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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Lulu's Sizzlin' Saturday... Fabulous Fruit Tray

Welcome back to Lulu's Sizzlin' Saturday! Today I am going to be showing you how to make a beautiful, delicious fruit tray. This is one fruit tray that is welcomed at any party!

It may look like this takes hours but it is actually quite simple!

To start off you will need... a pineapple, maraschino cherries and any other fruit you desire!
Now for the pineapple....first you take a whole pineapple and cut it into fourths all the way up through the leaves.

Next you need to start at the base of the leaves and cut the pineapple fruit away from the hard skin.

Then you cut away the hard center of the pineapple only leaving the edible part.

The last step to prepping the pineapple is to cut the piece of pineapple in half lengthwise and then cut it into chunks.

Finally, you need to halve enough maraschino cherries so that there is one half for every pineapple chunk. Then you place one half on one chunk push a tooth pick through the cherry and into the pineapple securing the cherry in place. Do this for each chunk of pineapple.

Then you need to construct! You can use whatever other fruit sounds good to you! For this fruit tray we used cantaloupe, strawberries, kiwi and blueberries.

We used two quarters of the pineapple but in the past we have used all four quarters for a larger party... experiment!

Have fun and enjoy!☺


Friday, July 29, 2011

A Pony Tail with Pizazz

When I was little I always wanted one of those big Barbie heads with the long hair that you could style...I never got one but now I have a daughter!! Even better!! Lulu and I have been doing this special pony tail in her hair since first grade and she's thirteen now. She isn't one for jewelry but she likes fancy hair and nails. ☺

Step one...find yourself a victim...or a big Barbie head! You will also need two hair elastics and a bunch of clear tiny hair elastics (rubber band kind).

Part Barbie's hair down from the top, just behind her ear. Pull the back section into a pony tail, not really high or low, kinda in the middle of the back of her head. This hair elastic will not really show when you're done so just use a neutral one.

Next you will separate the loose hair into 5 sections and pull each section into a little pony tail using the tiny clear so...

Don't mind the hair clipped up in the front of Barbie's hair...she has some bangs that we wanted to pull over to each side at the end. Let's number the sections 1-5 from left to right. You will take all of section 1 and half of section 2 and make a pony tail...take the other half of section 2 and half of section 3 and make a pony tail...other half of section 3 and half of 4...other half of section 4 and all of section 5.

Now you have 4 pony the same thing, all of the first section with half of the second section...

Now you have 3 pony tails...continue the pattern.
When you have 2 little pony tails you can elastic them together with the pony tail you made at the back of her head, use a big elastic for this, this is the one you will see.

Now we smoothed her bangs over and secured them with a tension clip or a bobby pin.

And there you have it, a pony tail with've got style girl!

Love ya Lulu, thanks for being my Barbie!!

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Red White 'n Blue Paper Bead Bracelet

Hello sisters, Nel here for some Friday fun!
I mentioned my excitement about paper beads and I'm back at it! This time with a red, white and blue beaded bracelet for the 4th of July. I made one for Lulu, one for my sister, one for my little niece and one for myself. 

Start with paper strips, mine were about 6 & 1/2 inches long and about 1/2 inch wide. The red beads were made with origami paper that was a bit shorter so the beads came out thinner. I have a little tool to roll the beads that came with the Klutz book but you can also roll them around a tooth pick. The tool just makes it a bit easier because it has a slit that catches the paper and holds it tight while you roll.

The tapered paper strips will make bicone shaped beads and the rectangle strip will make a tube shaped bead.

Roll the paper strip around the toothpick as tightly as you can. When you get about half way, apply some Mod Podge with a paintbrush and keep rolling. Apply more Mod Podge to the end of the strip and hold in place until end is secure. Put the bead on the end of a toothpick and paint the whole bead with Mod Podge to glaze it. Allow to dry overnight.
Keep out of reach of curious cats!  They look like little happy tiki torches!

These make me very happy...especially mixed in with some glass beads. Does anyone else LOVE beads?

Add some other fun silver beads, white seed beads and  dangle-y star charms.
I lay out the pattern before I start to string anything, just to make sure it is long enough and looks pretty.
I used Stretch Magic clear elastic, 1 mm diameter to string these beads.

I tie the ends in a knot twice and then just cut the ends close. The knot shows but it just looks like a little clear bead. 

And now for the best thing we ate this would be Tabbouleh. Never had it? It is a Labanese salad that features bulgur wheat, parsley and mint. My mom made it all the time in the summer because she grew mint and parsley and tomatoes. It is a different taste and texture but I love it. It makes a yummy lunch or side dish. Many of the recipes on line add cucumber but my mom never did. Here is her recipe...

1 cup bulgur (cracked wheat)
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint (or 2 T dried mint)
1 & 1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 tomatoes, chopped

Pour 1 cup boiling water over the wheat and let stand about 30 minutes, until water is absorbed. Squeeze dry between hands ☺ Mix with onion, salt and pepper. Add all other ingredients. Chill 1-3 hours before serving.

Have a great week, we are headed to Cedar Point to ride some roller coasters with my sister and her family. Pray for me...I am old and scared! Haha ☺
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