We started out with this old door that was brown on the bottom (as you can see) and this bright robin’s-egg-blue on the top. I liked the blue but it was a little too strong for my taste. We started out by going to Lowe’s and getting four legs which I think were about $18 a piece. (Sort of expensive) and the hardware to attach them to the table. We made the whole thing so that we could take it all apart if we needed to. (We move a lot). The legs literally screw into the top of the table. After that we realized that the table was still pretty wobbly so we decided to buy some boards to encase the whole thing in. Then we had to buy various brackets to stabilize the whole thing. Some of the brackets hooked to the actual door and the others hooked the boards to the legs. (Although the whole thing can still be taken apart pretty easily, and was way less wobbly).
We really want to use it for our kitchen table but we need to still get a glass top for it. Generally if you get a really thick glass top it is pretty much unbreakable and un-scratchable and is easy to clean! We aren’t really using it for much right now because I don’t want to ruin all of my husband’s hard work. Here is the final product!
Alright, it’s time for real talk. I am not crafty. Well that’s what I’ve been telling myself for 21 years. After every project I’ve done, it has turned out to look like a Kindergarten level finger painting that wouldn’t even make it on the fridge. Therefore I have kept a far distance from things like sewing machines, glue, and paint. However, times are changin! I decided to turn a new leaf and make myself a more crafty person…plus the house I just moved into needs some major help.
I whipped this up in 15 minutes when I was in a rush and needed a quick dinner on a school night. I made the pesto while the pasta was cooking and had an awesome dinner in no time.
Basically everyone in the crafting world has heard of/already made these darling little magnets but I am going to show you how to make them for all you crafting-virgins out there. You start off with your clear crystal…thingys. You can get them at a crafting store for like 3 dollars for a bag of about thirty or you can get real crystals with healing powers at your local metaphysical crystal store for 50 dollars. (But you will have dual functioning magnets, well worth the extra cost.)
Next find some pictures that you want in the back of your magnets. I wanted to make “bird” themed ones because it seemed like the cool thing to do at the time. Now I have all these dang birds on my fridge and I don’t know what to do with them. But anyway, the easiest way to do this is to not stress over it, Google some images you want, and copy and paste them into a word document. Don’t worry about not getting them the exact right size just eyeball it. One cool thing you can do with these is to put numbers on the backs and use them on your white-board/chalk-board calendars. Like at this site. Or put sayings in them as a thank you or put your own personal photos in.
Hint: I wouldn’t suggest cutting them all out in perfect circles because the stones are not perfect. I actually traced each stone over my picture before cutting it out so that it fit the stone perfectly. Also, they are not all the same width or size.
Next take some Mod podge (glue of the Gods) and paste it to the back of the stone. (Doing a layer over and under the picture). Make sure that you are putting your picture face down (so you can see it through the glass) and also on the flat part of the stone. This magnifies your image and also, its darn hard to glue a flat magnet to a non-flat surface. Possible, but hard.
Lastly, take your handy dandy hot glue gun and glue your magnets to your stones (after they have dried completely. Also, make sure that your magnets can actually hold up the weight of your crystals because well…been there done that and it makes you feel like you just wasted craft material…which you did. So, watch out! Here is what mine turned out like after several trial periods.
I love fresh cinnamon rolls right out of the oven. It has been a family tradition every Thanksgiving to eat cinnamon rolls for breakfast. We typically invite a bunch of friends over to play mud football, and my mom would make cinnamon rolls for us to enjoy after the game.
|Here we are last Thanksgiving, ready for some Sin Rolls.|
I couldn’t wait another 3ish months for Thanksgiving to roll around, so I made some of my own.
Recipe Source: All Recipes, Cinnamon Rolls II Recipe
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup white sugar / brown sugar mix
- 1/3 cup raisins (optional)
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1/8 – 1/4 cup cream cheese
- 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
(These are estimates. I made the cream cheese frosting without a recipe.)
- In bowl, heat 1/2 cup milk, water, and 2 tablespoons butter until warm (microwave works). Place milk mixture, salt, flour, yeast, sugar, and eggs in the pan of the bread machine in the order suggested by the manufacturer. (My bread machine calls for all the liquid on the bottom, the dry stuff on top, and then yeast sprinkled on last.) Select the Dough cycle. Press Start.
- Once dough cycle is complete, remove the dough from the bread machine and punch down. On a floured surface, roll into a large rectangle. Spread with the softened butter. Combine the cinnamon and 1/3 cup sugar. Sprinkle over the rectangle.
- Roll the dough up into a log starting at the long side. Cut into 12 slices (using floss works really well). Place the rolls into a 9×13-inch greased baking pan. Cover, and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 30 minutes.
- Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Combine the confectioners’ sugar, 1.5 tablespoons melted butter, vanilla extract, and 1.5 tablespoons milk into a thick frosting; set aside.
- Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden, 18 minutes. Remove and allow to cool 10 minutes. Spread frosting over baked rolls and enjoy.
The last two months I was home working to make some money so I can afford to eat while at college. It’s really my main motivation to work…so I can eat well. I love eating/cooking and I refuse to have the college student diet of top ramen and hamburger helper every night. (Quick confession-Every once in a while I totally crave Top Ramen. It reminds me of happy childhood memories with Jenna haha) Ok ok so back to the strawberries. These are one of my favorite things to get while I’m home because they are the BEST. DANG. STRAWBERRIES on the planet. I’m not kidding you they taste like candy! So I discovered that they will sell you the over ripe ones (“Jam Berries”) for a crazy cheap price considering the fact that most of them are still in really good shape. That huge box only cost me $5! With this entire box I was able to make:
- I’ve never made fruit leather before and have always wanted to try.
- It’s a sweet fruit snack that my brother (who has type 1 diabetes) can have without feeling guilty.
- They’re so so much cheaper and healthier to make than the store bought versions.
I made a larger batch and then made them on two baking sheets so you can easily cut this recipe in half and bake it on one sheet.