April 28, 2011

Satin Ribbon & Bead Necklace


As you probably already know from my bracelet post I don't buy myself a lot of jewelry. 
I love long necklaces and I used to wear them a lot until I discovered how much both of my kids (when they were babies) loved them too and would show their love by sucking or yanking
 on them. I got rid of most of my necklaces then which I regret now because my kids are
 older now and can walk and run, they don't want to be carried anymore which means they don't use my necklaces as toys anymore. I've been seeing lots of cute necklaces at stores and 
online and I thought "I can make that" so I did! I actually already had the supplies I needed for this one and it really took less than 5 minutes! Here is a picture I got as inspiration from Google:

  This necklace is from this website. It is on sale for £13 which is about $19 
That is way too much for me! After all I am a cheap thrifty! Plus I already had cheap white beads from a necklace I had, satin ribbon I took off of some little tin cans I bought at Target and some leftover hemp or I don't even know what material it is to string the beads on. Here is what I had to work with:


...and here are my daughter's cute little hands grabbing at my things
 this is the reason I usually craft at night..


I moved my crafting to my desk and began threading the beads leaving enough room at both ends to knot at the end and to knot together with the ribbon:


All I did was tie a knot together with the string and ribbon and then another knot with the ribbon to cover up my previous knot, cut off the excess and my necklace was done! Does that make sense? probably not..  Maybe you can get it by just looking at the picture, it really is very simple!
Here is my new pretty necklace...


I really love how it turned out! it is simple just like me :) hmm.. I've noticed I've been
creating a lot of white things lately! I will try and create my next project with a little more color!
Well... we are painting our guest room furniture white so I don't know about my next project
but I will have to think of some colorful project to make soon before I start boring you
with my simple white colored projects!

anywho... I am always rambling off! 
Let me know if you try this or if you have done something similar
I would love to see what you come up with!


April 26, 2011

Easy Spinach & Cheese Lasagna

Every recipe I share here on my blog is easy peasy. I only share recipes that I've tried and LOVE and are worth sharing. This recipe is no exception. I always thought lasagna was one of the hardest foods to make so I never even gave it a chance until I came upon this recipe from Whole Foods. I will NEVER buy Stouffers again! 


Yes, (if you already clicked on the WF link) I did steal the picture from the Whole Foods website! Why? Because when I made this for dinner last week, even though I have made it many times before, I forgot to buy extra mozzarella cheese for the top layer of my lasagna and my lasagna didn't turn out as pretty as this one. It tasted just the same without the top cheese part but in order to convince you to try this recipe you have to see their picture not mine. :)

INGREDIENTS 


I bought all of my ingredients at Whole Foods but you can use your local grocery store brands. 

2 cups ricotta cheese 
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese, divided
1 cup grated 3-cheese blend, divided
1 egg, lightly beaten 
1 (16-ounce) bag frozen spinach, thawed, chopped and drained well 
Salt and pepper to taste 
2 teaspoons dried oregano 
1 (25-ounce) jar pasta sauce
9 to 12 no-boil uncooked lasagna noodles

METHOD

Preheat oven to 350°F. 
Make sure to drain your spinach well first before mixing with other ingredients:




In a large bowl mix ricotta, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella, 1/2 cup of the 3-cheese blend, egg, spinach, salt, pepper and oregano:


 In another bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and 1/2 cup 3-cheese blend. Set both bowls aside. In a 9- x13-inch non-reactive baking pan, layer 1 cup of the sauce, then a layer of noodles and a layer of the ricotta-spinach mixture; repeat.


break your pasta pieces to fit into your pan:



Top with sauce then sprinkle with remaining cheeses. (This is the part I forgot)
Pour 1 cup water around the edges of pan, then cover with parchment paper, then very tightly with foil. 
(I didn't have parchment paper so I used foil then I placed my glass lid on top)
Bake 1 1/4 hours, then set aside to let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

It really is that easy! I have been married for almost 6 years and I am still learning to cook!
This recipe is now one of my favorites. 
Let me know if you give it a try, I would love to hear if you liked it...or not. 

April 21, 2011

One Shoulder Polka Dotted Top

I had initially bought this fabric to use as a contrast for my daughter's birthday dress but when the fabric arrived (purchased on Etsy) it didn't really match with the fabric I already had. Then I remembered I had seen and loved this tutorial on Prudent Baby's website on a one shoulder dress and thought "I should totally make that!" except I only had half a yard of fabric so instead of a dress I "tried" making a one shoulder top and I do mean "tried" because it didn't come out to be exactly as I thought it would. Agh! I didn't cut the ruffled strip on top in the right size so I kind of messed that part up and I was about to give up but thought it might just look cute enough without the strip. And as I am still not a sewing pro some of the stitching is crooked, particularly under the straps area so what did I do? I made a rosette (yes another one!) and used a safety pin so it would not be permanent in case my little miss decides to yank it off just like she did with the tank dress I made. So here is what her little one shoulder top looks like:


Here is a close up:


I showed the top to my husband and the first thing he said was "another rosette! you really love rosettes don't you?" lol I rosetted him out when I made my rosette pillow, and then again when I added a rosette to the tank dress. I guess I do love rosettes, they are both easy and fun to make! So, the top was not exactly what I envisioned but it's pretty cute if I do say so myself. I am just glad I didn't waste this fabric and got some good use out of it. Now I have made a total of two clothing items for my daughter yay! I am on my way to creating a wardrobe! I know I am a dreamer! Making this top was a little frustrating I'm not gonna lie but I am a newbie and hopefully with time it won't be so frustrating and hopefully one day I will get  a new sewing machine, and a serger, and a cute little organized space with all of my materials and machines for sewing and crafting. Ahhh There I go dreaming again...

So what do you think about the one shoulder top? rosette or no rosette? 
Are you a big fan of rosettes like me?

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April 5, 2011

New Kitchen Countertops

We completed another step of our kitchen remodel! Our granite countertops were installed on sunday as well as our under mount sink. We chose New Venetian Gold Light as our new granite countertops and were hesitant at first because the small sample had some very dark spots but I'm glad we took the risk because the outcome is way better than I imagined. Plus I now have a sink to wash dishes, no more washing in the hallway bathtub! Yay! Here is another glimpse of our kitchen remodel process, our new under mount  sink and granite countertops:
Like I mentioned in a previous post I will show the final kitchen reveal once our kitchen is 100% finished which I hope is soon. Our next steps are a tile backsplash, recessed can lighting, new blinds and the last step are the stainless steel appliances. Have you shopped for appliances recently? What brand appliances do you recommend?