Friday, September 14, 2012

My Favorite Cards

I have greeting cards from various occasions that I have kept, I know most of us do... but what do we do with them?? I know over the years when I have moved and done the "clean it out before you pack it" things...sometimes I have gotten rid of them (such a shame). NOW we can display them! I am in the process of creating a "wall effect" but wanted to post the idea and how to so you could get started on yours.

You will need:
  • Balsa Wood
  • Foam Brush
  • Mod Podge (or other adhesive product)
  • Ribbon (for hanging)
  • Scissors
  • Beads (optional)
  • Glue gun (or other glue for ribbon & embellishments)

At any craft store (or even the craft section at Wal-mart) you can buy the light weight cutouts of Balsa Wood, they come in various designs. Balsa is easy to work with, for our project, you can use it as is, you can pre stain it, you can pre paint it too. I have done all three for different looks, different "moods" of the cards I'm working with etc.

Take your card and cut it anyway you like to fit on the balsa wood. I've used some decorative scissors I picked up at a craft store for a nice pretty edge. In my sample here the written message was just as important to me as the memory of the card, So I added it to the back of my piece (also using my Mod Podge)



Once you have your balsa wood the way you want it, (e.g. painted, stained) get out your Mod Podge, I've used the Mod Podge Gloss for this project - USUALLY the label peels right off the wood, this time it was tearing, so I just went right over the top of it.Take your foam brush and give a nice coat of Mod Podge to your balsa wood, place your card and smooth out excess adhesive. make certain the edges are down and sealed. let dry (doesn't take too long) then give a nice coat of the Mod Podge to the over the top.


IF you are interested in adding any type of embellishments, beading, lace etc. now is a good time. I used a glue gun for the beading I like the added security of the glue. Once you have placed any embellishments let everything dry again and go over one last time with a coat of Mod Podge to seal everything up.

Once completely dry, heat up the glue gun we are going to add a ribbon for hanging. there are a few ways of making the ribbons pretty, use your imagination. (suede or silk cords work too - just depends on the LOOK you are going for) Decide how long you want your "hanger" to be, cut your ribbon.
(Pre tie your bow if using that look)
No bow, just a loop
Using your glue gun, glue your ribbon to the back of the wood. 
Allow to dry and WALA, your ready to hang it!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

White Chicken Burritos

A twist on White Enchiladas, I always do everything with my own twist :)
This is really easy and pretty quick, you can make ahead or same day.

Preheat oven to 350°
♦♦♦ Yields 9 GOOD SIZED Burritos ♦♦♦

Grease 9x13 pyrex

1 Can White Chicken
1/2 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
1/2 Cup Sour cream
1 Can pinto beans
1 Cup (pre-cooked) white rice (can use Spanish rice)
1/2 Cup Cheddar cheese (shredded)
1/2 Cup Mozzarella cheese (Shredded)
1 bundle of green onion (finely sliced)
Sliced black olives
Large Flour tortillas
(and really, whatever else YOU like... be creative)

In a medium sized bowl combine everything (yep everything above) reserving a little bit of olive, green onion and both cheeses for the sauce.
Take a tortilla, spoon in a couple tablespoons of filling fold up in typical burrito fashion and place seam down in greased pyrex dish. (repeat until gone - you may need a second pyrex dish)

1/2 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
some of each cheese
some olives
some green onions

In a small bowl, combine the other 1/2 can of Cream of Chicken soup and 1/2 cup of sour cream - spread over the top of the burrito's (really slather it on there) then sprinkle the rest of the cheese, green onion and sliced olives over the top.

Bake in your preheated oven for 30 Minutes and serve 
(I will need to add a "Cooked" photo next time, I forgot to snap one before we ate this go round)
Garnish with Sour Cream, Salsa, Avocado - whatever tickles your tummy!

Fruit Crunch Breakfast/Brunch Cake


Pre-heat oven to 350○ (oh and ya might want to make sure the bottom of your oven is lined with foil - just sayin' LOL)

Favorite fruit (sliced or chunked) - I used the CANNED peaches and pineapple I had on hand. (Apples, plums or pears would also be nice choices)
1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick butter melted (don't judge)

2 T butter melted
1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/4 cup quick oats 


Butter a 9" round cake pan

In a small bowl combine brown sugar, quick oats and 2 T softened butter 
(just mush it all together)
put into the buttered cake pan, gently pressing down all around the bottom.

  layer in your fruit

  Sprinkle your dry cake mix to cover the fruit, drizzle the melted butter on top (it might not cover every little bit, that's okay) I also used a little bit of my left over fruit juice...

NOTE: with the peaches and pineapple the cake was a little soggy... but once is cooled off it solidified. ohhh so delish
Next time Im going to do apples and blueberries maybe! I think those fruits would make it firmer and also yummy! there are endless options, experiment with your favorites