World’s Easiest Cake (But It’s a Mess!)

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Dan the Man and I visited our kids in Arkansas last weekend. Our DIL Stephanie told me about an easy cake recipe, so Princess M and I decided to give it a try. Read the rest of this entry

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Corked Garden Sphere

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I love how this looks in my garden, but the making of the corked garden sphere was a pain in the neck!  I harvested from my cork collection (how did it get so large?!) and glued the corks on to a cheap, round light fixture.

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I used a tube of clear silicone to do the attaching.

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The gluing wasn’t difficult, but it was frustrating and time consuming. Each cork threw the sphere off balance, so I had to adjust the sphere routinely in order to keep the topmost area free for a new cork or two.

Then I had to let the silicone set before I could readjust and add more. Patience is not my strong suit, but I found I could add a few corks, read a little, add a few more corks, clean a little, add a few more corks, cook a little, …. You get the idea! I’m very please with the final outcome.

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Even More Mixed Media

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Once again, I hosted a Crafts and Cocktails party at my house on Monday. Creativity was in the air!  This time, we had a Cricut machine to cut out our letters. Two of the ladies at the party left with incomplete projects, but here are the three pictures that were closest to completion.  Hope you like ’em! Read the rest of this entry

More Mixed Media Pictures

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Several weeks ago, I blogged about a mixed media picture I had made for a 30th birthday celebration (https://crapsmanship.com/2017/06/16/mixed-media-bike-pic/). Subsequently for my girlfriends’ Crafts & Cocktails meeting, we did mixed media art at my house. I gave each lady an 11 x 17 sheet of mixed media paper, and I opened up all my crafts crap for use. We had water colors, acrylics, stamps, washi tape, stencils, scrapbook paper, and more.   Read the rest of this entry

Corn and Fettuccini Salad

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Last week, I had several friends over for a Crafts & Cocktails day. We made mixed media art, drank some mango mimosas, and ate this easy lunch salad. Dan the Man and I have had the recipe forever; it first came out of the Houston Cronicle. It’s yummy, and it makes a perfect lunch with a side of salad (fruit salad, this particular day, but green salad would work well, too).

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I first put on a big pot of water to boil for one pound of fettuccini.  While the water was coming up to temperature, I added one cup of frozen corn, uncooked, to a big bowl.

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In a smaller bowl, I combined one cup of mayonnaise (Hellman’s, of course), 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, and 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper.

Once the fettuccini had cooked according to package directions, I drained it and drenched it in cold water to stop the cooking.

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I dumped the pasta into the big bowl with the corn, and then mixed the mayonnaise goop into the pasta.

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I then put the delicious yumminess into a serving bowl, added a sprinkling of black pepper for garnish, and chilled it for several hours before serving.

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Try it.  It’ll be a new family favorite, I promise.  And you’ll like the simple ingredients and assembly process!

CORN AND FETTUCCINI SALAD

1 pound fettuccini

1 c. frozen corn

1 c. mayonnaise

1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. Kosher salt

2 tsp. cracked black pepper

Cook fettuccini according to package directions.  While pasta is cooking, add corn to large bowl.  In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.  Drain the pasta and run cold water over it.  Put fettuccini in the large bowl with the corn.  Combine the mixtures and mix well.  Refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving.

Beef Tips Recipe — with easier directions!

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Beef Tips

Nearly two years ago, I blogged about an easy recipe for beef tips (https://crapsmanship.com/2015/07/22/our-favorite-beef-tips/).  It’s one of Dan the Man’s favorite meals, but though it’s easy, it involves a few steps that annoy me so much, I don’t like to cook it. The last time I made it, though, I was able to simplify the bothersome steps into a technique that appeals to my lazy side. Read the rest of this entry

Failed Butterfly Bowl

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Dan the Man and I recently took a week long trip to Key West to celebrate our 30th anniversary. (I love you, honey!).  We were there during their annual Singer/Songwriter Festival.  We enjoyed the good music, cold drinks, and the six-toed cats.  We learned a little about American history at Truman’s Little White House and Ernest Hemingway’s house. One of my favorite activities was spending an hour or so in the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservancy.  Birds, butterflies, and lush foliage abounded, and I stayed busy oohing and aahing as I snapped pictures.  I was especially taken with the fruit feeders placed throughout the Conservancy:

Just some sliced fruit and sugar water.  Easy to do, and I’d love to have a bowl of butterflies in my garden.  So once I was back home, I grabbed a spare bowl, poured in a little sugar water, sliced some oranges, and added some flat-bottomed marbles to give places for the butterflies to perch.


I caught snails.  I trapped ants.  But no butterfly was interested.  Even butterflies don’t appreciate my crapsmanship!

Turn a Photo into Watercolor

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Isn’t this a lovely picture?  I took a photograph of this iris when I was on a girlfriends’ trip to southern Louisiana.  We went to Avery Island — home of a beautiful garden, a bird sanctuary, and Tabasco.

I’ve been playing around with a new app, and I thought this photograph turned out the best.  The app is called “Waterlogue” ($3.99 in the Apple App Store), and it converts any photo to an assortment of watercolor images.  You can then save your new image to your Camera Roll, and you can even print it yourself or send it to a photo printing site.  It’ll make you look like an artist — exactly what every crapsman hopes for!