Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Jalapeno Pepper Bites

It's that time of year...Local farmers markets are full of produce, and cheap. It's hard to pass up such good deals, and it gives me a chance to fill the freezer with a variety of yummy meals and snacks. 
     These past few weeks, I have been doing peppers. Jalapenos to be exact. I found recipes online for all the bacon wrapped peppers, stuffed with cream cheese, and some stuffed with cream cheese and breaded. but I didn't really find any like these. These are my own recipe, fashioned after the store bought kind...only better :)

Please note, that the onion powder, and garlic powder and jalapenos are to personal taste. I mix all the cheeses first, then add the rest, tasting as I go. 

Start out with at least a pound of nice jalapenos. I buy 4 lbs at a time from our local farmers market.

I used equal parts cream cheese,shredded mozzarella cheese, and a cheddar cheese sauce (I use the large cans from Sams Club, melted velveeta will work too) onion powder, garlic powder. 
   Mix this all together, so it is like a egg salad consistency. Chop or use food processor for jalapenos, use as much as you like to taste.

I used my smallest cookie scoop to make little balls, then put the cookie sheet in the freezer for a few hours. You want them to be frozen enough to hold their shape.

After they are frozen, set up assembly line..a bowl of flour, egg and milk , and bread crumbs. Roll in the flour, then egg, then bread crumbs, and return to the cookie sheet and freeze for 20-30 minutes. Do this breading twice.

I just put mine in a freezer bag, and take out whatever I need and deep fry them for a minute- 2 minutes. They are crunchy, and cheesy and a bit spicy and sooo good! :) Enjoy! :)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Bringing The Beach To You :)

I want to share this little project with you. I live in Pennsylvania, and it has rained almost every weekend here for the past month. Kinda puts a damper on planning trips to the beach. My house is painted and decorated in a beach/ocean theme. Sand colored paint on the walls, along with a calming blue on another. Seashells, sand dollars, seahorses, hermit crabs for pets, and several small fish tanks are very calming to me.
   So today, I decided to add more 'beach' to my walls, so this is what I did....

I had this old cabinet door I salvaged when I was visiting my son in Michigan last summer. It has that wonderful old peeling paint we all love. It measures 15X44 inches.

I bought these wooden letters from the craft store for less than $5.00, and painted them a color called 'Ocean Breeze'. Perfect for my ocean theme :)

I gave each letter a few coats, then sanded the edges a bit to distress them.

I wanted a little texture and dimension, so I took some brown paper, wet it, and scrunched it up, and put it along the bottom. This is where I will make some small 'sand dunes'.

The paper is not real wet, just damp enough to move it the way I want it.
After you get the paper the way you want it, lift up sections of it and brush some mod podge down. You can be messy with this, as it will be covered with sand. You can also use elmers glue or wood glue.
Then you want to put mod podge on top of the wet paper. I used a brush and smoothed the edges down as I went so there were no gaps, put I left the wrinkles in the paper. It seems I forgot to take pics of putting the sand on, but just put sand on all the glue parts, and after 30 minutes or so, vacuum it off. If it looks like it needs a little more, do another layer the same way.
I decorated it with some seaweed I brought home from the beach, and some shells I had on hand. Just use what you can get your hands on to make it look 'beachy'. Even small beach stones would look nice.
I even used my tiniest starfish I bought at the shell shops while at the beach. Just hot glue everything on.

See how the sand turned out? Love it!
Here is the finished sign, ready to hang on the wall!
The best thing is, I spent less than $10.00 to make this!!!! :)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bubbling Fountain

Hi all! I have been busy out in my yard this week. The weather has been so nice! I have been wanting to make a water feature for my patio, so I looked around to see what I had to create one. I will show you what I found, and how to make it.

I got this pot for free from a kind neighbor, and I spray painted it with Fusion spray paint for plastics.

I needed something to fit inside to hold the water, so I bought this planter bowl. I had an old bowling ball I got off of freecycle several years ago. I drilled a hole thru the thumb hole of the bowling ball, all the way through.

I also bought a 75 lb bag of decorative rock from a landscaping place down the street, it cost me about 6.00.

I also had this small pump so I didn't have to buy one. If you have to purchase one, it will cost around 16-20.00.

I used a #10 can and cut all around the can with tin snips. Oh yea, I also cut the bottom out of the can.

I cut one a bit longer, this is where the cord from the pump will run through.

Just put your bowl inside the large planter.

This is how I set mine up. Snipping the can will help it stay sitting steady.

I added some water to see how level it was. If it is too un-level, just adjust the bowl.

I was pretty happy with the way it sat, now to add some rock....

I started out adding rock all around the can, but if I did that, it would be harder to clean and change the water, so..I cut a few pieces of scrap wood to fit over the bowl, and put some old pieces of fencing I had laying around, over the boards.

After I washed my rock, I put a few layers over the fencing and screen, and filled the bowl with water and plugged it in.

It sounds so relaxing! If you don't have all these supplies to make one just like mine, use what you have, and keep working with it until you get it the way you want it. Knowing me, I will change this one several times. LOL But it gives you an idea of how simple and cheap it can be to make one of your own :)

 Thought you might like to hear how relaxing it sounds :)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Wine Bottle Planter

I have seen these wine bottle planters on Pinterest, but could never really find the directions to make one. 
So I set out to learn how it's done on my own. Now I would like to share with any of you who would like to see how it is made.

 Lets get started! :)

First you need to get the bottom off a wine bottle, this video on youtube shows how i did mine and it worked great. You might want to get a few not-so-good bottles to practice with before you use your good bottles. Please be careful when using this method, or find a method you feel safer using. 

You will need some sheet moss or spanish moss, wire coat hangers, a piece of some sort of fencing.

Pick up some plants, I bought 3 small houseplants at walmart for 2.50 each, and a 6 pack of petunias for less than 2.00.

Cut a piece of the fencing so it looks like this. The center is still intact.

Cut a piece of coat hanger like this, and straighten the piece without the hook.

Put a small amount of the moss up inside the bottle.

The moss doesn't need to go all the way in the bottle, it will be pushed up more when you add your plant. Be careful of sharp edges.

I split this ivy in half, so it will fit up inside the bottle, plus I get 2 plants for the price of one :)

Wrap some moss around the soil and root ball.

Being careful of any sharp edges, push half the end with the moss around it up inside the bottle. I squeezed mine and worked it in a little at a time.

Put the coat hanger you straightened out in the top of the bottle, and push it down thru the center of the plant so it sticks out about 4 inches.

Now, put some moss over the soil.

Make a small hook in the end of the hanger, and bend the piece of fence like shown so it will fit inside the bottle and into the plant.

This is how it should look.

Now, while pulling on the hanger from the other end, push it up into the soil like this. This will help keep the plant and soil in the bottle.

Bend a hook in the top for hanging, give your plant a drink thru the top of the bottle, and the plant will start growing up in a few days :)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Newborn Pixie Hat/ Photo Prop

After searching for a free pattern online for these, with no success, I created my own. I think it turned out rather cute. I will be writing this pattern out, when I start on another one, and I will be happy to share it :)