Decorating Easter Eggs – Blown Out

Blow out Easter EggsStart with fresh eggs – I used a round file (actually meant for jewelry) to poke holes in the top and the bottom of the eggs.  The larger the hole in the bottom of the egg the easier it is to get the yoke out.   Then you simply blow from the top and watch the whites and yoke come out.  Blow until you hear air coming out. Then rinse the inside of the egg with tap water.    After the egg dries then paint away!

Below is a picture of the eggs we painted today.  Have fun and Happy Easter!


Painted Blown Out Easter Eggs

Chalkboard Fabric Project Ideas


Chalkboard Fabric

Months ago I bought a few yards of chalkboard fabric that was on sale;  I am finally getting around to using it!   This chalkboard fabric project couldn’t get any easier.   Simply cut the fabric and tack it to the wall.


Here are some other ideas that I am going to get around to trying soon:

Chalkboard Pillows – From Apartment Therapy

 Chalkboard fabric pennant banners! (I wonder what is used for the fabric. Faux leather?)
Chalkboard Fabric Banner Etsy Shop – Pamwares

Chalkboards Table Runner –  Image from Here – Originally for sale in Napa Style Magazine.


DIY Advent Calendar

I really wanted to make an advent calendar for Easton this year so this is what I came up with.  (This one is for a friend with little girls, Easton’s will be filled with boy things )

Easy to make DIY advent calendar,  and I have included a pdf to print out if you want one just like this.

Advent_Calendar-1Advent Calendar Treats




-30 Pack of wilton party favor tins (I got them at Michaels – used a 40% off coupon cost was $12)
-Printed Images to cut out  (PDF of my artwork)
-2 inch Circle cutter  (you could cut them by hand but I just happened to have the right size cutter on hand)
-Magnets,  I used some magnetic XYRON tape I had on hand but you could just any kind of magnet that has adhesive on it.
-Cookie sheet from dollar store to hold the magnetic tins.

The tins have plastic circles for lids that pop out, just pop in the images and pop back in the plastic to hold the images up.

I found most of my fillers at the Dollar Store, and some of the stickers on clearance at Michaels.


Train Table – Rolls under the Bed

I love that Easton is so entertained by his train set, but it was such a mess left out in his room and such a pain to put away and take out everyday.  Now we just roll out to play and push it back in when we are done.  Easy!



Home Depot Supplies:
-Plywood from the miss-cut discount bin for $2
-castor wheels $12 (I used 8 wheels, two separate sections)
-Misc wood pieces to frame from discount bin  – I used 1×1 boards $2
-paint  samples from clearance pant bin .50 each.
Home depot will cut the plywood for you if you don’t have the tools and the other pieces if you come with the correct measurements in hand.
-small screws for the castor wheels (unless they come with)
-Screws or Nails to hold pieces of wood to the plywood.  (You could just attach the wheels directly to the plywood but it wouldn’t be as sturdy.)

To get the painting and design right we set up the trains the way we wanted them then I traced where they went and drew in colored pencil where I wanted water and roads etc.


Fresh Salmon Burgers

Every year mid August we have an abundance of Salmon around our house.  My husband is a fishing guide and is bringing home fish all the time!


I love it but there are times I need a recipe that lets just say…. makes salmon taste a little more like something else.  Salmon Burgers:  P1000064

Salmon Patty:
2 tbs chopped chives
2 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs honey
To Taste:
garlic powder
ginger powder
cracked pepper
siracha sauce
sea salt

Before going further taste the mix add more of what you are missing or get creative and add your own spices :)

Next add:
1/2 cup breadcrumbs (I used crushed oyster crackers)
1 lb finely chopped salmon
one egg

Get some butter warming in the pan on medium heat,  I tried a mini patty first to check for consistency and flavor.

The patties are a little fragile so use lots of butter in the pan, and use two spatulas when flipping to support both sides.

For burger toppings I used  Avocado, siracha aioli I made cheating with mayo, lime juice, garlic, siracha and a little sour cream
And I made pickled cucumber sliced thin with vinegar salt and sugar.

Everyone loved them!  Yumm


Construction Party Planning – Two Years Old!

One month away from Easton’s big day and I am trying to get organized.  Today I set out the containers I have been collecting and the projects I have been working on so I could get a visual on what I still need to buy and do.

Most of these items are from the dollar store, and the aprons I am sewing are all from scrap material.  So besides my time the financial investment is pretty small so far.    Still waiting on the hard hats to come in the mail.

Contruction Party Planning

Construction Party Favors

Homemade aprons for the kids, will have hammers to go in the hammer loop and hard hats are in the mail.