DIY Chalkboard Log Slice
DIY Chalkboard log slice’s are probably one of the easiest DIY Projects around. If you have log slices. I didn’t but I did halve a Pap, with a chainsaw, with an unlimited amount of fire wood in the field. When you are a good cook it’s easy to bribe people into doing things they don’t want to do like cutting log slices in exchange for an apple pie ;).
What you will need:
The How To:
Step one:Find a sweet Pap to cut some log slices. Remember to bribe him with an apple pie ;).
Pap bring up my load of Log slices:
Step Two: Paint the log slice(s) with chalkboard paint in the middle leaving a rim. Leaving a rim makes them look more natural and rustic in my opinion.
Step Three: Once the paint is completely dry you can write on it with chalk. I like to write different saying for each season. You will have to use a damp cloth to get the chalk off when you switch out the writing. P.s. Don’t laugh at my sad attempt to draw a leaf.. I am not an artist. LOL.
DIY Tomato Stake Fall Tree
I have been seeing these around everywhere lately and decided to try making one of my own. They are really easy to make and look so stinking cute! I wish I would have made one last year! I want to mention that in the photo above I made a mistake, I should have wrapped the lights on and THEN the Burlap ribbon. You can see how it looks a little funny with the lights going around the burlap.. Oops! Also, it will probably look a lot cuter once those mums beside it bloom 😉
What you will need:
- Tomato Stake
- 7-8 Packs of leaf garland from the Dollar Tree
- 6 yards of burlap Ribbon ( divided)
- 100 Count Amber Christmas Tree Lights
- Twine or wire ( To tie the bow on)
The how to:
Step One– First you will need a tomato stake. This is an old one I got from my pap.
Step Two – Tie a knot around the base of the tomato stake with one end of the leaf garland.
Step Three – Twist the leaf garland around the tomato stake tying new ones as needed, I used 8. You can use as many or as little as you like, I like a lot of leaves on mine.
Step Four – Start at the base of the tomato stake and wrap the lights around the tree. Make sure to start with the end that plugs into the wall.
Step Five – Next, Starting at the base of the tomato stake wrap the burlap ribbon around it. The ribbon I bought had wire in it and was easy to bend around the base to stay in place. If you don’t have ribbon with wire in it then I suggest using some wire or twine to secure the ribbon.
Step Six: Next, tie a bow and use a piece of twine or wire to secure it to the top. I do not know how to make these bows so I had my mom make one for me. This is actually her tree, I made mine a few days ago.
Scalloped Potatoes & Hamburg Bake
Listen, I’ll be honest with you, I am terrible at coming up with names for my recipes. I just call them as I see them. When I started this blog all I knew was that I could cook, I didn’t realize that there were so many different elements to blogging. Along with cooking I also had to learn photography & improve my semi non existing writing skills. So bare with me as I learn. I am currently reading a book by Anne Lamott called Bird By Bird. I will warn you there is some foul language in the book. I am not finished with the book yet but basically she is showing me how to break down my writing into one category at a time and quit the other voice’s in my head so I can deal with one voice at a time. In one particular part of the book she asks you to close your eyes and imagine all those voice in your head are mice. She then says to to put each mouse (voice) in a separate jar so you can sort through the voices one by one. I know that sounds confusing but it actually does help, a lot!
Ok, that’s enough about my writing skills. Lets talk about this Scalloped Potatoes & Hamburg Bake! So this recipe basically came to be out of pure laziness. My husband said he wanted a meatloaf and every time I think meatloaf I think scalloped potatoes as a side. In my mind they go together like Peanut butter and Jelly, like coffee and mornings, like me and burlap. You get it. I had everything ready to go, the potatoes laid out, hamburg thawed, oven preheated. But then I got lazy, really lazy. I thought, forget it. I wasn’t in the mood to make all that but now I was now craving scalloped potatoes and my husband still wanted something with ground beef. So I thought to myself, I know, I’ll just throw the ground beef in with the potatoes. Perfect, right? wrong. To feel good about myself as both a wife and a mother I knew I had to add a veggie. I thought about making a veggie on the side but that would mean another dirty dish and I just wasn’t having it. I found a bag of peas in the freezer tossed them in and called it a day.
DIY Football Magnets
Fall is almost here and with that comes football season. I am not a fan of football, or any sports, for that matter but I do enjoy the atmosphere. I love hearing football games in the background while the smell of a hearty meal is in the air.. don’t tell my husband this, I wouldn’t want this to go to his head.
To kick off this year’s football season I thought I would make these cute little football magnets, aren’t they adorable? They are also a fun craft for the kiddos to make, although, depending on their age, they should not be the ones handling the hot glue gun..duh! The burn marks on my hands make me wonder if I should even be handling a hot glue gun (haha).
What you need:
- Plastic Spoons
- Brown Acrylic Paint
- Paint Brush
- White Puff Paint
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
- Green yarn
The How To:
Step One: Break the spoons near the base. You may break a few trying to do this so make sure you have plenty of spoons, you can buy a pack at the dollar tree. Use a hot glue gun to carefully touch the base of the spoon where it broke off. This will make the sharp part of the spoon smooth.
Step Two: Paint the spoon(s) brown. You will need 3 coats of paint or at least I did. Make sure to allow each coat of paint to dry before you add another coat. (sorry for the fuzzy photo)
Step Three: Once the brown paint is completely dry paint the threads of the football on using the white puff paint. Allow to dry over night.
Step Four: I took some green yarn and glued it around the base of the footballs. This just covered up the sloppy ends and added a touch of color. Make sure to do your gluing in the back so you don’t see big globs of glue.
Step Five: Hot glue a piece of card board to the back of the spoon to build it up slightly. Then glue the magnet to the cardboard. If you don’t do this your magnets won’t stick due to the shape of the spoons.
That’s it! Easy as pie, right? =)
Homemade Crescent Rolls
I grew up eating these Homemade Crescent Rolls every year on the Holidays. My mom would make them for our Christmas eve party. I remember going to bed excited for all the Christmas festivities to begin while the smell of yeast lingered in the air. Oh how they left such a lovely scent. Even now, to this day, when I smell them baking it takes me back to my childhood slopping every last bit of my mash potatoes and gravy up with one of these delicious homemade crescent rolls.
Forming the Crescents:
I am going to show you how to shape these Homemade Crescent Rolls. I tend to be more of a visual person myself, sometimes it is just easier to see whats going on no matter how clear the directions are.
Step One: Once the dough is formed and has rose to double its size, cut the dough in half. Use your hands to form each half into a circle then use your rolling pin to continue forming the circle. You should have to circles of dough that looks like this:
Step Two: Next use a pizza cutter to make 8 wedges. You will end up with 16 wedges all together, 8 on each circle of dough. It should look like this:
Step Three: To form the crescents you want to start with the fat side and gently roll towards the thin side. Once you have rolled all your crescents place them on a slightly greased air bake pan (they work the best so the bottoms don’t burn) and give them a little bend. Cover and allow to rise for 15 minutes. They should look like this:
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