Monday, July 1, 2013

4th of July Wreath

When I was decorating my alcove for 4th of July I realized I had nothing to hang on the empty hook.  I wanted a wreath but didn't want to spend a lot of money.  Here is what I came up with. 

Supplies Needed:

A 12" wreath form (any material you want - I had Styrofoam on hand)
2 9ft 4th of July garlands from the Dollar Store
Scrap Ribbon

I took the garlands and started at one end of the wreath and wrapped the garlands around.  Instead of gluing the ends I just used a pin to secure the garland ends to the wreath.  Since the garland is full you are not able to see the pin.  Then I took a  piece of scrap ribbon left from Christmas that is red and silver.  I tied it around the wreath and made a bow.  Then, I hung it on the hook.  

Altogether the wreath cost under $5.00 and took about 10 minutes!   Thanks for visiting!

Recipe Monday - Pepperoni Pasta Salad

Today's recipe is one my older son came up with a couple of summers ago.  He likes to help in the kitchen and cook.   Of course, he wanted to make something with pasta.  Here is his take on pasta salad - Pepperoni Pasta Salad.

Ingredients Needed: 
One Box of Pasta (we used Rigatoni)
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (we used 1/2 of an 8oz bag)
Kraft Italian Roasted Red Pepper Salad Dressing

First, cook your pasta according to directions on the box.  After the pasta is cooked drain it  and let it cool.  If you are in a rush for time you can run cold water over it or soak it in an ice bath.   Next, cut your pepperoni into quarters.  How much to add is up to your taste- my boys love pepperoni so they wanted a lot!

Then, add the pasta, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese to a bowl.  The next ingredient is the dressing.  This is what really makes the dish - we use this dressing for a lot of dishes!  Again how much to add is up to you.  For a one pound box of pasta I used about 1/2 the bottle. 

Next, stir all the ingredients together.  At this point I usually chill it in the refrigerator for about an hour before serving.  Then enjoy!

Thanks for visiting and checking out my son's recipe!