DIY Project: Decoupage Vases with A.G. Dow

Here is another awesome DIY project by Blooming Buddy A.G. Dow! Check it out! ~*~*~*~   Materials Needed: Glass vase (or jar, candle holder, etc.) Mod Podge Gloss or Matte (I used Gloss) Mod Podge Glitter (only if you’d like a glitter finish) Foam Brush Gift wrap tissue paper Clear Acrylic Sealer ( I used Krylon)     Before You Begin: Make sure glass is clean and dry before beginning this project. Cut tissue paper into strips. I cut mine the length of the vase, and made them 1-2 inches wide. Set aside for later.   Step 1: Using a foam brush, apply Mod Podge in sections, being sure to stroke evenly from top to bottom. You will not need a lot of the Podge, … Continue Reading

DIY Happy Home Tip – Remove Leftover Wax from Candle Jars

I came across a post on the Yellow Brick Home blog and immediately related to the topic. It is something almost all of us, especially women, have encountered. We get a candle and it burns down but there is always a little bit of wax that remains in the bottom. We always tell ourselves (or at least I do) that I can use the jar for something else and so I set it to the side, telling myself that I will remove the remaining wax later. Before you know it you have a whole stash of empty candle jars with annoying wax remnants just sitting around taking up space.   In the post it says that you can simply pour boiling water into the jar … Continue Reading

DIY Project – Tinting Glass Jars with Jaidis

Earlier the wonderful A.G. Dow stopped by to share her experience with tinting glass using Mod Podge. Her jars turned out so beautiful that I wanted to give it a go! So let’s get to it!   Ingredients Needed: 1/8 Cup of Mod Podge, Gloss 1 1/2 TBSP Water Liquid Food Coloring Glass Bottles/Jars Before you begin: Collect all of the needed ingredients and supplies. In addition to the Mod Podge, water, food coloring, and bottles/jars, I used plastic cups for mixing, something to stir with ( I used Popsicle sticks) and paper towels for messes/clean-up. I also had a paint brush handy which I’ll talk about later.   Step 1: I microwaved 1 1/2 tablespoons of water for 30 seconds in a glass measuring cup. … Continue Reading

DIY Project – Tinting Glass Jars with A.G. Dow

The first Blooming Buddies contributor post comes from A.G. Dow! I was discussing with her various techniques of tinting glass jars and so we both decided to give it a whirl. The tutorial that we decided to try first was originally posted on the It’s Overflowing blog.   Let’s take a look at A.G.’s experience! ~*~*~*~   Ingredients Needed: 1/4 Cup of Mod Podge, Gloss 3 TBSP Water Liquid Food Coloring Glass Bottles/Jars   Before you begin: Collect all of the needed ingredients and supplies. In addition to the Mod Podge, water, food coloring, and bottles, I used two small bowls for mixing (one for water and one for Mod Podge), something to stir with ( I used an old spoon) and paper towels for messes/clean-up.   … Continue Reading

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bites

I came across a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bites on Just Putzing Around the Kitchen and wanted to try it. Here it goes:   Ingredients Needed: 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour 1 tsp Salt 1/2 tsp Baking Powder 1/8 tsp Baking Soda 10 TBSP Butter (1 Stick + 2 TBSP), softened 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar 1/2 Granulated Sugar 1 Lg. Egg 3 Oz Cream Cheese, room temperature 2 tsp Vanilla 1 1/2 Cups Chocolate Chips     Before you begin: Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet and set to the side.   Step 1: In large bowl, cream together the butter, both sugars, egg, cream cheese, and vanilla.   Step 2: Add the dry ingredients, one at a time, mixing well … Continue Reading

Recipe: Hot Corn Dip

I came across a recipe for this Hot Corn Dip on Gina Marie’s Kitchen and knew I had to try it! I did make a few changes to suit my personal preferences so check it out below!   Ingredients Needed: 2 Cups Cheddar Cheese, finely shredded 1 Cup Montery Jack Cheese, shredded 1/2 Cup Mayo 1 Can of Yellow Corn, drained 1 Can of Rotel Tomatoes with Green Chilies, undrained 1 stalk Green Onions or about 2 TBS, thinly sliced 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder   Optional: 1 Cup of Cooked Chicken Breast, diced     Before you begin: Assemble your ingredients. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. If you are using chicken like I did, cook it and set it to the side.   Step 1: … Continue Reading

Recipe: Cheesy Chicken & Rice Melt

One of my favorite dishes when my family and I are able to eat out is the Pollo Fundido from a local Mexican restaurant. I’ve tried the Pollo Fundido recipe at various restaurants and they always seem to be different. Some wrap them in the tortilla shell, some are baked, etc. Since my hubby has been out of a job for a while and is currently finishing up college, we don’t get to eat out as often as we’d like and so we try to create similar dishes at home.   I’ve looked around at various recipes online and couldn’t find one that was similar and so one day when I was craving my beloved Pollo Fundido, my hubby decided that he would try to … Continue Reading

Recipe: Parmesan Hash Brown Cups

I came across this recipe for Parmesan Hash Brown Cups on The Yummy Life blog and thought I’d try it because I still had some shredded potatoes left over from when I made the Breakfast Cupcakes recipe.   I followed Monica’s recipe pretty closely, only making minor additions, so be sure to also stop by and check out the post on her BLOG and see what inspired her to make them ;)   Ingredients Needed: 1 bag of Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns 3 Green Onions, Chopped 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil   Optional: 1 Tablespoon of Minced Garlic   Before you start: Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray your muffin … Continue Reading

Recipe: Breakfast Cupcakes

While browsing Pinterest, I came across a pin for bacon, egg and toast cups from MarthaStewart.com. My family loves having breakfast dinners so I decided to try making these. I made some changes to the recipe so here is my version.   Before you start: You will need to decide what ingredients you want included. I used a variation of eggs, bacon, sausage, and cheese. These are totally customizable so feel free to experiment. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a muffin pan and set aside.   Step 1: I deviated from the original recipe and began by cooking the bacon and sausage first. You will want to cook them half-way because they will finish cooking in the oven.   Step 2: Take 6 … Continue Reading

DIY Nail Polish!

Have you ever wanted your nails to be a certain color but no store had a color remotely close to the one you envisioned so you had to settle for something else? Why not make it yourself?!   I came across an awesome DIY Nail Polish tutorial by Lindsay @ Delighted Momma and couldn’t wait to try her advice! You can check out her original post HERE.   So here is my experience with making my own ;-)   First, you will need a few things to get started: A bottle of clear polish Eyeshadow to color the polish. Feel free to be creative! A couple of toothpicks A funnel or something to make a funnel   Since this is the first time I have … Continue Reading