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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Homemade Drink Coasters

Hey there! 
I am on a roll this month! 2 posts!!!!
On to the good stuff! 
Today I have handmade coasters for you guys! 
Here is what you'll need:
A 12X12 sheet of scrapbook paper, a paper cutter, mod podge, a sponge brush, and four 41/4 in X 41/4 in tiles, you will also need cork board. 
I found my tiles at Lowes for less than a quarter each. 

Next you will need to cut your paper down to 41/4 X 41/4. 
Then glue your paper to your tiles and brush the mod podge over the top of the paper. 
I actually found that it works best to secure the  paper to the tile with the mod podge. 

You will need about 3 layers of mod podge but let them dry completely before adding the next layer. 
Also run your brush in the same direction each time or you will end up with hash marks on your coaster. 
unless of course you want hash marks.

Next you will need to seal your coasters with an acrylic sealant so that the moisture from your cup does not disturb your design. 
I sprayed mine 3 times and let it dry for 12 hours each time. 
After all of the spraying, I cut down the cork board to 41/4X41/4. 
I then removed the backing (I bought the self adhesive kind.) and stuck the cork board to the tile. 
Almost finished!
Stack them up and tie them together with a bow or maybe a strip of paper that reads "Happy Birthday" 
(Or what ever the occasion maybe.)
Now you're done! 

I hope you enjoyed this, because I sure did! 


Friday, April 1, 2011

My Tiny Kitchen # 1

Hi everyone, 
Wait is there an “everyone”? Does anyone read this thing besides my family and friends? I guess that still constitutes an everyone.....
Hi everyone (again), 

I have decided that whenever I cook or bake and share it with you all I will call it "My Tiny Kitchen". Lame? I thought so too, but I am sticking with it. So here is my first Tiny Kitchen

Today I have a special treat for you all. 
Pillow cookies!
I first saw these cookies on Bakerella. I immediately fell in love.
These things are delicious.  What is a pillow cookie you ask?
Well a pillow cookie is a chocolate chip cookie with a brownie inside.
They are super simple to make and taste delicious. The down side is that since you need to squish a brownie inside of cookie dough, it takes an awful lot of dough to make a single cookie. An average size batch of dough only yields about 12 cookies. The plus side? Chocolaty deliciousness the size of your face!

They are really simple to make.
Step 1) Prepare your favorite box of brownies according to the package.  

Step 2) prepare your favorite chocolate chip cookie, cookie dough. 

Step 3) Shove a 1in x 1inch brownie into a half a cup of cookie dough. 
(due the messy nature of this step I was unable to utilize my camera.)

Step 4) Bake at 350° for about 15 minutes. 

Step 5) Remove from oven. 

Step 6) let cool & devour. 

Tips: My cookies were done in about 15 minutes. Your bake time may vary so keep an eye on the oven. My cookies also spread a lot and did not bake up around the brownie; it is my theory that the butter in the dough was too warm. I read later it is best to refrigerate your dough for about 1hr prior to making your first batch and then again in-between batches. I would also advise you to make a few batches. These cookies were gone in a matter of minutes!