Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Homemade Taco Pizza

Disclaimer: I LOVE to cook. I can cook pretty well, but I don't cook "pretty". My mom can decorate  cakes like no one else I know... they are gorgeous, but I just didn't get that gene. So... my pizza is a little funny shaped. Sorry dudes.

Anyway, this was so easy to make and everyone in our house loved it. The first time I suggested taco pizza to my 8 year old she looked at me like I was crazy. But she ate her words (and two pieces) tonight.

Homemade Taco Pizza

*Box of Jiffy Pizza Crust
*One can of refried beans
*1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (estimated)
*One medium tomato, diced
*1 1/2 cups (estimated) shredded lettuce
*crumbled up nacho flavored Doritos
*salsa and sour cream for topping

Prepare the pizza crust as directed on the package. Prebake the crust for about 5 minutes.

Remove from the oven and spread refried beans in a thick layer on over the crust, sprinkle with cheese.

Bake for another 10 minutes or until crust is golden and no longer doughy.

Remove from oven and allow to cool.

 Top with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and chips.

Serve with sour cream and salsa.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Glass Jar Laterns

Well, I finished another wedding project, since this WILL happen someday I'm sure. I have been saving glass jars from spaghetti sauce and alfredo sauce and those types of weird things and this weekend I put them to use in such an easy way!

This weekend I used some of that leftover twine to make hangers. I just tied them tightly under the lip of the jar and they are ready for packing at least.

I will be filling the bottoms of the jars with sand and battery powered candles to hang around the "reception area".

Trash to Treasure: Bathroom wall decor!

While most of my poor little apartment is filling up with fun wall decor, my bathroom has remained kind of naked. I spent a lot of time searching high and low for something to hang on the walls... but I still find it odd that I found my answer on the label of a shampoo bottle. Too much time spent laying in the bathtub? No such thing!

Anyway, once I had this grand idea it was definetely go time! The original plan was to pick up some pieces of unfinished wood at Hobby Lobby and paint them before adding the words. But I just could not justify spending that much money on something I was going to cover... so I had a great idea while walking around the store. Why not use something I already have?

My storage unit is full of boxes. I don't want to part with them because I know we will not be staying in this apartment forever (Please God Please let me be right!) so I found the box from my laptop and got to work. Each piece is probably 20 inches long and six inches wide. I cut them out with scissors (I really still need to buy a box knife by the way) and decopagued some adorable scrapbook paper I picked up during my Hobby Lobby trip. Once I was done, I cut out the words with my Cricut (of course!) and glued them into place before sealing each piece with Modge Podge. I used some leftover twine from my wreath project to connect them all with hot glue and to hang it on the wall.

I love the way it turned out! And it only cost me $1.77 (plus tax) for paper! Plus I got rid of yet another box taking up space in my storage.

How's that for reduce, reuse, recycle? :)

FIY: I linked this up onto the link party at Craft-o-Maniac... go check her out NOW! She's pretty amazing!

Wall Decor thanks to the dollar store!

I loooove me some Dollar Tree. Almost as much as Hobby Lobby in fact! I am always finding great things there on the cheap. If I have supplies to buy I ALWAYS check there first.

One weekend I hit the Dollar Tree looking for nothing in particular and ended up with an 11x14 wooden frame (just for a buck, are you serious!?) and a wooden plaque with a bird painted on it.

This is what they turned into:

First, I attacked the plaque. I simply decopagued a piece of scrapbook paper to it and added a fleur de lis from my Home Decor cricut cartridge. I cut it onto a piece of black posterboard and then sealed it all together with some modge podge! 

Dollar stores are such a great place to find wooden signs and plaques to reuse for crafts. You could spend $2 or more for an unfinished piece of wood at a craft store (depending on the size). So I always check out Dollar Tree for signs that I can repurpose!
Next was the frame. I started by painting the wood black... because I am very specific about all of my frames matching.

 I again used my Home Decor cartridge to cut out "forever" in black posterboard and laid it on top of some scrapbook paper. I used the paper that came inside the frame to make a "mat" and just put the scrapbook paper on top of it.

After sealing that into the frame I cut out the adorable heart on some black vinyl and attached it to the outside of the glass. Kind of a 3D effect I suppose?

Anyway, I love the way they both turned out. My walls are slowly filling up!

I told GI that once he gets home the house is going to filled with homemade stuff and I wasn't kidding. I think he's just happy that my supply shopping trips are less than $5 each!