Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Wood Signs

My daughter had been asked by a friend to design a sign based on something seen on Pinterest.  She had asked if I could put together something that looked like a pallet or fence that she could then paint.  With some spray paint and hot glue, we had put it together in a very short period of time and this is the result:

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Here's how we did it:

Cut four 18" pieces out of 1 x 4's.  Sand them.

Cut two slats from a 1x3 and hot glue them across the 1x4's.

Spray paint the front with two coats of your choice of color.  We used white.  You can also do a base color that's darker, then a lighter color so that the darker color pops through when you sand it again (the picture below is after sanding off some of the paint).

Finally, do your design on paper, use whatever transfer process you want to trace it on the board.  I used a darker color of chalk and penciled over it like I do for all my chalkboard designs.  

Emily used just black paint on her design, I added some color for this wedding gift.  Final step, add a sawtooth picture hanger to the back and you're done!

And here it is displayed in her home!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Knock You Naked Brownies

For a pre-4th of July treat, since we were BBQ'ing, I searched Pinterest and found this recipe from The Pioneer Blog.  (Link is here.)  These are delicious!  I highly recommend them (as does my son-in-law)!  Using a cake mix makes it easy, just plan ahead a bit because they need to be refrigerated.  Yes, these brownies will make you HAPPY!

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Luscious layers of brownie with nuts, caramel, chocolate chips and another layer of brownie make them a very decadent dessert.

Hints:  In the recipe, you are asked to split the "brownie mix" in half.  Half is put into a square pan and baked for less than 10 minutes, the other half is set aside and is put on top of the caramel and chocolate chips.  Because the caramel is very mushy, the recipe asks that you form a square with the remaining "dough" on a countertop and then spatula it on the top.  I molded it on waxed paper, and then just flipped it over on top of the pan and then peeled off the waxed paper.  Easy!!

I also used two sizes of chocolate chips - the regular size and the minis. 

Oh and I totally forgot the powdered sugar!  Next time!

This is a great recipe and I hope you check it out on Pioneer Woman and give it a try!