sparkling wine…bottle

Wine?  Gimme.    If you’re a wine fan like myself you end up with a bottle or 4 that just ends up going out in the trash or with the recyclables.   Why not make it shine?    Break out the glitter and the modge podge and finish up your last glass of pinot noir.  We’re gonna need that bottle.

SUPPLIES

materials

Wine bottle(s) label removed

Glitter

Modge Podge

Red Solo Cup (to keep things classy)

Paint Brush or Foam Brush

Large Cardboard Box

CREATION

Mix the glitter with the modge podge, I used about 3tbsp of glitter and about 1/4 cup of modge podge, add more glitter to make it shinier!

mix

The mixture will not look very pretty, don’t be afraid, it’s gonna dry up and shine up nice.

comibine

You’re basically painting the modge podge/glitter mix on the wine bottle.  I suggest doing all of your work inside a cardboard box to reduce messiness…unless you genuinely enjoy scraping glitter off your surfaces for weeks.

bottle box

Once your workspace is set, just start painting.   Try to keep even strokes, and try to avoid dripping/clumping

start painting

Once you’ve completed your first layer of painting it should look something like this

first coatLet it dry for an hour (or until it’s no longer sticky) and paint your next layer.   I recommend 3 layers, but once a layer has dried you’ll know if you want more.

multiple coats

See my little clumps and runs?  Yea, don’t do that.  It’s a fun simple and fairly inexpensive way to add a little touch of sparkle to a little corner.   Depending on the glitter you use you can be as crazy or as subdued as you’d like.

sparkly wine bottle

Happy Sparkling!

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pin it, do it – crock pot beer chicken (fail) and an arugula fig salad save

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I’m loving my Crock Pot so far.   I’ve made so many delicious dinners that I keep meaning to post.   Pot Roasts, Ribs, and I’d had high hopes for Crock Pot Beer Chicken.  I mean hello, BEER + CHICKEN = AMAZING…nope.

I found this recipe on Pinterest and was inclined to give it a try because 80% of the commenters said it was the most amazing chicken ever created.  How could I deny myself the most amazing chicken ever?   The recipe is simple.  Chicken, seasoning, beer, cook.   I threw it all together in the morning and fantasized about juicy perfect chicken all day.   When I got home all I had was a greasy crock pot full of dry flavorless chicken.     I was so disappointed.   I’m not sure what I did wrong, I didn’t let it cook too long, I followed the recipe exactly.

There is a bright side though.  I was still hungry and because I had had a few bites of flavorless greasy chicken all I wanted were some greens.   I decided to throw together an Arugula salad with goat cheese, figs and a Maple Balsamic Vinagrette.

Salad Ingredients/Directions (sorry for weird measurements in salad, winged it, do what works for you)

2c Arugula

2tbsp Goat cheese crumbles

Fresh Figs (4  sliced)

1 slice Applewood Smoked Bacon (crumbled)

Mix all items together in bowl, set aside (makes 2 salads)

Maple Balsamic Vinagrette Ingredients/Directions

1/2c Balsamic Vinegar

1/4c Maple Syrup

1c EVOO

Mix together.   Pour over Salad

DEVOUR!

So if your Crock Pot Pinterest experiment doesn’t work out, just go for this arugula salad, you won’t be disappointed!

glitter and waffles

If you’ve ever even glanced at Pinterest you’ve probably seen the post that goes something like this:

“OMG, MIX GLUE AND GLITTER AND YOU CAN PAINT A GLITTER WALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Oh, and the pin is of a glitter wall in a nursery.   Haven’t seen it?  Imagine a disco ball is a womb and there’s the visual.

I’ve tried the mixing glue and glitter experiment before and it sucked.   I wondered if I might have better results with glitter and modge podge:

Bingo!   My red solo cup isn’t for beer, it’s for crafting.   Working on a few things that hopefully won’t end in epic fails later this week.

Who else is excited for Thanksgiving!?   I missed out on the turkey last year when I was in the midst of my vegan experiment (which I need to jump back on soon) but this year I’m gearing up for turkey.   I have no shame, I’ll eat a drumstick.  If you’re the master chef for your Thanksgiving you’re probably not too thrilled to do tons of cooking this week.   Can I suggest easy?   Can I suggest waffles?

MMMMM, amazing belgian waffles.   I made those!  Recipe is here (egg separation is key.)  I suck at making waffles.   The secret?  A spinning waffle maker:

If you have one of those awful square waffle makers, throw it out and go get a spinning waffle maker today.   1)  You’ll be able to have BELGIAN waffles on demand.  2) You’ll stop having messes from your square waffle maker.    Don’t lie, you’ve had some hot messes from that square machine.   I would new ways to F up waffle making with mine, batter would go everywhere, or they would burn, it would take hours to scrape out.   This always happened (via runeatrepeat.com.)

Amazing waffles, easy dinner.   Go now and get it, or try to score one on sale on Black Friday.  Regardless Belgian Waffles should be in your life at some point this week.

pin it, do it – honeycrisp apple sangria

I love fall, I love everything about it.  Colder weather.  Changing leaves.   Sweaters.  Apples.   I’m in.

Last month I mentioned my desire to get in on this Honeycrisp Apple Sangria pin I spotted over the summer:

Looks amazing right?   The ingredients weren’t too crazy, so I thought I’d give it a whirl.

2 honeycrisp apples
One 750-milliliter bottle un-oaked Chardonnay
1/2 cup peach schnapps
1/4 cup orange blossom honey
2 oranges- 1 quartered
1 lemon – quartered
1 lime – quartered
2 cinnamon sticks
2 quarter-size slices of fresh ginger
3 whole cloves
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Ice
Club soda

The recipe is really easy, you just need to give it time.   Here’s how mine came out:

Obviously my sugar rimming skills need some work.

It was a really fun fall drink.   A few things.

The recipe says it will yield 5-6 servings….I got 2.  I let the liquid soak in the fruit for about 8 hours, I think all the apples and the cinnamon sticks must have acted like a sponge.

If you’re looking for a stronger apple flavor and aren’t a big fan of an apple citrus mix I would recommend halving the amount of citrus it soaks in.

The peach schnapps taste is very powerful, if you don’t like it, use less.

I’ll give this drink a try again before Christmas rolls in, I’ll be sure to work on my sugar rimming skills before the next batch, the pics may not look pretty, but it tasted delicious!