Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Left-over Hot Dog Buns?

I rather like the fact that I try and re-purpose old things.  So in that spirit (and the fact that we had just come back from camping and hadn't gone shopping), I came up with a new meal for my family - using leftovers and the few remaining items in my refrigerator.  From the camping trip, I had leftover whole wheat hot dog buns, about 3/4 cup of sausage, and about a cup or so of shredded cheddar cheese.  I also had some eggs and some milk that needed to be used before it expired.

The buns were more than a little stale - although NOT moldy (I don't use moldy food - unless it's cheese!).  I usually just let the bread air-dry and then store it in a air-tight jar to use when I need bread crumbs... but this time, I decided to play around a bit (I've been watching WAY too much Food Network!).

I tore up the buns into little pieces and put them into a corning-ware baking dish.  Then I threw in left-over sausage, a hand-full of shredded cheddar cheese, and then was going to pour eggs (well-mixed) over the top, but discovered I only had a couple of eggs.  Instead, I mixed my eggs with about the same amount of milk (in retrospect, I probably should have used less milk than eggs). 

Then I sprinkled in a dash of Lawry's Seasoning Salt, and some chopped, dried onion and then poured the egg/milk mixture onto the buns and sausage in the baking dish.  I gently stirred the mixture (making sure all the bun pieces were soaked with the egg mixture), tossed another small handful of shredded cheese on top and threw it in the oven to bake at 350.  It baked for about 30 minutes (by that time, the cheese had become melted and bubbly, and the egg mixture had somewhat solidified (that's when I realized I had probably used too much milk, but it was still a nice soft, fluffy texture). 

It was quite tasty and my husband and daughter encouraged me to make it again (and I will the next time I have an over-abundance of old, stale bread!). 

Who knew whole wheat hot dog buns could be that tasty!

Monday, July 2, 2012

World Globe Lampshades and Bowls

Well I am just thrilled to have sold another lampshade (made from a world-globe) on Etsy (you can see my current stock at www.recoveredtreasures4u.etsy.com) !  I hope the new owners love them as much as I do!!

Newest Lampshade with a neutral hemp-ish looking trim

I've got 3 more in production - and at least one will be a more masculine version.  I've had several requests for shades without beads --- but making them "masculine" isn't all that easy.  I finally found some trim that looks good on the globe lampshade (trust me - the lampshades don't look right without some kind of trim/adornment finishing the cut edges!).

First, I found a nice faux-leather trim in black - very masculine (and will be attempting to use that on a different lampshade).  And then I found a nice hemp-looking trim with a little more detail (but no beads!) in a couple of nice neutral beige colors.  So I think I'll do 2 shades - one with the hemp-look and one with the faux-leather. For now, I have the lampshade with the hempish-looking trim completed.

Potential bases for the World Globe Bowls
My newest project is to use the bottom portion of the World Globes to make bowls.  I have pondered what kind of base to use - and have come up with an interesting variety (using my favorite resource providers: Goodwill and St. Vincent de Paul).  I ended up finding some neat little bowls (which you can turn upside down), a couple of soap dishes (which can be used right-side up OR upside down), some wooden bases for pillar candles, and of course - the bases from the World Globes themselves (some of them are beautiful - although I have to admit, most are kinda blah).   The base I used for my first bowl is in the middle on the right - but it was a bit dinged up, so I ended up painting it black to give it a nice overall look.

The inside of the newly-painted World Globe Bowl
For the insides of my first bowl, I ended up spray-painting the inside of the bowl white and it is NOT my favorite method of painting!

Not only does paint spray everywhere (which means you have to spend a lot of extra time prepping the bowl to make sure paint isn't able to get to the map-side of the bowl), but the spray paint actually highlighted a lot of the imperfections from when the World Globe was manufactured - plus it caught every mote of dust and stuck it to the surface.

SO lesson learned.... a different method of painting the inside is required.  (next time I may try silver or gold-leafing the inside). This project was supposed to be simple - a sort of  "use up the left-overs" type of project - ironically, dealing with the World Globe left-overs takes a LOT more time (and effort!) to finish than the original lampshades takes to make!  Perhaps I should change my personal motto to: "why do it the easy way, when you can make it so much harder by doing it the Becky way?"... hehehe.
My first, finished World Globe Bowl

Overall, I think the bowl turned out really cute (and I just LOVE the base of the bowl - which is a pillar-candle-holder turned upside down!).

Both the lampshade and the bowl will soon be available through our Etsy store (www.recoveredtreasures4u.etsy.com).

I have so many ideas, I can't wait to see how they all turn out.  FYI, for those of you hitting my Mardi Gras Masks posts - I think my next post should be about a couple of new masks I made.    :)