DIY: Make your own Halloween dinnerware So now you've seen my interpretation of a Raven themed dinner party, I wanted to show you how I made the dinnerware. If you are like me you probably oogle over the holiday themed dishes but quickly shy away since you don't want to shell out for a whole set just for one celebration. (I don't even have real china so I think its safe to say I won't be buying any themed kind either) So when this idea of making my own for next to nothing came to mind, I just had to try it. Obviously this interpretation is quite macabre but you could totally mix it up to make it your own - think nursery rhymes for baby showers, holiday song lyrics for christmas, bible passages for easter, dirty doodles for hen nights... I could go on and on. Start off with plain white plates of your choosing (available cheaply everywhere), a porcelain 150 pen, some blue masking tape and a small stencil (optional). Now on to the little plate. I added the 'nevermore...' under the bird and the hard work was over.
Eat Drink Chic Tailgate Heros: Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots - StumbleUpon Be forewarned. If you make these,they will disappear quickly! But that's okay. Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots Makes 4 appetizer servings 16 frozen tater tots 8 slices THIN bacon, cut in half sideways 2 Tbsp turbinado sugar 1 tsp season salt ¼ tsp cayenne pepper Mix the sugar, salt and cayenne pepper together thoroughly. Sprinkle about half of the rub on top of the bacon strips. Top each half strip with 1 tot and roll up. Place seam side down on a raised rack or a tray. Sprinkle the rest of the seasoning mix over the assembled tots. Preheat your oven or grill to 450f. Cook the bacon snuggled tots until the bacon turns crispy, about 20 minutes. Don't be alarmed if the bacon goes “boa constrictor” on a few of your tots and squeezes the heck out of them. Serve with your favorite BBQ sauce, spicy ketchup, or other dipping sauce. These also go great with a grilled steak burger. Perfect for tailgating or “just because”.
Clean + Organized 2012 - Free Cleaning Schedule - August Wrapping Up a Night of WitchCRAFT I love a good crafting party, don’t you? And a Night of WitchCRAFT was just what I needed. It was so fun to meet a few new Seattlites, seeing a few old friends, and getting our DIY on!! Here’s a few pics from our night of witchy craft. It was held at the lovely Trophy Cupcakes located north of Seattle. Along with a few tiers of cupcakes… vanilla, chocolate, and apple caramel! Working with my partner, Lyndsey of The Stationary Place, was perfect. Now onto the good stuff… the crafts. First up was a lovely Halloween Felt Wreath. We had to have good ol’ Scrabble Tile Necklaces, Halloween style. There were Stitched Spider Cards. We also had Typography Pumpkins, with tutorial by Font Crafts. Everyone made a Pipe Cleaner Spider as well. And last, we also crafted Glitter Spider Rings. There were 20 wonderful women who came, crafted, and cupcaked. It was fun to see some long time friends who are Seattle locals, Jenny and Stephanie, as well as some new Seattle friends, Marja and Susan.
papernstitch handmade blog Beechers "Worlds Best" Mac &Cheese - StumbleUpon We came up with this recipe when we opened Beecher's. We wanted to show our customers that you can cook with and eat great cheese every day, and this killer mac and cheese uses two of our cheeses with a background hint of garlic powder and chipotle pepper. We've already won the vote for Seattle's best Mac and Cheese, but the tens of thousands of people a year from all over the world who eat it in our store tell us it's the world's Best. serves 4 as a side dish SAUCE 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups whole milk 7 ounces Flagship cheese, grated (about 1 3/4 cups) 1 ounce Just Jack cheese, grated (1/4 cup) ½ teaspoon coarse salt ¼ to ½ teaspoon chipotle chili powder 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder PASTA 6 ounces penne pasta (about 3 ¼ cups) 1 ounce (1/4 cup) Flagship cheese, grated 1 ounce (1/4 cup) Just Jack cheese, grated ¼ to ½ teaspoon chipotle chili powder Instructions Preheat oven to 350F. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes.
The Mattern Family: No More Dryer Sheets OR Fabric Softener. When I began running low on liquid fabric softener, I grabbed a bowl, an old hand towel and began an experiment. It worked so well that I felt compelled to share it with all of you. By the way... since using this towel, I have said good-bye to dryer sheets AND fabric softener. Seriously.. it's magical! So here's what I did: Soak a hand towel in fabric softener. Hang it over a chair (or outside on a clothes line) to dry. You must make sure it dries completely! After the towel dries you just throw it in your dryer along with clothes and use it as a dryer sheet for 40-50 loads before soaking again. Give it a try and let me know what you think! (I heard about this little "trick" from a pin on Pinterest.
HOWTO make a terrifying specimen jar Whoops I Think I Broke It has a quick HOWTO for making your own glowing, mysterious, revolting specimen jar filled with little bits of ick from the Elder Gods' plane of existence: Now all we need is a "thing" Here I've taken scraps of clay, wire, foil, wood bits, hot glue, and a cork to shape out the "thing". Basically I just took anything that was lying around on the floor of my workshop and fashioned it into whatever you'd call this shape. Weird but not very menacing. Project Thing In A Jar (via Super Punch) The Lovely Cupboard Gooey Chocolate Chip Sandwich Bars | RecipeGirl.com - StumbleUpon Gooey Chocolate Chip Sandwich Bars… Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Cookbook September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness month, and today I’m sharing some Gooey Chocolate Chip Sandwich Bars. What do these goodies have to do with cancer? The Cookies for Kids’ Cancer cookbook provides directions on how to hold a bake sale, signage, and lots of recipes and photos. These are slab cookies. They’re a little chocolatey. So let’s talk about the makeup of these bars. I love the sort of natural, rustic crackle look on the tops of the bars. And there they are… my “neatly” cut Gooey Chocolate Chip Sandwich Bars. I’m giving away three copies of the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer cookbook, courtesy of Wiley Publishing and three OXO Good Grips Good Cookie Spatulas, courtesy of OXO.
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