This is a great and creative idea to make unique votives. Place water in a plastic bowl, spray paint above the water and then put jars into it.
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What a fun idea to make birthday hats for the dinosaurs to use as a decoration on the birthday table.
How freakin' cute are these dinosaurs in hats?
Here's a great way to save up for next Christmas and get yourself something amazing! Or just sock it away and save it for emergencies.
52 Week Money Saving Challenge!
printable and instructions here...
This is easier than you might think!
You will need
A cheap men's tie
piece of elastic cut to the size of the child's collar
needle & thread
sewing machine (optional--all stitching can be done by hand)
A Last Minute Appetizer: Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce and Walnuts.
3/4 cup cranberry sauce
1 16-ounce brie round
Zest of one orange
2/3 cup walnut pieces
Crackers for serving
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Remove the top of the rind from the cheese using a serrated knife, and discard the rind. Place the cheese, cut side up on an oven safe plate or bowl. Just make sure to use a larger plate or a bowl so your cheese doesn’t start oozing off the plate.
Bake at 350 degrees F
for 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and top with the cranberry sauce. Bake for an additional 5 minutes, or until the cheese is soft and warm. Sprinkle the top with orange zest and walnuts.
Serve immediately with crackers.
For a simple cranberry sauce combine 4 ounces cranberries , 1/3 cup orange juice, and 1/4 cup sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium and simmer till thickened and cranberries have popped. For extra flavor add 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg and cinnamon.
Recipe from simplebites.net
Prosciutto & Fresh Mozzarella
on Grilled Garlic Toasts
makes 24 toasts
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
3 tablespoons of olive oil
8 ounces of fresh mozzarella, sliced
6 slices of prosciutto, thinly sliced
sea salt & cracked pepper
fresh basil, chopped
Prepare the bread by slicing it into thin slices. Grill bread just before serving. You can do it under the broiler in your oven, or on the grill. Brush the bread with olive oil on one side. If broiling, place them on a sheet oiled side up and place them under the broiler for 1-2 minutes. Be careful not to burn! If grilling, also grill the bread for 1-2 minutes. When you remove them from the grill or oven, let them cool slightly, then rub the raw clove of garlic on each piece.
If grilling, brush the other side of the bread with oil, the put that side down on the baking sheet or tray. If you are broiling in the oven, just keep the toasts on the sheet with their toasted side up. Top each piece of bread with small, thin slices of prosciutto. Then, top each with a slice of fresh mozzarella. Grill or broil the toasts for 2 minutes, or just until the mozzarella begins to melt. Remove from the grill or broiler and top with salt, pepper and fresh basil.
Recipe from jennysteffens.blogspot.com
New Year’s Eve is the time to make a lot of noise to welcome in the new year. Make your own party blowers out of drinking straws, colored velum, patterned paper, tape, and a pen. Use fun patterns, colors, or write cute little messages on the paper for a personalized feel.
details from Utterly Engaged