DIY Beach Blanket

I know I’m wayyy late (like, a full month), but I couldn’t resist sharing a picture of my oh-so-festive Independence Day brunch at Eggs Up Grill!

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The Fruited Plain Ultimate French Toast {y’all know my sweet tooth…it was worth every calorie!}

Don’t worry – I suffered through a very humid run before consuming these tasty, festive treats 😉

Onward! To the beach quilt!

Remember that time I made my first quilt? Oh yes, me too. I love it so much…in all it’s flawed beginner glory. I love it so much that I make the Hubs lay it across our comforter every morning so I can see it when I get home! (I know, I’m a nerd.)

Anyhow – as soon as my Mom saw it she was all “Ohh..you should make me one to take to the beach.” After giving her the side-eye and replying that I don’t make things to go in or on the sand, I revisited her request (I mean…the woman stayed with my dogs for TWO AND A HALF weeks OVER CHRISTMAS. She’s a saint. I owed her).

I was planning to visit her this summer so we could walk go shell hunting at the beach. As my trip approached, the idea of a beach quilt floated in and out of my mind (mostly out)…until I ran across this Picnic Blanket Tutorial on Pinterest.

At first, I had planned to buy some terry cloth, but I was running low on time (and if I had to go to JoAnn’s in search of terry cloth, I’d most certainly lose a solid 4 hours after getting “lost” in all the other great fabric and craft supplies I so desperately need). In addition, I’ve been on a mission to purge my fabric stash (after realizing it was suffocating my creative process/sewing room/space to create, I purged and then offered free bags of fabric to my friends on Facebook. I highly recommend offering your Facebook friends things you want to get rid of. They jumped right on it! By passing my stash onto friends, I didn’t have to live in fear that my fabulous fabric might not make it to the sales floor of the local thrift store). On that note, I decided that I shouldn’t buy any new fabric for this project. In my Mom’s original request she said “you could use big pieces for my quilt so it wouldn’t take as long” (she’s thoughtful in her requests, right?!). Since I’d be raiding my stash for this one, her “easy solution” was great inspiration.

Step 1 – Find a large piece of fabric (or piece together scraps) that represents the size and shape you desire for your blanket. This will serve as your template for the quilt.

I had one beautiful curtain panel in my stash that had previously adorned the one window in my tiny dining room until the pattern had become too aesthetically busy. I knew it would be the right size for this – larger than a regular beach towel, but smaller than a traditional quilt. After cutting off all of the finished edges of the curtain, I laid it out flat to use as a template.

The unused curtain edges made a great doggy bowtie…

My helper, Twitch, snoozing on the job (like usual) while wearing the fancy new bow tie I made him ;)

My helper, Twitch, snoozing on the job (like usual) while wearing the fancy new bow tie I made him 😉

Step 2 – Find some batting.

There are lots of options here – you don’t have to use traditional batting. You could use an old fleece blanket, towels, flannel, etc.

Last year (while on the high from beginning my first quilt) I found a large white polyester-blend blanket at a thrift store. I bought it thinking it would make great batting (after some bleaching of course). The material wasn’t up to my standard of soft-n-cuddly so I knew I wouldn’t necessarily want to use it for a traditional blanket. It worked out perfect as batting for the beach quilt!

Step 3 – Cut your batting to match the size and shape of your “template” fabric.

Using the curtain piece as a template, I cut the batting to be the same size and set aside.

If you are using scraps of material for the batting, just sew the pieces together and trim as necessary until you have a piece that fits your original “template” (made in Step 1).

Step 4 – Gather fabric for your “top piece” (this will be the fancy side of your quilt that you will most likely use as the “top” so be creative with your selection).

For my quilt, I raided my fabric stash and stuck with large pieces of home decor / upholstery weight fabric for durability. I recommend using canvas, home decor fabric or upholstery weight fabric – something sturdy and durable.

I also recommend sticking with similar weight fabric (i.e. I wouldn’t recommend using lightweight cotton and upholstery together as it will cause one area to be heavier than the other. Additionally, the lightweight cotton wouldn’t be able to withstand the same wear-and-tear that the upholstery which may alter the look of your quilt in the future).

Step 5 – Piece together your quilt top.

Once you have gathered a stack of prints you like, start cutting the pieces to straighten the edges (basically: you want to turn your pieces into rectangles of sorts – all straight edges. Differing width and heights are fine for now – just focus on straight edges).

Now place your scraps on your template and arrange until you get the look you desire. Overlap them slightly (by about an inch) to ensure that your piece will be large enough to cover your template.

Starting with rows that use more than one piece of fabric to cover the quilt horizontally, sew the pieces together along the vertical seams so that they construct one long horizontal “row” that matches the width of your template. Trim the pieces so that the row is the same height across all pieces horizontally (making one long rectangle). Be sure to press the interior seams open and flat.

Once you have all multi-scrap rows constructed (you should have several rectangular rows now), lay them across your template in the order you want them to appear.

Step 6 – Begin sewing the rows together to build the top of your quilt.

I free-styled this (aka: made it up as I went along) so I don’t have great instructions. I used my basic quilting knowledge (piecing, pressing seams, squaring up, etc). If you have never pieced together a quilt top before, have no fear! You can do this with two giant pieces of fabric that are the same size and skip steps 4-6.

Starting from the top, take the second row and flip it up so that its’ right side is facing the right side of the first row. Align the pieces along the bottom horizontal edge and pin. Stitch along the bottom horizontal edge. Press the seams.

Now align the third row (right sides facing) to the bottom edge of the second row and stitch. Press the seams. Repeat until you have your entire top piece stitched together.

Step 7 – Make a quilt sandwich.

Layer the fabric flat (make sure there are no substantial wrinkles on any of the layers as you place them on top of one another):

1) Bottom layer: Quilt back [made in Step 1] facing right side up

2) Middle layer: Quilt top [made in Steps 4-6] facing right side down (so that your bottom and top pieces have the right sides facing each other).

3) Top layer: Batting [made in Step 3]

Step 8 – Pin the layers together.

Using a bundle of large safety pins, carefully pin the layers together. Since you are only going to be sewing around the edge of the quilt, you only need to pin around the edges.

Step 9 – Square up the top piece of your quilt.

Cut the edges of the quilt so that all three layers match along all edges.

Step 10 – Sew the layers together to hold in place.

Before you start sewing the layers together, make two marks along the bottom edge of your quilt (about 10-12 inches apart). This will be the opening that you use to flip your quilt – do not sew this area together in this step. If you are using extra fluffy batting or layers, you may need a slightly larger opening.

Starting at the left mark, begin sewing around the quilt until you reach the right mark (again: do not sew between these marks – this is the opening you will use to flip your quilt).

The seam allowance is not strict, but I recommend something larger (1 inch) to ensure that you are sewing through all 3 layers.

Step 11 – Flip your quilt inside-out so that the right sides are facing out.

Before flipping, trim the corners of your quilt (cut diagonally across each corner – be sure not to cut into your stitching).

Using the opening you left in Step 10, reach inside your quilt (between the top and bottom quilt pieces) and begin pulling the right sides out to “flip” it.

Step 12 – Sew around all edges of the quilt.

Once you have the right sides out (with the bottom and top quilt pieces in place and the fleece inside), tuck the edges of the opening under and pin. Starting with the opening, sew all the way around the edges of the quilt. I recommend a 0.5 inch seam (this seam needs to be slightly smaller than the seam you chose in Step 10 so that when you sew across the opening, you are able to sew all 3 layers to keep it securely closed).

Step 13 – Take your quilt out to play!

Congratulations! You just finished a fabulous beach blanket / picnic quilt / whatever-kind-of-blanket-you-want-it-to-be! I’d love to see your creations – tag me on Instagram when you share: @jordslice11.

For a little inspiration, here is the Beach Quilt I made for my Mom (she loved it by the way!):

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This is the quilt BACK – the curtain I used as a template for the rest of the quilt. {Oh, and Mr. Twitch posing alongside with his matching bowtie}

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This is the quilt TOP {And the Hubs who had way too much fun helping with these photos!} 😉

It’s hard to believe I had scraps that large in my stash. It sure felt good to use them up – this is a great scrap buster and easy gift!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and are inspired to make something pretty for yourself! I’d love to see what you make – if you blog it, link your post in the comments and tag me on Instagram with your photos: @jordslice11.

{UPDATE: See my beautiful Mom enjoying the beach quilt here.}

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DIY Beard Oil & Shaving Cream

We celebrated the Hubs’ 27th birthday on February 5th. I love celebrating the Hubs – for obvious reasons [he’s awesome] and also because I always try to DIY most of his birthday presents which can be a fun challenge.

It’s not super easy to find DIY gifts for men that aren’t centered around beer (since he doesn’t drink that rules out about half of the DIY ideas online).

Well, this year I had some great ideas!

The Hubs has been growing a pretty nice beard which he has lovingly been maintaining because I told him I liked it 🙂

I have also recently purchased a Young Living Essential Oils Premium Starter kit that came with a set of everyday oils. I’ll admit that I primarily ordered my kit so that I could use the oils to make lotions, lip balm and shaving cream {and it was the biggest bang for my buck in terms of ordering a variety of oils}. There are tons of other benefits of having these oils, but that was my primary motivation 😉

And while I do love my diffuser (Stress Away + Lavender is my absolute favorite combination so far), the oils have proven very handy with my DIY projects.

{As a side note – by ordering the kit, I’ve become a “member” with Young Living. If you are interested in essential oils, I’d be happy to chat about them and share what I know [which isn’t too much]. If you want to place an order, I’d be so grateful if you used my member number: 2434224 :)}

Ok, back to those manly DIY gifts…


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Beard Oil

Inspired by the Art of Manliness DIY Beard Oil post

Materials / Ingredients

Directions

  1. If you are using it, place the mini-funnel atop the glass jar and fill about half the jar with your carrier oil of choice (Almond oil).
  2. Add your essential oils. I used 4 drops of the tea tree oil, 2 drops of the peppermint oil and 1 drop of Frankincense.
  3. Close the jar and flip a few times to mix. Take a sniff and adjust the scent as necessary. If the scent is too strong, add more almond oil to dilute.
  4. Optional label: Add washi tape to the outside of the bottle and stamp or write (with permanent marker) “beard oil” for your label. You could get fancy if you have a label maker, but I’m a frugal DIY’er.
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Beard oil combination: Peppermint, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree), and Frankincense essential oils.

Shaving Cream

Original recipe from One Good Thing by Jillee

Materials / Ingredients

  • Glass container(s) – I used three 4 oz. mason jars, but you could use 1 bigger jar if you prefer.
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup raw shea butter (I ordered mine from Amazon)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (you could substitute other carrier oils like Almond or Jojoba)
  • 10 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • washi tape – optional label

Directions

  1. Add water to a sauce pan (so it is between 1/3 and half full) and bring water to a low boil over medium heat.
  2. Add coconut oil and shea butter to the glass measuring cup. Create a makeshift double boiler by placing the glass measuring cup into the sauce pan. Stir occasionally until both materials are completely melted.
  3. Carefully remove glass measuring cup from sauce pan (using an oven mit). Add olive oil and essential oils and stir to mix.
  4. You can either refrigerate until the mixture becomes solid or cover and leave on your counter overnight.
  5. If you’ve refrigerated the mixture, remove once it is solid and let it sit at room temperature for about half an hour.
  6. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl and add baking soda. Whip mixture for about 3 minutes until it is smooth and fluffy.
  7. Transfer fluffy mixture to your jar(s) and store at room temperature.
  8. Optional label: Add washi tape to the top of the jar and write “Shaving Cream”. The jar I ordered came with labels so you could use those or add a fabric swatch to the top – there are all kinds of options with mason jars.

Had I been better prepared this year, I would’ve made the Hubs a new toiletry bag (like this one or this one) to store the two.

What are some gifts you’ve made for the men in your life? Share your experiences and ideas in the comments! {And help me be better prepared for next year!}

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DIY Bridal Tea Party

I hinted to you in my #reslicedHappyMail post that I am planning my Bestie a Bridal Tea Party and today I want to tell you all about it the preparations I’ve made so far. I DIY’d a lot of stuff for it so far and I’m excited to share those with you.


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I’ve been best friends with the bride since middle school and when she asked me to be her Maid of Honor, I was over the moon! {Remember how cute the card was that she sent to me last August?!} In lieu of a traditional Bachelorette party, Caroline requested that we have a tea party with all her favorite gals. You see, the reason Caroline & I have stayed Bestie for so very long is because we’re both 85-years-old at heart. So the minute she released me from planning anything involving penis straws was just further confirmation that she’ll be the one in the rocker beside me on the front porch of our nursing home gossiping about all the old guys one day. We had originally planned to have the Bridal Tea at a tea room a few towns away, but that fell through. Caroline almost gave up on the tea party idea until I persuaded her to let me attempt to throw one myself. With help from another of Caroline’s wonderful Bridesmaids, we came up with an alternate plan that worked out perfect. There’s a lovely [locally-owned!] bakery in Irmo (our hometown) that offered to let us use their space in the afternoon to throw our own tea party. I could spend all day telling you how delicious the chocolate chip cookies are at Blue Flour Bakery, but you should probably just go buy some of your own {oh.my.word. – so good!} Ok, back to the DIY portion of this post… To start, I searched for a site where I could design and print my own invitations (I was short on time and was worried I wouldn’t get printed invitations as quick as I needed them). I stumbled upon Greetings Island (browse their Bridal Shower invitations here) and loved their templates and how easy it was to customize. Once you design your invitation, you have a few options for exporting. I chose to save mine to a PDF file with four on a page. I knew I wanted to mount mine on scrapbook paper so I opted to have them a little smaller than usual.

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The final invitations

I actually had tea party themed scrapbook paper already that I use to mount my jewelry (makes for a great necklace or earring holder when gifting, displaying or shipping) so I didn’t have to buy any (yay!). To make the scrapbook paper “frames” around the invitations, I traced around my invitation and added an inch to each side. I didn’t love how the pointed corners looked so I grabbed the paper coffee cup I was drinking from and used the bottom to trace a rounded edge for the corners. From there, I traced the template on the back side of the scrapbook paper so the lines wouldn’t be visible on the front when cut. Then I glued the invitations to the middle of the scrapbook paper. And voila! Handmade [nearly free] invitations. With some inspiration from The Postman’s Knock, I knew I wanted to attempt making my own envelopes. What better way to practice than with 11 invitations?! This also allowed me flexibility in sizing of the invitations (since I’d be customizing the envelopes to fit). To make my template, I deconstructed the envelope that Caroline’s wedding invitation came in – like this:

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To customize the envelope template to fit my invitations, I cut off the left and right triangle flaps and sliced a bit off each side of the main piece until it was sized to fit. I reattached the side flaps though they proved to not be as necessary (since I switched to a square template and just used the top and bottom points as reference. That might be a bit confusing so if you are interested in making your own, I highly recommend following The Postman’s Knock instructions. I used a copy of our local Skirt! magazine for the envelopes.

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This is the November issue – isn’t the cover lovely?! I also used the December issue (not pictured).

The size of the magazine is perfect for envelope-making because it is longer than a traditional magazine and the cover illustration is always beautiful. In fact, I was able to use a good bit of the magazine because the content (even the advertisements) is so lovely – it’s a very well-designed magazine. For pages that were too thin to stand alone as an envelope, I just glued two together to double it and then cut my template. If you look close at the cover picture above, you can see my envelope template outlined in pencil.

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This is the front of the skirt magazine transformed into an envelope.

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I always love the quotes on the front cover of skirt magazine. I had to cut and reattach it so that the recipient could read it (without turning it upside down), but I love how it fit perfectly on the back of the envelope.

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The girl is actually holding a stalk of celery in her mouth which worked perfect as a placeholder for the address 🙂

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And since weddings are all about “cooking the perfect mix”, I thought this quote was a good one for the back of the envelope 🙂

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This was actually an advertisement for a local cosmetics shop. The address covers the shop name.

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This might be one of my favorites – isn’t the girl so cute?!

I love how each one turned out differently. I had a blast deciding who would get each one and how I’d display the address within the design. I can’t wait to make more envelopes to use for #reslicedHappyMail – speaking of, have you nominated someone yet?! If not, read all about it here & follow the link to the form. In addition to the invitation and envelope DIY, I also found a lovely [free printable] tea package. I struggled with customizing these, but the team at Botanical Paperworks was amazing and responded quickly over email to help me out. Each package says “T&C – the perfect blend” and “thank you” on the flip side. They printed in 3 different colors – one of which was coral which is the color of our bridesmaids’ dresses! Perfect.

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I absolutely love how these turned out! The perfect favor for a tea party.

I had originally planned to make my own tea bags by purchasing loose leaf tea in the bride’s favorite flavor (berry) and sewing them by hand – like these. However, I decided to save myself the extra effort so I could use that time and energy elsewhere 🙂 Instead I used Tazo Passion herbal tea which was perfect – berry flavored and it said “passion” on the paper label which seemed appropriate 😉 To fit the tea bags into the packets, just remove them from their original paper wrapping (or purchase tea bags that aren’t individually wrapped). Have you planned a Bridal shower before? I had a ton of fun planning this one and I’d love hear about your DIY shower experiences – share them in the comments below!

{UPDATE: Read all about how the party went and pictures from the event in this post.}

Playing with Pillows – DIY

I’ve been in desperate need of new couch pillows after Twitch ate my original pillows (to be fair, he let me enjoy them for a solid 3 years before he shredded them..).

My sister & I tackled Fabric 101‘s sale together over the 4th of July holiday – picked up some beautiful scraps for handbags. I also picked up a beautiful, perfectly square floral scrap with pale blue and green hues that I knew would be perfect for my couch.

The scrap was too lovely to cut so I turned it into an oblong accent pillow instead.

Isn't the fabric lovely?!

Isn’t the fabric lovely?!

I had a little extra of the brown pattern lying around so I whipped up a friend for my oblong pillow :)

I had a little extra of the brown pattern lying around so I whipped up a friend for my oblong pillow.

Kimba approves of the new pillows!

Kimba approves of the new pillows!

If you’ve never made a pillow, you must! It’s unbelievably easy and incredibly cheap.

I don’t have pictures of the steps, but here’s a quick run-down:

  1. Align 2 pieces of material that are cut identically (you can use 2 different fabric patterns for a little versatility or the same for the traditional uniform look just make sure they are the same shape) with the outside pieces facing.
  2. Pin all around the edges of the material. Make sure to mark about 6 inches (give or take a few inches depending on the size of your pillow and the weight of your fabric – heavier fabric may require a slightly larger opening).
  3. Starting at one end of your opening, sew all the way around the edges of your fabric until you reach the other end of your opening.
  4. Flip the fabric through the opening so that the sewn edges become the interior. Reach into the pillow shell and push out all four edges.
  5. Now for the fun part: start stuffing the pillow! Add stuffing until the pillow reaches your desired firmness.
  6. Fold the edges of the opening inward, pin then stitch it closed (this should be the bottom of your pillow).

Ta-da! I hope that helps for now – I’ll post a picture tutorial the next time I construct one!

I can’t lie – I’ve been putting my pillows to good use 😉

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Dogs, a good book and new pillows make for a great day!

{PS: I finished reading Big Girl Panties this weekend and it’s a great summer read! I definitely recommend it!}

Happy pillow making!

Cool Mornings & Coffee on the Deck

The weather on Saturday morning was amazing! We finally got a morning where the humidity wasn’t so thick you felt like you were chewing the air.

While I was gone to the American Evaluation Association’s Summer Institute conference earlier this week, the Hubs built a platform over part of the box garden I’d abandoned last year (which had turned to a box of weeds at the end of our deck this year…). Since I’d gotten home he’d been insisting on sitting outside to take in the view from his newly built addition. I was so relieved that Saturday morning wasn’t as humid as past days so we could finally utilize our “new” outdoor space!

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Here’s the Hubs sitting on the platform with Charlotte dog behind us on the deck enjoying our break from the heat on Saturday!

The Hubs told me had built a surprise while I was away. I was a little weary, but when I got home I started looking around wondering what it might be. When I went outside I immediately noticed he’d moved our deck chairs which led me to see the platform! Then I noticed that our plastic side table had been repainted pink which made me laugh. I asked Jeremy why he’d painted it and he said “I saw the color and knew you’d like it!” 🙂 I do like that shade (and I do prefer everything be pink…!).

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The pups really appreciated that we were all outside together 🙂

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Twitch loves his new Sup Dog collar – a British flag because his parents will be going to England in December!! 🙂 {PS: Click the image to be taken to Sup Dog’s site}

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Charlotte enjoying the deck 🙂

I hope you all had a great weekend!

Tasty Tuesday: Mini Lasagnas

I ran across 2 recipes for mini-lasagnas on Pinterest a few months ago and meshed them to make my own lazy version! I’m a sucker for Italian food – especially lasagna, but who’s got the time to wait an hour for it to cook?! (Have I mentioned I’m also an impatient cook?)

Solution: mini lasagnas! They’re not just for parties.

Not only are they adorable, they're delicious!

Ingredients:

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (any high heat oil will work)
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped (you could substitute a zucchini, a squash, mushrooms or any other vegetable you have on hand. You only need about 1 cup)
  • 24 wonton wrappers (most packs will include 48 so as a bonus, you can make it twice!)
  • ~ 1 cup mozzarella (fresh, slices or shredded – whatever your preference!)
  • ~ 1 cup of spaghetti / marinara sauce
  • ~ 1 cup of ricotta cheese
  • optional: shredded / grated Parmesan cheese
  • optional: 1 garlic clove, minced

Directions:

1. Chop the onion.

2. Heat about 1 Tbsp. oil over medium heat. Add onion and saute until light brown, stirring often. If you are using the garlic, add it with the onion.

3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

4. Lightly spray cupcake pan with oil (if you don’t have spray, put some oil on a paper towel and wipe the cups to coat).

5. Place 2 wonton wrappers in each cup & press down gently (you will want to layer them so that they are overlapping slightly at the bottom of the cup and will cover all edges so your lasagna doesn’t fall out once it’s cooked).

Overlap 2 wonton wrappers (so the bottom & edges are covered to form the "shell") & press the bottom into the cups.

Overlap the wonton wrappers & press into pan.

6. While the onion is cooking, begin layering a spoonful of ricotta in the bottom of each wonton lined cup.

7. Once the onion is lightly browned, divide among the 12 cups.

8. If you are using the optional Parmesan cheese, sprinkle a little on top of the onion in each cup.

9. Add a spoonful of marinara / spaghetti sauce on top of the onion.

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10. Last, top the cups with the mozzarella.

11. Bake the mini lasagnas at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes. When the edges of the wontons begin to brown, the lasagnas are ready!

{On our last batch, Hubs had the brilliant idea to fold the excess wonton wrap back over the cheese before baking them. I have to say, he’s on to something!}

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*BONUS Recipe!*

If you end up with an odd number of wonton wrappers left over, you can use them to make cheese sticks! I usually have string cheese on hand (PAIR it with a PEAR & you’ve got a balanced mid-morning snack!), but if you didn’t you could use your leftover fresh mozzarella or even roll up your slices.

You can make as many or as few as you’d like.

Cut the string cheese sticks into thirds. Lay the pieces diagonally on the wonton paper. Fold the edges in first and then roll up. Place the rolled cheese sticks on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes (you can also save time and energy by baking these with the lasagnas – you’ll bake them at a slightly lower temperature so they may take just a smidge longer). Be sure to flip once. My cheese always oozes out, but the crispy cheese tastes so good I don’t mind. If that bothers you, you could brush on some egg (or just use a little water) to seal before baking or cut the cheese in quarters instead of thirds. Use your leftover marinara for dipping.

Enjoy! 🙂

Mother’s Day DIY (or not-so-DIY) Gift Guide

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I thought it’d be good to share a few DIY tutorials to impress Mom! If you’re not the crafty type, don’t leave just yet! I’ve sprinkled in some made-by-someone-else gifts you can order.

On that note, check out what’s in the resliced shop on Etsy. Use the code “ILOVEMOM” for 15% off any order over $25 thru Mother’s Day!

For all you crafty kids, try these:

  • Has your Mom already started planting her spring garden? Whip up some of this easy-breezy hand scrub for her. Search your cupboard for a glass jar with a screw on lid (got an empty salsa jar? There ya go). Follow this tutorial to remove the label, spray paint the lid, fill the jar with your scrub and add a cute ribbon. Boom. You’ve got a fancy (eco-friendly & affordable!) gift that’ll make Mom’s hands silky smooth.
  • If your Mom is breaking down stereotypes by remaining on the cutting edge of technology, stitch up this simple two-toned felt sleeve for her iPad or tablet.
  • For the Mom whose kitchen is as chic as the food is tasty, make her a no-sew monogram tea towel.

If you’re feeling busy or a little less crafty, here are some made-by-someone-else gifts that I highly recommend:

  • Whether you’re sending it snail mail or personal delivery, don’t forget to pick Mom out a heartfelt card! Check out some of my favorites from Julie Ann Art.
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Couldn’t resist these 2!

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Sterling silver heart necklace with birthstones from Miss Ashley’s Jewelry shop on Etsy

  • My sister & I met Katy from Little Red Flag at Crafty Feast. I picked up this beautiful gold leaf state print (South Carolina) for myself and later ordered a matching print of Georgia for my husband. Katy’s prints are high quality and very affordable – she’s also super nice & easy to work with! Why not order Mom a print, mat it (I used a few pieces of double sided tape to attach mine to a piece of glitter scrapbook paper) and frame it? You get partial credit for the DIY’ing! 😉
Gold leaf SC print from Little Red Flag on Etsy, glitter scrap book paper as the mat & wooden frame from Michael's.

Gold leaf SC print from Little Red Flag on Etsy, glitter scrap book paper as the mat & wooden frame from Michael’s.

What are you planning to make or buy your Mom on Mother’s Day? Do you have any cool traditions? Share them below!