Monthly Archives: March 2013

Photo Project on Foam Board

Mar. 25th, 2013

Photo foam boards are a way to display large prints cheaply around your home or apartment.  Who wants to pay upwards of $70 to print and mount photos?  Not this ginger.  Here is an inexpensive alternative to canvas prints.

Materials:
Large print of photo
Foam Core Board (If you pick this up at your local craft store they may be willing to cut it to the size of your photo print)
Black Acrylic Paint
Sponge Brush
Easy Tack Spray – or any spray glue
Optional – Preserve-It Spray

Instructions:
1. Size and cut foam board to match the size of your printed photo.  When you purchase the foam core board ask the store if they will cut it for you. If the store cannot cut the board for you – place the picture on the board and, using a ruler, trace the photo.  Using a box cutter, cut along the lines you drew pressing the blade against a ruler to cut precise edges.
2. Paint the edges of the foam core board with black acrylic paint and sponge brush.  Paint multiple coats as the core of the board takes a lot of paint to cover. Allow board to dry completely.
3. Spray Easy Tack Spray on two inches of the left side of the board.
4. Immediately line photo up to edge of board and smooth down photo on board. Use credit card to smooth photo and eliminate any air bubbles.
5.  Continue spraying and gluing photo down in two inch sections.
6. Allow photo to dry on board as instructed by glue instructions.
7. Optional: Spray Preserve-It Spray over photo in even sprays.
8. Allow photo to dry as instructed by Preserve-It Spray.

Quinoa Pizza Bites

Mar. 12th, 2013

Quinoa is a weird word. How anyone ever figured out how to say the word without hearing it is beyond me. But it makes a delicious snack, so I will forgive the bizarre spelling. These quinoa pizza bites would make a great appetizer for any party or a snack for your lunch. Bake and enjoy!

Ingredients:
1/2 c. uncooked quinoa
1 large egg
1/2 c. chopped onion
3/4 c. fat free shredded mozzarella
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tbl dried basil
1 tbl dried oregano
1/2 tsp of salt
¼ tsp pepper
Pizza/Marinara sauce for dipping

Instructions:
1. Boil 1/2 cup quinoa as instructed on quinoa box.
2. Incorporate cooked quinoa, chopped onion, mozzarella, beaten egg, minced garlic, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper.
3. Spray pam or rub olive oil in each of the muffin tins.
4. Put 1 tbl of quinoa mixture in each of the mini muffin tins.
5. Add a sprinkle of mozzarella over each of the muffins…Just a little!
6. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees.
7. emove from muffin tin and cool.
8. Dip the bites in the marinara sauce and enjoy that pizza taste!