Okey dokey artichokey....a spoon sculpture

A brilliant plastic spoon vase from craftberrybush.com

This is how it is made.

You can use it as a cute little vase...

Or just as an elegant addition to your tablescape, 

perhaps using a battery operated tea light inside...

See the full tutorial

Diy Number Topper

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Here's a great tutorial on how to make a number topper from almond bark.

You will need:

White Almond Bark (you could also use candy melts, candy coating or white chocolate)
Disposable Icing Bags
Straight blade (or an Xacto knife)
Lollipop sticks (or floral wire for curvy numbers)
Wax Paper
Template for number (reversed)
Disco Dust, Corn Syrup & Paint Brush (optional, if you want it to sparkle)

Hop on over to Cake Jounal  for more photos and instructions.

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Such a great idea!

Applesauce Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Applesauce Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Ingredients

1¾ cup rolled oats
1 large egg
¾ cup applesauce
1½ cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup packed light brown sugar
½ cup sugar
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix well and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine sugars with an electric mixer on medium speed. Add butter and beat to form a paste. Add egg and applesauce, and blend until smooth. Add raisins to flour mixture. Blend at low speed just until combined.
  4. Drop dough by tablespoons onto lightly greased cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until light brown. Immediately transfer to a cool, flat surface.

Recipe from  Day Dream Kitchen


DIY Tufted Ottoman

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Want to take a junky old coffee table and turn it into something fab? Hop on over to Five Days Five Ways for the full instructions.


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Time Out Timer Stool

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Sometimes it's just too hard to punish your kids because they're so darn cute! However, the time out stool may have them volunteering. The hourglass is filled with white sand to time approximately five minutes, so you'll know exactly when their time out has expired. Via Wisteria.com

Beef Roulades with Walnut Parsley Pesto Recipe

This licking good recipe comes from simplyrecipes.com

Ingredients

Pesto:

  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup shelled walnuts, about 1 3/4 ounces
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Flank steak roulade:

  • 1/2 pound thin-cut bacon
  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 pounds flank steak
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Lemon wedges to serve

See the how to make it here

Beat Insomnia

Before bedtime, eat a handful of cherries, which scientists discovered are jam-packed with melatonin, the same hormone created by your body to regulate sleep patterns. Then steep yourself in a hot bath to relax your muscles and your mind. In bed, rest your head on a lavender-filled pillow—the fragrance induces sleepiness. (Bonus: cherries can help prevent gout attacks.)

Experts: Mark Moyad, MD, MPH; Jacob Teitelbaum, MD