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Warning:  this is for all the people who still eat gluten, or as in my case, still serve gluten to others!

A few weeks ago, we hosted a small dinner party for six and served these pies as the main protein.  Instead of serving a burger on a plain bun, try puff pastry!

Once you make your hamburger, I made mine with jalepenos and cheddar,  all you have to do is place the cooked burger in a square of puff pastry and fold in each corner of the dough  to meet in the middle. I didn’t make the dough from scratch and instead used Pepperidge Farm puff pastry sheets.   Then, I just brushed the tops with a little egg white for sheen and baked them in the oven at 400°F for 25 minutes until golden brown.

I served them along with mashed sweet potatoes and oven roasted broccoli and it turned out to be a hit!  Let me know if you give it a try!

Want more dinner ideas?  See the Projects page for more recipes!


I’m party planning again, which is always fun (check out a few ideas from an anniversary party earlier this year).  I put together these matchstick holders to give away as party favors!   I love the monogrammed version of the holder made by Sugar & Cloth, but since I had to put 80 of these together, I decided to forego the etched letter.

I used Martha Stewart’s etching cream (which I’ve used on other projects here and here) to etch the bottom of the bottles.  The etching cream results in a roughed up surface to strike the match.  Still, the key to this project is strike anywhere matches!  Strike them on the etched bottom of the glass and they ignite just fine.  (The regular strike on box matches will not work).

I used Avery string labels as tags wrapped around the bottles. The labels were a little too big as is and dwarfed the bottles,  so I modified them by cutting them down to a smaller size.  One side of the label says:  a perfect match and the other side says:  strike on bottom!

These bottles from Amazon were $50 for 96.  I found the matches at Ace Hardware for $1.50/box (2 boxes of 300 each).  The total cost came to just $0.68/per favor and they are so cute!  I love how they are useful too, especially for people like me who burn candles frequently and appreciate having matches nearby!


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