Thursday, February 11, 2016

Dollar Bill Valentine Heart



They say a dollar doesn't buy much anymore.  I find that dollars can purchase more smiles than you can imagine. Have you ever folding a dollar bill into something non-monetary? In this world where people are more self centered I enjoy just surprising someone with a folded dollar bill.

It may be the hard-working hostess or waitress in a restaurant.  Sometimes it's a child who is not very happy at the moment.  Sometime's it's the perfect thing to stick in a Valentine's Day card. The thing is, it's a surprise when someone gives you something without any expectation of something in return except a smile.

 I love to seeing the happy looks on someone's face when I give them a dollar that has been transformed into something else.  The only problem is they never want to unfold it and spend it.  Then again, maybe that is not a real problem.

With Valentine's Day approaching I thought these little dollar bill hearts will brighten someone's day. And it's so easy, just follow the simple directions and you too can share happy hearts in abundance.

You will need:

A crispy dollar bill (One that is fairly new)
A few minutes of your time (Origami is very relaxing, but addictive as well)
A straight pin or opened paper clip (Something to help open the tiny folds)

Directions:

1. Begin with the dollar with Washington facing up.  Fold one corner of the bill to the center and crease.  Do the same with the other side.  Your fold lines will form an X.  Repeat on the opposite end of the bill.






2.  Open the bill and turn over and fold down right at the center of the X to make a crease.  Now use your finger to push in the sides, and you will have a point.  Working on the opposite end of the bill do the same.  (See photo)





3.  Now working on one pointed end, fold up just the top layer.  Fold he other pointed end up as well meeting the two.



4.  Now using a straight pin or opened paper clip open this point and with your finger press down.  Wow, you have as square!  Do the same with the other point as well.  You will have two squares next to each other.






5. Now is the tricky part but it's not really hard...just follow the photos.  Fold up each side of the square into a little kite shape.  Next use the pin to open the folded piece and press down.  You have a little decorative point at the tip.  Repeat for the other folded piece.  Do the same with the other square.







6.  Repeat steps 3-5 with the opposite pointed end of the bill.


7.  Fold the bill so that both decorative edges meet and press down.  Wow, now you have the beginnings of your heart and a tab at the top and a tab at the bottom.  Fold the bill down (It makes no difference which side you fold) so that the two tabs meet.




8.  Tuck in one of the tabs and then tuck in the other tab tightly.  Press down to secure the fold.  Turn over and fold in each side evenly to better form your heart.






See how easy that was?  Now, ready, set, fold!




Citrus Avocado Salmon - Dinner easy recipe


This week for Dinner easy Make it easy crafts and Bowdabra blog are featuring a delicious, fresh and flavorful Citrus Avocado Salmon.  Doesn't it look yummy.  I got to say there is one thing that I really love and that is avocado. Then again I love Salmon too, and salsa, oops I guess that's more than one.  Well whats not to love?

Hop on over to Bowdabra blog to get Momma Lew's entire recipe today and dinner will be, well... easy!





Momma Lew
After fumbling through the first few years of motherhood, I found it my passion to enlighten fellow parents on how to take time to enjoy their lives and take the stress out of parenthood. I married my husband in 2005 and we had our first child (a boy) in 2008 and in 2011 his sister came along. We are a military family that resides in central New Jersey. I enjoy creating easy and delicious recipes for my family. I am a gluten-free mom and my daughter has a food-dye allergy, so you will find a lot of allergy-friendly recipes as well. We love to travel and I am always searching for the best bang for our buck when it comes to new locations. I started Momma Lew in 2010 and I quickly realized it was an outlet for me to voice my opinions, as well as offering the flexibility of being a work-at-home-mom. In 2014, I found the need for a more cohesive Blogger Network here in the greater New Jersey region and I founded the New Jersey Blogger Network.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Valentine's Day coloring greeting card free printable



Valentine’s Day is nearly here, and since the adult (And kids) coloring trend is in full swing I figured it would be nice to offer a free coloring printable greeting card for Valentine’s Day.


All you need is some white cardstock.  The card will be 8 ½” x 5 ½” when folded and uses a 6” x 9” envelope.  You may, if you have them use the half-fold greeting card kits that come with the right sized envelope included.  Your Valentine, (or you) will have relaxing fun coloring the card. 

Experts are hailing adult coloring as an anti-stress technique.  Actually when I hand draw these free coloring pages it is an anti-stress mechanism for me as well so we all benefit.  I hope you enjoy the Valentine’s greeting card and print up a few to send to loved ones.

And if you have a few moments check out History.com for some interesting facts about St. Valentine.  You may be surprised at the truth of how this romantic holiday began. 

Valentine's Day card




Thursday, February 4, 2016

Easy Bacon Breakfast Pizza


Since the Pizza expo is just a couple of weeks away Vegas.com inspired me to create a Vegas type Pizza recipe.

I just got back from visiting Las Vegas in November where my husband and I renewed our wedding vows for our anniversary.  While we were there we visited so many awesome Las Vegas hotels.  It is truly an amazing place!

So it fits that I would create a breakfast pizza recipe with golden cheese nuggets.  See the connection?  These cheesy bacon pizzas on a crisp flatbread crust are great for breakfast, brunch and even cut into smaller pieces for those super bowl parties coming up.  It’s so easy you will be amazed.  Make some in advance and keep in the fridge up to a week or wrap and keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.

And if you don’t like bacon, turkey bacon is just as delicious!  Want more recipes and free craft tutorials?  Visit Bowdabra blog today.

Ingredients:

For four individual pizzas

Artisan flatbread (two) 12” x 6” in each package (One flat bread cut in four 3” x 6” pieces)
5 slices thick cut bacon cooked and crumbled (about ½ cup)
1 mild cheddar snack stick

Cheese sauce:

3 tbsps. Butter
3 tbsps. Flour
¾ cup milk
¾ cup shredded Italian cheese blend

Directions:

In a small saucepan melt the butter over medium heat.  Add the flour and whisk together till smooth.  Add the milk and stir.  Continue cooking and stirring until the sauce thickens.  Remove from heat and add the cheese blend stirring well.  Cook on low till all the cheese is melted.  Remove from heat and set aside.




Meanwhile cut the flat bread into the individual pieces.  Cover a cookie sheet with non-stick aluminum foil and place the flat bread pieces on it.  Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. 


Spread a layer of cheese sauce on the flatbread the cheese sauce will be oozy and stringy.  Spread the cheese right up to the edges of the flat bread.  Add crumbled bacon evenly on top of each flat bread pizza. 




Cut a cheddar snack stick into little squares and place about 6 or 7 pieces on each pizza.  Cook in the pre-heated oven for about 30 minutes till the crust is crispy and the cheese is bubbly.





Saturday, January 30, 2016

Textured Valentine Shrink heart necklace



Did you know that you could use any typically tossed out container that is marked with the (6) inside the recycle symbol to make awesome jewelry?  Many take out containers have this symbol, as do many egg containers.  After you paint or decorate with markers you simply bake it in a 350-degree oven for about 2 minutes and it shrinks to a third of its size with about the thickness of a nickel. It is also amazingly hard and durable.  It is very similar to the familiar kid’s Shrinky Dinks.

You can use these shapes for key chains, necklaces, zipper pulls, pins and more.  This little Valentines heart necklace is a super kids craft.  I use thick tube acrylic paint and layer it on.  When you bake it to shrink the paint texturizes and looks pretty amazing.   This is a fun snow day craft for kids.  The kids can cut out the shapes and decorate them and parents can bake them. 

Supplies:

Number 6 plastic egg carton (Look for the little recycle triangle with a 6 inside)
Red tubed acrylic paint
Small paintbrush
Paper hole punch
18 inches rat tail ribbon
Two large jump rings
Needle nosed pliers
Cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil
Home oven or toaster oven
Paper, scissors or pinking shears, pen or pencil, paper plate for paint

Instructions:

1.     Cover your work surface with paper to protect it from paint.  Cut out the top flat area of the egg carton.  Cut out a heart shape from paper and use it as a pattern to transfer on the flat plastic egg carton piece with pencil or pen. Be aware that whatever size you use it will shrink to about 1/3 of it's original size.

Look for the 6 in the symbol




2.     Cut out the heart shape with scissors or pinking shears if desired. 



3.     Squeeze some acrylic paint onto a paper plate for a palette.  Working on a protected work surface, use the small paintbrush to apply a liberal amount of paint on the heart cut out.  Let dry.




4.     Use the hole punch to make a hole in the center of the heart. 


5.     Place the heart on a cookie sheet lined with foil and into a preheated 350-degree oven.  The motif will begin to curl and may distort somewhat but will eventually lay flat, shrink and thicken.  Remove from the oven and let cool.



6.     The paint will have texturized and there may be a little distortion in the shape but that is desirable and makes it quite unique.


7.     Cut an 18-inch piece of rat-tail ribbon.  Using the needle nosed pliers, open the jump ring by twisting rather than pulling apart.  Insert the jump ring through the hole in the top of the heart (It will have shrunk as well) and close in the same manner.  Add another jump ring and close.  Insert the cords through the top jump ring and tie a knot.