It’s day two of the LOVE collection!
Of course, we all remember these Sweetheart Candies from The Necco Company-based right here in Revere, Mass. They were the sweet treat of choice when I was a kid. But these days, homemade goodies are a must-do for Valentine’s Day, so today I am featuring LOVE-inspired sweets and treats from some of my favorite blogs-recipes included-because I LOVE all of you! Up first: What can be more delicious than fruit and nut stuffed pie crust cookies?! These beautiful Pie Crust Cookies from Nest Full Of New look soooo good!
How about some Nutella Filled Crescent Hearts from The Pinterested Parent?
These Hidden Kisses Chocolate Chip Cookies from Our Kids Mom look amazing! Especially considering she is a mom of 4 kids and has time to bake yummy decorated treats!
Now you all know I am not a big fan of mice-but these! Chocolate Cherry Mice by My Turn For Us! Yum!
Then, of course, the Martha Stewart Valentine’s Treat: Heart-Shaped Whoopie Pies with Raspberry Meringue Filling-wow.
Heart Shaped Linzer Sandwich Cookies by Eclectic Recipes-these are one of my all-time favorite cookies. Crumbly shortbread sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar filled with raspberry jam. What’s not to LOVE?
And, finally, these look super cute and easy enough for kids to make for their favorite Valentine : )Marshmallow Treat Pops from Party City
In this month of openly-proclaimed all things LOVE, I am celebrating by posting a new LOVE sign or picture each day until February 14th, Valentine’s Day. Some will be images and ideas I have found on the web that I would love to share, some are my own creations, like this reclaimed wood plank with LOVE letters spelled out in shutter slats and the “O” from an old mason jar top. Hope you love it!
I created this using a reclaimed wooden plank, some paint, glue, reclaimed vintage shutter slats and an old mason jar lid. Here is the “how-I-did-it”:Painted two coats of Annie Sloan French Linen chalk paint. This is my go-to neutral that I use for so many projects!
Stenciled the background with Behr Gulf Winds
and then added a coat of Fidde’s Paste Wax to give the board a glowing effect.
Cut the shutter slats into the letters necessary to spell out LOVE-without the “o”.
I glued the letters to the board with Gorilla Glue. Just as an FYI, their label was one of the few I looked at during my freak-out session while writing “The Dangers of DIY” that says their product is non-toxic and has no harmful chemicals or odors.
Add the “O”. Hot glue worked well for this.
To hang it, I used a couple of tiny rings and some wire. The board was quite thin, so most of the screws and nail hangers I had were too long.
And this is now: Do you LOVE it?!?
If you have a LOVELY craft, idea or recipe to share, please send it to me @ firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add you to my LOVE collection. Hope you have a lovely Saturday! Susan
Who’s the fairest (and most rustic, vintage and gorgeous!) of them all? This mirror was another “throw-away” Coach found “somewhere”. I don’t ask anymore. It’s like a magic cupboard-I need something, I open up the barn door and voila! Instant DIY subject! Today’s project was this old, dirty, chipping and peeling dark brown mahogany mirror. Despite it’s sorry, drab exterior in dire need of some TLC, the actual structure itself was totally solid and quite heavy, I might add. I transformed it from this in a few simple, easy steps.
Here is the How-I-Did-It: 1. Cleaned the mirror and frame thoroughly with heavy duty cleanser. The mirror is not in perfect condition, but that’s fine by me. Adds to the charm, and it stills reflects the light, which is most important. Lightly sanded the frame just to remove any loose particles of old varnish.
2. Primed with Gripper by Glidden. LOVE this stuff. Seals in stains, odors, evens the color and preps the wood to accept the topcoat.
3. Painted with one coat of Glidden Antique Beige
that I added my “chalk-like-paint” mixture to. It is a nice, soft, matte finish that accepts glazes and waxes very well. That recipe here:
4. Added the unfinished medallion to the top for detail.
6. Painted on this Antique Wax in Scrub Pine from General Finishes. I like this one because you don’t have to work it in with a rag. You literally paint it on!
It leaves some color, but it also adds a nice matte finish to the entire piece. Allowed to dry.
7. Scraped off the excess paint and stain insdie the frame of the mirror. Cleaned the mirror.
8. Here is the finished closeup of my antiqued mirror. I love it, but what do you think? Should I have left it alone or did I give this piece some love? (BTW, if anyone knows the trick to photographing mirrors without me being in the shot, I would love to hear it!!!)
This is a very simple DIY project, it just takes some time and a little patience to allow each layer to dry before adding the next. If you are thinking of trying this process, test it out on a sample piece of wood before taking on a big, detailed mirror or frame. But remember, it’s supposed to look old and messy, so perfection is not an option! Sometimes a little messy is a good thing… Hope you have a reflective Thursday, everyone! Susan
I have been making these super easy, delicious Oatmeal Jam Squares forever! This recipe was from an old, dog-eared Quaker Oats Wholegrain Cookbook.
They only take a few moments to prep, make minimal mess because you mix it all in one bowl with mostly (I would guess) stuff you already have in your pantry and fridge, 25 minutes to bake and done. Delish! Here’s the how-to:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I have an electric oven, so I always set it 25 degrees less as I feel it cooks faster and hotter than gas, so mine was set at 325. Grease 13 x 9 pan and set aside. This pic looks a little weird, because I used cooking spray and it squirts out rather than lightly sprays. Whatever works…
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups quick oats
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed (you can use either light or dark brown, but I feel the dark brown gives the bars a richer flavor)
2 sticks (one cup) butter or margarine, softened, not melted
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (Optional)
1 1/2 – 2 cups jam or jelly or preserves, any flavor Note: The original recipe called for 3/4 cup. You can use as much or as little as you like. The more jam, the gooier the bar : )
Measure out all dry ingredients, set aside.
and mix just until sticks are broken apart, not creamed. I used dough hooks in my mixer, you can use those, or mix by hand with wooden spoon.
Dump in all the dry ingredients on top of the butter in the large mixing bowl.
Mix with dough hooks, or by hand with a wooden spoon, until mixture is crumbly and well-blended.
Remove and reserve 2 cups of mixture, set aside.
Place remaining mixture into prepared pan and pat down until firm crust is formed.
Do not compress too much, but make sure there aren’t any errant chunks scattered around.
Spoon jam onto crust
and smooth out to the corners, completely covering the crust.
As you see here, I am using two types of jam,
but you can use whatever you happen to have available. I have used everything from orange marmalade to grape jelly, and it all tastes great! Sprinkle remaining topping over the jam, evenly spreading to corners. Bake for 25-30 minutes until jam is bubbling around the edges, the crust is light brown and set.
Remove from oven before crust over-browns! Over-browning is bad. Makes the bars crunchy instead of gooey. And I like gooey. If you like crunchy, then leave them in a bit longer. Cool completely. Cut into squares and serve.
Every once in awhile I happen upon a fresh new idea or website that’s just fun and creative and easy enough for anyone to try (and there is no sanding and painting and glazing and waxing to do : ) Well, hello, Tagxedo! This website creates “clouds” of words that you can personalize in a million different ways to print or save or have printed on shirts or whatever you would like to do with them. AWESOME.
I went to the home page, where you can add essentially anything you wish to create a cloud-I just entered the URL of my blog and this happened in, like, 2 seconds:
Here is their Facebook page where you can get ideas-and there are so many! I love this reverse print HORSE.
Just for fun, I typed in Sochi Olympics and this is the result-a large snowflake puzzle piece!
I mean, seriously, I could sit here all day and play with this (well, I really can’t, I have rocks to climb with The Next 26).
But this would be a fun way to spend a snowy afternoon, with your kids too!
And, for the perfect Valentine for your very special loved ones…
So, if you are looking for some simply creative fun, check out Tagxedo. Here’s hoping your Sunday’s not a uphill climb!!
And if you’re looking for me, I’ll be on the top of a rock wall-NOT! Susan