Sweet Potato Recipe, Baked in Ramekins – So Yummo!

ramekin sweet potatoes thanksgiving leftovers

I love sweet potatoes!  This recipe is so easy to whip up and is perfect for leftovers.  I have made variations of this over the years.  You can top them with marshmallows or your can pass on them.  Either way this is super delicious and sweet potatoes are so good for you.

sweet potato side dish

Begin by boiling sweet potatoes. I like to peel them before boiling.  I also chop them into equal sized chunks.  I boil for about 40 min or until fork tender.

Next, I smash the potatoes with a big fork and add a palmful of brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon.  Mix it all together and spoon into ramekins.  I top with marshmallows.

mini sweet pototoes leftover reciepe

Bake at 350 for 40 min.  Until the top is a toasty almond color.

Enjoy!

Cathie and Steve

DIY Burlap Candle and Glittered Pumpkin Centerpiece

 

thanksgiving diy centerpiece burlap mod podge

Here is a simple idea for making a Thanksgiving centerpiece that will last for years. The pumpkin was coated with gold extreme glitter to add some sparkle and the glass cylinder was covered with burlap.  We used some fall floral pics for some embellishment!

What we used:
Plaid ® Hot Glue Gun Helpers
FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ – Gold, 5 oz.
Mod Podge ® Fabric, 8 oz.
Woven fiber placemat (round)
Large craft bowl
Tin foil
Medium craft bowl
Burlap fabric
Glass candleholder cylinder
Fall fabric motif
Foam pumpkin
Craft knife
Fall floral picks
Fall leaf trim
Fall silk flowers
Fall felt leaf ribbon
Hot glue

Instructions
1. Trim the burlap so it will fit around the glass candleholder cylinder. Make sure you leave a little extra for overlapping. Coat the outside of the cylinder fabric Mod Podge. Use a thick coat. Position the burlap on the cylinder. Smooth with your fingers. Use fabric Mod Podge to attach the fall fabric motif to the top-center of design. Allow to dry. Once dry, trim around the edge to get a smooth edge if needed.

2. Using a craft knife, cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin. Continue carving until the space is large enough to hold the burlap wrapped cylinder.

3. Using a foam paintbrush, apply 2 coats of Gold Extreme Glitter to the outside of the pumpkin. Allow to dry.

4. Place the candleholder cylinder in the carved hole. Using hot glue, attach silk flowers and fall trim to the base of the candleholder.

DIY Candle Hostess Gift for Thanksgiving

altered glass candle with mod podge and podgeables

It is easy to whip up a Hostess Gift for Thanksgiving when you use Mod Podge.  This glass candle (smells like pumpkin ~ so yummy) had the typical label on the front.  We soaked the candle in soapy water to remove the label and attached some fall themed scrapbook paper in it’s place. The tag was made using a Podgeable shape.  The ribbon is from my crepe collection at the supply shop.

dimensional magic tags

To make the glass dome finish on the Podgeable shape we used Dimensional Magic.

 

Supplies Needed
Mod Podge ® Acrylic Shapes – Basics, Flat & Charm
Mod Podge ® Gloss, 8 oz.
Mod Podge ® Dimensional Magic, 2 oz.
Fall scrapbook paper
Pencil
Scissors
Paintbrush
Glass Candle Holder
Ribbon
Jump-ring

Instructions

1. Make the pumpkin pendant: Begin with a large rectangle Podgeable shape. Trim fall scrapbook paper to fit the top of the Podgeable shape. (You can use paper punches too)

2. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the top of the Podgeable shape and to the back of the paper. Position the paper on the Podgeable. Smooth with your fingers. Apply a top-coat of Mod Podge. Allow to dry 2 hours.

podgeable tag shapes mod podge

3. Cover the Podgeable with Dimensional Magic. Begin around the outer edge and fill until the entire pendant is covered. Dry for 24 hours in an undisturbed and non-drafty place.

4. Trim the fall paper to fit on the front of the glass candle. Apply Mod Podge to the back of the paper and position on the candle. Smooth with your fingers to remove any air bubbles. Allow to dry.

5. Tie a bow around the neck of the candle and attach the Podgeable with a jump-ring or a piece of twine.

Tip: While the Dimensional Magic is drying don’t move the pendant around or you might get air bubbles. If you do get an air bubble, use a sewing pin to pop it.

ENJOY! xoxo

Cathie and Steve

Thriftshop Makeover: DIY Harvest Basket with Paints and Mod Podge

bountful basket mod podge thanksgiving rustic

We are sure that you have seen the sad abandoned baskets at the thrift shops and yard sales. We are always keeping our eyes out for ones that are prime for Mod Podge makeovers. This one with the flat side slats was perfect for painting and applying strips of decorative paper with Mod Podge. So next time you see and old basket imagine what a little paint and podge can do!

What we used:
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Red Velvet, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Violet Pansy, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Olive Green, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Buttercup, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Autumn Leaves, 2 oz.
Mod Podge ® Matte, 8 oz.
Foam paintbrush
Slatted basket
1.5 wood disk
Wood letter
6 1/2” wood beads
Scrapbook papers
Scissors
Hot glue and glue gun
Velvet ribbon
Raffia ribbon
Silk leaves
Decorative ribbon
Basket filler
Instructions

Paint every-other slat on the basket a different color of Folkart paint. Paint the wood disk, wood letter and the wood beads with the color of your choice using the selected colors.

Cut strips of paper to fit on the slats and a circle to fit the wood disk. Working with each strip of paper, coat both sides with Mod Podge, position on the slat and topcoat with more Mod Podge. Use your fingers to press out any air bubbles. Smooth your brush strokes. Continue until the entire basket is covered. Apply the circle paper to the painted wood disk in the same fashion using Mod Podge.

Hot glue a band of velvet ribbon around the top edge of the slats on the basket.

Thread the beads onto the raffia ribbon. Tie the raffia round the handles. Hot glue the leaves to the end of the handle. Hot glue the letter onto the wood disk and then glue the disk to the top center of the leaves. Tie a decorative bow around the handles.
Fill the basket with fresh fruit, faux or real mini pumpkins or breads.

DIY Owl Necklace and Earrings made with Mod Podge and Podgeables

mod podge fall earrings owl necklace podgeable

Call me silly but I adore seasonal jewelry and clothes.  I hoard X-mas sox and Halloween tees and make jewelry that fits with the holiday.  Behind the scenes, we are already working on a St. Pats Party Necklace.  Since it is November…. I’ll get on with the Owl necklace and earrings.  I promise this is a super easy project!  We used  Podgeable shapes and Mod Podge because they are perfect for whipping up seasonal themed jewelry!

diy fall mod podge necklace earring jewelry 1

What We Used:

Mod Podge ® Acrylic Shapes – Basics, Flat & Charm
Mod Podge ® Gloss, 8 oz.
Mod Podge ® Dimensional Magic, 2 oz.
Fall scrapbook paper
Pencil
Scissors
Paintbrush
Flat Owl charm
Pliers
Jump-ring
Leather cord
Earring findings

diy fall mod podge necklace earring jewelry 2

Begin with a large rectangle Podgeable shape for the necklace and 2 smalls for the earrings. Trim fall scrapbook paper to fit the top of the Podgeable shape. (You can use paper punches too)

Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the top of the Podgeable shape and to the back of the paper.

diy fall mod podge necklace earring jewelry 3

Position the paper on the Podgeable. Smooth with your fingers.

diy fall mod podge necklace earring jewelry 4

Apply a top-coat of Mod Podge. Allow to dry 2 hours.

diy fall mod podge necklace earring jewelry 5

Clip the loop off a flat backed Owl charm.

diy fall mod podge necklace earring jewelry 6

Using Mod Podge as a glue, glue the Owl charm to the pendant. Allow to dry for two hours.

diy fall mod podge necklace earring jewelry 8

Working around the owl charm, cover the Podgeable with Dimensional Magic.

diy fall mod podge necklace earring jewelry 9

diy fall mod podge necklace earring jewelry 10

Begin around the outer edge and fill until the entire pendant is covered.

Dry for 24 hours in an undisturbed and non-drafty place.

how to make mod podge jewelry

Attach a jumpring to the pendant. Thread onto a leather cord.  For the earring, attach earring findings with jump-rings to the small square podgeable shapes.

Tip: While the Dimensional Magic is drying don’t move the pendant around or you might get air bubbles. If you do get an air bubble, use a sewing pin to pop it.

Enjoy!

Cathie and Steve

DIY Burlap Plates and Leaf Chargers made with Mod Podge

mod podge burlap plates

Have you ever thought of eating off burlap?  No way!  But with the easy technique you can make a rustic designer set of plates and chargers using burlap, scrapbook paper and Mod Podge.  The plates are not dishwasher safe.  They will need to be gently hand-wiped clean.  They are great for salads, desserts and cheeses.  Look for glass plates and chargers at your dollar store and jazz them up!

The Plate: What you need:

Fall themed scrapbook papers, Scissors, Glass plate, Foam Paintbrush, Mod Podge Matte, Mod Podge Fabric, Burlap fabric

How To:

1. Cut a fall leaf shape from scrapbook paper.   Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the top of a paper leaf.  Working on the backside of the plate, position the leaf in the center of plate. Press with your fingers to remove any air bubbles and allow to dry.

2. Trim the burlap so it is just larger than the plate. Coat the entire backside of the plate with fabric Mod Podge.  Use a thick coat.  Position the burlap on the back of the plate.  Smooth with your fingers.  Place the wet side up and allow to dry over night.  Once dry, trim around the edge to get a smooth edge.

3. This is not waterproof.  Should be used for cheese or cookies.  Wipe the top clean.

The Charger: What you need:

Fall themed scrapbook papers, Fall leaf paper punch, Foam paintbrush, Gold charger, Mod Podge Gloss

How To:

1. Using a paper punch, punch fall leaf shapes from scrapbook papers.

2. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the back of a paper leaves.  Position the leaves on the edge of the charger, press with your fingers to remove any air bubbles and allow to dry.  Once dry, top coat with a thin coat of Mod Podge.

DIY Fall Acorn Art on Burlap Canvas with Mod Podge and Embroidery

burlap canvas fall wall art mod podge embroidery DIY Fall Acorn Art on Burlap Canvas with Mod Podge and Embroidery

We have been smitten with burlap canvases for a while.  I love the texture and rustic quality.  I really wanted to make some fall art with with mixed elements that wasn’t fussy or over done.  The acorns are cut from fabric and were applied with Mod Podge.  The stitching was done with yarn and it was super easy to stitch through the canvas.

burlap canvas fall wall art mod podge embroidery 3

burlap canvas fall wall art mod podge embroidery 1

What you will need

Burlap canvas, Fabric scraps, Scissors, Foam paintbrush, Mod Podge, Sharpie Marker, Yarn, Needle

sharpie embroidery

stitching on burlap

Using a sharpie (I like to use one that matches my yarn color), write the word FALL.  Using Yarn, embroidery the letters.

cut an acorn shape

Cut fabric scraps into an acorn shape.   Try using contrast fabrics for the top and bottom.

acorn art mod podge

Apply a thick coat of Mod Podge to the back of the acorn fabric.

mod podge fabric art

Position onto the burlap canvas.

Smooth the fabric with your fingers.

Top-coat the fabric with a thick layer of Mod Podge.

Allow to dry.

burlap canvas fall wall art mod podge embroidery 2

Using the same yarn, free form stitch through the canvas.

Make swirl patterns and running stitch patterns.

burlap canvas acorn art mod podge

Happy Fall!!

xoxo

Cathie and Steve

 

DIY Video: Fall Centerpiece Made with a Mod Podge Fabric Stiffened Bowl.

Whip up this easy to make bowl with a place-mat and Mod Podge Stiffy. Load it with pine-cones or fall spheres. This project was designed for Plaid.  For more crafty ideas… check out all of our Plaid projects here and visit our “All About Cathie and Steve” board at Pinterest.

Lean how to make the bowl in this video.



What you will need:
Large craft bowl
Tin foil
Woven fiber place-mat (round)
Medium craft bowl
Stiffy Fabric Stiffener
Hot Glue Gun Helpers
Hot Glue
Fall floral picks
Fall leaf trim

Instructions:
1. Cover the outside of the large craft bowl with tin foil and place on a protected work surface. Cover your surface with a plastic drop cloth if needed.

2. Soak the placemat in Stiffy. Gently wring additional Stiffy from the placemat. Turn the foil covered bowl upside down and place the placemat over the bowl. Center so the edges are even. Allow to dry over night. Once dry, pull off the bowl and remove any tin foil that may have stuck to the bowl.

3. Using hot glue and Hot Glue Gun Helpers, glue trim around the bowl and floral picks to the edge.

DIY Rustic Wood Burned Chargers and Altered Glass Plates

It’s time for a rustic table-setting.  The chargers really make a statement and they make a wonderful gift too.  The wood burning is easy to do (it’s a little stinky but easy) They are awesome on a Thanksgiving table and add a touch of rustic-elegance to your table.  The plates have a temporary altered element (skeleton leaves) that can be washed off and the plates.  The plates can then be reused for any occasion.

To get started, Use tracing paper and a printed graphic of the initials you want to place on the charger.

This charger was from Walnut Hollow.  I just love the rustic bark edge.

Next, use the wood burning tool and the tip of your choice to burn the letters into the wood charger.

You can add additional elements and designs.  Make sure you follow the instructions on the tool package.

This is not kid friendly…the tip of the tool gets very hot!

Next, add a stain or a clear finish to seal the design.

To create the skeleton leaf design on the plates we used Mod Podge to glue the leaves to the underside of the plates.

Pour a little Mod Podge onto a craft mat.

Dip the leaf into the Mod Podge.  (Skeleton leaves are available at most craft stores.)

Position onto the backside of a glass plate.  Use a damp cotton swab to clean the edges if needed.

Allow to dry.  This plate is designed to be temporary as this will not withstand washing.

You can hand wash the top of the plate.

To remove the leaf… soak the plate in soapy water and wash clean.  Mod Podge is non-toxic.

DIY Scissor Cut Fabric Leaves for Your Thanksgiving Table

Fabric Leaves – with Mod Podge Stiffy

These leaves are so easy to make and create an elegant look. {{great for using up scraps of fabric}} Sprinkle them on the table, create garland with them or eyelet them together to make place-card holders.