Honey battered Chicken Tacos





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Honey Battered Chicken Tacos 

Hola! Tomorrow is Cinco De Mayo so what better month to celebrate tacos then May?! I’m starting the month off with these Honey battered Chicken Tacos. I know it sounds weird, but trust me, they’re delicious! This recipe actually came from my mom, I too, thought it sounded a little strange until I tried them. One bite had me thinking I was Ricky Martin and Livin’ La Vida Loca. Except my lips were more of an avocado green than a devil red.

Reality did eventually set in. I realized that I wasn’t Ricky Martin and moving my hips that way should be outlawed… At least in my home. You, however, are free to move your hips anyway you’d like as long as it doesn’t get you arrested or send you to the ER. If you choose to move your hips in these such ways please remember I do have a disclosure and you are eating at your own risk.

Well, now that you’ve been warned and I’ve exposed my age by referencing Ricky Martin, let’s talk a little more about these tacos. Are you looking for a quick, foolproof meal for those busy summer nights? Well, this is it! If you can cook chicken tenders in the oven and do a little slicing and dicing then making these delicioso Honey Battered Chicken Taco’s is not out of reach for you. When the bold flavors from the black bean salsa fuse with the sweetness of the chicken your taste buds will be doing a dance all of their own. So, let’s not make dinner harder then it has to be this summer! Do yourself, and your family a favor and add these ingredients to your grocery list this week. Your taste buds will thank you 😉

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Chili Cheese Dog Stuffed Biscuits, Oven Roasted Chicken Club on a Bagel, Lasagna Sandwich on Texas Toast.

DIY Lighthouse Bird Feeder





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DIY Lighthouse Bird Feeder

You can make this super cute DIY Lighthouse Bird Feeder using just a few supplies from the dollar tree. I will warn you, gluing the stones on takes some patience. Because of this I left all the supplies out in my craft room and glued a little each night while watching TV. It took a little time but the birds seem to LOVE it!

Supplies: 

  • Small traffic cones ( I got these at the dollar tree in with the school supplies)
  • Small fan or something to work as a balcony ( I also got mine at the dollar tree)
  • 4 packs of stone ( from dollar tree)
  • 9 inch pie pan ( from dollar tree. Set your cone in it to make sure it fits!)
  • Solar light ( you can buy this at dollar tree but I found one I liked better at Walmart)
  • Thick twine
  • Drill
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Loctite
  • caulking gun 
  • popsicle sticks
  • paper plate
  • Laytex gloves
  • Sea Shells ( maybe you have some from a previous trip to the beach?)
  • Small sea critters ( found mine at dollar tree)
  • Small piece of Burlap
  • Grey or tan spray paint (try to get a paint that will blend in well with the rocks)
  • small dowl rod painted black (optional)

How to:

Step 1: The first thing I did was put my cone in my pie pan and marked the holes. This helped me to know where to drill.Light House step 1

Step 2: Next I spray painted my traffic cone grey and left it dry overnight.

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Step 3: I then started gluing my rocks. I found the easiest way to do this was to squeeze some Loctite on a paper plate and use a popsicle stick to apply the glue to the rocks. Because this gets a little messy, I suggest wearing latex gloves. I didn’t wear gloves and had Loctite on my hands for a week!

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Step 4: I wanted to add a balcony but couldn’t find ANYTHING that would work. While I was at the dollar tree I came across this fan, it worked perfectly! I just used a screwdriver to pop it apart and then spray painted it black. My scissors were used to cut the middle section of the fan out so it fits around my lighthouse.

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It should look something like this when you’re finished.

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Step 5: To fit the solar light in I had to figure out a way to cut a hole in the top. I found that drilling a bunch of holes around the rim then cutting it with scissors worked for me. If you have a better way of doing this, go for it!

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Step 6: I then took the stake part of the solar light off and shoved it in the hole. Perfect fit!

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Step 7: Next I used my hot glue gun to glue twine around my pie pan. I think it gives more of a nautical look.

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Step 8: Next I Put my lighthouse back in the pie pan to make sure the holes I marked earlier were still accurate. I then drilled my holes. Make sure when you drill your holes you drill down. Doing it this way leaves the sharp edge on the bottom rather than the top, this way the birds don’t step on anything sharp!

After drilling the holes I stuck a piece of twine through each hole and tied a double knot at the base of the pan. You will need 4 long pieces of twine for this. I pulled the twine up in the air to about the length I wanted and gave myself a few extra inches of wiggle room (we will tie the top knot in Step 11).I found that dipping my twin in water helped it to go through the holes much easier. See the photo below for help with this step.

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Step 9: Use Loctite to glue your lighthouse to the pie pan & let it dry overnight.

*I goofed a little here, I tried to glue my lighthouse down before putting the twine in. This didn’t work very good so I had to re-glue the lighthouse.

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Step 11: Once everything is dried bring all four strings up and tie in a double knot. I also hot glued a few mini sea creatures around the rim of the pie pan. It should look something like this when you’re all finished.

*I also decided to drill a hole in the side of my lighthouse and used Loctite to secure a little perch for the birds. I used a small dowel rod and painted it

black.

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Step 12: Time for the fun part! Fill your Lighthouse bird feeder with birdseed and scatter a few seashells around. I put a little piece of burlap around the balcony so the birdseed didn’t fall through.

I’m not sure who enjoys this lighthouse bird feeder more, me or the birds?

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Pizza Sticks





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Pizza Reimagined and Kid Approved! 

Hi Everyone! Do your kids love pizza as much as my little guy does? We all know it can be a struggle (sometimes war) to get our children to eat at times. Well, fear no more, Pizza Sticks are here! I was at the store one day looking for a fun and simple snack to throw together for Logan and his friends after school and I decided to try creating pizza sticks. What a huge hit! I bought some basic biscuit dough, a few ingredients, and the rest was history. The recipes will be provided below for you guys to try.

I love these pizza sticks because they are so easy to make; from the package to your kid’s mouth in about 30 minutes. Not only is this inventive take on pizza easy for all you parents out there, you can also make them as nutritious as you want. I made mine using the traditional pizza ingredients (pepperoni, cheese, and pizza sauce). However, feel free to experiment with these fun snack sticks by sneaking some veggies in them; your kids may be so entranced by the gooey cheese and warm carbs they overlook the broccoli! In addition to bringing a smile to your kid’s faces, you will also be the star of the neighborhood if you serve these tasty little wonders as an after-school snack!

So, get ready for a no stress, foolproof, and undeniable delicious snack. Oh, and I should warn you to be prepared for the onslaught of kids knocking at your door to chow down on these amazing pizza sticks! Do you guys have a favorite after-school snack that your children go crazy for and is super simple to make? If so, please post below in the comments.

Now, Let’s get snack-a-lackin’!

Roll dough out so edges are even. Use a pizza roller to cut into 12 squares and stuff each square with your favorite pizza fillings. I used mozzarella sticks and pepperoni.

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Next, roll dough over toppings and fold ends under. It should look something like this.

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 Brush tops of pizza sticks with butter garlic mixture and bake as directed on package. (For a little extra goodness sprinkle top with parmesan cheese.)

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Give the cheese a few minutes to cool down and serve with pizza sauce for dipping. Enjoy!

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Warm Biscuit Dough Caramel Apple Dessert

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Biscuit Dough Caramel Apple Dessert

Spring has finally sprung and tonight is man night out our house! Are you wondering what man night is and why I’m so excited about it? Man night happens at our house about once a month. It is a special night where my husband and son watch movies all night and pig out on junk food. My husband will call man night sometime in the middle of the week. Once this happens I hear the two of them secretly talking about what snacks they will get and movies they want to watch. I hope someday my son will look back and remember this special time he shared with his dad; it’s the sweetest thing. Maybe even carry on this tradition with his own children someday.

Still wondering whats so exciting about man night? So let me explain.When they say man night I actually hear mom night. Can you say Netflix?! After 7 pm the night is mine and I am totally free of mom things. Which means I am free to do things like binge-watch Netflix, take a warm bubble bath, go to Walmart (sorry, I love the place), movies with a friend, make these Warm Biscuit Dough Caramel Apple Desserts and eat them all by myself, etc..

I was totally kidding about that last part. I couldn’t eat them all by myself even if I wanted to and believe me, I’d want to. These buttermilk biscuits are stuffed with apple pie filling and served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream then topped with caramel sauce and crushed peanuts. These dessert biscuits offer all the great flavors of a warm apple pie and without all the hassle. Because apple pie is one of my husband’s favorites I know I will be making this recipe often!

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Click here for last weeks biscuit dough recipe – Chili Cheese Dough Stuffed Biscuits 





Chili Cheese Dog Stuffed Biscuits




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April, a month filled with baseball and lots of biscuit dough! 

Baseball season has officially started in the Dillman household. If you are like me, and also have kids starting baseball, you know that making fancy suppers on ball nights is next to impossible. Because of this, I am focusing the entire month of April on biscuit dough recipes starting with these Chili Cheese Dog Stuffed Biscuits. I need meals I know my family will eat and are a quick clean up so we can pack up and head to the ballfield!



Can I be real for a minute or two?

I know this is a way off topic and has nothing to do with Chili Cheese Dog Stuffed biscuits but I have been working on typing up posts all day. This is where I struggle. My grammar is crap and I’m not always good with my words but I’m trying. I feel like I have been climbing the same mountain for years. More like crawling, actually. But you know what? I’m going to keep climbing this Mountain because I feel this is where God wants me.

But He doesn’t want me to stay in the same place crawling and struggling nor does He want you to. He wants us to succeed and prosper (A few examples – Jeremiah 29:11, Job 36:11, Deuteronomy 29:9). And if we are going to succeed and prosper we have to step outside of our comfort zone and take risks; something I am not always good at. My struggles mainly come from fear and self-doubt. Sometimes I wish I could step outside of myself for a few seconds just to shake myself and say “it’s okay girl, God’s got you!” And then I would take a deep breath and everything would be fine.

I saw two quotes this week that really stuck with me. The first one was by Rachel Hollis  “Someone else’s opinion of you is none of your business.” Whoa! I am in the middle of reading her book Girl, wash your Face and it is excellent! The second quote that really stuck with me this week was by Havilah Cunnington. She said, “If what you see in the mirror is an example of God’s Passion and Creativity, but you hate it, how can you really trust Him with your life? You are an example of His great work”.

Maybe your reading this thinking, I’m here for a recipe, not your life story lady. And that’s fine. But just maybe someone is going through this same thing and God brought them hear threw a recipe? Maybe it’s you? Maybe this is God’s way of shaking you and saying “It’s ok, girl. I got you!” So if this is you, why don’t you join me? We will all take a deep breath, eat chili cheese dog stuffed biscuits and keep climbing till we make it to the top. 😉

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Empty Oats Container & Coffee Filter Flower Vase




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How to Turn an Empty Oatmeal Container into a FLower Vase

I’m wrapping up Coffee Filter Week with this cute flower vase made from coffee filters. Along with my coffee filter flowers, this vase will be the perfect addition to your spring decor! Not only are they super fun to make but you probably already have everything to make them on hand. Now, let’s get started!

Supplies:

  • Empty oats container
  • Coffee dyed coffee filters
  • Mod podge
  • paint brush
  • small old bowl
  • Twine
  • Coffee dyed strips of fabric
  • Coffee dyed paper doilies
  • Stencil ( I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 )
  • spanish moss
  • Foam for the inside of the vase to hold the flowers.

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STEP 1: Coffee dye coffee filters and make sure they are dry. If you’re not sure how to do this click here —> HOW TO COFFEE DYE COFFEE FILTERS 

STEP 2: Brush one side of the coffee filter entirely with mod podge and begin sticking them on the oats container; you will need a few layers. Carefully press out any creases with your hands. A few won’t hurt as long as they are flat to the container. Also, make sure to wrap the filters around the top and bottom of the container. See photo below. 

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STEP 3: Once oats container is completely covered in coffee filters, allow to dry. If you can see part of the container through the coffee filters then apply a few more layers in that area and allow to dry.

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STEP 4: Once the container is Dry use mod podge to secure the coffee dyed paper doily. I ONLY brushed the outer edges. If you brush the mod podge over the writing it will smear. I used my Cricut to write one of my favorite bible verses onto the doily. If you do not have a Cricut you could use stencils. Stenciling on the beginning letter of your last name would be a very cute idea.

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Below is a better look at the doily I made using my Cricut. If you have a Cricut the possibilities are endless of what you could do here.

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STEP 5: Next I wrapped a piece of twine around the vase a few times and tied a bow. Just remember when you are making this vase that it is yours! Have fun with it! Just because I wrapped twine around mine doesn’t mean you have to do the same. Do what makes you happy =)




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STEP 6: Finally I added a piece of coffee dyed fabric and tied it in a knot. Here’s a little tip to consider: When working with fabric if you rip it rather then cut it you will get nice frayed edges. Also, if you wait and coffee dye after ripping the fabric you will get nice dark frayed edges.

TIPS: To secure the flowers in the vase add a piece of foam to the bottom. You can also fill the container with dry rice and secure the flowers in the rice. Adding Spanish moss to the top of the vase helps to hide the flower stems.

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Lasagna Sandwich on Texas Toast




Lasagna Sandwich

Lasagna Sandwich on Texas Toast

As a kid, I was never really a huge fan of lasagna. My mom used to hide onions in it and then swear up and down she didn’t put any in. Yeah, okay mom (insert eye rolling emoji). I remember folding my garlic bread in half and stuffing it with lasagna or spaghetti to mask the taste of the onions.  But as I got older I learned that if I made Lasagna my way, extra mozzarella, hold the onions,  I actually loved it! And let’s not forget a nice thick slice of garlic bread or Texas toast to slop up the extra sauce. For me, this is actually the best part of the meal!

(*I know that half a pound of ground beef does not seem like a lot of meat but trust me it’s PLENTY. There will be enough to make 4 sandwiches, I promise 😉 )

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After pondering this for awhile I thought to myself why wait until the end of my meal to fully enjoy it? Why not enjoy every bite? So I decided to stuff loads of lasagna meat sauce and extra mozzarella between two slices of Texas toast. It was AMAZING! And probably one of the quickest warm meals I have made in awhile. Every bite left me totally satisfied and wanting more. I had to stop myself from eating another sandwich… it was so tempting. If you decide to eat two there will be no judgment coming from me, I totally get it.




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Side Note: When making these sandwiches it is very important you do not overcook the texas toast. If you do, you’re sandwich’s will be very hard to eat. Since the texas toast will get wrapped in foil and go back in the oven I use the lesser cooking time of the Texas Toast package.





DIY Coffee Filter Flowers

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DIY Coffee Filter Flowers 

Remember the other week when I showed you how to dye coffee filters with coffee? You are going to need a few of those for this project. If you missed it just click this link —-> How to Dye Coffee Filters using Coffee & Food Dye

Supplies:

1.  FOLD THE FILTERS: To make one flower you will need 4 coffee filters. Fold all of the coffee filters in half, then in half again, then in half again, use your thumbs and really press and crease the folds so they stay.

(sorry for the different background in this photo! I realized at the last minute that I forgot to photograph the folds! #oops!)




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2. Fold your coffee filters one more time in half but this time do not crease it. Round the top, wide, part of the coffee filters with a pair of scissors. When you unfold the filters you should have what looks like a heart.

TIP: If you wait to dye your filters directly after this step you will get nice dark edges. I fold them plain white, cut the rounded edge, plop them into my dye, then into the oven.

 

3. Now it is time to cut the hearts. You have 4 coffee filters so each time you will cut one more heart. Your first filter cut one heart, second filter cut 2 hearts, third filter cut out 3 hearts, fourth filter cut 4 hearts. Use the diagram below to help with cutting.

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4. GLUE: Overlap the hearts on the end and glue them so they form a cone. Do this to all of the cut filters.

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You will not be able to overlap the two smallest hearts, the single and double heart. To do the smallest one I use a glues stick to roll it tight and glue it. I do the same for the double heart but you will not want to make this one as tight.




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When you have them all rolled and glued you should have something like this.

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5. Now it’s time to start building your Coffee filter flower. Before gluing, put the flower together and make sure everything fits nicely. Some of the bottoms will probably need trimmed so they nestle inside one another nicely. To put your coffee filter flower together start with the biggest cone and work all the way down to the single one putting each inside the other. Below is an example of what this should look like.

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6. Gluing the Flower together: Now take the flower apart sitting each layer in order, biggest to smallest. Begin to glue the bottoms and gently stick them inside each layer.

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When you’re finished gluing your flowers will look something like this. Pretty, right?

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Now it’s time to add the stems to your coffee filter flowers. Here are a few materials you will need..

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Use the pointy end of the shish Kabob stick to poke a hole through the glue at the bottom of your flower. Then cut the point off of the stick, glue it, and insert it into the hole you just made. Put a little glob of glue around the base so it is secure to the stick.

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Finally, glue and wrap the floral tape around the flower stem. The floral tape says that it is self stick but trust me it’s not and so you will need to glue it.

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To make the flowers a little more durable I like to spray them with a clear sealant. And here’s what I use –> Mod podge Sealant.



Best Roast Beef Sandwich Eva





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Best Roast Beef Sandwich Eva!

Guys, I did it! I made the worlds best roast beef sandwich! Okay, maybe not the “world’s” best but it’s good.. dang good. It’s sloppy, gooey, and warm,  with a hint of spice. Do not even get me started on the cheese. This is the kind of sandwich you want to make for your friends, you know, the ones who don’t judge you. The friends that don’t care that you ate 2 sandwiches in your jammies at noon while binge-watching the office. Because those are the friends that will join you in your shenanigans. And because THOSE are the friends who deserve to indulge in the world’s best roast beef sandwich with you!

It’s Friday!

You made it,  Friday is finally here! Reward yourself by adding the ingredients to this sandwich on your shopping list. You deserve an easy meal that your family will be drooling over. Easy clean up too, that’s a plus 😉  If this sandwich could talk in the words of Michael Scott I’m sure it would say something like “Would I rather be feared or loved?” Easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” And that my friend is the Scuttlebutt on the Best Roast Beef Sandwich Eva!




How to Make Jumbo Coffee Filter Easter Eggs

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Being Consistent 

Last week I told you a little bit about my game plan for becoming a more consistent blogger. I have been doing tons of research lately and as it turns out I am not the only blogger with this issue. I find it even more difficult since I am a creative person. Sometimes I feel as if I can’t finish ANYTHING. I start a million projects and go from one project to the next without ever finishing any of them. So my next step in becoming a better and more consistent blogger is to give myself finish dates. I’d call them deadlines but I feel that word puts a damper on my accomplishments so let’s just stick with finish dates. Since you are reading this post it means I must have made all my finish dates for the past 2 weeks! Yay me!

How to Make Jumbo Coffee Filter Easter Eggs

Now that you know how to Dye Coffee Filters using coffee and food dye it’s time to get into the fun stuff! This week I want to show you how to make these super cute coffee filter Easter eggs. These are so easy to make and I really think you are going to love them. You may even have everything you need to make them on hand!

Supplies: 




STEP 1: Paint the egg with Mod Podge.

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Step 2: Paint one side of each coffee filter strip and begin covering the egg with them. Use your fingers to to press strips down while smoothing  out any creases.

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Step 3: Keep adding strips until egg is completely covered and the color of the egg is no longer visible. Let dry over night.

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Step 4: Once the eggs are dry look for spots where the original eggs may be still showing through the coffee filter strips. Add a few more layers of strips and allow to dry over night.

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Step 5: You know you are done adding strips when the eggs look like the photo below. =)




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Step 6: To dress up the eggs cut strips of fabric and/or burlap and mod podge them to the egg. Once this dries you can use smaller strips of fabric and twine to really dress them up! Look at my main photo for examples.

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Step 7:  Add glitter because it makes everything beautiful. =)  (use the white kind)

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Finally, embellish eggs with layers of fabric and twine. I have found that if I cut or rip the fabric first, and then coffee dye it, I end up with a nice dark edge on my fabric. It also gives it more of that rustic look I love so much.

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