Monday, July 30, 2012

Grilled Cuban Sandwich & Coleslaw

Hi Everyone.  I hope you all had a great weekend.  I was busy, busy, busy, getting my kids ready for school and my house ready for daycare.  I will have pics a little later.  If you are like me, you are crazy busy getting everything done and don't have much time for dinner.  This is, yet another fast and filling meal that I put together faster than we can get take-out.  You can change it up with different meat, and, even use left over pork roast (very YUMMY).  I know that if you try it, you will like it.

I use sourdough bread.

Deli corned beef, herb flavored cream cheese, Swiss Cheese, pickle slices, lettuce (I usually use spinach) and a little softened butter.

Spread one slice with cream cheese,

add corned beef, pickle slices,

your lettuce (or spinach), and cover with Swiss cheese.

Butter both sides and grill away.


I just make a little coleslaw to go with.



Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Burlap Flowers and Glass Blocks

As you know, I bought a burlap coffee sack.  I covered my office chair pad with some, created rose art with some, and now, I used the scraps for flowers and candle embellishments.  I LOVE BURLAP.  I love the texture paired with white. It looks like summer to me.  Below you will see my burlap inspired glass block and some candle arrangements  

As always, I start with mini Christmas lights in my block.

These are so cool.  I bought some red ones at Christmas and was so excited to see these on clearance.  Just $1.99.  I bought three bags to fill a large glass block.

Aren't they pretty?  I then wrapped the block with jute/twine and added a strip of burlap for texture.  I made a large burlap flower, added white flowers I got at Target, and a beaded hat pin.


I really like the way it turned out.  It looks a little summery.

That is my favorite burlap flower right now.  They have so many tutorials on burlap flowers, I won't go into details.

I love these candlesticks.  I got them at Savers for such a small amount.  I can hardly wait to use them for Christmas.  

More burlap flowers, rosettes this time.

These are some candles wrapped in jute with the same white flower I used on my block, it really sets off the white candle.

I have a couple more things with burlap before I am done, so, please come back and see.


Monday, July 23, 2012

Burlap and Roses

Remember the burlap bag  I got?  It was pretty big and I had a lot of burlap left.  I wanted to see how many craft projects I could get form it.  Here is the first one:

I used my frame from Easter and just covered a piece of card board using tacky spray with burlap.

Attached a rose I made from an old book page.

That was it.  Easy Peasy.

I love to reuse items by just changing them up a little.  It helps with storage (I just drop the inserts in a small box) and I love the size.  Most of all, I LOVE BURLAP!!

Happy Crafting.


Friday, July 20, 2012

Pasta alla Cheeca

Happy Friday everyone.  I am working on my crazy house/daycare stuff because I only have 12 more days before I am rocking and rolling again.  All the teachers go back August 2nd.  When I have a lot to do, I rely on a few dishes that don't require much effort, but, have great flavor.  This one delivers.  You start it in the morning and let it sit on your counter all day.  Here it is:

What you will need:  Fresh tomato (4 or 5), fresh basil (about 1 cup torn), fresh garlic (4 cloves), 1t. Italian seasoning, 1/4 t. red pepper flakes, salt, and, 1/3 c. olive oil.

Smash your garlic cloves with the back of your knife.

It makes it easy to peel.

After washing your tomatoes and basil.

Peeling your smashed garlic -- leave it whole in the bowl.  It will be raw and very strong, it will also be easy to pick out and/or eat.

Rip your tomatoes into bite size pieces,

tear your basil, add spices and salt (to your taste).

Add olive oil and mix.

Cover with plastic wrap and leave on your counter all day.

I put my chicken on the grill and boiled some pasta.

Add hot pasta, adjust salt and add Parmesan.

It goes so nice with grilled chicken that marinated in Italian dressing all day.

Fast food for busy days.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Kitchen Drawer No. 1

I have a tune in my head -- Here we go again............................  I don't understand how things can get so messy after I spend so much time organizing it -- oh, I have kids.  Remember this from last summer's organization marathon?  

This is my cooking utensil drawer, I really did love the baskets.  They were pretty for about one week.

This is what it looked/looks like after my husband violently nicely took the baskets out (the drawer got stuck at least a hundred times)... 

This is what was left of those baskets (what's up with that fishy cracker)??!!  I did take everything out and wipe the drawer down.  I put a few things away that didn't belong and wait - breaking news.

My daughter ran in saying this is awesome and unheard of.  A three colored Sour Worm.  I couldn't let you miss out and just hear it on the news, because this is one of a kind - he he.

Now back to my drawer, AWE that is better.  I am going back to the basics.  Do you see that cute little wooden divider tray?  I got it for $1.99 at Saver's.  Who would get rid of that?  I truly hope they aren't using baskets?????!!!!!!!

Happy Organizing!