No, this will not be a baseball themed post as I know next to nothing about baseball. Instead it will involve not one but two making messes opportunities. Since I have not posted any Make Something Monday posts since I have been at Camp and this was my first day back in Augusta, it seemed appropriate. Plus I needed to be extra busy in order to drown out my sadness and longing for my campers.
1. Stepping Stones- Cheap Style
I have been meaning to do this for a while now and the materials have just been sitting around in the garage for at least 3 years so today seemed was the day! My mommy and I decided to make some extra large stepping stones for her garden. It was easy, cheap and great for a sunny summer day!
-1 bag of concrete mix
-pizza boxes, the size you want your stones to be, I used extra large pizza boxes like the ones from Cosco
-assortment of plates, glass, tiles (stuff to break up to decorate your stone), I bought some cheap plates from Goodwill
-big bucket or wheelbarrow
-shovel, any size will do
1. Prep work: break up all of the plates, glass, tiles, etc. by wrapping them up in a towel and hitting them with a hammer until broken into desired sizes
2. Mix concrete int he big bucket or wheelbarrow, follow directions on bag. Make sure it is wet enough to pour smoothly into boxes but not too soupy. Shovel concrete into pizza boxes, smooth out with back of shovel.
3. Press colorful pieces into the concrete. The design possibilities are endless.
4. Wait to dry. All done!
It was that easy! Now my mommy has two new giant stepping stones for her garden for about 4 dollars of concrete and about 6 dollars worth of plates
2. Chocolate Cinnamon Sour Cream Drop Cookies
These turned out so delicious! I found the recipe in one of my mothers cook books, 365 Cookies. They were not what I expected, they are sort of like cake cookies and the flavor was sweet but not too rich.
2 oz. Unsweetened baking chocolate
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour, sifted
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 cup sour cream
1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Lightly grease baking sheets.
2. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Remove and set aside once melted.
3. In a large mixing bowl, creme together the butter and sugar. Beat in eggs. Beat until batter is light. Add melted chocolate and vanilla. Mix well.
4. Sift the flour, baking soda and cinnamon.
5. Mix nutmeg into sour cream.
6. Add the flour mixture to the batter, 1 cup at a time, alternating with the sour cream. Mix well.
7. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of batter onto baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until cookies have browned around edges. Remove from oven.
8. Let cool.