March 8, 2011

Turkey Apple Brie Panini

Fast, easy, and it even taste great!

Italian or french bread
Shaved turkey breast lunch meat
1 apple sliced thin
3 Tbs Apple Butter
1 tsp Mayo
1 tsp Mustard

Mix together the apple butter, mayo an mustard. (if you have some dijon mustard on hand add about a half of a tsp of that too to spice it up a bit. If you don't have it no worries, it taste just fine without it)
Slice the bread 1/2 inch thick. Spray one side of each of the slices of bread with Pam or a spray butter. Toast in a fry pan until slightly brown. Flip and repeat only this time adding your apple slices, turkey brie and apple butter mayo. Cook a few minutes until the bread is toasted and flip and toast the other side. I like the inside of my sandwich toasted too if not you can skip that part and only toast the outside.

Diaper Cake

I am making a diaper cake for a coworker of my mother in-law. I always enjoy putting one of these together and there are so many different options of what you can do.

You will need around 100 - 120 size 2 diapers depending on how large you want your cake to be. I have used size 1 and size 3 and size 2 just seems to work the best. All white diapers (Pampers Swaddlers) are the best if you don't plan on completely covering them with something.

For the center I use a large bottle of powder for the base and with this one I also used a container of pacifiers. Use a little dab of hot glue to attach them to each other (the mom to be can peel it right off).

Place a large rubber band around the bottle of powder and begin rolling your diapers from the waist to the bottom. I try to roll 3 at a time. You want them to be tight as they will unroll slightly until you get them all packed in there. Once you have made one complete circle add another larger rubber band and begin rolling for the second row. Repeat for each tier, removing the inner rubber bands as you go if you wish. For this cake the bottom layer is 3 rows, middle layer 2 rows and top layer is 1 row with a little padding of about 3 or 4 diapers to even out the shape of the pacifier holder that is in the center.

Once you have your layers complete you can start adding your ribbon. Attach you ribbon using small dots of hot glue or a push pin. Choose something cute as a topper and decorate the outside of the cake with baby items.

If you are going to transport the cake wrapped then there is no need for a base but if you plan on moving it as is it's a good idea to attach a cardboard base. To do this is usually buy a foam craft board and cut it into a circle. Cover it with baby wrapping paper or tissue paper and attach it to the cake buy hot gluing it to the bottle of powder that is in the center.

The diaper cake was made by wrapping the layers in receiving blankets.

March 7, 2011

Picture Fram Dry Erase Boad

As our calendar begins to fill up with events for the Spring and Summer I wanted a way to make sure that our "Things To Do" list didn't get pushed to the way side. I was in Kohls today looking for a decorative dry erase board I found a really nice wooden one on the clearance rack for about $15.00 but it was scuffed a little and a bit larger than I wanted. I moved my search over to the picture frames. I found a great silver frame with red accents in the clearance isle along with linen napkin.

What you need :
Picture Frame
Linen Napkin
Dry Erase Marker

Here is what I did ...

Iron your napkin to make sure it doesn't have any  fold lines. You can either cut it to fit the mat with a little hanging over or just leave the extra on and tuck it in the back. Fold your napkin over the existing cardboard mat that is inside the picture frame. Make sure that it's pulled tight and reattach the back. Vulva! Hang or stand you frame. Now find a dry erase marker and start making notes!

Total cost: $10.00