Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Mason Jar Corn Dogs!

As summer rolls to an end, I love to hang on to every warm day as long as I can (while simultaneously decorating for Fall...) 

One way I did just that was make Mason Jar Corn Dogs!

I love mason jars for all sorts of applications, and you can't beat them in the kitchen!

Here's how you do it..

Grab your favorite corn dog recipe - (I like them all, but this one is easy) - and make the batter!

Get your oil nice and hot and skewer the hot dogs.

Grab two mason jars (this is all about grabbing today!) and fill one jar with your batter and the other with flour!

Dunk the dogs in the mason jar full of flour...

...then dunk them in your batter...

Fry them in the oil and you know what's missing?  An after shot!

Ummm, we may have been too excited and just ate them all up! 

So trust me they are delicious!

What's your favorite way to hold on to Summer?

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

It's Sew Sunday: Pot Holder Towel

I fell in love with a fabric - I didn't buy it the first time I laid eyes on it, because that's not my style.  I'd rather think about it, obsess over whether or not I need it, decide I do, and then go on a mad dash to find it again. (It's usually cute and popular enough that finding it a second time can be a real disaster!)

But I knew it was true love - we're talking orange and bicycles!  So I went on that very mad dash to find the fabric again, and after I was about to leave the fabric shop empty handed and sad, I saw it out of the corner of my eye behind the cutting counter!  I marched on over and got it! 

Not a lot, just 1/4 yard to make a Pot Holder Towel:

What you'll need:

1/4 yd. fabulous cotton fabric
1/4 yd. terry cloth (or really an old towel)
matching thread
fabric pen
sewing machine or the ability to hand sew (I do not possess this ability)

Begin by cutting both the cotton and the terry cloth down to an 18 x 23 inch rectangle.  With the remaining cotton cut out two triangles that are about 7 1/2 inches at their peak and that match the opposite corners of your original rectangle.  I outlined where the triangles should be placed below.

Before we begin to pin the whole thing together, remove the triangles and press and sew the inside seam of the triangles that will serve as the actual pot holder opening where your hands will slide in.

Then pin the triangles onto the main cotton fabric with wrong sides together.  The rough edges are all the way around on the outside of both fabrics.

Then with right sides together, pin the terry to the cotton fabric (that already has the triangles pinned on).  Simply sew the perimeter of the fabric - leaving a 4 inch opening to turn it all right side out! 

Once it's turned right side out - use your finger or a chopstick (my new favorite sewing tool) to push out the corners.  Press the seams until flat and set being sure to press under the 4 inch opening (as if you sewed it).

Then topstitch around the entire towel.  I think this makes it look so much more finished as well as takes care of that pesky opening without having to hand sew it shut!

There you have it!  I hang mine on the oven door, use it as a towel when needed, but also grab it to pull items out of the oven with in a pinch!

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Mini Figure Jar Toppers

If every surface in your house is covered in Legos like mine is - you are going to LOVE this project.  It's a cute way of organizing your kids' Legos and who doesn't need more organization in their life?  I know I do!

This is also a super simple way to make use of those pesky little black display pieces that come with the mini-figures!

Here's what you'll need for the project:

super glue
mason jar lid and ring
mason jar
mini-figure Lego display pieces
spray paints of your choice

Begin by gluing the mason jar lid together so that the ring and the lid will not separate.  Then when that is dry, glue the mini-figure display piece on the top of the lid.

Take it outside to your favorite spray painting spot and spray away!  I chose the dominant colors to match Fender's most popular Legos - yellow, white, red, blue, and green.  Then top with your favorite mini-figure!  Mine is definitely Evil Knievel.

And of course what it looks like at the end of the day!

Have fun!

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