Sunday, March 31, 2013

How Sneaky was the Bunny?

How do you catch a unique rabbit?
You 'neak up on it.
How do you catch a tame rabbit?
The tame way... You 'neak up on it.

Hahaha, cheesy Easter humor.
I'm actually visiting my grandparents in Washington State for a while.
Last night we dyed eggs and that sneaky bunny hid them.


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How sneaky was your bunny?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pi Dish for Pi Day | Free Downloadable Cricut Cut File


glass etching, Pi, Pie Dish, .cut file, Free download


 

Happy 3.14! Pi Day!


 

I don't know about you but I love pie and math isn't really so bad either.
I'm going to share with you a Pi Dish craft and a free downloadable .cut file for your Cricut. Yay!




Materials:

-Cricut

-Cricut DesignStudio

-George Basic Shapes Cartridge

-Contact paper

-Glass Pie Dish

-Glass Etching Cream

 

1. When you put your contact paper on your Cricut mat you are not peeling off the paper backing. You leave this on and place the contact paper paper side up! If you turn it the other way then your design will be backwards. The design is being etched to the BACK of the glass dish, not the inside.

2. Open the .cut file in your Design Studio. Make sure your Cricut is hooked up. Mat is inserted. Tell it to cut!

3. After your design is cut. Peel the paper off and place your pie dish on your contact paper while still on the mat. This allows you to center your design. {I did not worry about peeling off each number because those can stay on the mat}

Contact paper on dish

 

I peeled the mat away from the dish, turned under the edges around the pie dish. I had to straighten out a feel bubbles in the contact paper but overall it came out clean. You could do this step multiple ways. This is just how I did it.

{make sure you don't lose or leave behind the insides to your 4, 8, 9s, or 6!}

After you peel your paper off your mat might look like this...

Pi Dish Contact Paper Trash

 

4. Now it is time to apply the etching cream. Armour Etch Cream is what I use. It can be purchased at most craft stores. Apply it liberally.

Apply Etching Creme

 

{do you see the thinner areas on the Pi symbol... that DOES come through in your etching. So try to make it as even as possible.}

5. Let this sit according to directions of the product you choose to use. {I let mine sit for 2 hours because I wanted to make sure the etching took and was easier to see}

6. Rinse the etching off with water. The contact paper will peel off at the same time.

{The chances of getting the contact paper on again... in the same spot are almost impossible... so this is a one shot thing. That's why I left it on so long.}

Then you get to admire your work!

Pi Dish Glass Etching

I sent this dish to my grandfather. He is an avid lover of Pi and Pie. He found the dish amusing and appreciated the gift. I also sent another to a friend whose husband also appreciated it. It makes both a great gift and addition to your own kitchen.

I already owned all the supplies except the pie dishes. So to make two dishes this project only cost me $10!

 

If you would like to make your own... Download the .cut file {HERE}


Pi Dish Cut File Preview


Preview of the .cut file.


Note: This was the first .cut file I made with the intention of sharing and I didn't think about the logistics of using all one cartridge being easier and better for others. So the Pi dish in my images is not EXACTLY the same as the download. I had to change out the right tail of the Pi symbol  in the download offered from an Ashlyn's Alphabet character to a George Basic character for consistency and easy of use. Thanks for understanding.

If you prefer the .cut file I used and have both George and Ashlyn you can download that .cut file {HERE}.

If you are looking for other ways to celebrate Pi day... why not make a pie?! Check out how to make a Mini Pie in a Jar or make a Candy Bar Pie!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

PBC Soup | Potato Broccoli Corn

I love soups! They make you feel warm from the inside out and they are one of the ultimate comfort foods in my opinion.

I played around with a recipe the other day and came up with PBC Soup. It was yummy so I wanted to share it with you.

Potato Corn Broccoli Soup

 



Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound ground beef or turkey

  • 1/4 cup chopped onion

  • 3/4 cup chopped broccoli

  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen corn

  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 3 cups chicken broth

  • 4 cups diced peeled potatoes (1-3/4 pounds)

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups (8 ounces) process cheese (Velveeta), cubed

  • 1-1/2 cups milk

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  • 1/4 cup sour cream


In a saute pan brown the meat. Once cooked add onions to saute. {drain if you feel needed based on the fat content of your meat choice} Put meat and onions into your stock pan.

In the saute pan add 1 Tbsp of butter, parsley, corn and broccoli. Add a lid, stir occasionally. This allows the broccoli to precook and thaws the frozen corn. {heat is medium}

While the corn and broccoli cook add your broth and potatoes to the meat in the stock pot. Cook until your potatoes are tender. {heat is medium-high so it simmers}

 

While potatoes cook: In a small sauce pan melt remaining butter and add flour. Once it has made a paste also add this to your stock pot. {Lower the temp to a medium-low} Then add milk, cheese, salt, pepper. Continue to cook and stir until cheese has melted. Add sour cream. Stir in. Serve.

Yield: 8 servings (2-1/4 quarts) Time: 45 mins {15 of that are prep}

I doubled this recipe. It made a large pan full with left overs to freeze. I chopped my broccoli super small and used a whole bag of frozen corn since I doubled the recipe. I also diced my potatoes super small so each potato bite could fit on a spoon and so they would cook fast.

Broccoli and Corn

 

I did not steam the corn before adding it to saute. It was still frozen.

I thought this soup was filling and yummy and perfect for cooler weather. If you make it let me know what you think and how you made it your own

Monday, March 4, 2013

Hall Closet Redo Complete

One of my 2013 Projects is done! {Click here to see the rest of them}

Here is my hall closet all organized!

Hall Closet After



I know it still looks really full... but you might not remember where it started from:

Hall Closet Before

 

The games got stacked better. There was a box of magazines that has been put in the shed. The small white bucket on the left was paints that needed to go to the craft room.

The gaming stuff has been relocated to be closer to the TV so it will be used more.

Now there are actually towels in my linen closet!

I added this towel rod:

Hall Closet Towl Rod

 

my 2013 Project Board on Pinterest is where I got my inspiration.


Source: bhg.com via Teralyn on Pinterest




 

I know theirs is prettier. But eh. Mine is functional for what I need it to be.

The rods that I used in my closet are from Ikea. Called Bygel Rail 21 3/4, found in the kitchen rods not down stairs with drapes. $2.99 each! {Happy Dance}

They didn't come with hardware and I found this video about how to install a closet or towel rod on a hollow core door {here} and it talked about using anchors. Off to HD I went.

It is crazy that they try to sell a set of 4 anchors and screws for $3; 14 for $7 and 100 for $11.

Screws and Anchors

These anchors are designed to hold at max 51lbs! The head of the screw fits perfectly into the towel rod I purchased. It even came with the appropriate drill bit! and since it is a 1/4" it is a pretty standard size that I will be able to find many uses for around my house. I was pretty happy with it.

Since the cat box is now in the closet I needed to put a cat door in.

Hall Coset Cat Door

 

Took no time at all to put in with the right tools. {a drill and a jigsaw}

I did a few other things that I will be showing you soon but I am glad that the cat box finally has a home and that the closet is done! What did you do this weekend?

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Birthday Month Wrap Up

I started the Birthday Month of Posts with my birthday so it seemed fitting to give the wrap up information on my brother's birthday.

Happy Dirty 30 Brother!


I am kinda sad that looking back the intended birthday month of posts became... three posts. Silly Valentines Day got in the middle of my posting schedule because I wanted to share with you those things. To recap in case you missed the birthday posts.


Super WHY!



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Pink Panther




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Minecraft




Minecraft Button

 

There are still a TON of birthday posts I want to share and they will come in time I suppose. There are also other birthday theme posts from the past that were not re-featured. {DOH- that would have been a great idea}

Past themes/birthday posts are:


A week of Sesame Street posts



Dirt Bike Cake