Friday, April 11, 2014

Mustache Outlet Stickers

I never really understood the trend of putting mustaches on everything even if it doesn't make sense at all. I do, however, like putting them on faces like a finger tattoo or coffee mugs with a mustache painted underneath and now - electrical outlet faces!

They have a constant look of shock (no pun intended) on their faces which is probably because they are located in the bathroom and people have a tendency to be indecent around them. Oh no. :/

I used the bottom left mustache of this set and cut it out with my Silhouette but you could easily make them with an exacto knife. 


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Taco Pizza

I have a thing for the taco pizza from Casey's but I am too cheap to buy it very often. So I learned to make it myself! It tastes just as good and it is pretty easy to make too. I actually like it even better because when you order a taco pizza they put all of the toppings on at once so the leftovers have soggy chips and slimy lettuce. When I make it myself I can just put toppings on the pieces I am going to eat right then.

Taco Pizza

Pizza Dough (recipe here)
1 cup Black Refried Beans
1 cup Taco Sauce
1/2 lb Ground Beef
1 Tablespoon Taco Seasoning (recipe here)
8oz Cheddar Jack Cheese, shredded
Lettuce, shredded
Tomatoes, diced
Nacho Cheese Doritos (snack size bag)

Mix together your dough and set aside to rise for 1-1 1/2 hours. 

Place baking sheet or pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 425F.

Crumble ground beef in a large skillet and sprinkle with taco seasoning. Cook until browned and no longer pink in the middle. Drain. Mix with additional taco seasoning to taste. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix refried beans and taco sauce until well combined. Set aside.

Turn pizza dough onto lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half. Return one half to the bowl and roll the other half to the size of your baking sheet. Press onto hot baking sheet. Top with half of the taco sauce mixture. Bake at 425F for 5 minutes.

Top with half of the ground beef and half of the cheese. Return to oven and bake for another 5 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

Repeat with second pizza.

Top the pieces that you are ready to eat with lettuce, tomatoes, and crushed nacho cheese chips. Store leftover pizza and topping separately.

Makes: Two Medium Pizzas


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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Super Mario Savings Bank

As part of our Super Mario master bedroom decor I decided to make a savings bank that looks like one of the mystery blocks. I think it would look better if it were a wooden box with the design painted on but I decided to work with what I already had so I made this one using a cardboard box and colored cardstock.

Start by taping your box closed then cut a slot in the top to put your money in.

To get the perfect 8-bit look, measure the front side of your box and divide by 16 to figure out what size each square would be (my box was six inches wide so each square is 3/8-inch). Create an 8x11 grid making each line the measurement you came up with. Then mark the squares in the pattern above.

Cut away all of the squares that were not marked. This is the template for your brown cardstock. Then cut your template down to match the size that you would need for the orange question mark. You will need two of each.

Cut down a piece of yellow cardstock to match the size of your box and glue it to the front. Then use a gluestick to glue down the brown question mark. Glue the orange question mark on top of the brown one. Cut out four single squares and glue about 3/4-inches from the edges. Repeat on the backside. 

On the left and right sides glue down a sheet of tan or beige cardstock. Cut several strips of brown cardstock into 3/8-inch strips. Divide the side of the box into four horizontal sections. Glue strips down onto the three lines dividing the sections. Cut down the vertical strips and glue into place as shown above. Repeat on the opposite side of the box.

Glue a piece of brown cardstock onto the top of the box. Cut a slit where the coin slot is and fold the excess paper inside the hole and glue down. Cut brown cardstock into twelve 7/8-inch strips fold in half longwise to create an even crease then cut down to match the height and width of your box. Use a glue stick to attach to each side of the box. 

Now start saving! You could create some kind of removable cover on the bottom to access your money but I chose to keep it closed up to discourage myself from dipping into our savings. When I do decide to get the money out I can just cut open the bottom of the box.


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Friday, March 28, 2014

"Public" Restroom Sign

There are five doors in our hallway that can be a little confusing so I thought it would be fun to add a public restroom sign to help people find the bathroom door. I used my Silhouette to cut it out of adhesive vinyl that I had scraps of. (I modified a shape that you can find here.) If you want to make one but don't have a craft cutter, there are a bunch of restroom signs online and you could print one out or even buy a real sign on Amazon or eBay. :)


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Friday, March 14, 2014

Cheesy Beef Taco Dip

This cheesy beef taco dip is great for parties and it is hearty enough that it even makes a tasty meal....not that I would know anything about that. No responsible adult would eat nothing but taco dip for dinner. ;)

Cheesy Beef Taco Dip

1 lb Ground Beef
1 1/2 cups Onion, chopped
1 cup Green Bell Pepper, chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 lb Velveeta, cubed
1 can (10oz) Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies, undrained
2 teaspoons Chili Powder
2 teaspoons Ground Cumin
Tortilla Chips

In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion, green pepper, and garlic over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain. Stir in the cheese, tomatoes, chili powder, and cumin. Cook and stir over low heat until cheese is melted. Serve with chips.


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