Showing posts from July, 2013

Just made this for vacation!

Pretty excited about how this turned out! Total cost $10! Found this fabric on sale, and loved it. It's a printed poly/spandex blend, I couldn't believe it! The necklace attachment is from an old Forever XXI shirt I had. Once the shirt was worn out I just cut the best part of it off and saved it for future use.

Homemade Coconut Granola

There is a lot of misconception in granola. Many people think just because it's granola, it's automatically healthy. This couldn't be further from the truth. I've searched high and low for a perfect granola, and believe me - there is not a single one out there that is perfect in my eyes. I finally had it, and decided to start making my own! I've finally perfected the recipe to share. This stuff is dramatically better tasting, and for you! Success! And, it's generally less expensive than the store bought stuff, anyway.
Recipe: 5 cups organic Old Fashioned Oats 1/4 - 1/2 cup chopped Macadamia nuts 1/2 -1 c shredded coconut 1/3 cup local honey 1/3 cup organic extra virgin coconut oil 1 t vanilla extract 1 t almond extract  1/2 t sea salt 2 t cinnamon 
Cookie Sheet Parchment Paper
Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine oats, coconut and nuts and toss lightly until evenly combined.  In a saucepan over very low hea…

Stuffed Anaheim Peppers

Ingredients: - 6 Anaheim Peppers, cut through one side, seeded, stems remove - 1 package sliced mushrooms, diced - 1 small onion, diced - 6 cloves garlic, or 1 head of roasted garlic, chopped - 2 lbs. ground beef - 3 cups tomato sauce recipe (see note below) - 1 small can tomato paste -  1/2 t sea salt - 1 t ground pepper -  1 T garlic powder (I love garlic!) - 1 t ancho or similar chili powder - 1 t onion powder - 1 t red pepper flakes - 2 T dried cilantro or 1/4 cup fresh cilantro - 3/4 cup grated Mexican or Monterrey Jack Cheese - 1 bunch green onions, sliced  - sour cream - guacamole 
1. Clean and seed peppers. Begin cooking ground beef. Chop all vegetables. 
2. Drain beef once mostly cooked. Add onions, garlic (fresh), mushrooms and tomato sauce. Stir well. Cook an additional 5 min. until onions are tender. Season with spices.
3. Place peppers in a lightly oiled casserole dish, alternating directions for better placement. Begin spooning meat mixture into each pepper. Any remaini…

DIY Headboard: Part 2

Alright, I'm back! I've finally received my fabric and I''m ready to cover the headboard. Here we go for part 2...

Faux Mercury Glass DIY How-To

Finally getting around to posting my how-to for DIY faux mercury glass. I've read quite a few other tutorials on this technique to get and idea for the process. Some of the suggestions were really good, others, not so much. Here are quite a few pictures from my projects and the steps. I'd definitely recommend getting some "practice glass", maybe something small you can try the process on. Also, no matter what any other tutorial says spraying on the OUTSIDE DOES NOT WORK the same way! You MUST spray on the INSIDE. The whole effect and point of the paint is that it creates a mirror finish, if you spray the inside you get to see the effect of this! See pictures below for examples. The steps to reproduce this effect are at the bottom. Enjoy! 

Part 1: DIY Headboard - Using Cardboard Instead of Wood

Hey everyone! I'm super excited about this project. It worked out so well and I took tons of pictures along the way. Part 1 includes all the base work of cutting out your design through getting the headboard completely covered in batting. Part 2 to follow will include covering your headboard in fabric and adding any desired trim (mine will have brass nail heads). 
I've seen quite a few tutorials on Pinterest showing how to use plywood to make a headboard. Let me tell you, this way is not dramatically different, and when you have an excess of cardboard is pretty alluring and way cheap! This headboard will be going in one of our guest rooms, so I don't intend on it having lots of wear and tear. I may back it with plywood in the future if I see problems, but for now I think it's pretty darn great how it is. 
To keep it semi-simple, I'll show you the pictures of the steps with brief descriptions along the way.