Thursday, January 24, 2013

Wedding DIY Save your soles and dance

Allow your guests to save their soles! 


Easy way to make your guest feel at east with this basket filled with flip flops, tagged with size, and a pretty sign. 
Template below.
Font may not load exactly as below. Download this free font if you want the same look. Or use any other font! 
Shows bought at the Dollar Tree for $1 each. 
I had the basket laying around the house. 


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Pinterest WIN: Skinny Girl Leftover Wraps!

Ok I saw this "Skinny Girl Cheeseburger Wraps" post (which I will try soon...) that inspired me to do this following recipe.....

Skinny Girl Leftovers

New twist on your leftovers.

Take tortilla wraps, insert leftovers (preheated in microwave to heat thoroughly), add some fresh ingredients, wrap and grill on the George Foreman (or grill on a frying pan) for about 3-4 minutes.

Leftovers used:
  • Chili
  • Mini meatballs
Added:
  • Fat Free Cheddar Cheese 
  • Sliced Tomato (to Chili leftover wrap)




DIY He/She Lists for the Wedding!

Bride & Groom list the things they love about the other and then it is displayed at the reception. Afterwards, they could be put in the home and serve as a reminder of how much the other is appreciated and loved. 



Easy to do! I have provided template to download in Word below. You can select the He or She word (which is a picture) and right click and Format picture to recolor to the color you want. 
*Note you may have to move the text box to click on the picture.

Put in a 8x10 frame - I got the ones in the picture at the dollar store for $1

Monday, January 21, 2013

Pinterest WIN: Healthy Pizza!


Healthy Pizza Crust - delicious




Garrett and I like pizza, A LOT, ok.. I like pizza way more than him. It was my idea to have some for dinner and I found this healthy pizza recipe. AND IT IS SO DELICIOUS! The best homemade crust I have ever had. 

The best way to eat pizza though is to make it at home. It is very easy and then you choose exactly what you want on your pizza. Choose any combination of bell peppers, artichokes, onions, mushrooms, eggplant, fresh tomatoes, squash, carrots, olives, fresh greens (basil or arugula), broccoli, cauliflower, pineapple, black beans, corn, jalapenos, potatoes, kohlrabi, beets....A healthier alternative to regular hard cheeses is Mozzarella, soft cheeses are generally lower in fat and are less acidic. 

There are many recipes out there for pizza crust but this one is AMAZING! We used a whole wheat flour.    


Pizza Crust Recipe: makes enough for 2 medium rectangular pizzas

Need:
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 tbs olive oil, divided
  • 1 ½ tsp yeast (we used rapid rise)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 ¼ cup flour (we used whole wheat)


Mix warm water (about 110°F) with honey until it is dissolved and then add the yeast. Let sit for 5-7 minutes until it bubbles. Once it has bubbled then mix in 1tbs olive oil and salt. Then add the flour. I added 2 cups of flour at first and then more while I was mixing it with the mixer and dough hook until it wasn't sticky anymore. Once it is done mixing place it in a lightly oiled bowl and turn the dough so that it is coated. 



Cover with plastic or a towel and place in a warm place. I usually heat 2 cups of water in the microwave for a few minutes, remove it, and put the dough in. Let it rise for 10 minutes for rapid rise yeast or 1½ hours for regular yeast or until it has doubled in size. You can use a pizza stone if you have one, heat it per directions or heat up a cookie sheet. I set the oven to 450°F and let the our stone heat for about 25 -30 minutes. 



Once it is done rising you can divide the dough into two equal pieces. We just used one and froze the other (we actually had half of the sauce and cheese and tomato left for another pizza as well). We rolled our's out onto parchment paper and then put that directly onto the pizza stone or you could put it on a cooking sheet. 


Top the pizza as desired and place in oven and bake for about 10 minutes.



We used pizza sauce, fresh mozzarella, sliced tomatoes and some pepperoni's*. Garrett had peppers on his half. 


*TIP: I cut the pepperoni's in half, put on a foil sheet and baked for 3 minutes (i had thick pepperoni's) while the oven was preheating to drain the grease. I let them soak on a paper towel after. Probably would wait and put them on AFTER the pizza is cooked next time. They still made the pizza a little greasy. 

To make some variations to this recipe you can add herbs, cheese, or flavored oil to the crust.


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Pinterest WIN: Shutter Mantel

I cant take credit for this Pinterest WIN, my friend Lori did this project this weekend and I wanted to share!


Need:
  • 2 old shutters, can find them at a flea market or antique shop (~$10 each)
  • Sanding block
  • Acrylic paint or stain
  • Metal angled shelf brackets
Sand the shutters with a sanding block to remove old paint and stain.



Water down some acrylic paint (black used in picture) or use stain to finish the shutters.


Secure both shutters together with a 90 degree metal shelf bracket on each side.


Now the tricky part, mounting it. In the shown picture, the mortar was drilled out and a plastic plug inserted for the screw to go into. If you aren't mounting it to brick, just screw into the wall. Each application is going to be different. 

 Decorate it to match your motif! :-) 



Wednesday, January 16, 2013

DIY Wedding Invites

DIY Wedding Invites.
It is so easy, I am not sure why more people don't take this "easy" way out :-) 



So this is how my invites were set up:
Invitation- 5.5"x8", set up to print 2 per page
RSVP Cards- 5"x4.5", set up to print 4 per page 
with a back with my address on it-used a postcard stamp for return
(see links at bottom for a more detailed look at my design)

I opened up Microsoft Publisher and set up a page to the dimensions above and went to town. I found some inspirational invites on the web and downloaded some fonts.
(download fonts here - see how to install here)

And then I just went to town. Adding font boxes and moving them around and adding graphics.
The key was to be consistent with all you are making. Use the same fonts basically. For the RSVP add a second page, the same size, and put our return address in the To: part and blank lines up in the left hand corner for your guests to write their information.

When you go to print choose: Multiple Pages per Sheet and choose either 2 for the invites or 4 for the RSVP. Print on a pretty paper. 

I used a pearlized paper I got at Joann Fabrics. $5 for 25 sheets which did 50 invites. If you use the Joann's 40% off coupon in the paper they are $2.50.

Totals cost for 60 invites was around $15 with ink, I bought the envelopes at Staples for $15 and stamps were ridiculous as usual.  Remember to put a postcard stamp on the RSVP for a return. Tie with some pretty twine and add a heat cut out (as seen above). Have fun!!

Don't feel like doing it yourself? Lucky for you I am selling this design in Etsy as a digital file, you tell me what to put in it and I create it for you, send it to you and you print it out. 


Some Extras:






Sunday, January 13, 2013

Meet Cudi!


My name is Cudi.
I am a Bichon Frise.
I was born December 26th, 2011.
I am named after the artist Kid Cudi.
It was the first concert my parents saw together.
His song Pursuit of Happiness is the inspiration for my mom's blog title.
(although she doesn't agree with all the lyrics lol) 
I like playing fetch, going to John Rudy Dog Park, and playing with my Kong. 

This is my Mom and Dad and me.


Oh I have a girlfriend too. Her name is Minnie, she is a Bichon too. 
She hasn't talked to me in a while though because I was very immature the last time we hung out. 
I kind of got on her nerves. 
She is 3 years older than me. 


This is me when I was a tiny puppy.


Sometimes I am mischievous. 


Mom and Dad take me on trips sometimes. 
I go on boats....


...and to the beach.


One time, mom dropped me off at this building, I blacked out, and woke up and part of my anatomy was missing. I was NOT happy about that. 


Mom dresses me up sometimes...





All in all, I love my life!




Pinterest WIN: Dollar Store Ball Ornament Wreath

These wreaths cost upwards of $50 or more in the store, this cost me just under $20 at the dollar store! This could be used for any holiday, just get coordinating color ornaments!



Need:




  • 1 willow wreath but you could use any type of wreath that you have on hand, the one in the picture below is 24” in diameter when finished, so this was one large wreath! 
  • Assorted Christmas ball ornaments, how many you need depends on the size you make, mine has about 80 balls
  • Ribbon 
  • Hot Glue Gun


  1. Wrap the wreath in ribbon that will compliment the color of your ornaments. This is so if there are any gaps in between the balls, the wreath wont be so noticeable.
  2. This sample picture below shows the back of the wreath, glue balls to the inside of the wreath with the little hanging bit sticking up, then do exactly the same and glue balls to the outside of the wreath, flip the wreath over and then add balls randomly (hanging bit hidden) until you are happy with the placement and look of the balls.







Saturday, January 12, 2013

Unique Guest Book for your wedding

So I decided to start sharing some of my homemade wedding details. 
Here is my guest book. 
It is a shadow box lined with fabric and paper hearts that the guests signed.



Need:

  • Shadowbox frame (Michael's crafts with 40% off, I paid $25)
  • Fabric (Joann's with 40% off coupon, $2)
  • Coordinating Scrapbook Paper for hearts
  • 1 1/2 inch heart punch (Joann's with 40% off coupon)
  • Craft Glue
  • Spray Fabric Glue
  • Small Flat Paint Brush
Sorry I didn't take pictures while doing this, since it was a couple months ago, but here are the steps:
  1. Take backing of the shadow box frame and wrap it with fabric. Spray fabric with glue, spray board and attach :-)
  2. Cut heats out (you will have to calculate how many you will need based on frame size)
  3. Fold hearts in half, and using the paint brush and glue, spread glue on one half of the folded heart and place on the fabric backing. This leaves the other side pointing up in the air giving it a 3D appearance. 
  4. Alternate glue side on each heart (see detailed pictures below)
  5. Save one spot for a red heart, if desired. I just printed on red scrapbook paper our initials and est. date and glued flat to the fabric. 
  6. Repeat steps above, making sure to keep hearts straight. It isn't as hard as it seems. 
Now it is ready for your guests to sign! Since you have to take it out of the frame for people to sign, I wrapped some lace around the edges while it was on display on the table to give it a more finished look (see below).







Thursday, January 10, 2013

Pinterest WIN: Zucchini Lasagna

First blog post, and it is about food! I found this recipe on Pinterest of course!
annnnnnd it was delicious!
I love lasagna, and I didn't even miss the noodles in this recipe. 
I don't think I have ever ate spinach, but all the ingredients mixed well. 
I did substitute Ricotta Cheese for the Cottage Cheese. 
Please try and let me know what you think, WE LOVED IT!

P.S. it kind of looks like the Pinterest picture too!