Lemon Blueberry Crumb Cake

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Memories of Nana 

When my Nana passed away, she left me all of her recipes. These ranged from cookbooks to handwritten cards with notes on the back which are so exciting to read. These recipes are very special to me. I love that when I open them, they still smell like her house. It makes me feel like even though she has passed, she’s still with me in the kitchen. Every time I open the recipes I can still see my Nana walking around the kitchen in her Clark’s slippers. There are so many things that I still remember about her. The way she’d wave her neatly manicured hands in church, the sparkles in her diamonds, the way she smelled, and how she would softly kiss me on the cheek when she’d see me wearing her pink Mary Kay lipstick. I miss her dearly and am glad that I can still feel close to her when looking through the recipes she’s passed down to me.

 Lemon Blueberry Crumb Cake 
This lemon blueberry crumb cake recipe was an amazing find! So many of my Nana’s recipes are good, but this one is absolutely amazing. Of course, as with most recipes I find, I had to put my own twist on it. The original recipe was just a lemon cake. I added the blueberry and the crumb topping which took this recipe over the top! I mean, who doesn’t love a good crumb topping? When I was a kid, I used to sneak into the kitchen and make myself a little bowl of crumb topping. My mom still doesn’t know I used to do that!
Nothing says summer like the delicious combination of Blueberry and Lemon. I also like that this makes a smaller pan. There’s less for me to stuff my face with! But if you’re planning on taking this cake to a get-together, I’d recommend making 2 or 3 cakes and cutting into smaller pieces.
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Feta & Balsamic Steak Tacos




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Feta & Balsamic Steak Taco

I really should be cleaning right now, but instead, I am dreaming up new ideas for taco recipes. At this point, the scent of tacos may be ingrained into the walls of my home. Perhaps that is why I wake up in the middle of the night craving tacos? The scent is so powerful that I think I am waking up to a delicious taco meal. Sadly, that has yet to happen. However, when I’m not dreaming of tacos, I am testing out and photographing new taco recipes.

One of the creations I made were these amazing Feta & Balsamic Steak Tacos. My family may be tired of eating so many tacos this month, but this recipe is such a unique deviation from normal tacos, that I don’t think they quite minded. I’ve given up on my husband being a taco fan, but since my son’s taste buds are still developing, I’m holding out hope that he’ll be a taco super-fan like me!

 I could honestly eat about 10 of these tacos without even thinking about it. I did add in some spring mix lettuce, so that make’s it healthy, right? This recipe is so easy to make! If you’re looking for a light recipe that packs a lot of flavor into each bite, this is it. I used shaved beef, however, steakums would be a good substitute. The cream cheese and honey spread balances out the acidity from the balsamic and the drizzle of lemon adds another delightful layer of refreshing goodness. I added some chili powder to the shell to take the shell from plain jane to WOW!

 Speaking of the shell, that was the hardest part of the recipe. Getting the shell to fry and shape just right was a little difficult. I did find this taco press on Amazon that should alleviate those issues. It definitely looks like a worthy investment, especially if you’re a taco addict like me!
If I were you, I’d run, not walk, to your nearest grocery store and scoop up the ingredient to add this perfect Feta and Balsamic Steak Taco recipe to your weekend meal plan. 





Bubble Gum Machine Bird Feeder




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Bubble Gum Machine Bird Feeder 

This bubble Gum Machine Bird Feeder is fairly easy to make and will look adorable in the yard. And, as long as you have some of the materials on hand, this project should be somewhat inexpensive. Hope you enjoy this project as much as I did!  =)

The Drilling Process 

I went through the drilling process twice so I could find the easiest method for you. A few cracked pots and many striped drill blades later and I believe I found it! The key to drilling through the clay quickly seems to be a wet clay pot and a glass and tile drill bit. Now you will have to use the spade blade for the bottom of the clay pot and the bit for the middle of the bottom clay saucer.

Materials:

  • 1 Clay Pot ( This didn’t have a size labeled but it measures about 5 inches in diameter and about 4 inches in length)
  • 4-inch Clay Saucer
  • 8-inch Clay Saucer
  • Glass Globe ( You can find these with the fake flowers at Walmart, I’ve also seen them at the dollar tree. Make sure this fits on the clay pot correctly before buying.)
  • 1 Wooden Dresser Knob (These come 2 in a pack at Lowes)
  • Safety glasses
  • 1-inch spade blade
  • 1/8-inch Drill Bit
  • 1/2-inch Glass & Tile  Drill Bit
  •  4 Feet of thin Wire ( I bought mine at Lowes and had them cut it to size.)
  • Wire cutters
  • Appropriate wire camps (This will depend on the size of the wire)
  • Red Spray Paint
  • A bucket or something you can soak clay pots in ( I just soaked mine in the bathtub, it needs to be cleaned anyway. ;p)
  • Bird Seed
  • heavy duty glue (Gorilla Glue will work nicely)

How to:

Step One: Soak clay pot and saucers in water for a few hours and begin to drill holes. Soaking the pots and saucer will allow the clay to soften making it easier to drill through.

  • Use a 1/8-inch drill bit to drill a hole in the middle of both saucers and wooden knob
  • Use 1-inch spade blade to drill the hole in the middle of the bottom of the clay pot.
  • Use 1/2-inch glass & Tile blade to drill a hole in the center of the bottom of the glass globe. Also, use Glass & Tile bit to drill 4 holes around the rim of the saucer where the bird seed will come out.

*I ruined so many blades trying to figure out how to drill the seed holes around the rim of the pot. I finally decided to use a drill bit that is made for glass and tile, this worked wonderfully! As long as the clay pot has soaked in water for a few hours the glass bit will drill right through!

( Don’t mind my helper. He’s selfish and seems to think everything is about him =p )

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Step Two: Spray paint clay pot, saucers, and knob red.

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Step 3: Double the wire to form a loop at the top. Attach wire clamp to secure the wire in place; use pliers to squeeze shut.

(After I took the photo I realized my wire clamp got stuck in the knob hole.)

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Step 4: Continue feeding the wire through the drilled holes until it comes out the bottom.Bubble gum bird feeder 4

Step 5: Attach a second wire clamp on the bottom to hold everything.

*After putting this together I realized I bought the wrong type of wire clamp because the clamp slipped right through the hole. They have different types and I’m sure if you ask someone at your local hardware store they’d be more then happy to help! I used a rubber band and some heavy duty glue to secure it for now.Bubble gum bird feeder 7

Step 6: I then used a heavy duty glue to secure the wooden knob to the top saucer. This will act as a lid and make it easy to take the lid on and off when filling seed. I also glued the glass globe to the clay pot, this just kept it from being so wobbly. I did NOT glue the clay pot to the bottom saucer. I wanted easy access in case bird seed would get stuck in the pot.

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Step 7: The only thing left to do is to fill the bird feeder with seeds and enjoy watching the birds munch on their new snack!

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Smoky Ranchero Chicken Tacos




Smoky Ranchero Tacos

Smoky Ranchero Chicken Tacos

If you are like me and love tacos, then you should add these Smoky Ranchero Chicken Tacos to your grocery list this week. You are going to love how simple they are to make. I have been munching on these all week and I’m still not over them. Of course, you know I have been crushing on all kinds of tacos this month. If you caught me last week you witnessed my Honey Battered Chicken Tacos, weren’t they delish?! It’s hard to believe we are half way through taco month…

I have to admit, I’m going to be kind of sad when taco month is over. I’ve been having too much fun listening to Ricky Martin and eating tacos. I’m pretty sure my neighbor has overheard me singing Livin’ La Vida Loca in the shower a time or two this month. I’m certain she’s used to it by now. I think I broke her in back at Christmas time by singing Dean Marin’s it’s a Marshmallow world at the top of my lungs. I bring her food so I think that should make up for all the singing, at least that’s how I justify it.

It’s not her fault she moved in next to a fruitcake like me. I tried to be on my best behavior for a month or so, but eventually, the real me came out. Now I’m running around the yard swatting wasps with my new tennis racket bug zapper in my pajamas and she doesn’t even bat an eyelash. I guess it’s the norm now, “oh, that’s just Emily”. Hey, to each his own, am I right?

For more awesome recipes from Burlap Kitchen click here: Biscuit Dough Pizza SticksLasagna Sandwich on Texas Toast, Best Roast Beef Sandwich Ever.





Bird Seed Wreath




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Bird Seed Wreath

You are going to love how easy this DIY Bird Seed Wreath is to make! Not only is it easy but it’s also an inexpensive way to spruce up the backyard. I just put my wreath out today so the birds are still a little wary of it. As soon as they get comfortable with it I will be sure to post more pictures.

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Materials:

  • 1 – 8 Inch grapevine wreath 
  • A few sprigs of fake flowers ( Bright red & pink seem to attract hummingbirds!)
  • Ribbon of your choice
  • Wooden Tag ( you can get these in the craft section at Walmart for .98¢)
  • Floral wire
  • Scissors
  • wire cutters ( for the fake flowers)
  • Peanut butter
  • Birdseed

Instructions: 

Step 1: Cut a few sprigs of flowers and wire them to one side of the wreath using floral wire.

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Step 2: Paint wooden tag as desired and tie it onto the wreath using ribbon.

How to achieve this Wooden Tag look:

  1. spray paint teal
  2. Using a white marker, write Bird Seed 5¢ OR use a Circuit to create this look or a design of your own.
  3. Use a light grit sandpaper to rough the edges
  4. Dip the edge of an old rag in stain and quickly wipe on and off the tag.

 

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Step 3: Tie a piece of ribbon around the wreath so it can hang. Bird seed wreath 4

Step 4: Use a knife or spoon to spread peanut butter on one side of the wreath. I found that a spoon works the best. Next, pour the birdseed over the peanut butter. The best way to do this is to put the bird seed in a cheap foil pie pan and sprinkle it on the wreath. This keeps all the mess in the pie pan and makes for an easy cleanup!

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And it’s as simple as that! Enjoy watching the birds nibble away at their new treat!

 

 

 

 




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