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JULY FOURTH:
Patriotic Rice Krispies

 

 

 

Need a quick and easy dessert idea for your 4th of July get together? We have it for you here! Rice Krispie Treats are perfect for a last minute dessert, not too heavy on the tummy, and always a huge hit with the kiddos! This recipe takes about 15 minutes total including decoration – you can’t beat that!

 

Ingredients

3 T Unsalted Butter

10 oz. Package Marshmallows

6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal

16 oz. Betty Crocker Vanilla Frosting

Patriotic Sprinkles

 

Supplies

Nonstick Deep Skillet

Silicone Spatula

Large Mixing Bowl

13” x 9” x 2” Pan

Wax Paper

1 Plastic Sandwich Bag

Scissors

 

 

Directions

Melt the butter over low heat in a deep skillet, or large saucepan. Once butter is melted, add entire bag of marshmallows and stir frequently with silicone spatula until all marshmallows are melted. Remove from heat.

 

In a large mixing bowl add 2 cups Rice Krispies cereal and roughly 1/3 of melted marshmallows. Continue with two more layers of 2 cups cereal and 1/3 melted marshmallows until all melted marshmallows and 6 cups of cereal have been added. This layering technique makes coating the cereal with the melted marshmallows much easier. Stir with silicone spatula until well coated.

 

Line 13” x 9” x 2” pan with wax paper. Pour rice krispies into pan and press with spoon or more wax paper.

 

TIP: You can coat the pan with cooking spray or butter, but I find wax paper easiest when kids are involved. The wax paper prevents any sticking and helps to protect your pan from scratches when trying to cut the sticky rice krispies!

 

 

Decorating

Let the rice krispies cool for a minute to make sure the frosting does not melt when you decorate. Once cooled, add a spoonful of vanilla frosting into the corner of a sandwich bag and twist the bag at the top of the frosting. Press out air, seal the bag, and snip off the corner of the bag where the frosting is located. Be careful not to snip a large chunk off the corner of the bag, a tiny snip will suffice. Slowly squeeze the bag at the top of the frosting while holding the twist and keep a steady pressure while decorating. I chose to do a simple zig-zag pattern beginning and ending in opposite corners. Feel free to get creative with it!

 

After your finished with the frosting grab some patriotic sprinkles and go crazy! You can never have too many sprinkles! 🙂

 

 

Easy right? Leave a comment below to tell us what you thought!

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COUNTRY COOKING:
Creative Apron Display

 

 

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A couple of years ago I was out shopping with my mom when I found this horseshoe towel rack. Of course I had to buy it given my dreams of one day owning a horse and all! It makes perfect sense right? Between college and the Navy, I have been living in rentals and as you can figure – all have towel racks. So my awesome horseshoe towel rack sat wrapped up in paper in the closet until one day I would have a home where I could use it. After my husband and I got transferred to our current duty station I was determined to figure out how I could put my towel rack to use when I unpacked it from the moving boxes. I loved it hence why I bought it; therefore, I wanted to use it. It had sat wrapped up in the closet for too long! Of course it took me a while to figure out what alternative use a towel rack could serve until one day it hit me! As we were unpacking and hanging things up I stared at a blank wall in our kitchen wondering what on earth to do with it because it had THIS….. *cue horror music*

 

 

That’s right folks, a telephone jack AT EYE LEVEL for a wall mounted phone (or at least that’s what we think it is!). I did not know they even made phones like that anymore?? Why housing installed this in a home only seven years old is beyond me. And of course the jack is in the worst location possible – smack dab in the middle of the wall – but I digress. My solution to hiding the phone jack was with our “HOME” canvas picture my mom gave us as a wedding gift. It was a magical moment seeing the beauty of canvas wall art cover up the ever so dreaded phone jack. No one ever has to know that jack exists… minus the fact I am announcing its existence with this post, shh. 🙂

 

 

Our “HOME” canvas was looking pretty lonely on the wall by itself and I was unpacking kitchen boxes when I stumbled across my aprons. My aprons have always been neatly folded and stored in a kitchen drawer in hopes of being used; nevertheless I manage to forget they are there. So instead of my aprons taking up valuable kitchen drawer space and never being used, I realized I had found the purpose for my towel rack!

 

Noticing not all of the aprons tied around the neck, I needed a quick and easy way to hang them on to the rack; otherwise once again they would not get used because it would be hassle to get them on and off the rack. Plus, it sometimes takes a few tries to tie the neck of the apron just right to where it lays perfectly in place on you and you don’t want to mess that up. 😉 Can you guess what I used to hang the aprons with? That’s right – shower curtain hooks! We previously lived in an apartment with two showers which required shower curtains. In our current house we have two showers but only one requires a shower curtain. Therefore, we had the extra shower curtain hooks sitting in a bag in the linen closet not being used. Well, why not use them to hang the aprons? The color of them worked well enough to go with the towel rack so the decision was made! My hooks have a ball at the end of them to hold up the aprons, but other styles of shower curtain hooks will work too. If you have small children who might knock the aprons off onto the floor then I would recommend using a ring style or “S” style hook.

 

 

Lastly, you may have noticed there are five aprons to the two humans who live in this house. Let’s just say aprons are like shoes, you need one for every occasion. 🙂 Here is my reasoning to each apron:

  • Orange Daisies: It was my first apron and it was cute, not to mention perfect for Spring, Summer, and even Fall given the color.
  • Black and White Floral: Every woman needs an apron with her initial on it.
  • Little Black Dress: You need a “fancy” apron for hosting dinner parties! It even has “real” pearls on it. 😉
  • His + Her Texas Flag: This one needs no explanation – it’s what every Texan needs! (Want one? You can find them here: His + Hers)

 

Our kitchen apron display has led us to wear our aprons now more than we ever have in the last few years. It is a fun way to add functionality and décor into your kitchen!

 

I hope you have enjoyed my detailed story of our one kitchen wall! Thanks for reading! 🙂

 

 

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WINE, CHEESE, AND CHALK:
Chalkboard Wine Bottles

 

 

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Wedding Season: Part Three

Do you have some wine bottles you have been saving, but don’t know which project to make with them yet? Look no further! I was experiencing the same dilemma until I stumbled upon this cute chalkboard wine bottle idea. They were the perfect finishing pieces to go with my chalkboard serving tray and decorative pillow wedding gifts!

 

The idea of using chalkboard paint on wine bottles creates tons of versatility in the project. Just think with three bottles you can write initials for bedroom décor or baby showers, his and her initials for wedding showers, “JOY” for Christmas, swap out seasonal floral, and so much more! I made this set to be used as a wedding gift as well as décor for the bride’s brunch. After having completed this project, I knew I had to make a set for our home too!

 

Want to see these wine bottles in action? Check out our post, A Bridal Brunch (post coming soon!), to see more!

 

 

Materials

3 Glass Bottles

Dried or Faux Floral

#28 3-Ply Natural Jute

Chalkboard Paint

Sponge Brush

Gloves + Mask

Hot Glue Gun

Wax Paper

Chalk

 

Prep + Paint

The first step is to determine which three glass bottles you are going to use. I chose to use two varying sizes to add dimension; two of the same size wine bottles and one spiced cider bottle. Remove the labels and any residue from the glass until the surface is free of any gunk. Your bottles are ready for paint!

 

 

There are two ways you could go about painting your bottles: liquid paint or spray paint. I had some liquid chalkboard paint on hand and decided to use that. When working with either liquid paint or spray paint make certain to work with THIN coats; otherwise, you will end up with paint drips running down the sides of the bottle – darn gravity! Apply additional coats until you reach the desired thickness of chalkboard surface, allowing for adequate drying time between each coat. I chose to not paint the bottom of the bottles; therefore, I was able dry them upright on wax paper. The wax paper works great by preventing any residual paint from sticking to its surface when dry.

 

Note: An option for painting the bottom of the bottles is to brace wooden dowels, or something similar, to suspend the bottles upside down. I have not personally tried this method, but have seen it done. Read all directions on your can of paint before use. Remember to stir the paint before use, do not shake. I recommend wearing a mask and gloves when applying paint along with working in a well-ventilated space. A well-ventilated space creates a cleaner workspace to breathe in and faster drying time.

 

Decorate

Let your creative side shine and start decorating your bottles! You could choose to add any fun details you like such as flowers, rhinestones, metal art, bows, etc. I kept mine simple with only using jute to remain versatile for everyday décor, holidays, and other occasions. Use a hot glue gun when adhering the jute and periodically apply beads of glue while wrapping the jute around the bottle.

 

 

After you have finished decorating the bottles, break out the chalk and test out your new chalkboard surface! Arrange your bottles and finish them off with dried or faux floral. 🙂

 

 

Don’t miss out on the other posts in our wedding season series!

 

 

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“CHALK TO ME”:
A Chalkboard Serving Tray

 

 

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Wedding Season: Part Two

Summer is fast approaching and that means pool parties, BBQ, and good company! All of this equals up to everyone’s favorite thing – entertaining! With entertaining comes serving ware. I was actually searching for wedding gift inspiration when I stumbled upon the idea of these neat chalkboard serving trays. I decided to give it a go and make one as a wedding gift for my best friend in addition to using the tray at her bridal brunch. I definitely fell in love with the finished product and wanted to keep it for myself. 🙂 Needless to say, I will certainly be making one for us pretty soon! If you need a great gift idea this is it!

 

Materials

1×12 Pine Wood (at 30” long)

Wood Stain

Polyurethane

Chalkboard Paint

Painters Tape

Staining Rag or Paper Towels

(2) Sponge Brushes

(2) Decorative Handles

(4) ½” Screws

Electric Sander

Electric Drill

Electric Saw (if needed)

Gloves + Mask

Wood Burning Kit (optional)

 

 

Prep + Wood Burning

Begin by either finding a piece of scrap wood in your garage, or by cutting a board to your chosen dimensions. I had managed to find the perfect size of scrap board in our garage that was left over from a previous project we had done – no cutting required! Use an electric sander to round all corners and edges of the tray. I wanted to add a unique feature to the back of the tray so I chose to wood burn my logo into the lower corner. If you would like to add a special feature of your own just follow these simple steps! Print out the image or text onto a piece of paper at the size you want. Lay the paper onto the wood and use a pencil to trace the outlines you wish to display. Press hard when tracing with the pencil to make indents on the wood. Remove the paper when you are finished and make sure all of the outlines you want are pressed into the wood. Simply trace the outlines with your wood burning kit and you are ready for staining.

 

Note: I recommend working in a well-ventilated space because the burning wood can get stinky! Please be careful when working with wood burning kits as they can burn more than just the wood!

 

 

Stain + Polyurethane

Select your choice of stain color and apply with an old rag or paper towels. Apply additional coats until you reach the desired color, allowing for adequate time to dry between each coat. Next, use a sponge brush to apply a thin coat of polyurethane, allowing for adequate time to dry between each coat. I decided on two coats of polyurethane to be sufficient for the tray.

 

Note: Read all the directions on each product before use. Remember to stir the stain and polyurethane before use, do not shake. If using paper towels to apply stain, make sure the paper towels are not too soft and leave paper remnants on the project. Always wear a mask and gloves when applying stain or polyurethane along with working in a well-ventilated space. A well-ventilated space creates a cleaner workspace to breathe in and faster drying time.

 

 

Tape + Paint

Once your tray is nice and dry, apply painter’s tape around the edges to form the area that will become the chalkboard surface. Before applying the tape, I recommend 24-48 hours drying time depending on the weather. Using the painter’s tape, create a 1” border along the length of the tray with a 2” border along the widths where the handles will be added later. Be sure to press tape down firmly around all edges to ensure the chalkboard paint will not bleed underneath.

 

Time to pop open your can of chalkboard paint and get to painting! I must admit this is when I walk outside, find a stick in the yard, and use it to stir my paint. 🙂 I am not too sure professionals would recommend this method, but it works for me. Use a sponge brush to apply a thin coat of chalkboard paint to your tray within the taped off work space. When painting at the tapes edge, make sure your brush is lightly soiled with paint and paint with strokes moving away from the tape, not towards. If you paint with stroke towards the tapes edge you are liable to end up with paint under the tape resulting in an unclean line after the tape is removed. When painting the length of the area, follow the edge of the tape with your brush to ensure all strokes move in the same direction. Apply additional coats until you reach the desired thickness of chalkboard surface, allowing for adequate time to dry between each coat. I chose to do five coats of chalkboard paint to build up the surface some compared to the stained surface.

 

Note: Read all the directions on each product before use. Remember to stir the paint before use, do not shake. I recommend wearing a mask and gloves when applying paint along with working in a well-ventilated space. A well-ventilated space creates a cleaner workspace to breathe in and faster drying time.

 

 

Assembly

After your new chalkboard surface is completely dry, especially at the tapes edge, carefully remove the tape by pulling at a slight angle towards the painted surface. The only thing left is to attach your decorative handles! Mark off the locations for your screws, use an electric drill to make small pilot holes, lay the handles in place, and drill in the screws.

 

You’re done! Look at that beauty! Now you have a fun and beautiful chalkboard serving tray for all your summer festivities!

 

Don’t miss out on the other posts in our wedding season series!

 

 

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