Monthly Archives: October 2017

  • Easy to Make Summer Recipes

    By Grace Bonney, Design*Sponge
    & Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul
    Easy To Make Summer Recipes Main Image

    The only thing better than cooking and eating delicious food, is cooking and eating delicious food with friends! And in the summer there’s always plenty of fresh produce available, along with heaps of vibrant colors and flavors that pop and sing. Kick-off longer days with these bright and spicy flavors. All of the recipes are easy, approachable and impressive for guests.

    Thai Iced Tea Project Image Desktop Thai Iced Tea Project Image Mobile

    Instructions For Thai Iced Tea Serves 10

    Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons Black tea
    • 2 Cinnamon sticks
    • 20 Cardamom pods
    • 12 Whole cloves
    • 10 cups Water
    • 4-8 tablespoons Sugar
    • Half & half to taste

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Brew the tea with the spices for 5 minutes and strain into a pitcher.
    2. Start by adding sugar a little at a time until you think it’s sweet enough. Allow it to cool completely.
    3. Fill glasses with ice. Pour in the tea and add about 4 tablespoons of half and half in each glass. Stir and serve.
    Flower Pot Bread Image Desktop Flower Pot Bread

    Instructions For Flower Pot Bread Makes four mini loaves

    Ingredients

    • 4 Flower pots, 4.25 inch
    • 1 ½ tablespoons Dry active yeast
    • 2 tablespoons Honey
    • ½ cup + 1 cup Warm water
    • 3 ½ cups All purpose flour
    • 3 tablespoons Olive oil +more for pots
    • 2 teaspoons Salt

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Soak flower pots in water for at least one hour.
    2. Heat the oven to 400°F.
    3. Mix yeast, honey and ½ cup warm water in a large bowl, and let it sit for 5 minutes. It should be frothy after 5 minutes. If not, the yeast is dead and you have to start over.
    4. Add the rest of the water and flour, oil and salt, and mix until you have a smooth dough.
    5. Cover the bowl with plastic and let it rise until it doubles in size, about 40 minutes.
    6. Fill each pot with some dough, about ¾ full.
    7. Bake until golden for about 20 minutes.
    8. Cool on a wire rack, and serve with cilantro dipping oil (recipe below).

    Instructions For CILANTRO DIPPING OIL Makes 1 cup

    INGREDIENTS

    • ½ bunch Cilantro
    • 2 Garlic cloves, chopped
    • 1 cup Olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons Lemon juice
    • Salt to taste

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Place cilantro, garlic, oil and lemon in a blender and blend until smooth.
    2. Season with salt. and serve with freshly baked bread (recipe above).
    Cold Noodle Salad with Spicy Almond Butter Dressing Image Desktop Cold Noodle Salad with Spicy Almond Butter Dressing Image Mobile

    Instructions For COLD NOODLE SALAD WITH SPICY ALMOND BUTTER DRESSING

    INGREDIENTS

    • 2 bundles Soda noodles
    • ⅓ cup Almond butter
    • ¼ cup Rice vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon Soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon Chili sauce
    • 1 teaspoon Fish sauce
    • 1-2 tablespoons Brown sugar
    • ½ teaspoon Black sesame seeds
    • 1 Carrot, shredded
    • 1 cup Cooked edamame
    • Cilantro
    • Lime wedges
    • Red chili flakes

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Cook soba noodles according to package directions and allow to cool completely.
    2. For the sauce, combine almond butter, vinegar, soy sauce, chili sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar and sesame seeds in a bowl and stir until well mixed.
    3. Add the noodles, carrots and edamame, give it a light stir and serve with cilantro, lime and a pinch of red chili flakes.
    BÁNH MÌ Chicken Version Image Desktop BÁNH MÌ Chicken Version Image Mobile

    Instructions For BÁNH MÌ

    INGREDIENTS

    CHICKEN VERSION

    • 3 cups Shredded chicken
    • 2 Baguettes, cut into 3 inch pieces and then sliced open
    • 6 tablespoons Mayonnaise
    • 3 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
    • Boston Lettuce
    • 2 Shredded carrots
    • 1 Shredded cucumber
    • ½ teaspoon Black sesame seeds
    • 1 Carrot, shredded
    • 1 Shredded cucumber
    • Salt to taste
    • Red chili flakes
    • Lime

    INSTRUCTIONS

    CHICKEN VERSION

    1. Stir together mayonnaise and Sriracha sauce in a small bowl. Spread it on both sides of the baguette.
    2. Add lettuce, chicken, carrot, cucumber, salt to taste and chili, and finish with a little lemon juice.
    3. Place the top piece of baguette and serve.

    INGREDIENTS

    VEGETARIAN RUTABAGA VERSION

    • 10 slices of Rutabaga (about 4x2)
    • Olive oil for cooking
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 2 Baguettes, cut into 3 inch pieces and then sliced open
    • 6 tablespoons Mayonnaise
    • 3 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
    • Boston Lettuce
    • 2 Shredded Carrots
    • 1 Shredded Cucumber
    • 1 Shredded cucumber
    • Salt to taste
    • Red chili flakes
    • Lime

    INSTRUCTIONS

    VEGETARIAN RUTABAGA VERSION

    1. Heat the oil in a pan and cook the rutabaga until golden on each side. Season with salt, pepper and chili.
    2. Stir together mayonnaise and Sriracha sauce in a small bowl, and spread on both sides of the baguette.
    3. Add lettuce, rutabaga, carrot, cucumber, salt to taste and chili, and finish with a little lemon juice.
    4. Place the top piece of baguette and serve.
    Rice Pudding with Mango Image Desktop Rice Pudding with Mango Image Mobile

    Instructions For Rice Pudding with Mango

    INGREDIENTS

    Serves 6

    • 1 can Unsweetened coconut milk
    • 2 cups Whole milk
    • 1 ⅓ cup of White basmati rice
    • ⅓ cup Sugar
    • 2 Mangoes, peeled and chopped
    • 1 Lime, zest and juice
    • 1 tablespoon Sugar
    • Mint for garnish

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Heat the coconut milk and whole milk until they are just below a boil.
    2. Add the basmati rice and keep at a low simmer, stirring frequently until the pudding has thickened and the rice is tender, about 25 minutes.
    3. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. Let it cool to room temperature and chill in the refrigerator at least 4 hours.
    4. Just before you’re ready to serve place the mangoes, lime zest, lime juice and sugar in a mixing bowl. Give it all a stir, and let sit 10-15 minutes.
    5. Serve the chilled coconut pudding in individual jars with a healthy spoonful of mangoes on top and a sprig of mint.
  • I heart french toast casserole

    I Heart French Toast Casserole

    Valentine's Day was one of my favorite holidays when I was a boy growing up in Oslo, Norway. I remember one year - I must have been 8 or 9 years old - I really went all out. I had coordinated a really fantastic all-red outfit and was all set to be the KING of Valentine's Day in my school! However, Mother Nature had another thing in mind… on the night of February 13th there was a terrible snowstorm!

    I remember waking up on Valentine's Day morning, seeing the whiteout conditions and fending off tears. I went downstairs and found my Mormor (Norwegian for grandmother) standing at the ironing board pressing my red outfit. I asked her "Why?" She just handed me the outfit and told me to get dressed.

    Once I was all decked out in my red outfit I walked into the kitchen and found my grandmother with her French Toast Casserole steaming on the table. She had cut the bread into the shapes of hearts just for me! We had the most wonderful Valentine's Day together that year!

    INGREDIENTS

    • 20 slices of good quality white bread (day old works great)
    • 1 ½ cup whole milk
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • pinch of salt
    • VARIATION: To make this into a savory casserole, simply omit the vanilla, and sprinkle the casserole with grated cheese, crumbled bacon, and chives!

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • You can customize your French Toast Casserole by using different shaped cookie cutters.
    • Why not try stars for a superstar mom or dad when Mother's Day and Father's Day come around?
  • Love Night Light

    Love Night Light

    This customizable craft is fun for the whole family. Just take simple oven-bake clay and punch out a note or a name to light up the night.

    Materials & Tools

    • Oven-bake clay
    • Precision knife or clay tools
    • Rolling pin
    • Large cookie cutter (optional)
    • Small night light
    • Hot glue gun
    • Aluminum foil

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Cut the clay into a different shape, carve a different word or design into the surface, or use glaze to change the finish or color of the clay. The possibilities are endless.
  • Mason Jar Caddy

    Mason Jar Caddy

    Yes, we’ve found another adorable way to use Mason jars! This handy caddy is easy to make and can store all kinds of things. We filled ours with arts and crafts supplies, but the options are endless. Wouldn’t your junk drawer look nice and tidy organized in jars instead?

    Materials & Tools

    • Large piece of wood
    • 4 Mason jars in various sizes
    • Roll of copper flashing with holes
    • 16 wood screws with wide heads
    • 4 nails
    • Heavy metal snips
    • Screwdriver
    • Hammer

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • There are tons of different Mason jar lids that you can screw onto the top of each jar, from shakers to liquid pump dispensers.
    • Make sure to use wide-mouth jars if you’ll need to put your hand all the way inside.
  • Pan Roasted Radishes

    Pan Roasted Radishes Pan Roasted Radishes

    By Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Pan Roasted Radishes

    Summer’s in the air and radishes are in the dirt. Pull a few out of the garden and add a pop of color to your side dish, salad or snack with this tasty recipe from Sweet Paul + Mrs. Meyer’s Magazine.

    Pan Roasted Radishes Pan Roasted Radishes

    Instructions For Pan Roasted Radishes

    Ingredients

    • 2 bunches of radishes
    • 2 tbsp. olive oil
    • 1 tbsp. pine nuts
    • 8 sage leaves
    • salt and pepper
    • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan

    MATERIALS & TOOLS

    • Cooking pan
    • Cooking spoon

    Instructions

    1. Wash and dry your herbs.
    2. Clean off your radishes and cut them in half.
    3. Grab your oil and heat it in a pan. Then, add radishes, pine nuts and sage.
    4. Cook until the radishes begin to soften, but still have a bit of a crunch.
    5. Season with salt and pepper.
    6. Remove from heat and sprinkle on your parmesan.
    7. Grab a few plates and dig in.
    8. Tips for Inspiration

      • Trade table salt for sea salt for a little something extra.
      • Pair with meat or fish for one rounded and colorful meal.
  • Rope Lamp

    Rope Lamp

    Update an old lamp or add a personal touch to a new one with this easy DIY project. You won’t need much more than rope and hot glue to turn an ordinary lamp into your very own creation. Don’t have a lamp to use? Look for old chandeliers at flea markets or vintage stores, or choose any ordinary new one as your starting point.

    Materials & Tools

    • Chandelier or hanging lamp
    • 100% cotton rope (example used 60 feet of ¾-inch thick rope)
    • Fabric dye
    • Scissors
    • Tape
    • Hot glue gun
    • 2-foot x 4-inch piece of cotton fabric

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Create an interesting pattern by alternating rope colors or introducing several colors of rope into your chandelier.
    • For safety, keep the rope a safe distance away from any light bulbs.
  • Tin Can Herb Planters

    Tin Can Herb Planters

    Reroute your tin cans from the recycling bin and upcycle them instead! You’ll channel your inner artist as you use seed packets to transform those cans into pretty planters for fresh herbs.

    Materials & Tools

    • Tin cans
    • Herb plants
    • Seed packets
    • Decoupage matte adhesive
    • Precision knife
    • Popsicle sticks
    • Paint
    • Marker 
    • Paintbrush
    • Potting soil
    • Nail
    • Hammer

    Instructions

  • Upcycled Storage DIYs

    Upcycled Storage DIY Upcycled Storage DIY Title Image

    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Upcycled Storage Diys

    Upcycling is a great way to bring otherwise forgotten objects back to life. And we love making something old new again. So, if you’re not recycling our containers, why not upcycle them? Check-out nifty how-tos from china squirrel and Sweet Paul magazine here.

    Storage Jars Storage Jars

    Instructions For Fabric Covered Laundry Storage

    Supplies

    • Various sizes of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® containers
    • Heavy scissors
    • Fabric
    • Matte finish découpage glue/sealer
    • Paint brush

    How to Make this Project

    1. Peel the labels off the tops. Use scissors to cut off the top of each plastic bottle to make a simple canister shape.
    2. Use each bottle to measure out a rectangular fabric strip. Make sure the strip is long enough to wrap completely around the bottle leaving about 1" of overlap. Leave about 1" of fabric at the top and bottom of the bottle too.
    3. Paint on a thick coat of découpage glue all around the sides of the bottle.
    4. Roll the fabric around the bottle tightly and put a little extra glue on the fabric at the seam. Allow to dry for about 30 minutes.
    5. Use your scissors and cut the overlap at the top and bottom of the canister into ½" fringe.
    6. Coat the bottom of the canister with glue and fold the fringe onto the bottom tightly. Coat the inside lip of the canister with glue and repeat the folding process with the top fringe. Allow to dry for 30 minutes.
    7. Paint on a nice coat of découpage glue over the entire outside surface of the canister. Allow to dry completely for several hours. It will dry clear and make it look amazing!

    Tips for Inspiration

    Use vintage fabric. The crazier the print the better! You can even look for groovy vintage clothes at the thrift store and cut them up for your fabric.

    Upcycled Storage Diy Step One Upcycled Storage Diy Step One

    Instructions For Storage Jars

    Supplies

    • Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Candle jars
    • Doorknobs
    • Drill
    • Bolt cutters
    • Vintage candleholders
    • Primer
    • Undercoat spray paint
    • Your choice of spray paint for a final coat

    How to Make this Project

    1. After you have used the candle you will need to clean the jars and lids. Start by heating up a pot of water. Once it's good and boiling, put on oven mitts and use a ladle to pour it into your candle jar. Wait a few hours for the water to cool and wax to float to the top of the jar.
    2. Gently remove the wax with a spoon or butter knife. Any remaining wax and labels can be removed with warm, soapy water, a sponge and a little bit of patience. Dry the jars and lids.
    3. Measure the thickness of each doorknob thread, then use a drill to make a hole in the center of each lid.
    4. Use bolt cutters to trim the length of each doorknob.
    5. Make sure the jar lidsand candlesticks are clean and dry then spray paint with a primer or undercoat (follow manufacturer's directions). Allow to dry completely.
    6. Screw the doorknobs into the lids. Use ceramic suitable epoxy glue (follow manufactuer's directions) to glue the base of the jar to the candlestick. Allow to set overnight before using.
  • Laundry Organization

    Laundry Organization

    Who ever said the laundry room had to be boring? Spruce up the place to get it spick and span. Stop thinking of it as a room for chores, and start thinking of it as another joyful room in your beautiful home. Check out these tips to make your laundry room as neat and charming as can be.

    Materials & Tools

    • Shelf space in your laundry room
    • Large baskets for towel storage
    • Bucket for cleaning supplies
    • Glass jars for clothespins and other supplies
    • Ironing board and iron
    • Fresh sponges and washrags
    • Beautiful recipe box for keeping stain removal tips and solutions
    • Mrs. Meyer's Laundry Detergent and Dryer Sheets in Geranium and Lavender

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • We re-covered our ironing board with pretty new fabric long ago—you should too! We recommend a heavy cotton fabric, like duck.
    • Suspend a clothesline from your shelving for extra drying room.
    • We love the homey touches in our laundry room. The clock and houseplant make it a more pleasant room to be in—not just a workspace!
  • Lemon Stamped Table Runner

    Lemon Stamped Table Runner

    The start of summer means outdoor gatherings are in full swing. We’ve all been waiting to spend time with friends and family in the backyard, under a canopy of trees or next to a colorful garden. Informal outdoors entertaining is all about fresh flowers, brightly hued table coverings and delicious food. This easy DIY pays tribute to one of my favorite summertime treats - fresh lemonade. We decided to turn some of our retired sheets and long curtains into bright coverings for our serving tables using a simple stamp technique with lemons.

    Materials & Tools

    • Tablecloth or runner sized fabric; cotton or muslin work best
    • Knife
    • Paper towels
    • Medium sized lemon
    • Fabric paint
    • Foam brushes
    • Paper plates
    • Cardboard, to place under fabric while stamping
    • Iron

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Practice on a piece of scrap fabric first.
    • Once you find the amount of paint and pressure that produces a design you like, move on to your party fabric.
    • Each time you stamp, you will need to reapply the fabric paint to the lemon stamp, to ensure you get a similar design every time you stamp.
  • Pressed Flower Projects

    Pressed Flower Projects Pressed Flower Projects

    by Paul Lowe, of Sweet Paul Pressed Flower Hero

    Before there was Pinterest, or even the Internet for that matter, I used to pin all my best ideas on a giant bulletin board in my room. It’s where all my pictures, notes and cards ended up living for months on end. Though we live in a paperless world, sometimes it’s nice to have a place to store memories that aren’t on a screen. Today, I have my pin board up in my kitchen to hold important reminders, fun pictures and some of my favorite cards. It’s so nice to see those paper memories smiling back at me every morning, and it’s a great place to store important things, like grocery lists.

    Pressed Flowers Pressed Flowers

    Instructions For Pressed Flowers

    Supplies

    • Heavy book
    • Blotting paper or parchment paper
    • Fresh flowers
    • Leaves
    • Fern

    How to Make this Project

    1. Place flowers, leaves or fern face down between two pieces of parchment or blotting paper. Make sure items are spaced out and don’t overlap.
    2. Place everything inside a large heavy book and carefully close the book.
    3. Place extra weight on top of the book using other books or a brick.
    Botanical Wall Art Pressed Flowers

    Instructions For Botanical Wall Art

    Supplies

    • Pressed flowers
    • Art paper
    • Making tape

    How to Make this Project

    1. Arrange pressed flowers and greenery onto pieces of art paper.
    2. Once you find an arrangement you like, tape everything down to the art paper with masking tape.
    3. Arrange art paper on a wall and hang with masking tape.
    Wrapping Paper Pressed Flowers

    Instructions For Wrapping Paper

    Supplies

    • Pressed flowers
    • White paper
    • Craft glue
    • Camera
    • Printer

    How to Make this Project

    1. Arrange pressed flowers and greenery onto a large sheet of paper.
    2. Take a photograph of your arrangement and print it out using a printer.
    3. Use your printer paper to wrap gifts.
    Gift Tags Pressed Flowers

    Instructions For Gift Tags

    Supplies

    • Pressed flowers
    • Cardboard, cut into gift tag-sized rectangles
    • Craft glue
    • Hole puncher
    • Twine

    How to Make this Project

    1. Arrange pressed flowers onto gift tags.
    2. Use craft glue to glue flowers into place.
    3. Make a hole in each card using a hole puncher.
    4. Cut twine and thread through hole in card. Then, attach the gift card to your gift.
  • Lace Doily Bowls

    Lace Doily Bowls

    Make something mod with Grandma’s doilies! If you don’t already have some on hand, doilies are easy to find in thrift shops. And this project turns these old fashioned decorations into something stylish and unexpected!

    Materials & Tools

    • Lace or crocheted doily
    • Glue
    • Water
    • Food coloring
    • Plastic wrap
    • Bowls
    • Table salt

    Instructions

  • Hanging Table

    Hanging Table

    Turn a slab of natural wood into a conversation piece. Unlike any old, run-of-the-mill table, this one is suspended from the ceiling! Inspired by the 20th-century furniture designer George Nakashima, this unexpected surface is simple to assemble and fun to use.

    Materials & Tools

    • Slab of natural wood (example is 3 inches thick x 2½ feet x 3 feet)
    • Drill with a ¾-inch bit
    • 120-grit sandpaper
    • Linseed oil
    • Heavy hook mounted in your ceiling
    • ¾-inch thick nylon or cotton rope
    • Level 

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Be sure to find a ceiling beam or stud to support the weight of the table.
    • Wood slabs can be found at your local lumber store, salvage yard or online.
    • To add a pop of color, use mountain climbing nylon rope, which comes in a variety of bright colors and interesting patterns.
  • Fresh Flower Crown

    FRESH Flower Crown Fresh Flower Crown

    By Paul Lowe, of Sweet Paul Fresh flower crown

    Flowers aren't just for vases anymore, thanks to this DIY. A fresh flower crown is perfect for weddings, homemade gifts or just for sprucing up an outfit. Not to mention, it does wonders for cheering you right up.

    Stick figure with flower crown Stick figure with flower crown

    Instructions For Fresh Flower Crown

    Supplies

    • Dry vine or wire
    • Tape measure or string
    • Fresh flowers
    • Fresh greenery
    • Thin, green floral wire
    • Scissors

    How to make this project

    1. Use a tape measure or piece of string and measure around your head.
    2. Cut floral wire or a dry vine to the length you measured. Then, make the wire or vine into a circle and secure the ends together with a small piece of floral wire.
    3. Wind greenery around 3/4 of the way around the crown. Use tiny pieces of floral wire to keep the greenery in place as you go.
    4. Trim flower stems, leaving a short amount of stem, and attach fresh flowers to the crown with small pieces of floral wire.
    5. Try on your crown or gift it, and then show it off with #MakeAndTell.

    Tips for Inspiration

    • Swap flowers for different types of leaves.

    • Gifting your crown and not sure what the circumference should be? Use pliable twine instead of floral wire. This way, you can easily adjust the size.
  • Cross Stitch Hand Towels

    Cross-stitch Hand Towels

    Plain hand towels are the perfect blank slates for quirky cross-stitches patterns that are just as eye-catching as they are welcoming. Grab some of your favorite yarn and stitch your way to great bathroom accent pieces and even better homemade gifts!

    MATERIALS & TOOLS

    • White hand towels
    • Yarn
    • Yarn darning needle
    • Scissors

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • If you practice beforehand or are comfortable with cross-stitching, make your guest towels a bit more welcoming by creating a cute message like we did!
  • Crated Shelves

    Crated Shelves

    Rather than stacking crates for storage, turn them on their side and into a brightly colored display. Pick colors that will contrast with the contents or let each family member choose a color and curate his or her own shelf.

    Materials & Tools

    • Small to medium-sized wooden boxes (wine crates, small apple crates or wooden box planters will work)
    • Paint
    • Paintbrushes
    • Screws with anchors 
    • Electric drill

    Instructions

  • Color Dipped Bowls

    Color-Dipped Bowls

    Start with plain wood bowls and end with eye-catching accent pieces. They’ll make a great addition to any meal, or can be used throughout your house to organize smaller trinkets. Or keep one for each family member by the door for keys and other personal items.

    Materials & Tools

    • Wooden bowls
    • Paint
    • Paintbrush (optional)
    • Container for dipping bowls into paint 

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Instead of paint, you can use rubber dip (available at hardware stores). It comes in bright colors, and the rubber will keep your bowls from slipping and sliding.
  • Braided Rosemary Bread

    Braided Bread Braided Bread

    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Braided Bread

    Gather round the picnic table and break a few pieces of this oh-so-delicious rosemary bread. This braided loaf is brown and crispy on the outside, soft and warm on the inside and comes straight from the pages of Sweet Paul + Mrs. Meyer’s Magazine.

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    Instructions For Braided Rosemary Bread

    Ingredients

    • 1 tbsp. dry active yeast
    • 2 tbsp. honey
    • 1 cup warm water
    • 3 cups all purpose flour
    • 3 tbsp. olive oil
    • 2 tsp. salt
    • 3 to 4 rosemary stalks
    • Sea salt

    MATERIALS & TOOLS

    • Large bowl
    • Plastic
    • Baking tray
    • Parchment paper
    • Wire rack

    Instructions

    1. Mix yeast, honey and ½ cup warm water in a large bowl. Let it sit for about five minutes until it becomes frothy. If nothing happens, that means your yeast is dead and you’ll need to start all over again.

    2. Add the rest of the water, flour, oil and salt and knead until you have a smooth dough.

    3. Cover the bowl with plastic and wait about 40 minutes or until the dough doubles in size.

    4. Divide the dough into three parts and roll out each part into a long sausage-like shape.

    5. Cover a baking tray with a sheet of parchment paper and put the dough on it.

    6. Press the three parts of the dough together at one end and place the rosemary on top of one part of it.

    7. Braid the other two parts around the rosemary and then press the ends together.

    8. Drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt.

    9. Let the dough rise for 25 minutes.

    10. While you’re waiting, preheat the oven to 400°F.

    11. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

    12. Cool on a wire rack and serve.

    Tips for Inspiration

    • For a spicy kick, dip your bread in chili oil.

    • Experiment baking in other herbs, like basil, thyme, oregano, tarragon and dill.
  • Blanket Ladder

    Blanket Ladder

    Simple storage or artful decor? How about both? Follow these steps to easily transform basic wooden dowels into a ladder that lets you store and display your blankets. And when it’s time to cozy up on the couch, you’ll know just where to find something to snuggle up with.

    Materials & Tools

    • 4 copper pressure tees - diameter 1 inch
    • 8 wooden dowels, 1-inch diameter (example used two 30 inches, four 12 inches, two 6 inches, one 20 inches, one 19 inches, one 18 inches)
    • 4 copper caps, 1-inch diameter
    • 2 rubber floor protectors for feet
    • Wood glue
    • Blankets

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Paint or stain the wood before assembling the ladder, if you want a different look. Or use different metal for the tees and caps.
  • Blanket Chair

    Blanket Chair

    With a plush, new cover, you can turn a simple butterfly chair into just the thing for your reading nook. After upcycling a thrift-store picnic blanket into a chair cover, you just may find yourself fighting over a chance to enjoy this delightfully cozy seat.

    Materials & Tools

    • Butterfly chair
    • Picnic blanket (preferably wool)
    • Scissors
    • Pins
    • Sewing machine

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • The easiest blankets to use are boiled wool, as they don't fray when you cut them.
    • Or use an old quilt for a very charming effect.
    • Check out local flea markets, thrift stores or online.
  • Bamboo Steamer Shelf

    Bamboo Steamer Shelf

    Bamboo steamers aren’t just for dumplings and dim sum. With a few easy steps you can turn this kitchen tool into a nifty little shelf. It’s a great way to organize and display smaller items around your desk or sewing machine. And no one will ever guess its original use!

    Materials & Tools

    • 18-inch bamboo steamer 
    • Drill with 1⁄2 inch bit
    • 3 pieces of pine for shelves (size depends on your desired placement)
    • Wood glue or painter’s masking tape
    • 6 5/8 inch screws
    • Screwdriver
    • Pen
    • 1⁄2 inch cotton or nylon rope

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Make a few steamer shelves in various sizes and hang them together for a beautiful display.
    • Consider painting the pine shelves different colors (before assembly) to add a pop of color.
    • Gold leaf would also add a nice sparkle.
  • Hanging Planter

    Hanging Planter

    Elevate your houseplants with this easy DIY project. You can hang the planter outside or in any room of your house with natural light. This project is a great way to show off your artistic side and your green thumb.

    Materials & Tools

    • Thin nylon or cotton rope/string (at least 40 feet long) 
    • Plant
    • Bowl or planter with holes for drainage
    • Scissors
    • Plant hook (optional)

    Instructions

  • Rhubarb Pie

    Rhubarb Pie Title Rhubarb Pie

    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul

    Rhubarb is not only one of our garden-inspired scents but also, one of our favorite types of pie fillings. Try the classic from Sweet Paul, serve it at your next BBQ and prepare to make plenty of new friends.

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    Instructions For Rhubarb Pie

    Ingredients

    • pie dough or your favorite prepared 9" double pie crusts
    • 1 ¼ cups white sugar
    • pinch of salt
    • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 4 cups chopped rhubarb

    HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

    1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
    2. In large bowl, toss rhubarb with sugar, salt, and flour.
    3. *If using fresh rhubarb, trim ends and cut lengthwise into 3/4" pieces. Remember—only the rhubarb stalk is edible. Be sure to trim the roots and leaves completely, as they are poisonous to humans.

    4. Pour the mixture into pie shell and dot with small pieces of butter.
    5. Cover with top crust and pinch edges. Brush dough with butter and sprinkle with sugar.
    6. Bake for 15 minutes.
    7. Reduce temperature to 350°F, and continue baking for 40–45 minutes, or until golden and bubbling.
    8. Let cool.

    Tips for Inspiration

    The only thing that can make pie better? Ice cream! Be patient and wait until your rhubarb pie has cooled, then top it off with vanilla ice cream or another one of your favorite flavors.

  • Orange Clove Pomanders

    Color-Dipped Bowls

    One of my favorite holiday traditions is to sit by the fire and make orange pomander balls. Pomander balls go back to the 15th century, when they served as natural air fresheners for closets or drawers. We hang them for decoration-- on the outside of our front-hall closet, in the laundry room and the kitchen-- and, of course, for that beautiful citrus-spice smell that warms the room. We found the inspiration for our designs in some patterns from Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day. Find them at mrsmeye.rs/patterns.

    Materials & Tools

    • Orange or other citrus fruits
    • Skewers
    • Whole cloves
    • Straight pin
    • Ribbon or string
    • Water-based marker
     

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • In addition to oranges and lemons, this project works well with limes or apples.
  • Soda Cracker Toffee

    Soda Cracker Toffee

    One of Thelma A. Meyer's most popular recipes is her English Toffee. She told me that she makes many, many batches of it every year for family gatherings or even as gifts to give to her friends. I really love to give edible gifts myself, so Thelma really inspired me to take my edible gift giving game up a notch this year!

    I've developed a simple recipe to make soda cracker toffee that is absolutely addictive! There's no worrying over the stove with a candy thermometer and the recipe is endlessly customizable, top the candy with anything you'd like. I chose cranberries as an ode to one of my favorite Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day scents!

    Materials & Tools

    • 40 soda crackers (I recommend salted)
    • 2 sticks of butter (1 cup)
    • 1 cup light brown sugar
    • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    • 1 cup white chocolate chips
    • 1 cup dried cranberries

    Instructions

  • Shelf-Top Ironing Board

    Shelf-Top Ironing Board

    Not much room in your laundry room? This DIY project lets you ditch your bulky ironing board and replaces it with a space-saving, shelf-top solution. So grab a staple gun and some heat-resistant batting and let’s get started!

    Materials & Tools

    • Storage furniture - should be around 36 to 46 inches tall, depending on how tall you are; must have flat top with overhang; best if you can remove top.
    • Heat-resistant batting
    • Fabric (cotton duck or canvas is recommended; also denim or tightly woven, cottons or linens)
    • Bleach pen
    • Staple gun

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • You can use different colors of cotton, denim or canvas.
    • Or use fabric paint instead of bleach.
    • Try simple dots or designs, or choose your own mantra (like “Waste not, Want not”) to write on the fabric.
  • Mint Chocolate Chip Mini Bundt Cakes

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    When I think of the holidays, I can’t help but think of bundt cakes, thanks to an old recipe my mom’s been making ever since I can remember. This year, I decided to add my own twist to it by using a mini bundt cake baking tin to make them personal-sized and adding crushed peppermint candies.

    Ingredients

      For the Cake

    • 1 package double fudge cake mix
    • 1 package chocolate instant pudding
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 1 package mini chocolate chips
    • 1⁄2 cup warm water
    • 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 tsp peppermint extract
    • Peppermint candy for garnish
      For the Icing

    • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
    • 1 cup butter
    • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
    • 2 tablespoon heavy whipping cream

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • The garnish doesn’t have to stop with crushed up peppermints.
    • Add your own delicious spin on these cakes with chocolate syrup, different colored sprinkles, peppermint chocolates or whatever other tasty goodies you can get your hands on!
  • Carrot Soup with Corn and Dill

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    By Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Carrot Soup with Corn and Dill Main Image

    Nothing says hearty like homemade soup. Warm up your belly with this colorful carrot soup recipe topped with fresh corn and dill. Be sure to save your peels too, for addicting root vegetable chips. See below for more.

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    Instructions For Carrot Soup With Corn & Dill

    Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 bunch carrots, peeled, chopped
    • 1 large potato, peeled, cubed
    • 1 yellow onion, peeled, chopped
    • 5 cups vegetable or chicken stock
    • salt and pepper
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 peeled carrot, thinly sliced
    • kernels from 2 corn cobs
    • 2 tablespoons chopped dill

    HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

    1. Heat the oil in a pan and add carrots, potato, and onion.
    2. Sauté until the onion goes soft.
    3. Add stock and let soup simmer until the carrots and potatoes are soft.
    4. Use an emulsion blender or a food processor and purée the soup.
    5. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.
    6. Heat the oil in a pan and add carrots, corn, and dill.
    7. Cook until tender, season with salt and pepper.
    8. Serve the soup in a bowl topped with the corn mixture.
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    Instructions For Parsnip & Carrot Chips

    Ingredients

    • 1 quart peanut oil, for frying
    • 4 large carrots
    • 4 large parsnips
    • sea salt
    • chili flakes

    HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

    1. In a deep pot, add 1 inch of oil and heat on medium high until simmering.
    2. Peel the parsnips and carrots in long strips. Use the whole vegetables for another purpose.
    3. Add a handful of strips at a time to the oil and fry until the bubbles subside almost completely and strips are golden.
    4. Strain strips onto paper towels and season with salt and chili flakes.
    5. Allow to cool and serve immediately, or store in an airtight container.
  • Spicy Watermelon Rind

    Spicy Watermelon Rind Spicy Watermelon Rind

    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Spicy Watermelon Rind

    When summer rolls around, the warmer weather gives us a hankering for lighter food. One of our go-to’s? Watermelon. After snacking on this refreshing treat, don’t toss the rinds – keep them for an unexpected, flavorsome spicy watermelon rind recipe.

    Spicy Watermelon Rind Spicy Watermelon Rind

    Instructions For Spicy Watermelon Rind

    Ingredients

    • 1 watermelon, about 7lbs
    • 1 ½ cups white wine vinegar
    • 1 ½ cups water
    • 1 cups sugar
    • 1 tablespoon salt
    • 1 jalapeño pepper, halved
    • 1 inch ginger, peeled, sliced

    HOW TO MAKE THIS PROJECT

    1. Remove flesh of watermelon and use for something else. Peel the rind and cut it into 3/4" pieces. It should yield about 7 cups.
    2. In a stockpot, combine all ingredients except watermelon.
    3. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar.
    4. Add watermelon pieces, return to a boil, and lower to a simmer.
    5. Simmer watermelon pieces, stirring occasionally, until all pieces are translucent, about 30 minutes.
    6. Let the pickled watermelon cool at room temperature and then refrigerate, or if canning, process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

    Tips for Inspiration

    Add a summery twist to your salad by topping it with spicy watermelon rind. Try it with arugula, strawberries, a cheese of your choosing and balsamic dressing – great for a side dish, or to eat up all on its own.

  • Homemade Composting

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    by Thelma A. Meyer, Mrs. Meyer's Namesake Composting Hero

    Regular old trash bags can take decades to decompose. Luckily, you can lend Mother Nature — and your favorite plants and flowers — a helping hand by creating your very own compost pile using all sorts of household scraps, paper egg cartons and fallen leaves.

    Homemade Composting Parsley Salad

    Ingredients For Compost

  • Greens: fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee ground and filters, household plant trimmings, soft prunings, eggshells, tea bags, grass clippings, flowers, hair

  • Browns: twigs and branches, mulch from rain gutters, shredded newspaper, paper egg cartons, fallen leaves, pine needles, wood ashes, wood chips, sawdust, dryer lint, straw

  • Soil
  • Supplies

    • 4x8 ft. wooden or metal bin
    • Rake
    • Resealable plastic container

    Instructions

    1. Find a not to out-of-the-way spot in your yard that's partly sunny and partly shady.
    2. Line the bottom of a wooden or metal bin with twigs.
    3. Put six to eight inches of green and brown matter down, followed by a thin layer of garden soil. Repeat these layers three times. Ideally, your compost pile should be one part green materials to two parts brown, so everything breaks down correctly.
    4. Turn your pile every other week with a rake
    5. Tips for Inspiration

      • Avoid adding anything treated with pesticides or herbicides, animal and dairy products, oil, grease, diseased or poisonous plants, weeds or any plants that aren't completely dead ( they can take root in your pile and no one wants that ).
      • Be sure to make your compost pest-proof by using a lid or tarp, turning it over often and soaking it with water.
  • Cheese Plate Wreath

    Cheese Plate Wreath

    As soon as the holiday season arrives, I'm ready to fill my house with pine! That's what inspired me to bring this perfect little faux-pine appetizer wreath into life. Here, rosemary sprigs take the place of pine to create the perfect holiday wreath that I've decorated with festive cream cheese balls that are popping with bright and zippy flavor.

    It's so easy to bring this dish to any holiday gatherings. I simply create the balls in advance and store them in the fridge. Then, I bring everything to the party and assemble the whole creation in seconds once I arrive. Let me tell you…. this dish never fails to get “ooohs” and “aaahs” when I set it on the table, and I'm sure it will do the same for you.

    Ingredients

    • 1 package (8 ounces) of cream cheese
    • Zest of 1 lemon
    • Leaves from 1 bunch of fresh thyme
    • Red chili flakes to tast
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 cup cheese curds or fresh mozzarella balls
    • 8 ounces of parmesan or other hard cheese broken up into bite sized chunks
    • 2 big bunches of fresh rosemary for presentation
    • 1⁄2 cup dried cranberries
    • 1⁄4 cup honey for serving

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • I'm nuts for nuts! Roll your cream cheese balls in ground pistachios or ground almonds mixed with cinnamon and sugar!
    • This wreath presentation is very versatile. Not into cream cheese balls? Decorate your wreath with red and green olives and tiny mozzarella balls for another festive dish!
  • Pegboard

    Pegboard

    This simple DIY pegboard can help you organize just about anything. From the kids’ rooms to the kitchen, it keeps the things you need within reach without the clutter. You can use the pegs as hooks or rest items on the shelves. It’s a smart and simple way to keep things tidy.

    Materials & Tools

    • Piece of 20 inch x 25 inch, 1⁄2 inch thick A/C fir wood
    • T-square ruler
    • Pencil
    • 10 1⁄4 inch x 3 inch wood dowels
    • Drill with 1⁄4 inch bit
    • Two 27 inch and two 20 inch pieces of 1 inch x 1 inch poplar or pine wood for framing
    • 120 grit sandpaper
    • Rubber hammer
    • Four 1/4 inch wood pieces for the shelves, cut to desired length (our example uses maple)

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Wood stain or paint can add a little polish and pop.
    • You can also scale this project up to be as large as you want.
    • You could make the whole piece bigger or you could just increase the number of pegs and shelves.
    • If you don't have a saw at home, just buy all of your supplies at your local lumber store and ask them to cut it all to size for you.
  • Vintage Pie Tin Stand

    Vintage Pie Tin Stand

    Turn inexpensive pie tins into a charming display for homemade goodies. Arrange cookies and mints on each level to really impress your guests at the end of a dinner party. Best of all? This DIY is easy as pie.

    Materials & Tools

    • 3 vintage pie tins in different sizes
    • 2 long vintage wooden spools
    • 4 small brass balls or cap nuts
    • 120 grit sandpaper
    • Super glue
    • Pencil

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Pie tins and wooden spools can be found at flea markets, thrift stores or online.
    • For a floral centerpiece with a vintage touch, fill each layer of the stand with flowers.
  • Garden Shed Organization

    Garden Shed Organization

    Gardening is something very near and dear to our heart. However, nothing's more frustrating than looking for your trusty trowel and coming up empty-handed. Whether you store your garden tools in a shed or the corner of your garage, here are a few ideas to help you get them arranged and organized just in time for planting season.

    Materials & Tools

    • Shelves
    • Large S-hook or bracket for hose
    • Small hook for watering can
    • Thin nails to hold tools
    • Small bucket for miscellaneous tools (or tools with no hole in the handle)

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • We love our upcycled pallet shelves as-is, but we also contemplated white-washing them.
    • Of course, any shelves will do, as long as they can easily wipe clean or if you're ok with them getting dirty (like we are with our pallets!)
  • Pantry Organization For A Healthy New Year

    Pantry Organization for a Healthy New Year

    It's easy for a well-used pantry to turn into an eyesore, a petri dish and a black hole for small bags of whole grains. To kick the new year off, we're taking everything out, throwing away the old stuff (and the pretzels we can't stop eating) and finding containers for all the good we want to keep.

    MATERIALS

    • Trash bag for expired, stale, extraneous and bad-for-you old pantry items
    • Airtight clear glass or plastic food storage containers – enough of each size for your own pantry needs
    • Labels
    • Baskets for vegetable storage
    • Small wire or mesh containers for fruit storage
    • Spice rack
    • A trip to the bulk section of the supermarket for fresh dry goods and pantry staples
    • Sufficient Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day products so you don't run out – we picked Geranium so the whole pantry would smell of spring flowers

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • To keep things from getting cluttered and lost in the dark depths of the cabinet, make a policy to have just one row of jars on each shelf.
  • Holiday Gift Wrapping Station

    Holiday Gift Wrapping Station

    We love gift wrap supplies maybe a little too much. Every time we reach for one thing, three other things fall off the shelf. Time to whip this area into shape before the holidays! Use these ideas as a jumping off point to get things organized just how you want them.

    DETAILS & TOOLS

    • A small shelving unit with adjustable shelves
    • Washi tape for gift wrap but also to add a little color to our white shelves!
    • Small, square wastebasket to hold gift wrap rolls
    • Magazine file for gift bags or tissue paper
    • Dowel(s) on hooks or attached to the shelving for ribbons and tape
    • Jar for bows and ribbons
    • Chalkboard for upcoming birthdays and holiday reminders
    • Gift boxes
    • Holder for pens, pencils and scissors
    • Colorful bunting, just because

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Bows and pom-poms aren't just for gifts -- use them as décor!
    • Since our walls are painted, we went with white boxes and accessories, but that doesn't mean you should!
  • Embroidered Pillowcase

    Embroidered Pillowcase

    Add some personality to your pillowcase. All it takes is a few simple stitches, and some creativity to get started on your embroidery.

    Materials & Tools

    • One or two pillowcases
    • Your choice of thread colors (3 or 4…or more!)
    • Ruler
    • Pencil or tailor’s chalk

    Instructions

  • Pom-Pom bath Rug

    Pom Pom Bath Rug

    It's time to make your feet happy, and your toes feel tickled. This modern take on a simple bath mat will leave you perfectly pampered and playful. 

    Materials & Tools

    • A bath rug
    • Yarn in your favorite colors
    • Large needle for threading
    • Pencil
    • Ruler
    • Scissors
    • Thimble (if you prefer)

    Instructions

  • Scalloped Towels

    Scalloped Towel

    There’s nothing as cheerful as a scalloped edge or border. Reminiscent of cottage life, spring gardens and fresh flowers, scalloped edges provide a whimsical feel to the home, without being too over-the-top or frilly. We love this DIY because it’s as economical as it is easy. Most modern dishtowels are extra large, providing us with an opportunity to cut the towel in half, upcycle it and create two custom towels out of just one.

    Materials & Tools

    • Cotton tea or dish towel
    • Sharp fabric scissors
    • Poster board
    • Ruler
    • Round lid from a spice jar
    • Pencil
    • Pins
    • Liquid seam sealant
      (available online or at sewing/craft stores)

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • We used scallop edges here, but you can experiment with all different types of patterns. Play with color and texture by sewing on different types of colored fabric on each end.
  • Stencil Doormat

    Doormat

    We all know April showers bring May flowers, but this time of year often brings the outdoors inside, too. Keep the mud outside right where it belongs, all the while brightening your doorstep, with this DIY.

    Materials & Tools

    • Coir doormat
    • Scissors
    • Heavy stock paper
    • Foam paint brush
    • Acrylic paint
    • Straight edge (optional)
    • Paint brush (optional)

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Experiment with colors and even add some florals if you can't wait until your garden blooms!
  • Branch Message Center

    Branch Message Center

    Clear the clutter and add a natural touch to your family’s message center. This easy DIY project can replace a hodgepodge of notes with a clear space to share information. Depending on the length of your branch, you can hang additional items too, such as scissors and pens.

    Materials & Tools

    • Long skinny branch (as straight as possible, but some curvature is OK) 
    • Two leather strips (at least 40 inches long)
    • 12-24 inch roll of paper (look for one with a center hole at least 2 inches in diameter)
    • Two clothespins
    • Two 1 inch nails

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • If your paper won’t fit over the branch, you can unroll the paper from the tube and make a looser roll you can fit over the branch.

    This entry was posted in DIY Projects, DIY Import on October 2, 2017 by jpannone.

  • Wood Burned Cutting Board

    Plain wood cutting boards can be a little dull. So add a modern edge with a wood-burned design. All you need is a wooden cutting board and a wood-burning tool. Then your options are limitless!

    Materials & Tools

    • Cutting board
    • Wood-burning tool 
    • Wood-burning tool attachment kit
    • Pencil (optional)
    • Wood scrap (optional)

    Instructions

    COMMON SENSE SAFETY

    • Observe all safety rules when doing your project.
    • Keep children away from the hot wood-burning tool.
    • Change attachments by following all tool guidelines.

    This entry was posted in DIY Projects, DIY Import on October 2, 2017 by jpannone.

  • Frame Pin Board

    Frame Pin Board

    Before there was Pinterest, or even the Internet for that matter, I used to pin all my best ideas on a giant bulletin board in my room. It’s where all my pictures, notes and cards ended up living for months on end. Though we live in a paperless world, sometimes it’s nice to have a place to store memories that aren’t on a screen. Today, I have my pin board up in my kitchen to hold important reminders, fun pictures and some of my favorite cards. It’s so nice to see those paper memories smiling back at me every morning, and it’s a great place to store important things, like grocery lists.

    Materials & Tools

    • Frames
    • Cork Roll
    • Scissors
    • Pen
    • Strong adhesive or sticky foam strips

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    Decorate your cork using fabric, paint or decorative tape. We kept our picture frame black here, but you can always paint yours in a color of your choosing.

  • Conversation Heart Cookies

    Clay Coaster

    Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to put your sugar cookie decorating skills to the test. Today we’re using homemade royal icing and my family’s sugar cookie recipe to create the most lovely heart-shaped treats.

    Materials & Tools

    • Cookie cutters
    • Icing bag
    • #7 and #2 icing tips
    • Toothpicks

    Ingredients

    FOR THE COOKIES:

    • 1 ½ cup shortening
    • 1 ¾ cup sugar
    • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • ¼ cup milk
    • 4 cups flour
    • ½ tablespoon baking powder
    • Pinch of salt
    • Sprinkles

    FOR THE ICING:

    • 2 pound bag Confectioner’s Sugar
    • 11 tablespoons egg beaters
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Food coloring

    Instructions For the cookies

    Instructions For the icing

    ICING TIPS

    Icing hardens as it’s exposed to air, so it’s important to have your icing bags ready and waiting. The best thing to do is set them in a tall glass and then use chip clips to close the top.


    If you ever feel like you’ve added too much water to your icing, no big deal, just add a little sugar to get it back to the consistency you need.

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Don’t forget to add a little flair — sprinkles, tiny candies and mini chocolate chips or caramels all make for great garnishes.
    • Use stencils with your icing to add more intricate details or spell out messages.
  • Buffalo Cauliflower

    Buffalo Cauliflower

    I love cauliflower, but I love love cauliflower smothered in Buffalo wing sauce. It's the cleaner update to wings, and it's got the same kick with all the flavor. A nice and warm day calls for a deliciously hot dish. Make it today and start snacking.

    Materials & Tools

    • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into bite sized chunks
    • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
    • 4 tablespoons of salted butter, melted
    • 4 tablespoons of vinegary hot sauce
    • 2 tablespoons of honey
    • Cayenne pepper (optional, to taste)
    • Sea salt flakes (to taste)

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Serve immediately; leftovers may be kept in the refrigerator for a day.
    • Now that you know how to make wing sauce, use it on everything… except chocolate, don't use it on chocolate.
    • Try it on chicken, vegetables and even tofu!
  • Herb Oil

    Herb Oil Herb Oil

    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Herb Oil

    Give your favorite olive oil an herbaceous upgrade with this seasoning recipe from Sweet Paul + Mrs. Meyer’s Magazine. Use it in dressings, over soups, on pizza or whatever else your heart desires. Not to mention, the pretty bottle adds a little something extra to any table or picnic blanket. Talk about multi-tasking!

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    Instructions For Herb Oil

    Ingredients

    • Herbs
    • Spices
    • Olive oil

    MATERIALS & TOOLS

    • Glass bottles

    Instructions

    1. Wash and dry your herbs.

    2. Combine herbs and spices into a glass bottle. We mixed thyme, lemon peel, bay leaf and peppercorns in one bottle and rosemary, chili and peppercorns in the other.

    3. Fill each bottle with olive oil. Then, put the top on each one and wait a few days before using it to season your favorite appetizers and dishes.
    4. Tips for Inspiration

      • Use colored glass bottles or upcycled vessels, such as a wine bottle or piece of pottery.

    This entry was posted in Recipes, DIY Import on October 2, 2017 by jpannone.

  • Parsley Salad

    Parsley Salad Pressed Flower Projects

    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Parsley Salad

    Parsley isn’t just good for you, it tastes pretty great, too. Be the talk of the table at family dinners, picnics and barbecues with this flavorful parsley salad recipe.

    Parsley Salad Parsley Salad

    Ingredients

    • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley
    • 1 head bib lettuce
    • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
    • 2 grilled chicken breasts, sliced
    • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
    • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
    • 3 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
    • Salt and pepper

    Supplies

    • Large bowl
    • Large spoon or salad tongs

    Instructions

    1. Give your parsley a good washing, remove its leaves and place it in a large bowl.
    2. Add in lettuce, onion, chicken, feta and pomegranate seeds.
    3. Add in oilve oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.
    4. Toss well and serve. Make sure to show off your salad making skills with #MakeAndTell.

    Tips for Inspiration

    Not the biggest chicken fan? Swap it for steak or salmon instead.

    This entry was posted in Recipes, DIY Import on October 2, 2017 by jpannone.

  • Coiled Rope Plant Holders

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    One of my favorite Mrs. Meyer's quotes is "Waste not, want not!" As I was thinking about my next DIY project, I thought of that quote and that's when inspiration hit. I used a bit of rope, a little thread and fabric dye, and voila! A perfect piece of fall decor. There are lots of ways to go about this project and make it completely your own. If it's not "perfect" and you mess up (I sure did), remember to Just Keep Making.

    Materials & Tools

    • Empty Mrs. Meyer's Bottle
    • Cotton clothesline cord
    • Embroidery floss
    • Scissors
    • Hot glue
    • Craft knife
    • Fabric dye
    • Large pot

    Instructions

  • Picture Frame Tray

    Picture Frame Tray

    Cheer up your trays and serve your guests in style with this frame worthy DIY. Get making and get inspired for all those get-togethers. Let your voice shine through and personalize the patterns however you see fit!

    Materials & Tools

    • Picture frame
    • Drawer pulls with screws
    • Paper
    • Hot glue
    • Scissors
    • Drill
    • Drill bit
    • Leaves or flowers

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    This is a great up-cycle for a frame you probably already have lying around! What makes this even better is the ability to change the inside of your tray depending on the season. This could easily transition from summer to fall or be used for special occasions and holidays.

  • Scented Bath Salts

    Scented Bath Salts

    Looking for a great homemade gift? You can make these bath salts with your favorite essential oil, or combine a few to make your own signature scent. Then give to a friend in need of a little rest and relaxation. Even better, make enough for you and a friend.

    Materials & Tools

    • Glass jars
    • 3 cups Epsom salts 
    • 2 cups sea salt
    • 1 cup baking soda
    • 1⁄2 ounce essential oil
    • Paint
    • Paintbrush
    • Spoon for mixing

    Instructions

  • Citrus Picnic Blanket

    Buffalo Cauliflower

    What’s better than a cozy picnic blanket? One that’s stamped with all your favorite things, of course. Get inspired with the sunniest and brightest colors and then take it outside and have a picnic!

    Materials & Tools

    • Drop Cloth (I used 5 x 5)
    • Fabric paint
    • Paint brushes
    • Stencil
    • Precision knife
    • Rotary mat
    • Pen

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Keep some scrap fabric or paper towels nearby, so you can wipe off your stencil between color changes.
    • I was inspired by block printed patterns when I made this picnic blanket. The great thing about using stencils is, you can create any pattern you want! Let your imagination run wild, but be sure to use some bright and cheery summer colors!
  • Seashell Spoons

    Seashell Spoons

    Warmer weather means more trips to the beach. Put your sandy, seaside souvenirs on everyday display with this crafty cutlery DIY.

    Materials & Tools

    • Spoon shaped shells
    • Different bits of wire
    • Small pair of pliers
    • Dremel tool for holes
    • Non-toxic water based sealer

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • As far as the spoon handles go, you can get very fancy with scrollwork or by using other materials to make them. Even try using the ends of old silver spoons!
    • *Double check to make sure your sealer is safe to use around food.

    This entry was posted in DIY Projects, DIY Import on October 2, 2017 by jpannone.

  • Punched Copper Votives

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    We're big fans of votives, especially when we make them ourselves. They're great as homemade gifts, accent pieces and mood setting centerpieces for dinners.

    Materials & Tools

    • Gauge No 6 / 0.5mm copper sheet* (used in card making)
    • Metal hole punch
    • Air dry clay
    • Metal snips (or you can use scissors with this metal sheet)
    • Cookie cutters
    • Roller
    • Multi-purpose adhesive

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Try cookie cutters and hole punches in different sizes to vary the shapes and patterns of each votive.
    • *We recommend using battery-operated tea lights with this DIY. If you choose to use candles, always be aware of heat when using them around metal.
  • Concrete And Painted Vases

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    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Concrete and Painted Vases Main Image

    We’re all about jazzing up forgotten items that may otherwise end up in the recycling bin. Work some simple magic with concrete, paint and empty Mrs. Meyer’s containers – see below for the how-to.

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    Instructions For Concrete & Painted Vases

    Supplies & Materials

    • various sizes of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® containers
    • heavy scissors
    • primer
    • brush
    • craft paints
    • concrete (concrete powder that you mix with water)

    Instructions

    1. Peel the labels off bottles and cut off the tops. If you want to make a planter cut the containers in half.
    2. If you are making a hanging planter, make holes on the edge of the cut of containers using a hole puncher.
    3. Cover the containers with primer and let it dry
    4. For the painted vases, simply paint them with 2-3 layers of craft paint, and let them dry between each coat.
    5. For the concrete ones, be careful when handling and always closely follow the instruction on the packaging and dip the vases in the concrete. Let them dry.
  • No Sew Tote Bag

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    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul No Sew Tote Bag

    Whether you’re thrifting or at the farmers’ market, you’ll want a durable bag to toss all your found goodies in. Make one that’s all your own with this DIY from Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul. The best part – no thread and needle needed.

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    Instructions For No Sew Tote Bag

    MATERIALS & TOOLS

    • paper
    • cotton tarp
    • scissor
    • fabric glue

    HOW TO MAKE THIS PROJECT

    1. Start by making a template of your bag. I drew mine but you can find a lot of templates online.
    2. Cut out 2 parts of the bag in the tarp, remember to add 2" so you have gluing room.
    3. Fold in all the edges and glue them together.
    4. I glued parts of the bag together then let it dry for 15 minutes with heavy books on top.
    5. Glue the whole bag, let it dry overnight.

    Tips for Inspiration

    Want to give it a vintage touch? Use a well-worn tarp after giving it a good wash. For an extra oomph of personal style, go wild and splash the tarp with different colors of fabric dye. Go an extra mile with stencils, iron-on patches or buttons.

  • Norwegian Spoon Apple Cake

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    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Norwegian Spoon Apple Cake Main Image

    No need to fuss over perfection. The first dessert recipe comes out a little loose in the middle, that’s why it’s called a spoon cake. It’s still plenty scrumptious, regardless. With cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice our next dessert recipe from Sweet Paul sure does live up to its name. See below for both recipes from Sweet Paul.

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    Instructions For Norwegian Spoon Apple Cake

    Ingredients

    • 3 apples
    • 4 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
    • 1 3⁄4 sticks soft butter
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 4 eggs
    • 3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • Crème fraîche for serving

    HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. Peel and core apples and cut them into thick slices.
    3. Toss apples with sugar and cinnamon.
    4. Mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
    5. Add the eggs, 1 at a time.
    6. Mix in flour and baking powder.
    7. Grease a 9 inch spring form cake tin and add half the batter.
    8. Layer with half the apples, the rest of the batter, and remaining apples.
    9. Bake for 50 minutes.
    10. Cool on a wire rack.
    11. Spoon into bowls and serve with crème fraîche.
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    Instructions For Spice Cake

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1 teapoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup butter, softened
    • 2 cups white sugar
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 tablespoon warm water
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1⁄4 cup confectioners' sugar for dusting

    HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. Butter a 10 inch tube pan.
    3. Whisk together flour, spices, and salt. Set aside.
    4. Cream together butter and sugar, then add eggs and vanilla.
    5. In a seperate bowl, mix baking soda with warm water, and stir into the sugar mixture. Slowly combine flour and spices until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan.
    6. Bake for approximately 1 hour, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool in pan.
    7. Once cool, shake pan to loosen cake. Turn onto plate, and dust with confectioners' sugar.
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