Monday, August 1, 2016

DIY Ghostbusters Jillian Holtzmann Screw U necklace

As a big opponent or reboots/remake, I was prepared to hate everything about this movie but I actually ended up liking it so much, especially since it came across as as comedy with female leads, and not a chick flick (which I hate). The Columbia Pictures needs to fire whoever was in charge of marketing for this movie because they completely failed this movie; loved it all except for that Fall Out Boy/Missy Elliot cover of the theme song. Seriously it sucks. I like both of them separately but when they come together it's anything but magic.

Last week was RAKit week, a week dedicated to paying it forward, racking up good karama points, and just all around being the good you want to see in the world. As part of the celebration, my local Chive group did a secret RAK exchange, so riding high on the Ghostbusters bandwagon I decided to make a Screw U necklace for my recipient like the one kickass engineer Jillian Holtzmann wears in the movie.

You remember Holtzmann, right? That crazy weird quirky chick? 

How can you not? Her and sweet dumb Kevin made the movie for me.

Anyways, gather up your supplies:

- 1x 1½" split key ring*
- 1x 2": screw
- 1x 18" necklace chain (like the beaded style used for dog tags)
- 1x jump ring
- small sheet of aluminum (0.019" thick)
- jewelry glue or solder
- jeweler's saw

*If you use a 1" split key ring, then you can use a metal letter charm from Michael's, just cut off the top part

Cut I made two necklaces, the one I RAK'ed used a 1" key ring and jewelry glue, and the one I kept used a 1½" key ring and was soldered.

Cut the U out of the metal sheet using the saw. You can insert the screw into the key ring, or you can lay it behind the ring and solder/glue it to the ring. Either way, tape the U to the front side, clamp the ring face down so that it  holds still while you solder/glue the U to the screw.

After attaching the jump ring I found that it also had to be soldered/glued because the key ring would rotate while wearing it.

String the necklace through and enjoy! Don't forget your proton pack!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Greek Pasta Salad

I know I haven't posted in awhile, I've been busy with the whole single mom while active duty in the military thing, you know how that goes. Anyways, I'll try my best to do better and make biweekly posts at least. The operative word in that sentence being "try", again, the single mom while in the military thing...

This year for the July 4th weekend the dude smoked a brisket and finished it off the grill (I'll try to steal his recipe and post it here - it was to die for!) so I figured why not try a grilled dessert since we had that going

You'll need:

- 1lb box rotini pasta, cooked al dente and drained
- 1 green pepper
- ½ cup diced mozzarella (unless you're like me a love cheese)
- ½ feta crumbles
- 1 roma tomato
- ¼ - ½ julienne fresh basil
- Greek vinaigrette dressing
- I threw in a handful of minced pepperoni because my picky 6yr old wouldn't eat it unless I did

Combine all the ingredients except for the vinaigrette in a large bowl until well mixed. Or have your 3yr old do it so you can have a quick adult beverage.

I purposely didn't say how much vinaigrette to add because that all depends on how wet people like their pasta salad to be, just beware that since the pasta was cooked al dente it will soak up quite a bit of the dressing. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Grilled Peaches

I know I haven't posted in awhile, I've been busy with the whole single mom while active duty in the military thing, you know how that goes. Anyways, I'll try my best to do better and post at least twice a month. The operative word in that sentence being "try", again, the single mom while in the military thing...

This year for the July 4th weekend the dude smoked a brisket and finished it off the grill (I'll try to steal his recipe and post it here - it was to die for!) so I figured why not try a grilled dessert since we had that going

You'll need:

- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 4 ripe peaches
- canola oil (enough to brush the peaches before placing on the grill)
- mint leaves to garnish

In a medium bowl, add slightly melted butter and stir until smooth. Add the cinnamon, sugar, and salt and stir until mixed.

Halve the peaches and discard the pit. Brush the peaches with canola oil and place on a grill set to high heat. Grill until they are cooked through, top with the butter mix and garnish with mint. Add your favorite ice cream for an even sweeter treat!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Easy Vegan Paella

One of my best friends is having surgery on her leg soon and won't be able to move around and cook, and she also happens to be vegetarian. In addition to a few mason jars of one glass sangria I made her this super easy paella so she'd be good to go.

You'll need:

- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 4 cloves of garlic
- ½ onion
- ½ red bell pepper
- ½ Italian green pepper
- 2 tomatoes
- 1 cup frozen artichoke hearts
- ½ cup frozen green beans
- ½ cup frozen peas
- 1¼ cups Basmati rice
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- Salt and black pepper to taste (optional)

Heat the oil in a paellera or a pan over medium heat and when it's hot, add the garlic, onion, red and green pepper (chopped). Cook until golden brown.

Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for another 5 or 10 minutes. Add the frozen veggies and cook 5 minutes more.

Add the rice and cook until it begins to be translucent. Pour the vegetable broth (hot), add the turmeric powder, the sweet paprika, and salt and black pepper to taste.

Stir the paella until all the ingredients are mixed and cook over medium or medium high heat for 15 or 20 minutes or until the rice is cooked. Add more vegetable broth if the rice is hard and dry.

Let stand the paella (covered) for at least 5 or 10 minutes.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Supernatural FBI badges

Poor Castiel. As if vanquishing monsters and demons wasn't enough, as good a friend he is with the Winchester brothers, he just doesn't fit in.

What the hell am I talking about? Supernatural of course! And if you don't know what I'm talking about then you need to come out from under that rock you've been living under.

My little dudes are obsessed with this show, because what's not to love - two brothers dispatching metaphysical foes, saving the world from doom, all while traveling the country in a badass 1977 Chevy Impala named Baby, so badass that there was an even an episode that took place from the car's point of view.

Now for the uninitiated, you're probably wondering how Dean and Sam Winchester are able to kill all these monsters without arousing the suspicions of the local authorities - by impersonating FBI agents of course, whose aliases all happen to be the name of classic rock musicians (if this sounds ridiculous just remember that it's a fantasy TV show on the CW, just go with it).

My boys love this show so much that last Christmas Santa brought them "Baby" hot wheels but it wasn't enough so I decided to make a little surprise for them while they were
 staying over at their dad's house.

To make the badge, I bought a couple bi-fold business card wallets like the one here, but I did opt for faux leather to make it look more real. Don't worry about the inside sleeves, they will come in handy. By the way, did you know that you can buy FBI badges on eBay? Because you can.... but I like to err on the side of caution and don't want to be catfished by a real government agent on the other end of my online transaction so I went with a couple moneyclips which look just as nice and you can slide them in the wallet's sleeve.

(click for enlarged version)

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For the documentation part, I put them into a business card template in order to get the right size for the wallet (the bottom document should be half the size of a business card). And while you're on the computer,go ahead and add your photo, and use fancy fonts for your signatures. To finish off, I laminated the cards (you know, so they don't get ruined by monster guts) and tossed in a seedy motel key that I picked up at a thrift store.

Last step, put on your favorite plaid shirt, crank up the tunes in your sweet ride and go stop darkness from spreading!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Wimbly Wombly Doctor Who Crayons

I read a story on the interwebs about a father who got to wondering about what happened to the crayons that come with kids' menus in restaurants, and after found out how they were all thrown out, he started a charity to recycle the crayons by melting them down for for reuse in children's hospitals. I got to thinking about it on a smaller scale, what about all the broken bits and pieces my boys leave laying around, just waiting to get eaten up by one of their furry siblings?

The boyfriend gifted me this awesome silicone mold that I had been using to freeze coffee for iced coffees, but I prefer my coffee hot and didn't want such a thoughtful gift to go to waste (silicone makes it easy to pop out your crayons and won't burst into flames in your oven!).

You won't be reusing this for food!

Heat your oven to 375° and just throw all your broken bits and pieces in the mold, it doesn't matter that the colors are all mixed up, it's supposed to be wimbly wombly!

I put the mold on a cookie sheet just in case so I wouldn't have to chip off crayon wax from the inside of the oven.

Check on your mold, stirring frequently and adding more crayon bits as they melt and shift into the mold's nooks and crannies.

Make sure they're completely cooled off before popping out the crayons.

And what better way to try out your new crayons than on a Doctor Who coloring and activity book???

***You can also add a dash of glitter to the crayon bits to make your TARDIS more intergalactic!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Lego iPhone Stand

Okay, so being a single mom with no after hours / weekend babysitter, I don't get a lot of free time to myself. Good for quality time with my monsters, but bad for quality time with my Game of Thrones or whatever other shows we shouldn't be watching together. The only time I can really watch my shows is when I'm in bed but I have tiny t-rex arms that get tired of holding my phone too quickly.

 The great thing about Legos is that you can build your stand however you want and it's never wrong! You can use mine as a guide, or do yours up all fancy, it's all good :)

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Kid's Mint Valentine's Card printable

This year's Valetine's cards for my monster's classes aren't as elaborate as last year (bringing extra work home = less time for crafts) but they're still cute.

I bought a bag of Andes Crème de Menthe candies at Walmart and put together a quick Valentine's background on my tablet.

I printed out enough for my boy's classmates on cardstock and cut them out, and glued a couple of the candies together, then the bottom candy to the card (make a square pattern with the glue, so that the candy doesn't fall out of the wrapper).

If chocolate isn't your thing, you can use any minty treat you like :)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Cat-proof Water Bowl

I love my cat, but God he's such an asshole. I've gone through I don't know how many different kinds of bowls only to come home from work to water all over the kitchen floor and the dog giving me a "It's like he doesn't even care about me being thirsty" look. Yeah, you know what look I mean.

He kept flipping over his round bowls, and I can't use a fountain because besides being ridiculously overpriced, the closest outlets I had to the bowl were being used. A rectangular dish is harder to knock over because of its shape, but how to make it jerk proof?

Start off with a heavy glass or ceramic rectangle baking pan and non slip shelf liner.

Trace out the bottom and hot glue your shelf liner to the bottom. For extra non-slip protection, I hot glued treads to the bottom of the liner too.


It's now March, and Felix has yet to flip over or spill his new water bowl! Now to keep him from dipping his dirty litter paws into it...