Sunday, July 22, 2012

Screen Printing Photo Frames

Frame Before Painting

This past week we have added three new photo frames to our Etsy Shop.  All three are screen printed using a cream color ink on black.

 The frames are 14" X 14" with a beveled edge and a keyhole slot in the back for hanging.  This is a new larger frame that more easily facilitates a larger saying or quote.

After the frame has been cut, sanded, and beveled, it is ready for paint.  Each one is then painted by hand and allowed to dry overnight.





Before the frame is placed under the screen for printing it is very lightly sanded and any paint removed from the back. We then go over it with a tack cloth to remove any dust particles left from sanding.  After loading the screen with ink, the frame is then placed underneath and the squeegee is drawn down over the screen forcing the ink through the design and onto the surface of the frame.





After the ink is applied the frame is then removed and placed on a drying rack to dry overnight.  After the ink is thoroughly dry we then apply a coat of a satin polycrylic varnish.

Clips and foam board are then inserted in the photo opening.













Fairytale Frame



 







The finished frames!
 All three frames can be found in the Frame Section of our Etsy Shop


 




Family Roots Frame

 

 


Once in A Lifetime Frame








Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Moroccan Lemon Chicken

Moroccan Lemon Chicken from the South Beach Diet




Moroccan Lemon Chicken

I have been trying out a few new recipes lately from the South Beach Diet Super Charged cook book. 
I wasn't too sure about this one but after the first bite I knew it was going to be a keeper!  It is so easy and fast to make.  But because of the South Beach Diet.....there are no carbs in this meal, just the vegies as a side.  I used two boned and tenderized chicken breasts.  Because they come already pounded and tenderized, they cook quickly....just 3-4 minutes on each side.  The spices may seem like a strange combination at first but the flavor is amazing!

2 boned and tenderized chicken breasts
1tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne

In a small bowl,  mix all the spices together plus finely grated zest from one half lemon.  Squeeze 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice into the spice mixture.  Then add 3 teaspoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and stir until well blended.  Spread this mixture over both sides of the chicken breasts and place in a heated pan with a little olive oil.  Cook 3-4 minutes on each side.  Thats it!!  Of course if you are not trying to cut down on carbs you can add a serving of couscous or rice. Hope you enjoy!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Tomato Basil Mozzarella Summer Salad




Fresh Tomato Basil Mozzarella Summer Salad

Fresh Ingredients


One of the most enjoyable things about summer is being able to make great salads with the freshest ingredients!  This salad is one of our summertime favorites.   So simple and  fast to make and is a great accompaniment to that steak or hamburger right off the grill.  Just add  crusty warm bread and a glass of wine and you are set for a quick summer dinner!



Ingredients Include:


Cherry ( Grape )Tomatoes
Fresh Mozzarella
Fresh Basil chopped
Baby Bella Mushrooms
Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
salt and pepper

Assemble all and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Salt and pepper to taste.









Enjoy!