Kate Spade Inspired Confetti Art

DIY Confetti Art

Ever since Kate Space debuted her confetti china pattern, I have seen countless diy projects on blogs and pinterest. I’ve been inspired by Mint Love Social Club‘s diy project from over a year now. Now that I have finally moved into my new place {and the bf is out of town on a camping trip for a week} I finally have the inspiration {and time} to check this off my to do list!

 

Luckily it was buy one, get one free on frames at Michael’s this week, so I bought a 1 1/2 inch circular hole punch and a hoard of glitter paper and set my sights on creating confetti art.

DIY Confetti Art

supplies:
assorted cardstock paper
1 1/2 hole punch
Elmer’s glue
frames or canvas

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directions:
Using the hole punch, cut out circles, half circles, quarter circles from various cardstocks.

Arrange circles one by one in a random pattern. Once you like the pattern, use Elmer’s glue to adhere to the back ground of the frame or canvas.

DIY Confetti Art

Week 26: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

After spending the majority of my weekend in the car, running errands, Sunday night the only thing that would make the weekend a teensy bit sweeter was a classic chocolate chip cookie.  My normal Sunday routine is to make Peanut Butter Breakfast Smoothies for the week, so I couldn’t shake the taste of oatmeal from my pallet, hence my desire for chocolate chip cookies became a desire for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and this recipe was born.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour (I used unbleached flour)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups quick oats
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in the oats, chocolate chips, and pecans, one ingredient at a time. Scoop dough with a 1/4 cup size measuring cup and drop rounded dough onto the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes 23 to 24 jumbo cookies.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pesto Salmon

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Either because I’m a procrastinator or because I’m a planner, I usually end up at the grocery store on Mondays or Fridays to buy my groceries for the upcoming week. This particular Monday was a great day for seafood sales- I was able to find a delicious half pound salmon fillet for 3 dollars- score! Then, when I went home to examine my treasure, I discovered the package had a recipe for pesto salmon- double score!

Of course I had a plethora of kale pesto to try out the recipe.  I paired it with some sauteed spinach to complete the meal.  One improvement or adjustment I might try next time is to add sliced tomatoes on top of the pesto for a more Italian flavor profile.

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ingredients:
salmon fillet(s)
pesto, enough to cover your salmon
1 oz mozzarella cheese, per fillet
salt and pepper, to taste

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directions:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil. Season the salmon well with salt and pepper and place on lined baking sheet.

Spread each piece of salmon with the pesto. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove salmon from the oven and top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Broil the salmon for 3-5 minutes until cheese has turned a golden brown.

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Avocado Toast with Egg

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There are very few meals that couldn’t be improved by the addition of a fried egg- I’ve been known to add eggs to pasta, pizza, and even a few salads. It’s the perfect way to add protein to an otherwise vegetarian meal. Not only is this recipe quick and easy to make on a weekday morning instead of the usual oatmeal and fruit, but it really kick starts your day!

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ingredients:
1 ripe avocado
1 teaspoon lemon juice
salt and pepper, to taste
2 eggs, cooked sunnyside up
2 pieces of your choice of bread, toasted

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directions:
Toast slices of bread. Cut the avocado in half lengthwise, twist to separate, and remove & discard the pit. Scoop out the avocado flesh. Add it to a small bowl, and mash with a fork. Stir in the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Cook eggs sunnyside up. Spread the avocado mixture on toast. Top each piece of toast with an egg, and sprinkle with salt and fresh ground pepper, if desired.

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Weekend Snapshots: Move in Day

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I feel like I have been moving into my new apartment for over a month, turns out it’s really only been a week. We signed the lease and were handed our brand new keys last Tuesday and I have been making small trips ever since. This Saturday was our big move day- all of our knick knacks and clothes have already made the trek to the new place, but now it was time to move the big guys- couches, beds, tables, and chairs.

We rented a u haul trailer and hooked it up to Bill’s Tundra and made one last trip to the old apartment. Luckily we were able to fit it all in one trip and headed out to unload.

Sunday was spent cleaning up the old apartment in hopes of getting our full security deposit back!

Now that all of our belongings have been moved, it’s the fun part- decorating and reorganizing what we already have to make it fit our new apartment {and maybe making some purchases too!}