Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Cayenne Lime Mushrooms

So I am trying to eat healthier during the day instead of snacking all day. I stay home with my son and am very picky about what he eats but lately I've been letting myself snack away. When he gets older how am I supposed to tell him no while I am doing it myself right? So for my "snack" today I decided on mushrooms but didn't want to eat them raw.

Here's what I came up with! Cayenne Lime Mushrooms

I squeezed half a lime into a frying pan and added a drop of olive oil. Tossed in the mushrooms and sprinkled minced garlic and cayenne and cooked until soft with a lid over it. I didn't measure anything out but the cayenne is strong so only use a little unless you like it hot.

It turned out amazing for me! Enjoy

Monday, July 8, 2013

Small Crochet Sunflower (Pattern included)

Our "real" wedding ceremony will be August 24 with a large reception. We live on an adorable farmette with a few acres of land, What better place to have our wedding right? So we are trying to keep the price as low as possible while making it the wedding of our dreams, the normal goal of every bride and groom.

I figured I can crochet roses so how hard can making my own sunflowers for the wedding be? Turns out not that hard at all! Thanks to my bridesmaid/best friend she has made this super easy by doing the normal size sunflowers and Im making the small ones.

I used Coats Crafts Sunflower Crochet Pattern to make the normal sized sunflowers for my centerpieces and bouquet for my wedding. I used Simply Soft yarn to make them and had to use fabric stiffener to keep the petals from curling up since the yarn is so thin.

I also needed some smaller sunflowers that looked just like the bigger ones. So I adjusted the Coats Crafts pattern to fit what I needed. There are a few differences from the pattern: its smaller, a different needle/yarn size, and instead of using the piece of cardboard for the centerpiece I used a bit of stuffing to make it "puffy."

Here's the pattern, let me know if you have any questions!

Center (brown)
Piece #1
SC 8 in Magic Ring
2 sc in each sc, 16 sc around.
Finish off

Piece #2

SC 8 in Magic Ring 
2sc in each sc, 16 sc around
SC piece #1 to Piece #2, 16 sc
Stuff the inside with a little bit of stuffing before SC all the way around
finish off

Petals (yellow)
SC in SC of center piece
ch 6
SC in second from chain, DC in next 3, sc in last slip stich in next sc in center piece
repeat step 2 & 3 around, should have 16 petals
Finish off

The end project will look like this, this is both the normal size and smaller one.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

DIY "Redneck" Wineglasses

So our favors for the wedding is mason jar drinking glasses. So I wanted to pick up some "Redneck Wineglasses" the bridal party. However in the store they run about $20 for a set and we are trying to save anyway we can. So how hard can it be to make them  myself!

I picked up two candle stick holders from the dollar store, used some mason jars from our favors, and picked up a thing of Loctite super glue. The mason jars are $9.99 for a case of 12 (about $.85 for one), $2 for both candle sticks, and about $3 for the super glue. So lets just call it $4 to make one!

The great thing about the loctite super glue is that it is clear and you wont see a yellow circle in between the two. And who doesn't love a mason jar as a drinking glass!

All you do is put a circle of glue on the bottom of the mason jar and a line around the top of the candle stick. Let sit for a minute before connecting the two. Place the candle stick onto the mason jar and leave sitting for 24 hours. Tada! Heres the finished product!