DIY Pom Pom Bunnies & Chicks

DIY Pom Pom Bunnies & Chicks

DIY Pom PomsPom Poms are one of the easiest and cutest way to dress up holiday decor, clothing,  and gifts.  They make great add-ons to gift wrap and tags, banners, baskets, and more.  They are very inexpensive, specially if you make them at home using scraps of yarn.  Best of all they are so easy to make and are a great project to do with your kids.

I love to add pom poms to my crochet hats, they make them super cute. But since it’s Easter in a couple of weeks I’ve been making these adorable pom pom bunnies and chicks to add to the Easter baskets I’m making for my grandchildren.

I used Pom Pom makers  to make the pom poms for my bunnies and chicks but if you don’t have any you can still make pom poms very easily using a fork or toilet paper rolls and a pair of sharp scissors.  Here’s a tutorial from Handimania to show you how to make pom poms using a fork or toilet paper rolls.  If you prefer to purchase a pom pom maker here’s a link for that too! Sets of Pom Pom Makers start at around $6.  Or you should be able to find them at your local craft store like Joann Fabric & Crafts.

Here’s how I made my cute Pom Pom Bunnies and Chicks!  I should add that it’s best to use sharp scissors, it makes cutting the yarn so much easier and less painful on your hands and fingers!

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Supplies

Pom Pom Maker or a fork or toilet paper rolls

Yarn

Felt (for ears, nose, etc.) – I used stiffened felt sheets, it made the ears stand up better, but you can use regular felt

Wiggly Eyes

Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Fishing Line for the whiskers

Sharp Scissors

Small White Pom Poms (for tail) You can make your own or use store bought ones.

 

Directions:

If you’re using a fork or toilet paper rolls to make your pom poms make 2 pom poms (one large, one small) in your color of choice for bunny, and 2 more for the chick.

If you’re using a pom pom maker read on.

DIY Pom poms

 

Here is my set of Pom Pom Makers.  I got them from Amazon.

The set came with 4 sizes.  For my bunnies I used the large pink for the bunny and chick bodies.  The small yellow one for the bunny head, and the green one for the chick head.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

DIY Pom PomsOpen the maker’s arms.  It should look like an “S”.  You will be winding yarn on both arms. Each curve of the “S” has 2 parts, be sure you hold both parts together and wind yarn around both.  There is a gap between the 2 parts, this is where you insert scissors when you are ready to cut.  [spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom PomsThe object of this tool is to wind the yarn from one end of each curve of the “S” to the other end.  So stating on the left side wind yarn tightly towards the right side.  You can tuck the loose end under the yarn as you wind.  Continue winding until you reach the right end. You can wind yarn back and forth from end to end for fuller pom poms, just be sure you end on the right end so you can tuck the end between the gap that’s on that end .  I wound mine back and forth a total of 5 times.

When you are done with the first curve shut it so it form a semi-circle, do this so the yarn you just wound will not unwind.

 

 

DIY Pom PomsRemember to wind yarn on the other curve of the “S” the same number of times you wound it on the first curve.  This is what it looks like when both curves have yarn.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom PomsTurn the maker on it’s side and insert scissors in the gap between the 2 curves.  Hold both curves shut as you cut.

 

 

 

DIY Pom PomsThis is what it will look like when you have cut both sides.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom PomsSlip a strand of yarn  between the groove of the pom pom maker.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom PomsPull yarn tightly and make a knot to secure the pom pom.  I wind the strand of yarn back around the center and knotted a couple of times to make sure it was tight and secure.

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom Poms

 

Open the arms and pull the top maker off to release the pom pom.  Gently work the pom pom off the bottom part of the maker. [spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

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Fluff the pom pom and trim the ends evenly.  Leave the long middle strand of yarn long for tying head and body together.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To make bunnies:

DIY Pom PomsWhen you have 2 pom poms made, one larger one for the body and another smaller one for the head, tie them together by knotting the 2 long strands in the center together.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom PomsCut out ears from the felt, I honestly just cut the shape without a template.  2 White and 2 smaller ones in pink.

You can also cut a triangle out of the pink felt for the nose.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom PomsGlue the pink part on to the white part.  [spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom PomsGlue the ears between the head and body.  Glue the eyes in place.  Cut 2 strands of fishing line and glue to the triangle for the nose.  Glue the nose in place.  Also glue the tail in place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom Poms

To make chicks

Make the pom poms and attach together like the bunnies.

Cut out a triangle for the beak and top comb from orange felt.

Glue comb to top of head and beak to the front of the face.

Glue on eyes.

DIY Pom Poms

 


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DIY Pom PomsHere’s another cute DIY Pom Pom Easter craft.  It’s quick and easy, a great way to use any extra pom poms, yarn, and felt.

For these Mason Jar bunnies you make pom poms about the same size as the jar lids.  Then cut out the feet, two larger ovals in white, 2 smaller pink ovals.  Glue the pink ovals on the white ovals and glue them on the pom pom.  Glue on a small pom pom for the bunny tail.

Fill jars up with Easter candy, I used Coconut M&M’s.  Tie a ribbon around the jar and it’s good to go.

Great gift idea or a prize for your Easter Egg Hunt!

3 Types of Royal men beaded bracelets to consider buying as a gift

3 Types of Royal men beaded bracelets to consider buying as a gift

Buying a gift for your loved ones can be an uphill task. Just finding something that they will appreciate and have it encrypted in their hearts for life be difficult. The situation will be complicated when dealing with men since they don’t openly disclose what they like. I will advocate that you go for something simple, precious and lovable. Beaded bracelets have and will always work for most men. They will love it, and the site of it on their hands giving the memory is priceless. Here are the three royal men beaded bracelets you must consider gifting your man.

1. Superior gold obsidian

A real man is defined with class. They should be a masterpiece in society. As such the gifts should match the credentials and you can stoop any lower than the royalty state.  The royal bead bracelet collection should be your thing if you value the man. The Superior gold obsidian royal beaded bracelet is elegant and bold so that your recipient of the gift will appreciate the present.

Made from gemstones combined with karat, the Royal men beaded bracelets will make the man outstanding from the mammoth. They typically consist of between 8 and 12mm beads in particular combination. They will be a suitable gift for that bald man in your life. You will love their exclusive, stylish and modern nature. They are available in different sizes, and you will be spoilt of choices. Getting the tight-fitting size will be a significant plus. It is also possible to customize the Superior gold obsidian bracelets to reflect the particular personality.

2. Superior Gold Tiger Eye

Every man wants to be the head of the social unit; as such, they should be protective and visionary. Well, in the jungle, we understand the traits of the tiger and is one respectable creature in the animal kingdom. For that man, you deeply treasure, you should revere to them. A man is receptive to all that will complement their character and stump their authority.

No gift can match that which will reflect on one’s desired personality. If they are not tigers already, then this bracelet will make them think otherwise and maybe transform them as they get the self-esteem from the gift. The bracelets are durable since they are made from the tiger eye beads stone as well as the 14K solid gold. The award will be with them for life.

3. Superior Gold Sodalite

Sodalite is one of the most precious stones in the world. The dark blue beaded bracelet should stand out at the birthday party for that dear man in your life. Made to withstand the extreme weather, the bracelet will be a companion to them in your absence. If you doubt, then there is a lifetime guarantee to drive away your uncertainties. You will have to get the measurements right so that the bracelet can be custom made to fit their wrist perfectly. Unwrapping the gift from the box will be sensational since they come with a luxurious box that the recipient of the award will adore and store as well.

DIY Valentine Gifts for Men

DIY Valentine Gifts for Men

Valentine Gifts for menRomance is in the air!  Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and by now most of us moms and grandmothers are winding down our Valentine crafting.  Classroom and teacher gifts are done or nearly done, as are gifts for friends and families.  By now many of us have had our fill of cutting out hearts and cupids and are ready to move on.  But we may have neglected one of the most important people in our lives, our significant other!

Let’s be honest, Valentine’s Day is a female holiday.  We expect our husbands and boyfriends to take the initiative and come up with fabulous Valentine gift.  We expect flowers, chocolates, jewelry, dinners, etc.

I admit I love the pampering, and most of the gifts my husband has given me.  Okay, the weed trimmer wasn’t a big hit, but it was certainly memorable.  Over all I think he’s gotten this Valentine thing down pat, even though at times he goes overboard with humongous boxes of chocolates or a truck load of blooms.

I must confess that most years I tend to neglect doing something special for him.  By the time I get around to getting him a gift it’s usually the day before Valentine’s Day and I end up buying a shirt or a bottle of cologne.  Occasionally inspiration strikes and I do something special.  One year I remembered early enough to reserve an ocean view table at our favorite gourmet restaurant, another year I checked us in to an oceanfront suite for the night.

This year I tried booking a table at a restaurant during the last week of January.  I tried all our favorites, they were sold out unless I want to have dinner at 10 o’clock.  So I searched the web for inspiration. I found many great ideas and will be incorporating a couple in my Valentine’s Day plans. I’ve decided that a moonlight picnic on the beach is just what we need.  We live in Hawaii so the weather should be cooperative, if not then on to plan B, a picnic at home.

Here’s a round-up of DIY Valentine gift idea for men.   Perhaps they will inspire  your Valentine planning.  Whatever you decide have a wonderfully romantic Valentine’s Day!

valentineIf you’re still feeling crafty then this cool chocolate guitar may be just what you need.  Specially if your Valentine is a music and chocolate lover!

Edible Crafts online has a great tutorial to show you how you can make this guitar for your lover boy!

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valentinePicnics are always romantic.

If the weather is bad you can still have a romantic picnic in your livingroom.  Set the scene with candles and “picnic” on a blanket on your floor.  Serve food you would serve if you were actually going on an outdoor picnic, but keep it simple; pasta salad, cold chicken, cheese, crusty bread, fruit, chocolate dipped strawberries, etc.  And wine,  Don’t forget the wine!  (sparkling cider makes a nice non-alcoholic alternative, specially if you have to drive home)  Pack everything in a picnic basket if you have one.

valentineAfter  dinner snuggle up in your romantic bedroom.

I’d add a candle or two , a couple of wine glasses, a bottle of wine, and a small box of truffles to this design by Everyday Art. [spacer height=”-20px”]

Men's ValentineI love this heart box by  Theresa of Crafting the Web!

Fill it with his favorite treat!

Click here to learn how to make it![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

Men's ValentineBacon is supposed to be “manly”, treat your man to Chocolate dipped roses by Everyday Dishes![spacer height=”-20px”]

Men's ValentineHere are more Bacon Valentines from PrettyOrganized you’ll find recipes and free printable tags on their site.[spacer height=”-20px”]

Men's Valentine

 Give him a gift that lasts the whole year.  This Pre-planned date night book by Thinking Closet let’s you celebrate Valentine’s Day once a month doing something you both enjoy.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

Men's ValentineThis Sensual Valentine by What’s On My Porch will stimulate all his senses.

Decorate cardboard boxes and fill each one with a corresponding item.  His favorite candy, a massage bug, his preferred cologne, a CD, and some sexy lingerie he’ll love seeing you in.  Tailor the items to your man.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

CHRISTMAS LASAGNA

CHRISTMAS LASAGNA

Christmas is getting closer and closer, I love it! Dana and I are here to help you with new recipe ideas for the holiday season. Now on Christmas Day we have the usual turkey, ham and all the trimmings but for Christmas Eve we decided to change it up a bit and have lasagna. It feeds a lot of people and really who doesn’t love lasagna? So it is a real crowd pleaser. Since you can assemble it even the night before it makes the hectic Christmas Eve go a lot more smoothly.

This is my go to lasagna recipe, very simple, very classic, we jazz it up a little bit by adding in some Italian sausage. To make it more festive I put a Christmas Tree pattern on it made from bell peppers. I made the tree limbs out of green bell pepper slices, and decorated with chopped red and yellow pepper, the tree trunk is bit of red pepper and a (poorly shaped lol) star out of the yellow bell pepper.

I use no boil noodles and get this put together in no time. I pop it in the fridge and it is ready to go the next day for Christmas Eve dinner. A basket of garlic bread and a huge salad and Christmas Eve dinner is done!

So take it straightforward this holiday and create this amazing Christmas Lasagna! Don’t forget to go away some for Santa!! 😉

 

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Ingredients

1 pound sausage
1 pound hamburger
2 jars spaghetti sauce
4-5 cups mozzarella cheese
2 eggs
32 oz ricottanoodles
1 package no boil noodles

Instructions

1. Brown and drain the sausage and hamburger together.
2. Add sausage and hamburger to large bowl and pour in the two jars of sauce.
3. In separate bowl mix the ricotta, 2 eggs and 1 cup of cheese.
4. Spread a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 dish.
5. Place noodles on top of sauce.
6. Spread 1/3 of the cheese mixture on the noodles.
7. Sprinkle with a little more shredded mozzarella.
8. Top with more sauce.
9. Do another layer of noodles.
10.Cheese mixture
11. Shredded cheese
12 Sauce.
13. Noodles.
14. Cheese mixture.
15. Sauce.
16. Shredded Cheese.
17. Arrange peppers into Christmas Tree shape.
18.Cover with foil and bake 30-40 minutes at 350 till bubbly

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Guilt-free Turkey Pot Pie

Guilt-free Turkey Pot Pie

This is such a delicious and decadent tasting food formula for christmas. you’ll simply use chicken instead. Besides the turkey, it’s loaded with veggies, potatoes and butternut squash. every skinny serving has 266 calories, six grams of fat and seven Weight Watchers race SmartPoints Your family can love, love, love this fabulous Turkey Pot Pie.It freezes nice too!


Try this Guilt-free Turkey Pot Pie recipe.

Ingredients

3½ cups Swanson’s reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided

2 cups butternut squash or sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (½ inch cubes)

1½ cups potatoes, peeled and cubed (½ inch cubes)

1½ cups onions, chopped

1½ cup carrots, peeled and chopped

1½ cups celery, sliced

1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced

3 cups turkey breast or chicken, cooked and diced, see shopping tips

¾ cup frozen peas (un-defrosted)

½ cup reduced-fat milk

⅓ cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried sage

¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1 pkg. Pillsbury Golden Layer Flaky Biscuits (100 calories for each biscuit), see shopping tips

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

2. In a large pan, add 2¾ cups chicken broth, butternut squash, potatoes, onions, carrots, celery and garlic. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 8 minutes, until soft. Add diced turkey and frozen peas, breaking them up. Bring back to a boil, turn heat to simmer, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Place a colander into a large bowl. Pour turkey, vegetables and broth into the colander. Add the strained broth back to the pan. Set aside the bowl of turkey and vegetables.

3. In separate small bowl, add flour. Gradually add milk to flour, stirring with a whisk, until well blended.

4. Increase heat to the pan of broth to medium and stir in remaining broth. Using a whisk or fork, stir in milk and flour mixture. Cook for 5 minutes or until thicken. Stir often.

5. Add back the turkey and vegetables. Mix in thyme, sage and black pepper. Mix well. Pour turkey stew into the 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and remove foil.

6. Open the package of biscuits, separate them and place on top of turkey stew. Line them evenly over the top.

7. Place the pot pie back in the oven and bake, uncovered, for 14-16 more minutes until the biscuits are golden brown.

8. To serve, spoon about 1 cup into each bowl and top with 1 biscuit. You’ll have 2 extra biscuits!

Serves 8 (each serving ⅛ of recipe, 1 biscuit and about 1 cup turkey stew)

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Stuffed Turkey Breast with Bacon, Cranberry, Breadcrumb Stuffing

Stuffed Turkey Breast with Bacon, Cranberry, Breadcrumb Stuffing

Boneless turkey breast pounded skinny and filled with breadcrumbs, mushrooms, dried cranberries and sage, rolled and tied and cooked. My father jogged my memory the opposite day tfhat Thanksgiving turkey ought not to be a full bird. If your gathering is just few individuals, and you don’t wish to own many weeks of turkey leftovers, there’s no have to be compelled to roast a fifteen avoirdupois unit gobbler. You could roast simply some turkey legs if you wish meat or if you favor white, stuff and roll a turkey breast.

The following formula is for simply that, a turkey breast, pounded skinny, unfolds with a stuffing of breadcrumbs, bacon, porcini, shallots and dried cranberries, and rolled up into a roulade and cooked.

Now, the sole issue I see with preparation simply the turkey breast is that you just find yourself with scant drippings for gravy. If you wish gravy the maximum amount as I do, I like to recommend adding a fatty wing to the cooking pan, and victimization those drippings for your gravy.

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Even if you end up not eating the skin, it’s important to wrap it around the turkey roll for roasting. It will bathe the turkey in flavor and will keep the breast from drying out.

INGREDIENTS

1 boneless turkey breast (about 2 lbs)
Butter, olive oil, OR bacon fat
Salt
1/4 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
1 thick slice of bacon*
1/4 cup minced shallot
2 Tbsp chopped dried cranberries
1 teaspoon minced sage
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 tablespoons chopped parsley
3 Tbsp turkey or chicken stock (can sub water)
1 turkey wing (optional)
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup turkey or chicken stock
Salt and pepper
Poultry seasoning
*If you don’t eat bacon, you can skip, just use a generous tablespoon of butter instead, to sauté the shallots.

METHOD

1 Rehydrate and chop the dried porcini mushrooms: Place dried porcini mushrooms in a bowl. Cover with hot water and let sit for 15 minutes or so while the bacon in the next step is cooking. Once rehydrated, then chop.

2 Cook then chop the bacon: Slowly cook the bacon in a medium frying pan on medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon to a paper-towel lined plate. Once cool enough to touch, chop. You should have at least a tablespoon of fat in the pan. (If not, add butter or olive oil to make up the difference.)

3 Make the stuffing: Heat the same pan on medium (do not drain the fat rendered out of the bacon), add the minced shallots and cook until the shallots begin to brown. Add the chopped dried cranberries, minced sage and chopped mushrooms. Stir well and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Add the breadcrumbs, the parsley, chopped bacon, and the turkey or chicken stock and stir well. You want a rough paste, something that will stick to itself. Remove from the heat and allow the stuffing to cool.

4 Remove the skin, then pound turkey breast to even thickness: To make the stuffed turkey breast, remove the skin from the turkey in one piece and reserve.

Put the turkey breast between two pieces of wax paper or plastic wrap and gently pound with a mallet until it is about 1/4 inch thick. (It may be easier to butterfly the breast first, depending on how big the breast is.)

5 Spread stuffing over turkey breast, then roll up: Trim the pounded breast until it is roughly a rectangle. Spread a thin layer of the stuffing over the breast, leaving about 3/4 inch border around all sides.

Starting with one of the shorter ends of the turkey rectangle, roll up the turkey breast.

Lay the skin over the top of the rolled breast and tuck any under the edges.

6 Tie up the turkey breast: Tie the rolled turkey breast tightly with kitchen string (cotton, not nylon!) and set it on a roasting pan. Paint it with olive oil, or smear butter or bacon fat over it and sprinkle with salt. If you want more drippings for gravy, place pieces of a turkey wing on the roasting pan as well.

7 Roast: Roast at 400°F for 20 minutes, then drop the heat to 325° and roast for another 10-15 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the breast reads about 155° on a meat thermometer.

8 Rest: Once the turkey reaches that temperature remove it from the roasting pan and tent it loosely with foil. Let it rest at least 10 minutes, and up to 25 minutes.

9 Make gravy with pan drippings: While the turkey breast is resting, if you want, you may be able to make a little gravy with the drippings. If you are only cooking the breast, and not the optional turkey wing as well, you may not have much to work with. But even a little bit of drippings can flavor a gravy. (If you really don’t have much fat to work with, you can melt two tablespoons of butter into the roasting pan.)

Take the roasting pan with drippings and place over two burners on the stove-top on medium (if using turkey wing, remove first). Sprinkle with flour and stir until the flour is incorporated into the drippings.

Slowly add stock, whisking constantly, until smooth. Season with salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning or ground sage or thyme. Let simmer on the stove until thickened to your preference.

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