Homemade Pickled Beets

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My husband loves these pickled beets done crinkled style!  Roasting with rosemary and shallots adds a complex flavor to the beets.  They pickle in your fridge in just a week.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

5 medium beets, cleaned with 1-inch stem remaining
2 large shallots, peeled
2 sprigs rosemary
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
2 cup white wine vinegar
3 teaspoons sea or kosher salt (with no anti-caking agent)
1 cup sugar
2 cups water

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 Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Add beets, shallots, rosemary to a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil.
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Place ingredients into a foil pouch.
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Roast in the oven for 40 minutes until beets are soft.
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Remove the skin from the beets.
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For crinkled beets, slice using a mandolin with a crinkle attachment.
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Be careful not to cut yourself!
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Beets can turn your hands red!  Don’t fear, you can remove it using a little whitening toothpaste.
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Okay, now on to pickling!  Layer your jars with alternating layers of beets and onion.
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Boil vinegar, salt, sugar, and water.
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Pour liquid over the beets and onion.
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Once the jars are cool enough to touch, seal the jars.
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Leave jars in the refrigerator for about 7 days before eating.  Yummy!

How to Temporarily Tint Ceramic

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I wanted to paint this cool ceramic pineapple a fun, bright color but I didn’t want it to be permanent so I painted it with tube watercolor paint!

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There are a few things to think about before you get started.  The watercolor paint washes off easily from this ceramic pineapple because it’s already glazed.  No not try this on unfinished ceramics if you want the paint to be temporary.  If you are worried about permanent staining, test out an inconspicuous area before trying this tinting method.  It’s better to be safe than sorry!  On that note, let’s get started!

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Add a couple of drops of water to the tube watercolor paint.  Don’t add too much water as you’ll want it to be nice and thick.

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Paint your ceramic with a even coat of paint.

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You will probably need a couple of coats.  I touched up the paint as I went along.

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Let the paint dry for several hours before touching it.  To remove, simply wash off watercolor paint with regular water.  Have fun!

Homemade Veggie Stock

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The best thing about this stock is that there isn’t a strict recipe!  You can use whatever vegetables you have in the fridge!  This stock is very economical and much lower in sodium than store bought stocks.

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Ingredients:

There isn’t a strict recipe, but the stock with taste best if you start with a few basic ingredients: onion, carrot, celery, and garlic.  Then add additional vegetables that you have on hand.  I added tomato, mushroom, broccoli, and leeks.  I also threw in a bay leaf and some fresh parsley.

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Add vegetables to a large stock pot.

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Add enough water to fill your stock pot.

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Bring water to a boil.  Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 45 minutes.

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Strain cooked ingredients and discard.  Freeze leftover stock for up to 6 months.

5 Minute Craft–DIY Ribbon Belt

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This ribbon belt looks so great that it’s hard to believe it’s so easy to make!

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All you need is black ribbon and diamond ribbon, both available at your local craft or fabric store.  I picked these up at Michaels.

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Glue the diamond ribbon on the black ribbon and you are done!  I used hot glue, but I bet another type of glue would also work well.

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You can prevent the edges of the ribbon from fraying by sealing with fray check.

 

Dark Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup rolled oats
4 tablespoons softened butter (I prefer unsalted)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons egg substitute
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

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Preheat to 350 degrees F. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and oats in a bowl and set aside.
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Beat the butter, sugar, and brown sugar together until blended.
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Beat in the egg substitute.
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Add the maple syrup while the mixer is running and then the vanilla extract.
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Turn the mixer down to its lowest setting and gradually add the flour-oatmeal mixture while the mixer is running.
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Mix in the chocolate chips.
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Add balls of dough to a greased cookie sheet.
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Bake for 10-14 minutes until golden brown.
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DIY Lollipop Bouquet

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Lollipop bouquets make great bachelorette party decorations.  They also are a great way to make money with “suck for a buck.”  My friend sold lollipops from the bouquet for $1 each and made over $70!

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Materials:

Foam ball (find this in the floral department of your local craft store)
Several bags of dum dums or other small lollipops
Hot glue/gun
Four 12-inch wooden dowels (or seven 6-inch dowels)
Tape measure or ruler (if using 12-inch dowels)
Hand saw (if using 12-inch dowels)
Green paint/paint brush
Ribbon
Scissors

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Start by pushing one row of dum dums into the foam ball.

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You won’t need to glue dum dums at this stage.

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Add a second row of dum dums to the foam ball.

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Continue to add rows of dum dums to the foam ball until it looks kinda like a mushroom top.

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You will need seven 6-inch wooden dowels.  I found 12-inch dowels and cut them in half.  Measure your 12-inch dowels and mark the halfway point.

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Cut sticks in half using a hand saw.

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Paint 7 of the sticks green.  They will mostly be covered with ribbon, so you don’t have to worry too much about smudges.

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This is what they will look like when they are arranged together.

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Add some hot glue to the end of the ribbon and stick in place.

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Wrap tightly around the wooden dowels.

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Glue ribbon in place with hot glue.

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Use your unpainted dowel to make a hole in the foam ball for the wooden dowels.

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Push them in several inches, far enough to support the weight of the bouquet.

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Add lots of hot glue to the bottom of the hole.

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Press firmly in place and hold until glue hardens.

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Now add rows of dum dums to the bottom of the bouquet.  You will have to glue these in or they will fall out. Add a dab of hot glue to the stick and press into the foam ball and it will stay in place.

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When you get really close to the bouquet handle you will have to trim down the dum dum sticks to fit.  Cut with a pair of sharp scissors and then glue and stick into foam ball.

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Easy Zucchini Soup

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This simple soup is delicious and nutritious.  Top it with sea salt, cracked pepper, olive oil and Parmesan cheese, if desired, for a boost of flavor.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 white onion
2 cloves garlic
4 medium zucchini
32 oz good quality vegetable stock or broth
salt, pepper, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese to taste

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Drizzle oil into large stock pot and warm pan.

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Add chopped onion and garlic to pan, stir, and reduce heat to medium.

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Cook until soft and golden brown.

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Add chopped zucchini and vegetable stock.  Increase heat to high to bring to a boil.

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The most important ingredient in this recipe is the vegetable stock.  I recommend using the best stuff you can find.  Bullion cubes are too salty and don’t taste fresh.  If you have some, use homemade stock.

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Bring ingredients to a rolling boil.

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Reduce to a simmer and cover with a lid.  Cook zucchini for 20 minutes until soft.

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Remove from heat and let cool for about 10 minutes.

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Carefully ladle into a blender.

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Cover blender with towel to avoid spillage.

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Blend ingredients on low.  Add salt, pepper, oil and cheese to taste.  Serve hot.

 

 

DIY Funny Bachelorette Party Hat

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This hat is funny and ridiculous!  It’s a plastic top hat attached to a black headband that’s decorated with blue feathers a glittery clay penis!

Materials:

Black headband
Plastic top hat
Black polymer clay
Old cookie sheet
Mod Podge
Plastic container
Paint brush
Glitter
Newspaper
Feathers
Hot glue/gun

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Polymer clay is great!   It’s inexpensive and easy to harden in the oven.

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Break off a piece of clay and warm in your hand.  Work it until it softens and shape into a penis.

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Put the clay piece on an old cookie sheet and follow the baking directions on the package.

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The clay loses its glossiness as it hardens.

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Pour some Mod Podge into a plastic container.  I used an old sour cream container.

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Add glitter to Mod Podge.

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Mix well.

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Put down a piece of newspaper.

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Paint on an even layer of glitter mixture onto the top of the clay penis and let dry.

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Flip over and do the same to the back.

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Set out to dry completely.

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Add your feather piece to the top of the hat using hot glue.

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Add a huge dab of hot glue to the top of the hat and add feathers.  Be careful not to burn yourself.

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Then glue the plastic top hat to the headband.

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I glued my off center and checked it in the mirror before gluing.

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Add a giant blob of hot glue to the top of the feather and add glittery clay penis.  Add more glue as needed until the penis is stable on the hat.

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Give this to the bachelorette and get ready to laugh!

Honey Granola

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I love this simple honey granola over plain greek yogurt and fresh fruit.  It has a nice, sweet crunch.  Delicious!  Be sure to used rolled oats and not instant oats.

Ingredients

3 cups rolled oats
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Preheat the oven to 300°F and arrange a rack in the middle of the oven.  Place oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
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Mix with a wooden spoon.
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Place the honey, oil, and vanilla in a small bowl and mix.
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Pour over the oat mixture.
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Mix together until the oats are thoroughly coated.
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Spread oat mixture on a rimmed baking sheet.
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Bake for 15 minutes.
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Stir oats and place back in oven.
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Continue baking until the granola is very light golden brown, about 15 minutes more.  Remove from oven and lightly stir to avoid sticking to pan.  Granola will harden as it cools.