Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Scrap Fabric Hair Barrette

Rolled fabric flowers are all over the internet right now.  I have been wanting to make a hair clip for a while and Valentine's seemed like the perfect time to make a cute little romantic flower hair pretty. 

It is the easiest thing in the world.  You just need some glue (I used a glue gun because I didn't want to wait the extra couple seconds for fabric glue to dry), some scrap fabric, hair barrettes and any doo-dads you want to add.

(There's thread in the picture but I didn't end up using it.)

My fabric was torn - not cut - in about 3/4" strips.  This measurement doesn't matter at all, you could go bigger or smaller and it would still work beautifully. 

First glue a couple inches of the strip in half.

And start rolling.  Walter was being extremely helpful as you can see.

Glue on the center of another piece of scrap fabric.  I used felt which worked really well for this.

Twist the fabric and continue rolling it around and glue periodically to the felt.

After the flower is the size you want it, trim away all the excess felt.

Cut a wide strip of felt to glue all your flowers to, and another smalled strip to hold the hair barrette.

Glue the flaps of the smaller strip to the bigger one  just on one side so the barrette can slip in.

Glue the flowers to the side that you glued the flaps down.

Slip the barrette in, decorate and enjoy!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Crispy Baked Dijon Chicken

3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 Garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
1 tsp grated lemon peel
1 Tbsp fresh lemon thyme, finely chopped
4 chicken breasts, pounded or cut to an even thickness

Heat oven to 450 degrees.

Whisk together the mustard, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper and place the chicken in it, turning a few times to make sure all the areas are covered.  Set aside for a few minutes to marinade.

Mix together the panko, lemon peel and thyme.  Coat the chicken in the panko mixture and place on a large baking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Spray the tops of the chicken with an olive oil or butter flavored cooking spray.

Bake at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

This is one of our favorite new health foods (we've had it three times already).  Very tasty and juicy.  Enjoy!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

How To Have Fun At Work

When I travel I almost always have my camera with me.  Lately I have been trying to capture some candid shots of my teams in the various cities I visit.  Most of them do everything they can to avoid me when I have it out, but today I accidentally left my camera on the counter while I was busy doing work stuff and the team in Missoula hijacked it and had a heyday.

This is their Office Pet, "Sheep Box." 

I have no idea when he/she became a part of our team, but he/she seemed to be very productive today if the pictures left behind on my camera are any indication.

I love my silly people!