PIN IT! Crayon Art

September 26, 2012

Pinterest is a new thing to me, in fact – this was my first creation! There are some people who are pinning all day long, but right now – I’m just dipping my toes in it. It’s a great way to come up with new craft ideas, food recipes, design inspirations and more!

Last week I made this:

It’s a creation made with melted crayons (pictured: before, during and after)! I put my own twist on it, making a chevron design. You can see a “how to” here:

A lot of people come up with other cool designs or it’s even neat when it’s simply a rainbow!

My friend decided to do a couple under an umbrella, it came out great! She traced an image she found online, and then painted it in – simple and it looks amazing!

It was a fun (but a little tedious) thing to do with friends, and the kids would love it too! You practically can’t mess it up – but it does get messy so be prepared with something underneath. All you need is a pack of crayons, a canvas, maybe some painters tape, a hot glue gun, a piece of cardboard and a blow dryer!


Have fun, and PINTEREST away!

Rick’s Recipes: Crispy Cucumbers and Tomatoes in Dill Dressing

Posted by Rick Gary on August 16, 2012


  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cucumbers, sliced
  • 1 cup sliced red onion
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges


In a large bowl, mix the vinegar, sugar, salt, dill, pepper, and oil. Add cucumbers, onion, and tomatoes. Toss, and let stand at least 15 minutes before serving.

Rick’s Recipes: Spicy Corn & Tomato Salsa

Posted by Rick Gary on August 09, 2012


  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 3 tbsps lime juice (1)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsps salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tomato (seeded and diced)
  • 15 ozs black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup corn (frozen, thawed)
  • 2 1/2 tbsps jalapenos (finely minced)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (finely diced)
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • Tortilla Chips


  1. Combine garlic, lime juice, honey, salt and pepper and whisk together in a large bowl
  2. Add the remaining ingredients
  3. Chill for at least 2 hours

Rick’s Recipes: California Grilled Veggie Sandwich

August 06, 2012


-1/4 cup mayo

-3 cloves garlic, minced

– 1 tablespoon lemon juice

– 1/8 cup olive oil

-1 small zucchini, sliced

-1 red onion, sliced

-1 small yellow squash, sliced

– 2 (4×6 inch) focaccia bread pieces, split horizontally

– 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese


1. In a bowl, mix the mayonnaise, minced garlic, and lemon juice. Set aside in the refrigerator.

2. Preheat the grill for high heat.

3. Brush vegetables with olive oil on each side. Brush grate with oil. Place bell peppers and zucchini closest to the middle of the grill, and set onion and squash pieces around them. Cook for about 3 minutes, turn, and cook for another 3 minutes. The peppers may take a bit longer. Remove from grill, and set aside.

4. Spread some of the mayo mixture on the cut sides of the bread, and sprinkle each one with feta cheese. Place on the grill, cheese side up, and cover with lid for 2-3 minutes. This will warm the bread, and melt the cheese slightly. Watch carefully so the bottoms don’t burn. Remove from grill, and layer with the veggies. Enjoy as open faced grilled sandwiches.

Rick’s Recipe: Turkey Burgers

Posted by Rick Gary on July 25, 2012

Turkey Burgers

Ingredients: 3 pounds ground turkey

1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs

1/4 cup finely diced onion

2 egg whites, lightly beaten

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 clove garlic, peeled and minced

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


1. In a large bowl, mix ground turkey, seasoned bread crumbs, onion, egg whites, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper. Form into 12 patties.

2. Cook the patties in a medium skillet over medium heat, turning once, to an internal temperature of 180 degrees F