I seen this in a Taste of Home magazine I got in the mail and thought it sounded simple and cheap to do,
what you need:
* glass jar whatever size you can find (I used left over Spaghetti jars)
*cheapo paint brush or sponge
*tea light candle ( I used fake tea lights )
First I measured and cut the tissue paper I would be putting on the jar to size.
Then I coated the glass jar with mod podge and carefully wrapped the tissue paper around it.
NOTE: once the tissue paper is on don't try to move it, it will tear, just pat it down. don't worry about lumps.
I have quite a few lumps and bubbles no worries....
Next you will put a coat of mod podge over the tissue paper, again don't brush to hard it will tear
be generous and coat all of it. After I coated it I wrapped my ribbon around the top.
Then I set them upside down on a plate to dry (overnight) since I did the bottom.
you will know when they are dry they won't be tacky and the mod podge will have turned clear.
I found these at our local Wal-mart and thought that would be perfect, but you can use regular tea light candles.
There you go I'm going to make a few more. Like a white one to mimic a ghost and a orange one for a pumpkin. You can print out faces for those at http://www.tasteofhome.com/lantern just cut them out and paste them on with the mod podge.
this post is short and sweet, because baby girl is up and wants to EAT NOW!! ha ha
This is Diesel our Charcoal Lab he's only 5 months and weighs 75.5 lbs. He's easier to take pictures of than Daisey she doesn't sit still for very long. She's our Red Dapple Dachshund she will be a year next week.
They both were waiting...
she's actually waiting...
for me to throw the leaves again
They LOVE each other and are the best of friends believe it or not.
She loves to run and is really fast.
Diesel doesn't mind chasing her one bit.
except he has to take a break because she's FAST!!
Capturing Energetic animals was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Head on over to
This weeks your capture challenge is faces. I didn't think I was going to have any photos for this challenge since I don't remember getting my camera out. but alas I still managed to capture some photos of some pretty cute faces.
Makinley was really excited for her dinner the other night MMmmm green beans and bananas
Z made this cute little fire dog mask in pre-school, you have know idea (okay so some of you do) how many noises and pleading it took for him to sit there with it on for more than one second so I could snap this one shot!!
I took this on my phone, probably not the best but I just can't resist that face.
This last one is all me I took while in my car. with my phone
The other night I made my first batch of chili for the season. I have been searching for an easy recipe that doesn't take a lot of time to whip up (since I have two little ones that need tending to, typically when dinner is being prepared). Along with being fast I didn't want to have to use kidney beans BLEH. Also diced tomatoes (my preference) I'm really picky. I wish I could remember where I found it but I haven't the slightest clue.
This is what you will need: (sorry pictures may not be the greatest)
2lbs ground beef
1 bell pepper
3(15oz) cans pinto beans
2(28oz) cans diced tomatoes(optional)
2(16oz) cans tomato sauce
3 jalapenos (optional)
1/2 cup chili powder
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
The first thing on my list was to mince everything, It's up to you how finely chopped you want everything I like it small. I didn't use all three jalapenos I did two and it was a little spicy so if you don't like a lot of heat then maybe just one. If it's still too spicy add a little sugar (it worked for me).
After that I started cooking my hamburger and mixed in the onion, bell pepper, and jalapenos. When fully cooked go ahead and drain meat ( I use 93% ground beef, so I don't usually have to drain anything)
Now stir in beans, tomatoes(optional), tomato sauce, chili powder, red pepper flakes, black pepper, salt, and garlic powder.
Bring mixture to a boil, cover and reduce heat. Simmer chili for at least 30min stirring occasionally. I them put mine in the crock pot to simmer for several hours.
Now after 30 min its done, or you could let it simmer for several hours. I've had it both ways and it tastes good either way. Serve and Enjoy with you favorite toppings.
Like I said before I'm picky and plain Jane so I like mine with a little cheese and some crackers!