Diana Rambles

Friday, December 19, 2014

Pin Me Linky Party 116

How in the heck is Christmas less than a week away? It seems like Halloween was last week and we were complaining that Christmas decorations and music was too early! I hope that things aren't too hectic for you this holiday season. I've been scrambling all week to get gifts made and mailed.
Peppermint Hot Cocoa Crepes from Honey Lamb & I - My family would love these!
Doll Craft: Duck Tape Backpack from Doll Diaries - Such a fun craft!!
Arm Knitting the Infinity Scarf from Scrapality - I want to make one!!
Acorn Squash and Apple Skillet from Table and Hearth - MUST make this!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

OMG! My New Camera

I've decided to really focus on building my blog. It starts with this Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera.
I am excited and nervous at the same time. My hubby is unpacking it and is going to help me learn how to use it.
Do you know of any good tutorials on learning how to take good photos? I plan on using time over break to learn how to use this.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Tree Bento

Today I am participating in the Bento Blogger & Friends' Eat, Drink, and be Merry Bento Blog Hop. I made a Christmas Tree Egg Sheet Bento.
Christmas Tree Egg Sheet Bento
The bento consists of an egg (sheet) & cheese open face sandwich shaped like a Christmas tree, which is decorated with food picks. The tree is surrounded by Spanish nuts and raspberries. There is also a peeled clementine orange, and some celery and carrot sticks with a Christmas light pick.
Christmas Tree Egg Sheet Bento
I love using egg sheets! You can make them in any color and they taste great!

Now jump on over to Karen's What's In Our Lunch Bags blog to see her creation. Keep hopping through to see all 17 Christmas bentos.
Lunch made with the following:
I learned how to make the Egg Sheets from this tutorial by Bentolicious, which is my Pin of the Week.

Monday, December 15, 2014

DIY Elevated Dip & Chip Bowl

DIY Elevated Dip & Chip Bowl $2
As I was making the final food list for our Christmas party, I decided that I didn't have a decent way to serve the chips and guacamole. I do have this lovely bowl that I made in a pottery class several years ago, but it's on the small side. Good for veggies and dip, but kind of small for chips and guac.
I love the 3-tier serving stand that I made for our party a few years ago and thought I should do something similar. I was thinking I could get a large glass bowl, a candle stick, and a smaller glass bowl to create a bowl with the dip part elevated. I still had some E6000 Gluefrom making the stand, so I just needed the glassware. I headed over to ReStore and found a simpler solution for under $2.
Instead of three pieces, I got a glass bowl and a martini glass for $1.91. That meant I only had to glue one thing. My hubby helped me put it together. He held the glass while I squirted the glue.
Then I stuck it in place in the middle of the bowl and placed a metal box on top, which applied even pressure. The glue is a little stinky, so we put the bowl together out in the garage.
I'm very pleased with how it turned out.
DIY Elevated Dip & Chip Bowl
I did have to refill the glass once because I made a big batch of guac, but it was practically licked clean midway through the party. Several people commented on the cool bowl.