Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Dinosaur Silhouettes

One day, I will like to design a dinosaur-themed nursery.  Until then, I'll satisfy my inner tomboy by painting a few of these dino silhouettes for around the house!  Why not hang up paintings that make you feel like a kid again, right? These silhouettes are easy and fun to make.  They are also available at my Etsy shop as perfect gifts for kids' bedrooms and play rooms.


To make your own silhouettes, you'll need a white canvas, one craft paint color of your choice, one small and one medium-sized craft paint brush, a piece of paper, a pencil, and scissors.  Then, Google a silhouette of whichever dinosaur you'd like to make.  I chose to paint a guacamole green Stegosaurus for this tutorial.


Brighten up your laptop or computer screen as high as it'll go, and then lightly trace the silhouette onto a sheet of paper with a pencil.  Try to be as accurate as possible.


Then, cut out the silhouette using a pair of scissors or X-acto knife.


Using the stencil as a guide, trace around the silhouette with a pencil.  Be sure to do this lightly, especially if you plan on painting the background a bright color -- otherwise, the pencil marks will bleed through.


Then, have fun painting in the background!  I like to use a smaller craft brush for the details around the silhouette, and then a medium-sized one to fill in the rest.  Depending on the color you chose, it may take between 3-5 coats of paint.


And here is the finished product!



This silhouette makes me smile.  I love how it turned out.


I made a few others, as well!  Here's a yellow triceratops:


And a Brachiasaurus:


Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!  If you want to check out even more silhouettes, take a look at these ones I made of our dogs.

You may find me linking up at these fantastic parties:

Monday: Boogieboard CottageC-R-A-F-TCraft-O-ManiacDIY Home Sweet Home,  Get Outta My Head PleaseThe Girl CreativeMad in CraftsMaking the World CuterOur Delightful HomePolish the StarsSerendipity and SpiceSew Can DoSkip to My LouThrifty Decor ChickToo Much Time on My HandsTuesday: A Bowl Full of LemonsCherished BlissCoastal CharmConfessions of a Stay at Home MommyDukes and DutchessesFunky Polka Dot GiraffeI'm Topsy TurvyMommy By Day Crafter by NightNap Time CreationsNot Just a HousewifeSugar Bee CraftsTip JunkieToday's Creative BlogWednesday: Adorned from Above, Free Pretty Things for YouGinger Snap CraftsHome Happy HomeIt's Just Called SpicyJAQS StudioLet Birds FlyLife with the Crust Cut OffThe NY Melrose FamilyRae Gun RamblingsThe Sasse LifeSew Much AdoSew WoodsySomeday CraftsSouthern LovelyThe Style SistersThursday: A Creative PrincessA Glimpse InsideCrafty, Scrappy, HappyHouse of HepworthsJust Winging ItMade in a DayThe Shabby Creek CottageSomewhat SimpleFriday: 2805The Answer is ChocolateBacon Time with the Hungry HypoCreation CornerFingerprints on the FridgeThe Grant LifeHappy-Go-LuckyIf It's Not BaroqueJust Us FourMom 4 RealMy Simple Home LifeNot Your Ordinary RecipesOne Artsy MamaThe Rooster and the HenSimply DesigningTatertots and JelloWhipperberryYoung and CraftySaturday: Be Different... Act NormalCandace CreationsFunky Junk InteriorsIt's OverflowingIt's So Very CheriNutmeg PlaceSunday: The Crafty CowgirlEmbellishing Life with Homemade GoodnessFlamingo ToesG*RatedNifty Thrifty Things

Friday, February 7, 2014

Dinner of the Week: Spicy Shrimp Stuffed Potatoes

If you couldn't already tell from my previous posts about Rosemary and Garlic Twice-Baked Potatoes, Southwest Twice-Baked Potatoes, and Ham and Broccoli Twice-Baked Potatoes, I'm a huge fan of stuffing potatoes with deliciousness.  Now, add some shrimp, and game over.  These spicy shrimp twice-baked potatoes were an automatic hit in my house the instant I saw the recipe.

Spicy Shrimp Stuffed Potatoes
Courtesy of eMeals.com

Ingredients: 
- 5-6 small to medium-sized baking potatoes
- 12 oz. shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 4 1/2 oz. can chopped green chiles
- 1/4 cup skim milk
- 1/4 cup low-fat sour cream
- 1/2 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
- 1/4 stick butter or margarine
- Chili powder
- Coriander
- Garlic powder
- Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

First, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Then, wash and pat dry the potatoes.


Douse the potatoes with olive oil and rub them with Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper.  Pierce them all over with a fork and nuke them in the microwave for approximately 10-15 minutes, until soft.


Add the peeled shrimp to a large skillet and sprinkle as much chili powder, coriander, and garlic powder over top as you wish.  Stir well.  Cook the shrimp over medium heat for approximately five minutes, until the shrimp have curled and turn pink. Chop them up in half once done.


Once the potatoes are done, slice them lengthwise on a cutting board.  Scoop out he centers of each of the potatoes, and place the insides into a large mixing bowl.  Try to keep the skins intact. It's all right if they tear a little.


Add can of green chiles, milk, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and butter to the bowl with the potatoes.  Liberally douse with salt and pepper.


Blend the potato mixture with a handheld blender or KitchenAid stand mixer.  Add more milk, if necessary, to reach a smooth consistency.


Fill the potato skins with heaping portions of the potato mixture.  Spray a large casserole dish with cooking spray, and place the potatoes into the dish. Add dabs of butter or margarine over each potato so that they'll brown nicely.


Bake the potatoes in a preheated oven for 10 minutes, until piping hot.  Enjoy!



These are my favorite twice-baked potatoes we've ever made.  Instead of being a side dish, they are perfect as a main dinner course.  The mashed potato portion is light and fluffy, while adding a bit of cheesy spiciness from the green chiles and chipotle chili powder.  The shrimp truly made the meal special and decadent.



Hope you'll enjoy them as much as we do!

You may find me linking up at these fantastic parties:

Monday: Boogieboard CottageC-R-A-F-TCraft-O-ManiacDIY Home Sweet Home,  Get Outta My Head PleaseThe Girl CreativeMad in CraftsMaking the World CuterOur Delightful HomePolish the StarsSerendipity and SpiceSew Can DoSkip to My LouThrifty Decor ChickToo Much Time on My HandsTuesday: A Bowl Full of LemonsCherished BlissCoastal CharmConfessions of a Stay at Home MommyDukes and DutchessesFunky Polka Dot GiraffeI'm Topsy TurvyMommy By Day Crafter by NightNap Time CreationsNot Just a HousewifeSugar Bee CraftsTip JunkieToday's Creative BlogWednesday: Adorned from Above, Free Pretty Things for YouGinger Snap CraftsHome Happy HomeIt's Just Called SpicyJAQS StudioLet Birds FlyLife with the Crust Cut OffThe NY Melrose FamilyRae Gun RamblingsThe Sasse LifeSew Much AdoSew WoodsySomeday CraftsSouthern LovelyThe Style SistersThursday: A Creative PrincessA Glimpse InsideCrafty, Scrappy, HappyHouse of HepworthsJust Winging ItMade in a DayThe Shabby Creek CottageSomewhat SimpleFriday: 2805The Answer is ChocolateBacon Time with the Hungry HypoCreation CornerFingerprints on the FridgeThe Grant LifeHappy-Go-LuckyIf It's Not BaroqueJust Us FourMom 4 RealMy Simple Home LifeNot Your Ordinary RecipesOne Artsy MamaThe Rooster and the HenSimply DesigningTatertots and JelloWhipperberryYoung and CraftySaturday: Be Different... Act NormalCandace CreationsFunky Junk InteriorsIt's OverflowingIt's So Very CheriNutmeg PlaceSunday: The Crafty CowgirlEmbellishing Life with Homemade GoodnessFlamingo ToesG*RatedNifty Thrifty Things




Thursday, February 6, 2014

Dinner of the Week: Loaded Southwest Sweet Potatoes

We found a whole new way to serve sweet potatoes.  I will admit, the thought of adding cheese and beans to sweet potatoes didn't sound too appealing at first. After the first bite, we realized that they belong together.  I'm sure that this recipe will also taste great with baked potatoes, but definitely try out the sweet potato version first -- you might never go back!

Loaded Southwest Sweet Potatoes
Courtesy of eMeals.com

Ingredients (for two): 
- 2 large sweet potatoes or yams
- 1 can black beans, rinsed
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 shallot, diced
- 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
- 1/4 cup shredded non-fat cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup unflavored Greek yogurt
- 1/2 tsp. taco seasoning
- Chipotle chili powder
- Cumin
- Smoked paprika
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil

Use a fork to poke holes all over the sweet potatoes.  Place them on a plate and nuke them in the microwave for a good 15-20 minutes, turning them over from time to time.  They might need additional time in the microwave depending on how large they are.


Meanwhile, pour the frozen corn kernels into a small pie pan or brownie pan.  Sprinkle on olive oil, cumin, and chili powder over top.  Place the pan into the oven and broil the corn on high to roast them.  Keep the oven door slightly ajar so you can keep an eye on the corn to prevent them from burning. 


Meanwhile, dice up the bell pepper and shallot, and add them to a large skillet.  Sprinkle on as much chipotle chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper as you wish.  Stir well.  Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the shallots become fragrant and translucent.


Drain a can of black beans and add them to the skillet.  Continue cooking and stirring until the beans have become hot.


To make a creamy sauce, add the Greek yogurt and taco seasoning in a bowl and mix well.


Once the sweet potatoes are done, place each on their own individual plate.  Slice them down the middle and sprinkle on the Cheddar cheese, black bean mixture, roasted corn kernels, and dabs of the creamy yogurt sauce.  Enjoy!


The sweet, cheesy, and spicy flavors of these loaded sweet potatoes are a wonderful and unexpected combination.  Just one potato is enough to fill you up.  And, by going with the low-fat or non-fat ingredient options, this becomes an easy and guiltless meal for two.  


Evan's summary: These rock.  That's a pretty accurate description.  I think we might try to make a large, Mexi-style sweet potato casserole in the near future.


Hope you like them as much as we do!

You may find me linking up at these fantastic parties:

Monday: Boogieboard CottageC-R-A-F-TCraft-O-ManiacDIY Home Sweet Home,  Get Outta My Head PleaseThe Girl CreativeMad in CraftsMaking the World CuterOur Delightful HomePolish the StarsSerendipity and SpiceSew Can DoSkip to My LouThrifty Decor ChickToo Much Time on My HandsTuesday: A Bowl Full of LemonsCherished BlissCoastal CharmConfessions of a Stay at Home MommyDukes and DutchessesFunky Polka Dot GiraffeI'm Topsy TurvyMommy By Day Crafter by NightNap Time CreationsNot Just a HousewifeSugar Bee CraftsTip JunkieToday's Creative BlogWednesday: Adorned from Above, Free Pretty Things for YouGinger Snap CraftsHome Happy HomeIt's Just Called SpicyJAQS StudioLet Birds FlyLife with the Crust Cut OffThe NY Melrose FamilyRae Gun RamblingsThe Sasse LifeSew Much AdoSew WoodsySomeday CraftsSouthern LovelyThe Style SistersThursday: A Creative PrincessA Glimpse InsideCrafty, Scrappy, HappyHouse of HepworthsJust Winging ItMade in a DayThe Shabby Creek CottageSomewhat SimpleFriday: 2805The Answer is ChocolateBacon Time with the Hungry HypoCreation CornerFingerprints on the FridgeThe Grant LifeHappy-Go-LuckyIf It's Not BaroqueJust Us FourMom 4 RealMy Simple Home LifeNot Your Ordinary RecipesOne Artsy MamaThe Rooster and the HenSimply DesigningTatertots and JelloWhipperberryYoung and CraftySaturday: Be Different... Act NormalCandace CreationsFunky Junk InteriorsIt's OverflowingIt's So Very CheriNutmeg PlaceSunday: The Crafty CowgirlEmbellishing Life with Homemade GoodnessFlamingo ToesG*RatedNifty Thrifty Things

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