DIY Mother’s Day Projects

May is almost here, so that means it’s almost time for Mother’s Day! In today’s post, I’ll share with you a couple of easy DIY projects that you can make for someone in honor of Mother’s Day. Now before you get worried, I warned my mom NOT to check my blog today as these are obviously her presents for this year. I just wanted to share them with you in time for you to make them for your own mothers!

The two projects I’ll describe today are a beautiful bouquet of flowers and some mini canvas magnets:

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I’ll start with the bouquet. You’ll need:

  • 1 Mason jar
  • Paint
  • 8 flowers (I got mine from Michael’s and yes, they’re fake)
  • Other decorations (gemstones, ribbon, stickers, etc.)

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Shake the paint well before opening it. Squirt a small amount in the jar – you can always add more, but you can’t get rid of it (wise words from the experienced, here).

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Swirl it around in the jar.

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Once the jar is completely covered, turn it upside down on old newspaper to dry. This can take up to a day.

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Meanwhile, you can prep your flowers. I cut off the ends in varying lengths and used a rubber band to tie them together to make sure they stayed in the arrangement that I liked.

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Once the jar is dry, you can decorate it till your heart’s content. I added gemstones all around the outside, and a cool rhinestone ring I found at Michael’s as well. You can use ribbon, baker’s twine, or stickers to make the jar your own. And voila! What Mom wouldn’t want flowers that never die? 😉

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Next up are these adorable canvas magnets. They are unbelievably easy. I picked up a pack of 8 at Michael’s.

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I used magnetic tape to add a small square to the back of each.

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Then, I used paint markers to decorate them. Use your imagination here! And if your imagination isn’t working, go ahead and use good old Pinterest for some inspiration.

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Once you have them painted and it’s dried, add a layer of glossy Mod Podge to take it to the next level. 🙂 Your mom/grandmother/wife/special someone will love having the handmade gift as an addition to their fridge.

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If you try either one of these projects, be sure to let me know how they turn out!

And in the meantime, have a great rest of your week.

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One-Pot Goulash

I feel like goulash gets a bad rap. I know when I was a kid, I really hated the school’s version of goulash, but when my mom made it – oh, there wasn’t anything better. Brown sugar and chili powder come together to put a sweet’n’spicy spin on the traditional dish. It’s pure heaven, I tell ya.

I have to give my mom 100% credit for this recipe. However, she never has had a written recipe for it. She taught me how to cook by instinct and this is definitely one of those recipes that requires that. I’ll try to talk you through how we do it, but trust me, once you have this version of goulash you’ll never go back.

And to make it even better, this goulash is made completely in one pan which makes clean-up a breeze. It’s a win-win.

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Start the goulash by browning 1 lb. hamburger in a large pan. Add 1/4 c. chopped onion, and season with garlic powder, salt and pepper.

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Once the meat is cooked through, add 1- 15 oz. can tomato sauce, 1 1/2 cups ketchup, 1 tablespoon mustard, and 3/4 c. brown sugar. Sprinkled in some chili powder as well, varying the amount based on how spicy you want it to be. (I probably do about 1/4 tsp.)

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Add 3/4 c. water and 12 oz. elbow pasta to the sauce, and bring it all to a boil.

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Reduce heat to medium and let simmer for 20-30 minutes or until pasta is cooked through. Check it every 5 minutes or so, adding a bit more liquid as needed (water and/or ketchup).

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Once the pasta is fully cooked, dig in!

Here’s the full recipe:

One-Pot Goulash
Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 1/4 c. chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 -15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 c. ketchup
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1 T. mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 3/4 c. water
  • 12 oz. elbow pasta

Brown hamburger with onion and seasonings. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and let simmer 20-30 minutes or until pasta is cooked through. Serve and enjoy!

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Promise me you’ll try it, and let me know what you think, ok? 🙂

Have a wonderful week!

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