Stuffed Mushroom Recipe

For the Fourth of July block party, my oldest requested stuffed mushrooms so of course  I had to oblige.  It is one of the easiest recipe’s and I promise it is a huge crowd pleaser.

How to make stuffed mushrooms Ingredients

12 whole fresh mushrooms
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoon minced onion
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (less or more depending on how hot you like it)

Stuffed Mushrooms recipe

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Clean mushrooms with a damp paper towel. Carefully break off stems and chop.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, diced onion and chopped mushroom stems to the skillet. Fry until any moisture has disappeared. Set aside to cool.
When garlic and mushroom mixture is no longer hot, stir in cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, black pepper, onion powder and cayenne pepper. Mixture should be very thick. Using a little spoon, fill each mushroom cap with a generous amount of stuffing. Arrange the mushroom caps on prepared cookie sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the mushrooms are piping hot and liquid starts to form under caps.

Sometimes I will add a little bit of bread crumbs on top of each mushroom the last 5 minutes of cooking which is super yummy.

Mushroom Recipe

~Dig in and enjoy~

Stuffed Mushrooms

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Inspire Me Monday #15

Welcome to Inspire Me Monday! Thanks for linking up all your wonderful projects last week!

If you missed our picks make sure to stop by and take a look.

I’m sharing fabulous blue projects that are perfect for Summer!  Domestically Speaking has 8 Summer drinks and treats you don’t want to miss while Sand and Sisal is sharing her picks for Summer deliciousness.

Can’t wait to see what you have to share this week! Remember, you only have to link up once to to be seen on all four sites which means awesome exposure for you.

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Inspiring blue features

Hi Friends

Hope everyone is enjoying a nice relaxing long weekend!  Inspired by all the beautiful tones of blue, today’s features are all about BLUE!

Making it in the Mountains completed her gorgeous outdoor makeover.

Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains

How adorable are the candles wrapped in washi tape from Kraft & Mint.

kraft&mint washi tape+candles

Lovely Etc is sharing how to make these beautiful ikat tie dye pillow covers.
ikat tie dye pillows

Shaken Together has a fabulous recipe for making your own peppermint cooling spray for the hot Summer months.

Peppermint cooling spray - perfect for the beach, the ballpark or by the pool!

Decorated Chaos transformed her patio set with a fresh coat of decoart.

Love of Family and Home created a gorgeous tablescape by spray painting wine bottles and good will finds.

Easy & Inexpensive Centerpieces - upcycle old wine bottles & glassware with a little spray paint to create elegant & fun table decor

See you tomorrow for Inspire Me Monday, have a fabulous day!



Convert a Recessed Light Into a Pendant Fixture

It seems we are constantly working on the inside of the home which means the outside gets neglected at times.  We decided to switch out our outdoor lighting and do away with our ugly old can light and install a beautiful chandelier which has made a huge impact!

front door light We went with the Kichler 4900 Euopean pendant, it is amazing how much brighter our porch is at night and it looks so pretty!

 This is a picture heavy tutorial so you should be able to understand but let me know if you have any questions.

~What you need~

Light Converter Kit (or make your own)
Ceiling medallion
Phillips head screwdriver
Wire cutters
Pendant light fixture

IMPORTANT! Before you do anything, turn the power source off at the circuit breaker box, then you can remove existing recessed fixture. Disconnect the fixture wires from the corresponding house wiring by unscrewing the wire nuts and pulling the wires apart.

how to convert a can light into a chandelier

Now most people would install a Recessed Fixture Converter but my hubby decided to make his own. Instead of trying to give you the instructions on making your own I would suggest buying the converter kit, they sell them at most home improvement stores.

how to convert a can light into a chandelier

how to convert a can light into a chandelier

 Once your converter kit is installed, feed the cords and wires up through the hole in the middle and downward.

how to convert a can light into a chandelier

Take a wire stripper and cut about one inch of the plastic sheath off the ends of the wires on your new light.

Measure the height (from the ceiling) that you would like your pendant light to hang.

Take the cords and wires of your new pendant and feed them through the ceiling medallion, making sure that the right side of the medallion is facing the pendant.

how to convert a can light into a chandelier

how to convert a can light into a chandelier

Now it is time to start wiring your new fixture. Most likely there are three different kinds of wires you’ll be working with, read the materials that came with your pendant and it will tell you how to distinguish.

Twist like wires together and push a cap onto the ends, do this with all three wires. Wrap them with electrical tape to hold the wires and caps together.

We chose this funky, slightly "fisherman style looking" OTTAVA light fixture from Ikea, to place over our sink. It only cost us about $30.00 and with a vintage light bulb, we thought it would be a great mix of new and old in our space. - See more at: http://www.thehouseofsmiths.com/2011/07/new-kitchen-lighting-converting-can.html#sthash.SAViTwOU.dpuf

Thread wires through fixture stem at cap and ceiling medallion center. how to convert a can light into a chandelier Screw the metal disc back on, the ceiling canopy should be snug against the ceiling at this point.


Front door light

Front door light

Perfect project to add instant curb appeal and brighten your porch!



DIY ~Make Your Own Lip Balms~

I made my own Lip balm  a few days ago and I couldn’t believe how simple it was, think of all the money you can save over buying organic at the store.

How to Make your own homemade lip balm Ingredients
2 vitamin E capsules
1 Tablespoon beeswax
2 Tablespoons. coconut oil
2 Tablespoons. olive oil
20 drops essential oil (I used lemon)

How to make lip balm with essential oils

In a double boiler, melt down the beeswax, adding in the coconut oil and olive oil when about half of the beeswax is no longer solid. After it’s all melted and blended together, break open the vitamin E capsules and stir in with the essential oils.

If you don’t have a double boiler you could also follow the same instructions above and heat in your microvwave.  Just make sure you stir every 30 seconds until everything is melted together.

How to Make your own homemade lip balm

Pour into your tubes using a syringe or a funnel all the way to the top and work quickly.  If you don’t have tubes you could also use a recycled eye cream jar like I did.  Let is cool, add the lids and enjoy nice moisturized lips during the Summer heat.
How to Make your own homemade lip balm

 ~Voila, homemade lip balm~

How to Make your own homemade lip balm

Lip balm

I love that all the ingredients are natural and you can have fun using different essential oils like peppermint for a cooling feeling on your lips.

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Inspire Me Monday #14

Welcome to Inspire Me Monday! Thanks for linking up all your wonderful projects last week!

If you missed our picks make sure to stop by and take a look.

I’m sharing fabulous inspiring paint projects, Sweet C Designs has picked out some delicious Summer Party Recipes. Domestically Speaking is also sharing some fabulous Nautical DIY and Decor. Sand and Sisal is sharing her picks for gorgeous Summer white DIY Projects.

Can’t wait to see what you have to share this week! Remember, you only have to link up once to to be seen on all four sites which means awesome exposure for you.

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