Monday, January 31, 2011

Emmitt's Pasta Meatballs

Happy Monday everyone!
It is me...
Chef Emmitt!

* Imagine a senior puggy in a chef's hat speaking with a half Swedish / half Italian accent ;)*

I am here today to show you my delicious pasta meatball recipe!

Pasta Meatballs

I N G R E D I E N T S:

¼ lb ground turkey
1 cup cooked pasta ~ (Your favorite small shape - I used orecchiette pasta)
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
2 ½ Tbs. tomato paste

I N S T R U C T I O N S:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients in large mixing bowl.
Form into 1 ¼ “ balls
Place in baking pan that has been lightly coated with cooking spray.
Bake 25-30 minutes.
Makes 12-15 meatballs.

Gather all of your ingredients and follow the easy recipe above.

oooo! Look the pasta meatballs are ready for me to eat!

nom! nom! nom!

Good to the last drop!

Now that is what life is about!
Please let me know if you make them!
I would love to hear what you think and taste test yours too!
Hint, Hint ;)
Just address your package to:
Chef Emmitt
Official Taste Tester
Thank you! Thank you very much!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday Favorites ~ New Wool Coasters & Mousepad!

Happy Friday everyone!

I am so excited to show you the new wool felt coasters and mouse pad I just got!

I got them in an wonderful shop on Etsy called Feltplanet.

You can choose from 24 different colors!

I picked my favorite color... orange!

Although he does also make an actual 10.5" mouse pad, I chose his 9" trivet instead because of desk space and it works great!

Life is Art...Art is life!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
I am so excited!
Melanie and I are going to our first art class of the year on Saturday.
I am not even sure what we are making yet!
It is all about having fun and just creating for two Saturday mornings!
I cannot wait to show you what we create!

What do you have planned?
Please leave us a note and let us know!
We cannot wait to hear all about it!
m & e

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Blog Hop Week #4 - Paper Wrapped Mat

Hi Everyone!

Happy Thursday!

I am so excited to be a part of this fabulously fun & creative Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Blog Hop hosted by the incredibly talented celebrity design expert, author, national TV host, and syndicated columnist, Kathy Peterson.

Until February 3rd, 7 diverse designers will be making fun and easy projects for you to enjoy. We will all be using the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner to create 5 projects each from images of objects that are normally too large or awkward to scan on a conventional scanner.

Here is a review of what we have made so far...

Today, for week 4, we will make ...

~Wrapped Mats with our own custom made papers! ~

I love incorporating my favorite things that I surround my home with to create new things to enjoy.
The Flip-Pal mobile scanner is the perfect tool to do this!

Here are two of my absolute favorites...
My Pug, Emmitt
and my wool kitchen rug. :)

I made the design for my mat by using my Flip-Pal to scan my kitchen rug and cropped the image to the size of my mat.
In this case I made a 4 x 6 image and printed it on 8.5 x 11 piece of inkjet paper.

I cut the white borders off of the image and used a glue stick and a bone folder to glue down and smooth the paper onto the mat.
** I actually glued the paper onto the back of the mat so that the beveled edge would not be the side that was wrapping for a cleaner look.

You can use a ready cut mat from the hobby store or have a framer cut the size window you would like for your picture.
In my case, I had a 1" x 1.25" window cut into my 4 x 6 mat.

This is what it looked like from the front when I was done gluing down my custom made paper.

... and this is what it looks like from the back.

Place your mat on a friendly cutting surface and use your sharp utility knife to cut an X from corner to corner of your paper through the mat opening.

Use your glue stick to apply a thin layer of glue above each flap.
Fold and burnish down each triangle flap to the mat.

Flip over your mat and ...
It is wrapped!

Easy smeasy and super fun!

Now just secure your favorite photo to the back of the mat which remember...
you can also use your handy Flip-Pal mobile scanner to capture & preserve if you do not want to frame your original photograph.

Ta Da!
Emmitt is now surrounded by my favorite rug and there is no pug hair or vacumming necessary to enjoy either one!
Tee hee!

The Flip-Pal mobile scanner makes it so easy to create fun and interesting images from your favorite quilts, dolls, rugs, photos, etc.

**Exciting News!**

The kind & creative people at Flip-Pal are hosting a Giveaway of their fabulous mobile scanners!

Please register on their blog for your chance to win!

Please hop over and visit the 6 other wonderful designers to see what they have created with their Flip-Pal Mobile Scanners this week...

Tune in next Thursday, February 3rd for my Week 5 project using the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner.
Please let me know if you make any of these fun and easy wrapped mats.

I would LOVE to see them!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sweater Vest Gallery ~ New Cutie Patooties!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Oh my goodness!

I could not wait to show you the newest friends in our Sweater Vest Gallery!

Meet Daisy & Ziggy!

They look absolutely yummy in their Grandma's Chicken Soup and Beef Stew sweater vests from The Mmm Mmm Good Collection!

Photos courtesy of Mary H., GA

Warm Yellow body / Orange bobbles / Lime collar

Brown body / Orange bobbles / Lime collar

Aren't they adorable?

and this cutie patootie is Nikki!

She looks perfect in her pink and purple sweater vest!

Hot Pink body / Pink bobbles / Purple collar

Photo courtesy of Julie C., KS

My heart just flips everytime I get a photo.

Thank you so much for sharing them with me!

Emmitt and I would love to make you your very own dog sweater vest too!

I have several available in my Etsy Shop that are ready to ship or I would love to make you one in your favorite colors!

Please contact me anytime with any questions or to place an order.

What are your favorite colors?

Please leave us a note and let us know!


m & e

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New Sweater Vest Collection ~ Sesame Street

Hi Everyone!

Emmitt and I are so excited to introduce...

Big Bird

Oscar the Grouch

Cookie Monster



Count Dracula


Mugsy just loves cuddling up in his Big Bird Sweater Vest!

Photo courtesy of Elisa V., CT

Big Bird

Mustard body / Light Yellow bobbles / Hot Pink collar

Oscar the Grouch

Green, Black, Brown, Oatmeal body / Green bobbles / Lime collar

Cookie Monster

Royal Blue, Navy, Brown, Oatmeal body / Royal Blue bobbles / Royal Blue collar

Many of these new vests are listed in my Etsy Shop and ready to ship today!

If you do not see the one you want...
I would love to make you your very own dog sweater vest too!

Please contact me anytime with any questions or to place an order.


m & e

Monday, January 24, 2011

New Pug Book ~ Mimi: When I Get Big

Happy Monday everyone!
Emmitt here!
Grab your teddy bears and snuggle in!
It is storytime...
We just got a new pug book in the mail and it is wonderful!

Mimi: When I Get Big is a beautiful children's book about a pug named Mimi and all of her dreams about what will happen when she grows up.

The prose is beautifully written and Mimi just shines on every page!

This book is a must have for any pug lovers library!

Mimi is lovingly owned by the books author, Caryl Ann Baxter.
We applaud their first book and the love that inspired it!
Have a wonderful day everyone!
Emmitt & Melissa