Pretty Lacy

After my long family overloaded weekend, I stopped by a friends house to just chill out.  Between the two of us, we are pretty obsessed with blogs like Young House Love, Apartment Therapy, and Bower Power Blog.  She is obsessed with Pinterest. I am not. Was not. So when I got there she suggested we make something crafty and I love something crafty so I was in. Then she breaks out her laptop and starts perusing her boards for some pinspiration. She pulls up this pin.

I was instantly smitten so off to Goodwill we went to get some jars/votives/glass containers. Admission time: I’m obsessed with Goodwill.  It’s like a garage sale that’s open everyday and that’s what I call fun. Finding a gem among crap, and gems I did find. Aside from my glass objectives, I got a lamp, a dress, some flower dipping bowls, and a few vases.  It was a smart $40.  We stopped off at a few more stores to get lace and flameless candles.  After seeing the price of Modge Podge, we decided to make our own.

1 part Elmer’s glue + 1 part water = homemade Modge Podge

The steps were pretty simple:

01. Wrap lace around jar and cut to size.

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02. Secure lace with little peice of tape.

03. Cover all areas of lace with Modge Podge mixture.

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04. Let dry. Depending on the lace you chose you might want to consider reinforcing it while it dries. I did this by wrapping newspaper around the jar and securing that with tape.

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05. Take tape off. Put a bird on candle in it.

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We were pretty (nerdily) excited about the result. She spent the entire night trying to convince me to join Pinterest, but I know that if I did I would never get any work done.

Do you Pinterest? Do you get peer pressured into crafts?

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Marathon Cooking

Tonight, I’m grocery shopping. I know, hold the presses! This seemingly mundane task is the beginning of an experiment. We eat out a lot at my house. That’s money down the drain, and I don’t like money in my plumbing. To remedy this, I’m going to try to cook a week’s worth of dinners in one weekend in an attempt to eat healthier and cheaper. That’s 7 meals in 2 days. Maybe that doesn’t sound like a lot of work but it is. A frick ton. In my mind, make ahead meals are all casseroles. Apparently, they are also hearty soups.

Here’s the proposed line-up:

  1. Black Bean Mushroom Chili
  2. Pinto Bean and Andouille Sausage Stew
  3. Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes
  4. Lasagna
  5. Broccoli Cheese Chowder
  6. Baked Penne with Chicken and Sun-dried Tomatoes

I’ll be doing the shopping tonight and probably doing most of the cooking tomorrow. Let’s see how actual meal planning goes.

Do you think I’m crazy? Have you ever done any marathon cooking?