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21  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites - Party Food Appetizer on: February 04, 2014 06:10:15 AM
We made these for our family superbowl party & they were epic...so good I just have to share with y'all!

2-3 lbs. boneless/skinless chicken breast
1 lb. thick cut bacon
1 cup brown sugar
one packet chili seasoning
1/2 tsp. cloves

Preheat oven to 350

Prepare a tray to bake on. I used a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil & placed a rack on the top & sprayed it with a non stick cooking spray.

Cut the bacon strips into thirds.
Cut the chicken into one inch cubes/pieces
Mix the brown sugar, cloves, & about half of the chili seasoning together in a plastic bag for dredging the chicken.

Completely coat the chicken with the brown sugar spice mix.

Wrap bacon around the chicken & secure with a toothpick.

Place the pieces on the prepared tray.

Bake for about 35 minutes. You can rotate the pieces halfway through baking to crisp up both sides.

22  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sharpie Tie Dye Unicorn T-Shirt on: January 03, 2014 07:59:36 PM
The original post that inspired me: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=327588.0#axzz2pOF0kWso

I've been wanting to make my little girl a unicorn shirt using this method ever since I first saw the original post.

Here is a tutorial of how I did it.  Smiley

You'll need:
Sharpie pens in any colors you'd like
rubbing alcohol
a t shirt or fabric
sponge brush or watercolor brushes... I used some of my kids' brushes.
a frame of sorts to stretch your fabric so that it doesn't lay flat against any surface.

First I stretched the shirt over a plastic tote lid, so that the shirt itself was raised a bit & not resting flat against the plastic. I figured this would help keep the colors from running where I didn't want them to run. I think if you're doing a small area, an embroidery hoop or q-snap type of frame would work well too.

Next, draw your design on your fabric lightly. The colors are all going to go crazy & bleed into one another, so you don't have to be precise.  Wink

Note: This is what the ink looks like before and after you brush on a little rubbing alcohol.

Then loosely color it in leaving white spaces in between your lines to avoid it getting too muddy looking.

Next, you brush on the rubbing alcohol all over the areas you want the color to explode & run together. Note that it's sometimes going to go where you don't expect it to... as Bob Ross would say, these are happy accidents. Especially on a kiddo's unicorn shirt!  Wink

You can add more color & rubbing alcohol as needed to get your desired effect. I did more linework & shading here...

Finally, you'll want to heat set your sharpie ink before you wash your shirt. I let it dry completely & ironed it.

My little girl loved it! I hope you find yourself inspired to try this method & come up with your own fun designs! Smiley

23  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Yuki the Magic Bunny - Christmas Photo Fun on: December 13, 2013 05:53:26 AM
I've been taking fun photos of my bunny over the past couple years & most recently had some fun photographing her for the holiday season. She is usually very agreeable in doing these little photo shoots & is rewarded with a bit of oatmeal & lots of pats when we're done. She's a very pampered house bunny.  Grin

24  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Monkey-Nog Milkshake Recipe on: December 08, 2013 06:19:47 PM

1 cup milk
2 small bananas or 1 large banana
1/2 cup egg nog
1 cup vanilla ice cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
optional - sprinkle in some nutmeg to taste

Blend & enjoy! *giggity*

I was in the mood for a milkshake, but being so close to the holidays & having egg nog on hand, I thought I'd make it festive. I wanted to add more nutrition, so then I put in a couple of bananas & came up with this epic monkey-nog shake! It was so good!

25  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Skylanders Swap Force Jack o' Lantern - Wash Buckler - Pumpkin Carving on: October 28, 2013 10:52:16 AM
We finally picked out our pumpkins this weekend & the kids had definite ideas of what they wanted to carve. My daughter went with a traditional pumpkin face, but my boy who always has to do something different wanted to carve one of the skylanders swap force characters. He did a sketch & I translated it into a doable jack o' lantern pattern.

Here is Wash Buckler!  Smiley

My boy had fun doing the messy job...cleaning out the pumpkin. We're saving the seeds for toasting & some for planting next year.

I drew the pattern on the pumpkin in sharpie marker.

Detail of pattern...

Once the face was carved, I cleaned off the sharpie marker with a paper towel soaked in bleach...it rubs the black marker right off. 

We put a little battery powered lantern light inside to really make it glow since it was such a large pumpkin... 37 lbs!

This is what we used as reference for the skylanders swap force character.

This was my babygirl's more traditional design. Wink

Happy Halloween!
26  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Bacon Soap Recipe Anyone? on: August 09, 2013 09:55:41 AM
Hey there! I thought this would be the appropriate place to ask... does anyone know of a good reliable cp soap recipe that uses bacon fat? My father in law is a bacon addict & I'd love to make him some soap for Christmas using real bacony ingredients.  Wink
27  COOKING / Dessert / Easy Peasy Recipe - Ohio Buckeyes - Peanut Butter Balls Dipped in Chocolate... on: August 05, 2013 11:32:33 AM
Easy Peasy Recipe - Ohio Buckeyes - Peanut Butter Balls Dipped in Chocolate... oh yeah baby!!!

The other day I made buckeyes with my boy. Buckeyes are essentially peanut butter balls dipped in a chocolate coating & they're so fun & easy to make, I thought I'd share this recipe with you. This confection gets its name from its resemblance to the nut from the buckeye tree. If you're that curious...see here: http://www.ohio-nature.com/buckeye-tree.html

Peanut Butter Balls:

1 1/2 C. Peanut Butter - smooth
1/2 C. butter
1 lb. confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
1 Tbsp. Vanilla

Soften the butter & add peanut butter. Mix in vanilla & then add the sugar. If dough does not easily roll into balls, then add a bit more peanut butter. Roll into balls 1 - 1.5" in size.

Chocolate Coating:

1/2 bar of parafin wax
1 12 oz. package of chocolate chips...either milk chocolate or semi sweet chips...your preference.

Melt together in double boiler.

Use a toothpick to dip the peanut butter balls into the chocolate coating & leave the top uncovered to resemble a buckeye.

Enjoy & please share your results if you try them!  Wink

28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My Crafty Boy's First Sewing Project - Pac Man Ghost on: July 27, 2013 10:39:06 AM
So my boy had a plan & he asked for my help.

He spent a long time thinking about his project & mapping out his plans in his sketchbook.  Smiley

I helped him make a simple pattern, cut out the pieces & did the main sewing on the machine.

He managed the entire project & made sure the eyes were just the way he wanted them.

He then stuffed the ghost & I taught him how to 'patch up' the hole.

He was pretty happy with it when we were done, however he would like me to help him make 'all the ghosts' now.  Cheesy

29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Crafting a Gift for Teacher...by the kids! on: May 22, 2013 10:27:31 AM

My daughter wanted to give her teacher something special since its her last day of school today.

Luckily I had one of those photo totes that you can find at hobby lobby or Michaels & printed out a couple of photos of the class & my girl with the teacher.
My daughter made some mini masterpieces to fill up the other photo areas to have her teacher remember her by. This was quick & easy & worked with our budget!  Wink


30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shrink Plastic Charm Necklace Collaboration with My Daughter on: May 02, 2013 07:50:19 AM
My little girl wanted to do an activity, so I drew some animals...at her request on a sheet of frosted rough & ready shrink plastic.
The finished piece...I just punched holes in the plastic before shrinking it & then we added jumprings & strung & knotted them onto a satin rainbow cord.

Coloring work in progress...

She was so tickled to wear it to school today & wants to make one for her friends.

For an awesome how to video on working with shrink plastic... check out this one here on craftster!  Wink
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