'You Give me Butterflies' Scrapbook Page

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Here's a scrapbook page that I made recently.  The butterflies are folded in half, but only adhered on one side so their wings are 3D.  It's hard to tell, but I sewed on the middle of some, so the string ends look like antennas.

Campfire Pizzas

Sunday, August 21, 2011

It seems like everyone I talk to either makes these regularly or has never heard of making pizzas at a campfire, so I thought I'd share.  We use to make these all the time when I was little and we would go camping as a family.  Now we make these over a fire pit in the backyard, since the only camping I do is on Black Friday outside of Macy's.

Here's what you need:
A loaf of cheap white bread for the crust
Pam non-stick spray
Pizza Sauce
Pizza toppings (pepperoni, sausage, onions, green peppers, mushrooms)

You'll also need one of these campfire pie irons:

First, spray the inside of the iron with the non-stick spray so the pizza will come out
Set a piece of bread on one side of the iron and add sauce
then cheese....
......then veggies, meat, and more cheese

Add a second piece of bread to the top of the pizza.  Be sure to only work on one side of the iron, rather than building the pizza on both sides and trying to flip it together.

Close the pizza in using the top of the iron and clamp it shut.

Cut off any crust that sticks out with a butter knife, or it will burn.

Place the iron in a campfire and rotate sides half way through. Cooking time is about 2-5 minutes a side, depending on how hot the fire is.

The pizza should look like this when it's out of the iron--perfectly brown.

Here's the finished pizza pocket with all the goodness inside. Mmm! 

Harley Davidson 50th Birthday Party

Sunday, August 14, 2011

When my uncle turned 50 last year, my aunt asked me to help her throw him a party. We decided to it Harley Theme, since they have Harley's and like to ride. It worked out well because it was mostly black (typical 50th birthday color) but the orange also made it fun. 

My Mom is a very talented cake maker--she makes all of our family cakes including the one pictured above!  She frosted the cake in white frosting, dropped yellow and red food coloring on the icing, them swilled it to make it look like flames! Of course we knocked off the Harley Davidson Logo and changed the 'Harley Davidson' to 'Happy Birthday'.

I found a ton of great Harley Davidson stickers and paper at the scrapbooking store that I used to make small details for the party.
We tried to make the menu biker themed! Here's what we had:

Purrin' Engine Pulled Pork Sandwiches
3 kinds of Chicken Wings (Buffalo, Jack Daniels Honey BBQ, & Garlic Butter & Herb)
Sturgis Style Potato Salad
Biker Beans
Cyclin' Cole Slaw
Chopper Chips
Vroom-vroom Veggies
Peanuts in shell (peanut bar style)

I made these food markers by printing out the text and graphic and gluing it onto the Harley scrap booking paper.

I printed out the Harley Davidson Logo to make napkin rings for the plastic silverware.

We got leftover large tin cans from a restaurant to set on tables for trash cans for the chicken bones and peanut shells.  My aunt had some Harley wrapping paper that we used to decorate them.

The entire family helped cook and set-up for the party. My Grandma even made bandanas for everyone out of flame material!  We all dressed like bikers! Here's me sporting mine while I made cole slaw in my mom's kitchen.

Just for fun, we had a 'Tattoo Parlor' so everyone could put on temporary tattoos for the party.  Since it was outside, we just set out the tattoos with some paper towels and a spray bottle.

Scrap Cards

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Whenever I have scraps of fun paper left over, I use them to make some quick cards.  
I start by gluing the scraps to a piece of cardstock, then sometimes I run them through my sewing machine or add detail with some ribbon.  I leave some blank so I can add a sentiment later, depending on what I'll need it for.


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