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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Faux Jadeite Shamrocks

faux jadeite shamrocks

This project is a quick and easy one.  I have to say thanks to Jenna of Rain On A Tin Roof for sharing her faux jadeite technique last fall.  I have made a couple of glass pieces but this idea came about after drinking some bottled water and then noticing the bottom of the bottle was shaped like a shamrock!

faux jadeite shamrocks

faux jadeite shamrocks

Once the bottle is empty, simple cut the bottom off.  
Bottles are made of very thin plastic these days and cutting is very easy.

Krylon pistachio satin spray paint

This is the paint you'll need:  Krylon Pistachio in satin.  
Just give each bottle end a coat or two and let dry.  That's it!

faux jadeite shamrocks

I used these as bowl fillers in an ironstone  bowl with moss.

faux jadeite shamrocks

faux jadeite shamrocks

faux jadeite shamrocks

The dried lavendar is from Dreaming In Color that I posted about here
L-o-v-e the smell of lavender.

faux jadeite shamrocks

This is a super easy project and one that gives beautiful results for such little effort!  My kind of project :)

Don't forget to check back on Mondays for our Something To Talk About link party.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Something To Talk About Link Party #6

Hey all!!  It's time again for another great party!!  This week we're welcoming three new hosts:
  Karen from Karen's Up On The Hill, 
Karin from Art is Beauty, and 
Melody from My Passion For Decor.  

Welcome ladies!  We're excited to have you join us.  I know this is going to be an incredible week!

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                   What I've been up to this week:

Vicki and Jennifer's picks :   Free Floral Printables  from 11 Magnolia Lane
Master Bathroom Budget Makeover  from  Bless'er House

CoCo's picks: Spring at the Manor  from Slice of Southern Pie

Lisa's picks: Painted Piano Bench Makeover from Serendipity Refined
Spring Flowers on the Front Door  from Lilacs and Longhorns

Angie's picks: Home Tour - Craft Room from She's Crafty Crafty
Mason Jar Recipes  from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

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The Altered Past is pleased to feature from last week's party:

Candice from She's Crafty and her Home Tour Craft Room.  Wow! This is an awesome space!

Walking on Sunshine Recipes shared this fantastic round up of mason jar recipes!

We would love to connect with you on social media! 
CoCo from The Crowned Goat || Facebook || Instagram || Pinterest
Angie from The Altered Past || Facebook || Instagram || Pinteres
Karin from Art is Beauty || Facebook || Instagram || Pinterest || Twitter
Melody from My Passion For Decor || Facebook || Instagram || Pinterest 

Party Rules…please don't link and run :) 
1  Please link to a specific post on your blog, not your blog's home page. You may link up to 3 posts!
2  Please leave a comment for your host.
3  Cultivate new relationships…visit a couple of blogs and leave comments.
4  No Etsy stores, giveaways or link parties.
5  We would love a link back to one of our blogs with a text link or party button.
6. By submitting a link, you’re giving us permission and granting us the right to feature your project and photos on this blog, website and on social media.  Proper credit and a link back to your post will always be given. The Altered Past is not responsible for stolen images or the misuse by others who have found your image through
7 Each week, a few of our favorites will be featured on all five of our blogs.  Features will also be pinned to our Pinterest Party Board  for even more exposure!  If you were featured, be sure to grab a button!

Thank you so much for stopping by and for linking up with us!

If you were featured last week, don't forget to grab a button!

Now, let's get this party started!!  Thanks for stopping by and God bless!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

National Pancake Day - I Added the Chocolate Syrup!

It's National Pancake Day!!  

Make that pan-a-cakes, if you're in our house.  Who doesn't enjoy a stack of delicious piping hot pancakes for breakfast.  You can easily make pancakes from scratch but I use a baking mix and then "doctor" up the mix for whatever our fancy may be that day.

national pancake day, chocolate syrup recipe

Just because you use a boxed mix doesn't mean you have to keep it in its box.  I use old pantry jars to hold most dry goods.  If you need the measurements for biscuits, pancakes, etc., just copy it from the box and tape it to the jar.

national pancake day, chocolate syrup recipe

Did you know that most old teacups hold exactly one cup?  That makes them perfect as scoops in flour and sugar jars.  And, the look nice too.  This one is a vintage Homer Laughlin teacup.  I assume it was made for a restaurant or hotel because of the JC monogram. 

national pancake day, chocolate syrup recipe

Now let's add some flavor!  I add a splash of maple flavoring.  I also substitute part of the milk with flavored creamer.  If the recipe calls for 1 cup of milk, you can add 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup of creamer.  When I substitute with creamer, I do not add any sugar that the instructions list.  Flavored creamer has enough sweetness and it makes the pancakes really gooooood ;)

national pancake day, chocolate syrup recipe

Mix well!

national pancake day, chocolate syrup recipe

Here's a pancake trick that I picked up from Julia Child's cookbook.  Let the batter rest for a few minutes before pouring it in your pan.  You can see in the photo above, there are a lot more air bubbles in the second photo than the first.  Those bubbles will help make fluffier pancakes.

national pancake day, chocolate syrup recipe

Whether you're using a pan like this one (which I happen to think is the bomb-diggity for making pancakes) or a griddle, always preheat it before adding your batter.  Otherwise, you batter will continue to spread and your pancake will be thin instead of thick and fluffy.

national pancake day, chocolate syrup recipe

So, now that you've got a nice stack of flap jacks, how about making this to top them with?  Hot, chocolaty syrup!  Here's what you'll need:  1 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup cocoa powder (I just use store brand or whatever may be on sale), 2 tablespoons of butter, and 1/3 cup of sugar.  Put everything in a saucepan and gradually heat to a slow boil.  Once it begins to boil, turn the heat down to simmer.  I like my chocolate syrup thin so that it saturates the pancakes.  If you would like it thicker, you can add a little bit of cornstarch before the boil.  But I wouldn't...just saying :)

So we've got everything prepared.  Let's put it all together.

national pancake day, chocolate syrup recipe buttery pancakes.  Ready for the syrup!

national pancake day, chocolate syrup recipe

Oh my goodness, I can hardly wait!

national pancake day, chocolate syrup recipe

Oh yeah!  Keep going!

national pancake day, chocolate syrup recipe

That will just about do it!  See the chocolate syrup puddled around the pancakes?  That's when you know you've got enough on there.  It won't stay a puddle for long.  It's going to soak right into those pancakes, making them incredible!

It's a good thing National Pancake Day is on a Saturday.  I think I'm going to need a nap after these!

national pancake day, chocolate syrup recipe

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!