Thursday, April 23, 2015

Easy pistachio pancakes - Dinner easy

pistachio pancakes

This week Dinner easy from Bowdabra and Make it easy crafts we are focusing on breakfast for dinner featuring easy pistachio pancakes.

Let me begin by saying that in the south Pancake suppers are a common thing with churches and charitable groups holding these suppers to raise money for their various causes.  So it’s not unusual to have breakfast any time.  Breakfast foods are inexpensive and quick to make. 

I love pistachios and they are not just for snacking.  So it’s only natural for me to try and figure out a way I can have them any time of the day.  These pistachio pancakes are so quick and easy to make and taste just heavenly!

Make extras and save them in a storage bag in fridge or freezer between pieces of waxed paper.  Pop them out and heat them up in the microwave them for a few seconds and you can have Pistachio pancakes even on super busy mornings. 

For the free printable recipe card simply click on the card and set your printer to 5 x 7 or 4 x 6 size. 

Pistachio pancake recipe card

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

4 Earth Day recycled craft tutorials from Make it easy crafts

Four recycled crafts for Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22, 2015 and to celebrate this day of loving the earth why not up cycle something destined for the landfill into something new again?  These five tutorials are quick and easy and use things easily found around the house.  Quick, easy, thrifty and loving the earth, that’s how we celebrate Earth Day!

Do you save those long, clear plastic bags from the paper delivery on rainy days?  Well then you have the makings of an awesome friendship bracelet.  Vary the colors of rat tail ribbon to show a favorite sports team or just a favorite color.  Click on the photo for the full tutorial:

Recycled plastic bag bracelet
Plastic bag friendship bracelets

I bet if your like me you get a lot of those advertising magnets in the mail and from businesses.  After a while they kind of pile up.  Why not take a few of them and recycle them into photo magnets of your pets of family?  Click for the tutorial:

Recycle photo magnet
Recycled advertising magnets

And while we are talking about things that pile up, how about all those used gift cards for online stores.  Do you just throw them away or do you make them into something useful like clip type bookmarks.  This one is kind of an optical illusion.  Some people see a man with a mustache, others see a bald eagle.  You be the judge.  

Recycled gift card bookmark
Recycled gift card bookmark 
Do you have paint chip samples left over from a painting project?  Why not make a frame with them?  they will coordinate perfectly with your room if you use the exact samples.  Dress up an old tired frame and you are recycling in every way!

Recycled paint chip frame
Recycled paint chip sample frame redo

Monday, April 20, 2015

Horse show hair bows for lead line and short stirrup

You can make Horse show hair bows for your favorite little girls quickly and easily using Bowdabra bow maker.  Styles change on the Horse show circuit just as they do with all fashion.  The current trend at the moment is for lead line and short stirrup competitors to wear their hair in braids accented with beautiful bows.

These Horse show hair bows can cost over $30 but you can make them for pennies with the Bowdabra.  

Visit Bowdabra for the full tutorial today.  

Happy trails from Bowdabra and Make it easy crafts

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dinner easy - Green pea salad with bacon

When you’re tired of the same old potato or macaroni salad and want something a bit different, just wait till you try this recipe for Green pea salad with bacon. The smoky bacon flavor accentuates the sweetness of the peas and the best part it that there is no cooking involved.
I like to fix the bacon in the microwave. The peas, well you simply pop them out of the freezer and run then under some cold water to thaw. I’m not exaggerating when I say that you can whip up this pea salad in minutes and then dash out the door to a potluck or picnic.
And it’s a super easy way to get kids to eat veggies that they wouldn’t normally touch with a ten-foot pole!
Every time I’ve fixed this recipe the bowl ends up empty and people are asking for more! It’s so simple, yet so, so good.
pea salad
You can even substitute turkey bacon if that is your preference.
Peas, a misunderstood vegetable then again is it any wonder when there poems like this one:
I eat my peas with honey
I’ve done it all my life
It makes the peas taste funny
But it keeps them on the knife
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Monday, April 13, 2015

Recycled dimensional floral magnet

Recycled drink top magnet

You can make this recycled dimensional floral magnet quickly and easily with a plastic top from a juice or iced tea container.  Earth day is coming up on April 22 and recycling and reusing items that would ordinarily end up in a landfill is a big part of loving the earth.  This magnet also uses bits and pieces of flowers and greenery you may have left over from other projects or an old arrangement.  The best part it that this magnet is dimensional and s-oooo adorable.


Top from iced tea or juice container (The one I had was pink from an iced tea bottle although they also come in yellow, blue, etc.)

Mini flowers – plastic centers removed

Mini leaves

Medium flower to fit in center with the plastic center intact

Glue dots

Magnet adhesive back sheet



Glue gun and glue sticks


1.     Place the plastic top on the magnetic sheet and trace around with a pencil.  Cut out to fit the top.  Remove the paper backing from the sheet and attach to the drink top.

2.     Choose 12 mini flowers to fit in the sections on the outside edges of the drink top.  Remove any plastic center so it lays semi flat.  Attach a glue dot on each flower and add to each section of the outside edges.  (See photo)

3.     Choose 6 mini leaves to fit on the inside partitions area of the top.  Add some glue dots on the leaves and attach to each section.  (See photo)

4.     Choose a flower that will fit in the center section of the top.  Cut the plastic center stem flat across so it will stand.   Using a glue gun and glue sticks add an ample amount of glue and immediately stand the flower in the center of the glue.  Hold till it sets.  The flower will be slightly raised dimensionally. 

5.     Use to hold photos, memos and more on your fridge or any metal surface.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Dinner easy - egg salad recipe

What is your favorite egg salad recipe? It’s Thursday and time for Make it easy crafts and Bowdabrablog to bring you another Dinner easy recipe post. Easter is over for most people (Orthodox Easter is this coming weekend) and what do you do with all those hard-boiled Easter eggs?  You can make them into deviled eggs, chop them up and add them to salads. Cobb salad anyone? You can eat them just like that with a little salt and pepper.  You can even pickle them with beet juice, which turns them a lovely pink color.  (It’s a popular bar food in the south) Or…you can make egg salad. 

Click on the link for this great Pickle eggs with beets recipe from A Taste of home magazine.

I’ve been making this egg salad recipe after Easter for many years.  I got the recipe from my mom and now you can have it too.  Just click on the printable recipe card and print it at 5 x 7 or 4 x 6 size. 

Egg salad recipe card

Hope everyone had a happy holiday!