we made chocolate ones and her little 3 year old boy even helped!

Recipe…

1 3/4 cup Oats (I used regular oats and I used rolled organic quick oats whatever you want to use is fine)

1 cup rice cereal (Rice Krispies or off brand)

1/2 cup raisins or 1/2 cup chocolate chips (there is so many different ways you could make these lots Amy and I both would still like to try)

Mix your dry ingredients in a big bowl together. Now when doing chocolate chips we added it in before putting in the hot mixture and they melted so if you want whole chocolate chips I suggest putting them in last.

1/2 stick of butter (I almost always use unsalted)

1/4 cup honey

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

Heat these up on a stove stir them together, once it starts to broil give it about 2 minutes then turn stove off and mix in with your dry ingredients. I’m not going to lie it can be a little challenging to stir and more of an adult job. Once it’s all mixed together. It will be slightly hot still but grab a spoon and I placed mine in muffin pan and Pampered Chef Brownie Pan. But I’m sure putting in a pan and letting cool then cutting in granola like strips would work also.

Let it cool for about 30-45 minutes and then place in little bags or wrap them up and you have an easy healthy breakfast or snack!

They are very yummy! Enjoy!

Anna

Simple Easy Wall Decor

Like most people, when traveling on any trip I tend to take random pictures. Whether it’s pictures of buildings, scenery, or objects. Something tells me it will make a good photo, now I’m an avid scrapbooker and my motto has always been never too many photos (my husband hates this, and most trips involve 100s of photos. I just happen to see life through a camera lens). But taking photos and scrapbooking them away isn’t really for everyday use, and I don’t know about you but I love to remember the places I have seen and been. So my hallway is now my travel art area.

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Everyone thought the photos were in frames but nope I mod podge them on 4×5 canvas, and it was EASY. I found the canvas 40% off at Hobby Lobby so for all the canvas I spent maybe $10 dollars. I painted the sides and some of the top because I had to trim the pictures. I trimed the photos to be slightly smaller than the canvas because I figured it would be easier to mod podge.

Once your paint is dry put your mod podge on the canvas and then put it on the photo too place it the canvas and wait for a few seconds. When I mod podge anything I start by adding a heavy coat to the sides and then cover the photo or paper. I only did two coats of mod podge but I did my first coat sort of heavy.

Once it was dry I wrote with a Sharpie on the back of the canvas the trip it was and date and any important details (like who it was with). I decided to only use photos of trips my husband and me went on together.

The wooden Tolkien quote, found at a local shop (it’s my husband, he loves Tolkien and almost all things geek) The empty spot I’m going to try doing a home state art. I will post it once I do it.

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This as I mention in the Crayon Art post, it’s so easy it almost isn’t worth mentioning but I will add it to this post since it fits. I love this quote as does my husband and it fits perfect with us and our kitchen. I had found on Etsy the same print but no one would take anything but paypal (and apparently my husband doesn’t approve at all of paypal, I won’t go into details, I will spare you)

My heart was set on having this quote in some form in our kitchen. So I downloaded some font that I loved, found some scrapbooking paper that I loved, and typed it on word and printed it out. It was easy and cheap, consider this was an old frame I had laying around. So I paid 30 cents for the paper (it was on sale at Hobby Lobby). I then had my husband draw the books and tea cup and I have to admit it’s perfect and so worth the 30 cents.

Easy to be sure. Cheap also. Have fun and Good Luck.

Anna

DIY Roman Shade

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This project made me nervous through the whole thing. It was easy and I’m so happy with the way it turned out. I got about 1 1/2 yards of fabric, I got duck fabric*, I went into this blindly I didn’t measure my window before I got the fabric luckily it worked out and I had some to spare. I do recommend measure before hand. Go to Wal-mart get a cheap blind that fits your window section, mine was a 29 inch one (I wanted to fit it on the inside and it still was off about an inch).

Now this part made me nervous you have to cut this blind and completely rip it apart. Do NOT cut the pull cord (it’s thicker and in middle) you cut the ladder cord (that holds the blind slats in place). The blind I purchased had 3 sections of the ladder cord for me to cut.

Once that is done you will see on the bottom where the cord is being held in place and there is a round plug over it, gently pull/wiggle it out (it is fairly easy to remove). Once that is done you need to measure the length of your window, I added about an inch or two on mine, you cut the cord from the bottom there is a small knot on the end of it.

Now you can remove the bottom part that holds it all together. Remove any extra plastic slats, I saw somewhere that is suggested you use a slate in every 6-9 inches. I did every 6 inches. Once you have removed them all then you put the bottom back on and tie a knot (I tied it like 3 times because I was afraid once wasn’t enough) and then put your plugs back in.

Now when I cut my fabric, it made me nervous but I added about 2 inches because I had to make a hem for the sides and I hot glued the top and bottom to the main part of the blinds. To hem it, I bought Heat n Bond Hem (it’s easy and I can’t sew to save my life) You just make a small hem and try to get it as straight as possible, mine wasn’t that straight.

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Once that is done turn it upside down, get fabric glue and a sponge brush. Glue one side to the fabric every 6 inches (or whatever you decide). Make sure you do NOT glue the pull cord, it needs to be free so you can lift it. Once this is done you let it dry and hot glue your top and bottom. And pop it into place. I will say that it can be a little difficult to pull up and down. I love it and it’s perfect for my kitchen.

I should have took pictures of each step but I was so nervous and concentrating so hard it didn’t cross my mind. One of my best friends is now begging me to help her make a bunch of them for her bedroom so I will try to take photos of each step. If you have any questions just let me know. It’s easier than it sounds and I had no problem at all with it.

Good Luck!

Anna

*Cotton duck fabric (from Dutch ”doek”) also simply duck, sometimes duck cloth or duck canvas, is a heavy, plain woven cotton fabric. Duck is perfect for slipcovers, duvet covers, toss pillows, shower curtains and window treatments.

Crayon Art

After wanting to do crayon art since the first time I saw it. I decided what a perfect idea for a little bit of kitchen decor. However it isn’t as easy as it looks and truthfully the first word that comes to mind is MESSY!! The best way I found to do it is hold the blow dryer to the crayon till it starts to melt (it looks like it is sweating) once it starts to do this you have a few choices…

1) try to melt a little more and start to draw a pattern while the blow dryer is still on (but this doesn’t work as well as you might think this is the one my husband ended up doing)

2) more of a splatter art which is the one I preferred (I do suggest to make sure you are in a place that if the crayon splatters past your canvas you don’t mind however it is an easy clean up it does scrape off but I’m still finding crayon spots in my living room)

3) crayons in a hot glue gun but this isn’t as easy as it sounded, my crayons were slightly too big for my hot glue gun and it was more of a mess than what it was worth and my hot glue gun is in the trash

4) gluing crayons on a side of the canvas and let it roll down (I didn’t glue them but I did start to melt them and stood up the canvas holding the crayon to the end and let it roll down the canvas)

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A mixture of 1 & 2

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My version of 4

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My husbands, he did 1 but drew the Tardis (blue box) the sky and Allons-y is crayon.. Doctor Who

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My blue crayon art is 2, the square black frame is a quote I did (I might do a little post on this but it almost seems a waste I just downloaded font and printed it on scrapbooking paper had my husband draw what the quote was related too) the B came from Hobby Lobby and the cupcake clock is Curly Girl Design (which I LOVE)

Hope this is helpful! I’m sure kids would love doing this and it would make wonderful gifts! It’s cheap but can be time consuming! Good luck on any crayon art projects!!

Anna

 

 

Tile Coasters

After seeing several ideas for coasters on Pinterest, I decided to try one. I didn’t know whether to use scrapbooking paper or I saw a cute idea to use maps of places you have been. But scrapbooking paper won and I happen to have tons of it. I went to Lowe’s and got a square foot of tile slate which is 10 pieces around 4 dollars. I have to say some of them was a little challenging to use because they aren’t perfectly smooth.

I cut and tweak the size I wanted and then I covered the tile in Mod Podge. I also covered the back of the paper I used in Mod Podge. I then pressed the paper down and I tried to press it in the bumps and grooves of the slate the best I could. After it was in place I put a coat around the edges of the paper and then covered the rest of the paper. Easy enough. Once it dries repeat the process. I went a little over board and did about 7 coats but the bottle says 5 is enough.

So easy to do and super cute for gifts!!

Anna

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