Monogram Cork Board


Last year I did a similar post on a Monogram Letter where I used artificial flowers as a way to doctor up a large letter for decor around the house. This post is very similar to that but instead of flowers I’ve used wine corks. If you didn’t already know this, I have a slight, some may say addiction to wine. But I also work in the front of the house of a Country Club where I open 2-6 bottles of wine a week, sometimes many more and lots of my corks come from work lol so not ALL these corks are from me poppin bottles every night. I’m sure many of you have seen these cork board projects on pinterest, and if you haven’t well this is a very simple project and cute one to have around in the office.

This monogram letter was made for my Chef who got married this past weekend. As a wedding gift, I made them this little board of their new last name so they have something nice to hang some wedding photos on! If you aren’t able to collect wine corks as fast as me, you can find them on sale in most craft stores as well. These monogram boards make excellent gifts for the holidays and birthdays. Also it’s an hour long project that costs under $15! Can’t beat that. Happy crafting ya’ll!!


Mise en Place:

-1 Large Monogram Letter (I used wood for this project)

-50+ Wine Corks

-Hot Glue Gun

-Glue Sticks (At least 5)

-Colored Paint (optional)

-1 Sawtooth Hanger with Nails

Method Of Prep:

-If planning to hang this board, attach sawtooth hanger with nails on back of board using a hammer.

-If you plan to paint the letter, first paint the back and allow to dry. Then paint the front and sides, allow to dry.

-Begin gluing on the corks one at a time until the board is fully covered. Depending on the shape of the letter, some areas might be tricky to fill, just do what you can to make the cork fit, even if you have to cut some in half. There may end up being some gaps throughout the letter, which is normal…some areas you really cant fully cover.

-Hang and decorate the board.


Easy Project Ideas

This is one of my longer blog posts. I want to begin sharing craft ideas and I have a lot of catching up to do. Rather put up 50 separate posts, I combined a few into 1. Another reason why I wanted to put together this blog, was so I could share my passion for crafting along with cooking. I guess it’s a part of my genes that I have a small creative side. My dad for example, is a great artist. He is so good at drawing that I asked him to draw out my next tattoo which he still has yet to do…I guess he just really doesn’t want me to get more ink haha.

I’ve always found ways of keeping busy and ever since Pinterest dropped on the internet I have been crazy surfing for new recipes, decor ideas, quotes and I even used it to plan the perfect wedding for myself. I do owe Pinterest a lot of credit, not everything I put together I’ve come up with on my own…but many of it is ideas Ive gathered up from other pinners and turned them into my own.

If you’re looking for some inspiration on something new to make, maybe for a gift, group project, decor whatever your plan, here are 3 projects I’ve made recently that are super easy and are sure to please everyone. My instructions might be a little vague, so If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to shoot me a message. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend ya’ll! xoxo


Project 1: Fall Door Wreath

Time to Make: 45 Minutes

Mise en Place:

-1 Small Styrofoam round (found in the wreath area of craft stores)

-1 Roll (your choice) Fall themed ribbon

-1 Small bunch (your choice) artificial seasonal flower

-Large Ribbon (your choice) of color, I went with orange to go with the Halloween season

-Hot Glue Gun


Method of Prep:

-Unravel about 3 feet of ribbon from the roll. Glue a small amount at the end of the ribbon and place it onto the wreath.

-Begin weaving the ribbon in and out of wreath until you get to the end. Glue the end piece on. Unravel another few feet of ribbon and continue the process until wreath is fully covered.

-Next, glue on the ribbon. If you find tying the ribbon on with string will hold better, you can do that.

-Lastly, Glue on the flowers.

-Hang on the front door and make all your neighbors jealous!


Project 2: Wine Cork Napkin Holder


Total Time: 45 Minutes

Mise en Place:

-35 Corks

-Hot glue gun


Method of Prep:

-Glue corks together in sets of 5. I glued the sides of each cork to the next one.

-Assemble using the picture as a reference.

-Set out on the kitchen or dining room tables filled with a seasonal napkin. OR gift to someone for the holidays!


Project 3: Chore Board


Total Time: 30 Minutes

Mise en Place:

-Chalk Board (I found this Owl one in the Dollar bin at Target!)

-Chalk Paint Pens


-Small clothespins

-Stickers for pins (as a way to mark who is who)

Method of Prep:

-Write a list of items you want to mark on the chore board. Using a ruler, draw as many lines as needed to mark for the columns.

-On the clothespins, come up with a system of how you want to mark what clothespin belongs to who. On mine, the gold paws are mine and blue are my husbands. Either stick or glue on the stickers, whatever will hold longer.

-Write chores on the board and place pins on who’s turn it is for each task.

-Hang in desired room of house.



Chorizo & Quinoa Squash Bowl

I’m really trying hard to get back into adding more posts for ze blog. Ive had a few requests recently and I’m still not sure why I ever veered away from blogging. I guess its a lot harder than it looks to maintain and I just haven’t dedicated any of my free time to cooking, capturing deliciousness, and sharing it.

Here I am, almost 11pm on a Monday night. Today was a cleaning and organizing, slightly mild, lazy day off. It was nice to have an open schedule for doing anything I wanted to do, my ADD really loved that! I did however decide to finally cook something and write about it. Using just a few of my favorite fall ingredients, here it is…the long overdue much anticipated second food post of 2016 (that’s terrible I know) Cheers, enjoy!


Prep Time: 25 Minutes

Total Time: 50 Minutes

Mise en Place:

-1 Acorn Squash, Sliced in half

-2 Cups Apples, peeled, medium diced (About 3 small apples)

-1 Cup Quinoa

-1/2 LB Ground Chorizo Sausage

-1/2 Yellow Onion, small diced

-Salt & Pepper, TT

-Grated Parmesan, Optional Garnish

-Honey, Optional Garnish

Additional Ingredients:

-Canola Oil

-Ground Cinnamon

-Pumpkin Spice

Method of Prep:

-Turn oven to 350 degrees. Split squash in half and remove seeds. Season with a pinch of salt & pepper on each half, a dash of ground cinnamon and a tablespoon of canola oil. Rub along the inside.

-Place on a lined sheet tray and bake for 40 minutes.

-While squash is cooking, in a small pot cook off quinoa per directions on package.

-Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Using a tablespoon of oil, add in diced apples and onions. Season with salt, pepper and a thin coat of pumpkin spice. Cook until apples are soft, set aside.

-In the same pan, cook off chorizo over medium heat until fully cooked. Add in apple mixture and stir until well incorporated, set aside.

-Remove squash from oven. Fill with quinoa and chorizo mixture. Top with grated Parmesan. Toss back in the oven for 5 more minutes.

-Drizzle with 2 tablespoons local honey, mix filling up with squash



**Suggested Wine Pairing:

-Semi sweet Riesling.

-Oregon Pinot Noir

A Walk on Lake Erie During Sunset



As mentioned, I want this blog to be more than just food. Nature is such a beautiful thing that I don’t get to enjoy much due to my job being indoors. On my day’s off I try to spend as much time outside as possible to take in fresh air and the beauty I see very little of. Last week was the start of Spring and even though the first day drew in some snow flurries in N.E Ohio, the weather has slowly begun to warm up giving us hope that winter is packing his bags and going away for a few months.


It was a 45 degree day with heavy clouds and the sun fading in and out. At about 5 pm, the clouds finally broke up and allowed the sun to stand still for a while making a chilly evening seem cool from the little warm of the sun kissing your skin as it began to lay down for sleep, so I took to the lake with my camera. I would hate to waste such a nice sunset sitting on the couch catching up on Top Chef (my current addiction) after being stuck in the house all day, I needed my ipod and some fresh air to relax and take my mind off life for a while.


Lake Erie may not be as clear as the Pacific Ocean or a beautiful as the Atlantic, but it’s home and to me home is love. I can’t wait to take more walks along the lake this summer and even hit the parks for more pictures. Cleveland is actually quite nice if you take the chance to stop what your doing and look around. If you get the chance, spend more time outdoors. Grab your ipod and go for a walk with nature. Take a book and sit in the park, put your dog in the car and take a drive to somewhere you can walk and play. Enjoy the outdoors while it’s legalπŸ™‚


The world is yours to explore


Study nature. Love nature. Stay close to nature. It will never fail you.


“I swear to you, there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell.” -Walt Whitman

**Pictures we taken at Huntington Beach in Bay Village, OH

Floral Monogram Letter


Part of bringing this blog back to life was the plan to include some of my other interests into the posts, non food related, to give me readers inspiration outside of cooking.

I’m sure most of ya’ll use, if not know about pinterest and how UH-MAZING it is. I spend more than enough time during my days off to plan out my next few projects to get me through the month. Going to the craft store has basically become a weekly routine. Instead of spending time in the gym to get fit for the summer, I get my exercise from walking up and down the isles at Jo Ann Fabrics plotting out what I want to invest my time and money into for the next pinterest encouraged project. I’m starting to get real good at crafting and soon I might try to sell some of my products…all depends on the feedback from my readers, so please let me know what you think!

This project was presented to me during a baby shower I worked back in January. The Event Coordinator took the time to make a monogram letter of the first initial for the soon to be baby girls name made from cardboard, which she then covered in scrapbook paper and decorated with artificial flowers. The letter wasΒ  displayed as a center piece for the dessert table. I loved to appearance of this activity that I had to replicate it at home to use for decor in the house. When you live in an apartment, you need as much flare as possible to make the place look cute.

This project is a wonderful gift idea for a close girlfriend or to use for decor at a wedding/baby or bridal shower.


Total Time: 1 hour-ish

Mise en Place:

-1 Cardboard monogram letter of choice, size is up to you.

-Artificial flowers of choice (eye ball how many you will need based on side of letter. for this large letter I used 4 different flower types with approximately 2 per bunch.)

-1 Push pin or thumb tack

-Scrap book paper of choice (optional)



Method of Prep:

-First remove the head of each flower for the stems of the bunch. They should all easily pull off. Throw stems and leaves out.

-Starting from the top of the letter and working your way down, take the pin and punch 4 holes in a circle that will eventually open up a hole large enough to pop in the flower bud. Alternate different flowers and continue this motion all the way around the letter until complete. (This will tire your hands out quickly so give yourself breaks if you have to.)

-Once finished, turn letter around and using hot glue, cover the back and or sides with scrap paper for an added effect. This step isn’t necessary, it just adds a nicer effect to the blank areas such as the back of the letter that didn’t get covered.

-Display for decor. Enjoy!