Thai Wrapped Shrimp

Many, many years ago I was visiting my Aunt in Chicago. She drove a cobalt blue Porsche and we were cruising around downtown Chicago with the top down. She called in an order at a Thai Restaurant and we pulled up and they brought her food out valet style. I wasn’t familiar with Thai food at the time so I was extremely reluctant to order. She told me that the appetizer she ordered was a must try. I love shrimp, so I gave it a taste. I was hooked immediately. 5yrs later and I was back in Chicago, but out of touch with her. I was on a mission to find those shrimp. I found a restaurant in Oak Brook that served them and it became a twice a week thing. I located a Thai restaurant in Dallas that sold them, but after I moved from Dallas I never saw them again. 

Fast forward to the present… A new Asian Market opened in my neighborhood.  I asked the clerk about it and she gave me a simple recipe!

I used…

  • shrimp
  • Basil
  • Pad Thai Sauce
  • Wrappers
  • Sweet Chili Sauce
  1. Marinate the shrimp and basil in Pad Thai Sauce
  2. Cut the wrappers in half to form triangles
  3. Wrap the shrimp & basil
  4. Deep fry at 300 degrees until golden brown
  5. Dip in Sweet Chili Sauce and enjoy!!





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DIY Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt

I am fully aware of the true meaning of Easter, however I don’t see anything wrong with adding a few fun activities to get the kids even more egg-cited!  It’s a tradition for us to have an Easter Egg Hunt and award the children with a few prize eggs, as a matter of fact that’s how I grew up! The Easter Egg Hunt was something we always looked forward to.



I’ve been wanting to host a Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt, but last year we didn’t get to go visit family for Easter, so I decided to wait until this year. So this year I am adding some egg-tra fun to the festivities by finally hosting a Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt that I know will have them eggtremly eggcited! 

I have seen a few crafts where plastic eggs were used that were either wrapped with glow in the dark bracelets or the bracelets were inserted inside the plastic eggs. I happen to have have a few bottles of Tulip Glow-in-the-Dark paint on hand that I purchased from Hobby Lobby! The Glow in the Dark Paint comes in a package with 6 colors (pink, green, yellow, orange, blue and natural) for $9.99. Use the Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon and you’ll only pay $5.99!!

Here’s egg-xactly what you’ll need:

  • Tulip Glow-in-the-Dark paint
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • A group of Egg-traodinary kids
  1. Paint the eggs with the Tulip Glow-in-the-Dark paint and allow them time to dry.
  2. When the eggs have dried, egg-pose in the sun for a few minutes to activate the paint. 
  3. At nightfall the eggs will Glow-in-the-Dark for a fun eggventure!!



You can make markings on the eggs or choose a specific Glow in the Dark color to signify Prize Eggs!!

For added fun, include Glow in the Dark Face Paint and Glow in the Dark Jewelry. It’s cool to see them running around glowing as they collect the eggs!

The kids are sure to enjoy this Eggstravaganza!!


For more inspiration, 

check out my Pinterest board filled with more Eggcellent ideas..


You may also enjoy… DIY Silk Dyed Easter Eggs



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Casual Elegance – Mirrored Accent Pieces

Categorizing design styles has changed over the years. Currently you hear the terms traditional, modern, contemporary, eclectic, transitional, etc.  I like to consider my style to be Casual Elegance.  

For most, there is no particular design style. We just create an environment that’s conducive to our personal taste. Personally, I like to incorporate a mix of elegance in a casual and functional space. I like a combination of traditional and modern along with the unexpected.  

About a year ago, I created my own DIY Mirrored Bedside Table from a thrift Store find! 

Mirrored Accent Pieces have really exploded in the furniture industry and I’m right there to give you a glimpse of some of the pieces I loved that are currently being displayed at a local showroom…

So what do you think?  Do Mirrored Accent Pieces have a place in your home?


Whipt Strawberry Shots

During our Family Holiday, we played games and for added fun if you lose you have to take a shot.  The next day I felt like crap, that lets you know what a loser I am! I couldn’t help but think about how the shots were the worst part – – no fun for me whatsoever. There was no pleasure in drinking – – burn baby burn!! I dont remember the drink, but I do remember the bar was full and the mouth, chest and stomach was no fire. It took 2 days for me to recover.

As I am seeking ideas for our next family holiday, I came across an ehow article  on how to Correctly Take a Shot.

Tip #5 states: Drink down the vodka shot in one big gulp. Do not sip it. If you need a chaser, take a bite of a snack. Russians prefer pickles or bread.

Read more :

Well Russians may prefer pickles and bread, but Dannielle prefers Strawberries! 

Yes Strawberries!!!! I would proudly lose every time in order to enjoy a sweet, ripened, juicy Strawberry bursting with Whipped Cream flavored vodka. Of course I’d still probably feel like crap the next day, but at least I would’ve enjoyed the trip to Hangoverville

Perusing through the vodka aisle, I spotted a bottle with an illustration of whipped cream on the front. I really took a liking to the word “whipt”. Oan, the bottle was 750ml for $9.99.  I’m no drink connoisseur by any means so I don’t know the difference between any of the brands. I compared the label with a Smirnoff bottle and it seemed to read the same: 5x’s distilled, 70 proof, 35% alcohol.

Soak in alcohol for an added kick!!

What fruit items do you like to infuse with alcohol?  

Drink Responsibly (21 and older)

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How to Remove Wax from Glass Jars

I am a candle freak!! I burn candles daily. My favorite candles are ones in a glass container. The dancing flames put me in a happy place.  I have so many containers left over from candles and I feel it’s a shame to through them out. My husband made the mistake of pouring candle wax into the toilet. You can imagine what a mess that was. Wax and water does not mix! I spent forever cleaning the toilet to remove the residue.

REcycle, REpurpose, REuse

I know of 2 methods to remove candle wax from jars

  • Freezing
  • REmelting

Freezing: placing the candle glass in the freezer will cause the wax to harden. When the wax has harden, use a butter knife to crack the wax. At this point you should be able to remove the wax and discard.  Many times I save enough leftover wax to make new candles. Use a scouring pad and dish detergent to remove the residue.

and then there’s my personal preference

REmelting: place the candle glass in a pot of boiling water. Once the wax has melted, pour the wax into the trash or another container to be used again. Use a paper towel to remove the residue. Use caution – – GLASS IS HOT!!

I did a textured paint application on the jar to compliment my bathroom counter top to use as a tealight holder. I have a few ideas for the others as well. There are soooooo many was you can REpurpose your candle jars.

I’d love to hear your ideas for REpurposing your old candle jars!! 

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Jewelry Making w/ Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

I am completely charged up about exploring the craft of jewelry making!  I am wild about the idea of creating my own broad range of unique, stylishly fanciful and sophisticated embellishments!!

I’ve been wanting to begin this journey for a while but I kept putting it off.  A co-worker of mine recently got engaged and I thought this would be the perfect gift from me to her. I wanted to start with resin jewelry, but while I was in the craft store I came across Mod Pod Dimensional Magic.  Since it was less expensive than the resin, as well as non-toxic, I settled on the choice of trying the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic first.


Before I set out to make a gift, I chose to do a test run using one of my favorite photos (a cuddle moment between my son & daughter).  I had to shrink the photo on my desktop in order to use it inside of the Jewelry Bezel. 

  • Mod Pod Dimensional Magic
  • Photo
  • Mod Podge (I used Matte Finish)
  • Paint Brush

Seal the front and back of the photo with a coat of Mod Podge.  

Fortunately I didn’t experience many bubbles at all.  The package directions advise you against shaking the product due to the accumulation of bubbles.  For the few bubbles that appeared, I used a business card to scoop them out the mold as I was unsuccessful at removing them with a toothpick. 

Keep in mind that it will have a hazy appearance until it has cured.

I am eminently impressed as well as pleased with the end result. Especially with the price of $3.59 (that includes the additional 40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby).  I will definitely use the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic again! Next time I think I’ll be more fancy and try embedding charms and such! 

 I hope this project inspires you to get your creative juices flowing! It’s another DIY that makes a great gift and a fun project for a Crafternoon!!

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DIY Super Easy Abstract Art

Google defines Abstract Art as:

  1. art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures.
    Abstract Art has been buzzing for a good while now.  You can find canvases on just about every home decor aisle. Because it’s so free form, there’s really no need to instruct it. All you need is paint, canvas, paint brush and a medium if you want to add texture. 
    Select your favorite color combinations and let your hand run wild!
    Here’s my latest creation:

    I’ve included a few Abstract Art Canvases that I’ve seen during my hunt for inspiration…




  2. I hope this inspires you to get your creative juices flowing!!
  3. Paint Parties are raging too! Just think, you could get a group of friends together and have a Paint n’ Sip Soirée! Now wouldn’t that be fun!!
  4. What are your thoughts on Abstract Art… 
  5. Would you rather “Buy it or DIY it”?

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DIY Body Massage Candle

As you probably already know, candles are one of my favorite things!
I especially like glass container candles. I love the ambience delivered from the dancing flames. Candles are romantic but did you know that you can make them an actual player in the game? 

 Have you ever heard of or tried a Body Massage Candle?
They are fairly simple to make with the proper ingredients. 

Here’s what you’ll need: 


  • Soy Wax
  • Shea Butter
  • Coconut, Almond, Vitamin E or Jojoba Oil (your choice)
  • Skin Safe Fragrance Oil 
  • Candle wick 
  • Gravy Boat (easy to pour from)

How To Make Massage Candles: 

Melt the soy wax using a double boiler method. Place water in a boiler, put the soy wax, shea butter, fragrance oil and choice of oil inside of the gravy boat. Place the gravy boat inside of the boiler. (stir gently)  Once it has melted, place the wick in the center of the gravy boat and center with straws or pencils. Allow for a few hours to set. 

You’ve just created a Body Massage Candle! 

How to use: 

Light your Massage Oil candle and burn it for 15-20 minutes or until a nice size pool of wax has developed. Extinguish the flame and apply to the back of your hand to ensure that the pouring temperature is safe. Pour warm oil onto skin and massage! 

Package it and Label it!! It’s another perfect idea for a DIY gift for any occasion!

 I hope this project inspires you to get your creative juices flowing!! Make up a massage oil candle for an intimate home spa evening with your love! I’m sure he/she will appreciate you for it! 

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