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5 Feb

Upscale Downhome GAME DAY: Recipes and Party Ideas for your Super Bowl Party!

Last minute SUPER BOWL SUNDAY party?

Whether you’re hosting or a guest needing to bring something for the potluck…

YOU’RE IN BIG LUCK.

TODAY, February 5th, before 5pm EST, pre-order Rachel Hollis’ Upscale Downhome: Family Recipes All Gussied Up and you’ll get an exclusive digital copy of Upscale Downhome Gameday, which includes five recipes perfect for your Super Bowl party, as well as some great Super Bowl party planning ideas! Three of the recipes inside are from the cookbook, which goes on sale in October, which means you’re getting a sneak peek before anyone else. Two of them are totally new and not available anywhere but in this cool download!

Upscale Downhome features recipes that are “a mix of my down-home roots and the upscale presentation I’ve learned from living in Los Angeles for the last fifteen years,” Rachel reveals. “This book is a perfect testament to my life long love affair with food. It has the sugar cookie recipe my mom made me as a child, the chicken and dumplings I craved while pregnant. It has the turkey chili recipe which was the first dish I perfected as a newlywed. And the cocktail I drank in my early twenties… it’s the story of my life, as told in food. Upscale Downhome is filled with casseroles, slow cooker recipes, desserts, drinks and there’s even an entire section on dishes you can make with the leftovers from the recipes in other chapters!”

Remember, once you pre-order, go to this page to retrieve your Upscale Downhome Game Day mini-cookbook!

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Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Books-a-Million
Indiebound

Broncos? Panthers?

Whichever team you’re rooting for…

HAVE A WONDERFUL FUN WOOT WOOT WEEKEND EVERYONE!

Tagged with: desserts, dips, guacamole, party ideas, rachel hollis, recipes, smpcraft, super bowl, super bowl party, super bowl recipes, thechicsite, upscaledownhome
7 Nov

23 DIY PET CRAFTS: Happy National Pet Awareness Month!

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She’s working on it.

Time for this little poochie and all the pets of the world to milk this moment and let us bi-peds do a little more to show them just how much they’re appreciated. SMPCRAFT scoured the web to find DIY pet projects and crafts (cat, rabbit, and dog treats, too!) to honor our furry, feathered, scaled, and slithering loved ones.

Diy dog or cat bed

Upcycled Side Table Dog or Cat Bed via Better Homes and Gardens

Crocheted Cat Bed via Eilentein

Bird Cage Cover via Martha Stewart

Gumball Machine Fish Tank via Instructables

Styrofoam Turtle Dock via Instructables

DIY Pet Teepee via Barkpost

Diy two story cardboard cat climber

Cardboard Cat Castle via Hautenature

DIY Catscraper Scratching Post via maisonkuotidien

Fake Tree Branch for Your Reptile via Instructables

DIY Wood Hamster Swing via Petdiys

The Magic Cat Wand via designsponge

Paracord Braided Chew Toy for Heavy Chewer via lifehacker

Your sweater = Dog Sweater via voknits

Fleece Dog Boots via romprescue

Dog Bow Tie via Barkpost

Goose – Horse Hat via Nordic Mart

Bunny Basket via Martha Stewart

Sweet Potato Dog Treats via 17apart

Salmon Crunchies Cat Treats via mywoodenspoon

Dog Friendly Meatloaf via Cesar’s Way

Homemade dog treats

Apple Cinnamon Pupcakes for Dogs via diynetwork

Nutty Bacon Dog Treats via Dog Hill Kitchen

Vacation Pet Tag via Martha Stewart

Vacation Pet Tag via Martha Stewart

#Boom.

Time to start crafting and cooking for our favorite companions!

National Pet Awareness Month: we got this.

Tagged with: Diy pet treats, Dog sweaters, How to make pet clothes, Pet crafts, SMP Kitchen, smpkitchen
15 Oct

CAUGHT CRAFTING: Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING #CARRYON

Thursday 10/15, Flatiron Building, Manhattan: Edible Craft! CARRY ON chocolate buttermilk olive oil cake with sour cherry filling baked by @sandwichsrprise. Rainbow Rowell’s CARRY ON hits #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List.

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Tuesday 10/6, The Powerhouse Arena, DUMBO, Brooklyn, Rainbow Rowell’s CARRY ON Launch Party, Patchwork Sweater of Simon and Baz.

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Tagged with: author events, best seller, edible crafts, novel, Rainbow Rowell, SMP Kitchen, smpkitchen
8 Oct

Simple Sustainable Kitchen Crafts: Make a Wine Cork Trivet and a Monogrammed Kitchen Towel

There’s nothing like a legitimate reason, i.e., excuse, for the healthy number of bottles of wine passing through my apartment these past months: My mother’s birthday is in November. I’ve been doing this for her. For the trivet I’m making out of wine corks and a hose clamp to protect her tabletop from scalding pots and pans!

My mother’s a big recycler. She’ll appreciate both the gesture and the rationale behind the gift: saving money, making instead of buying, reuse, repurpose, and don’t waste.

9-inch Wine Cork Trivet: First, collect 50 to 60 natural wine bottle corks. Make sure to avoid synthetic corks; they’re not heat resistant. Purchase a stainless steel hose clamp from the hardware store or online. Hose clamps are adjustable and come in varying sizes–a pair of 12-inch diameter hose clamps can be purchased for under $15. Next, with a flathead screwdriver and a ruler, adjust your clamp to a 9-inch diameter.

Hose Clamp Wine Corks

Tridon Hose Clamp and Natural Wine Bottle Corks

Next, with the hose clamp laying flat, place the corks, starting from the outer rim and working your way in toward the center. You’ll need to use some elbow grease when arranging the corks so that they fit snuggly. Use a book to flatten the corks. Tighten the clamp further. And finally, cut the excess metal.

wine cork hot pot trivet

Natural wine corks and a hose clamp = Wine Cork Trivet!

To make the monogrammed kitchen towel + gift wrapper, I used scrap white cotton cloth and two iron-ons–a simple flower and my mother’s initial “A” from the book SUKI Iron-Ons by Darrell Gibbs and Julia Gibbs. Alternatively, you can also handwrite an initial or hand draw a flower or design on the towel using a colored Sharpie Pen!

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SUKI Iron-Ons by Darrell Gibbs and Julia Gibbs

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Iron-On Flower from SUKI

TA-DA!  Here’s the Wine Cork Trivet all wrapped up in a reusable monogrammed kitchen towel wrapper and ready to go!

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Iron-on Monogrammed Kitchen Towel Gift Wrapper

CHEERS!

Tagged with: DIY gifts, SMP Kitchen, smpkitchen, wine corks
5 Oct

Edible Crafts: How to Make Chocolate Bowls and Cups

Imagine an espresso cup or dessert bowl made from white or dark chocolate… or BOTH! Well, no need to imagine it. Check out these two video tutorials.

I can’t wait to make white chocolate dessert cups–minus the colored beads–and fill them with coffee gelato!

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WATCH: How to Make White Chocolate Dessert Cups (via Gretchen’s Bakery)

This process lends itself to a group activity!

DIY Homemade ChocolateBowls

WATCH: How to Make Chocolate Bowls (via JustEatRealFood)

Happy edible crafting!

Tagged with: chocolate balloon bowls, chocolate cups, edible bowls. chocolate, edible crafts, how to make, paula deen, recipe, SMP Kitchen, smpkitchen

CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Commuters Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Wednesday morning, M Subway Knitter: knitting stylish gloves!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: DECEMBER #MAKEASNOWFLAKE CHALLENGE

December Make a Snowflake Challenge

We haven’t had a winter snowflurry in NYC yet and who knows with our recent spell of tepid weather if it’ll happen anytime soon or even before we bid farewell to 2015. Since SMPCRAFT prefers the process of making over waiting, starting today until the end of 2015, we challenge you to make a snowflake! Use paper, yarn, wood, beads, paracord, pencil, ink, paint, sharpies, clay, concrete, metal, cake flour, sugar, chocolate…to create a dazzling snowflake. Make one snowflake or an entire blizzard! #MAKEASNOWFLAKE

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