Thursday, December 29, 2011
My breakfast board on Pinterest was our food-spiration:
One of the best parts of this birthday celebration was that it was a three course breakfast!
Breakfast appetizer = Lemon-Blueberry Yogurt Loaf from Sweet Pea's Kitchen. http://sweetpeaskitchen.com/2011/05/15/lemon-blueberry-yogurt-loaf/
Verdict: Amazing. I am a huge fan of citrus flavors so I loved this bread! (I would really call it a cake...it's all sugar and lemon and not bread-y at all.) If you are less of a fan of citrus it may be overpoweringly lemony. The recipe had a lot of steps but they were worth it in the end.
(***EDIT - I made this bread again for my grandmother's birthday brunch but made it in a 9" x 13" pan instead. big mistake! It got too gooey and spongy. I will always make it in the bread loaf from now on!!!)
Breakfast main dish = Bacon, Egg & Cheese Wreath from Bacon Time with the Hungry Hungry Hypo's blog.
Verdict: YUMMM but I will bake it longer next time since the crescent roll parts that were under all the fillings were not 100% done to flaky goodness. Also, I used turkey bacon and it tasted just fine, but next time I'll try it with regular bacon to see if there's a significant difference.
Breakfast dessert = Reese's Peanut Butter Bread from Cookies and Cups' blog. http://cookiesandcups.com/reeses-peanut-butter-banana-bread/
Verdict: not peanut butter-y enough but still delicious. Next time I would put more than the 1/2 cup of peanut butter that the recipe called for.
I would definitely say that this feast was a huge success and I look forward to K's birthday next year so we can do it again!
Here's the link from Pinterest:
- Scrapbooking paper
- flat bottom, clear floral marbles
- modge-podge (homemade or store bought)
- paint brush
- E-6000 glue
I started by cutting tons of circles from a sheet of scrapbook paper that already had a circle design on it. There were six different types of patterns so I made sets of six magnets.
As an elementary school teacher I am very familiar with making my own modge-podge, but I never thought about making a lot and having it ready to go, as suggested on this pin:
Genius! So, I made my own jar of modge-podge out of Elmer's glue and water, and then used it to stick one scrapbook paper circle onto the back of each flat bottomed floral marble. I put the glue mixture on both the marble and the paper, sandwiched the two together, and then put more over the back to seal it.
I let these dry and then used E-6000 glue (industrial strength adhesive) to adhere magnets to the back of the marbles. This glue is really strong, but I hate using it because I always make a big mess!!
The magnets I used are called Magnetic Buttons and they came in a pack of 50. They're really strong and also very attracted to each other so I made sure that the drying magnets were spaced far enough apart that they didn't stick to each other (after learning the hard way that this was an important step!).
** I bought the glue and the magnets at Pat Catan's, a local craft store that has EVERYTHING.
Here is a (slightly blurry) close up of a completed magnet:
This is the set of six, decorating my refrigerator :o)
I also made a set of these in pink and orange but I forgot to take a picture of them before sending them to a friend in the mail. (FYI - if you are planning to mail magnets, make sure you check with your local postal service about restrictions and guidelines!)
Here is the link to thecraftymamma's blog and tutorial:
I found some sturdy, jean-like fabric in my mother's fabric closet that was leftover from another sewing project. I liked that it had the pinstripe detail but it was neutral enough to use every day. The plan was to follow craftymama's steps exactly, but I ended up leaving the ruffles off because I liked the way the purse looked without them.
This is what my finished product looks like:
I made the felt flowers based on another pin I found on pinterest. The link is here:
(it's the second picture if you don't see the flower photo)
Here's a closer shot of the flowers:My original plan was to wear this purse with the strap across my chest but I never wore it like that and the strap was too long to carry on one shoulder so I knotted it and now it's perfect. It holds everything I need it to, including a 9" x 12" plastic envelope full of paperwork. I love it!
The whole project took me less than 2 hours from start to finish and I have received a crazy amount of compliments! I've even had a few friends ask me to make them purses too!
Here's a link to my Pinterest page, so you can see all of the things that inspire me :o)