Creative home design projects with Jane Clauss? How Crafting Can Improve Your Health? It’s been proven that even a little bit of creativity everyday can improve your overall wellbeing. Allowing your mind to wander as you lose yourself in a craft can lower your stress, reduce anxiety and even help with insomnia. The act of making something gives you a sense of satisfaction, which ultimately boosts self-esteem and confidence. When you focus your attention on crafting, your body releases happy chemicals called, endorphins, they give you energy, motivation and drive. And when you feel that great, a lot more crafting can happen!
Hoops dreams start with delicious food. Create specialty appetizers like a basketball cheese ball, high-tops used chip and dip bowls, referee utensil holders, and then make little signs to put next to the foods and give them a name the “7 layer Layup Dip”, “Double Dribble Sliders”, “Jump Shot Mini Dogs”, or a “Scoreboard Cookie Cake”. The easiest way to make the food as creative as the theme is to use your favorite recipes and give them a basketball twist! Good Old-Fashioned pancakes ? From the kitchen of a good Greek girl, there has to be a pancake with some Greek flare. Using your traditional ingredients, add a little cinnamon to the batter. When the pancakes are ready, top them off with butter, crumbled walnuts and warm honey. Opa!
DIY ideas with janeclauss.com: If your mom loves to cook, make her some useful tools for the kitchen! She will love simple finger sized hot pads made from fabric and layers of heat resistant batting inside. You can also help mom stay organized in the kitchen with a custom recipe box made from an old cigar box. Now her “go to “ recipes at her finger tips. Most cigar stores have loads of left over boxes and are usually generous to give them away. If your mom loves clothes and shoes, help her out in the closet with a set of fabric wrapped hangers. These are so easy to make, wrap old wooden or plain hangers with fabric, secure the edges with some glue, add some pom poms, tassels or jewel to the top and you’re done. Read additional info on crafts ideas.
Fun food recipes with Jane Clauss: Get Shamrocked with a delicious dessert! Feel that Irish magic and Get Shamrocked! This is not a traditional Irish treat but more of a family treat for me. My parents used to serve this delicious dessert at dinner parties and now my husband, Kurt, and I just make it to indulge! We call this deluxe ice cream parfait “Green” which is fitting for St Patrick’s Day or any day! Fill a parfait glass with a few scoops of vanilla ice cream and pour Creme de Menthe over the ice cream layers. Make ahead and freeze for a delicious after dinner delight. Garnish with fresh mint leaves. Creme de Menthe has 25% alcohol by volume but there are non-alcoholic substitute syrups you can use instead.
Jane is a do-it-yourself maker with contagious enthusiasm, a rip-it-apart and remake it sense of humor, and a bigger is better attitude; all on the rocks with a twist and olive! She contributes her UpCrafting tips as a BROTHER Sews Ambassador and she contributes to the monthly ENJOY Magazine, and the popular DIY site FaveCrafts. She also adds her artistic talents as a DIY features expert on television programs including: NBC’s The TODAY Show, FOX Chicago’s, WCIU’s You & Me This Morning, ABC’s Windy City Live, FOX 17 Morning Mix, Peachtree TV Atlanta and so many more across the country. See even more info at Jane Clauss. If you are still reading, loves to “up-cycle” vintage fashion and furniture into new trends, enjoys cooking for anyone who will eat it, and will jump in the ring for a good bout of kickboxing any time! Jane and her new husband, Kurt, live in Chicago!