I saw this recipe on pinterest and since I am not into baking I thought I would dust off my muffin tin and give it a go!
One of my new favorite websites for culinary inspiration isEzrapoundcake.com. I really like that she has a “Meatless Monday” recipe section. I have made one or two of her recipes in the past but this one was definitely the most complex.
Tomato, Zucchini and Vidalia Galette
A few things about this recipe:
** Although this looks quite delicious, I slightly under-cooked it. I didn’t follow the instructions and actually put it in the oven at 400 degrees while it was still heating up to 450. I still cooked it for 20 minutes and it was still delicious.
** OK. THIS time I added a little egg-wash to the edges, cooked it at 450 degrees for 20 minutes, and it turned out fabulous! I garnished with basil and green onion (no additional olive oil) and viola! I hope you try this recipe or any one of the many that are located at Ezrapoundcake.com
Part 2: Pendants
Countless hours spent on Etsy.com prompted me to try another project with Scrabble Letters. Using the same batch I purchased to make Jagger’s gift, I decided to make a necklace for his mom Josalyn who’s birthday is shortly after her sons. I started searching around on the internet and decided to use this set of instructions, and then I added my own little flair.
First, pick out some scrapbook paper that would look good on the back of your letter. Something that would look good on a small tile.
Next, I decided to use a Swarovski crystal as an embellishment, but you can use anything.
For my variation on this project I decided to drill a hole through the scrabble letter (this is where Etsy.com influenced my craft). Instead of attaching a silver bail to the letter. I just thought this would give it a more antique and professional look. As you can see above, I have some jewelry making items: a ring for fastening, a long metal piece with a ring at the end and a fastener. You can use the fastener to make the letter into a tab for a jacket or a back pack. I didn’t use it here.
Next, I used a little tacky glue to stick the letter to the scrapbook paper on the other side of the section I want to use. Make sure you spread the glue or it will dimple a little.
Once you cut it out the image from your scrapbook paper will be glue to the back of the scrabble letter. The edges can be a little torn but when you decoupage it will smooth out. BUT if you just can not stand it, the website I recommended also recommends a metal file to smooth the edges. Once you have the paper glued, you will need to use a needle to puncture the hole you previously drilled. Do this from the picture side so the edges go into the hole. I tried this both before and after applying mod podge and found that it works best after.
Don’t be TOO generous with the mod podge. I found that applying a thin layer prevents the edges from lifting. It also helps to spread the tacky glue to the edge of the letter tile before applying the paper in preventing the edges from lifting.
Next, I super glued the Swarovski crystal to add embellishment. I threaded the long metal piece through the letter and wrapped it around using the blunted pliers you can see in my first photo. I had to practice this on a few letters first.
The website I first listed recommends Diamond Glaze to finish the project. I truly didn’t find any value in adding this. I wasn’t really sure why I would need it and it didn’t add to the luster of the pendant so I nixed it on this letter.
Hope this inspires you in some way today!
My new favorite craft medium are scrabble letters. I used them here in a shadow box for my best friend’s son’s first birthday present. This was a fun project. I combined my love for scrapbooking with this new idea and ran with it. You can purchase scrabble letters on Etsy.com (I recommend XOSupplies) or through Hasbro.