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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Crafty Love: Personalized Texas Hat

I got a few of these hats Wal-Mart and love them because they fit your head so well.  I wanted to personalize them but my embroidery machine cannot monogram on hats.  I used heat transfer for one of them cutting it out with my Silhouette machine.  I then used the state of Texas with a monogram in the middle and used fabric glue to attach it to the hat.

Blank Ball Cap
Fabric – I used a cute chevron
Embroidery Machine for the monogram (or heat transfer and cut out from Silhouette)

Fabric glue

I monogrammed the fabric and just cut around the shape with pinking shears.  I then used fabric glue to glue it to the hat.  I think it looks cute.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tried It...Ate It...Loved It: Gouda Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

I hate boxed mac and cheese. The smell of it makes me nauseous.   I think this is inherited from my mom as she is the same way. I do make it for the girls because I know how much they love it and it is a simple dish to make, however, I will not eat it at all.  I do love my girlfriend’s mac and cheese that she makes from scratch.  I decided that I should have a good recipe that I can make. My first attempt was a Gouda Bacon Mac and Cheese and it was AWESOME.

Gouda Bacon Macaroni and Cheese: comfort food that kids and grownups will LOVE #macandcheese @shugarysweets

I got this awesome recipe from Shugary Sweets.
Prep Time: 25 minutes            Cook Time: 25 minutes           Yield: serves 10-12
·  16oz elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
·  4 Tbsp butter
·  2 1/4 cup skim milk
·  1/2 cup flour
·  1 1/4 cup heavy cream
·  2 tsp kosher salt
·  1 tsp ground black pepper
·  1/2 tsp dry mustard
·  2 tsp Worcestershire
·  1lb smoked Gouda cheese, shredded
·  1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
·  5 slices bread (about 2cups crumbs)
·  3 Tbsp butter, melted
·  1/2 cup bacon, cooked and crumbled
1.       Prepare macaroni according to package directions. Set aside.
2.       In large pot, melt butter over medium high heat. Add skim milk and bring to near boiling. Reduce heat to medium and sprinkle in flour. Whisk vigorously over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Mixture should be thick and boiling. Slowly add cream, while whisking. Add in salt, pepper, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Reduce heat to low and continue to stir for about 5 minutes.
3.       In food processor, shred Gouda and Cheddar cheese. Add to pot, stir until thoroughly combined.
4.       Add cooked macaroni to cheese mixture. Pour into a 13x9 dish.
5.       In same food processor bowl (no need to wash it after shredding the cheese), process 5 slices of bread to a fine crumb. Add melted butter. Sprinkle over macaroni. Top with crumbled bacon.

6.       Bake uncovered in a 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.ENJOY!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Crafty Love: Pony-Os

I have been making the girl hairbows for quite some time.  I don’t do the real elaborate ones but I like having ones that match their outfits.  Some of the great tutorials are found on TheRibbon Retreat  and Girly Things 

My girls don’t wear bows as often but they do wear these pony tail holders.  I made a set for the soccer team and then also created some for their first day of Kindergarten.  So fun and simple.  Here are the instructions from the RibbonRetreat that I used:

Supplies & Tools
Lighter or Wood-Burning Tool
Pony O’s
Hi-Temp Glue Gun
Needle and thread (ready to go) is a great place to purchase ribbon.

1.      Determine how many tails you want in your Pony O. Then you need to determine what sizes you’d like to use. Here I have used a 1 ½” ribbon, a 7/8” ribbon, and a 3/8” ribbon. You can have these be as long or as short as you’d like. For this demonstration, the pieces of ribbon are 20” each. You may also have them vary in size. For example, have one be 20”, one 19”, and one 18”.
2.      You can cut the tails any way you’d like, but for this example I’ve cut them in a “V” cut. Seal the ribbon ends.
3.      Put all the ribbons together.
4.      Fold the ribbon in half with the wrong sides of the ribbon touching.
5.      Take the top part of the fold in one of your hands and hold tightly together.
6.      Take your needle and thread through the underside of the ribbon – in between the fold.
7.      Take the needle all the way through and pull until the knot stops at the back.
8.      Unfold the ribbon and lay flat, with the right side face up. Hold tightly in the center with your fingers.
9.      With your LEFT hand (if you’re Right-Handed ☺), hold the ribbon tightly. With your RIGHT hand take the thread around the top of the ribbon and towards the back. Pull the thread tightly with your right hand.
10.   Take the thread all the way around and pull, cinching the ribbon tightly in the center. Take the thread around the center quite a few times until you feel comfortable that it is secure and there is no more “give” to the thread. You will become better at this the more you practice.
11.   Now you’ll need the Pony O. Use whatever color you’d like. Also, a lot of teams can’t use the Pony O’s with the metal on them. You can find “No Metal” Pony O’s at most department stores.
12.   Turn the ribbon over to the back and place the Pony O directly on top of the ribbon – directly over the thread. The “streamers” will be going towards the left and the right.
13.   Take the thread around the center of the “streamer” and the Pony O as shown. You won’t actually poke the needle through the center of the Pony O. Just take the thread around the center. If you run out of thread, just tie it off and re-load your needle with more thread.
14.   After you are comfortable with the tightness and feel like it is secure, take up a couple of stitches through the Pony O as shown. Then tie a knot and cut your thread.
15.   This is what it should look like so far from the back.
16.   Turn it over, and this is what the top should look like.
17.   Now take a piece of ribbon and cut it at 1 ½”. Seal the edges. This will be used to cover the stitching.
18.   Turn the Pony O over to the back and place a dab of glue on top of the thread.
19.   Take one end of the piece of ribbon and place down onto the glue.
20.   Wrap the ribbon around the center.
21.   Continue to the back.

22.   Place a dab of glue in the center. Take the remaining piece and place on top of the glue. 

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