Cucumber Salad recipe

Cucumber Salad

Mom has been making this Cucumber Salad for as long as I can remember.  It’s so simple, but yet so delicious.  I seriously can eat a ton of it when it’s made.  It’s the perfect salad to make for get-togethers and cookouts!  There really are no amounts to this recipe because you can add as much or as little of each ingredient as you’d like.  ENJOY!

Cucumber Salad

Ingredients:

  • cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • onion, thinly sliced
  • garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • sour cream
  • salt
  • pepper

Directions:

  • Place cucumbers in a bowl mixed with a good amount of salt; then let them sit for a couple of hours so the salt draws out the moister/water from the cucumbers.
  • Rinse the cucumbers off to get the extra salt of of them, then place them in a large bowl with onion and garlic.
  • Add sour cream (enough to coat evenly but no too much because water will still drain from the cucumbers).
  • Mix everything together and server topped with freshly ground pepper.

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Craftsy is offering huge discounts over Memorial Day weekend

Craftsy is offering huge discounts over Memorial Day weekend

These discounts will apply to all art, paper crafts, cake decorating, fiber arts, quilting and sewing supplies. The sale runs from 5/21/15 through 5/25/15 at 11:59pm MT!

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Easy Seasons Tree Painting Idea

Seasons Tree Painting

If you know me, you know how much I love Pinterest! :) When Pinterest first came out, I didn’t exactly understand the idea of it, however, once I started investigating and seeing all of the cool ideas that came from Pinterest, I wanted to know more! What was the first thing I pinned? A painting, and not just any painting; it was a Seasons Tree Painting that’s super colorful. I thought that it would look perfect in my bedroom!

Seasons Tree Painting

Now, I’m not a painter. I like to paint, but I could never come up with something like this on my own. So, who do I turn to? My sister who graduated with an art degree and could draw and paint anything you showed her. :) I showed her my idea and she told me, “pshh…piece of cake…we’ll do it together.” Together? When I can even draw a straight line? LOL :) Yeah, sure!

Well honestly, we did it together! :)

Seasons Tree Painting

We started with the backgrounds of each panel and made them gradient.  It really wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, in fact, it was quite fun!  :)

Seasons Tree Painting

Then it was time for my sister to get to work with her skills.  :)  She then painted a lovely tree!  You don’t even want to know what my tree would have looked like!

Seasons Tree Painting

After the tree was drawn, we then pained the leaves which consisted of swirling paint  with sponges.  It was very fun to do because you could not really mess it up.  Just like filling in the blanks!  And I do have to say that it turned out very pretty!!  :)

And then it was time to hang! Doesn’t it look awesome?! It’s something that you’d look at every day because simply, how can you miss it? It really does brighten up the room!

Seasons Tree Painting

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell review

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you…”

I read this book shortly after I finished Eleanor and Park and I do have to say that I enjoyed it a great deal.  There were a few time however, that the story tend to be rather slow and you just wanted to nudge the characters along a bit.  LOL  :)  But over all, I think it was definitely a cute, modern day story.  While the timeline was bout 10-20 years ago, you can still totally picture it happening today.

The story takes place in the early to mid 90s among a newsroom involving pals Beth and Jennifer.  Throughout the book we read the gossip between these two besties that concern their their romance, life, job, etc.  Beth is dealing with her marriage-phobic boyfriend (Chris) and Jennifer is dealing with her baby-mania-stricken husband (Mitch).  However, what they don’t know is that the newly hired computer guy, Lincoln, is in-charge with weeding out all things unnecessary or pornographic among the newroom…and their conversations continuously pop up within his system.  So what does Lincoln do?  Read their messages of course!  Being the nice guy that Lincoln is, he does let the girls slide on their inappropriate office mail as he slowly finds himself getting hooked on their conversations.  Their literally like a drug for him that he cannot escape and before he knows it, he’s falling head over heels for the unlucky-in-love Beth.

Is this creepy?  Yes.  LOL  Very much so, but yet the story keeps you pulled in as you wonder how it’s going to develop each time Lincoln and Beth cross paths.  Will Beth be understanding when, if, she finds out?  Will Lincoln have enough guts to tell Beth what he’s been doing?  What would you do if you found out that someone knew so much about you because he/she was reading your personal emails to your work pal?

This is definitely an easy read.  I think I pretty much read it on a 6-7 hour car ride to Chicago…and something that I think you all should check out!

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Contributor: Brooke – Polymer Clay Owl Pendant

Polymer Clay Owl Pendant

Polymer Clay Owl Pendant

It is always so much fun to come join Jess as a guest contributor.
I am coming over from Artistic Endeavors 101 today.
I work a lot with Sculpey clay.
It is my favorite brand of polymer clay and great for beginners.
Today I want to share this fun little owl pendant.

Pick up some Sculpey polymer clay in any colors you like.

You will also need:

  • jump rings
  • wire
  • pliers
  • chain
  • glass marble
  • toothpick

Polymer Clay Owl Pendant

Condition your clay.
Do this by breaking off a piece and squeeze and roll it in your hands until it becomes soft and pliable.
Roll it into a ball about the size of a fifty cent piece.
Roll it slightly to make it more oblong than round.
Press the marble into the bottom half of the oval.
Use your fingers to gently pull the clay up around the marble to hold it in place.
Pinch at the top of the marble to create a little pointy beak from clay.
At the top of the oval, pinch to create the tufts at the top of the owl’s head.
Condition another clay color.
Roll 2 small pea sized pieces of clay and press each onto the owl’s face.
Use the toothpick to poke a hole into each eye.
You can use the toothpick to create some texture on the beak as well.
Cut a piece of wire about 1 inch long.
Fold it to make a u shape and press it into the owl’s head.
Follow manufacturer’s directions for baking in the toaster oven.
Once the pieces are cool, add jump rings and chain.

Polymer Clay Owl Pendant

Viola!
A sweet owl pendant.
You could also use it as a zipper pull or keychain.
For easy clean up, wipe hands with baby wipes before washing them.
Have fun.
I’d love if you hop on over to www.artisticendeavor101.blogspot.com.