Tuesday, April 8, 2014

He is Risen Sign

I have been happily making a bunch of these He is risen signs for the last few weeks. They are so quick and easy to do! In fact, I recently shared this craft with a group of about 20 women, all part of my MOPS/MomsNext group. We got together on a Thursday evening and we all went home with a version of the cross sign. It was a total success! Even the ladies that aren't that crafty had an easy time doing this one.

I purchased the crosses at Hobby Lobby and cut the boards myself. The words were cut on my Silhouette machine and then we decoupaged the paper onto the wood pieces. Then we embellished.

I have posted a couple of my favorite examples. Really, the sky is the limit! Just find coordinating paper and a few supplies and you are ready for for action.

Bunny Wreath

So, I realized that I had been neglecting my little bloggy-poo. Thought I would at least post some pictures of what I had been working on lately. This little bunny wreath I created for my crafty group to do this weekend. Straightforward craft really. I just think it is super cute. Should be a fun night with my lady friends! Looking forward to it!

I just cut the bunny out of wood, tied a bow around its' neck, attached it with some craft wire. I tied some tulle around the wreath form in a bow and added some foam eggs that I had on hand. I cut the words from vinyl using my silhouette and decoupaged the decorative paper over the wood sign, which I also cut with my scroll saw.

Though you can't really tell very well in this picture, I used some light pink ink and a sponge to the inside of the bunny ears, just to give it some color.

Let's call this bunny done. Tada!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Super Fantastic Cinnamon Sugar Crisps

We are having another tight budget week and are low in the snack food department. I had kids just getting home from school and demanded asked politely for something to eat since they were DYING OF STARVATION very hungry. (Haha...) So what was I to do? I grabbed the tortillas, some sugar and cinnamon, a little bit of oil, a brown paper bag, and my frying pan.

How is it possible that something so simple could be so good??

The "recipe"- Cinnamon Crisps (a.k.a. Bunuelos)

I cut up about 5 flour tortillas into wedges and set them aside. Next, I heated about 1/4 cup oil in the frying pan. Then, I mixed up about 1 cup of sugar and about 1 Tbsp of cinnamon and put it in the bottom of a giant brown lunch sack.. After that, I put about 5 wedges in the hot oil at a time and fried them until they were a light golden brown on each side. This only takes about 15-20 seconds per side. Then I removed them with tongs, drained off the oil by tapping them on a paper towel, and then threw I them in the bag. Once I had fried all of them, I closed up the bag and shook them well until the tortilla wedges were coated with the cinnamon sugar blend. Then I served them to my "fainting-from-hunger" children and niece. They loved me again and perked up enough to go back to playing their video games. (It is Friday after all...)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

I got my "husband" the coolest gift for Christmas. A bread machine. Yes, an appliance of such greatness that it isnpired some experiments. I figured he wouldn't mind if I "borrowed" it for a little bit. After all, he'd get to enjoy the trials. So I got to work searching for a workable cinnamon roll recipe. MAN!!! I have found a winner in this recipe!! I am so excited to share it with you. I guarantee you will not be disappointed. My family loved them and a few of my friends gave them a thumbs up as well. So, if you have a bread machine with a dough only cycle and a couple of hours to kill, I suggest you get on this yummy bandwagon. Here is the recipe:

Right out of the oven before the glaze is added.
Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

1 cup water
2 Tbsp softened butter
1 whole egg
3 1/3 cup bread flour (must be bread flour, not all purpose)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
3 tsp active dry yeast

1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp softened butter

1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1-2 Tbsp milk

Place all the dough ingredients in the bread pan in the order listed (or in the order according to your bread machine.) Set the machine to dough only cycle. Press start.

Spray a baking sheet or 9x13 pan lightly with cooking spray. Mix the cinnamon and sugar filling ingredients together and set aside.

Remove dough when the cycle is complete, and roll into a rectangle about 18" long and about 9" wide. Spread with 2 Tbsp softened butter. Sprinkle with the filling mixture. Roll gently into a tube, starting from the long edge and rolling up. Pinch the ends lightly to seal.

Slice the roll into 1 inch slices. Lay them in the prepared pan. Cover and allow to rise for about an hour or until doubled in size.

Heat the oven to 375 degrees and bake them until they are golden brown, about 23-25 minutes. Remove from oven and spoon the glaze over the top.


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Mini Pallet Art Quote Gift

Yikes! I haven't posted anything in so long! I have 12 minutes until a new year begins so I think I will squeak in my latest project. So, I have yet to meet up with a couple of special friends to exchange our Christmas gifts. We are doing coffee tomorrow and so you have to keep this one a secret until then. Haha. I am pretty sure tomorrow when she opens her package from me, she would act surprised anyway. She is just that kind of friend. Ok, this is the result of my last minute craft rush.
It is similar to all the other pallet and subway art that I have been working on lately. I just took two planks and glued them together. Cut her favorite quote out of vinyl and set it aside. I did a base coat of the lighter color (it's blue, even though you can't tell very easily.) Then after it dried, I applied the vinyl words to the wood boards. Then I carefully painted the darker brown coat over the whole project and allowed it to dry. Then I removed the vinyl stickers and lightly sanded the whole surface. Lastly, I applied a finishing wax and buffed it to finish it off. I think it is pretty nice. I am getting better at these puppies. Much faster than the couple of days of work that the first few took, at least. Hooray for accomplishments! :)
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