Easy Christmas Art with the Dremel Micro

I am just in love with the Easy Personalized Kid Decorated Christmas Art we made with our new Dremel Micro 8050!

Easy Personalized Kid Decorated Wooden Christmas Art

Being that this was my first time using the Dremel I was pretty nervous.  Luckily there are plenty of “How To” videos on the Dremel website.

It took just a bit of trial and error to figure out engraving. The slower the speed of the Dremel the easier it is to control your lines.

I played with the different Dremel tool attachments, discovering what each one did. Have to admit that was fun!

My husband created this Christmas tree cut out from a cookie cutter.

Easy Christmas Art with Dremel

We decided to make an ornament that our daughter Alice could decorate herself.  We thought to add it to a plaque creating a keepsake decoration for Christmas that we could display year after year.

We let Alice paint the wooden Christmas tree ornament with pretty green glitter paint.

Kid Decorated Wooden Christmas Art

Once it was dry, I applied the hot glue and she carefully added the beads for ornaments.

Now to the wooden plaque. After tracing the letters with a pencil, I used a Dremel high speed cutter to engrave Alice’s name and the year into the wood plaque. The new LED light feature is great!

Personalized Wooden Christmas Art with Dremel

Then I painted the plaque. I discovered after I painted that I needed to sand the letters down. I carefully sanded the letters down with a Dremel sanding wheel. Then I added another coat of white.

I let Alice trace her name and the year with sparkly paint of her choice. I tried to convince her to use red but purple won. I mean, it is being decorated by her right?!

Kid Decorated Christmas Art with Dremel

I just love how it came out! Wouldn’t it just make a wonderful present for a loved one! Perfect for Grandparents or Aunts and Uncles!

Easy Christmas Wooden Art with Dremel

This one is MINE, though. I love it and it’s going up on my wall every year for Christmas.

Dremel offers a full line of versatile tool systems that provide the perfect solution for almost any craft, hobby or DIY project.
The Micro 8050 is the most “brilliantly powerful” and precise cordless rotary tool that Dremel has ever produced.
Light and easy to handle in tight spaces, the Dremel® Micro™8050 is packed with features that have crafters, hobbyists and DIYers in mind: soft grip, LED front-end lighting to illuminate projects, a docking station that continually charges, and an 8V Max Lithium-ion battery.
The Micro 8050 can cut, carve, engrave, sand, grind, sharpen, clean and polish—helping you bring just about any brilliant project to life.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Perfect Family Fun with Just Dance 2015

I say perfect for SO MANY reasons! Just Dance 2015 brings your family together, it’s a great work out, keeps the kids happy, you can compete with other families around the globe, making new friends and so many more reasons!!

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Alice could not wait to invite her cousins over for a dance party! The new songs are fantastic and fun. The girls had a blast!! So much so that David and I even joined in on the fun.

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New Just Dance 2015 features are:

Just Dance Wall – On the Just Dance Wall you can find news about what your friends are up to, and information about Just Dance events.

Community Remix – In Just Dance 2015, everyone can record themselves in the game and share the video to the Just Dance team. The developers will make a remix of the best videos and share it with the whole Just Dance Community that everyone can dance and score to!!

World Dance Floor – Just Dance VIP – The Just Dance team will invite special guests to star on the World Dance Floor! You could see famous artists, your favorite Just Dance super fans, members of the Just Dance game productions team, and who knows who else will make appearances throughout the year!

Challenge Mode – In Just Dance 2015, all players can send score challenges online through the game. You have to opportunity to challenge a friends or anyone else in the world!

Like I mentioned up above, Just Dance 2015 is the perfect game to get the whole family up and moving. The game is filled with a fresh tracklist of more than 40 of the hottest hits and throwback tunes.  There’s something for everyone! Players can dance along to hit songs like “Problem” by Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea and “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, or classic favorites like “Walk This Way” by Run DMC & Aerosmith.

To bring awareness to National Bullying Prevention Month, Just Dance 2015 and Stomp Out Bullying have partnered to show people everywhere that “it’s okay to dance to your own beat!” I love this idea and think it’s wonderful!!
New songs and wacky choreography in Just Dance 2015 encourage kids and teens to let loose and be themselves.  Seriously, there are some fun and really wacky dance moves, like the new Tetris match!

Just Dance 2015 is the PERFECT Christmas gift!! Your kids, family and friends will love it and thank you for it!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Easy Incredibly Delicious Coconut Curried Lamb

Oh. My. That’s all I can say about this Coconut Curried Lamp with Sweet Potatoes that I created. It’s an adaption of several other recipes and a bit of self knowledge being that I am half Pakistani. I actually surprised myself with this one. It is INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS! It’s the perfect combination of flavors and is not too spicy. That half white part of me can’t handle too much spice.

This is Coconut Curried Leg of Lamb with Sweet Potatoes severed over Jasmine Rice.

Crock Pot Coconut Curried Lamb

Easy Incredibly Delicious Coconut Curried Lamb
 
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Recipe type: Crock Pot, Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Pakistani, Indian
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • Boneless Leg of Lamb (about 3 lbs)
  • ½ cup chopped white onion
  • 3 tablespoons of mild curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 can 13.5 oz coconut milk
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 14.5 oz
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (any oil will work)
  • 1 cup Jasmine rice
Instructions
  1. Season your lamb with salt and pepper and let it rest while you prepare the coconut curry.
  2. In a sauce pan heat your oil and onions over medium heat until onions are lightly brown.
  3. Add 3 heaping tablespoons of curry paste and a tablespoon each of ginger paste and minced garlic.
  4. Heat for a minute before adding the whole can of coconut milk.
  5. Heat the sauce over medium heat, stirring often for about 5 minutes.
  6. Place lamb in crock pot set on low.
  7. Pour coconut curry over lamb and let cook for 8 hours.
  8. Around the 7 hour mark you then added peeled and chopped sweet potatoes. I chopped mine to be big and chunky. For thicker sauce, set the crock pot on high and allow to cook uncovered for an hour. This step can be down at the 7 hour mark or after.
  9. Prepare Jasmine rice according to package and serve Coconut Curried Lamb over rice.

Coconut Curried Lamb with Sweet Potatoes Crock Pot Recipe

Coconut Curried Lamb with Sweet Potatoes Coconut Curried Leg of Lamb

My leg of lamb was provided by American Lamb.  American Lamb suppliers  offer naturally-raised lamb free of antibiotics and artificial hormones. With more than 82,000 family-owned sheep operations in nearly every U.S. state, American Lamb is local and available year round. It also travels 10,000 miles fewer and 30 days less than imported lamb.

Lamb is an excellent source of protein and is rich in vitamin B12, niacin, zinc and selenium. 3 ounces of lamp provides 5 times the essential omega-3 fatty acids and alpha linoleic acid of 3 ounces of beef.  Forty percent of the fat in lean lamp is monounsaturated fat, the same find found in olive oil.

American Lamb is known for its quality, flavor, and tenderness. Lamb naturally lends itself so well to global flavors, including Latin, Middle Eastern, Asian and Mediterranean. From gyros to  kabobs, bulgogi to stews, marrying international flavors with local, flavorful American lamb is sure to be a winning recipe!! Which I hope mine is! I know it definitely won in my house!

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Coconut Curried Leg of Lamb with Sweet Potatoes Crock Pot Recipe

 I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Dreamy Latin Inspired Coffee

The new Latin flavors from Coffee-mate are DREAMY!  The  Abuelita® Mexican Chocolate Coffee-mate coffee creamer is delicious, rich and silky with a wonderful kick of cinnamon.  It made my morning coffee absolutely delicious.  After my first morning trying the new Coffee-mate Abuelita® Mexican Chocolate coffee creamer, I made it a point to go to seek out an authentic Mexican bakery and purchase some Mexican pastries to accompany my delicious Latin inspired coffee.  Luckily, in Houston that is not a hard task.   There are several Mexican bakeries near by and I found JUST what I was looking for.

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My Latin flavored coffee actually made the pastries taste BETTER! It was DREAMY.  So dreamy, we had them along with the coffee for an after dinner dessert.  I’m not usually one that buys decaf coffee but for this creamer I will.  I’m convinced the delicious Latin inspired flavored from Coffee-mate would make any coffee taste amazing.

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It’s so yummy I’m thinking of recipes in which I could use the Latin flavored coffee creamers in.  If you have any recipes or ideas that use coffee creamer and would go well with these wonderful flavors please let me know!

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Now hurry out and go get some! I’d love to know what you think.

Thanks for stopping by!

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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