May 31, 2013

Wedding Present Idea–His & Hers Glasses

I have a friend that I worked with for years who is getting married next month. It is funny because Mike and I got married in Key West on her birthday. We didn’t know each other very well when I got married, but she happened to be celebrating her birthday in Key West with her boyfriend (who is now her fiancé) at the same time! From that point on our friendship grew. Her family lived in Connecticut so one year she even spent Christmas Eve at our place. Her fiancé got a job in Maine a few years ago so they have since moved, and unfortunately I won’t be able to travel to her wedding but I wanted to send them a gift. I couldn’t just send her some store bought gift because that isn’t my style and I think at this point people don’t expect regular gifts from me anyways.

I must say that I really had to brainstorm this one. I couldn’t think of a gift idea I really liked for them. I went to Pinterest but came up with nothing. I was finally inspired by a set of HIS and HERS pillow cases I saw. I know both of them like to drink beer so I thought His and Her glasses would be an appropriate gift. I added a black vinyl mustache to his and vinyl lips to hers and just like that they had the ‘Kelsey’ touch.

His & Hers Wedding Present Idea

I used indoor/outdoor vinyl for these, but I still advise that they hand wash them to be on the safe side.

His & Hers Wedding Present Idea

His & Hers Wedding Present Idea

His & Hers Wedding Present Idea

His & Hers Wedding Present Idea

Enjoy,

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How to Propagate Succulents

A few weeks ago I shared my seashell succulent jars and told you I had another post on how to propagate succulents coming so here it is! It took me a bit because #1 I was taking a little blogging break to spend time with my kiddos now that summer is here and #2 I wanted to wait for roots to start growing on the propagated pieces so I could share pictures of what they look like. Seriously propagating succulents is so easy that anyone can do it as long as they know how to use a knife.

How To Propagate Succulents

When I made the seashell succulent jars I had some pieces fall off and I also used a kitchen steak knife to cut ‘leaves’ off of them. The trick when cutting them is to try to get a part of the stem too. I ran my knife gently down the stem getting just a little bit – sort of like shaving it off. After I had my pieces put I put them on an outdoor window sill on my screened in back porch so the cut edges could dry and callus over. You want them to be in a warm shady spot for this. If they are in a sunny spot they will just shrivel up.

I cut them on May 11th and put them on the window sill-

How To Propagate Succulents

The picture below was taken May 17th. On May 17th I took a muffin pan I picked up on one of my thrifting adventures and planted my cuttings in it. I just filled the tin with cactus soil, laid the cuttings on top and lightly watered them.

How To Propagate Succulents

How To Propagate Succulents

How To Propagate Succulents

How To Propagate Succulents

Then I put them out as decoration on our patio table with one of the bigger plants which I previously took cuttings from. That one is doing well and has new growth in the middle. I have only watered it twice – my kinda plant!

How To Propagate Succulents

A couple of days ago I checked on the growth of my newly planted pieces and there was a lot of growth happening. Some had roots and others had roots with new leaves forming.

How To Propagate Succulents

How To Propagate Succulents

How To Propagate Succulents

I watered them a little more and I am excited to repeat this process to create my own little succulent display! To think I did all of this and the seashell succulent jars for under $20 is awesome! I think I am now addicted to the succulent craze and I have been thinking of new ways to use these beauties so watch out!

Enjoy,

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May 21, 2013

Camping Recipe: Chicken Bouillon Onion

Today I have another camping recipe for you. This one won the Blue Ribbon from everyone who went camping with us a few weeks ago. Even my boys, ages 5 and 3, came back for seconds and they typically don’t like onions! The onion was almost like a campfire french onion soup.

Chicken Bouillon Onion #camping #recipe

To make one over the campfire you need a piece of foil, an onion, butter and a chicken bouillon cube or granules. I used the Goya brand chicken bouillon granule packet to make things easier on myself (after all cooking outdoors is not a walk in the park).

Chicken Bouillon Onion #camping #recipe

Chicken Bouillon Onion #camping #recipe

For each onion cut a piece of foil big enough to wrap the onion up in. Peel and cut the onion in half. Take out a few of the middle layers and fill it with a spoonful of butter. Put the onion back together. The butter will help hold the two halves together. Sprinkle chicken bouillon granules over the top and wrap the foil up over it.

If you use a bouillon cube crush it up and sprinkle over the top.

Place your onion in the campfire and cook until it is fork tender. I placed ours on the outside of the fire where it was still hot but not directly on a flame because I didn’t want I to burn on the outside and still be raw in the middle. Cooking over a campfire is tricky business.

Chicken Bouillon Onion #camping #recipe

On a side note these would be just as good cooked on a grill!

Enjoy,

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May 20, 2013

Feta Cheese Crostini

A few weeks ago I shared a recipe for Rosemary Feta Potatoes and mentioned that my husband loves feta cheese. The other night I was inspired to mix elements from his favorite appetizer (bruschetta dip) with feta cheese. The outcome was easy and delicious!

Feta Crostini - easy and quick #appetizer

Feta Crostini - easy and quick #appetizer

To make your own Feta Crostini you will need the following ingredients:

  • Loaf of french bread
  • Butter or olive oil
  • 6 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning blend

Directions:

  • Slice the french bread loaf into once inch thick pieces. Lightly butter or brush both sides of the pieces.
  • Broil the bread for two minutes until it is golden brown, flip and broil opposite side for another two minutes.
  • In a small bowl mix feta cheese, garlic salt, two tablespoons of olive oil, red pepper flakes and italian seasoning.
  • Top each piece of bread and pop into a 350 degree oven for about 5-8 minutes which will really bring out the flavor of the mixture.
  • SERVE

Feta Crostini - easy and quick #appetizer

Feta Crostini - easy and quick #appetizer

My husband said they were awesome but next time I should double the amount of cheese I put on top of each slice. I should have known – when it comes to dips or sauces he always goes overboard. Don’t even try eating chips and salsa with the guy because if you blink the salsa is GONE!

Enjoy,

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