Friday, July 20, 2018

Funtastic Friday #188


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No churn chocolate chunk ice cream
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6 unique paper crafts
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Easy no cook Smores Parfaits
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Pottery Barn Knock off Faux Succulent Wreath
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Unicorn Ice Cream Cake
Cristy's favorite - Unicorn Ice Cream Cake @ Flour On My Face
Blue Pineapple Painted Serving Tray
Donna's favorite - Blue Pineapple Painted Serving Tray @ Sparkle Living Blog
Chipotle Rubbed Smoked Pork Tenderloin Canapes
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Brazilian Lemonade with Coconut
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Pecan Pie Cheesecake - Creamy cheesecake filling is topped by a sweet layer of caramel pecans. This easy dessert recipe is one for the record books!
Debra's favorite - Pecan Pie Cheesecake @ Simply Stacie
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Donna's favorite - Teddy's Coca-Cola Attire @ Sunshine in the Attic
watermelon decoration
Cristy's favorite - How To Make A Watermelon Decoration @ Simply Designing
Resin poured marble coasters are the perfect addition to your home! Here we have used sea themed colors but you can mix and match any colors that work with your home decor for this easy resin pour project!
Shea's favorite - Poured Resin Marble Coasters @ Resins Crafts
Pineapple Upside Down Cookies - Pineapple upside down cake in cookie form because everyone loves cookies! Soft sugar cookie bottoms with a ring of pineapple and cherry center all covered in a brown sugar glaze!
Lacie's favorite - Pineapple Upside Down Sugar Cookies @ Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
mid century style sewing basket side table kreativk.net
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Best Ever Peanut Butter Fingers
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With love and gratitude,

Michele












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Monday, July 16, 2018

Conch Shell Sign - #listen





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I love free finds and palette wood is basically one of those free goodies, except for the fact that you have to cut it down with a reciprocating saw.However , I have mastered this technique. My fiance bought me a lightweight tool pack from Porter Cable with a drill, screw gun ad the reciprocating saw. I have a neck injury that was being aggravated by the saw but thanks to  the new lightweight saw I can tear up those pallets. 


You'll need a stock pile of reclaimed pallet wood for this craft. The wood pieces in this post were from projects I had around the studio. 
You need to choose 4 pieces of wood similiarly sized to create the one large sign. 
First glue one board to the next board along the long side using wood glue. I use Gorilla Glue .Get a nice tight bond and then staple the 1st piece to the second piece of wood . Continue this with the remaining 2 boards , gluing and stapling. 
Flip the entire piece over and staple the back. 
At this point  you should have something like this. 

Next you'll want to paint the sign with White Chalk Paint.  I use Chalk Country Paint Crisp Collar.

After that, I painted on a vignette using a DIY glaze, (read about the DIY glaze here), made from Flood and a few drops of craft paint.
Black paint and a floral stencil was used to embellish the corners


Now for the something something.
This conch shell is a favorite image of mine . You can find it and other vintage images  at the Graphicsfairy.com

I printed the image on my computer  and cut it out .
I want to adhere the image with Mod Podge but I need to seal the ink . This will keep the ink from bleeding through onto my project.  It's a simple technique. Using a paint brush coat the entire surface of the image with a layer of Fiddes and Sons Clear wax. 

Work from the center out with the brush strokes. In this way you are less likely to tear or crinkle your image. As soon as the wax is covering the image,  take a clean , lint free cloth and remove the excess wax and then buff the image. Just like you would buff wax on a car or wax a pair of shoes. Wax until you see the shine. Now you are ready to adhere the image with the Mod Podge.

After that I added the word Listen 


You can hand write it or print it in a font you love .
Again you'll wax and buff your image and then adhere with Mod Podge. You can put a simple sawtooth hanger on the back to hang on the wall.

Here is another one I made at the same time on a small board approx 5 x7. I used paper clay to create a  clay rose and used the Gorilla glue to adhere the rose to the wood.
(Love these roses)


Listen comes to mind with the Conch shell because if you put the shell to your ear you can hear the ocean, but "Listen"  means so much more to me. It means to become mindful, listen to your intuition, listen to your children , listen to those you love and listen to the world and your body and your soul. With all the talking and business and texting and social media .. when was the last time you LISTENED. 
 My wish for you is that you take a moment or two to get quite and Listen . Maybe do a Youtube.com meditation.Here's a Listening Meditation from Youtube.com



You can find links to all the products I use below . Hopefully these products will bring you as much joy as they have to me. 




With love and gratitude,

Michele























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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Pork and Sweet Potatoes



 Ingredients
1 lb ground pork
2 large sweet potatoes
1/4 1b fresh cleaned string beans 
handful of whole walnuts
olive oil 
balsamic vinegar
pomegrante juice
1/2 cup water







For this recipe I tossed sweet potatoes and string beans with 2 tbls of olive oil and roasted in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.I flipped the veggies at the 10 min mark. After I turned off the heat, I added the handful of walnuts to the pan  for 1 minute and then  remove from oven.


While the veggies were roasting, I sauteed one whole onion in 1 tbls of olive oil. I cooked it on high trying to get it browned . After the onions browned, I added 2 cloves of garlic and sauteed that for about 1 minute. Next I added 1 lb of ground pork, (this was very lean and added almost no fat to the dish), and I cooked it down for about 5 minutes. At this point, the pork is not very colorful . I added 1/2 cup of water to deglazes the pan and pick up all the brown bits from the pan. Immediately you'll see the pan start to color up with all that beautiful flavor being released into the dish. I added some salt and pepper and 2 tbls of balsamic vinegar.  Next, I added 3 tbl of pomegrante juice. I wanted to add some sweetness but not too much. 

Continue to simmer on high, cooking down until all the liquid has been absorbed. Lower the heat between high and medium and brown the pork . This will take another 4-5 minutes. 
The  pork is served over the roasted vegetables on a platter and sprinkled with fresh chopped parsley.

The flavor was perfect and it was low carb. I like it served in a bowl. 
The next morning I had some  the leftover with an over easy egg. 
This dish was a win for my family and I would make it for dinner again. I wonder what other veggies would compliment the ground pork topper?



With love and gratitude,

Michele












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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Funtastic Friday #187

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MOST VIEWED

HOST FAVORITES
Brazilian Lemonade with Coconut
Heidi's favorite - Brazilian Lemonade with Coconut @ My Recipe Treasures
Pecan Pie Cheesecake - Creamy cheesecake filling is topped by a sweet layer of caramel pecans. This easy dessert recipe is one for the record books!
Debra's favorite - Pecan Pie Cheesecake @ Simply Stacie
Image may contain: dog and outdoor
Donna's favorite - Teddy's Coca-Cola Attire @ Sunshine in the Attic
watermelon decoration
Cristy's favorite - How To Make A Watermelon Decoration @ Simply Designing
Resin poured marble coasters are the perfect addition to your home! Here we have used sea themed colors but you can mix and match any colors that work with your home decor for this easy resin pour project!
Shea's favorite - Poured Resin Marble Coasters @ Resins Crafts
Pineapple Upside Down Cookies - Pineapple upside down cake in cookie form because everyone loves cookies! Soft sugar cookie bottoms with a ring of pineapple and cherry center all covered in a brown sugar glaze!
Lacie's favorite - Pineapple Upside Down Sugar Cookies @ Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
mid century style sewing basket side table kreativk.net
Michele's favorite - Mid Century Style Sewing Basket Side Table @ Kreative K
Best Ever Peanut Butter Fingers
Sherry's favorite - Best Ever Peanut Butter Fingers @ My Recipe Treasures
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With love and gratitude,

Michele












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