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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Maureen Cracknell Handmade: A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Split Decision With A Twist...

I finally finished the quilt I was making for my mom for her Birthday!  I am so happy with it, and very proud of myself...



I love making quilts, but I especially love hand sewing the bindings.  I put on my Downton Abbey dvd's and relax after my kids and husband have gone to bed.  One trick that I love to use is hair clips to keep the binding in place while I sew.  It works very well.




I used fabric from Fig Tree Quilts www.figtreequilts.com  JoAnne has a wonderful Blog as well Fig Tree Quilts Blog.  I love quilts that aren't so matchy, matchy but since this was for my mom I knew she would love it to be more on the monochromatic side.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

AMAZING Chicken Marinade!!

I am a Lemon Lover!!  Lemon Everything!  Majority of the time when I am making chicken I always use lemon in some way shape or form in my marinades.  I started looking for a marinade that didn't involve lemon and I made one... WOW It is awesome... Lets get started:
I used Chicken Breast, cleaned and cut thin.
You can use chicken parts or turkey parts also.. What ever you like better!

1 6oz Can of Tomato Paste
1/4 cup of Olive Oil
1 1/2 cups of Chicken Broth
1/4 cup of Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tbs of Montreal Chicken Seasoning (McCormick) Or Applewood Rub (McCormick)
1/4 cup Chopped Fresh Basil or 1 Tbs Dried
1/4 cup Chopped Fresh Parsley and More for Garnish or 1 Tbs Dried
1/2 Tbs Oregano
1/4 Tsp of Cumin
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tbs Chopped Garlic
1 Onion Chopped (I put my onion in the chopper)

Save a 1/2 cup of Chicken Broth and put aside.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined.
Put Chicken into a re-seal able plastic bag and pour Marinade over the chicken.  Get all the air out of the bag and seal it.  I then put the bag in a glass pan and put it into the refrigerator.  I will marinade my chicken for as long as I possibly can. I would say at least an hour or you can marinate overnight.

In the meantime tell your hubby to light the grill.... I hate lighting the grill, it scares the **** out of me for some reason?  I make the husband do it. 

Take the Chicken out of the Marinade and hand it off to your husband to cook on the grill. Do Not Discard the Marinade.... Here is the good part...

Take the remaining marinade and put it in a pot on the stove.  Add the 1/2 cup of Chicken Broth.  Cook the marinade over med/low heat until it is reduced by half.  Take 1/2 the marinade and use as extra sauce for the chicken.  Take the other half and give it to your hubby to brush over the chicken while it is grilling....

Put it on a plate and Garnish with Fresh Parsley & Basil Leaves..... DELICIOUS!!!!! 
If your using Chicken Breasts this also goes great on a roll!

Enjoy!




Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Maureen Cracknell Handmade: A Quilt As You Go Tutorial : :

So, one of my absolutely favorite blogs is Maureen Cracknell Handmade.  Her posts are filled with helpful information about quilting, sewing and crafting, but, most of all she is so down to earth that I love it.  She also makes things so much fun on Fridays!!  Before I became a mom, I used to look forward to Friday Happy Hours.. Now, I look forward to Maureen's giveaways on Fridays!  Every Friday she gives away  some amazing fabric or pattern.

If you haven't done so, check out her blog and this tutorial... I am totally going to try this next time I make a quilt.  It looks so easy!  Currently I am in the process of quilting a beautiful quilt that I am making for my mom for her birthday in August and I am just quilting the stitch in the ditch... but I need more... and I am not willing to go to my friends quilt shop and spend $130.00 on someone else to quilt it using a long arm?  I really want to learn how to use a long arm... What is everyones experience with using a Long Arm Quilting Machine?  How did you learn how to do it?
Enjoy!!
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Sunday, April 28, 2013

I Heart Modge Podge...

I absolutely love doing projects with Mod Podge.  I found this really helpful guide that explains what each of the various types of Mod Podge does.  It also explains how the finish will look and what projects that particular Mod Podge works best for....
Enjoy!
 
Formula Guide
Classic Mod Podge: This is your all-around Mod Podge that comes in either a gloss or matte finish. Great for all types of projects and most surfaces. To eliminate any stickiness after drying, simply spray with a clear acrylic sealer. (Project Idea: Decorating Mason Jars)

Satin Mod Podge: Will give projects a lustrous, soft appearance somewhere between a matte and gloss. Because it is oh-so-slightly frosted, it shows scratches less than matte or gloss. Great for projects where you want a non-glossy, soft appearance that wears well. (Project Idea: Customize Your Sunglasses)

Hard Coat Mod Podge: Perfect for furniture because it has the ultimate durable Mod Podge finish! It provides extra protection for projects that are frequently used and handled. Because it has a satin finish, it doesn't show the scratches like the matte or gloss! (Project Idea: IKEA Drawer Makeover)

Fabric Mod Podge: It's not just wood or paper that people like to decoupage — it's fabric too! Not only that, you can decoupage fabric to other surfaces. This formula does both. For best results, lightly brush this formula onto the fabric and allow it to dry before cutting. It eliminates fraying. (Project Idea: No Sew Tote Bags)

Paper Mod Podge: Not to be confused with regular Mod Podge, this formula was created for more advanced paper projects, like scrapbooking. People who scrapbook like their projects to be archival, and that means they want their glues to be as well. Archival quality keeps photos and papers from yellowing and extends the life of scrapbooking projects. Comes in a gloss and matte finish.
Outdoor Mod Podge: This formula protects your decoupage project from moisture and the elements. Great for clay pots. I also recommend sealing with an outdoor sealer for added durability. (Project Idea: Pretty Terra Cotta Pots)

Sparkle Mod Podge: Sparkle Mod Podge contains hologram glitter pieces (rainbow effect) in a gloss base. Using a minimum of one coat shows up great on dark surfaces, but add several coats for more sparkle and shine. (Project Idea: Sparkle Up a Skeleton)

Glow-in-the-Dark Mod Podge: You'll need to apply several coats for the best glowing effect. I love this stuff for kids projects, as well as my favoritest holiday in the world, Halloween.

Brushstroke Mod Podge: It's very textured and dimensional (yet clear) and gives you the look of hand painting without the hefty price tag. Comes in gloss or matte.

Kids Wash Out Mod Podge: This formula was specially developed so that children can use it. It has a typical glossy finish, but will wash out of children’s clothing and furniture with ease.

Antique Mod Podge: There are some who love the look of vintage, aged projects that have an antique feel. Antique Mod Podge enables you to get that aged look simply by brushing it on. A slight brown tint is how it works. This formula comes in a matte finish. (Project Idea: Vintage Food Labels)


Friday, April 26, 2013

Maureen Cracknell Handmade: A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

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