Summer Fresh Salad

Summer Salad

I know its January but I was craving some freshness and color. So I attempted my first “jar salad.” It worked out pretty great for lunch at work. The salad consists of:

Spring Green Mix

Strawberries

Cucumbers

Radishes

Mozzarella Cheese

Shrimp cooked in butter, lemon juice and dijon mustard

Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing

Craft Project: Dreamcatcher

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The first project I created this year is a dreamcatcher. Here’s how you can create your own!

-Metal ring (the size is up to you. I used one that measured 10 inches)

-Scissors

-Glue, this is to help seal the knots so it doesn’t come undone and beads. I used a hot glue gun but another good idea is superglue. Whichever glue you use, you want it to dry fast and be clear.

-String (This is for the webbing on the inside of the ring and the bottom hanging part; you can choose any color you like)

-Beads

-Feathers

-Suede Lacing (Enough to tightly wrap around the metal ring)

-If you want extra things hanging on the bottom, good ideas are: lace, shells, string, beads, etc.

Directions:

1) First, get all of your materials ready. Then, begin wrapping the ring with the suede lacing.

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Screen shot 2015-01-17 at 4.16.00 PM2) Wrap the string around the ring as shown. The best way I can describe it is: “under-over-under-over”. You definitely do not want it as loose as the diagram, that is just to help show you how. You want to have the string a little tighter/closer to the edge of the ring.

3) Continue to wrap the string the same exact way. You are going to do this the entire time until you get to the center.IMG_9819

4) Using a piece of suede lacing, create a ‘hanger’ on the top of the dream catcher. This will go over the same place where you glued the ends of the suede lacing that you used for the metal ring.

5) Now add the hangings for the bottom of the dream catcher!

Game Day Poppers

This past weekend I had people over to watch the Cowboys v. Packers game (and Packers won!). But we had a variety of snacks. Here’s the recipe for the Jalapeño (and other peppers) Poppers!

IMG_2761Step One:

Chop off the ends and take all of the seeds out of the peppers. Then cut them in halves.

Step Two:

Fry up some bacon.

You can either cut up the bacon and mix into the filling or wrap the bacon around the peppers. We didn’t have tooth picks so we put it into the mix.

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Create your filling. 1 Package of cream cheese, some parmesan cheese (to your preference), cilantro (to your preference) and the bacon bits. Mix all together well

IMG_2770Step Four:

Fill your peppers with your mixture (and wrap with bacon if not mixed into cream cheese).

Step Five:

Bake them in the oven at 400* F for about 15 min or until the cream cheese starts to brown.

Step 6:

Enjoy and Go Pack Go!