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Painting stones

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Bottle art

There are so many cool things on Pintrest. I love it. This one I have wanted to do for a long time. And finally I found the time to do it. It’s really easy and I think it looks pretty cool.

Today’s pin is taken from Alphamom.com

Alpha mom has a very thorough explanation with lots of pictures on how you do this. Personally I don’t really thing you need a lot more explanation than this picture. At least I didn’t.

I’ve had three canvas frames lying in my basement for ages. They were really intended for some other project that I never got started. So I used them. I also used my cheap Ikea kids paint. So I didn’t have to buy anything extra for this one either. That’s my kind of project. This is how my Soda Bottle Art turned out:

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Silhouettes

Latley I have been working on a project that I just finnished the other day. It is a postcard.

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It’s a silhouette of each of the girls in the youth group that I work with in the congregation that I go to. (The Curch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Each heart represents the values that we believe in; Faith, Divine nature, Individual worth, Knowledge, Choice and accountability, Good Works, Integrity and Virtue. The values are also written on the top and on the  bottom of the card. Along the sides I have written the theme for 2013. Stand in holy places (D&C 87:8). This postcard is kind of inspired from the 2013 theme poster. It looks like this:

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We will be writing postcards throughout the year to people who needs encouragement. Missionaries sent out from our ward. Girls that haven’t been coming for some time. Or others that we are thinking of. I find it so cool how each girl have their own unique silhouette. Even from the side you  recognize who is who (if you know the girls of course). I ordered 40 postcards, and I can’t wait to see the result on paper. They will be coming in a few days.

In preparation for this card I also made some framed silhouettes of my children.

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At least some of them. I still have three more to do…

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Broccoli bites

Today I tried out broccoli bites. Here’s the inspirational pin:

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This is how mine turned out:

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And here’s the recipe adapted to European metrics:

500ml chopped broccoli, thawed and drained of liquid (I know you can’t really mesure broccoli in milliliters. But I just meassuraed ut to 500ml – that makes about 350g)
350ml of grated cheddar cheese
3 eggs
salt & pepper
225ml of seasoned Italian breadcrumbs

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
With your hands, form small patties and lay on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 190 C degrees for 25 minutes, turning the patties after the first 15 minutes.

Let cool and enjoy!

They taste really good. I will definitely do them again. 🙂 Simple, cheap, fast and TASTY. That’s what I like.

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Rope Wrapped Pot

If you have been reading my earlier posts, you already know I love easy, fast and cheap DIY projects. This project has it all. It is inspired from this pin:

It looks really cool so I decided to try it my self. This is what I used. Stuff lying around: Bilde

It’s so simple that you don’t even need an instruction. I just glued rope to the pot. That’s all. You do need quite a lot of glue though. I used glue for wood, because that was what I had at home, and it worked. Here is my version of a rope wrapped pot:

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No I just need to find a nice plant to put in it.

I have a big Ceramic pot. I would like to do the same with it. I would need around 20 meters of rope. I don’t have that lying around. When I checked the prizes for rope I found that one meter of rope costs 6 Swiss Franks. Now that’s 120 CHF for 20 meters of rope. THAT is a lot. In US Dollars that would be like 125 dollars. I’m sure that you’ll find cheaper rope in US though, or in UK or in Germany or … anywhere. I’m definitely NOT doing that until I find something cheaper.

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Chocolate cake with… black beans???

I have claimed earlier that i kiss better than I cook. The good thing is, that I’m a pretty good kisser, so all of my cooking doesn’t turn out that bad ;).

Some time ago I was craving something sweet so bad. I really wanted some cookies. The little white angel on my shoulder though, managed to help me resist the temptation of digging out the chocolate from the storage room and look for something alternative on Google.  I found a quick and easy recipe for banana cookies that helped me with my craving. But as I was searching I came across this picture of this really tasty looking chocolate cake:

The maker of this cake claimes that this cake is made without flour, without milk and without sugar. In fact the main ingredient is BLACK BEANS.

This I had to try out. The only problem though, was that one other ingredient in this recipe is erythritol. I have no idea what that is, and I don’t even know if it exists in Switzerland. If it does I’m sure it’s really expensive. So I googled some more and finally I found this recipe that is almost same as the first one, only with normal white sugar instead. Not as healthy as the other…

So the day before yesterday, I soaked my beans over night. (For directions on soaking and cooking beans: http://www.theveggietable.com/blog/cooking-tips/how-to-soak-and-cook-beans-and-legumes/)

And yesterday I tried it out. It’s super easy. As long as you have your beans soaked and cooked this cake takes no time at all.

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It actually DID taste really good. The whole family, hubby and children, really liked it. This is what it looked like:

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Next time I will try with the frosting too. Way to go. Eating chocolate cake without feeling bad. Now that’s creative cooking. If you want the recipe, just go to http://atastylovestory.com/the-famous-brilliant-black-bean-chocolate-cake/.