Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Craft Warehouse fans, Michelle here sharing something a little different today. Have you seen these awesome little casserole dishes available at Craft Warehouse?
I love them, so fun, they come in a rainbow of colors and a perfect size for an individual casserole or small dessert to share. Today I want to share with you a couple of simple recipes perfect for these sweet little casserole dishes. They are also a perfect size for a hostess or house warming gift, especially when you add a little wooden spoon and attach a recipe to be used in it.
First up is an individual size Chicken Pot Pie.
Mini Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
¼ cup Carrots, chopped
¼ cup Celery, chopped
½ cup Potatoes, cut into small cubes
½ cup Cooked chicken, shredded
½ cup Cream of chicken soup, thinned slightly with water
Italian seaonsing to taste
1 Egg white, lightly beaten
Roll out your pie pastry and gently press in to line the casserole dish, I used a premade pie pastry and just rolled it out and pressed inside. Then I used kitchen shears to trim off the excess.
In a bowl combine carrots, celery, potatoes, and chicken and mix until blended. Once mixed spoon mixture into casserole dish .
Thin cream of chicken soup with a little water and stir in Italian seasoning to taste, pour over chicken and vegetable mixture in casserole dish.
Use the excess pie pastry and roll out enough to cover the top of the pie, be careful to make sure it’s not too thick or it will not cook through. Lay the pastry on top of the pie and pinch the edges of the top and bottom pastry together. If so desired use a fork to press down the edges of the pastry. Use a knife to cut a few slits in the top of the pastry. Brush the top of the pastry with a bit of egg white.
Bake in an oven preheated to 350 ° for 25 minutes or until golden brown on top.
Let stand 5 minutes before serving and be cautious because it inside of the pie will be hot! If you’re not able to enjoy the entire pie in one sitting, simply place the lid of the casserole dish on the casserole and place in the fridge for later. These casserole dishes are oven safe and microwave safe so are great for reheating.
Now that dinner is done, let’s make some apple crisp for dessert, also made in one of these casserole dishes.
Mini Apple Crisp Recipe (Original recipe found here)
1 medium tart apple, cored, peeled and thinly sliced
1 Tablespoon Lemon juice
2 Tablespoons Quick cooking oats
2 Tablespoons Brown sugar
2 Tablespoons Butter, melted
½ Teaspoon cinnamon
Place sliced apples in casserole dish and sprinkle with lemon juice.
In a bowl mix oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter, spoon mixture over apples.
Bake, covered, in an oven preheated to 350°, for 30 minutes. Remove lid and bake an additional 10 minutes or until apples are tender.
Let stand five minutes and enjoy!
Hope you enjoy these recipes and these fun mini casserole dishes. How fun would these be for a nice dinner for two? Perfect for a small baked dessert for one or two without a ton of left overs.
Thanks for looking!
* Mini Casserole Dishes your choice $10 each (reg $14.99) until September 21st, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
Don't stop with the holidays though! You can add your family name or even your favorite football team with our new football fabric!
Unfinished Wooden Plaques
Vinyl of your choice
Pioneer Embellishment Glue Stick
1. Paint outside of sign with acrylic paint.
2. Paint the inside with chalk paint.
3. Add a vinyl of your choice.
4. Hang ribbon from the top.
1. Paint sign with acrylic paint.
2. Add a vinyl of your choice.
3. Glue floral pick to the bottom right corner.
1. Paint sign with acrylic paint.
2. Cut paper to fit the sign.
3. Glue paper to the sign using a Pioneer Glue Stick.
4. Add a vinyl of your choice.
* Entire stock of Vinyl Words, Sayings, and Letters 40% off regular prices until September 21st, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
Welcome back to another featured project from our Meridian Craft Warehouse Employee Design Team Contest! Becca Glos wows us with a Halloween Chimney that she created using our unfinished Advent Calendar by Kaiser Crafts! Here are her instructions, so you can create your own!
Kaiser Craft Chimney Advent Calendar
Delta Acrylic Paint: Black
Elmers Wood Glue
Graphic 45: An Erie Tale Paper
Run & Hide
2 packages of 3/8” Bird Buttons (LAR10027)
Wood Squares to make books – LARU.10054 & LAR10721
Tim Holtz: Wishbones TH93071
Mod Podge Matte finish
Tim Holtz Distress Ink pad: Black Soot and foam applicator tool
Darice Skull Necklace DAR3112-376
Darice Mini Pumpkin Basket JCD1995-21
1. Put Chimney together using Elmer's wood glue. Paint black after completely dry.
2. Put chipboard boxes together with Mod Podge and small brush.
3. Cut Graphic 45 to fit backside (without finger hole) chipboard boxes. Ink edges of paper with distress ink and glue to chipboard boxes using Mod Podge.
4. Paint buttons black and adhere to chipboard boxes with E6000 when dry.
5. Cover Lauras Wood squares with scraps of paper to look like books. Add titles with pen.
6. Remove elastic string from skull necklace and glue skulls together in a pile. After dry glue pile inside fireplace.
7. Glue books, pumpkin basket and wishbones in place with E600.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Undecorated Kraft Cones
Martha Stewart Scoring Board
Terra Cotta Pots for Trees
1. Cover the cone with paper and cut to fit the cone.
2. Use Mod Podge to cover the cone with the paper. Use the Mod Podge as glue and as a sealer. Smooth the paper down with your fingers before it dries if it starts to wrinkle.
3. Decorate your cones with ribbon.
4. Paint the dowels and pots black. Let dry. Glue the dowel to the inside of the cone at the point and glue to the other end of the dowel to the bottom of the pot for stability.
5. Fill the pots with candy corn. Tie ribbon around the pots. Decorate the front with rosettes!
* Paper Mache Cones 50% off Regular Prices until September 21st, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Craft Warehouse stores! I have been making bracelets with this book for two months now, just waiting for it to arrive in stores and you are going to LOVE it!
Not only are the projects perfect for beginners, but you can customize every pattern and even advanced bracelet makers can have a good time!
I used one of the patterns in the book to create a Frozen inspired bracelet using our snowflake charms!
I love this book! There are few tips and tricks I wanted to share with you before you grab it and head home to start making bracelets.
1. You do not need a loom! Two loom hooks are perfect to get started. One to work on and the other to use to slip stitches off and on again when needed. I love a long crochet hook so I can get more stitches on my hook, but it isn't necessary.
2. Grab some Locking Stitch Markers! These little hooks help hold each motif and design in place while you start another. It saved me so many unraveled bracelets! I love using them!
3. Switch your working end! The patterns in this book use double sided crochet hooks. I chose to just use my own single hook. It works just fine until I want to finish a motif or design and I have to remove 10 bands from a non hooked working end. No problem! Just switch the hook around and remove the motif just the same!
This Frozen inspired bracelet is using the "Full Shell" pattern on page 32. Here is how I created it.
Purple - 10 Bands (for each motif design)
Blue - 10 Bands (for each motif design)
C or S hook
4 Jump Rings
4 Snowflake Charms
Crystal Stickles Glitter Glue
Locking Stitch Markers
Hooked on Rubber Band Jewelry Book
1. Follow the directions on page 32 to create your first motif in blue.
2. Place a locking stitch marker in the two bands left on the hook. Snap closed. Leave the bands on the hook to begin again using purple bands.
3. Continue your pattern until the bracelet fits your wrist. Attache a C or S clip at the end.
4. Use Stickles Glitter Glue on the snowflake charms. Crystal looks greenish when applied but it actually dries crystal white.
5. Let the glitter dry for a couple of hours. Then flip the charm and do the backside too.
6. When dry, hang the charms from your bracelet with jump rings!
* Loom Bands 3 for $5 (reg $2.99) and entire stock of Value Packaged Findings and Charms Buy one, get one free until September 21st, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Use your Silhouette Cameo to cut out your holiday designs from our NEW Fall and Christmas fabrics to make custom dish towels that are perfect for gifts!
Did you know the Cameo cuts fabric? The Silhouette Cameo is an electronic cutting machine for personal use. Like a home printer, it plugs into your PC or Mac with a simple USB cable. However, instead of printing it uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric, and more up to 12" wide and 10 feet long!
Create your own personalized appliques for your next sewing project! All you need is a fabric blade.
Watch this video tutorial by Silhouette to show how we created the dish towels above!
* Silhouette Cameo Bundle Special $259 (reg $328.99) includes Cameo machine, $10 download card in box, scraper tool, hook tool, spatula tool, and an additional $25 download card good until September 21, 2014!
Monday, September 8, 2014
3 - Medium Clear Pails (Arc-21)
3 - Medium Paper Mache Cones
3 - Styrofoam 2 7/8 x 5 7/8 Cones
3 - Styrofoam blocks cut to fit base
3 - Acrylic knobs (Yor-1794)
Halloween paper collection
Tim Holtz Black Soot Distressed Ink
1 package of Decorative Excelsior
Wood dowel 7/16” x 36”
Black & White bakers twine
Chalk Board stickers
Bistro Marker White & Chalk
E6000 glue, glue gun & hold the foam glue
Black Acrylic paint & foam brush
1. Creating the Buckets: cut scrapbook paper into strips to fit the inside of the bucket (4.25” x12”)
place strip inside bucket, use a little glue gun to secure. You will need another piece of paper to fill
in (4.25” x 2”)
2. Cut paper flags to go around the top edge of the bucket. Cut paper strips (1.25”x1”) then cut the
bottom to make the flag shape.
3. Glue flag paper to the top of the bucket with glue gun.
4. Used Tim Holtz Distressed ink pad and dabber to distress the flags
5. Glue Styrofoam to the bottom for your bucket using “hold the foam” glue.
6. Creating the Cones: Cut the tops of each cone about .75” then paint all 3 cones black and wood
7. Glue acrylic knobs to the top of each cone with E6000 glue.
8. Wrap each cone with bakers twine and tie in a knot or bow.
9. Create 3 Rosettes using the score board (to make cut 2 strips 2”x12” score them
every 3 notches) follow directions on the packaging.
10. Using the Bistro Marker write BOO on each chalk sticker. Rub chalk all over the cones & chalk
sticker then wipe down this will make your surface look like chalk board.
11. Add chalk board sticker to rosette then glue rosette to cones using glue gun.
12. Put Styrofoam cones in side paper cones then push wood dowel into Styrofoam and into the base
of your bucket.
13. Add Excelsior to the base of the bucket to cover up the foam.
* Paper Mache Cones 50% off regular prices and Chalkboard Labels 50% off regular prices (reg $4.99) until September 21st, 2014