Candied Pecans

First of all, oops, I couldn’t think of a clever name for this posts. Oh well… Second of all, I realize that this post isn’t the typical DIY project, but to a degree it fits right in. I’ll leave the topicality of this post up in the air. But, I just couldn’t resist; I am who could CANDIED PECANS (choir of angels sing).

I, due to my lack of preparation, only made half of a batch, but will make them again very soon!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of pecans
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk egg, water, and vanilla extract aggressively until frothy.
    3. In a smaller mixing bowl combine sugar, salt, and cinnamon.

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    1. Add the pecans to the egg mixture and stir until evenly coated.
    2. Add half of the sugar mixture and continue to stir until evenly coated; add the remainder of the mixture.
    3. Lay the pecans on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper.

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  1. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes, if you do not only will they not be as good, but they will be nearly impossible to remove from the parchment paper.
  2. Allow to cool in an airtight container.
  3. Enjoy and Share 🙂

 

I was extremely pleased with the way these turned out, and I encourage you to try them. Thanks for reading 🙂
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Side note: I recently emailed with the creator of You & Mie and I had the wonderful opportunity of asking her a few questions about her blog and tips that she would give to anyone attempting a new DIY project. I asked a few other questions, and found her answers inspiring, but one of my favorite things that she said I wished to share with you: “Part of me wants to say, “Just go for it!” I think that just diving in and allowing yourself to make mistakes and experiment is more valuable than a finished project. But the other part of me is a little more practical, so it wants to tell you that there are lots of resources out there (thank goodness for the world-wide web!) that can help you research tutorials and the best supplies, etc. so that you’ll be successful. Really I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to do it, as long as you go for it and have fun!” I thought this was great advice and I think everyone could benefit from checking out her blog: http://youandmie.com 

 

Home is where your heart is…

I would like to began this post by saying this one was a MAJOR FAIL. I had been looking forward to this project for a while, and I thought that it would be the perfect gift for my New York born mother. I know how much she loves the northeast and can’t wait to get out of Kansas, so I scoured the internet for the perfect gift only to find that it costs money that I do not have. So, without further or do this is what I was aspiring to:

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http://theharpsterhome.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/heart-in-ohio/

Simple, unique, beautiful. I feel in love right away, and as soon as I saw it I had an “I can do that” moment.

I have pinpointed the exact moment where this DIY project went wrong. It was in the nails… As you can tell from the original project the nails are simple and not the thing that draws your eye. The beauty is in the thread. That, friends, was my problem, the nails…

 

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As I began to describe this project to my father he said he had “just the thing” these nails. He is very handy and was very proud of himself when he found the right length nail. Unfortunately, I did not realize the problem with them until I was finished. So, when you do this project I have one major tip USE NAILS WITH SMALL HEADS. If you use nails like mine you’re elegant artwork becomes clunky, and rough.

I used a piece of wood this size:

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I painted it white with acrylic paint. Lazy me, should have used multiple coats.

I printed off the template of my choice, located Albany, New York, and cut out a heart.

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Then, I began the labor some, loud, and time consuming section of this project. The nailing:

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Next, I tied a piece of thread multiple times around the nail I would start with. As I began I was going for the straight look (like in the picture of Ohio) but decided to do a more scattered look.

I randomly weaved the thread making sure it was all directed to the heart.

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I then, took a leap, for I was already displeased with the project I figured why not write on it. So I wrote, “You can take a girl out of New York, but you can’t take the New York out of the girl.”

I still believe that this project would be great, elegant, unique, and simple if executed correctly. So I say to you, learn from my mistakes…

Revamp your Lamp

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Okay, Blah, Am I right?! This lamp is just SO boring, and it has seen better days. By better days I mean days when it didn’t have  sharpie on it from when I wanted to do anything, but my school work. This has needed a major makeover since I got it, but I never knew exactly what to do with it.

I was going for an easy, different, vintage look when I did this. I, personally, had all of the materials at home so I didn’t need to go out and get anything, but they could easily be found at Michael’s (http://www.michaels.com/search?q=mod%20podge).

Materials:

  • Mod Podge foam brush
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • An old book that you don’t mind ruining
  • Elmer’s Glue Stick

The Process:

  1. Tear the book pages into uneven, medium sized pieces.

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2. Glue the back of the pages.

3. Press them onto the lamp shade-around 4 at a time(the glue makes it easier to handle when the mod podge is still wet).

4. Cover the pages generously with mod podge.

5. Repeat step 2-4 until the lamp shade is completely covered.

6. If you don’t want to overlap the pages you don’t have to but I like the way it looks when the light is turned on.

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7. Wait for the mod lodge to completely dry.

8. Re-glue any loose ends, as desired, and do a second coat of mod lodge, so it will be more durable.

I was relatively apprehensive about this idea, but I am actually very pleased with the way it turned out, and I think it is extremely unique. Have Fun!