Thursday, March 31, 2011

Do It Yourself Twinkle Toes

What you will need:

Clear nail polish
Any color glitter (the ultra fine works best!)
A piece of paper
Nail polish remover (Possibly)

 I got all of these glitter packs (25 packs) for $4 at Michelle's.

Begin by picking which color of glitter you want to use.

Remove all nail polish.
Make sure toe nails are clean.

First pain all of the toes with one coat of clear nail polish.
Then go back and paint one at a time.

After you have put the second coat of clear nail polish on one toe, then pour the glitter on.
Continue to do this for all 5 toes.

Shake off the loose glitter on the toes.
Then do the same thing for the other foot.

There will still be glitter on your skin.
After to wash your feet the glitter will come off of your skin!

Starter Herb Garden for $25

What you will need:

Seeds- $1.50 at Home Depot for the Organic ones (I got 10 different types)
Soil- $3.00 at Home Depot
Planter-$5.00 at Home Depot
Plant Labels-$1.00 at the Dollar Store
Total cost of project: $25!

Begin by getting all of your supplies.
Try to get seeds that need close to the same light and water intake.

Take some of the soil and add water to it. (The starter soil is really dry)
Mix it together until it is damp.

Fill each planter section with some soil.
Then use your finger to make a small hole in the center of the soil.
Add a couple of seeds to each section.
(Make sure to label the sections right away or remember what seeds you put where!)
Then cover the seeds with a little more soil.

Label all of the rows with what seeds have been planted.
Water the seeds so that the water is completely wet. 
Be careful not to over water, for this will drowned the seeds.

This is after 1 week!

I will add the progression of the seeds from week to week.

Ranch Chicken

What you will need:

1 Packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Mix
1 cup of sour cream
1/2 cup of salsa

If making burritos:


Begin by cooking your chicken. 
I usually boil my chicken to make sure that it is moist and completely cooked.

In a separate bowl mix together:

Sour cream,


And ranch mix.

Completely mix it all together.

I like to slightly cook my peppers.
Cut into strips. 
Add a little olive oil and garlic if desired.

Pour entire ranch mixture over the chicken.
Stir so that all of the chicken is covered.
Cook until the sauce is warm. (Usually 5 minutes on Medium heat)

Cut up all of the toppings that you want on your burritos.

Place a tortilla down on the plate.
Put chicken filling in the middle of the tortilla.
Add the toppings that you want.

Homemade Banana Bread

What you will need:
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter (4 oz)
3-4 bananas
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla 
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

  Mix the sugar and butter together.

Add the bananas, 
and vanilla.
Mix well.

In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients.

Mix try ingredients into the wet ingredients.

Then add chocolate chips.

Grease and flour a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan.

Pour batter into the pan.

Cover the pan loosely with aluminum foil.

Bake in oven for 30 minutes.

Remove foil.

Bake for 30-40 minutes.
Test to make sure the bread is done by inserting a butter knife into the bread.
If it comes out clean, then it's done!

Slice and enjoy!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Homemade Apple Pie

What you will need:

2 pie crusts
1/2 cup butter
3 TBL flour
1/2 sugar
1/2 brown sugar
1/4 cup water
6-8 apples
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Begin by peeling all of the apples.

Then slice the apples into thin pieces.

Add 1/2 tsp cinnamon to the apples.
Toss the cinnamon to coat all of the apples.

In a small sauce pan melt the butter on medium heat.

Once the butter is melted add the flour.
This will form a paste.

Then add the sugar, 
brown sugar,
and water.

Bring all of this to a boil.
Then turn to medium-low for 5 minutes.

Place all of the cinnamon apples in on of the pie crusts.

Use the other pie crust to cut into strips.

Use these strips to create a lattice work crust.

Lay 5-6 strips across the pie.

Fold 2-3 pieces back.

Place another piece down where the fold is.
Then unfold those pieces.

Now, fold back the pieces that are UNDER the middle strip.

Continue to do this until the whole pie is covered.

Trim the edge of the pie with a knife.

Use a fork to press down the edges so that they stay down.

Pour the mixture in the pan over the top of the entire pie.
Do this slowly as to not have it spill out.

Bake in over at 425 for 15 minutes.
Then turn the oven heat down to 359 degrees.
Bake at 350 fro 35-35 minutes.

Cut slices and enjoy!

$9 Shelves

I got these shelves at Goodwill for $4.50 each!
They were really beat up. 
Tons of scratches and dents.

I gave them a fresh new coat of paint,
added pictures,
and hung them up.

This is what it turned out like.

I think I want to add something else,
I'm just not sure what yet?

If anyone has any suggestions,
please let me know!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lasagna Rolls

What you will need:

6-8 lasagna noodles
1/2 can spaghetti sauce
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 yellow zuccini
1 cup of mushrooms
1 cup broccoli
1 tomato
1/2 of a can of olives
1 green pepper
1-2 TBL Italian seasoning
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1-2 TBL minced garlic
1 TBL dried onion flakes
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 TBL olive oil
Ricotta cheese
cheese (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Fill a large pot full of water and boil.

Begin by chopping up all of your vegetables.

Once the water has boiled, add the lasagna noodles.
Add a little salt and olive oil if you would like.

Brown the ground turkey until fully cooked.

Once the turkey is fully cooked then add the broccoli, peppers and mushrooms. 
Add 1-2 TBL olive oil.
Stir together.
Let cook for about 5 minutes.

Add 1-2 TBL Italian seasonings,

1 tsp chili powder,

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1-2 TBL minced garlic

1 TBL dried onion flakes, 
and salt and pepper to taste.

Drain the noodles. 
The key to lasagna noodles to is just slightly under cook them.
Lasagna noodles usually only take 5-7 minutes to fully cook.

Then stir in the zucchini and cook for 2-3 minutes.

  The last things to add are the tomatoes and olives.
Stir everything together.

Place a small amount of mixture on the bottom of a glass pan.
You can use an 8x8 or a 8x10.

Spread a thin layer of Ricotta cheese on half of a noodle.

Place some the meat and vegetable mixture on top of the Ricotta cheese.

Roll the lasagna noodle until it looks like this.

Place the noodle in the glass dish.

Do the same thing with all of the noodles until the glass dish is full.
Brush a very small amount of olive oil on tops of all of the noodles.
Lightly salt.

Place in oven for 15-20 minutes.
While this is in the oven, warm the spaghetti sauce on in a small pan on the stove.

Remove the dish from the oven.
Place 1-2 rolls on a plate.
Cover the rolls with the spaghetti sauce.
You can add cheese to the top if you wish.