My fascination with fortune cookies led me to this little craft. Cleverly Inspired posted the idea here.
Cover a champagne bottle with icing. Add fortune cookies. Ingredients for icing: 1 Cup shortening 1 teaspoon vanilla 7 teaspoons water 3 cups powdered sugar 1 Tablespoon meringue powder This is two gifts in one. Bubbly and yummy. Diana
I received a sock snowman when I was in college from a friend's mother. I thought it was adorable and I had it for a long time. I ran across this craft online at Then She Made. It is very easy and my mantel will be full of them soon.
I live in a sweet little cul-de-sac five minutes from downtown. My neighbors are always busy with work, like I am, so we rarely have chances to chat in passing. However, the kindness of my neighbor, well actually his father, really surprised me yesterday. Most of us were outside yesterday shoveling snow slowly and surely. He walks over with his snowblower and offers to snowblow my driveway too. I was shocked. It just warmed my heart. A small gesture from him means a lot to me. I won't forget it. My neighbor and his sweet dad will get a nice New Year's gift from me. Diana email@example.com
Like many of you, I design my home slowly - room by room. I have a formal living room, which means no television, as well as a family room with a TV. After three years, the formal living room was furnished with off-white couches, a round coffee table with hidden seating, paintings, and lamps. The room is seldom used, but definitely needs some warmth. Below is a picture of my side table (far left). I like the hollowed out books, lamp, vase, and jars - just not all together. What could I do to make this corner warm? I'd love your input.
Plant? Just lamp and one book? Just lamp?
Table set from Value City Furniture. Lamp from Kirklands. Books from Kirklands. Vase from TJ Maxx. Jars from Kirklands. I now realize I shop a lot at Kirklands! Diana firstname.lastname@example.org
Children can really surprise you with how much thought they put into kid-made gifts. My child made a family bracelet.
Some pipe cleaners from Dollar Tree and lots of twisting. Since the ends poke my wrist, I will wrap them in ribbon that I have left over from opened presents. The best way is to knot the ribbon every quarter inch. What kid-made gifts did you receive? Diana email@example.com
I can't be the only one who loves the taste of a fortune cookie, right? Unfortuantely, they are always hard and crispy. The recipe below makes for a ymmy fortune cookie. Instead of pinching it in the traditional form, I will keep it round and flat. I plan to sandwich two together with almond buttercreme and place them in CD sleeves (see previous post).
2 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
8 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 teaspoons water
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease two 9-X-13 inch baking sheets.
2. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the egg white, vanilla extract, almond extract and vegetable oil until frothy, but not stiff.
3. Sift the flour, cornstarch, salt and sugar into a separate bowl. Stir the water into the flour mixture.
4. Add the flour into the egg white mixture and stir until you have a smooth batter. The batter should not be runny, but should drop easily off a wooden spoon.
5. Place level tablespoons of batter onto the cookie sheet, spacing them at least 3 inches apart. Gently tilt the baking sheet back and forth and from side to side so that each tablespoon of batter forms into a circle 4 inches in diameter.
6. Bake until the outer 1/2-inch of each cookie turns golden brown and they are easy to remove from the baking sheet with a spatula (14 - 15 minutes).
Like many people, I can't get enough of easy reuse projects. I seem to always have CD sleeves in my home office, many of which can with some software I don't use any more. Similar sleeves here for $6.00. Reuse CD sleeves as single cookie packaging. The only trick is making the right size cookie, preferably round. No one does it like Marthastewart.com. Team Martha added free printable labels that you simply glue to the sleeves.
I appreciate the tradition of eating Chinese food on New Year's Eve and reading the fortunes in the fortune cookies. This year, I plan on making a fortune cookie-ish round cookie to include in each sleeve. I'll even slip in a small piece of paper behind the cookie with a fortune printed on it. Easy and classy.
As a fun game, I will try having everyone write down a fortune that they wish for the group for the new year on a fortune cookie shaped piece of paper. People throw them into a bowl and each fortune gets read aloud.
Children can really surprise you with the clever gifts they make to warm your heart. I received a book filled with hand-drawn pictures and nice messages from my child. Find similar blank book here.
A kid-made book would be a perfect gift for grandparents! I would especially like to see a kid-made book describing the family tree. It is basically a scrapbook. I could see this given to someone on Mother's Day or Father's Day. In fact, make one for your child! Stores like Michael's and Hobby Lobby have plenty of blank crafts. However, don't neglect the crafts section of your supermarket and dollar store. Diana firstname.lastname@example.org
It is no easy task to keep young children interested in crafts at school. I discovered this little delight tied to a door knob a few weeks ago.
Plain paper, 8-1/2 x 11 size
Fold paper in half diagonally. Trim excess on sides. Cut three lines diagonally on each side, never meeting in center. Open paper and fold in the opposite direction. Wrap around each section, starting with center, and attach points with tape.
Match both As together and tape. In same direction, match both Bs together and tape. Now, in the opposite direction (behind), match both Cs together and tape.
I am still in the holiday mood, at least that is what I will tell myself when my tree is up past New Year's. This sweet and easy crepe paper tree is perfect for a little gir's room year-round. Creatvie Chaos came up with the perfect little craft.
Crepe paper - $1 rolls of pink streamers like this
I am not a chef by any means. Well, I am deep in my heart, but my hands have a mind of their own. I keep a short list of winning recipes I have tested. This is the best recipe I have found for salad. It's a bit sweet, and I love sweet things. At least try it, and let me know what you really think. Best Salad
Yields 8 servings
Ingredients: For salad:
1 bag Spring Mix lettuce
1 bag (or half a head) of regular lettuce
Some chopped red onion (handful)
1-1/2 cup seedless red grapes, halved
1 cup Swiss cheese
1 cup Mozzarella cheese
1 cup Provolone
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup vegetable oil (can substitute with canola)
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
First, layer Spring Mix lettuce, regular lettuce, red onion, grapes and cheeses in a large bowl. In separate bowl, whisk together oils, vinegar, salt, sugar and mustard. Pour dressing over large bowl of lettuce mixture and toss tongs until fully incorporated over salad. Note: Since the dressing sits in the salad, the lettuces wilt faster. I suggest you eat the salad over two days tops. However, it is so tasty that it may not last that long! Note 2: After rinsing lettuce leaves and before adding them to the large bowl, dry the leaves as much as possible. Dana email@example.com
When I say that I am in the Christmas spirit, I mean I am in it waist deep. A third advent calendar we have hanging on the refrigerator is Santa's beard. I purchased a gift bag with Santa's face on it from Dollar tree. I then trimmed out his face and hat, and glued it to construction paper. Below his head is a note that reads: Santa's beard is very bare. On his chin, there is no hair. So each day, add one puff so white. And when they're all on, he'll come that night!
We add one cotton ball with a glue stick every night before bed. Just adorable! Diana
I was trying hard to not get caught up in the Elf on the Shelf movement. Once I saw Tinsel, our little elf, at Target, I could not pass it up. Tinsel has hidden in the Christmas tree and boxes, on the mantel and lamps. Tinsel has been under the tree and tables, up the stairs and ramps. Tinsel is our elf from the North Pole with a special trick. Tinsel flies home each night to tell on us to Saint Nick. What is your elf's name? Where has he/she hidden? Diana
The Christmas spirit has been seeping out of my pores this season. Instead of giving my child one advent calendar to help countdown the days until Christmas, we made two! The first advent calendar was the easiest. From Dollar Tree, I purchased white paper cups (found in the wedding decorations section), foam Christmas stickers (maybe 100 in a bag), black number stickers (found in the school supplies section), and solid red wrapping paper. Each item was $1.00!
With a box cutter, I removed the bottom circle of the cup and cut the cup along the seam. Once the cup was unfolded, I pressed it down on the red wrapping paper and traced around it. I cut out one piece from the paper, and traced it 12 times. I wanted to alternate red and white cups. I used small pieces of tape to wrap the strip of paper around 12 cups. once wrapped, I adhered the numbers and then the foam stickers. I also purchased goodies from Dollar Tree, such as pencils, erasers, candy, pens, small puzzles, and other trinkets. The cups were stacked one to 24 on the mantel. The second advent calendar used similar items from the first one.
With a tree-shaped cookie glass jar I had on hand, I filled it with emptied matchboxes from Dollar Tree. I wrapped each one in red wrapping paper, leaving the sides white to slide in and out the box holding the trinket. I used the same foam Christmas stickers and wrote numbers on them with pen. Each day, a child can open a box to count day the days until Christmas. Since the matchbox is so small, I wrote special things on small pieces of card stock, such as:
I want to thank you for stopping by my blog. A few years of blogging on various topics landed me a career in writing and several volunteer opportunities. I am a working mother, full-time employee outside the home, that is. I believe that a woman can work and be a great mother. I even recently completed my masters degree, a dream that I still can't believe came true. I am a life-long lover of cities, urban landscapes if you will. In the home, I like traditional decorations, food, and, well, traditions. I enjoy the simple things in life. I love doing projects as cheaply as possible. So, stay and look around a while. Share your stories with me. Comment below and let me know what you like, and what you don't. Diana firstname.lastname@example.org