Crafts and recipes on the cheap for the normal person

Button Bowl February 26, 2013

Filed under: DIY Decor — LaurenTamony @ 1:46 am
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I saw this really cool button bowl on Pinterest the other day, it didn’t have the best directions so I decided to wing it and make my own! The product is incredibly cute! While it was cute just an FYI this is incredibly time consuming it required a lot of glue! So here’s how you do it:

1. You’ll need:

  • A balloon
  • Buttons (I used two packs of 130 and used almost all of them)
  • Mod Podge or Glue (or you could be like me and use both)
  • Paint brush
  • Something to hold the balloon while the glue dries (I used a cup)

2. First paint a layer of glue onto the balloon, I let this dry almost completely, it created a sort of sticky film

3. Starting with a little area at a time paint glue onto the balloon and attach the buttons, this part was super messy but fun! I rubbed the glue around with my fingers because the paint brush kept sticking to me.

4. Let it dry completely, while you’re waiting occasionally check on the balloon and make sure the buttons aren’t sliding, if they are just push them back up.

5. Once it’s dried paint a layer of glue (I switched to Mod Podge at this point) and let it dry, I let it sit overnight

6. For good measure I put yet another layer on after this (I invested this much time why would I want it to not work!)

7. Once it’s dried completely cut a slit at the top of the balloon and let it deflate, WARNING when I did this turns out the bottom part of the bowl hadn’t dried completely. Because of this I had to do another layer of glue on the inside of the bowl, not sure if you were more patient if you would have to do this.

And ta-da that’s it! You’ve got a super cute bowl made out of buttons and glue! Let me know if you try it!



Cheddar Chicken February 20, 2013

Filed under: Recipes — LaurenTamony @ 4:09 am
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This recipe is so delicious! It tastes great and is so easy to make! My one issue was the bottom was a little soggy, if you have a rack to put the chicken on and than put into a pan I’d recommend that, however soggy bottom or not, this chicken tasted great!Here’s the recipe:



4 buttery crackers (such as Ritz), crushed
2 ounces grated Cheddar cheese
1/4 clove garlic, (I bought a small container of chopped garlic awhile ago and it’s served me well for things like this)
kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
1 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Heat oven to 350° F. In a bowl, combine the crackers, cheese, garlic, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Dip the chicken in the butter, then in the cracker mixture, pressing gently to help the crackers adhere. When I did this very little stayed on, so I just patted a majority of the mixture onto the chicken when I put it on the baking sheet.

Bake until the chicken is golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.



Book Safe

Filed under: DIY Decor — LaurenTamony @ 4:08 am
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The problem I have this time of year is Valentine’s Day falls a week before my anniversary with my boyfriend.  So this year, instead of doing cheesy gifts all around I decided to make Valentine’s day funny!  My boyfriend and I have a few running jokes in the relationship so I decided to use one for the holiday!  I decided to hide his “vices” (nothing dirty, coffee and cigars” in a safe place no one would like for them!  In one of my classes a girl showed us how to make a “book safe” I had never heard of this but thought it was the coolest idea in the world!  The premise is this: you take a book, hollow it out, and can keep things in it, it’s kind of like the fake rock to hide your key. It wasn’t all that difficult to make, although my hand still hurts a little from cutting all the pages, here’s how to do it:

1. Here’s the supplies you’ll need:

  • A book (I got mine at a local used book store, it cost me $1.00)
  • Box cutter
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Mod Podge or Glue
  • Plastic bags

2. Wrap your front and back cover and a few pages at the beginning of the book in the plastic bags, these first pages will be the ones left open to cover the hollow book.

3. Spread Mod Podge or glue over the sides of the book, all three sides, this will glue the pages of the safe together. Let this dry

4. Once it’s dry, take your ruler and pencil and decide where you want your safe to be, mine was about a half inch from the edges.

5. Now the fun and stress relieving part begins! Take your box cutter and cute along the lines you just drew, rip the pages out and continue until your safe is as deep as you want it!

It’s really that simple! I had a problem of my being a little rugged in the corners but it gave it a nice sort of worn look to it. Take a look and try it yourself!

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Sharpie Mug February 14, 2013

Filed under: DIY Decor — LaurenTamony @ 2:17 am
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It was my best friend from high school’s birthday this past week and since we’ve been friends for so long I’ve almost run out of good birthday ideas.  When I saw on pinterest the idea of baking coffee mugs to make sharpie permanent I decided I had to give it a try!  And who better to try it on than a friend who wouldn’t judge me anyway!  I’ve heard mixed reviews from people about the sharpie staying on, I didn’t have any problems here’s what I did:

I bought a coffee mug at the dollar store, I figured if this didn’t work at least I didn’t spend to much.

I outlined my design on the mug first with eyeliner.  I read about this trick somewhere and it was a lifesaver!  I was able to play with my design and the eyeliner washed right off!

I put it in the oven and THAN started preheating the oven.  I didn’t start the timer until the oven preheated though.

I baked it for 30 minutes and left it in there until it had cooled.

Overall it turned out great!  I ran some water over it after I took it out and the design stayed for the most part.  It did smear a little on the one side but otherwise I can’t complain!  Let me know what’s happened if you’ve tried this, I’d like to know other reactions!



Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Filed under: Recipes — LaurenTamony @ 2:00 am
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I don’t know about you all but I am always so incredibly rushed in the morning I forget breakfast nine times out of ten.  I know it’s bad for me but when it’s between the snooze button and a bowl of cereal I’ll always pick those extra ten minutes of sleep.  A little while ago to counter my morning rush I started making things the night before or the weekend before that I could grab as I rush out the door in the mornings.  These muffins I made were great!  Very easy, and really delicious.  When I did it I made a dozen of them.  I know the ingredients list looks daunting but a majority of the ingredients I already had, here’s the recipe:


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons applesauce
  • 1 medium tart apple, peeled and grated (I chopped mine and it turned out fine, it’s a preference thing)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped nuts


  • In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients.
  • In another bowl, combine the egg, milk, oil and applesauce.
  • Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Fold in the apple.
  • Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
  • For topping, combine brown sugar and flour. cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in oats and nuts. Sprinkle over muffins..
  • Bake at 400° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.

I got the original recipe from:


Baked Parmesan Garlic Chicken

Filed under: Recipes — LaurenTamony @ 1:57 am
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I’m always looking for new ways to cook chicken, I have a ton of it, it’s super easy and there’s so  much variety in how you can cook it!  I have officially fallen in love with this recipe, so good and super easy!  It was three ingredients, took no prep time, and tasted amazing!  Here’s the recipe:

Baked Parmesan Garlic Chicken:


1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 package Good Seasons Italian Dressing mix
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Mix cheese, dressing mix and garlic powder.

  • I tasted it at this point, just put a little on my finger to decide if it needed anything else, mine tasted fine but it depends on the chef!

3. Sprinkle the cheese mixture onto the chicken. Place in shallow baking dish.

4. Bake 20 to 25 min. or until chicken reaches internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Go ahead and give this recipe a try I would really recommend it.  And with your extra dressing mix you can do any number of things, I used mine to flavor my popcorn with, it tasted pretty good!

original recipe from:


And so it begins February 7, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — LaurenTamony @ 6:34 pm

Hello blogging world!

I guess let me start by introducing myself, I’m Lauren, I’m a college student learning to live on my own. I love Pinterest and would like to actually put some of my pins to good use!  I love DIY things and so that’s why I wanted to make this blog!  I want this to be a place for people with little to no cooking or artistic skill to find crafts and recipes they can actually make!

I hope you all enjoy this adventure with me.  I’ll be posting cheap crafts and easy recipes that I hope you can use too!