Sunday, February 20, 2011

Red Neck Wine Glass

Here is Aunt Jackie using her glass  =)

I don't know if I am late for the party or early, But I haven't seen these out here in Blogland yet, so I thought I would show you mine.  I went to a SuperBowl Party and my Aunt Jackie came in with one. She received it as a gift.  Other people told me they have seen these in gift shops.  I knew immediately how to make it - so here goes. 

Dollar Tree Glass Candle Stick
Pint Size Canning Jar
E6000 glue

Turn the Canning jar upside down. Run a line of E6000 around the edge of the candle stick and center on top of jar bottom. Wipe away the excess glue.  I put a book on top to give it a little weight and ensure a good seal.  Let it set for 24 hours.
 Jackie's glass had the wide part of the candlestick glued to the bottom of the jar. I did mine just as it was so the "stem" of the new wine glass looked like a real wine glass. 

Cheers Everyone!  =)  

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Valentines Container -recycle

How do I spell Broke? ROBBIN.   The lack of JOB has finally caught up with me. So I decided to Make some gifts, instead of purchasing them.   I started out with the some empty Crystal Light containers, and one Store brand container that I got from my son('s trash -You have to be careful when I am at your house - I will be digging through your garbage saying - hey can I have that - lol)  I had this awesome music book, printed in 1892, that I picked up at a thrift, and I got this page of graphics from Karen the Graphics Fairy.   ( I don't know what I would do without her awesome sight)

I cut the graphics out then got out the Mod Podge.   

I applied a sheet of the antique music to the containers with a thin layer of Mod Podge. 

I let it dry a bit and then added a top coat and positioned the graphics on top.  I let this coat dry then added another.  Once that was dry I used my Martha Stewart glittering glue and added a fine line of it and sprinkled on some Martha Stewart fine glitter.   I loved the way they turned out.  I filled them with candy kisses and hot glued some ribbon to the lid. I printed out a Happy Valentines Day and put it in the center of the lid.
(I failed to take a picture of the first two, before I gave them away)

Obviously I don't have a eye for centering because the blue one was way off!!  I kept that one =)

Sugar Coated Peanuts

I found this bag of raw redskin peanuts at a Wal-Mart in Kitty Hawk, NC and picked them up to make Hubby a batch of Sugar coated Peanuts.  Very Old School recipe that I have never tried before, but have eaten throughout my life. So tonight I a gave it a whirl.  So easy too.  I wished I had been doing them for years, because they are really good.

Sugar Coated Peanuts

3 cups of raw redskin peanuts  (the coating won't stick to the ones that don't have the skins on)
1 cup of sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon of red food coloring, (optional)

Preheat oven to 275.
Put sugar, water and food coloring in a pan and bring to a boil. Add peanuts and stir to coat, continue to slow boil, stirring constantly,  until all liquid is absorbed.  (you are essentially turning the mixture back into sugar)
Cover a baking sheet with foil, pour peanuts out into an even layer.  Bake for 1 hour at 275.
(There is a recipe on the back of the bag that uses the entire bag.  32 oz. of raw redskin peanuts, 1 1/4 cups of sugar and 3/4 cup of water.  Prepare them the same way.  I wished I had seen this first)

So yummy - you have to give them a try.  You won't be sorry.

Gary says:  Highly Addictive! You really can't eat just one.

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirled Brownies

I found this recipe on the net at Christmas time.  I made 2 pans of them and they rocked. I am going to bookclub tomorrow night and I have dessert so I am going to double the recipe and put it into a 9x13 pan, as opposed to the 8x8 listed.  I am sure it will turn out. 
***It worked out just fine, I didn't add any to the cooking time and they came out perfect in the 9x13 pan**

Red Velvet Cheesecake swirled Brownies

Red velvet layer
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup cocoa powder
Pinch salt
1 tablespoon red food coloring ( I used a whole little bottle for the double batch - didnt' measure)
1 teaspoon vinegar
2 eggs
¾ cup all-purpose flour
( I used Swan's Down cake flour - add 2 tbls more flour for all recipes you use this in- so says the box- and so says me)

Cheesecake layer
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
¼ cup sugar
1 egg
⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Grease and flour an 8 by 8-inch baking pan, and set aside.
Melt the butter, then pour it into a large bowl. Add the following ingredients, in this order, stirring after each addition: sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, salt, food coloring and vinegar. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl and then stir into the cocoa mixture. Fold in the flour just until combined. (Don’t overmix!)
Set aside ¼ cup of the batter for the top; pour the rest of the batter in the baking pan, spreading evenly across the bottom.

For the cheesecake layer, beat the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth.
Carefully spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the brownie batter in the pan, then plop spoonfuls of the remaining brownie batter over the cream cheese. Drag the tip of a knife through the red velvet and the cream cheese to create swirls.

Bake the brownies for 30 minutes. Let them cool completely on a wire rack before cutting.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner - OWOH

I am so excited.  I had some computer problems that are still not fixed on my computer this morning and I finally gave up and borrowed Hubbies so I could announce my winners!  I am using this web site to pick:

So here we go........Drum roll please:
Winner of the Grand Prize Potato Chip scarf is:
Gale Varland

First Runner up for a surprise prize:
Carolyn Kight

Second Runner up for a surprise prize:
M. Estes Zywar

Thanks so everyone who stopped by my blog to say Hi and special Thanks so Lisa Swifka for hosting.  This is such an awesome way to meet like minded people and see what they have been up to.  

Thursday, February 10, 2011


I found this cool site, I thought I would share. You can turn your photo into a Warhol PopArt picture.  Check out what I did with Baby Roxie.

If you don't like the colors they come up with, use the shuffle link above the photo, and it will generate another set for you. I am going to print this out on printable canvas and give it to my son, for Father's Day.  I think he will like it.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

OWOH 2011 Let the fun begin!!!


YEAH!  It's finally here.  The One World One Heart Blog Hop.  This was so much fun last year, I could hardly wait for this year.   So sad that this will be the last year, but I can't imagine all the effort this must be for Lisa, so I totally understand..  So let's make this last one the BEST one. 

Just for stopping by my blog, I will be giving away 3 fantastic Gifts.  Just leave a note saying you stopped by and I will be using the random number thing to pick the winners.  The first will be a Potato Chip Ruffled Scarf.((This is a stock photo on the pattern, Not sure what color yet, but it will be one solid color, as opposed to the two featured.)) 

The next two give away's will be surprises.  Everybody loves a surprise don't they??   They will probably be ATC's or Bookmarks as I am an avid Swap-Bot participant and love making them.  

 Let the One World One Heart begin. 

***Update***  I have 101 comments!!!  WOWZA  I think this deserves more give aways!  I don't know if I will have time to make 2 scarves (since I haven't finished the first one yet) but I have some other surprises in my bag of tricks =)***