Make: Oven Baked Red Potatoes

Happy Valentines Day, makers!

If you’re like me, maybe you are planning to cook your loved one a nice dinner. If you are in need of a side dish, this recipe will complete your meal and add a little red to your plate! I found this recipe last year when I was making my boyfriend a dinner for Valentine’s Day. Cooks.com has an Oven Baked Red Potato Recipe that is to die for! It is amazing and it is so easy to make!

The ingredients are:

-1 tablespoon of butter (melted)

-1 tablespoon of olive oil

-2 cloves of garlic (minced)

-1/4 teaspoon of pepper

-3/4 teaspoon of basil

-3/4 teaspoon of oregano

-3/4 teaspoon of salt

-4 large unpeeled red potatoes

 

1)      Preheat the oven to 425.

2)      Mix all of the ingredients except the potatoes.

3)      Cut the potatoes into wedges. (Once the wedges are cut I usually cut them in half to make the pieces smaller.)

4)      Add the wedges to the bowl of ingredients, put a lid on and toss the mixture.

5)      Stand the potatoes on edge on a cookie sheet.

6)      Sprinkle a little parmesan cheese on the potatoes and put in the oven.

7)      Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

 

It is as simple as that! It is one of the best potato recipes I have made yet. Even if you are not making a Valentine’s dinner, it makes a great side dish for any meal you make.

 

If you make this, be sure to let us know what you thought about it. My question to you is,

What is your favorite side dish?


 

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What’s Your Motivation?

Over the last couple of weeks I haven’t been feeling well. Not only did I have to miss work, unfortunately it also prevented me from doing any scrapbooking or playing with polymer clay. This got me thinking about how much I miss working on all of my projects. It also led to the realization that my crafts are my way to relax and take any stress away.

So here is a question for all of you makers: Do you find it relaxing to craft? What is your “ritual” when you craft that makes it relaxing?

I have two rituals when it comes to crafting that help relax me. I usually have a night each week when my best friend, and fellow misc*maker, Jessica and I get together and work on our projects together. Not only do we get to work on our crafts, we also just enjoy each other’s company. We each work on our own project and talk about what is going on in our lives. No matter what we talk about when we are crafting I find it relaxing and any stress I have disappears.

When I find myself crafting alone, I have a different way of relaxing. I go up to my room and put on a movie. (It is usually a movie that I have seen a lot which is the only reason I get anything accomplished otherwise I would be watching the movie.) I  listen to the movie and zone in on the work I am doing. Whether it is making something out of clay or scrapbooking my life, it manages to calm me and take all of my stress away.

So you’ve heard my two ways of escaping the hard realities of life for a little while through crafting. Now that I am feeling better, I am looking forward to getting back into the projects I had to put on hold. So, I ask you all again, Do you find it relaxing to craft? What is your crafty relaxation ritual? I encourage you to share your thoughts by commenting here. I’m sure you will be as amazed as will I be to see how many different ways crafts can relax us.

 

Scrapbooking: Intro!

So, you look at that pile of photos, movie ticket stubs, dried flowers and think:

“I really want to make a scrapbook, but how do I get started.

What kind of materials and supplies do I need for scrapbooking?”

Is this how you feel? If I didn’t have someone to show me how to get started I would have been in the same boat. Well, for all of you who ask this, I can be that help for you. This blog will tell you the tools and supplies you will need, where you can purchase them, and other creative ways to show off and catalog your most memorable photos.

Luckily, almost everything you would need for a basic can be found at Michaels orA.C. Moore craft stores. The first thing you need is a scrapbook. Most scrapbooks come in two sizes: 12×12 inches, or 8×8 inches. If you have a lot of pictures to document, you will need to get a page refill. (Note: Make sure the refills match the scrapbook you purchase.)

Most times the scrapbook comes with white pages however, that can get boring. You can purchase pages (we suggest 12×12, you’ll be able to fit more on a page!) that are different colors and designs. If I was scrapbooking Christmas, there are many Christmas pages that I could choose from. Construction paper is another useful supply. You can border pictures with the paper to make you page more colorful and creative.

Next step, scissors. Besides regular scissors, specialty scissors will be beneficial. There are many to choose from since they cut the paper or picture different ways- wavy or jagged, ect. These help specialty scissors give the pages of your scrapbook some diversity.

A paper cutter is a very helpful tool also if you have a hard time cutting a straight line. This comes in handy for tons of other projects, too!

Another must-have is glue. The best type to use are glue sticks because they are not messy and they dry clear. I typically use Elmer’s or Craft Bond glue sticks.

Stickers are a big part of scrapbooking. Well in my case it is! There are many to choose from for any occasion, whether you are documenting Christmas, a vacation, a birth, a wedding, ect. You can pretty much bet there are stickers for almost anything! Alphabet stickers make a great addition. You can purchase different colors, sizes, and fonts. It makes a great touch to add a word or a phrase. For example, on a birthday page you can put “Happy Birthday Mom.” There are also stickers that have quotes and thought bubbles with prewritten messages.

Now that you have a few supplies and tools, you can begin your new craft of scrapbooking. These are the basics I recommend for a good start. As you begin getting these supplies and actually start making the pages, you will find yourself incorporating other tools and ways to scrapbook your pictures. It will take some time and practice to get the look you want. When I look at my first scrapbook compared to my latest one, I can tell how I’ve gotten so much better and way more creative! I love this craft because it is a wonderful way to save your most treasured memories. Keep an eye out for future post that will go into more depth on ideas for different occassions you are scrapbooking.