Mexican Grabbits

You are probably wondering what they heck they are!  Well, wonder no more.  Mexican Grabbits are a tasty version of meatloaf on a corn shell with a Mexican twist.  When my mom first made this recipe for us, she used mini taco shells.  Old El Paso doesn’t make those anymore so we’ve had to improvise. 

We now normally make them using Tostitoes Big Scoops, but tonight I decided to change it up a bit and made them in regular size taco shells.  They turned out pretty good and here’s how you can try them out for yourself!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can rotel
  • 1 egg
  • Bread crumbs
  • Taco shells or tortilla chips

the ingredients

Here’s what you do:

Mix all the ingredients together except for the shells or chips.

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Pop them in the oven at 375 for 25 minutes.  Flip them over to the other side and back for an additional 25 minutes.  If you are making them on the chips you’ll of course adjust and reduce your cooking time.

bake them

After baking let them cool just a bit and then they are ready to eat!

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We usually serve ours with hot sauce and sour cream but there are lots of options!

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Let me know if you tried them and how they turned out!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

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How to make a mini piñata!

I love ALL things miniature.  I’m not sure why, but I do.  Maybe because I am only 5’ tall?  A subconscious bonding with things that are small? 

I came across a pic of a miniature piñata and immediately knew I had to try it.  It was just one of those things that called my name and I was more than happy to answer.  I was looking for some fun things to send my youngest triplet daughter who is on staff at a Christian camp this summer, and this looked like a super cute idea.  

After I decided I was going to make one, I found several blogs that had ideas to help me bring my mini piñata to life.

I had all the supplies for this project on hand, so there was nothing really stopping from getting my creative action on! 

You will need a cereal box, or other similar box

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Some tissue or crepe paper.  I saved some tissue paper that came in a gift bag.  It was a little wrinkly but for this project, it was perfect!

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The pattern for my piñata came from, A Blackbird’s Epiphany.  More thoughts on that in a minute.

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Other items needed are tape, glue and scissors.

I cut out the two sides of the piñata out and then cut a long strip to use to put the two sides together. 

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Just before I had it completely closed up, I put in a couple of pennies, a small Hello Kitty rock that I had painted and a bottle cap.  It was more for the sound effects than anything.  If she does decide to bust it open I wanted at least a couple of little things inside.

Once I went completely around and taped the two sides together with the strip I was ready to add the tissue paper part.

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It’s at this point where I was kind of thinking that this didn’t really look like a donkey so much as a dog.  The legs are a little chunky but I had already cut and taped everything so I figured that there was no going back now.

I cut several strips of tissue paper and then cut those to make a fringe.  I did not know this but they actually make fringe scissors!  Who knew?  They are actually quite inexpensive but since I don’t own a pair, I cut my fringe the old fashioned way. 😉

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Once I had all the fringe pieces ready to go, I started gluing it on, section by section.

adding fringe

Continue that process until your piñata is completely covered. 

Now…we can be completely honest with each, right?  I mean we are friends after all.

This is my finished piñata.  It is *supposed* to be a donkey.  But I think it looks more like some sort of colorful sheep dog or something.  So I guess I will tell folks that it is a sheep dog piñata!  Yeah, that’s it!!  That way folks will think that it was supposed to turn out this way!! 😉 

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For my first attempt at making a piñata, I was pretty pleased with the results.  Next time, if I try to make another donkey, I’ll look for a little bit different pattern.  I actually plan on making another and *hopefully* it will resemble what it is supposed to look like.  We shall see!

Have you tried to create anything different lately?  I’d love to hear about it.

(((hugs)))  ~lisa

How to make a twine covered glass jar

This is a pretty easy project and is a great way to upcycle those glass jars you have been saving! 

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For this project you will need:

  • Glass jar(s)
  • Twine
  • Craft glue
  • Hot glue
  • Embellishments

I chose a glass baby food jar.

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If you look closely you will see that I did not get all the label off of the jar.  No worries as it is about to be covered by the twine.

I chose a smaller size twine as the glass jar I was working with was smaller in scale than say, compared to a spaghetti jar.  It also depends on the “look” you are going for.

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I tied the twine around the top and put a few dabs of the craft glue down to help anchor it.  I then began wrapping around the jar being careful to keep the twine pulled tight and keep the rows close together.  After every three or four rows of twine, I would add a small line of craft glue and wrap over it. 

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After it was completely wrapped I cut the end off and glued it down with craft glue. 

I then used my hot glue gun to add a flower to the front of it. 

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I think it still needs a little something…what would you add?  Maybe some ribbon or lace around the middle? 

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I am using mine to hold my hot gun glue sticks so they are close by but not falling out of the  bag and all over my work table.  🙂

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What have you created lately?

(((hugs))) ~lisa

How to make a button covered initial

Is a tutorial really necessary?  Probably not, but I’ll do one anyway. 😉

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For this project you need some buttons in the color(s) you would like to use.  I also used some seashells and some beads.  I would suggest looking in the clearance area as well as the jewelry making aisle.  Don’t limit yourself to just buttons!  🙂  One of the next projects on my list is making another letter but using wine corks instead of buttons.  The key is to have fun with it! 

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You also need a wooden letter.  Because I was planning on using white/pale buttons, I chose a white letter.  You could always paint the letter a different base color as it will show through in spots.  The letters go on sale often enough but I usually wait until they are NOT on sale so I can use a coupon and get it for even less than when it is on sale.  

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A glue gun and possibly some snippers to cut off the back of some of the buttons so they lay flat. 

And yeah, that’s pretty much it. 

I didn’t want my buttons to have to uniform of a look about them so I started by gluing them in different areas.  Because some of the buttons were small, and because I don’t like burning myself with hot glue, I put a dab of glue directly on the letter instead of on the back of the button. 

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I kept adding buttons and trying to make it look a little random.  You can glue them however you would like.  Some may want a more uniform look to the way they are glued on.

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I really thought I had plenty of buttons but I actually ran out before the project was complete.

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After a quick stop at my local craft store, I had enough buttons to finish my project.

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See?  A pretty easy peasy project!  Let me know if you have tried this or a variation of it!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

My bathroom obsession

I’m not sure why or even when it started, but I have an obsession with bathrooms.  Particularly cool  or interesting looking bathrooms.  Like the ones below.

This restroom is inside The Salt Lick outside of Austin.  I’m thinking that the multiple rolls of toilet paper and the plunger might be necessary items as The Salt Lick is a bbq joint.

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This volcanic restroom is located in Granger, Washington at their dinosaur park. 

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This restroom was in Seattle, but it no longer exists.  When inside you could see outside while you went.  A little awkward.

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This restroom was in the Spokane, WA MEPS.  It took me a second to figure out how to flush it.  Can you figure out how?

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Have you seen any cool bathrooms lately?

Next time you are in a restroom, you’ll think of me. 

(((hugs))) ~lisa

Keep looking up…

One thing that I like to do is take pics of the things I see when I look up.  I’m not sure if you’ve ever given it much thought but I have.  I am five foot tall so I tend to look up…a lot…haha!

Here are some things I’ve seen.  Let me know what you see the next time you look up!

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just pics 152

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A quote that morning show DJ Kidd Kraddick used to always end his show with before he passed comes to mind. 

“Keep looking up ’cause that’s where it all is!” – Kidd Kraddick

(((hugs))) ~lisa

My Breakfast at Tiffany’s Painting

I tried something fun and new last night.  I went to my very first painting class!  It was held at a place called, Painting With A Twist and the concept of the class is that it pairs instructional art with friends and a lively instructor to produce individual works of art.  You can bring wine or other beverages as well as snacks to the class.  It’s great for bridal or baby showers, bachelorette parties, or just a fun evening with friends.

Not really knowing anything about painting or how these classes work it was hard to know what to expect. 

I sat down and saw this…

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And had these…

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And of course there was this…

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We did have an awesome teacher, Katie, who was there to guide us through each step.

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I was sharing this experience with some awesome ladies, most of whom I just met last night! 

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Okay y’all – let’s get started.

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Basically you could loosely compare this to a paint by numbers kind of project.  But harder…haha!!  We had to mix paints, use different brushes and even pay attention!  😉 

Here is what we started with.  As you can see {if you look real close} the design is already lightly sketched onto the canvas.  So I didn’t have to learn how to draw AND paint in one class…haha!!

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Katie, our instructor, started us off with the big flat brush and had us fill some of it in with just black.

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I had actually painted down “too far” on the far right side of the page but no worries!  All the instructors are quick to come when you raise your hand for help! 

We mixed black and white to add gray to the canvas.

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Started painting in the bottom portion.

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Adding some detail with the smaller brush.

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Working on “Audrey” now.

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*FINALLY* painting the Tiffany box.

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We added the bow and we were done!  I am now officially a painter! 

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Our finished masterpieces!!

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One of the cool things about the whole experience is how different yet the same each one is. 

This particular painting we did was not an easy one.  It was a three hour class and I still felt that I could have taken a little more time on some of the steps.  All in all I am very pleased with the results though and would definitely go again.

Here are some examples of other things that you can create at these classes.

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This could be a couples painting or an individual piece.

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And this super cool photo prop.

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(((hugs))) ~lisa