May 22, 2012

DIY Fabric Covered Flower Pots

I made these fabric covered pots as Mother's Day gifts, and I think they were a huge hit. I saw a few different covered pots on Pinterest (of course), and figured it couldn't be too hard. They would make perfect gifts for any occasion: Birthday, Housewarming, Get Well Soon, etc.

You just need a few materials:
Mod Podge (they need to start selling this stuff at Costco!)
Terra Cotta Pot and Saucer
Brush (I have found the cheapo foam ones work best with Mod Podge)
Thumb tack

Lay out your fabric, and starting from one edge, roll your pot in an arch shape along the fabric from one side of the fabric to the other. While rolling, trace a line about an inch and a half from the top of the pot (you will need this extra fabric to fold over in the inside of the pot). You can kinda see my pencil line on the pic above.

Cut the fabric out along the line you have drawn. Your shape should look like the pic below.

Paint a small section of your pot with Mod Podge and, starting from the shorter side of your fabric, stick it onto the Mod Podge'd part of the pot, smoothing out the section that is now glued. Continue doing this with small sections to ensure no bubbles or folding, around the entire pot. When you get back to the side of the pot you started with, cut off the excess fabric and fold the end in, so you don't get any fraying, and glue that folded edge down.

Now for the top and the bottom: Cut 1 inch slits around the fabric on the top, and fold those pieces over into the inside of the pot, painting on the Mod Podge to adhere. The bottom is a little tricky, you may need to cut excess fabric off. Cut slits in the fabric, like at the top, and glue the pieces down as flat as you can.

Paint the entire outside of the pot with a coat of Mod Podge. Let dry, and paint another coat on if you would like.

Once my pot was completely dry, I used a thumb tack to poke a few holes in the bottom so that water could get through the pot.

Fill your fancy schmancy pot with herbs, flowers, or even use it as a fun container for your makeup brushes or pens and pencils.


Cheese, Green Chiles and Mushroom Stuffed Burgers

With grilling season upon us, I have been getting some good use out of my handy dandy Stuffed Hamburger Press from Williams-Sonoma. I got it as an Xmas gift and couldn't wait to try it.  My most recent stuffing, was one with cheese, green chiles and mushrooms, and it was fabulous! There is just something about having all your favorite burger toppings on the INSIDE of the burger!

1 lb ground beef
1 tbsp fajita seasoning
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp dried, minced onions
6 slices of American cheese
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chiles, drained
1 (4 oz) can sliced mushrooms, drained
*Makes 3 large burgers

Mix together the ground beef, fajita seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, and minced onions.

Following the stuffer instruction, fill each side with some of the ground beef, pressing down the middle to form a small well in the center. 

Add a slice of cheese (i folded in the corners so it fit better), a small spoonful of chiles and mushrooms. Close, pushing both sides together firmly, to seal the burger. (If you don't have the burger stuffer tool, just make 2 thin patties of your own, put the cheese, green chiles and mushrooms on top of one patty. Then put the other patty on top, pressing down and sealing the edges, creating one burger).

Cook burgers on the grill for about 10 minutes on each side, depending on your grill and how you like your burgers cooked.

When they are about ready to be taken off the grill, add another slice of cheese on top. You can add whatever other toppings you like, we just did tomatoes and ketchup.

While this was probably my favorite stuffed burger so far, a few other awesome stuffed burgers we have concocted:

- Mix goat cheese with some fresh herbs (we used basil), and garlic salt. Stuff inside of burgers, and top with balsamic sauteed mushrooms and sliced avocados.

- Stuff burgers with Pepper Jack Cheese, and top with grilled onions and tomato.

What's your favorite stuffed burger recipe??