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

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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

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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!

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Project 2: Wine Cork Napkin Holder

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Total Time: 45 Minutes

Mise en Place:

-35 Corks

-Hot glue gun

-Napkins!

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!

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Project 3: Chore Board

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Total Time: 30 Minutes

Mise en Place:

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

-Chalk Paint Pens

-Ruler

-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.

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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!

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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

Enjoy!

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**Suggested Wine Pairing:

-Semi sweet Riesling.

-Oregon Pinot Noir