BRACELETS FROM SCRAPS

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EVERY YEAR PEOPLE THROW AWAY MILLIONS OF THINGS THAT SEEM LIKE JUNK BUT IN REALITY ITS NOT.  I THANKFULLY HAPPENED TO BE AT MY FRIENDS HOUSE WHEN SHE WAS ABOUT TO THROW OUT SOME OLD SANDALS BECAUSE THOSE “JUNK” SANDALS BECAUSE NEW BRACELETS.

YOU HAVE TO THINK OUT OF THE BOX.  IT MIGHT NOT SEEM OBVIOUS TO YOU ALWAYS, BUT YOU CAN MAKE SO MANY DIFFERENT PROJECTS FROM THINGS PEOPLE JUST THROW OUT.

I CUT UP HER SANDALS & SEWED THE STRAPS TOGETHER.  WHEN THEY WERENT ON YOUR WRIST YOU COULD SEE WHERE THEY WERE CUT & SEWED BUT ONCE THEY WERE ON YOU HAD NO IDEAS. bracelets from scraps bracelets from scrapsSO NEXT TIME YOU ARE ABOUT TO THROW SOMETHING OUT, STOP & THINK OF THE MILLIONS OF POSSIBILITIES YOU CAN DO WITH THAT “GARBAGE”

FOR EXAMPLE SHIRTS WITH SEQUINS OR COOL BUTTONS & STUDS YOU CAN BE CUT OFF FOR FUTURE PROJECTS.  YOU CAN CUT UP OLD JEANS TO MAKE BRACELETS OR USE SHIRT FABRICS TO HANG OFF THE BOTTOM OF DREAMCATCHERS.  MANY THINGS HAVE MORE USES THEN THE ORIGINAL ONE THEY WERE BOUGHT FOR.

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EGG TOPPED PITA PIZZA

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PITA PIZZA IS SOMETHING THAT I HAVE KNOWN ABOUT FOREVER.  WHEN I WAS LITTLE I HAD MADE REGULAR ON PITA AT MY FRIENDS HOUSE.  ITS SIMPLE & EASY.

NOW THAT IM OLDER I HAVE TAKEN PITA PIZZA & PUT TWISTS ON IT.  FOR LUNCH YESTERDAY THIS COULD BE FOR DINNER AS WELL I MADE EGG TOPPED PITA PIZZA.

ON THE PITA I PUT SPICY PESTO, BABY SPINACH, COLBY-JACK CHEESE & EGG.  THE PESTO WAS HOMEMADE & YOU CAN FIND THAT RECIPE ON THE POST BEFORE THIS.

FOR THIS RECIPE YOU NEED: 2 TSP EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL 3 CUPS BABY SPINACH STEAMS REMOVED (YOU CAN CHOP IT BUT YOU DONT NEED TO) 1/2 TSP KOSHER SALT 1/2 TSP GROUND BLACK PEPPER 3 TBSP PESTO (SUCH AS THE SPICY PUMPKIN SEED PESTO) 2 WHOLE GRAIN PITAS 1/2 CUP SHREDDED MONTEREY JACK CHEESE (I USED A PACKAE OF COLBY-JACK) & 2 EGGS.

I MADE ONLY 1 SERVING SO I HALVED THE RECIPE.

PREHEAT THE OVEN TO 425 DEGREES.  IN A SKILLET OVER MEDIUM HEAT ADD A DROP OVER OIL THE BABY SPINACH SALT & PEPPER. COOK UNTI WILTED ABOUT 3 MINUTES. SET ASIDE.

ON A SPRAYED BAKING SHEET PUT THE PITA.  SPREAD 1 1/2 TBSP PESTO OR AS MUCH AS YOU WOULD LIKE.  TOP EACH WITH THE SPINACH & 1/4 CUP CHEESE.  MAKE A LITTLE WELL IN THE MIDDLE & GENTLY CRACK 1 EGG.  DRIZZLE SOME MORE PESTO ON TOP IF YOU WOULD LIKE.  BAKE UNTIL THE EGG WHITES ARE SET BUT THE YOLK IS STILL LOOSE ABOUT 10 MINUTES.  CUT INTO SLICES & SERVE.

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SPICY SPINACH-PUMPKIN SEED PESTO

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I LOVE PESTO.  IT CAN GO ON MANY THINGS.  THIS PESTO IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT BECAUSE 1. IT IS SPICY & 2. IT USES PUMPKIN SEEDS INSTEAD OF THE REGULAR PINE NUTS.  PINE NUTS ARE EXPENSIVE SO THIS DID SAVE SOME MONEY BUT THAT IS NOT WHY I USED THEM. ITS JUST A EXTRA BENEFIT TO THE ALREADY HOMEMADE GREAT TASTE.

TO MAKE THIS PESTO YOU NEED : 1 CLOVE OF GARLIC 1 SEEDED JALAPENO 1/2 CUP TOASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS 1/3 CUP GRATED PARMESAN JUICE & ZEST FROM 1/2 A LEMON 1/2 TSP SALT 1/2 TSP PEPPER 1 CUP BABY SPINACH 1/2 CUP LOOSELY PACKED FLAT LEAF PARSLEY 1/2 CUP OLIVE OIL

BEFORE YOU PUT THE WHOLE JALAPENO IN DONT.  FIRST OFF YOU CAN BUY THEM IN DIFFERENT SIZES & EVERYONE DOESNT LIKE THE SAME AMOUNT OF SPICE.  START OFF BY PUTTING SOME IN & AT THE END WHEN YOU TASTE IT YOU CAN ALWAYS ADD MORE BUT YOU CAN NEVER TAKE OUT.

TO BEGIN PUT SOME OIL IN A SKILLET & TOAST THE PUMPKIN SEEDS.  IT ONLY TAKES A FEW MINUTES.

IMG_5269IN A FOOD PROCESSOR COMBINE THE GARLIC JALAPENO TOASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS GRATED PARMESAN LEMON JUICE &  ZEST SALT & PEPPER & PULSE TO COMBINE.

spicy pumpkin seed pesto lwTHEN ADD THE BABY SPINACH & PARSLEY & PULSE UNTIL ROUGHLY CHOPPED.   THEN WHILE THE MOTOR IS RUNNING ADD THE OLIVE IN A THING STREAM.  TASTE & YOU CAN ADD MORE JALAPENO IF YOUD LIKE. * YOU CAN STORE THIS IS THE FRIDGE FOR UP TO 2 WEEKS.

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LEMON HONEY QUINOA WITH VEGETABLES

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QUINOA CAN BE PUT WITH SUCH A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT INGREDIENTS.  RECENTLY IVE BEEN REALLY WANTING TO MAKE  A QUINOA DISH, SO I DID. I ONLY MADE ABOUT 1 BIGGGG SERVING BUT HERES THE RECIPE DOUBLED

TO MAKE THIS RECIPE I MADE A LEMON HONEY DRESSING: YOU NEED 1 TBSP LEMON ZEST 2 TBSP LEMON JUICE 1 1/2 TBSP HONEY 1 GARLIC CLOVE MINCED 1/2 TSP SALT & 1/2 TSP PEPPER JUST COMBINE & WHISK THE INGREDIENTS

FOR THE QUINOA: YOU NEED 1 CUP CHICKEN STOCK (YOU CAN USE VEGETABLE) 1 CUP QUINOA RINSED & DRAINED 1 TBSP EVOO 2 CLOVES OF GARLIC MINCED 1 ZUCCHINI SLICED 2 EARS OF CORN OF THE COB 2 GREEN ONIONS SALT PEPPER 1 TOMATO CHOPPED 1/2 CUP FETA CHEESE 2 TBSP CHOPPED BASIL

THE LAST TIME I MADE THIS I DID JUST USE CANNED WHOLE KERNEL CORN & FROZEN ZUCCHINI

START BY BRINING THE CHICKEN STOCK TO A BOIL IN A SAUCE PAN, ONCE BOILING ADD THE QUINOA PUT THE LID ON & LET SIT FOR ABOUT 25 MINUTES ON MED/LOW HEAT OR UNTIL THE CHICKEN STOCK IS ABSORBED & QUINOA TENDER.  YOU CAN ALSO ADD MORE IF YOU FEEL IT IS NEEDED. FLUFF THE QUINOA WITH A FORK & LET IT COOL A LITTLE.

WHILE THE QUINOA IS COOKING YOU CAN CHOP THE VEGETABLES AND/ OR MAKE THE DRESSING OR BEFORE.

HEAT THE OIL IN A LARGE SKILLET OVER MEDIUM HEAT THEN ADD THE GARLIC UNTIL GOLDEN.  THEN ADD THE ZUCCHINI CORN GREEN ONIONS SALT & PEPPER. SAUTE TIL JUST TENDER MAYBE 3 MINUTES. ADD THE COOKED QUINOA HALF THE DRESSING FETA CHEESE BASIL & TOMATO.  THEN PLATE & EAT!

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PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZEL CUPCAKES

I WANTED TO MAKE MY FRIEND CUPCAKES & SHE LOVES PB & PRETZELS & OBVIOUSLY CHOCOLATE.  SO I PUT THEM ALL TOGETHER & MADE SOME CUPCAKES.

pb chocolate covered pretzel cupcakes pb chocolate covered pretzel cupcakes   TO MAKE THESE DELICIOUS CUPCAKES I STARTED BY MAKING SOME CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZELS & PUTTING THEM IN THE FREEZER TO COOL.  ONCE THEY ARE COOLED YOU PUT 1 OR 2 AT THE BOTTOM OF THE CUPCAKE TIN.IMG_5168 IMG_5171I USED SIMPLE VANILLA BOX CAKE MIX FOR THESE CUPCAKES.  WHILE THEY WERE BAKING & COOLING I MADE SOME PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING.  WHAT YOU NEED: 1 1/2 STICKS BUTTER ROOM TEMP, 1 CUP CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER, 1 TSP VANILLA, 1/2 TSP SALT, 1 1/2 CUP POWDERED SUGAR & 1 1/2 TBSP MILK.  CREAM TOGETHER THEN BUTTER & PEANUT BUTTER.  THEN ADD THE MILK & SALT.  ONCE THAT IT ALL CREAMED ADD THE SUGAR LITTLE BY LITTLE.  ONCE THAT IT ALL MIXED IT WILL SEEM DRY, START ADDING SOME MILK TBSP BY TBSP.

FROST THE CUPCAKES & DECORATE WITH SOME MORE CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZELS.  YOU CAN ALSO DRIZZLE THE CUPCAKES WITH CHOCOLATE TOO!chocolate covered pretzel pb cupcakesIMG_5184ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS YUM.  THANKFULLY I SAVED SOME FOR MYSELF & THEY DIDNT ALL GOTO MY FRIEND.  THEY WERE MY DINNER FOR THE NIGHT, I HAD 3!

S’MORE PB & CHOCOLATE BIRTHDAY CUPCAKE

EVERY YEAR SINCE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, FOR MY BEST FRIENDS BIRTHDAY I HAVE SOME HOW INCORPORATED FOOD INTO HER PRESENTS UNKNOWINGLY. (WE FIRST REALIZED THIS ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO) NOW I PURPOSELY BAKE SOMETHING FOR HER OR GET HER SOMETHING FOOD RELATED TO KEEP UP WITH THE TRADITION.

FOR HER BIRTHDAY LAST YEAR I MADE CUPCAKES OF HER FAVORITE THINGS.  NUMBER 1 FAVORITE THING IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD ARE HER DOGS.  SHE COULD BE AN OBSESSIVE DOG LADY.  THEN PEANUT BUTTER.  WE LOOOVE REESES. SO I MADE PB REESES CUPCAKES.  LASTLY I MADE PLAIN VANILLA CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES BECAUSE SHES ALWAYS LOVED THEM.

birthday cupcakes LWFOR THE SMORES CUPCAKES I MADE A GRAHM CRACKER CRUST ON THE BOTTOM OF THE LINED CUPCAKE TIN. I CRUSHED UP 1 1/2 CUPS GRAHAM CRACKERS AND MIXED THE CRUMBS WITH 4 TBSP BUTTER & 1/4 CUP SUGAR. (YOU CAN ADJUST THE SUGAR TO YOUR LIKING) BAKE THE CRUST FOR 5 MINUTES AT 350 BEFORE YOU FILL THE CUPCAKE TIN WITH ANY BATTER.  I MIGHT OF KIND OF CHEATED THIS TIME AROUND & USED BOX VANILLA MIX. I FILLED THE TINS UP AFTER THE CRUST CAME OUT OF THE OVEN.  I BAKED THEM AS I WOULD WITH ANY OTHER CUPCAKES.

WHEN THE CUPCAKES DONE & COOLED I MELT SOME CHOCOLATE CHIPS IN A CUP & FROSTED THE CUPCAKES WITH SOME.  NOW THIS ISNT THE FROSTING SO YOU DONT NEED TO PUT A HUGE MOUNTAIN OF CHOCOLATE UP BUT HOW MUCH YOU WANT IS TOTALLY UP TO YOU.  NOW FOR THE MARSHMALLOW PART OF THE S’MORE YOU CAN EITHER JUST FROST WITH FLUFF OR MAKE MARSHMALLOW FROSTING LIKE I DID. TO MAKE MARSHMALLOW FROSTING YOU NEED: 1 CUP BUTTER ROOM TEMPERATURE 7 OUNCES MARSHMALLOW FLUFF 1-2 CUPS CONFECTIONERS SUGAR (TO YOUR TASTE) 1 TSP VANILLA. BEAT THE BUTTER & POWDERED SUGAR TIL FLUFFY. THEN MIX IN FLUFF & VANILLA. FROST OVER THE CHOCOLATE. THE LAST STEP IS TO TAKE SOME MINI MARSHMALLOWS & BROIL ON TIN FOIL IN THE TOASTER OVER UNTIL LIGHTLY BROWN.  THEN SIMPLY LIFT THEM OFF THE TIN & PLACE ON THE CUPCAKE.SMORE CUPCAKEYOU CAN DO OTHER VARIATIONS OF A S’MORE CUPCAKE LIKE MARSHMALLOW FROSTING CHOCOLATE DRIZZLED ON TOP & A GRAHAM CRACKER STUCK IN THE TOP.  OR MARSHMALLOW FROSTING SPRINKLED WITH GRAHAM CRACKERS & A PEICE OF HERSHEYS STUCK INTO THE TOP.  THERE ARE MANY VARIATIONS BE CREATIVE.

FOR THE DOG CUPCAKES & THE REESES CUPCAKES I USED THE SAME VANILLA CUPCAKES.  I MADE PB FROSTING.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED FOR PB FROSTING:1 CUP CONFECTIONERS SUGAR 1 CUP CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER, 5 TBSP BUTTER ROOM TEMP, 3/4 TSP VANILLA 1/4 TSP SALT & 1/3 CUP HEAVY CREAM. MIX EVERYTHING BUT THE HEAVY CREAM.  ONCE THAT IS ALL MIXED ALL THE HEAVY CREAM. FROST. THEN TAKE REESES & CRUMBLE THEM UP INTO THE SIZE YOU WOULD LIKE & DECORATE WITH THEM.FOR THE DOG CUPCAKES I MADE A PIPING BAG FROM A ZIPLOCK & SNIPPED THE EDGE.  I JUST PIPED POINTS COMING UP FROM THE CUPCAKE.  FOR THE NOSE AREA I DID TAKE A LITTLE DOLLOP OF FROSTING FIRST & PIPED OVER IT SO IT WOULD BE RAISED.(YOU COULD ALSO BUT A LITTLE PEICE OF REESES AND PIPE OVER THAT TO ADD SOME HEIGHT AS WELL) FOR THE TOUNGE I CUT GYM WITH SCISSORS, I USED A RASIN FOR THE NOSE, LITTLE PEICES OF REESES FOR THE EYES & HALVES OF REESES FOR THE EARS.

VENICE, ITALY

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THE FIRST TRIP I TOOK WHILE I WAS LIVING IN EUROPE WAS A DAY TRIP TO VENICE DURING CARNEVALE WHICH IS AN ANNUAL FESTIVAL. WE TOOK THE TRAIN FROM FLORENCE.  THE TRAINS THERE ARE WAY DIFFERENT FROM THE LOOKS INSIDE & OUTSIDE & THE SPEED.580540_10151486406601800_734500540_n426130_10151486405681800_882899731_nTHE SECOND WE STEPPED OUT OF THE TRAIN STATION, YOU ARE IMMEDIATELY STRUCK WITH THE BEAUTY.  THE WATER IS THIS BEAUTIFUL BLUE GREEN.  YOU CAN EITHER TAKE A WATER TAXI OR WALK OVER THE BRIDGE & WALK THROUGH THE MINI STREETS HOPING YOU ARE GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. WE DECIDED TO WALK BECAUSE WE WANTED TO EXPLORE. I HAD BEEN HERE BEFORE & I HAVE A PRETTY GOOD MEMORY SO I HAD AN IDEA OF WHICH WAY TO GO(WE HAD NO MAP JUST OUR PHONES)531552_4705718925543_1003503605_nTHE STREETS ARE TINY LITTLE STREETS IF THATS WHAT YOU WOULD EVEN CALL THEM & IF YOU DIDNT KNOW, THERE ARE NO CARS BECAUSE THEY 1. CANT FIT & 2. IT IS SURROUNDED BY WATER SO THERE ARE MANY BRIDGES. AS YOU WALKING, IS IT BEYOND BEAUTIFUL FROM JUST THE SIMPLE BRICK TO THE BRIDGES.IMG_0976IMG_0985IMG_1017BECAUSE IT WAS CARNEVALE PEOPLE DRESS UP & WE WANTED TO JOIN THE FUN SO WE FOUND MASKS ON THE WAY.  MY FAVORITE COLOR IS PURPLE SO OF COURSE I GOT A PURPLE MASK.538255_4705724165674_2071999126_n488006_4705725485707_505944717_nIMG_1001 IMG_1041AFTER WINDING THROUGH THE STREETS WALKING, OVER BRIDGES & STEPS, PASSING MANY SHOPS & SOME PEOPLE DRESSED UP & DOING DIFFERENT THINGS, WE FINALLY FOUND THE SQUARE WE WERE LOOKING FOR, PIAZZA SAN MARCO WHERE SAINT MARKS BASILICA IS. THERE WERE MANY PEOPLE DRESSED UP HERE & A BIG STAGE SET UP.IMG_1061 IMG_1122 IMG_1060 OF COURSE WE TOOK PICTURES WITH MANY DIFFERENT PEOPLE DRESSED UP.  ITS REALLY COOL TO SEE ALL THE DIFFERENT COSTUMES & IF YOU LIKE FASHION, THE CARNIVAL HAS A FASHION SENSE TO IT. WE EVEN SAW A DOG & SOME KIDS THAT WERE TOO.IMG_1110 600840_4705731925868_173414465_n 404507_4705730605835_1886957113_n IMG_1080 SAM_1113 IMG_1104559998_4705729125798_1308257268_n IMG_1136 IMG_1115MY FAVORITE CUSTOM WAS THE ONE BELOW. HE WAS ALL RHINESTONED, STUDED WHATEVER YOU WOULD CALL IT.  I HAD TO TAKE A PICTURE WITH HIM. THE DETAIL WAS ASTONISHING.IMG_1119WE OF COURSE TOOK A GONDOLA RIDE AROUND WHERE WE GOT TO RELAX & SEE MORE BEAUTIFUL THINGS.69651_10151486434201800_2081406115_n 154805_10151486432866800_2042211386_n 24272_10151486434916800_1213388455_n IMG_1170 IMG_1145 IMG_1140 154805_10151486432866800_2042211386_n 404852_4705748166274_797480753_nOF COURSE ALONG THE WAY I HAD SOME CHOCOLATE SNACKS.IMG_0979 163321_10151486413531800_922464991_n IMG_1171 IMG_1172HERE ARE A FEW MORE PHOTOS TO ALLOW YOU TO SEE A GLIMPSE INTO VENICE. I HOPE YOU GET A CHANCE TO VISIT ONE DAY BECAUSE IT IS WELL WORTH IT.IMG_1070 IMG_1043 IMG_1125 IMG_0970 579830_4553823927762_1045379430_nIMG_1107