Thursday, March 31, 2011
Alright so here's the down and dirty. This is a messy project but it's mildly quick, pretty cheap compared to buying one at the store, and if you're good at it you can make one for every season...eliminating the chance of an embarrassing encounter with the neighbors!
(2) Grapevine Wreaths $3.99 a piece.....$8.00
(20) Varying Strands of flowers from Michaels - Hopefully 50% off like I got them..... $26.00
(1) Super cute bird with feather tail....$2.99
Green Floral Wire......$1.99
Hot Glue & Gun (optional)
So for around $40.00 you can make this wreath on your own and save yourself from spending a ton on a pre-made wreath that's only half as cute from the craft store! Let's get started.
After taking this image I felt like it was almost finished but it needed just a bit more green in the center where the white tulip juts out and the orange berries are a bit overwhelming.
Monday, March 28, 2011
One of my weekend projects was to make a dessert. I finished my wreath as well and I'll post that later this week, but let's get to the sweet stuff! My friend gave me this recipe about a year ago and it is about the easiest thing I've ever made and it tastes great! People always ask for the recipe wherever I take it so here ya go.
The nice thing about this version is it doesn't use butter or cream cheese like other recipes online do, so there is a TON less fat! Let's get started.
Glass Container to layer dessert in
(1) package of Oreo cookies
(1) container of Light Coolwhip
(2) packages Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
3.5 cups of Skim Milk
And food coloring is optional
Dump (2) packages of instant pudding mix into bowl, add 3.5 cups of skim milk and stir with whisk till mixed. Set aside for 5 minutes to allow the pudding to set up.
While the pudding is setting up, put the Light coolwhip in the microwave to thaw it out. When thawed, dump the entire container of coolwhip into the pudding and mix with a spatula until well blended.
Check out the pics below of my artsy green and black dessert, the whole thing only has around 10 grams of fat if you take out the oreos! Try this recipe and substitute fruit layers like strawberries or lowfat vanilla wafers to make it a healthy snack! For more ideas of healthy cooking, and how to save while you shop visit my sister's blog @ wlstrusttheprocess.blogspot.com . Check back later this week for my Spring flower wreath project I did this past weekend!
Friday, March 25, 2011
Alright guys, this week is a milestone for me, two posts in one week - wow. I'm really getting on my craft game now that it's turning into spring outside. This project is one of the easiest I've ever done, so if you don't have a crafty bone in your body...you too can complete this one! It's simple and for me it was virtually free. The whole project start to finish took about 1 hour. So go clean out your fridge and let's get started!
1.) Cleaned glass jars, Pickle jar, salsa, jar, and pasta sauce jar - Free from the frigdge.
2.) Food Coloring, I'd recommend using NON NEON colors as mine were a bit bright for my liking.
3.) Sponge Brushes
4.) Tub to mix glue with food coloring
5.) Mod Podge
6.) Flowers (I got mine from Sam's)
Total Cost for the whole project - $10.00 flowers at Sam's was it I had all the rest!
Repeat this easy process with all of the jars you wish to paint. Let them dry for about 2 hours and your project is almost finished!
I cut the stems of each flower at varying lengths to give the jars some height and made sure to blend the colors so each jar had a good assortment of beautiful flowers.
Make sure to check my blog next week - I'll be making a spring wreath over the weekend. Michael's had a 50% off sale on grape vine wreaths and assorted flowers so of course you know I bought a cart full! Seriously though the wreaths they try to sell at the craft stores always look really tacky in my opinion and you better bet I can make one for less than $60-$80 dollars! Enjoy the finished project Trash to Treasure, Easter Flower Display below!