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Turn Your Fridge into Art

This weekend while browsing on Pinterest, I found a DIY Photo Magnet Tutorial. I’ve been short on magnets for my fridge and when I saw this, I thought it would be a great way to add some of my own personal flare to a standard (unattractive) kitchen appliance. Now that they’re finished, they make my kitchen feel more homey and transform my fridge into a mini-gallery. I used some of my favorite instagrams, like shots of NYC and the beach, and added in photos of my friends, turning my fridge into a glimpse of my life and art. What’s great about this project is that there are so many possibilities for what you can use as images. You can stick to one theme, use words instead of photos, you could even make your own little illustrations. These magnets would make great homemade gifts too!

Here are some photos of the process and the finished magnets. They were really easy to make. The most time consuming part was cutting the foam board and letting the Modge Podge Dimensional Magic dry. I sealed them with the Modge Podge at night that way they could dry while I was asleep and I wouldn’t have to wait around. I really love the way they turned out!

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I hope everyone has had a great week and had a lovely first day of spring! It’s grey and cold here today…they’re calling for snow again. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for sunshine and warm weather!

Stay curiously chic! xo…Alane

Homemade Pizza

Being Italian (let’s face it…being American), my family loves pizza. We have pizza almost every weekend. It’s fast, simple, and delicious and feeds a lot of people. But we have a problem…there are no really good pizzerias by us (gasp!). The one that’s right down the street is hit or miss – sometimes you get a really good pie and other times, it tastes a little bit better than a piece of cardboard. And if we order from a different one, it’s at least a 10-15 minute drive, so by the time we get it home, its no longer piping hot. So we’ve come up with our own solution – homemade pizza. Now, you’re probably thinking that’s a lot of work to make the dough and then make and bake the pizzas, but it’s really not because we take a huge short cut – Boboli pizza crusts. All you have to do is add some toppings and pop them in the oven and they come out tasting better than the pizza crust at our local pizzeria.

Sunday night, we had family over for dinner. Being that the Holidays just ended and we all did a lot of cooking, none of us were in the mood for an intense meal and no one wanted to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen. So, we made Boboli pizzas. We made four different kinds – margherita, prosciutto with mozzarella, peppers and onions, and pepperoni. Once you have your pizzas made, pop them in the oven at 450° for 8 – 10 minutes.

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I enjoyed a slice of margherita and prosciutto with a salad and Goose Island’s Christmas Ale!

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The best part about homemade pizza is that you can make any kind you want. Boboli crusts also come in personal sizes, which is really fun when you’re having a party because you can turn it into an interactive pizza-making dinner party!

Stay Curious! xo…Alane