PIN IT! DIY Coasters

October 11, 2012

This week at craft night we made DIY Coasters! Click here for “how to” instructions

Want to try the simplest craft ever? Try making these!

Find yourself in the scrap booking aisle at your local craft store – and pick out some fun and funky paper that you’d like to see on some coasters. That was the best part about it!

Here’s how mine turned out….

I mixed a design paper with a plain paper. These are going to be great christmas gifts for those people you just don’t quite know what to get.

Bonus – all in all it took about 15 minutes!

PIN IT! Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs

October 04, 2012

Recently I was given the task of bringing a brunch dish to a baby shower.  I coulda made something with bacon (yum) but I was trying to think outside of the box. So, I found this post on Pinterest:


It looked simple enough, and even looked healthy!


So, being the person I am – I modified it a little. Instead of using shortcake, I used angelfood cake. And instead of putting whipped cream on the kabob (wouldn’t it melt off quick if you prepared it even a little ahead of time?), I put the whipped cream in a bowl on the side. Here was the end result:



It was crowd pleaser to say the least, everyone oOoh and aAah’d!


This is what you need, and I’ll even show you the budget!:

  • 25 wood skewers ($3)
  • 2 pounds of strawberries ($6)
  • 1 angelfood cake ($4)
  • 1 container of cool whip ($3)
  • a large white box ($2 at Michaels)
  • ribbon for decoration ($1)

My first step was putting the ribbon on the box to make it “baby shower” approved. Then I poked holes about 2 inches apart each on the top of the box. Cut your strawberries in to two, and cut cake into about 2 inch pieces.  Next, put the strawberries and cake on the skewers and poke ’em back in the box. And then you’re done! *One helpful hint, use one firm piece of strawberry on the bottom, or else it will all fall down.


Something great (and healthy) to bring to an office party, a family dinner or even a baby shower!




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