Marbled Trinket Dishes

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These took me 30 minutes to make. I kid you not!
You’ve been treated to my fan-girling over the site A Beautiful Mess in the last couple of months, and this latest D.I.Y. is my favorite so far!

You will need:
Oven (Preheat to 275 (130) degrees)
Oven baked clay: White + three other colors
Rolling Pin
Paring or Exacto knife
Oven safe bowls
Tin foil
Baking Sheet
Gold acrylic paint

1) Roll out two white snakes and three smaller snakes of contrasting colors to about 5 inches each.
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2) Twist the snakes together to form a candy cane like design.
3) Roll out to about 10 inches then fold the snake into itself and roll again.
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4) Fold the snake into a ball and roll out to about 1/4 inch thick.

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5) Use a round bowl to cut out the clay into a circle.
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6) Place the cut out clay into an oven safe bowl to help it hold it’s shape while baking.
7) Small balls of tin foil tucked between the clay and sides of the bowl helped hold the ruffled shape. (sorry not pictured)
Make very sure your bowl is oven safe -it will say on the bottom- if not don’t risk it.
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8) Place on a baking sheet then in the oven to bake for 15 minutes.
9) Cool for about 10 minutes before un-molding.
10) Paint around the rim of the dish to finish it off.
(I just used my finger to pat on the paint as it was better for the uneven surface.)

Behold! So pretty!

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One of these will find a home on my desk. I’m always taking off my earrings setting them down or scooping them into my desk drawer.

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One for the bed side table, vanity, kitchen sink and, everywhere else I leave my jewelry.

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DIY Halloween Banner

My cursor hovered over the add to cart button. That burlap Halloween banner was SO cute, it would be mine! I knew just where I would put it too. The finishing touch to my seasonal decor.
And then, the voice in my head: “Are you nuts?! I’ll bet you could make something just as cute for $5.00! You are NOT going to spend that much money on something you trot out once a year!”
The voice was right. She’s always right.

Halloween Banner

What you’ll need:
1/2 yard Burlap
10 feet Twine or Cording
Printer, Computer & Word/Doc. Program
Pencil
Scissors
Cellophane Tape
Black Acrylic Paint
Fine Bristle Brush
Cup of water
A Window

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1) Make a template. I used a scrap of paper towel.
2) Cut the banner pieces. You’ll need 14, but, cut a few extra. Just in case.
3) Open your word program and type H A P Y L O W E N.
You’ll be tracing those letters over and again to make your banner. No need to waste paper and ink typing out the whole thing is there?
I used Apple Chancery font set at 250 pt.
4) Print.
5) Tape your burlap piece over the letter.
6) Hold your template up to a window during the daylight. (Free light box!)
7) Trace the outline of the letter onto the burlap with a pencil.

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8) Thin your paint with water until it’s the consistency of thick ink.
9) Fill in the letters traced on your burlap with paint. (You might need more than one coat)
10) Allow to dry for an hour.

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11) Measure out two lengths of twine. One at 4 feet and one about 6 feet.
12) Fold over the top of your banner pieces and snip two holes for the twine to thread through.
13) Thread the burlap pieces onto the twine!

DIY Halloween Banner
Look how awesome! You can now sit back and smugly admire your Halloween vignette.
And, maybe…talk to someone about that voice in your head?

Why ah NEVAH!

Getting my younger son out the door with a bit of breakfast in him is a challenge. He’s not really a breakfast guy and would prefer to eat later in the morning at school, which is alright IF he does it.

So we talked about what he’d like me to have on hand for quick and easy eats in the morning. He suggested some of those frozen breakfast sandwiches. You know the brand, the one with the guy in that costume? Ahem.
So this morning I went to pop one in the microwave for him and this is what I found:

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Please excuse my language but, ARE YOU SHITTING ME!?
I looked at the box and read the serving size is two of those.
For a 15-year-old boy.
Yeah um, no.
I must say that I’ve had limited experience with this kind of product, but I figured whatever to get the boy to eat right?
Again, uh…no. I felt a little insulted actually.
I know a lot of parents have had a literal belly full of processed packaged food, I read about it on-line all the time. I see lovely recipes on Pinterest for homemade healthy makeovers of fast or processed foods. It was all very interesting but I never thought I’d give it a go until this morning.

Breakfast Sandwiches (makes 4)
4 English Muffins
4 Large Eggs
Salt & Pepper
8 slices Canadian Bacon or Ham
4 slices Cheddar Cheese or Pepper Jack Cheese

Toast the English muffins under the broiler for 2 minutes then set aside.
Scramble the eggs one at a time over medium heat using egg rings or a single serving mini pan.
If your making a lot try using a muffin tin in a moderate oven stirring every minute or two.

Slide the eggs onto the English muffins, and then add the ham and cheese. Pop on the top. Allow the sandwiches to cool then wrap with cling film and place in the fridge.
To re-heat: Unwrap and heat in the microwave for 20 seconds.

BOOM!

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So, it took me 30 minutes to make and assemble them. Even cooking the eggs one at a time in my twee little pan.

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Yes I bought it because it’s cute. Wanna make something of it?

I guess the lesson I learned here is: If you want something done right, do it yourself.

Edit: I looked closer at the box yesterday and read that this was the “snack size” of this brand. So I do applogize for trash talking about the size of your buns Mr. Sunshine Costume guy.

PPS. They’re still too small!

For the Love of Bacon and Chocolate

It’s been going on for a while now, this bacon in chocolate thing. I’ll admit I’m a fan. If you’ve never had it, imagine the sweet and salty combination of chocolate and peanut butter, only ten times more mind-blowing.
Valentines Day is almost upon us and I’ve been seeing all kinds of bacon and chocolate offerings on the internet.
Here are a few of my favorites:


Vosges has my favorite Mo’s Bacon and Chocolate Bar


David Lebovitz has a candied bacon ice cream recipe that might just make me bust out my pain in the butt ice cream maker.


Here’s a recipe that will have you running for your stretchy pants. Chocolate-Topped Peanut Butter-Bacon Bars


This sentiment from Oh Geez Design may or may not be true.