Friday, November 21, 2014

CD Clowns

Ready for another CD craft? Once I started thinking about what to do with old CDs, the ideas kept coming and coming. Today, I'm sharing clowns. 

Materials: old CD, white gesso, paint, googly eyes, pom poms, and ribbon or yarn. 

Begin by putting a coat of gesso on the CD and letting it dry. Go over it with white paint if the coverage isn't complete. Paint a face onto the clown. Anything goes! Glue a pom pom nose over the hole in the center of the CD, then add googly eyes. Finally, add hair. Curling ribbon is a fun option, but you can experiment with raffia, yarn, or any other materials. 

Here's my clown. 

Steve and Trevor each made a clown the next day. This is Trevor's:

This is Steve's:

They're each so different! I can imagine these three clowns working together to come up with a hilarious routine. They each have their own distinct personalities. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

10th Anniversary

Steve and I celebrated our 10th anniversary on May 30. We spent two wonderful nights in Capitola, near Santa Cruz. We stayed at the Inn at Depot Hill, walking distance from the ocean. We strolled through the beautiful grounds at Bamboo Giant, explored downtown Capitola, and ate at the incredible Shadowbrook Restaurant. We attended the wedding of Steve's college roommate, watched seals at the Capitola Wharf, visited Pizza My Heart, and enjoyed Seacliff State Beach. Steve surprised me with a beautiful heart-shaped necklace, made of tin (the traditional gift representing ten years). The trip was magical.

I kept the layout really simple, even by my standards. The 17 photos show the highlights of all that we did. There's no journaling, and the title is just three letters. The heart holding the title is a piece of chipboard that I heat embossed in silver. It represents my tin necklace (which you can see in the upper left photo). I love how this turned out.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

CD Pig

Time for another CD craft

Materials: old CD, gesso, pink paint, pink craft foam, water bottle lid, googly eyes, and a pink pipe cleaner. 

Paint the CD and the water bottle lid with a coat of gesso. When that dries, paint them pink. Cut the craft foam into a circle that is the same diameter as the water bottle lid and glue them together. Then cut two triangle ears. 

Use a strong adhesive, like Glue Dots or a glue gun, to fold the ears over. Glue them to the back of the CD. Glue the lid nose in the center, covering the hole. Add the eyes. Twist the pipe cleaner to make a curly pig tail and glue it in place. I experimented with a couple of mouths, but I thought he was cuter without it.

More CD crafts coming!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thanksgiving Crafts

Need some ideas for a Thanksgiving craft for the kids?

Or perhaps The Thankful Game to play with your whole family?

Or a really, really good cranberry recipe?

Crafting, games, and foods with cranberries in them. That's pretty much my ideal holiday.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The deRosier Naan Challenge of 2014

On Friday, Steve's coworkers held an event at the office called "Sides and Wine." Each employee was invited to make a dish to share, which would earn them the right to eat for free. Anyone who didn't bring a dish would pay $5 to eat. Similarly with wine: those who brought a bottle would drink for free and those who did not would pay $10. They also had a 50/50 drawing. All money collected went to the Food Bank. One talented person's food would win the coveted title of Favorite Dish.

Steve was eager to participate. But there was a problem. The event was in Ohio where the office is and Steve (who works remotely 95% of the time) was at home in California. So naturally, we held our own deRosier version of the event to coincide with theirs.

We'd just been to Costco and picked up a pack of their tasty-looking fresh naan bread, so we decided that each of us would create a dish using naan. We did a quick grocery run, then Trevor was up first. He made some failed attempts to slice the naan open like a pita, then eventually cut the naan into squares and popped it in the toaster oven. Then he made some guacamole. Under his direction, I helped him safely slice, marinate, and cook very thin strips of flank steak. 

He put down one square of toasted naan, topped it with torn pieces of romaine, put steak on top of that, then added the second square of naan. He decorated the plate with his guacamole, some salsa, and sour cream.

Here's what his Fajita Sandwich looked like. It's a happy face, if you didn't notice right away. (Ignore the glare on the plates. It gets dark well before dinner time in November.)

Here's the proud chef.

We ate Trevor's course and discussed its merits. Trevor decided that the most fair way to judge this contest would be for the two people who did not make the dish to each give it a number from 0-5, then whoever got the most points from the other two would be the winner. I wanted to give Trevor's a 5 because it was REALLY good, but I wanted to leave some room at the top in case Steve's was even more amazing. So I gave Trevor a 4 1/2. Steve gave him a 4, giving Trevor an impressive 8 1/2.

Next to serve was Steve. I didn't take any photos of him cooking, mostly because I was prepping my dish at the same time. Steve made naan pizzas. There's a whole pizza of ham and pineapple (the only pizza that all three of us like), one with pepperoni on one half and salami, pepperoni, and olives on the other.

Here's Steve with his pizzas.

They were REALLY good. I went back and forth deciding if they were better than Trevor's. In the end, I decided that I liked both dishes the same (which is to say, a LOT). I gave Steve a 4 1/2 and Trevor gave him 4 7/8, which moved Steve into the lead. It would be extremely difficult to beat 9 3/8, but I was up for the challenge.

I cut the naan into circles and triangles. I toasted those, then brushed them with melted butter and sprinkled a generous amount of cinnamon and sugar on top. I gently sauteed apples in a little bit of butter, then soaked them in a sauce of reduced apple cider, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. I added a dollop of whipped cream. 

Dessert is served!

It too was REALLY good. At least the apples and the sauce were. The naan was too thick to function as a substitute for a toile or puff pastry and too toasted to properly soak up the sauce. We all agreed that it tasted excellent but that the texture was off with the naan. Trevor gave me 3 7/8 and Steve gave me a 3.

Congratulations to Steve, official winner of the deRosier Naan Challenge of 2014! To celebrate his victory, we made a donation to our local Food Bank. That way, everyone is a winner.