My sister, Becky, makes these amazing hot oven sandwiches using buns, deli meat and cheese, and some butter mixture. The recipe is simple, and the results are delicious! The recipe is so simple that I knew the first step — arrange the buns, meat, and cheese in a baking pan. The second step is pouring the butter mixture over the sandwiches. Instead of using the butter mixture that my sister makes, which includes mustard, I used some other ingredients. Because Charlie’s not a big fan of mustard, I looked for some alternatives.
Thanks to the web, I found some other recipes that offered a variety of other butter mixtures. I settled for: butter, garlic powder, worcestershire sauce, and dashes of other spices. Once my butter mixture is melted, I actually pour it over the cheese and meats — some recipes say to pour it over the top bun. Cover the dish with foil and throw the dish in the refrigerator to let the mixture marinate for at least half an hour (or more).
Heat the oven to 350 degrees, and bake the sandwiches for about 20 minutes. Voila! Delicious hot sandwiches. I absolutely love this recipe. Enjoy!
I think the last time I painted something ceramic was five or six years ago (could be longer). My Christmas ornament phase lasted a few years until I realized I had too many hobbies and supplies and not enough time and space. I loved painting, but the hobby took too much of my time and money. I couldn’t just paint one ornament and be done. If I was going to drag out all of my paint supplies, I was going to paint more than one ornament. As much as I loved painting ornaments, I could give it up without too much regret.
Every now and then I had an itch to pick up a paint brush any time I walked passed a paint-your-own ceramic shop. I always think, “I should go in there sometime.” But I never did until now. One of my girlfriends and I are trying to catch up with each other, which isn’t easy with our busy schedules. However, my friend recently became addicted to a local paint-your-own ceramic shop and she suggested catching up there. What a brilliant idea! Seriously. Best. Idea. Ever.
The studio will host a Ladies Night Out and requires a $10 deposit (which goes toward your purchase). One day when I was dropping off my deposit, I had some time on my hands and decided to pick a paintbrush. I was in the studio for hours working on a simple rim bowl. I knew I wanted something colorful but yet simple (I’m not an artist). I saw a cute picture of a colorful caterpillar made from fingerprints, and I thought, “I can do that!”
I had a great time painting my bowl despite making a few mistakes. At the bottom, I painted a red heart over the word “China,” and I intended to write 2012 underneath. However, I had some minor issues with the detail paint bottle — used for writing and painting other small stuff. Because the paint was black, I couldn’t really wipe off the paint and start over. A black rectangle was the best — not most creative — idea that came to me. As soon as the paint dried, I could write 2012 in white on the black box. Genius? Not really.
I had some minor issues with other detail paint bottles — they had a tendency to dry up and clog. The red paint detail bottle wasn’t as smooth as I wanted it so I’m not completely satisfied with my name on the rim of the bowl. Also, I wrote JENN but the name looked too small in the open area so I added IFER. In hindsight, I suppose I could’ve added some sort of decoration before the J and after the second N. Oh well. My bowl will be completely mine in a few weeks after the studio owner fires it up or whatever she does to it to make it all shiny and pretty.
Charlie wasn’t too thrilled that I spent $15 to paint a bowl that I get to keep. At first, the price seems a bit high but then I was able to justify it. One, if I wanted to paint at home, I would be spending more than $15 on ceramic items and paint supplies. Two, if my girlfriend and I were catching up over dinner or at a bar, we would be spending about $15 or more on dinner and drinks (fast-food restaurants obviously excluded). The night would end with a belly full of delicious food and drinks and great conversation with a friend. At the ceramic studio, I would get great conversation (and I can bring in my own food and drink) and a ceramic bowl (or something else) painted by me. It’s a win-win night.
I love, love, love the reusable and washable grocery bags that every store seems to sell to help save the environment. I love the bags because they’re easy to wash and affordable (I don’t feel bad when I toss one or lose one). The bags come in super handy when I need some extra bags to organize my crafts or use for a short road trips. Do you know what I don’t love about the bags? The store logo and the ugly colors. I understand the logo is advertising, and the ugly green says “I help the environment.” But couldn’t stores sell prettier totes? Totes that make women scream, “I need to have that super adorable tote!” in the store.
Also, does anyone else feel a little funny bringing a Walgreens tote into your local grocery store? Personally, I don’t care, but Charlie complained about it one time. And I know some other people who share his feelings. However, I don’t feel very professional walking into my work office with an ugly green bag from the local grocery store. Anyway, I’ve thought about prettying up the bags in the past, but one of my ideas proved to be far too difficult for me. I quickly abandoned that idea — easily sewing some cute fabric over the bag. Although the idea was abandoned, the thought of prettying up the bags never left my mind. My reusable bags NEED to be pretty — not ugly.
Hello, world wide web. I found a few blogs and web sites that provided ideas to pretty up the reusable bags. A few handy crafters — like myself — felt the same way about the totes (ugly logo or color). With some helpful hints and direction, I finally put together my first pretty bag! However, I encountered some minor obstacles during the project. One, sewing the fabric onto the bag was a little hard to avoid sewing other sides of the bags together — which I did, but hello, seam ripper. And the heavy cord part (for the new handles) broke several needles on the sewing machine. Oopsy. But after a few choice swear words and determination, I finally have my pretty bag.
To be honest, I thought the project would be fairly easy because I like quick and easy projects. Sewing more material and a flat cord ribbon onto an already-sewn bag was not an easy task. I gave up for a few days after breaking a few sewing machine needles, but I decided to tackle the project during a baseball game on TV. This time around, I took my time — nice and easy. Sewing a little bit here and there while watching the game, playing on my phone, petting the cats, etc. After a few hours, my bag was complete — well, I think I might add a side pocket for a water bottle. But for the most part, I love my new bag.