Posted in Crafts

Chia Chicks

This was such a fun summertime boredom buster I did with my kiddos, way back in the day.

I don’t know about you, but I use the summer to clean out my kid’s closets/drawers… I was so annoyed at all the single socks without a matching pair I decided to use them for a craft.

It was really neat to see the plants grow throughout the summer and gave my girls something to look forward to everyday.

I just wish I had taken photos of the full head of hair…oh well, I must have gotten distracted Ha!

Directions

Take about 1/4-1/2 Cup Chia seeds and mix with equal parts dirt. (The amount you use will be determined by the size of the sock

Place this mixture into the sock first. This will ensure a relatively even distribution of the chia seeds on the “sock head”. Fill remaining sock with dirt, leaving abound 3 inches to tie off using a rubber band.

Decorate the pots anyway you want. You can use any crafting scraps, get creative on their bodies. Glue eyes and any headpieces you want onto the sock.

After your glue has dried, soak the socks with the dirt and seeds. Place them onto the pots and place in a well lite window or outside. Water as needed and in about 1-2 weeks you should see some significant sprouting.

Posted in Recipes

Simple Cesar Dressing

Making your own dressing is so simple! I love doing it because I can then add or omit ingredients that I either cannot eat or I just don’t like. This simple Caesar dressing can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge.

Ingredients

3 anchovy Fillets, chopped

1 Tbsp chopped Capers

1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard

1 Egg Yolk

1 tsp Minced Garlic, fresh

3/4 Cup Vegetable Oil

1 Tbsp of Red Wine Vinegar

1 Tbsp of Lemon Juice

1 Tbsp of Worcestershire Sauce

1/4 Cup Heavy Cream

Salt & Pepper

Directions

In food processor blend anchovies, capers, mustard, egg yolk and garlic. Add Vegetable oil blend more. Add vinegar and lemon juice blend some more. Stir in the heavy cream and season with salt and pepper.

Posted in Halloween, Holidays

Easy Owl Costume

I made this costume for my now 14 year old back in 2014. Can I just tell you that I ABSOLUTELY LOVED making my kid’s Halloween costume. Nowadays, they prefer to either scrape something together themselves or….dare I say it?….buy one, ugh! Needless to say, this was one of my favs.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Felt (for Feathers, Feet and Eyes)

Brown Fabric, approx. 1.5 yards

Batting/Stuffing for the feet

Sewing Machine

First I CUT my brown fabric to make the wings, gloves and super simple dress. In hindsight a brown pillowcase, with armholes cut out, would have done the trick.

Cut 2 of each shape

Next CUT the felt pieces into enough feathers to cover the dress and wing fabric pieces. Starting from the bottom, SEW* the feathers on, one row at a time, layering each row over the previous row until your entire piece of fabric is covered.

*NOTE: You can also use fabric or hot glue

If you used glue you can skip this next step. I cut two extra wings to cover the stick lines and create a lining on the inside of the wings.

Again, in hindsight, I could have used a brown glove for this next step…lesson learned. MAKE the brown gloves using the brown fabric, then ATTACH them to the wing ends using a brown piece of ribbon.

Finally, Attach the wings to the dress by either hand stitching or running it through your machine. Cover any stitching with leftover feathers.

FEET: You can create the feet like I did using felt and stuffing them to create a 3D effect, I just attached them to my daughter’s shoe using a safety pin. Alternatively, you can just do 1 piece of felt and attach that to the shoes too, much easier.

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Posted in Fish Recipes, Recipes

Pistachio Crusted Tripletail

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Because I live in Florida, fish is a big part of my weekly meal plans. Tripletail is a lovely white fish that does not require a lot of seasoning. I served this with Black bean and corn salsa and coconut cilantro rice.


Ingredients:

  • 2 Tripletail Filets
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 4 Tbsp Melted Butter
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Lime
  • 1/3 C Pistachios, chopped

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Zest and juice the Lemon and the Lime and add into a small mixing bowl. Add Garlic and melted butter to bowl and stir. Place fish on a greased sheet pan and season with salt and pepper. Pour butter mixture over the fish and top with chopped pistachios. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes. Serve with black bean corn salsa and coconut cilantro rice.

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Posted in Recipes, Soups

Gazpacho

It’s sooooo hot right now in Florida!!! This is such a refreshing soup that tastes better when made the day before, who doesn’t like that?

Farm Fresh Ingredients are the best!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs Vine-ripened tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • Tomato Juice
  • 1 C cucumber, peeled, seeded and choppped
  • 1/2 C chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 C chopped Vidalia (sweet) onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 C grapeseed oil
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 2 tsp balsamic glaze
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbs fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • Diced Jalapeño
  • Sour Cream (Optional)

Directions

Fill a pot halfway with water, set over high head and bring to a boil. Make an X with a knife on the bottom of the tomatoes. Drop the tomatoes into the boiling water for 15 seconds, remove and transfer to an ice bath and allow to cool until able to handle. Peel, core and seed the tomatoes. When seeding the tomatoes place the seeds and pulp into a mesh strainer, set over a bowl to catch the juice. Press as much of the juice through as possible and then add enough of the bottled tomato juice to bring the total to 1 cup.

Place garlic, oil, onion into food processor or blender and pulse to make pulp. Place tomatoes and juice into a large mixing bowl. Add garlic/onion pulp, cucumber, bell pepper, lime juice, balsamic glaze, Worcestershire, cumin, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Transfer 1 1/2 cups of the mixture to blender and puree for 15 sections on high speed. Return the pureed mixture to the bowl and stir to combine. Cover and chill for 2 hours or overnight. Serve with diced jalapeño, cilantro and sour cream.

Posted in Party Ideas, Pirate Party

Pirate Party Ideas

These Pirate Party Favor Bags were so popular in my Etsy shop, I was so sad when I no longer made them. The good news is….I’ve included the the .SVG file at the bottom of this post and now you can make them yourself!

Shown: 3″x5″ Favor Bags

These bags went so well with the Wooden Pirate Welcome sign and the wooden mini treasure chest party favors.

Sources:

Unfinished Wooden Treasure Chest: Michaels

Unfinished Wooden Sign: Michaels

Gumballs: Candynation

Posted in Party Ideas, Sailor Moon Party

Sailor Moon Party

I had a client contact me about creating some pieces for her daughter’s sailor moon birthday party. This Party Kit included a Sailor Moon Cake topper, Centerpiece, Favor Bags, edible Gumball Necklaces and magic wands. Templates can be found at the bottom of this post.

Scroll down to download svg files for cake topper, centerpiece and party bags.


Posted in Halloween, Holidays

Witches Cauldron – Quick Costume

Everyone that knows me, knows that I love all things Halloween. In fact, I generally dress up in a different costume every day the week leading up to that night! When the kids were little, I tried to match their costume theme. This was one my all time favorites to make and wear!

Supplies:

Big Plastic Cauldron

1.5″ Ribbon or straps

1 Small bag of Ployfill

Multi Size pack of Styrofoam Balls

Lime Green Acrylic Paint

Old Headband

Utility Knife

Hot Glue

Directions:

Step 1: Using the utility knife, cut the bottom of the cauldron. Optional: place black duct tape on the cut edge.

Step 2: Take the Black Ribbon and hot glue them to the top opening of the cauldron to make the suspenders.

Step 3: Using a paint brush apply lime green paint on the Styrofoam balls. NOTE: Do not use spray paint as it will melt the Styrofoam.

Step 4: Glue Styrofoam balls and Poly-fill on the top rim of the cauldron to make it look like it’s bubbling over. Also glue a couple of Styrofoam balls to an old headband with some Poly-fill.