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How to Make a Chalkboard Tray

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Just before Thanksgiving I came across the blog “My So Called Green Life” and their up-cycled picture frame serving tray.  I was bummed that I hadn’t discovered it in time for the Thanksgiving festivities, but I finally have had time to make one of my own!

I started the project with a framed picture from Goodwill.  I made sure to pick one with a substantial frame so that I could add some handles.  I purchased the hardware for the handles at the home depot for just a few dollars.  I also got some bronze paint to match the handles.

Once I disassembled the frame, I covered the glass with an awesome product…chalkboard contact paper!  It is just like the contact paper that grandma used to use to line her cabinets, only better!  The decorative side of the adhesive paper is a material that you can write on with chalk!  I decided to use this instead of chalkboard paint on this project.

I then pained the frame, added the handles, and put it all back together.  I think it turned out great!  I also plan to put magnets on the back so that I can use it as a chalkboard for my refrigerator!  I learned the hard way, however that the magnets that you get at the craft store are not strong enough!

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The Best Cyber Monday Sale (in my humble opinion)

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I have a confession to make.  I used to be one of those people.  You know what I am talking about, one of the people who would get up at 3am just to get a $2 discount on wool socks.  My sister and I would make our plan of attack days in advance, hit the coffee shop, and wait in line for hours.  It was madness, every time.  I think that I only once really did get a great deal on something.  the rest of the time it was mostly not worth it.  I usually came home with some good stories though!

We have finally given up this tradition and adopted a new tradition of sleeping in after Turkey Day.  Coincidentally, this change in tradition seems to correspond with the beginnings of Cyber Monday.  For those of you who don’t know, Cyber Monday is the Monday after Thanksgiving where online shops provide savings on their items.  There is still occasionally some madness, but it is all done while wearing your panda slippers. 

This will be the first year that I am participating in Cyber Monday on the seller’s end of things!  I have teamed up with PDX Etsy, and over 80 Portland, Oregon area artisans will be participating.  You can preview the list of participants on Little Daisy Chain’s Blog here:  http://littledaisychains.blogspot.com/2011/11/pdxetsy-cyber-monday-sale-november-28th.html.  You can also search for items tagged with PDXEtsy to find participants. 

I will be providing 20% off of everything in my Etsy shop this Cyber Monday, November 28, 2011.  Just use the coupon code PDXETSY2011.  Items will include the ever popular Chalkboard Flask (a great gift for guys or teachers), cards, and an assortment of gift boxes and tags for your wrapping needs!

Thanksgiving Recipe: Cornbread Stuffing with Apricot and Pancetta

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Anyone who knows me well knows that I love turkey! For that reason alone, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to hang out with family and to have an extra day off, but for me (like most), it’s about the food! At Mom’s house, Thanksgiving is all about tradition. The menu consists of nearly all of the traditional Thanksgiving foods, right down to the candied yams! My favorite part of the Thanksgiving prep every year is making the stuffing! My sisters and I line up, taking turns adding a wide array of spices until we all agree that it is spiced just right, though it never touches the bird until it has met Mom’s exacting standards.

As the years have gone by, I have begun hosting my own Thanksgiving dinners. As much as I try, I just don’t have what it takes to make Mom’s stuffing just right. Instead of trying to copy a masterpiece, I have decided to move on from traditional and try something that is all my own.

The stuffing that I prefer to use on the big Turkey Day is a cornbread stuffing with apricot and pancetta. It was strange, the recipe came to me one day out of nowhere, and I had to rush home to try it out! Because of this, the original recipe for my stuffing includes chicken broth so that the stuffing can be baked in a casserole dish. If you want to use this recipe in the bird, omit the broth.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8-inch square) pan cornbread (from mix or homemade)
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 4 slices pancetta, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped turkish apricots
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
Directions:
1.  Crumble cooked cornbread into a large mixing bowl.
2.  In a medium skillet, saute celery, onion, butter, pancetta, and cumin until onions are tender.  Stir in preserves, pecans, and apricots.  Toss with cornbread.
3.  Place mixture in a greased 2 quart casserole dish.  drizzle broth over stuffing.
4.  bake at 325 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, until heated through and lightly browned.