Healthy Breakfast Scramble

I had something like this when Chris and I went to a little diner for breakfast during his Christmas holidays.  It was REALLY good.  It is hard to find breakfast options at most restaurants, especially diners, that are meatless.  I saw this on the menu I decided it was worth a try, and it was well worth it.

This morning I was hurting from my attempt at gardening yesterday so breakfast this morning had to be easy, or they were having Raisin Bran lol.

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This is… Painting! My Nightmare Before Christmas-Inspired Pictures

My mom shared this morning that my painting adventures have continued and I’ve found a way to make painting my own. I thought it would be appropriate to follow up by sharing my most recent painting endeavors.

For some time, I wanted to create a Nightmare Before Christmas/Alice in Wonderland theme in my bedroom. Right now, the only theme-related item is a stool my mom painted for me for Christmas.

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I love this stool and can’t wait to add more theme-related items into the room.

When searching the Internet for ideas to introduce this theme into the bedroom, I found several paintings and pictures that I loved! I decided it might be fun to try to recreate some of those pictures for myself – thus helping to introduce the theme and saving us some money along the way.

I started with smaller canvases from the dollar store – pictures of Jack and Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas for the two medium-sized canvases, and something Alice in Wonderland for the smaller canvas. I haven’t yet painted the smaller canvas (because I’m also working on a crochet project, which I will share more about this week) but wanted to share what I’ve done so far.

Like last week, I started by drawing Jack and Sally onto my canvases. You can see the smaller Alice in Wonderland-themed picture I’m planning to work on also. I’m hoping to finish it up tonight, if not one night this week.

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Once the sketches were done, I started painting a solid colour for Jack/Sally (I love purple so it was a no-brainer that I would be using purple as the main colour). I decided to use a watered-down silver for the background. I used a smaller brush for the purple. For the silver, I used a medium-sized brush for everything except for Jack and Sally’s mouths/stitches, which required a smaller brush. I slipped into the purple a couple times with the silver but it was easy to touch up with the purple once it was dry (and now I can’t even tell!).

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Once I was all done, I decided to add in some extra colours to brighten it up a bit – another shade of purple, yellow, and orange.

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I’m thinking about touching it up a bit more (and taming the lighter shade in Sally’s hair) but for now, this is the final product:

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So far, I’m enjoying painting. In the past, I used to always try to paint freehand. Now that I know I can sketch a picture and then paint it in, I’m creating things that I’m proud of. I’m sure it will become more fun as I learn new techniques from my mom.

Kim

Painting – Decorative Painting – Kim

I learned to paint a long time ago… well, I was given a few lessons from a friend who was a great decorative painter in exchange for dying her hair lol.  Her grandmother had just passed away and that was usually their thing, so I would have done it painting lessons or not.  I am so glad I didn’t pass on the lessons though.  It has opened my eyes to a whole other creative outlet.

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Mason Jar Vase

I have seen a lot of these vases on Pinterest and decided it was time to try my hand at it.

I think they would not only make great Wedding centerpieces but also a great Mother’s Day or Birthday gift for someone special! Or you could just make it for yourself!

I think when this one is done it will end up as “Décor” in the Craft Room!!!

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Sandie

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Peanut Butter Pie

I made the recipe below a few weeks ago.  I had to change a few things because I didn’t have exactly what the recipe called for.

Instead of Oreo crumbs, I used Graham cracker crumbs and I didn’t have any actual baker’s chocolate so I found a recipe for the Ganache made from cocoa. http://www.cakespy.com/blog/2014/12/13/how-to-make-ganache-with-cocoa-powder.html

I have to say it was absolutely delicious.  Sweet, but it’s chocolate and peanut butter, would you have it any other way?

While mine didn’t look as pretty as the one on the original website, it sure tasted great!

 

 

If you get a chance, try this recipe.  You will be very happy you did!

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, by Jasper

These are Kim’s favourite type of cookie to make at Christmas time! Maybe they will become your favourite too!!!

Abby Made Me Do It

(Jasper is 7. He loves to bake. He wanted to write a guest blog post. Here it is)

I made chocolate crinkle cookies today.

Once I make the batter I roll them up into a ball and then put them in powdered sugar then I put them on the baking sheet.

When they were finished getting cooked I tasted them and I think I made them very well.

They taste chocolatey. Their texture is soft. When I eat them they make me feel very happy. I like them very much. And you should make them too.

I got this recipe in a book called Kids Baking. It was a Christmas present. It was written by Abby Dodge, my Mom’s friend.Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar

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Clay Pot Wind Chime Chain on Tripod

 

 

 

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This is another one of those garden crafts I started last year.  While it made it go a bit faster this year, I am glad to be getting an other of last years completed!

This was a very easy craft and I didn’t have to worry about epoxy!   I think the hardest part of this one was trying to hold the pieces of bamboo together while I tied the tripod lol! Other than the sealing part, I believe this is a kid friendly craft!

I hope you try one of these for your garden, it brings a bit of colour and the sound of the “chiming” isn’t even close to as aggravating as some wind chimes can be! (Chris hates really loud ones!)

Sandie


 

As for supplies used, I used clay pots, paint, thin bamboo sticks (from the dollar store), a  few washers and some green twine I had on hand! Oh, and a bit of sparkly Washi tape.

 

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As I said, these were base painted last year so I only had to go over them quickly to bring back the full colour.

I didn’t try to do anything fancy with these.  One, you wouldn’t really see it as they were hanging and two, once speckling them popped into my head, that was it.  There is nothing I like better than speckling.  I have an old tooth brush I keep with my brushes that is just for that lol!

 

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Once I had them all “speckled,” I sealed them.  I used 3 layers because I knew they were going to go in one of the gardens. I also sprinkled them with glitter when I was sealing them lol (embarrassed face) because I thought everything always looks better with a little bit of glitter and it would look really nice when the sun hits it!

 

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When they were sealed, it was just a matter of attaching them together.  The first time I started to string them together I had it all backwards and had to restring it.  Needless to say the twine had started to unravel by then so I just wrapped a piece of plain tape on the end to be able to feed it through.  I attached a washer to the inside of each little pot so the string wouldn’t pull through.  I literally just tied it in there.

 

 

I did the same thing inside each pot, making sure there was enough slack in between clay pots so it hung how I wanted it to.  You can make the slack as long or as short as you like.  It all depends on how long you want the wind chime chain or if you want them close together. I would guess that would also affect how it sounds as well.

Next came the tripod.  I literally just held the three pieces of bamboo together how I wanted them to stand and started to tie the twine around it.  I won’t lie, it fell apart a few times!  This is when I decided it would be a whole lot easier to just wrap an elastic band around it until the twine was wrapped.  Way easier!

 

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When I stood back and looked at it I thought it needed a little something.  I decided to just go over the twine with some sparkly Washi tape!  I added a little bit of glue from my glue gun to secure the end in case it lost some stickiness over time.  I did the same thing to the knot at the top of the chain!

Now I decided to hang a few dangly things from the bottom lol.  Gotta have bling! I had an old costume jewelry necklace that I cut to fit and then added a couple of jewelry findings pendants I had on hand!

At this point you can either hang the wind chime chain directly on the tripod, looping the twine at the top of the chain over one of the bamboo stick tops, or you can put a little S-hook on it, threading this through the centre of the twine of the bamboo.  Either way works, I just found that the S-hook I had on hand was too big and made the little dangling things I put on it lay on the ground!

This is the end result of my Wind Chime Chain!  Let me know what you think!

 

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Stay tuned for my next Wind Chime project made from Clay Pots!

 

 

Christmas in April!

Chris, my wonderful husband, just bought me a set of brand new, pretty Ceramic baking pans from Kitchen Stuff Plus. I wonder if it was because I made some comment about anyone reading our recipe posts thought I only had aluminum pans lol. My other pans are just well loved, for lack of a better word.

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