Tatertots and Jello http://tatertotsandjello.com DIY decorating and crafts Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:00:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Greek Pasta Salad http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/09/greek-pasta-salad.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/09/greek-pasta-salad.html#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:00:26 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=64007 greekpastamain]]> Hi, it’s Laurie from Gallamore West and I’m so excited to be here at Tatertots & Jello today.  I have a new favorite recipe to share with you, Greek Pasta Salad.
I’ve been making my husband’s lunch to bring to work every day for over a month now {that’s a record for sure here!} so I wanted to switch things up a little and send something a bit more exciting than just another sandwich so I came up with this dish that he loved so much that he texted me and asked, 
“Did you MAKE that?  It was professional.”  

And yes, I did make it.  And it took about 10 minutes.  And it actually gets better the 2nd day after the ingredients have had time to blend together while it’s in the refrigerator so it’s a perfect make-ahead dish too!
12 oz. penne pasta
4 roma tomatoes
2 cucumbers
6 oz. crumbled feta cheese
salt & pepper to taste
balsamic vinegar to drizzle
Here’s how to make it:
Boil pasta until cooked al dente.  While pasta is boiling, slice cucumbers and tomatoes into a medium bowl.  Add in feta cheese and toss to mix well.  Set aside.  Once pasta is cooked, drain it and cool it in the refrigerator for about 5-10 minutes, stirring a few times to cool it almost thoroughly.  Pour pasta into large bowl and stir veggie/cheese mix into it.  Add in salt and pepper to taste.  When ready to serve, drizzle with balsamic vinegar.  My favorite is this one from Trader Joe’s.
Thanks so much for having me here at Tatertots & Jello today.  It truly is a treat to be here!  Come stop by Gallamore West and see what fun we’ve been up to. xoxo 
Thanks Laurie!! That looks so amazing. I love pasta salads, and this is one I’m definitely going to try.
 Laurie is such a great contributor. Here are some fun ideas she has happening on her blog right now:
She always has great recipes, and this Lemon Tea Breakfast Cake looks like the perfect way to start your day!
She also has such creative ideas for families. Here is a Fall Fun Chalkboard she created to keep her family organized during the Fall!!
And if you’re starting to gather fall recipes, don’t forget to check out her Pumpkin Cream Cheese Filled Muffins. Don’t they look amazing??
I love having Laurie on my team.  Make sure and visit Gallamore West and
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Great Ideas — 20 Apple Projects! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/08/great-ideas-20-apple-projects.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/08/great-ideas-20-apple-projects.html#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:23:38 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=63982 20 fall apple projects at tatertots and jello]]> It’s that time of year!!

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The air is getting a little cooler, Fall is coming!

Here are 20 Autumn Apple ideas to get you in the mood for Fall!


Vintage Flashcard Printable Tags @ Salt and Pepper Moms


Dutch Apple Pie Bars @ I Dig Pinterest 


Apple Stenciled Pillow @ One Krieger Chick 


Free Printable Apple Tags @ Written Reality 


 Caramel Apple Funnel Cakes @ This Silly Girl’s Life


 Apple Cinnamon Caramel Crunch @ Sweet Baked Life


Apple Stackers @ It Happens in a Blink 


Apple Pie Fillings @ Spend with Pennies 


 Apple Buttercream Mints @ Hoopla Palooza


 Cream Caramel Apples @ Raining Hot Coupon


Apple Pecan Torte @ Messes to Memories 


 Vanilla Bean Apple Muffins @ The Simple, Sweet Life


 3 Ingredient Caramel Sauce @ Messes to Memories


Apple & Peach Sangria @ Twelve O Eight Blog 


Apple Pie Jars @ With a Blast 


 How to Make Perfect Apple Crisp @ Pink Fortitude, LLC


Caramel Apple Cheesecake Oaty Bars @ Pink Recipe Box 


 Sunflower & Apple Mantel @ Homespun with Love


 Glazed Applesauce Cookies @ Somebody’s Dinner


 Caramel Apple Spice Cider @ Raining Hot Coupons

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Don’t forget to check out all of this week’s excellent projects for a huge variety of projects, recipes, and more!

And don’t forget about this week’s $25 Target Gift Card Giveaway!


Visit the Link Party Palooza to see this week’s projects at TT&J and the amazing projects everyone linked up!

Here’s how to enter to win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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What have you been decorating with lately?

Let me know in the comments – I would love to come see YOUR ideas!!


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Great Ideas — 15 Autumn Pumpkin Projects & Recipes! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/08/great-ideas-autumn-pumpkin-projects-recipes.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/08/great-ideas-autumn-pumpkin-projects-recipes.html#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:46:44 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=63956 15-fall-pumpkin-ideas]]> Here in Utah, it has been an unseasonably cool August … so it feels like Fall is in the air!

Nothing says Autumn like pumpkins …


So this week, check out these 15 Autumn Pumpkin Projects & Recipes and get inspired for your own great ideas!


 Pumpkin Cheesecake @ Lady Behind the Curtain


 Gilded Gourds Fall Decor @ Addicted 2 DIY


 Pumpkin Mason Jars @ The 36th Avenue


Vanilla Pumpkin Sugar Scrub @ My Love for Words 


 Jack-O-Lantern Orange Fruit Cups @ Simplee Thrifty


DIY Fall Signs @ Remodelando la Casa 


 Pumpkin Pork Enchiladas @ Fry Sauce & Grits


 Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars @ Daily Leisure


 Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies @ Couponing and Cooking


Easy Glam Crystal Pumpkins @ Setting for Four 


Free Pumpkin Social Media Buttons @ I Gotta Create! 


Almost Vegan Pumpkin Cupcakes @ Couponing & Cooking


 Fall Subway Art Printable @ Bombshell Bling


 Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Kiss Drop Cookies @ Pink Fortitude, LLC


 Pumpkin S’mores Bars @ Inside BruCrew Life

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Don’t forget to check out all of this week’s excellent projects for a huge variety of projects, recipes, and more!

And don’t forget about this week’s $25 Target Gift Card Giveaway!


Visit the Link Party Palooza to see this week’s projects at TT&J and the amazing projects everyone linked up!

Here’s how to enter to win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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How are you decorating this fall?

Let me know in the comments – I would love to come see YOUR ideas!!


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Link Party Palooza — and $25 Target Giveaway! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/08/link-party-palooza-25-target-giveaway.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/08/link-party-palooza-25-target-giveaway.html#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:00:10 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=63937 target.25.giveaway.ttaj]]> It’s Friday!!

Welcome back to the …
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We’ve combined the popular parties at I Heart Nap TimeLil’ LunaSomewhat SimpleTatertots & Jello and Today’s Creative Blog to make a giant link party. You’ll only have to link up once to to be listed on all five sites, and each of us will choose our own projects to feature posts –  just like we always have!

So be sure to check with each site to see which of the amazing ideas were featured! I’ll have two “great ideas” posts this weekend!

This week’s giveaway is a $25 Target gift card!

It’s been a week full of exciting projects; check out some of my and my contributors’ projects from the last few days, plus link up your projects and enter to win:


I kicked the week off by sharing one of my favorite recipes: Mediterranean Orzo Salad — I can never get enough of it!


 I also got to share these DIY Chalkboard Hat Displays as part of Make it Fun Team with FloraCraft!


 And I finally got to share my Behind the Scenes Tour with Better Homes & Gardens!

I had so much fun and met so many amazing people — click the link above to read more about my super fun trip!

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My contributors have had a really fun week as well!

On top is a lovely DIY Watercolor Lucite Tray from Setting for Four, the perfect addition to any coffee table!

On bottom are Giant DIY Magnetic Tangrams from My Sister’s Suitcase–I love that you can decorate AND play with them!

I’m so lucky to have such talented and lovely contributors!

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Here’s how to enter to win this week’s giveaway: a $25 gift card to Target!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Now it’s time to link up your projects!! I can’t wait to see YOUR ideas and feature YOU!! Remember, you only need to link up once here to be listed in all of the sites’ parties — but be sure to check out each site through the weekend! We’ll each be featuring our own picks from all of the fabulous ideas!   (When you add a link,  please mention on your site that you linked up at Tatertots and Jello (here’s a link: Tatertots & Jello).


Please visit and comment on TWO links above you and TWO links below you — in addition to any others that you want to visit.


{We all love comments!}


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DIY Watercolor Lucite Tray http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/08/diy-watercolor-lucite-tray.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/08/diy-watercolor-lucite-tray.html#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:00:02 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=63892 diy-lucite-acrylic-tray]]> Hello Tatertots and Jello readers!

Hi! I’m Heather an Interior Decorator, freelance writer, proud military wife and Mom to two handsome boys! I’m the writer of Setting for Four a Home Decor, DIY and lifestyle blog where I love to share my passion for interior decor ideas, makeovers and DIY projects.

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I’m so thrilled to be here today to share a budget-friendly and stylish project that you can customize for your home for under $15.00!

DIY Lucite Tray

Lucite home decor accessories are super trendy but can also be very pricey! Here’s how you can add style to your home without breaking the bank by making a Lucite tray lined with a watercolor print.  The combination of Lucite and watercolor makes me swoon!

DIY Watercolor Lucite Tray:


Supplies for DIY Lucite Tray

Acrylic Frame – 11 x 14″

Photo Paper – soft gloss finish

White Poster board or other paper you wish to line your tray with (scrapbook paper, wrapping paper)



Washi Tape

Photo to use in the Waterlogue iPhone app

Acid Free Photo Stickers – 2 sided adhesive stickers used to attach photos in photo albums and used in scrapbooking


Remove cardboard insert from Acrylic Frame.

Using a pencil trace the paper insert that comes inside the acrylic frame onto the poster board and cut out. This will be the liner for your tray.

DIY Lucite Tray Tutorial

Upload an iPhone photo to the Waterlogue app, choose a filter to create a watercolor image (I used Color Bloom) and save it to camera roll.

Image in Waterlogue App

Upload the photo to your computer  and print out onto Photo Paper using your home printer.

Add one adhesive photo sticker to each corner of the underside of the print and fasten it onto the middle of the poster board.

Place the picture/poster board liner inside of tray. (I didn’t glue it onto the tray in case I wanted to change it later!).

DIY Lucite Tray

Add a strip of washi tape to the top edge of the tray. I used a washi tape I had in my craft supplies – it’s a gorgeous grass-green color to coordinate with the green leaves in my photo and has a pretty white loop pattern too!

That’s it!

Isn’t this such a stylish look for under $15.00?

DIY Lucite Tray

I love using it as a place to organize my sunglasses, iPhone and jewelry but this tray would be a fabulous addition to a desk to hold office supplies or a coffee table to coral all of those TV remotes!

DIY Lucite Tray

The beauty of this project is that you can completely customize your tray to display your interests…..a watercolor picture from your vacations, flowers from your garden…..the looks you can create are limitless. So make one (or two!) to add some on-trend style and personality to your space!

DIY Lucite Tray


DIY Lucite Tray

Thank you so much Jen for having me today! I’d love for you to come by and visit Setting for Four anytime!


Thanks Heather!! What a beautiful project, and I love how you can customize it to whatever you want! So fun, and pretty too!! Heather has great ideas on her blog, Setting for Four. Here are a few of her recent posts that I think you’ll love:


Heather shared a post all about her Signature Style. It’s full of amazing pictures of her home, and if you’re looking for inspiration, you’ll definitely find it in this post.


I love seeing a piece of furniture transform, and her Painted Bench Makeover is just beautiful. She added so much style to a simple piece.


She also built this amazing DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Farmhouse Table. You can get all the plans for it on her blog!! I just love Heather’s ideas, and I know you’ll love her too!!

Make sure to follow her on Google Plus and

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Better Homes and Gardens Behind-the-Scenes Tour! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/08/better-homes-gardens-behind-scenes-tour.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/08/better-homes-gardens-behind-scenes-tour.html#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:18:37 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=63901 better homes and gardens line at walmart]]>  


I have been DYING to share this with you!! A couple of weeks ago I got to travel to Iowa and meet with Better Homes and Gardens. It really was a dream come true. I am still pinching myself that I got to do that. Better Homes and Gardens has a beautiful line of products at Walmart (BHG at Walmart) and they reached out to a few bloggers to help them get the word out about these gorgeous products.

better homes and gardens line at walmart

It was so fun to see all of the new items that will be hitting Walmart soon and spend the day at the Better Homes and Gardens headquarters. I learned so much!! We got to tour the HUGE headquarters, had amazing classes and learned so many decorating and styling tricks! I am so excited to share it all with you!!
wood centerpiece

eddie ross at the better homes and gardens event


Eddie Ross is amazing. He taught a class on how to style rooms. So many great slides and ideas on how to style bookcases, gallery walls and vignettes. I will be sharing a post dedicated to his styling tips soon!!




We also had an amazing class by Nancy who is the head food stylist at Better Homes and Gardens. She was amazing!! She taught us easy ways to entertain in a genuine way. I can’t wait to share all of her tips. She took a beautiful Holiday Better Homes and Gardens Platter and Large Serving Bowl and showed how to style them into centerpieces for Halloween, Thanksgiving AND Christmas, using the same platter and bowl. I love the way she used unexpected colors together with natural elements.


winter simple centerpiece idea

She said she always uses everyday items you can find at your local supermarket along with plain, inexpensive supermarket flowers.

prop closet at better homes and gardens

We also got to explore the Better Homes and Gardens prop closet. It’s GIGANTIC!!

better homes and gardens test kitchen

And we toured the Better Homes and Gardens test kitchens! They were making Christmas cookies AND Fourth of July food for magazine shoots for next year. So fun!

inside the test kitchen at better homes and gardens

Here are a few pictures of new items in the BHG at Walmart line that I loved!

farmhouse chic storage coffe table

Better Homes and Gardens has a whole BHG at Walmart line of furniture coming out in this kind of farmhouse chic wood – like this coffee table that opens up with storage inside. And the prices are amazing. There are also a sideboard/console table as well as beautiful bookcases made out of this wood. I can’t wait to buy some and style them in my home.

succulents in candle holder idea

Here’s the wood sidbeboard. And I loved this idea of taking a candle holder and planting succulents in it. So awesome!

new bedding from better homes and gardens

Better Homes and Gardens has revamped their whole bedding section and I love the bright colors and patterns!


moroccan lanters from better homes and gardens

I loved this idea. They took these cool Morroccan-style lanterns and turned them into hanging lights.

gift basket idea using better homes and gardens items

bathroom gift basket idea from better homes and gardens

And check out all of the amazing containers in the BHG at Walmart line! They would be perfect for organizing. I also love the idea of using them as containers for gift ideas.

chalkboard storage containers from better homes and gardens chicken wire baskets from better homes and gardens laundry basket on wheels from Better Homes and Gardens metal galvanized buckets from better homes and gardens metal lined baskets from Better Homes and Gardens

We even got to tour the Better Homes and Gardens gorgeous garden. I love that it’s open to the public!

better homes and gardens garden

And at the end of such a wonderful day, Better Homes and Gardens surprised us with a trip to the Iowa State Fair!! It was a once-in-a-lifetime day. I had such an amazing time and I am so grateful for the opportunity.


And every other month I get to share some ideas and ways to use these products. It’s going to be so fun!!


 Better Homes and Gardens and BHG Live Better has so many amazing decorating, food and lifestyle ideas.
You can follow along with them here:
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What was your favorite part of the #BHGStyleShowcase tour?
Let me know in the comments!!
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DIY Magnetic Tangrams http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/08/diy-magnetic-tangrams.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/08/diy-magnetic-tangrams.html#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:00:52 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=63878 DIY-magnetic-board-and-tangrams]]> Hi everyone! It’s Holly from My Sister’s Suitcase. Do you guys remember tangrams? I loved creating different objects and animals from tangram puzzle pieces as a child. Recently, I’ve been loving the clean lines and geometric design possibilities of these shapes. I’ve been thinking about creating a huge set of wooden tangrams for my kids, and with school starting next week, I thought it would be the perfect time to spruce up their study area. I installed a simple magnetic wall above their desks, and then added these awesome tangram shapes. Now they can create their own designs!

DIY magnetic wall and tangra

Here are a few of the patterns my kids wanted to try:

tangram patterns

I love creating interactive artwork that allows my kids to express their creativity! My daughter loves making her own abstract designs:

diy magnetic tangrams

Here’s how I did this project. I started with two zinc metal sheets (24″ x 36″ each) and a set of unfinished wooden tangram shapes:

wooden tangrams

A traditional set of tangram puzzle pieces includes 7 pieces. Here are the dimensions I used:

1. Large triangle (2) – 21.75″ x 15.5″

2. Medium triangle (1) – 15.5″ x 11″

3. Parallelogram (1) – 11″ x 7.75″

4. Square (1) – 7.75″ x 7.75″

5. Small triangle (1) – 11″ x 7.75″

The shapes are cut from 1/4 inch MDF, and I have recently added this set to our shop, Geometree Design. I painted them each in a different shade of orange and yellow craft paint. I love these sunset colors!

painting the wooden shapes

painted wooden tangrams

Once all of the shapes were dry, I hot glued button magnets to the back of each shape.

magnets on tangrams

To create the magnetic wall, I hung the two sheets of metal together on the wall to make them look like one big piece. To attach the sheets to the wall, I used 1.5″ finishing nails in the corners and every 12 inches along the border. My husband helped me drill small holes (with a 5/16″ drill bit) in the sheet metal first to create the holes for the nails to fit through. We laid the sheet metal on the floor and put a piece of scrap wood underneath to drill each hole. This made it a piece of cake to hang up! I added my huge magnetic tangrams and I am so happy with the final result!

magnetic tangrams

cat wooden tangram

My kids are loving the new wall! If you don’t want to mess with magnets, it would still be just as fun to create some wall art with one of these sets of tangrams, and use 3M Command strips to hang them up. I’m excited to try this out in a friend’s nursery for her little boy. What would you make with your life-size tangram shapes?



Thanks Holly! I totally remember tangrams, and what a fun idea for a study space!! My Sister’s Suitcase is full of fun, amazing ideas. Here are a few that I love:


I love these Upcycled Vintage Stools!! The leather makes them so fun, and more durable to use any time!!


If you still have to take school supplies to the teacher, why not use these adorable Printable School Supply Tags. So cute and creative!!


And, I just LOVE these cute Muppet Pencil Toppers made out of felt. What a great way to make writing so much more fun!!

I’m so lucky to have Holly as one of my awesome contributors.

Make sure to follow My Sister’s Suitcase!!
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24 DIY Fall Wreaths http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/08/24-diy-fall-wreaths.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/08/24-diy-fall-wreaths.html#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:22:52 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=63854 24 fall wreath ideas at tatertots and jello]]> Is there one type of craft or DIY project that you love to make?

For me it’s wreaths. I just love making wreaths!!

24 fall wreath ideas at tatertots and jello

I’ve been trying to decide what kind of wreath I want to make for my home this Fall and so I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you for inspiration!


Posies and Pumpkin Wreath @ Nest of Posies 

paper bag wreath

What a genius idea! Turn paper bags into a pretty Fall Wreath @ Pop Sugar 

fall acorn wreath

Fall Acorn Wreath @ Tried & True

flannel and denim fall wreath

Flannel and Denim Fall Wreath @ The 36th Avenue

wood and burlap fall wreath

Wood and Burlap Fall Wreath @ Finding Home

green apple wreath

Green Apple Fall Wreath @ Stone Gable

fall pom pom wreath

Fall Pom Pom Wreath @ Nature’s Heirloom

book page wreath

Book Page Fall Wreath @ The Charm of Home

layered fall wreath

Layered Fall Wreath @ Uncommon Designs

little pumpkin wreath

Little Pumpkin Wreath @ On Sutton Place

metallic acorn wreath

Metallic Acorn Wreath @ Maybe She Made It

rake wreath

Rake Wreath @ Better Homes and Gardens 

fall bubble wreath

Fall Burlap Bubble Wreath @ Craftaholics Anonymous

urban scraecrow wreath

Urban Scarecrow Wreath @ Makely Home

fall thumbtack wreath

Fall Thumbtack Wreath @ Madigan Makes

fall grain wreath

Fall Wheat Wreath @ Better Homes and Gardens 

candy corn wreath

Candy Corn Wreath @ Whipperberry

pretty fall wreath

Fall Persimmon Wreath @ Apartment Therapy

And here are a few that I’ve made:

fall houndstooth pumpkin wreath

Fall Houndstooth Pumpkin Wreath


Plaid Pumpkin Ruffle Wreath


Dollar Store Hula Skirt to Fall Wreath

fall mason jar ring wreath

Fall Mason Jar Ring Wreath 

fall embroidery hoop wreath

Fall Embroidery Hoop Wreath

fall wreath redo

Fabric Leaves Fall Wreath 

Which one is YOUR favorite?? 

Let me know in the comments! 

And if you have a Fall wreath that YOU’VE made, leave us a link in the comments so we can come over and see YOUR wreath!! 

Have a Beautiful Day! 


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Inspirational DIY Chalkboard Hat Displays! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/08/inspirational-chalkboard-hat-displays.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/08/inspirational-chalkboard-hat-displays.html#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:41:39 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=63834 inspirational chalkboard hat display at tatertots and jello]]> This post brought to you by FloraCraft

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I’m so excited to be part of the 2014 Make it Fun Team with FloraCraft!

styrocraft team

FloraCraft has all kinds of fun foam wreath forms, balls, cones and more! This month they challenged the team to craft something using these foam heads. LOL!!!

foam head

I was going to make something Halloween themed, but then I thought they might be fun to use as hat stands in Ella’s room. She has a couple hats she loves.


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Here’s how to make these Inspirational Chalkboard Hat Displays:

1. Paint the heads with chalkboard paint.

2. Mount them on wood plaques. I made one a little taller than the other by stacking two of the wood plaques and then placing the head on top.

add wood plaques

3. Use chalkboard pens to write quotes on the heads. I chose two Audrey Hepburn quotes:

Happy girls are the prettiest girls

The beauty of a woman is reflected in her soul

4. Add some flowers for color and interest.

chalkboard quote manequin heads

Each month we will doing a project. I’m excited to see what we’ll be making next month!

You can get all kinds of great foam craft ideas by visiting the Make It: Fun site and by following along with FloraCraft on their Pinterest boards and Facebook page, and be sure to check out the other projects the team made with these foam heads. Amazing!


Have a Creative Day! 


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Mediterranean Orzo Salad Recipe! http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/08/mediterranean-orzo-pasta-salad-recipe.html http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/08/mediterranean-orzo-pasta-salad-recipe.html#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 06:04:37 +0000 http://tatertotsandjello.com/?p=63806 mediterranean orzo pasta salad at tatertots and jello]]> I am addicted to orzo pasta. Maybe it’s the shape or the texture?? I have an Orzo Artichoke Pasta Salad that I make all the time and I can’t get enough of it!

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As I was buying ingredients to make it yet AGAIN, I decided to switch things up and make a Mediterranean version of this favorite salad. And I have to say that I love it.

mediterranean orzo pasta salad recipe at tatertots and jello

And the best part of this salad? It gets better the longer you refrigerate it (up to a certain point of course LOL). I do like it even better the day after. It lets the juices settle in and it is even more flavorful!

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Here’s the easy recipe:


Mediterranean Orzo Salad


Yield: 8-10 servings

Mediterranean Orzo Salad


  • 1 box of Orzo pasta, cook al dente
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1.5 pints of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 8 oz. ex. small artichoke hearts (you can add these whole or cut them up)
  • 3 Tablespoons Capers, drained
  • 1/2-1 cup of pitted Kalamata Olives
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper or lemon pepper is good too (to taste)
  • 1 cup Butter Lettuce, torn (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Feta Cheese
  • 1 Large bunch of Basil, chopped - reserve a few leaves to garnish the salad
  • If you want to add protein — you can add some cooked and sliced chicken breast


  1. Cook Orzo according to directions
  2. Drain, reserving about 1 cup of the pasta water. Pour the reserved liquid back in with the orzo. This liquid helps create a “sauce” when the other ingredients are added.
  3. In large skillet, heat 1/4 cup olive oil over medium-high heat.
  4. Add onion and cook until the onion becomes transparent.
  5. Then add garlic and cook for about 1 minute.
  6. Add chicken if you are going to use it, artichoke hearts, capers and cook about 4-6 minutes — take off the heat.
  7. Add pasta and stir in the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, tomatoes and basil, chopped.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.
  9. Once cooled, add butter lettuce and garnish with basil.
  10. Serve this dish warm, room temperature, or I even prefer it the next day straight out of the refrigerator. You can even add some chopped romaine lettuce to the salad once it’s cooled and it makes a wonderful green/pasta salad.
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You can’t go wrong!!

And here’s a link to the other Orzo Pasta Salad that I love:

orzo pasta salad

And another family favorite is this Springtime Pasta Salad:


Have a wonderful day!

Let me know how this recipe goes for you — and if you’ve made any variations I’d love to try them!


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