Sunday, December 29, 2013

Gift Guide for the People Who Love to Grill

For all of the grill lovers in your life!

Are you still behind in your holiday shopping? Here are three unique gifts for anyone who loves to grill.

Corn Griller BasketDesigned to grip four ears of corn in its steel frame, this handy basket makes it easy to maneuver and flip one of summer's favorite vegetables. Long handle keeps hands from the heat source.

Quesadilla Grill Basket: The heat of the outdoor grill cooks up quesadillas with smoky flavors, soft melted cheese and a crisp golden exterior. Our ingenious basket makes it a snap to flip and cook quesadillas on the grill without losing any of the ingredients to the fire.

Grill Clips: are perfect for asparagus, green onion, zucchini slices and more. So put away those skewers and just clip your veggies! 

I can't wait to start grilling this spring! 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Almost Christmas: Wrapping Nightmare

I am  the person who waits till five hours before I'm meeting the family on Christmas to wrap presents.

I am awful at wrapping presents! I love to use to much tape and paper. I need help.

While doing some research on my wrapping problems I came across a few helpful tips.

Lauren Conrad had the best DIY wrapping step by step.

Photo Credit: Wrapping

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Classic Paintings with a Sense of Familiarity

Can you name these famous celebrities and famous pieces of art?

The website Worth 100 had a contest of "Modern Renaissance" to see who could manipulate a digital replicate of a famous painting with a celebrities face.  How do you think they did?

Photo Credit: Painting

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sharpie Mugs: DIY

Christmas is almost here and you need a creative gift? No problem!

Sharpie mugs are a great way for anyone who loves DIY projects. Artistic ability doesn't have to be at an all-time high for this project.

You may just want to have your handwriting as your subject for a coffee mug.

This is a gift anyone can create.

Items you'll need:
Dollar Store Mug

-Draw with sharpie on plain mug
-Place decorated mug in oven
-Heat oven for 350 degrees
(Make sure mug is in oven while heating up: this insures the mug doesn't crack)
-Once you've reached 350 degrees, set timer for 30 minutes
-Turn off oven
-Do not remove mug
-After oven is room temperature your mug is safe to remove
-Hand Wash Only!

ShoFilms: Wedding

ShoFilms is a cinematic wedding video company that can make you cry on demand with each video. Anytime I feel stressed about the wedding I take a few moments out to watch ShoFilms videos and suddenly I'm feeling happy and excited.

This company truly has mastered the art of capturing true moments of the bride and groom on the big day. The interviews of the bride and groom speaking about one another just melt my heart.

If your planning your wedding or need a good cry watch this beautiful moment.

Peanut Butter Oreo Cookie Balls: Recipes

I was doing some "researching" on Pinterest for what to bake for Christmas presents and came across peanut butter Oreo cookie balls. What doesn't sound better than peanut butter and Oreo? I'm very excited to try out this recipe I found on Miss In The Kitchen blog. 

Peanut Butter Oreo Cookie Balls

1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
1/2 cup peanut butter (I used crunchy but smooth works just fine)
1 package white almond bark melted
1/3 cup chocolate jimmies or sprinkles


MIX cream cheese, peanut butter and cookie crumbs until blended.
SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min.
Dip balls in melted almond bark; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
Sprinkle with chocolate jimmies or sprinkles.

REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.

Photo Credit: Recipe

Second Grade Self-Portrait: Art Classroom

Second grade self-portraits is one of my favorite lessons to teach. Having students study different aspects of there face in a mirror truly is a new self discovery adventure for them.

They realize the details they have that make them unique such as freckles, birthmarks, and even missing teeth. I then have a step by step drawing example for each student to watch and try themselves.

It was amazing to see how similar the drawings looked like each student. Success! After the drawings were finished and everything filled with color students were proudly showing each other their artwork.

In this art lesson we discuss geometry, symmetry, asymmetry, and anatomy.

Here are a few examples:


Items you need:
Compact Mirror
8 1/2 x 11 Drawing Paper
Pattern of a Large Oval

This is a wonderful fun lesson to have in the art classroom and at home!


Hello, I'm glad you found my little blog! 
I'm Brittany, a 23 year old from Pittsburgh, PA. 
I'm currently an art teacher planning my wedding for this summer.
 I love to cook/bake, create pieces of art, read, and love researching ideas for my blog. 
Of course, I also love all things to do with Pittsburgh.