Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday's Scissors and Cream! Pizza, Cupcakes, and Vertical Gardens

For those who are new to our blog I have taken on the challenge to broaden my domestic goddess talents. I will be posting "first attempts" to crafts and recipes each week for your entertainment success or total failure! I call these my Friday's scissor and cream posts. Enjoy...

This week I tried out pizza dough for the first time, hilarious corn on the cob cupcakes, and a vertical garden with succulents made with a vintage letter organizer.

I have a love hate relationship with breads. Majority of our diet consists of bread and cheese yet every time I attempt to make ANYTHING with yeast it is a total failure. I decided to give it a try one more time. I still could not proof my yeast and it didn't rise that much but it made some tasty pizzza dough. I used this bread recipe. I found this recipe thanks to Kristen Moya. I have been imitated by my kitchen aid and what is the right way to make bread in it. I would like to try some different recipes to before I am really critical about my "lack of bread skills". Overall it was a great first time recipe for bread.

A couple weeks ago we had a bbq theme for my recipe swap/group I go to. I thought I would change it up a bit and do a aprils fools dessert. i found this idea from this blog I have been following. It was really time consuming putting all of the jelly beans on one at a time but it was worth all the reactions.!

Vertical Garden

My mom found this awesome letter organizer at a garage sale and decided it would be good to add it to her hoarding collection in the basement. I saw it and thought it would be a cute vertical garden of some sort! I absoutely love succulant plants. They always have fun textures, shapes and colors that are just screaming to be touched. In fact Daniel informed me that I was touching all of the plants one by one while they sat in my lap on the ride from the nursery (not in the creepy kind of way though)

This is what I used:
-2 long window planter coco liners. These are amazing liners made out of coconut husks. They retain water better and dont ever become moldy. Plus they are really pliable for creating your own basket art.
- basket or fun art piece that you want to become a planter
- potting soil
-zip ties or fishing line
- your favorite plants
- AND of course a cute little helper with a hammer to do the manly work :)

First, I cut the coco liners to fix my slanted boxes. Then I tried tying them with zip ties and fishing line. Instead of doing it uniformly I used the zip ties I had first and then used fishing line for the rest. The fibers are really porous so, you dont need a needle. Just weave a whip stitch up the side of the liner or cinch the zip tie to close the loose ends. If you are using zip ties, do a zip tie every 1/2-1 inch.

Next you have to soak the liners. Not really sure why but, it said in the directions on the package.

Voila! now to get a late start planting my cold crop plants for the fall harvest.

1 comment:

Amanda said...

The hanging garden is SOOOOO cute!! I am going to start scouring the thrifts stores now and copy cat!