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Onion Rings

Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

Last night, Friday night, Homemade Onion Rings seemed like the perfect treat to kick off the weekend.  These onion rings were amazing -the perfect balance of crunchy seasoned goodness on the outside, and sweet tender onion on the inside.

Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

I heard it said once that if you only ate french fries when you made them yourself, from scratch, it would probably be about right.  Since they’re a lot of effort, it’s good that they’re a sometimes, not all the time treat.  The same could be said of these amazing onion rings.

Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

Not an everyday kind of food, a little fiddly to make, but so, so worth it.  These guys are definitely worth the trouble.  After the first crunchy bite, I’m sure you’ll agree with me.

Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

Onion Rings

Onion Rings

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet Spanish onion
  • 1 1/4 cup flour -divided
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg -beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Slice onion and dip rings into 1/4 cup flour to coat them, shaking off any excess.
  2. To make the batter, combine 1 cup of flour, and the baking powder in a large bowl. Whisk in the milk and egg to make a smooth batter. One by one, dip in the onion rings that have been coated with flour already. Let them drip to remove any excess.
  3. In a shallow bowl, combine the two kinds of bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne. Stir to mix well.
  4. Dip the battered onion rings into the bread crumb mixture to coat evenly.
  5. Fry the onion rings in a deep fryer with oil at 375 degrees, until golden brown. Drain on paper towel, and sprinkle with additional salt, to taste.
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Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

These are best served nice and hot with a little extra sprinkle of salt.

Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

These are guaranteed to take your regular burger night to a whole new level.

Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

These would also be a pretty impressive addition to any party -we like them with a little ketchup or chipotle mayo on the side.  Hope you love these too.

Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

With Homemade Onion Rings, life really is a party!

Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons

Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons: Easy DIY to take dollar store wooden spoons from boring to beautiful.

These Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons really couldn’t be simpler to make, but every time I look at them they make me smile.  They’re very easy to make, and definitely worth the little effort.

Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons: Easy DIY to take dollar store wooden spoons from boring to beautiful.

I asked my husband for some new wooden spoons for Christmas, and then said I’d really like some of those paint dipped ones, but don’t buy expensive ones…could you just make some for me?  And then we both laughed out loud.  He’s not really the diy-er in the family.  So I tucked this project away in my mind, and today I had time to make them.  (He did get me some really beautiful, chunky wooden spoons for Christmas though.)

Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons: Easy DIY to take dollar store wooden spoons from boring to beautiful.

They’re really easy to make, here’s how you do it.

Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons: Easy DIY to take dollar store wooden spoons from boring to beautiful.

Materials:

  • wooden spoons
  • painter’s tape
  • craft paint
  • sealer
Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons: Easy DIY to take dollar store wooden spoons from boring to beautiful.

Instructions:

1.  Begin by taping off your wooden spoon handles where you’d like the paint to stop.  I used painter’s tape.

2.  Give your spoon handles two coats of paint.  I love the white, but any colour would be great.  You could even add stripes of different colours if you’re really adventurous.

3.  After the paint’s all dry, give your handles a coat of sealer or varathane so the craft paint won’t come off when you wash them.  Once it’s dry, remove the painter’s tape and you’re all set.  Remember to hand wash.

Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons: Easy DIY to take dollar store wooden spoons from boring to beautiful.

These new little spoons make me want to bake something yummy.

Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons: Easy DIY to take dollar store wooden spoons from boring to beautiful.

With new Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons, life really is a party!

Mini Hearts in a Bottle

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

These little mini hearts in a bottle are so sweet, and really easy to make for someone special this Valentine’s Day.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

I was inspired by the mini glass bottles with the sweet little cork tops.  I thought it would be cute to make a miniature heart flower that was like it was growing inside.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

These little bottle gardens remind me of teeny, tiny terrariums.  You can get a sense of the scale and how small they really are by the thimble.  The thimble was too big to fit inside the glass bottles, so I made a cute little stand alone one with the thimble as a tiny flower pot.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

Here’s how to make your own:

Materials:

  • mini glass bottles
  • moss
  • air dry clay
  • white glue
  • felt
  • stuffing
  • thread
  • glue
  • wire
  • green embroidery thread

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

Instructions:

1.  To make the heart flower, start by cutting out two matching hearts (a front and a back) , small enough to fit through the mouth of the glass bottle.  Sew them together with coordinating thread, using a blanket stitch.  Before sewing all the way around the heart, add in a little stuffing.  Finishing sewing it all the way around.

2.  To make the stem, cut a small piece of wire.  Using green felt, cut out a very tiny leaf or two, with a narrow stem piece.  Tie on some green embroidery thread to the top of the wire, and wrap it around the wire tightly.   Part way down, wrap in the stem of the felt leaf.  At the end of the stem, finish by tying the thread off, and using a little white glue to secure it.

3.  To assemble the heart flower, use a tiny piece of air dry clay as a base, and insert the stem into it, so it’s able to stand up on its own.  Glue the heart onto the top of the stem to create the flower, pushing the wire up into the felt heart.  Allow the clay and glue to dry.

4.  To assemble the jar, put a tiny amount of glue in the bottom of the jar with a toothpick.  Glue the flower in place in the jar, using tweezers to position it.  Cut the moss into tiny little pieces and add to the bottle.  Use a toothpick and tweezers to push it down and compact it at the bottle of the flower.  Optional:  Add a little handmade tag that says “love grows here”.

5.  To create the thimble flower, make the flower in the same way, with the clay pushed into the thimble and topped with moss.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

Make a few for a pretty little grouping, with different shades of pink felt hearts.  Use little birch tree rounds to create different heights in your display, and different sized bottles.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

I love how these turned out and they were really simple to put together.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

They remind of fairies.  Any little fairy fans on your Valentine’s Day list?  These would be perfect.  I know my little girls love them.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

With Mini Hearts in a  Bottle, life really is a party!

20 Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $20

 

Something for every Valentine on your list, and all at under $20.  (All prices are in US Dollars.)  Perfect for gift giving, and spreading a little love to those who are extra special.  I hope this Valentine’s Day Gift Guide gets you all ready for Valentine’s Day this year.

For The One You Love

1.  Nat King Cole -Love Songs

Because my husband is a sentimental romantic at heart, and chose “When I fall in love” as the first dance at our wedding, and I believed him.  $10.99

2.  Heart Shape Pancake Making Set

Because pancakes alone + heart shaped = true love.  Who won’t love a special Valentine’s Day breakfast of heart shaped pancakes.  No one, that’s who.  $14.99

 

3.  Sense and Sensibility

Because a romantic movie and Valentine’s Day just go together -maybe add a bottle of wine too.  😉  This one is a classic, and my guy likes maybe even more than I do.  Rent- $3.99  Buy- $9.99

 

4.  Ice Cream Bowls and Scoop Set 

Because a Valentine’s Day with ice cream sundaes, well it’s the cherry on top -literally.  It would be fun to pick up some fun ice cream flavours, syrups, whipped cream, cherries, and sprinkles and a fun build-your-own-sundae night. $19.99

5.  Wood Cell Phone Case

Because the feel of the wood case is so nice, and it’s cool, and I get lots of compliments on mine.  $8.99

6.  Bubble Bath

Because I think almost everyone loves a bubble bath.  Light some candles and put on some music and draw a warm bath for the your kids, or your sweet heart.  Warm Vanilla Sugar is I think my favourite, but they pretty much all smell amazing.  The shower gel can be used just like bubble bath. 10.95

 

For Him

 

7.  Beer Packaging

Because, let’s face it, he loves beer.  This set is just the packaging, so you can fill it with whatever his favourites are.  You add the cute labels to the bottles and put it in the six-pack.  It’s so cute, and it’s beer.  $9.99

8.  Battery Charger

Because if you ever run out of battery, this handy little backup battery is a life saver.  And because my guy loves gadgets, and yours might too. 15.99

 

9.  Flashlight

Because it’s super bright, has a little carry case, and again, it’s a nice little gadget.  It even comes with batteries!  15.27

For Her

10.   Vintage Inspired Chocolates

When I was a little girl, I remember these elaborate heart chocolate boxes in the stores at Valentine’s Day.  I thought they were so, so beautiful, and I also remember thinking someday maybe my sweetie would buy me one. I don’t even like chocolate that much, the idea of one of these pretty vintage inspired chocolate boxes seems like a dream come true to me.  $14.99

 

9.  Love Necklace

This pretty, and simple gold necklace is so sweet.  It perfect for Valentine’s Day.  It’s made by Foxy Originals, I love their products and I’m sure you will too.  $11.99

12.  Little Marble Bowl

Because it’s marble, and although it doesn’t seem too romantic, it’s useful and timeless and beautiful, and what every woman really wants.  Am I right?  $8.54

 

13.  Gold Measuring Spoons and Measuring Cups

Because you probably already have measuring spoons, and cups so you won’t buy yourself new ones, but they’re probably ugly old plastic, and these are all shiny, and gold and they just make you want to bake something! $4.99 and $5.99

 

14.  Longitude Latitude Necklace

Because how romantic is it to give the woman you love a necklace with the longitude and latitude of some where special -maybe your home, perhaps your honeymoon location, or where you first met. $17.95

 

15.  Metallic Temporary Tattoos

Because they’re metallic, and sexy, and sassy, and temporary.  I love these for a night out,  and they come off easily with a little baby oil (top tip).  They make a girl feel cute. $8.59

 

 

 

16.  Valentine’s Day Pillow

Because my friend Lucy from Craftberry Bush sells the most beautiful pillows. There are lots of beautiful ones, for any time of year, but these are perfect for Valentine’s Day.  $20 each

 

For Kids

17.  Pink is for Blobfish -Jess Keating

Because pink doesn’t have to be girly.  This book is perfect for any kid that loves nature and weird facts.  It’s all about some pretty unusual pink animals and couldn’t be more perfect for Valentine’s Day for the kid in your life who isn’t too girly or frilly.  Great book. $16.99

 

18.  Happy Valentine’s Day Mouse Storybook

Because if you have littles, a special storybook means a special cuddle at bedtime.  And this series of books about the mouse -remember “If you give a mouse a cookie”? is so good.  $5.33

 

19.  Soft Cupcake Set

Since Valentine’s Day is for all things sweet, I think this soft cupcake set would be perfect for any little ones in your life.  Chances are they’ve had enough actual sugar throughout the special day, but this is the perfect way to let them have their cake and eat it too. $14.29

 

For The Dog

20.  Milk Bone Mini’s

Because this year we have a puppy, and little Oscar gives us so, so, much love, we should send a little extra his way this time of year too.  Seriously, puppy love is the best.  $8.99

 

I hope you’re feeling inspired to shower the ones you love this Valentine’s Day.  Around here, we love parties, and special meals, and homemade gifts, and special thoughtful little presents too.

With a special little gift for everyone on your list, life really is a party!

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