Saturday, August 1, 2020

Hello August! New Broken China Jewelry

I'm crazy for paisley! 



Hi friends! I hope you are all staying well and finding lots of creative things to do while you wait out the quarantine where you live. Here is a peek at some of the new broken china jewelry in my Etsy shop. I'll have lots more going into my shop this week so be sure to stop by and say Hello.


Classic blue & white transferware













All pieces shown are available for purchase in my Etsy shop: Dishfunctional Designs

Necklace pendants come with long 24" chains and arrive gift boxed!


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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Appetizer Recipe



These bacon wrapped pineapple appetizers are perfect for your summer party, luau, tiki party, or for whatever event you are celebrating. But you sure don't need a reason to make them! They are simple and easy to make, they can be assembled in minutes, and only take a few ingredients. 

You will need:

Wooden toothpicks
Sliced bacon
Pineapple chunks (fresh or canned in juice)
Brown Sugar
Rimmed baking sheet and aluminum foil

Directions:

1. Count your pineapple chunks to determine how many toothpicks you will need (count out one for each pineapple chunk.) Fill a cup with warm water and soak the needed amount of wooden toothpicks in the water while you assemble the rest of your ingredients. (Soak them for at least five minutes.)

Note: Be careful not to cross-contaminate your pineapple chunks with the raw bacon. Put any pineapple that you are not going to wrap with bacon into your refrigerator before you open the bacon.

2. You will use either 1/2 or 1/3 slice of bacon for each pineapple chunk, depending on how long the bacon is. If your bacon is super-long you may need to cut it into thirds. Otherwise, cut your slices of bacon in half with kitchen/food scissors.

3. Wrap each pineapple chunk with a piece of the raw bacon and then secure the bacon snugly to the pineapple by spearing it completely through with one of the soaked toothpicks. 

4. Place the speared pieces on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. The fat from the bacon will melt in the oven and make these a bit messy, so do NOT use a flat cookie sheet. 

5. Sprinkle each appetizer with brown sugar. 

6. Bake in 375 degree F oven for 15 minutes, then check and then continue to bake in 5-minute intervals until the bacon starts to crisp. Total bake time of approximately 25 minutes.

7. Serve plain or with Hawaiian BBQ sauce, or soy sauce with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper if you like things a little spicy! 


Here I used a broiler pan to make these but you should line it with foil if you have it on hand.  That will make cleanup much easier.



Sprinkle with brown sugar and then pop into the oven. 



So delicious!


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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Easy 4th Of July Dessert Recipe: Patriotic Berry Trifle






This Patriotic Berry Trifle is perfect for your 4th of July picnic or party and is so quick and easy to make! It's created by layering pieces of torn angel food cake, strawberries, blueberries, and a cream cheese mixture (or you can use cool whip mixed with cream cheese, that works too!) 

The best part is that you don't even have to turn on your oven! Use a premade grocery store angel food cake to save time. 

Have a bit more time? Then a box mix angel food cake works great too! This recipe is quick and easy and the only thing you really need to plan ahead for is to make sure that it has at least one hour to sit in the fridge before serving (longer is better but one hour will do in a pinch.)

Here is the recipe:
  • Ingredients
  • 1 premade angel food cake 
  • 1/4 cup plus 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 pound room temperature cream cheese 
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 pints blueberries
  • 2 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced

Directions:
Heat 1/4 cup sugar, the lemon juice and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove saucepan from the heat and stir in the almond extract.

Slice a premade angel food cake in half horizontally through the middle of the cake, creating two pieces. Brush both sides of each slice of cake with the syrup. Cut or tear the cake into 1-inch cubes.

Beat the remaining 2/3 cup sugar and the cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until smooth. Slowly add the cream and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and the consistency of whipped cream.

Arrange half of the cake cubes in the bottom of a 13-cup trifle dish or other similar dish. Sprinkle evenly with a layer of blueberries. Pour half of the cream mixture over the blueberries and spread gently. Top the cream with a layer of strawberries. Layer the remaining cake cubes on top of the strawberries, then top with more blueberries and add the remaining cream mixture. Finish with the remaining strawberries and blueberries, arranging them in a decorative pattern if desired. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.









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Thursday, June 25, 2020

How To Make A 5 Minute Recycled Seed Starter



You can make your own seed starter in just five minutes with a few basic materials that you probably already have on hand at home. 

These seed starters act like mini greenhouses, creating just the right environment to help sprout your seeds into little seedlings and help them grow into little plants that you can later transfer to your garden or into plant pots.

This project only takes five minutes! 

For this project you will need:
  • Recycled plastic clamshell containers that are see-through, such as those that you buy fresh fruit in. I love to use the ones that my strawberries come in because they are a nice size and they have some holes in them so that air can circulate. 
  • A few sheets of old newspaper
  • Water
  • Peat moss
  • Potting soil or garden soil
  • Seeds


Use insert-sized newspaper, or cut full sized sheets down to be just a bit larger than the plastic containers you will be using.


These plastic clamshell containers work perfectly. The lid is attached and folds over. The lid can then be snapped into the base to keep the container closed. 

 Step 1: Wet your newspaper by running it under your water spigot.


 Step 2: Place the wet newspaper into the bottom of your plastic container and then use your fingers to press the newspaper down so that it takes the shape of your container and makes a nice, fitted liner. It is possible to line the container with dry newspaper, but wetting the paper makes the paper more pliable, allowing it to be shaped exactly to the contours of the container. 


Step 3: Add one or two handfuls of peat moss to the bottom of your container on top of the newspaper liner. Add enough to cover the bottom of your container and so that it is 1 to 2 inches deep.


Step 4: Now cover the peat with one to two handfuls of potting soil or garden soil, adding another one to two inches of soil on top of the peat.

 Step 5: Gather your seeds and decide what you are going to plant. Read the directions on your seed packets. There you will find information for how deep the seeds need to be planted.


Step 6: Now you are ready to plant! I just use my finger to poke holes for my seeds, add the seeds, and then lightly cover them with soil. 


Step 7: Use a spray bottle to lightly water your seeds. Close the lid and place in a sunny window or outside in warm weather away from birds and chipmunks.

That's all there is to it! Happy planting!

  
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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Wine About Your Garden: How To Use Recycled Bottles In Your Garden Decor



Do you like to wine about your garden? I do!

Why not add a unique and unusual touch to your garden by using wine bottles as a garden border? You can easily create your own recycled wine bottle garden edging, all you need is a little bit of time and work. 

Recycled wine bottles can really add a touch of charm to your garden. Where to get them? Collect them from friends and family, and ask your favorite restaurants for their castoffs and in no time at all you'll be on your way to a one of a kind, unique garden! 

Feeling even more inspired? Then consider using recycled wine bottles in more a sculptural form in your garden. Read on and be inspired...


Brighten up your garden with colorful cobalt blue bottles. These bottles have only the bottle necks buried, and their bright color creates quite an impact against the grass and greenery.



Helpful Hint: 
To prevent water from collecting on the "top" of the buried bottles (in the divot that is on the bottoms of the bottles that will be facing up once buried,) use a drill and diamond bit to drill a small hole (about 1/4") in the center of each of the bottle's divots before burying the wine bottles. This will allow the water to drip through the wine bottle instead of collecting in the divot, which could create a breeding ground for mosquitoes.  



Here a mix of green and blue bottles are used, some planted deeply, others just the necks. 


Leaving the wine bottle labels on the bottles adds interest and creates more of a "winy" look.


Use different color bottles to create contrast when creating a wine bottle garden pattern, as in the ambitious project! Here, the bottle necks are only planted and the areas in the butterfly's wings are filled with garden soil, hence creating a raised wine bottle garden!


In this photo, wine bottle garden borders are created to separate different garden areas.


Another beautiful example of an ambitious raised garden bed project created with upcycled wine bottles - these are all green!

A sculptural wine bottle planter


How To:
To create a wine bottle garden edging or wine bottle path, simply dig a trench with a garden shovel and then "plant" your bottles upside down, filling the areas around the bottles with dirt. Some people use sand or sand with dirt to create a garden path with recycled wine bottles but be advised: a wine-bottle-bottom walking path can be slippery when wet and land you on your own bottom!  





Wine bottle garden border completely buried and cemented in concrete


Raised wine bottle garden border


Succulent garden with wine bottle garden border.


Taking things to a new level!


What do you think?

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