Firefighting Crafts

I'm not so sure I've mentioned this on here but Trey and I have joined the local volunteer fire department. I have been put in charge of PR and anything they need "made."

So far I have put together a website, A sign to hang on the building and am designing the patches. I'm having a blast being put in charge of the department creativity!

The Potential patch - Fire departments sometimes use patches like business cards. The patches are placed on jackets, hats, dress uniforms, etc...

The sign- OMG, this sign gave me hell. I used oil based spray paint and then tried to seal it with oil based sealer. The sealer ATE the red paint! I had to redo a section. It was so awful.


chocolate covered strawberries


I made these for a dinner party we had on Sunday night. They were a big hit, especially being covered in Ghirardelli milk chocolate! These were already some of the sweetest strawberries I've ever had too. Not too hard, just pop the chocolate chips in the microwave using 20 second intervals until melted. Have wax paper ready and out. Using completely DRY strawberries roll them around in the chocolate and allow to dry on wax paper... Unless you're like me and steal a few still warm!


Mom's Birthday

So my mom's birthday was yesterday (Happy Birthday Mom!!). I didn't really know what to get her so after a long though process I decided to make her a spa set. I made some soap, lotion, and a candle all in her favorite scent, Moonlight Path! I just sent them to her so they should be there in a few days. I found all three incredibly easy to make! I love making them! I also placed washclothes that matched the color I dyed the all 3 pieces and put in lots of chocolates. She'll have luxury in a box!

As you can see the soap is actually two tone! This is done by first making a half batch and dying it very dark, pouring it into a mold (a shoebox lined with wax paper in my case) and waiting about a half hour. Then making the other half and dying it slightly lighter.

Sorry the pics aren't very good. I remembered as I pulled up to the post office I hadn't taken any and found my point and shoot in the truck! So these are very rushed photos.



TexMex How I Love You!

There is no hiding that I love Tex-Mex. Rice, beans, and beef fajitas. My mouth waters at the very thought. I have been searching high and low for a recipe that resembles Taco Cabana's rice... (that I can make using minute rice - being the only rice that I can actually cook well). Everything has been too... "Spanish-y" I finally decided to type in "Tex Mex Rice" to see what popped up and in my stumbling and scraping around I ran across this blog. Homesick Texan

I kid you not, if you are hungry don't even open that page. I have nearly died of hunger from looking all over her lovely blog and not being able to pull myself away from it. But seriously here is a preview - of rice of course.

On her blog she mentions a book that Monday (payday!) I'm going to definitely purchase:
So for those of you who like me - LOVE your tex mex but either don't know how to cook it or live too far away for it to be genuine... Between these two sources we'll all be well fed.