Lemon Dill Chicken

So far this week has been one of those weeks where everything that is normally not a big deal is always on the verge of setting you off! For example, three separate times this week I was parked in a spot, head first, and right before I turned on my car to pull straight through, because there weren’t cars parked in front of me, a car pulls in. That happened 3 separate times! I know what you’re thinking, how on Earth did I get through such hard and upsetting moments like those?  (sarcasm noted).

On a happier note, this week also contained lots of fun and laughable moments! I was invited over to dinner at someone’s house on Sunday, and it was such a great day the whole way through. Went to church, met with a mentor couple, watched some shows, ate a great dinner and played a fun game, and then an unfun game.

The fun game? Catchphrase! If you haven’t played this game you should, it’s so amazing! Hours of fun! (I sound like a commercial for it). Best part of this game was when someone started describing to us the categories, because they pressed the wrong button, haha. We actually all kept guessing too. We finally figured it out later.

The unfun game? This was more of a social experiment, but to keep the story short, you can’t win! No one wins. You all tie and you just talk about your feelings. Needless to say, if there could have been someone who lost, it would have been Tom. I think he had the most unfun.

Another great part of my week, cooking Lemon Dill Chicken! I saw this recipe on EatingWell and definitely recommend you giving it a try! We made it with spinach and parmesean risotto from HERE, because we just LOVE risotto! But I think I would actually recommend this meal with regular white rice instead.

What You Need for Lemon Chicken Dill:

  • Approx. 1 lb of skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp separated dill
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp flour
  • Salt & pepper
  • 4 cloves of chopped garlic
  • Approx. 1/4 of an onion, chopped in small sections
  • Olive oil

Instructions:

1. Heat a pan on medium high heat. Add olive oil to coat the bottom.

2. Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Once pan is hot, add chicken to pan and sear both sides for about 3 minutes. The chicken should turn a golden brown. Then remove chicken from pan and lightly cover with tin foil. The chicken will not be cooked all the way through yet. We’ll finish it later. Turn heat down to medium.

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3. Chop the garlic and onions.

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4. Separate dill into a bunch of pieces off the stem.

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5. Coat the bottom of the same pan you were using, now on medium heat, with olive oil. Add onions, garlic, and a little salt and pepper. Stir for a minute or two.

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6. Add broth, 1 tbsp dill, flour and lemon juice to pan. Stir, until thickened, for a couple minutes.

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7. Turn the heat to low and re-add the chicken to the pan. Should take about 4-5 minutes to cook all the way through from here. Make sure you stir the broth a little bit in the meantime so it doesn’t burn and stick to the pan.

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8. Enjoy your DILLicious meal!

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Candle Holders Part 2: Storybook Pages

You came back! So happy you’re here for part 2!

When I was at the Dollar Store buying these candle holders, it was just so funny that I couldn’t help but laugh to myself. This little German lady and her friend came in and had these thick accents and were talking at the top of their lungs to each other. It was just so adorable because the friend was yelling at the other German lady, “Mini! Everything is $1!! I know it’s priced otherwise but that’s what it was before it was here!! $1 for everything Mini!!” Oh Mini. It’s the little things in life that make you smile 🙂

This one is even better because this one only cost me $4 to do the whole thing. You even could cut it down if you already have candle holders, jars or books you’re willing to put the scissors to. It’s essentially a story as you look around the candle holder. This would be a perfect decoration for your kid’s room, and better yet, if they break it you don’t have to feel like they broke your bank as well. Of course I would never forgive anyone who broke my creations, but I can see you being the bigger person.

I also think these look super cute on the patio or on a coffee table somewhere. They are whimsical. Another fun thing I learned about in the process of getting these ready, are that those fake candles that just glow actually work quite well. They don’t give off that yummy scent, but sometimes you’re just looking to add a cozy glow to the room. I didn’t use those types of candles in the pictures, but I like the idea of them! The lady at the cash register asked me if those fake candles melted candles…I mostly looked at her confused. I’m sure she was trying to get to if they melt those scented wax melts. And the answer is definitely no. The “candle” does not get hot at all.

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What you need:

  • Candle Holders
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Storybook pages (Make sure you don’t use story book paper that is glossy, otherwise it won’t shine through)

Instructions:

1. Very similar to yesterday. When selecting which areas of pages to use, pick ones that have images on one side and text on the other. Put a few images facing the outside and a few facing the inside. All of the pages will be mod podged to the outside of the holder though.

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2.Measure horizontally around the candle holder, to see how much paper it will take to cover it. Measure from top to bottom to see how long you need to cut the paper vertically. If there are little ridges at the top of the candle holder, measure so that your paper stops right below that rim.

3. Spread a thin coat of mod podge over the candle holder where you are going to start, about an inch wide. Press the paper on. Add more mod podge in 2 inch sections and smooth the paper around as you go. You are not using strips here. You are merely folding the paper around the candle holder.

4. Rub out air bubbles as you go.

You did it! All done!!

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They look cute even when there is not a candle lite too!

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Candle Holders Part 1: Paper Strips

Good morning!

Today is already off to a great start. It was raining when I went outside!!!! I love love love the rain. Especially after we’ve been trapped in the hot and humid weather pattern the last few weeks. Which admittedly is my least favorite combination of things. Actually it’s just the humidity I hate. Hence why I live in Colorado, or so I thought. Apparently it’s transitioned to Mordor.

I don’t know about you, but summer has just flown by for me! I base my opinion on how summer is going on how many times I make it to the pool. If I’m somewhere in the double digis I’m feeling pretty good about things. This year I’m at a pathetic 2. TWO!!!! So if you pass by me and don’t really notice me, it’s because I’m so white I’m practically transparent. I won’t take it personally if you don’t see me. I’m just so bummed I don’t even have a good enough tan to get me through ANY of the fall months. Maybe I’ll go as Casper for Halloween.

Today I’m going to show you how to make really cute candle holders! Tomorrow will be part two, and I will show you how to make another unique set of candle holders.

For so long I always wanted to make candle holders with the prepunched scrapbook paper wrapped around, but I looked all over the place and could not find the type of prepunched scrapbook paper I wanted. I finally thought that instead of having it prepunched, why not use the transparent designed paper that craft stores do carry! Worked like a charm.

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What you need:

  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Candle Holders
  • Transparent designed scrapbook paper (from Hobby Lobby- It’s kinda foggy looking with designs printed on it)

Instructions:

Using strips of paper:

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1. Measure horizontally around the candle holder, to see how much paper it will take to cover it. Measure from top to bottom to see how long you need to cut the strips of paper vertically. If there are little ridges at the top of the candle holder, measure so that your paper stops right below that rim.

2. Depending on how many different pieces of designed paper you’re using (I used 3 on one, two on another and 1 on the short holder), figure out how wide each strip needs to be so they evenly fit around the candle holder. Skip down to the next instruction set if you are only using one piece of paper.

3. Cut all the strips before gluing. I recommend using a paper cutter.

4. Spread a thin coat of mod podge over the candle holder where you are going to place the first strip. Make sure to rub your fingers over the strip after you stick it on the smooth out air bubbles. Some air bubbles and crinkles will form, but they will go away when it dries so don’t panic (like I did).

5. Repeat til candle holder is covered. This craft is surprising forgiving. If all the strips aren’t perfectly straight or the exact same size, the imperfections kind of get lost in the design. But try your hardest nonetheless.

Using one piece of paper:

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1. Measure horizontally around the candle holder, to see how much paper it will take to cover it. Measure from top to bottom to see how long you need to cut the paper vertically. If there are little ridges at the top of the candle holder, measure so that your paper stops right below that rim.

2. Spread a thin coat of mod podge over the candle holder where you are going to start, about an inch wide. Press the paper on. Add more mod podge in 2 inch sections and smooth the paper around as you go. You are not using strips here. You are merely folding the paper around the candle holder.

3. Rub out air bubbles as you go. Similar to above, some crinkles and air bubbles will form, but they will go away once it dries.

I used little tea light candle inside. You could use taller ones for the taller holders if you want.

I purchased my candle holders from the dollar store, and spend less than $6 on this whole thing. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow when I show you some other unique candle holders for part 2!! 🙂

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Chicken & Spinach Pasta

Two posts back to back!! You’re spoiled 😛

So I had a hilarious first time experience last night. Get your mind out of the gutter. It’s PG.

I was riding in the car with a friend, who will go unnamed, and he noticed that he was out of gas. We pulled over at a gas station and he started filling up the car. As the car was filling up he was leaning in the drivers window, and I was sitting in the passenger seat, and we were just talking. I asked how many gallons the car takes and he estimated something around 22 gallons. So we’re just waiting and waiting, and he looks over his shoulder and says, “hmm it’s up to $90 so I guess it’s more than that”…then I start hearing dripping and splashing and confusingly ask, “is it even going in the car?” He looks over his shoulder and says, “oh crap!” as he rushes over to stop the tank from overflowing all over the car and into a puddle on the ground. Turns out the lever didn’t unpop when it was full and it just kept pouring all over the place. Fortunately we didn’t get into an accident later that evening as we were extremely flammable. It might be one of those moments where you “hadda be there” but hopefully you all still learned a valuable lesson: keep an eye on the pump so you don’t increase your chances of blowing the place up.

I thought it was fitting to do a recipe in this post of another first-time. I made this pasta a few nights ago, and it’s a great recipe for those nights when the refrigerator is empty and you want to make something easy. Most of these ingredients are things you will have lying around.

What You Need:

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You also need olive oil! The olive got voted out of the picture by the other ingredients. Poor olive oil.

Written list:

  • Olive oil (I listed it first so it’s feelers weren’t as hurt)
  • Linguine
  • 1 1/2 cups of spinach
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 3 cloves of diced garlic
  • Hand full of chopped shallots
  • 3 sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup (ish) of sliced tomatoes
  • few slices of lemon
  • Basil
  • Red pepper
  • Pinot Noir wine (I wanted to use white, but we didn’t have any and the red actually came out very tasty- you could use either)
  • Parmesan (optional at end)
  • Chicken

Instructions:

1. Boil pasta following directions on package. Don’t drain the water though.

2. Heat up the stove to medium low. Once hot, add enough olive oil to cover the bottom (about 2 tbsp). Then add a hand full of chopped shallots, 3 cloves of chopped garlic, sprinkle red pepper generously and shake on some salt, pepper and basil.

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3. Let simmer for a few minutes. Then add mushrooms and tomatoes.

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4. Let that cook for several minutes. Next turn the heat up to medium high and add some water from the pasta (then you can drain the rest and set the pasta aside). Add the chicken and some more salt and pepper. Leave for 10 minutes.

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5. Add more red pepper, squeeze some lemon in, and add about a 1/4 cup of wine. Once chicken is all the way cooked through, add 1 1/2 cups of spinach, cover and remove from burner til spinach wilts.

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6. Mix with pasta and add Parmesan if desired!

Bon appetite!

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Drippy the Vase

You’re half way there, it’s Wednesday, Friday is in sight! Unless you work on the weekends, then it’s just depressing.

I went to the Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty concert on Monday. We were all a little iffy on whether a Monday night concert was a bad idea or not. It also was supposed to rain all night (hooray). But thanks to Colorado’s bi-polar weather patterns we ended up with no rain and a beautiful 70 degree night! I sure love it here.

Today’s post is a quick and simple craft. I’m helping out K-Love at the City Harmonic concert at the Rapids game tonight, so this is just a fun and fast craft! It’s terribly hard to screw up and it’s neat to see how it comes out!

What You Need:

  • Vase or candle holder
  • Acrylic glass paint

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Instructions:

1. Flip the vase or candle holder upside down. Put big globs of paint all around the vase, like shown below.

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2.Once you have all the globs of paint, gently bang the vase on the table- still upside down. The paint will start running down the sides. You can keep going til it is at the desired drip distance.DSC07084

3. Let this completely dry. I put mine in front of the fan. It takes a while to completely dry, so you’ll notice some of the paint can run together a little bit if you don’t let it dry all the way.

4. Use you second color of paint and repeat. You can do this with as many colors and as many times as you want.

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5. Once completely dry, flip over and you’re done! I told you it was simple 🙂

Have fun!

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Seared Scallops over Wilted Spinach and Parmesan Risotto

Happy Weekend!

Hope everyone’s weekend is off to a great start! It’s about to get better…

This recipe is one of my favorite things I’ve made, ever. It tasted like something you would order at a 5 star restaurant, and I now am struck with cravings for it for a lifetime. If you think that you can handle this craving for the rest of your life I definitely encourage you to try this! It’s so flavorful and perfect. I truly can’t say enough about it.

If you watch Hell’s Kitchen like I do, you may be nervous to attempt this meal, as the chefs consistently screw up the scallops and have Gordon Ramsey’s wrath unleashed upon them. Fortunately for you, Gordon won’t be yelling at you, “These scall-ups (he has an accent), feel them, they’re like RUBBERRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!” Additionally, we won’t be judging them on Hell’s Kitchen’s standards so you have a little flexibility.

The recipe comes from Skinnytaste.com,  and she has a ton of great low fat recipes, so you can rest assured, this one is a great pick!

What You Need: (Most of these ingredients you’ll probably already have, so don’t stress out over the long ingredient list)

  • 8 large sea scallops (we got ours from Tony’s Meat Market- We felt like it wasn’t worth risking anything by buying cheap ones. Tom and I considered doubling this [silly kids], but 8 was quite enough)
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • 4 tsp butter
  • olive oil
  • 2 tbsp parsley
  • 10 oz Spinach
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • white wine
  • 4 cups fat free chicken stock (we used regular chicken stock)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (use freshly grated cheese if you can)
  • 2 shallots

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INSTRUCTIONS:

First is the risotto. This took us about 30 minutes because it’s a slow process, but you can continue on with the recipe while you’re finishing this up.

1. Heat the chicken stock in a sauce pan.

2. In a large pan on medium heat add 2 tsp butter. Once it heats up a bit, add the shallots, and about a minute later, add the rice. Stir well to mix everything up. Leave for a couple minutes until rice starts to look opaque.

3. Add 1/2 cup of white wine, salt, pepper and stir.

4. Using a ladle, or if you don’t have one of those like me you can use a 1 cup measuring cup to ladle the chicken stock into the rice pan. Each time you ladle in a cup of broth, be sure you continuously stir until the rice absorbs the broth. Repeat until all broth is gone. You can see below that this type of rice soaks up and expands. It will start to be a thick mixture.

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5. Add parmesan and chopped parsley.

6. Wash and dry scallops. Be gentle.

7. Heat a pan to medium-high heat. Add 1 tsp butter.

8. Season scallops with salt and pepper.

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9. Once the pan is hot, drop a few of the scallops in. Let them sear for 2 minutes each side. Don’t mess with them while they’re searing. They should look slightly brown on each side. Our butter burned a little bit because the pan was a touch to hot, but the flavor was unaffected. If your butter burns you can probably turn it down a little bit and start over with new butter. We just kept going. Repeat butter and searing process for the rest of the scallops.

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10. Using the same pan, add the olive oil, salt, pepper, spinach and shallots. Stir until spinach is wilted. You can also remove the pan from the heat and put a lid on it for a few minutes, stopping to mix everything up occasionally.

Let the cravings begin!

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Recycled Can Garden Flowers

Hi All!

Do you have fun weekend plans? I do. I’ll be crafting. But I’m sure you all guessed that already. It was a hard choice between doing something productive or crafting, and due to nothing at all, I have no choice but to craft.

This has been a really fun week actually. I spent Wednesday making some really fun wreaths with a dear friend, and as soon as all the finishing touches are put on them, you’ll be the first to know. Unless someone on the other side of the world stumbles upon my blog first while you’re sleeping. But you can be second. Anyway, before we made wreaths I spent a good portion of Wednesday making these recycled can flowers. “Don’t you have a job or something Chase?” Sorta. I do some work here and there. I would like to think I’m un-fireable and very important to the company…or well at least to the boss, it’s my dad afterall 🙂 Mostly I enjoy my day and do all my work at night. Perks of a family business. Look into it.

Seeing as how it’s summer and people are supposed to be excited about flowers and such, I figured this was a better time than any to do this post. The flowers are actually pretty simple to make. It wasn’t nearly as hard to manipulate the aluminum cans as I thought it would be so don’t be intimidated. But be warned, there will be blood. Okay, it was only a tiny nick on my finger, however, I would hate to jump to conclusions in case it has to be amputated. It’s still too early to tell.

What you need:

  • Cans (I used 6)
  • Scissors (they don’t even have to be that strong)
  • Beads
  • Glue gun…if you have one on hand…you can get by without it though
  • Push pin
  • Floral wire, seen below

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Two flowers are from cheapcraftymama.com, which for all of you who also appreciate cool crafts without spending an arm and a leg, you’ll love her ideas. The third flower is from Craftstylish.com and they made it as a brooch. I simply added a stem instead.

Instructions:

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1. Get some cans. Try and pick colorful ones so they add some…color. There are three types of flowers to make. For the first one, jab the scissors into the can and cut horizontally all the way around at about an inch and a half from the bottom. Next cut it in slits and curl the slits, shown in the picture below.

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2. Cut a circle from the side of a can that is about the size of the bottom. Crinkle it up like the picture below.

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3. Cut another slightly smaller circle and crinkle again.

4. Poke a hole with the push pin through the center of each of those 3 pieces. Lay the pieces on top one another and string the floral wire through. Put a bead on and then string back down through the same hole. Tie a knot at the bottom to keep the layers tightly together (shown below). To make the stem I just layered up the floral wire and twisted a bunch so it was thick enough.

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The completed version of flower #1 is the one on the right. The left flower is flower #3.

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Flower #2

1. Cut a large circle.

2. Make 6 equally spaced cuts toward the middle, leaving some space in the center of the circle (so you don’t actually cut the circle into pieces).

3. Fold each piece in half, “hot-dog-wise,” then round the edges into petals. Below you can see that I am cutting to the left to curve the folded petal. that way when I open it, it will be rounded on both sides, symmetrical, and still have the dent of the fold in the center for the “vein.”

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Below is another one I did that shows what the petal looks like after it’s rounded, before you open up the petals.

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Once you open it up it will look like this:

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4. Make a total of three of those, all different sizes.

5. Poke a hole with the push pin through the center of each of those 3 pieces. Lay the pieces on top one another and string the floral wire through. Put a bead on and then string back down through the same hole. Tie a knot at the bottom to keep the layers tightly together. Make the stem the same as flower #1.

Completed flower #2

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Flower #3:

1. Cut two 5 or 6 petaled flower out of the aluminum can sides (to make this part easier you can draw the flower on with a sharpie and then cut it out. I didn’t care that much so that’s why mine is lopsided and has lots of character). Make one slightly smaller than the other, and flip it over so the silver side is showing on the smaller top one.

2. Next, place one flower-cut-out on top of the other and poke two holes near the center, per petal. This is where you’re going to string the wire through, adding some beads. Put a rag down and poke the holes. String the wire through the outer hole, put the bead on, leave a bunch of slack, and string back through the second hole, the inner, more central hole. Twist the slack, leaving a little bit at the end for design. Below I have shown what it will look like the right and wrong way. The left side is the wrong way to do it because the bead with come off. The right side, with the wire only going through the bead once, is the correct way to string it.

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3. To be clear, I only used one strand of wire and just went up and back through, then up and back through. Repeat for all petals. I made the stem the same as I did in the other flowers. At the end I glued a bead on top of the other beads to enhance the center of the flower because the aluminum got a little crinkled while I was poking the holes.

Completed flower #3

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If you need more pictures and clarification on the flowers, definitely head over to cheapcraftymama.com or craftstylish.com. They include lots of images and descriptions. Thanks for stopping by!

Starry Night Wine Bottle

Hi Friends!

This Starry Night Wine Bottle just couldn’t be more appropriate. My silly little fox dog Lakai got out through a hole in the fence three nights ago, and we spent a good hour running around in the star speckled, dark sky at 1am looking for her. So fun……..! I’m thankful to report that we found her though…by we I mean my brother. It actually was a great story of God’s presence in our lives. I was running around the elementary school near our house, where I take Lakai on walks, and I was on the verge of bawling because it was 1am, I couldn’t see anything, and even if I did see her, she is like the cheetah of dog species. And I am not like the cheetah of human species. Anyway, I was running around in the dark just praying to God to help us find her, and keep her safe and just feeling so hopeless on my own without His help, but knowing He can hear me. And literally two seconds after I finished praying, my phone rang and my brother had found her. Whew! LEMONADE!!! You can try and say it was a coincidence, but I know who to thank…the Big-Guy-Upstairs.

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What You Need:

  • Wine Bottle (full or empty- I chose empty so you can see through the bottle to know what the paint will look like, since sometimes it’s more opaque and you want to add more coats)
  • Acrylic Paint (black, white, light blue, dark blue, yellow)
  • Paint Brushes (1 medium-large and 1 small-medium)

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Instructions:

1. Using a medium-large paint brush, paint the wine bottle black. I didn’t paint all the way to the rim because I liked the way it looked with part of it unpainted. I stopped at about where the neck of the wine bottle begins. Sometimes Acrylic Paint can peel on wine bottles while you’re paint is wet, so a few pieces of advice I can give:

  • Apply paint very generously, don’t try and spread it too thin for these base coats.
  • Once you paint a stroke, don’t brush over that same spot again until it dries, otherwise it might peel the paint off.
  • Similar to the bullet above, wait til the whole first coat dries, then paint another to ensure full coverage. Only paint each spot with 1-2 strokes or you still run the risk of peeling.
  • An alternative option mentioned at White Cottage Boutique is to use some sort of chalk addition to the paint. Her site has instructions; I haven’t used that method before but maybe check it out if you’re struggling with peeling too much.

2. While you let your base coats completely dry, find a picture of starry night online to use as your guide. I looked off the Starry Night picture from the Canvas and Cocktails website. They do a canvas version class on this one.

3. From here on out you will only be using your small-medium brush. Section, with little white dashes, the bottle into 4 sections. This will be an easy way of keeping things “proportional.” You’ll do the same with the actual image as well. You can see approximately how I broke it up.

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4. Next, with the dark blue make a thin guideline of the shape and where the “mountains” (here in Colorado we know those little bumps are just hills) will come up to. Go through making dashes all over the whole bottle with the dark blue ABOVE your mountain line. They don’t need to have any direction, just horizontal unorganized dashes.

5. Once that’s dry, get your light blue, and making dashes, start doing the wind swirl in the mid sky, the wind right above the mountains, and some basic dashes going in a circle for the stars and the moon. You can see in section 3 how the dashes kind of run into each other a little bit with their own shapes. In section 2, make sure to put a lot of light blue dashes on the star that the castle is to the left of.

6. Let that dry. Get the dark blue again, and a LITTLE TINY bit of the light blue mixed together and repeat step 5 with that middle blue color. Add a few dashes with that color in other open areas of the sky as well.

7. Let that dry. Mix yellow and a LITTLE TINY bit of black. Now go through with that color and repeat step 5.

8. Using white and a little yellow, make a lot of dashes to create the center of the moon. Add a few dashes of this color throughout the other bright stars and the wind patterns. Get some yellow and paint the moon.

9. Repeat step 6. Below is a close up on what the size of the strokes are like.

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10. Paint black from the mountain line and down half way with a sweeping motion. Get the dark blue and from the bottom of the bottle, sweep the dark blue paint up into the black, blending them together a little bit.

11. Paint the black castle in section two.

12. Go through the castle and the mountains regions adding highlights with light blue, dark blue and yellow.

Whala! This would be a great gift, or make a great addition to your kitchen or living room! To point out the obvious, you do not have to do Starry Night, but hopefully this post will help you to be able to paint a different painting more easily as well. Happy painting!

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Snooze & Celebrations

Happy Birthday America! I hope you’re having a wonderful Fourth of July! Birthdays, celebrations, and fireworks, oh my!

Well speaking of celebrations yesterday was a fun day for me! I went to one of my favorite restaurants (Snooze) for a late celebration tradition for my birthday, and then went downtown for the Civic Center’s Fourth of July Event to celebrate America’s birthday!

For those of you who haven’t been to Snooze let me give you the run down on everything you’re missing. Snooze is an A.M Eatery that has about 5 locations around Colorado, and one in San Diego. They open early and close around 2:30pm. “Get to the point, hows the food?!” you ask! The food is phenomenal. They have such unique pancakes, like the sweet potato pancakes (pictured below) and their blueberry danish pancakes (pictured second below). They’re the size of your head!

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If that is too big for you, they do have a Pancake Flight, which allows you to select any 3 pancakes of a smaller size. I choose 2 peanut butter cup pancakes and 1 sweet potato pancake, my 2 favorites!

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It’s very modern and edgy inside! Fun colors and a vibrant feel. They also serve “Brewmosas,” which if you appreciate the flavors of craft beer, you’ll appreciate their inclusion of our own Colorado New Belgium’s Trippel Brewmosa. ANDDDDDD they have Happy Birthday Pancakes!

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Tom’s favorite, and one of mine too (the slightly healthier alternative to pancake heart attacks), is the Spuds Delux! It is the most flavorful concoction; don’t even try and compare it to something you would order at IHOP  or Village Inn…whole new ballpark.

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Now all good things have some bad that comes along with them. If you’re going to Snooze on the weekends, plan on waiting at LEAST 20 minutes to sit down. So go before you are starving…otherwise you might actually starve to death while waiting a century to be seated. I’d rate it’s prices at a LITTLE above average, but definitely worth the extra cost for the freshness and flavors. And finally, it closes at 2:30 PM. So while you can be at other breakfast restaurants at 2:30 AM, Snooze will be snoozing.

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The second half of the day consisted of the Independence Day celebration they have at Civic Center in Denver! Best part? It’s free and accompanied by a performance by the Colorado Symphony. Perfect ending to a perfect day. Hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July!

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It seemed appropriate to me to do a wine bottle craft of Starry Night, since everyone will spend a lot of time watching lights in the sky! Come see me Saturday for the Starry Night Wine Bottle craft!