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Lady Gaga Valentine’s Day Card

My husband and I have always had the type of the relationship that isn’t smothered in ooey gooey “I love you”s and cliché romantic gestures. I’m not a touchy feely/overly emotional person by nature and I married someone that isn’t either.  We’re very sarcastic and we take nothing seriously, so we always find it funny when people comment about how we interact with one another. Here’s the deal… we just like to do things our own way. lol.

Valentine’s Day is no exception in our house. Although we went skiing together and had a nice dinner yesterday, our gifts to one another were not your traditional sentimentally-fluffed purchases. My favorite part of my present to Chad was my handmade card, which I had to share… simply because it makes me laugh every time I look at it

We both share a deep love for Lady Gaga. Yes, she is a bit over the top…but her music is fabulous. So, after having a debate over what she means by a “bad romance,” the idea of a Lady Gaga inspired handmade Valentine crept into my head. Ta-da!

What elements of this card make it an all time favorite of mine? 1.) The picture of Lady Gaga. Although everything she wears is outrageous, this is one of the best ensembles to date. 2.) The lyrics from Monster; they are ridiculous. 3.) The schizophrenic magazine-style cutouts.

I know not everyone will be producing a Lady Gaga Valentine from this. However, I think the idea is a good one. Nothing says “I love you” more than something handmade. Focusing on something you have in common or share a love for makes it even more special. Even though my husband and I clearly have a bizarre sense of humor… for Chad, this was a perfect Valentine.

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Valentine's Day Pillows

I promised I would report on all of the projects I made over the weekend, so here goes. My friend Claudia spent the day with me on Saturday when we were trapped indoors by a massive snow storm (18 inches!) She is not as crazy about crafting as me (politely put, she thinks I’m a bit looney), but I managed to force her to create a few projects while she was with me.

To get in the Valentine’s Day spirit, we started with small throw pillows based on this project I’ve posted previously about. Since I was tailoring our pillows for the crafting novice (cough, Claudia, cough), we used a 12 by 12 inch piece of scrapbook paper for a basic pillow pattern. We used white fleece as the fabric and cut four squares each to make two pillows. Then, we used 5 varying shades of felt for the hearts. We used my Cricut to cut out our heart patterns. I used the Accent Essentials shape cartridge and made the largest heart 6 1/2 inches. I reduced the heart size by 1/4 inch each time I cut a new one for a total of 5 different sizes. Other than those few modifications, we just followed CraftyPod’s great tutorial.

Although she looked like she was playing tortured seamstress in a sweatshop while making them… Claudia was very pleased and proud of her final products. She also made the scarf she’s wearing, but I’ll save that for another day!

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Cinnamon Caramel Snack Mix

Last week was SUPER busy at work and I had no time for crafting or cooking. Thankfully this weekend brought 18 inches of snow and plenty of time to hang out inside and create :) I have lots of projects to share but I wanted to start this week off with a new recipe I tried out yesterday. Our friends Sarah and Dan had everyone over to watch the Super Bowl and I made Cinnamon Caramel Snack Mix and Buffalo Chicken Dip. The Cinnamon Caramel Snack Mix was a hit! Here is my recipe version for it:

Cinnamon Caramel Snack Mix

  • 4 c. plain, air popped pop corn
  • 4 c. Corn Chex
  • 2 c. pretzel sticks
  • 2 c. Cheerios
  • 1 can mixed nuts
  • 1 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1/2 c. light corn syrup
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 12 oz. bag of chocolate chips

Mix popcorn, Corn Chex, pretzels, Cheerios and nuts in a roaster pan; set aside. Heat sugar, butter and syrup to boil; reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, baking soda and cinnamon. Pour over cereal mixture and stir good. Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread out on wax paper to cool. Melt chocolate over double boiler and drizzle over top of mix. When cooled, break up into smaller pieces and enjoy!

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The Modern Lady is One Month Old

Hooray for the one month anniversary of my blog! As The Modern Lady, I have posted 18 entries in the last 31 days and opened The Modern Lady store on Etsy (currently filled with aprons – oh how I love aprons). I’m so excited to see the interest grow more and more everyday and I truly appreciate all the comments to date! This blog pushes me to keep up the creativity and challenge myself at new domestic endeavors … and I only see greater things to come :)

To celebrate this momentous occasion, I wanted to highlight some posts from other bloggers that have fueled my inspiration over the last month. Here are some of my favorites:

Thank you all for sharing your talents with the world!!!


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Apricot Fluff Recipe

    Located in the “Salads and Salad Dressings” section, Apricot Salad (or what my family calls Apricot Fluff), was my sweet treat of choice. This jello-based dessert  is great year round, but my family always makes it as a light refreshing side at holidays. I personally like it when the cream cheese is slightly chunky but if you prefer to whip it into a heavenly apricot state it will melt in your mouth!
    Apricot Salad
    Mrs. Robert Pavone
    As printed in Angels and Friends Favorite RecipesServes: 12

    1 6-ounce package apricot jello
    1 8-ounce package cream cheese (room temperature)
    1 large Cool Whip
    1 No. 2 can crushed pineapple (in juice)

    Mix jello with two cups hot water and the juice of the drained pineapple. Bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Cool. Refrigerate until slightly thickened. Add softened cream cheese, pineapple, and Cool Whip. Fold together and pour into 9 x 13 pan or a mold.


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You Win Some, You Lose Some

Thursdays have turned into my weekday cooking marathon day. Since my husband is still in law school and has night class, I have my parents over for a nice meal then my good friend Matt comes over to watch some TV… which of course requires snacks. With all of the activity, I have the opportunity to try out lots of new recipes.  Sometimes I come across a keeper… other times I’m sad I wasted the time and money to try out a dud. Last night was a win some, lose some kind of night.

Let’s start with the loser. I tried the Parmesan-Herb Popcorn recipe from the Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate Winter magazine. You think the fact that it called for parmesan cheese and it said that they used Kraft’s to test it would have tipped me off – I’m only a 1/4 Italian but I know that is not real cheese. Then, it called for a 1/4 cup of Italian Seasoning to 20 cups of popcorn, holy! I am not a huge fan of Italian Seasoning on a good day, so I used about half that – but that was STILL too overwhelming. The final product had a weird rosemary flavor and despite the fact that I baked it for an hour with olive oil like the recipe said, all of the cheese still fell off and floated to the bottom of the bowl. My dad took a bite and spit it out. Matt, who never says anything mean about anyone or anything, sealed it with a remark of disapproval. My mom smelled the bowl and passed on a taste test of her own. Clearly this is a not a recipe I will EVER be making again.

Enter original modern lady, Martha Stewart, to save the evening snack scene. Her recipe for Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies was the big winner of the night! I made two modifications to her ingredient list. First, I used salted butter instead of unsalted. (I’m salty by nature, so I don’t mind it.) Second, I used dark chocolate chips. I prepared everything just as her directions outline. The only other issue I had was that it definitely did not take 15 to 18 minutes for these in my oven, the first batch was a lot toastier than I wanted. The rest I cooked for 12 minutes and they had a crunchy outside and warm, gooey center. This giant chocolate chip cookie recipe is a keeper for sure! Perhaps my version of these little gems will make their county fair debut this summer :)

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