Monday, February 20, 2012

Quick and Easy Tabouli

Tabouli is one of my favorite all time recipes, passed down from generation to generation on my dad's side, people that try it are always asking me what my secret is to my awesome tabouli.  It's actually really easy and only about four ingredients and lemons,  olive oil, salt and pepper.  It's really important to use really good extra virgin olive oil for the best possible dressing.

Ingredients:

2 bunches parsley
1 bunch green onions
1 cups medium grain bulger
1 pound tomatoes
2-4 lemons for juicing for the dressing
equal amount extra virgin olive oil as lemon juice
salt and pepper



Soak bulger in double the water for about 30 minutes.
Blend thoroughly cleaned and dried parsley with a food processor or a hand blender.

Chop finely one bunch green onions and tomatoes to taste. 

Place the bulger in the middle of the cloth.

Squeeze water out.


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Mix half lemon juice, half extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.
Mix all the ingredients together and enjoy!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Frosted Silhouette Mirrors


What You'll Need:
Glue Stick
Digital camera and printer
Krylon Frosted Glass Spray Paint
Nail scissors
Shelf paper
Ribbon

Begin by getting a silhouette photograph of your child.  The best way to do this is to sit them down on a chair against a blank wall.  Take photos of your child looking slightly up, straight and slightly down.  You can decide which is best when you look at them on the computer.
Glue your photo onto shelving paper with a glue stick.  Carefully cut out your child's silhouette with nail scissors.  I did this two ways, so I got one mirror as a negative and one as a positive.  If you are going for the negative effect, meaning you want the silhouette frosted, make sure your shelf paper covers the entire mirror.

As Valentine's approaches, I think of silhouettes, maybe because of the classic Victorian style that I associate with the holiday.  Here is an updated take on the old-fashioned black paper on a white background that has made this timeless project so loved.


In a well ventilated area spray the mirror with your frosted glass paint about 6 inches from the surface, lightly misting.  Layer a few coats on for your desired opacity.  Once dry to touch, carefully remove shelf paper from mirror to reveal your child's silhouette.  Do this once the paint is dry to the touch or you may smear the paint.   If the paint has leaked in places, you can carefully scratch the leak off with a razor blade.