Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A Fun Craft and Two Recipe Links-Guest Post

Today my guest is Danni from Silo Hill Farm.  We were fortunate enough to get to meet each other last year when my hubby and I were traveling through Missouri on vacation.  Although Danni is primarily a craft blogger, she does post a recipe every now and then, and I can tell you that she is a very good cook who served a wonderful brunch.

The second recipe link she shares is to the most incredible Caramel Corn I have ever eaten.  Danni made me and hubby each a container to snack on during our trip.  I had never seen hulless popcorn, and we spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out what the deliciousness was made of.

Hello, fans of From Grandma Loy's Kitchen!  Danni here from Silo Hill Farm blog guest posting for Loy today.  

Loy is the very first blogger I ever met and I consider her a true friend. It was so much fun to get to sit and talk with her about blogging. We were so happy to have Loy and her husband as a guest at our farm last year and hope they won't wait too long to return!  

My blog is mostly about crafts, but once in a while, I cook.  Because this is a cooking blog, I'll share links for two of my most popular recipes at the end of this post, but first, I thought I'd combine the two and share a little wall plaque that I made for my kitchen.

I have only recently learned to appreciate olives and was lucky enough to have a chance to visit the Queen Creek Olive Mill in Arizona when I went to visit a friend.  The olive trees were so pretty and this little plaque reminds me of that visit every time I look at it.

This project was under $5 and took me less than an hour to make.

My supplies were simple:
A paper napkin ($3.00 for 20 at Ben Franklins)
A wooden plaque ($1.59 at Hobby Lobby)
Mod Podge
Pop can tab
Paint brush
First, I separated the white backing from the 2-ply napkin.  I thinned the Mod Podge with a little water to make it a little more spreadable and applied a coat of it to the plaque using a paintbrush.

I let it sit for just a minute to increase the tackiness, then I placed the napkin over it.  Next, I immediately brushed another coat of the thinned Mod Podge over the top of it.

I did not bother to trim the napkin, but rather just pushed it down around the sides a little with my brush as I was putting the top coat on.  You can see that it is a little wrinkly, but it does flatten out considerably as it dries.
When it was dry, I hot glued a pop tab to the back as a hanger.

All that was left to do was trim the edges of the napkin and this little project was finished and hanging on my kitchen wall!

As I mentioned, I do cook a little and I would like to share a couple of my recipes with you.  
This first one, is my favorite summer salad and is so delicious, it almost seems like a dessert and the dressing is amazing. 
Strawberry-Mandarin Salad with Coconut Dressing
The other recipe I wanted to share is very special and I made it for Loy and her husband to munch on when they were traveling home. It is one of my most popular posts to date with over 13,000 views and it's delicious and simple.

Caramel Corn Awesome and Easiest Ever!
I hope you'll take a look at these two recipes and maybe even give them a try! 

Thank you so much Loy, for letting me share with your readers today and please come back to visit us at the farm anytime! 

Danni, thanks for stopping by with a great craft idea and your wonderful recipes.


  1. It's nice to have a little something to remind you of a happy visit, and it came out really nice.

    The salad is so right up my alley. And I love that you guys met in person!!

    1. Thanks Rosey, I think of that place and my friend every time I look at it!

  2. Lovely as always, Danni! I think those recipes look delicious. :)

    1. Thanks Megan! You might like that salad...since you're eating for 2 these days!

  3. This is a very cute project---and I am certainly going to try that salad!

  4. I am making Danni's salad for the 4th of July, I can't wait to have a bite.

  5. Thank you Kirby! That salad is still my favorite!

  6. That's so pretty I live olive trees, and that salad...mmmmmmm

  7. I'm on a mission to find that puffy corn stuff to make some caramel corn. I think I will make that salad for tonight while my sister is here. She's the only one I know that likes coconut. Oh, and the plaque is really cute. Love decoupage with napkins.

  8. I am so glad you reminded us of the salad recipe. Now that I am eating solid food again, it will be a treat. The olive tree plaque is quite the decorative touch for a kitchen. Love the tip about the pull tab hanger! It would look cute in a gift basket of crackers, cheese and olive oil.

  9. Danni that plaque is amazing - and I LOVE the wrinkles - it makes it look like a genuine ceramic stone - you never cease to amaze - never!
    Cooking - crafting - now furniture :)

  10. Danni - what a darling craft idea. And the recipes are outta sight. Can't wait to make that yummy popcorn! How nice of you to share with us.

  11. Beautiful plaque, and love that it was so easy! I think the wrinkles give it instant character. I'm happy to see that salad again, because it reminded me that I really want to make it.

  12. Good grief, Danni! I'm starving for both now!
    Love your craft idea, too.

  13. What a great idea, Danni! Napkins can be so gorgeous, too! Love it!

  14. love your souvenir!!! I love that you turned it into home decor which makes it useful as well as a nice memory. Yummy recipes too. Mmmm.

  15. Danni, how pretty that turned out and even better that it will always remind you of your trip to Arizona. Pop can tab... great idea for picture hanging, love it~ Amy

  16. Danni, this turned out so beautifully....and it holds wonderful memories too! :)


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