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!

DIY Jewelry Box

Feb. 24th, 2013

My jewelry is “organized” in a drawer in my bathroom…by organized, I of course mean thrown about in the most random fashion. And so, I present you with my solution.  An easy and cheap homemade jewlery box!

Materials:
Shadow box
Acrylic paint (1 or 2 colors depending on preference to paint the inside)
Spong paint brush
Brass Cup Hooks
Parchment paper
Gloss spray paint

Instructions:
1. Cover the glass with paper and secure with tape – and remember to tape up against all the edges.
2. Paint box with sponge brush.  Two coats!
3. Paint the inside of the box with the second color.  Two coats again!
4. Insert hooks into the inside of box – this is where your jewelry will hang from.
5. Spray paint box with gloss spray paint (do this outside – it doesn’t smell fantastic).
6. Hang your jewelry and be proud of your awesome organization skills!

 

Healthy Valentine’s Day Raspberry Mousse Parfait

Feb. 13th, 2013

Why go out in the thick of the Valentine’s Day rush when you can have a fun evening in with a delicious and healthy dessert? Find out how…

Ingredients:
1 cup raspberries
1 1/2 tbs sugar
1 tsp cornstarch (Note: In the video I’m using a 1/4 tsp spoon, which is why I add so many spoonfulls)
2/3 cup whipped topping
1 tbs orange juice
12 pieces of angel food cake (1 inch squares)

Instructions:
1. Press raspberries through strainer
2. Cook raspberries, sugar, and cornstarch over medium heat for 2 minutes
3. Refrigerate raspberry sauce until cool
4. Split mixture in half
5. In one half of mixture add orange juice and mix
6. In second half of mixture add whipped topping and mix
7. Place angel food cake in two glasses
8. Layer orange mixture on top of cake
9. Using a ziplock bag, pipe mouse on top of cake
10. Share with someone special and enjoy!

See the original recipe:
http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Mini-Raspberry-Mousse-Parfaits

Chicken Piccata in all its glory

Jan. 22nd, 2013

Nom, nom, nom….my mom’s chicken piccata.  I’m spreading family secrets. They are just too good to keep to myself.  Cook, eat, enjoy!

 

Ingredients:
Two full chicken breasts
Salt
Pepper
Vegetable oil
Flour
Chicken broth
Garlic
Lemons
Butter
Capers
Wine (optional)

Instructions:

1. Take two boneless skinless chicken breasts (if they come whole then cut them in half) and place them between two pieces of wax paper or saran wrap.
2. Pound gently with a hammer or a pan until it gets to 1/2″ thick.
3. Lightly salt and pepper the chicken breasts.
4. Dip and coat into a bowl of flour. Shake off excess flour.
5. Put two tablespoon of vegetable oil into frying pan and heat over medium heat.  Trick – sprinkle water in the pan. When it sizzles the pan is hot enough.
6. Brown chicken cutlets. First side will take 2-3 minutes and second side will take 1-2 minutes.
7. Take cutlets out of the pan and put on a hot plate or oven on low temperature.
8. Deglaze the pan with 1/4 cup white wine or chicken broth.
9. Add 1 tsp of minced garlic and cook until the garlic is slightly brown and the liquid is nearly gone (2 minutes)
10. Add 1/2 cup of chicken brother, 2 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon of drained capers.  Stir.
11. Add cutlets back and cook 1 minute on each side (may take longer if chicken is thick).
12. Take out chicken and place on warm plate or oven.
13. Add 2 tablespoons unsalted butter and fresh lemon slices. Stir until butter melts.
14. Pour sauce over chicken and serve.