Monday, July 30, 2012

Easy Stir Fry

This is a simple recipe I make frequently when I am working at home.  It's really good and comes together quickly.  Our squash vines have just started to really produce some vegetables, so I will be making this more in the coming weeks.

1 zucchini
1 squash
1 cup of brown rice
Olive oil
1 or 2 eggs

Put a frying pan on the stove and heat at medium heat.  Dice up zucchini and squash.

Put a little olive oil in the pan and place diced vegetables in.  Sprinkle with pepper to taste, I like a lot of pepper.  Cook vegetables until tender, I like mine a little brown.

While the vegetables are cooking, cook brown rice in microwave and prepare the eggs.

When vegetables are done cooking, push them to the sides of the pan.  Pour a little olive oil in the center and pour eggs on top.  Let the eggs set until fried and then cut them up with a wooden spoon and mix in with vegetables.  This takes patience to let them cook long enough.

Dump the rice in and mix together.  I also usually add a little soy sauce here as well.

Enjoy!  You can also add in other vegetables like carrots or mushrooms.  I have also put chicken in when making this for my husband.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Simple Rag Wreath

I'm always looking for something to do with all the scraps of material I have, so I decided to give a rag wreath a try.  B (my 7 year old) made this whole wreath by herself.

scrap material
wreath (dollar store)

Start by cutting and ripping the material in strips.  Ours were about 2 inches wide by maybe 12 inches long.  Just make sure the length is long enough to go around your wreath and tie in a knot.

Once you have all your strips, just start tying them in knots around the wreath.

And keep going....

As you go, keep pushing the ties closer together.  I think the more pieces you can get on the wreath, the better it will turn out.

We hung the wreath on the bedroom door to B's room, it goes great with her letter 'B' (from Target dollar spot).

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Strawberry Teacher Gift

Today is MK's last day at her daycare.  It is bittersweet, but after a few weeks of vacation, she will start pre-K at B's school where we live. 

I made this going away gift for her teacher, she is one of our favorites and has taught both of my daughters. I originally saw this idea on Inspiring Pretty's blog. 

Here's what you need:
Strawberry scented lotions, etc.
container or bowl
red 'filler'
plastic wrap

I started by making two felt strawberries.  I downloaded the pattern from Lit'l Brown Bird's website.  These turned out so cute and are super easy to make.

Using the pattern cut the red and green felt accordingly.  Then sewed 'seeds' on the red cut-outs.

Next sew up the straight side of the berry, stuff and sew around the top, pulling and gathering the top closed.

Then sew the little green top on top!

I knew I wanted to connect my two berries, so when I finished sewing the green top on the first one, I pulled the needle through the middle of the top.

After sewing the bottom red part of the second berry, I sewed the top on using the green string from the first berry.

Next I assembled everything in the bowl and put the 'filler' around the edge.  I used some extra red potpourri I already had on hand.  

Tape the card to the top of the pencil.  The card says 'We couldn't have picked a better teacher than you!'  I just made it on my computer and glued it to some red card stock.  Wrap the plastic wrap around the bowl and gather at the top.  Stick the pencil in the center.

Tie the ribbon around, tying the strawberries on and that's it, all done!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Mason Jar Monday - Doily Mason Jar

In May, I did a whole series on crafts using Mason jars.  You can see the posts here, here, here and here.  I decided I'd try painting with doilies on Mason jars to see how it turned out!

Mason jars
glass paint
sponge brushes
masking tape

I started by cutting a couple doilies in half.

Using masking tape, I taped them to the jar.

Then I just started painting.  It's important to not put too much paint at once, just a little at a time.  I did about 3 layers of paint on these.

Then I carefully pealed off the doilies, I didn't even wait until the paint was completely dry.

I then added another doily to the top part of the jar and painted it as well.

The doilies make very interesting patterns and designs.  My daughters think the yellow ones painted on the bottom look like princess crowns...of course!!

I think these would look really nice as a center piece with wild flowers in them.