Hearts in a book

Hearts in a book

This was an impulse of the night. I only pinned this recently because I love shots like this, the ones that play off the light and are simple to set up. The original pinner used the bible as their book of choice as well, and I knew immediately which verse I wanted in the shot.
I was a little bummed that my favorite verse from 1 Corinthians was on the outside of the page, but it still worked out. I wanted the focus on the highlighted section, “Love is patient, love is kind…..”
The hardest part of this was getting my husband’s ring off of his finger. It fits him a little snugly so getting it off is always a little bit of a struggle! I’m not complaining though! This is part of the reason we got him the titanium ring so he wouldn’t have to constantly take it on and off to work on cars.
We have one of those fun lamps that have a reading light attached, so I was able to use that as my spotlight.
I think this would be fun to do with a few Shakespeare passages as well. Maybe a section from Much Ado About Nothing, or Romeo & Juliet. Romeo & Juliet was a least romantic before it went horribly wrong.
Let me know what book and passage you would use…..
Original pin is at http://www.projectwedding.com/photo/browse?tag=jewelry&thumbs_page=31&photo_to_show=1621061

Shape your Text

Shape your Text

They claimed this was easy, and I think they lied. This took me a little over an hour to figure out and play with. It turned out alright, but not quite like I had hoped.
You start by typing your text. The pin said you should type it into Word, then copy and paste, but you can type it directly into Paint. Open Paint and type your text.
My tip at this point is to make sure there is a lot of text. Even if you want a specific phrase, for instance I used ‘I love you’ in multiple languages. Once I got them all typed up, I just copied and pasted 3 times so the image would be nice and big. I also played a little bit, going through and altering size, color and font for a little visual interest.
When you save your image from paint, make sure it saves as a BMP or JPEG. Now you go into Word and insert an shape, I used a heart. Once you have your shape inserted, adjust it to the size you want.
Towards the top center of the screen there will be an icon that says SHAPE FILL. Click on it and scroll down to PICTURE. Choose your image and it will appear inside your image.
Next and last step is to go back to the top of the screen and under SHAPE FILL will be SHAPE OUTLINE. Select white as your shape outline color so the shape lines will disappear. Then you just print and enjoy
Original pin is attached to a blog at http://doitandhow.com/ but I couldn’t find the directions. Luckily they were attached to the pin which you can find by following me on Pinterest at ads061006

Barbecue buffalo chicken

This is one that I’ve had pinned for quite a while, mainly because the original pinner used a Longaberger Flameware Lidded Braiser.
This recipe is so super simple too and easy and peasy are my bywords! All this requires is 4 chicken breasts, 1/2 cup barbecue sauce and 1/3 cup buffalo sauce. I used Frank’s Red Hot Sauce because I put that sh*t on everything! Ha!
I don’t own a Braiser, but I work the Longaberger Homestead quite a bit and I love doing kitchen demo, which allows me to use their Flameware!
So today I brought my food stuffs and made up some of this delicious chicken! The Flameware helps make the chicken super tender due to the divots on the lid, which allow the moisture that collects to drip back down to your meats.
Once you have the chicken coated in the barbecue / buffalo mixture put it in the oven at 375* for 1 hour. I cut mine into sample sized pieces so I only did 20 minutes and they were fully cooked.
Super yummy, and as demoed by yours truly, they can make a great party snack when cubed.
Original pin can be found at http://littleleopardbook.com/2012/03/18/whats-for-dinner-baked-bbq-buffalo-chicken/

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Protect your iProducts

5-20-13This was an awesome pin when I found it, but I’m not going to lie, I quickly lost my interest in this. I realized in the long run, it’s easier to just watch my kids play with their electronics. This is a nice little trick to block your phone from changing apps. Basically, I can set this system up, then I go into whatever I app I want my kids play with, then I can let them go and do their thing. Try it once, and always remember, you can undo it just as easily if you decide it sucks! Honestly, even though I don’t do this anymore, I still haven’t disabled the guided access. It doesn’t affect my daily usage.
First of all you go into your settings and click on GENERAL. Scroll down to ACCESSIBILITY and click. Scroll down to GUIDED ACCESS and turn on. You will need to set up a password, one that you will use to leave a ‘guided’ app. Once your done, go back to ACCESSIBILITY, and scroll to the bottom. Set your TRIPLE CLICK to guided access.
Now back on your main screen, go in to whatever app you want your child to play in. Triple click your button (the round one on the front) and a ‘frame’ will pop up asking if you want to enter guided access, click yes.
Let your kid play, then when you’re done, triple click again, enter your password, then proceed as you normally would with phone use.
Like I said, a little disenchanted with this now, but a good trick to have in your arsenal!
Original pin and step-by-step photos can be found at http://igamemom.com/2013/02/20/how-to-lock-ipad-iphone-screen-so-kids-stay-within-the-app/

Olive Garden Salad Dressing

Olive Garden Salad Dressing

I’m a big fan of Olive Garden. I think my Nana is the only person I know who does not love it. Other than her, I don’t think I would trust someone who doesn’t like it!
I could eat there every week, even if I just did the unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks. Now through Pinterest, I can pull off the hat trick and make all three at home! See previous blogs for the Olive Garden breadsticks and their Zuppa Toscana recipe.
Now for the salad:
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/3 C. white vinegar
1 tsp. vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. corn syrup
2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. Romano cheese
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. parsley flakes
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
I apparently do not keep a fully stocked kitchen. I didn’t have any Romano cheese, so I replaced it with more Parmesean cheese and I left out the lemon juice.
The salad dressing was amazing. It came out white, which made me a little nervous at first, but it tastes amazing. I went through the first batch within a week and am about to make my second one. I meant to pick up my missing ingredients, but even though I work in a grocery store, I failed to do so. It’s great though because it tastes great the way I made it, missing ingredients and all!
I hope yours turns out fantastic as well and hope you’ll all check out my previous blogs so you can do your own Olive Garden night.
Original pin can be found at http://www.mommysavers.com/olive-garden-salad-dressing-copycat-recipe/

Dinosaurs at the Zoo

Dinosaurs at the Zoo

Usually when people think of Cleveland, Rock and Roll is what comes to mind. It’s home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the beautiful glass pyramid on the water, and of course, we have our own Hard Rock CafĂ©.
What a lot of people don’t realize is that we are also home to an amazing zoo. The layout is fantastic and we have a lot of fun animals. I think the only thing I’m sad we don’t have, is penguins. Our elephant exhibit is new and absolutely stunning. Anytime you have a chance to visit the Cleveland Zoo, it’s definitely worth your time!
It’s not the first time, and I’m sure they’ll do it again, but at least for this year (2013), they have Dinosaurs about from May 9 – September 15. This was quite the discussion with my son, since he insisted Dinosaurs were at Universal Studios, not zoos.
The dinosaurs they built are absolutely amazing! They move, make noise and apparently can scare a certain 3-year-old girl half to death! Tony ended up having to take her through quickly while Arthur and I lingered and checked them all out.
There are over 20 dinosaurs, from the T-rex to smaller raptor like dinos. They even have a massive pterodactyl. It really puts into perspective how gigantic these things are!
This is another awesome place to visit in the U.S.. The Cleveland area is worth a visit, and when you do make it, don’t forget to stop at the zoo and see the dinosaurs, presented by Dollar Bank with support from Discount Drug Mart.

Stuffed Baked Potato

Stuffed Baked Potato

This is another one of those pins I’ve had on my yummy board for many, many months with no immediate plans to make it. Then this month, I was planning out our monthly meal plans and steak was on the agenda. What goes better with steak than baked potato? Um, not much else!
Tony insisted he wanted to grill the steaks because the weather has finally decided to be beautiful here in northeast Ohio! I was more than happy to concede grilling rights to the man of the house and deal with the sides inside.
That was also the night I made up my cheddar bay biscuits so this was a Pinterest night! The basic baked potato is usually a little iffy for me. I can never get them to bake all the way through, so I end up with tough bits. Oh well, moving on!
I made up the baked potatoes as I usually do, I stabbed them like I was Jason at summer camp and put them in the microwave for 10 minutes.
Once they came out, I cut a layer off the top of each potato and then hollowed them out with a knife. Directions indicated spoon, but that was a little too time consuming for me. Knives are fun! *Please use cautiously*
I slathered the inside of the potato with butter and some salt and pepper. Then all you do is stuff it full of whatever you choose. I went basic, based on the recipe online, and used cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon and an egg. The egg was a little weird for me to work my head around, but it turned out yummy.
Preheat your oven to 350* and bake for about 20 minutes. The goal is for the yolks to be soft, but the whites to be set. I didn’t wait long enough so my whole egg was a little runny. I’m a constant bane to my father-in-law because I eat my eggs like this anyway!
I devoured mine, Tony ate all of his and the kids did alright. They usually don’t finish their baked potatoes anyway, so I was happy with how well they did.
We’ll definitely be trying this recipe again and I’ll be experimenting with some of the other suggestions from the site.
Enjoy your own kitchen experiments!
Original recipe can be found at http://www.ourbestbites.com/2012/02/an-idaho-sunrise-egg-stuffed-baked-potatoes/