Tag: Made It

Slow-Cooked Pork Tacos Get Me Every Time

Another week, another Taco Tuesday. I thought spicy pork tacos was the perfect way to spend a Tuesday dinner, and so, the slow cooker is comin’ right out. Now, these tacos are highly inspired by a little BBQ fare. With side dishes of refried beans and corn, plus pickled jalapenos, all the elements are here, just with a twist.

I have scoured the web for you readers and found many slow cooker recipes. The only thing, I tend to use them more as a guide. Here’s a few I started with: from Can You Stay For Dinner?, Budget Bytes, Buck Cooks, Food Network and Better Homes & Gardens.

So, I cut up my pork tenderloin into cubes, sliced half an onion and then added a mess of other things to the mix: diced tomatoes & green chiles, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper, coriander, oregano, minced garlic and chicken stock. I also added some chipotle peppers and the sauce they’re canned in. Just, not as much as last time. Then, it’s just set it and forget it.

Shell: Store brand corn tortillas
Filling: Chipotle pork and onions (see above)
Toppings: Shredded iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, Colby Jack & pickled jalapenos.

Side Dish: Store bought refried beans & corn jazzed up with some red pepper

Results: These were delicious. Though some slow cooker recipes tell you to discard the onions, I left them in the mix, which added a great texture (not to mention more veggies). The pickled jalapenos added just the right balance to the smoky, sweet, spicy meat.

If, for some crazy perfectly normal reason you didn’t throw a cubed pork in the slow cooker this morning, no worries! There are plenty of quick and easy pork taco recipes that cook up in time for dinner tonight. Try pork these tacos from Cooking Light, My Recipes and The Kitchn.

A Statement Piece Gets Me Every Time

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My friends know me well. Very well. Well enough to forward this DIY link to me. They probably even know me well enough to figure I would have all the supplies I need for this: sunglasses case, mini animal toy, paint, glitter, mod podge, glue, paint brush. Check, check, check, check, check and check. A no-brainer craft project… with one tiny tweak.

Here’s the thing. I’m probably not going to any derbies or polo matches soon. So, when else would I carry a glittery clutch? Nighttime is the right time. And if it’s evening, I can think of no one but this little night owl to accompany me out on the town. (Well, other than Mr. Gets Me Every Time of course. But, I didn’t think he wanted to be painted silver and superglued to anything.)

If you’ve been around the blog a while, you know that (because of the shop) I pretty much had an unlimited choice of animals to top my newest accessory with. And don’t think I didn’t experiment with some other guys. Have a look.

I was digging the preppy look of some of the red puppy, but in the end, the owl just really won me over. I mean, who doesn’t love a great hooter accessory?

I’ve got my eyes on some other inspired crafty DIY projects. Stay tuned.

DI-WHY Gets Me Every Time

OK. I’m going to start off saying that I love DIY just as much as the next craft-loving lady. But, I am starting to feel like things are getting out of control in the blogosphere. So, without any ado, I’m dusting off and climbing onto my soapbox.

I made those notebooks up there. Well, I DIY-ed them, according to anyone’s standards. They were covered with logos of the companies that gave them to me for free. I just doctored them up with washi & paper tape. But I’m not giving you a tutorial on them. D-I-WHY would I? It’s simple, people. Unroll the tape, stick it on, snip the ends ta-da!

I’ve come across quite a few D-I-WHY projects across the web recently and while I won’t link to them, I am going to unashamedly call them out. Some of the projects you will never get a tutorial on from this blog include:

  • Dip-dyed marshmallows
  • Painted Rocks
  • Putting hooks on a wall
  • Putting a collection of (buttons, shells, change) in a jar
  • Skewering marshmallows, candy, etc
  • Abstract Art
  • Putting colored tape on a notebook, chair, desk, frame, etc (see above)
  • Adding glitter to everyday objects
  • Printing Instagram photos

Remember, I love DIY. I just don’t want another blog post on how to print a printable or how to cut out strips of paper and make a paper chain. Let’s push ourselves. Let’s make something new. Let’s make something to be talked about. Or let’s get offline altogether and make some memories.

Am I the only one? What’s got you screaming DI-WHY? these days?

Etsy Merch Gets Me Every Time

Things have been busy around these parts. We’re talking crafturdays galore. And what do I have to show for it? Well, lots of new merch over on Etsy. Here’s a sneak peek, starting with the above Dino Toyidermy.

And if prehistoric isn’t your thing, check out this sheep set.

This one, above and below, is one of my favorites. For the ultimate Alabama home divided, the Iron Bowl Flipside Toyidermy. It can be hung either way.

See, you can cheer for Auburn or Alabama. Or maybe, in the house divided, the losing team has to hang upside down all year?

Now, if you’re a fan of Glee, you might remember Kurt’s fashionable hippo brooch he wore this season. And that’s the inspiration here.

Last up are some awesome business card holders to jazz up your desk. These playful guys will definitely be an icebreaker in office.

Check out these and more great stuff in the shop now. Thanks guys!

Chipotle Chicken Tacos Get Me Every Time

Bring on the heat, my friends. Now, my readers in the Boston area, I know this has a double meaning for us, with our Celtics facing the Heat tonight. But, right now, all I can do is tell you about taco #2/20: Chipotle Chicken Tacos. Spi-cy!

Shell: soft, whole wheat, store brand
Filling: Chipotle Chicken
Toppings: lettuce, sharp cheddar cheese
Salsa: Cucumber-avocado “salsa”

Modifications: I cut back the brown sugar in the chicken recipe–I prefer smoky meats to sweet meats, like in barbecue. In the “salsa,” I left out the jalapeños–mostly because I knew the chicken would be spicy… but also because I didn’t have a fresh one on hand that night.

Results: These were so spicy that if we make them again, well probably only use half the can of chipotle peppers in ancho sauce. With a full onion in the dish, plus the avocado “salsa”, it was also super hearty—plenty of leftovers to be had. We put ours on nachos. We’re cooking up some more tacos this week. Can’t wait to share them with you guys!

Dreaming Gets Me Every Time

Hey guys! Just a quick little graphic I worked up. Been thinking a lot about the power of positive thinking lately and I’m turning this into my mantra for the summer.

I hope everyone enjoys their holiday weekend. And THANK YOU to all soldiers, past, present & future. Your sacrifices are incredible and not recognized nearly enough.

Now, go. Get to your weekending!

*Turn can’ts into cans and dreams into plans. -Kobi Yamada*

ShopLocket + A Giveaway Gets Me Every Time

So, remember earlier in the week when I mentioned that I had a special item I made just for you guys. Well, it’s a one-of-a-kind item, and I usually only make these guys as gifts, so get it while it’s hot. Introducing the Metallic Sheep Treasure Jar, brought to you directly on the blog via ShopLocket.

What is ShopLocket? (First, please pause and say that like your favorite microwave lunch/snack, HotPocket!) Yeah. You got that. Ok. So, ShopLocket lets me sell anything I want to you right here on my blog for a small fee. That means you don’t have to head over to my Etsy store or anything. You buy right here on my blog and I ship it right to you. Easy Peasy Squeezy.

As for that giveaway, how about $100 to buy anything on ShopLocket? Sound good. Yeah. You’re right, it is.

Here’s your chance to win:
• First, check out everything they’ve got to offer right on their Pinterest board.

• Then, simply tweet what you would buy using your $100 ShopLocket credit to @ShopLocket & hashtag it #ShopMyBlog. For instance, you could write @ShopLocket I would buy the rad sheep jar from @copykelly’s blog! #ShopMyBlog. I mean, there, I just did it for you. Copy & paste guys!

• Tweet to enter from today (May 24) until Thursday, May 31. The winner will be announced Friday, June 1, via the @ShopLocket Twitter feed, so go ahead and follow along.

• Finally, come back and tell me if you won!

You think you got it? I know you do. But, as always, if you have question, just leave ’em there in the comments! And don’t forget to check out the ShopLocket Pinterest Board!

Stocking Up Gets Me Every Time

Elephant & Giraffe Toyidermy

Happy Monday everyone. I hope your weekends were fabulous. The weather here in Boston was b-e-a-utiful and was definitely enjoyed. Aside from taking in some sunshine, I also updated my shop.

Toyidermy on Etsy

There’s some new toyidermy now available. (plus some more coming this evening!) And there’s some other new items. So, if ya don’t mind, check it out. Maybe you’ll find someone who needs a new home!

Gold Zebra Statue on Etsy

In honor of the new wares in the shop I’ll be having an exclusive one-item only sale later on in the week, especially for blog readers. Plus, word on the street is that there are a couple of giveaways coming up in the near future. More on that later. Here’s to another week!

Spooning Gets Me Every Time

As much as I’m sure you all could tell from my Mother’s Day sneak peek, I can now finally divulge the gifts of mommyhood bestowed upon mine and Mr. GMET’s mothers. (It’s my own fault really, that I couldn’t have shared sooner. My DIY schedule and shipping times just don’t seem to be adding up.)

The Mr. And I are completely blessed with two of the most caring, loving, supportive mothers ever. So, I wanted to put love into whatever we gifted them this year. That’s why I got in on the painting and dipping craze that’s been going around.

This is truly one of the easiest DIY projects I’ve ever completed with such impressive results. I’m telling you, these painted spoons were a hit according to both moms.

To start I simply taped off the area I wanted to paint with washi tape. I would have used painters’ tape but we didn’t have any. Masking tape would have worked here too.

Then, as you see in the above pictures, I clamped the ends with the fanciest of office supplies. This was so I could paint both sides of the flat one and all surfaces of the spoons with cylindrical handles and not worry about messing up the paint.

I simply took down a few mugs and hung the spoons from our mug hooks to dry. Some needed two coats, some needed only one; I just eyeballed it.

After the paint I applied a clear sealer to the handles to keep them from chipping. I know our moms will take great care of them but I know they’ll need to stand up to some mixing too.

Again, I really cannot emphasize how easy peasy this project was. After everything was dry I carefully removed the tape and was finished. Really. Just some tissue paper and ribbon and we were good to go.

This project got me thinking of other tools that could be easily transformed with a little bit of paint… Pencils and paintbrushes of course, and makeup brushes too. Maybe some terra cotta pots? Who knows?!

What have you given a quick makeover to recently? Maybe your project will inspire my next one!

A Dresser Do-Over Gets Me Every Time

It’s time for a post long in the making, the out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new, dresser-to-TV stand DIY. Need a refresher? Let’s go way back here and remember how we (yes, that includes you) were sick and tired of that IKEA TV bench.

All caught up? Alright. So, Mr. Gets Me Every Time and I scoured the old Craigslist till we came up with a dresser at the perfect size, price and location. That’s how we ended up with the above beauty. I know. As much as we too loved those pretty princess decals and butterfly knobs, the paint was just a little too chipped up for our liking. Before we say goodbye, you know you want those close-ups.

The previous owner was a young girl turned teen who had outgrown the girly pink accents—the family was on their way to a soccer game when we picked up the piece. Lucky for her, and us, we knew just what to do to transform this dresser. Since there are plenty of posts about dresser reno on the interwebs, I’ll just get to the in-progress and after shots.

We went with Benjamin Moore’s Peacock Blue for our paint color. Looking at the color palette online, we figured it perfectly complimented our new gray couch, plus it was just the pop of color the room needed. We needed a place to stash our DVD player and cable box, so we knew the top row of drawers* wouldn’t be making it back in the picture, for now. But, we did need to create a shelf where the top drawers were. (*We still painted them, in case this dresser ever is a dresser again.)

Armed with measurements in hand, we went to Home Depot where a friendly, and helpful, employee helped us pick out a piece of wood heavy enough to bear the load of the entertainment necessities. Once it was home, it too was sanded & painted. Then we drilled bunches of holes to help with some air circulation. Holes were also drilled in the back panel of wood for the same purpose. And, here we go!

Ta-da! Here’s the finished piece, and Louise inspecting it. We loaded up the middle drawer with DVDs and CDs, freeing up tons of room on our bookcases. And in the bottom shelf we store extra remotes plus all of our board games. We couldn’t be happier. We fixed up the entire dresser in the comfort of our own apartment. No worries, the paint was low-odor and drop cloths and sheets covered everything else until we were finished.

As you remember from last week, the knobs were crucial to this project. So we went to IKEA last weekend and picked up two sets of SVEP knobs. We really liked their traditional shape and liked the look of the black against the blue—especially with the other black furniture in the apartment. (We also grabbed a set of the SVEP handles too, in case we ever decide to put those top drawers back in place.)

Have you refinished any furniture recently? Did we miss any steps? I’ve heard about a wax finish you can put on furniture, but I didn’t read much into it—oops! No matter, we still are proud of a job well done.