Collage Your Table

 

This is a very simple and very cheap project to really bring life into your tables or even chairs. In an earlier post I mentioned I loved to have wild colored furniture. I have been collecting magazine pictures, CD album art, my own photography, and things I’ve found in my travels. I bought a really cheap coffee table at Ikea, and I plan to do something similar with my round coffee table. I actually might use blackboard paint on it so that I can doodle or make notes on the table for parties. Continue reading

30 Minute Mozzarella Course at Beer Wine Hobby in Woburn, MA

Apparently June 4th was National Cheese Day. I find this post very appropriate for June now, and I’m glad I waited on posting. If you have never tried Groupon, I suggest looking at their deals. I’m finding I’m able to sign up for more classes and activities than I did the previous years without bankrupting myself. This was one of the deals, and I took my mom with me. It was an hour-long course with a starter at-home kit to make the cheese.

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Fruity Smoothie and Garden Update

After a long good 5-6 hours working on my garden area, I felt I deserved a healthy and delicious reward. We had a ton of variety of fruit in our fridge, and I needed to take advantage of that. Smoothies are really easy to make and they can be made however you prefer it. All you really need is a blender to make a smoothie.

 

Alicia’s Fruity Sa-moothie

You Need:

1/4 cup strawberries cut

1/4 cup of pineapple

1 cup of mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries)

1/2 cup Orange Juice (no pulp)

1/2 cup peach non fat yogurt

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Connecticut Adventure and Free Green Overalls

So I took a trip down to Connecticut on Tuesday and stayed overnight. Megan convinced me to take a lovely mini vacation and the temptation of girl time/ Starbucks was dangled in front of my face. I came out of this trip with a treasure chest of goodies. I got:

  •     Green overalls (my 90s love is making me tingle when I wear these. All I need is a necklace with a baby pacifier)
  •     Blonde ground coffee for my French Press
  •     Blonde willow coffee beans as well
  •     A new Venti cold tumbler. You save 10 cents at Starbucks when you bring your own cup. It adds up.
  •     A new tall blue/white mug. She has a matching one.
  •     A bag filled with mixed teas from her collection
  •     A great dinner
  •     Entertainment from the movie “Lars and the Real Girl”

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Garlic Rosemary Lamb for Easter Dinner

This lamb was for Easter and it melted in my mouth. My dad took care of fixing up the lamb and he did a great job.

Garlic Rosemary Lamb

You need:

  • Garlic cloves
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • oregano
  • granulated garlic
  • black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • 5 1/2lbs lamb (or however much you need you can figure out how long to cook from there)

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Growing a Citrus Tree

So I’ve been running a fever and have some sort of flu. My updates have been limited because of it, and I’m still trying to work out why my camera is acting up. To keep myself sane, I’ve been making a list of things I’d like to do/try when I get better. One of my favorite blogs, Naturally Ella, posted up a link about growing your own citrus tree indoors. Considering I’ve been downing OJ, I could really use my own mini orange tree right now. She suggested to me to look at this place for buying one: Four Winds Growers

So here is a collage of things I wish to do in the upcoming months: http://www.glogster.com/glog/6lm55vq8j1nltkvqn37eia0

I wish glogster had a better way of sharing these things.

So for now, I will focus on getting better and then get back on the wagon. Hope all is well with my readers. Feel free to email me with ideas or new places/things to check out Dahlia2188@gmail.com

Dreaming of Spring

I was looking through old photos of my first apartment, and I found some pictures that I took of the chairs I painted. I love bright colors. We had a porch, and I wanted the outside to glow. A place to read and bring inspiration. I was so happy making these. All you need is a couple of old chairs and some spray paint and some base color paint. Who cares about matching.. surprise me.

I love spirals…

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Personalize Your Kitchen

I made this for my mom for Christmas. She is totally in love with dragonflies, and it’s hard finding something to match exactly your personality with colors of your kitchen. This is a very easy project. You will need:

  • Picture Frame
  • Charm (you can get it at a local craft store. It’s nice cause it really brings out the main drawing)
  • Fine tip marker
  • Scrapbook paper print of your choice. 2 Different patterns or shades of color.
  • Glue Stick
  • Glue Gun/glue sticks for it
  • Markers/color pencils/paint

You can use stencils if you can’t draw freehand for your picture or whatever you want to do for a design. Even if you want to get stencils for the writing, this is all free style. An easy project that you can make your own. I will probably make one for myself with sunflowers when I get my own place again. It’s just a great gift if you want to give someone something unique or they love their kitchen.

This past Christmas was a homemade theme. You’d think that it’d be cheaper, but not always so. Still need to learn to buy off-season (learning-> me), but it’s so satisfying when you finish a present and know that only that person will having something made by you. Got the idea to make these scrabble coasters from this Etsy post. We actually had an old scrabble game that my parents were going to throw out and I figured I could make something out of them. I made other ones that had to do with Yarn for my friend Chrissy. These were for my Godmother. I also bought chalkboard spray paint and sprayed the bottom part of 4 wine glasses with them.

In other news, I got invited to another dinner party at Erin’s on Monday. Hopefully my camera will not be temperamental. Looking forward to tasting her cooking and sharing good times with friends. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Loving Post Valentine’s Day Sales

Who doesn’t love savings? The thing that I love about post Valentine’s Day is that hearts aren’t related to any specific time in the year unlike a christmas cookie cutter or a pumpkin shape. Even then I would debate it, because who cares? So I picked up some cute stuff from the sales rack at Kohls. The chocolate and the cute little white squirrel (who I named Chi Chi) are from my bus students. Aren’t they awesome? ^.^

Get out there! Grab that adorable red and pink supplies for the cheap and bring some love to your table!

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Simple Gifts Bring the Most Joy

I had promised my cousin Eddie that I would make him some chocolate chip cookies last month, but last month I kept catching colds. I’m good! So I thought to bake up some before the kids on my bus decided to sneeze another cold my way. When I make gifts for people, I like to really make them look like something you could buy at a store.

I used my mini muffin pan that I bought at Jo Ann Fabrics from a gift card one of my students gave me. I have some really cute Valentine’s Day cupcake paper cups that I plan to use too. I still had a jar left over from my homemade Christmas gifts that I bought at Christmas Tree Shop for about a dollar. The labels are actually dissolvable, so I can reuse the jars. I like to pick up some extra jars to fill up my rice, beans, and other dry ingredients to make them more organized.

The cookies are just the one from the back of the Hershey chocolate chip bag. When it comes to chocolate chip cookies, I love this recipe. I’ve used it since I was little. A lot of butter, but it’s delicious. So next time you wish to make up a cute gift for a loved one, try a simple mason jar, some fabric, and a ribbon to place your sweets in.

I thought about trying to make Soy Nut Butter cookies sometime this weekend as an alternative to the regular Peanut Butter cookies. I’ll keep you posted. Mom and I are also going to whip up a pot of this beef stew that made me never want to touch another kind of beef stew. It has golden raisins in it. Pictures and recipe up this weekend ❤

Happy baking!

 

Update:

My cousin got the cookies! He even eats them all fancy-like. hehe