Sunday, April 14, 2013

DIY Tile Coasters

I had seen DIY coasters on Pinterest.  There were many different tutorials with mostly the same materials.  We love Nashville and visiting Nashville.  So, on our recent trip there over spring break I picked up some brochures with pictures of places we like when we are there.  I thought maybe I could use these for the coasters.

Here is what you need:
Tiles - I bought 6 white ones at Home Depot for .13 cents each
Paper - I used brochures.  You could use scrapbook paper, maps, book pages...
Modge Podge - I used matte because I already had it
Sealer - I already had a spray acrylic sealer which I used
Backing - I used shelf liner paper but some showed using felt also (in which case you would need hot glue or something for the felt)

Here is the tile I started with.  They were 4X4 white tiles.  I wiped them with a rag before starting to make sure they were clean and everything would adhere to them well.

I started with these brochures which I cut down to 3.5" by 3.5" so there would be a bit of the tile still showing.

These are the squares I ended up with to put on the tiles.

I put a layer of modge podge on the tile and stuck the paper to it.  I let it dry for a few minutes as I stuck the paper to the other tiles.  Then I went back and put a layers of modge podge over the top, letting it dry between each coat.  I brushed the coats both horizontal and vertical to make sure everything was covered really well.

I used modge podge again to stick the shelf liner to the back of the coaster so it wouldn't slide or damage the wood.  I just brushed it on, stuck the shelf liner on, then flipped the tile back over to help weigh it down to stick.

I took the coasters outside and used these sealer over the top.  Again, I put a few coats and let it dry in between coats.

These are the finished coasters.  I have 6 different ones with different attractions we visit while in Nashville.  I am really happy with how they turned out and it was a really easy project!


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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Oven Tacos

I have returned to the real world!  We were on Spring Break for 10 days of wonderful family time.  We love to camp and spent time in both Asheville, NC and Nashville, TN.  So, I apologize for the delay in postings but it was a very welcome break for us.

My sister made these tacos off Pinterest and raved about them so I decided I'd try them.  At first, I wasn't really excited about it because making tacos is an easy meal for me.  Little fuss.  But these were not much work at all and are so good!!!!!  (I'm not even being overdramatic here!).

These recipe is from "Mommy, I'm Hungry?"  You can find the recipe here.

The only change I made was to halve the recipe.  We don't eat 20 tacos, although they did reheat pretty well so I might next time to have some leftovers as lunch during the week.  I used 1lb. of ground beef, half the can of tomato sauce, etc.  I also used the taco seasoning recipe she recommends in the post as well.  I made the whole batch of that and saved half in a container for next time.

Do be sure to drain off any fat or liquid before mixing in the beans, sauce, and other ingredients.  I did and made sure the mixture cooked a bit until it was nice and thick before putting it into the tacos.  Otherwise, you risk the bottoms being soggy. 

I highly recommend this recipe!  Hubby loved them!  I'm looking forward to trying some other recipes off her blog as well!