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Hello everyone,

I just wanted to tell you that: A Pop of Red has MOVED!

A Pop of Red is now at the self-hosted domain apopofred.com

It is shorter and sweeter and allows for so much more creativity on my part. So this new website is where I will be posting all my content from now on. Bookmark it!

Thanks for all your support,

Emily Marie

 

P.S. I am still learning the behind the scenes things that I now have to handle with the self hosting website so stick with me and send me an email if something seems out of place (apopofred@gmail.com)

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Nail Polish Flowers – Part Three

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Nail Polish Flowers – Part One
Nail Polish Flowers – Part Two
Nail Polish Flowers – Part Three (You Are Here)

Creating with wire and nail polish

Now that you have learned how to make nail polish flowers using method 1 and method 2, it is time to see what you can use all these cute flowers for and see what designs are possible!

A nail polish flower formed into a ring

My number one suggested use for your new trinkets is jewelry:

  • Twist the stem into a circle and close off at the base of the flower for a cute summertime ring.
  • Trim the stem and make a loop, then string onto a chain for a flashy necklace.
  • Integrate a loop into your design to make pendants in all sorts of other shapes. Here is my geometric charms:

Geometric charms made with nail polish and wire

Now where there is jewelry, there is also hair accessories:

  • Hot glue or use wire to twist on a design to a head band. Just be sure not to make it so it snags your hair! OUCH!
  • Hot glue the design to a bobby pin or hair clip by the stem (or any non-polish part) for a dash of spring in your hair.

DIY butterfly headband

But I cannot leave it at just accessories, heck I don’t even wear that many accessories! So here are some other uses that you might not have thought about:

  • Wrap florists or painters green tape around the stems of several flowers and put into a vase for a “bouquet”
  • Join 3 or more stems and glue onto a notebook for a 3-d cover design
  • Use to decorate gift boxes, cards, etc.

Creating cute decor with nail polish and wire

Now, as mentioned in part two, the second method of making flowers gives you more opportunity to tinker and make shapes other than just flowers. It was with this method that I made my butterfly and charms. If you want to use this nail polish method for some other design, here are some tips:

Nail polish and wire flowers - DIY Tutorial

  1. Having two polished areas bordering on one piece of wire is difficult to manage. Paint the areas as separate pieces instead and then link them together with a smaller gauge of wire.
  2. You cannot have any moving parts within a polished area because this will cause breakage. Instead, add a section without polish that the moving parts can attach to like this bird’s wings:
  3. Minimize the number of crossed or wrapped wires inside the polished area. While it is possible to polish the area when there are crossed wires, it tends to be more difficult.

Nail polish and wire necklace

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Be sure to share what you create with any of the methods used in this tutorial.
I would love to see what you all come up with!

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

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Since I have moved out, I do not get nearly as many holiday and celebratory dinners. No turkey, no roast beef, no roast ham, no 7-layer lasagna, and so on. Now, it IS TECHNICALLY my fault: 1) I moved away; 2) I am too lazy to make more complex dishes; and 3) I don’t really celebrate holidays anymore, with some exceptions.

But really, it is not all that bad. While I lost out on all of mom and grannie’s holiday feasts, I have created one celebratory meal that is now a go-to in my home. And that is Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Homemade Rub.

How to make bacon wrapped pork tenderloin

Say that out loud. “Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Homemade Rub.” Does that not sound amazing? Are you salivating yet? No? Just me? Well think of this then.

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Tutorial

You are taking one of the best cuts of pork…

You are rubbing it in a homemade sugar and spice rub…

You are wrapping it all in bacon…BACON!

You are serving it with hearty potatoes and carrots…

Then you are eating it…

That’s it! I’m done, I cannot hold out any longer! I need to make more! If you want to follow along, here is the recipe:

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Homemade Rub

1 Pork Tenderloin (silver skin removed)
8 Slices of Bacon
1 tbsp of Brown Sugar
1 tbsp of Mustard (the grainy-er the better, I used a honey Dijon)
2 tsp Your Preferred Spice (I suggest oregano, thyme, or cinnamon)

3 Ingredient Homemade Pork Rub and Tenderloin Recipe

  1. First, let’s make your rub. Combine the sugar, mustard, and spice in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Take your tenderloin and apply the rub. I find it easier to put the meat into the bowl for the application.

Pork Tenderloin with Homemade Rub

  1. Find the thin end of the tenderloin and fold it under until its size matches that of the other end. This helps ensure the entire tenderloin cooks at the same rate. You may temporarily hold this fold together by pushing either a toothpick or uncooked spaghetti piece through it.

Pork Tenderloin Wrapped in Bacon

  1. Now it is time to wrap the tenderloin in bacon. Lay a slice of bacon down perpendicular to the tenderloin near the folded over end. Place the fold OVER the bacon and then start wrapping the bacon around the tenderloin making sure to overlap it slightly with each turn (you need to remove the toothpick or spaghetti piece at this point). You will need to carefully lift up and replace the tenderloin as you wrap.

How to wrap tenderloin with bacon

  1. When your first strand of bacon runs out, simply overlap the next slice and continue wrapping. Keep going until the entire tenderloin is wrapped in bacon.

How to bacon wrap pork tenderloinFully bacon wrapped pork tenderloin

  1. Now it is time to cook it! Place the wrapped tenderloin on a parchment lined baking sheet and place in a pre-heated over set to 500F for 20 minutes or until internal temperature hits 145F.

Bacon wrapped pork tenderloin recipe

  1. Remove and let sit for several minutes before serving with a side of potatoes and carrots prepared as you like.

How to make bacon wrapped pork tenderloin

The rub can be altered to reflect your preferences which makes this recipe that much more versatile. So give the recipe a try and comment below with what mustard and spices you used for your rub.

P.S. This is a husband approved recipe, a rare and distinguished honour!

Our Relationship: a Tickle Fight and a Maybe

It all started with a maybe.

And a tickle fight.

That just about sums up how my relationship with my husband started.

Our Relationship - The Beginning

You see, we knew each other in high school but I was in a different relationship during my high school years. Some of my evenings would be spent at his house with the guys playing video games and Magic the Gathering, eating pizza, staying up late. It was a great friendship. I enjoyed the times at his place and the nerd atmosphere which was lacking at school and home.

Our relationship - Not afraid of dirt

My high school relationship was going great and my future husband sadly got little notice from me other than as a friend. But one day, my relationship just… ended. It was mutual but it still sucked. It was around that time my husband started hitting on me, not that I realized it. I’m really bad at taking hints. (My husband would LOVE to emphasize that point!)

View from our favorite place

Since it was my victory lap, I was in less classes than usual and had lots of free time. My future husband was actually in his first year of college at this point and so he had some time of his own. So we hung out even more with the guys. I started hanging out with them more and more, and not just on the late nights but day outings as well. Until one day, our communal best friend Brian couldn’t make it to a planned video game night. I was alone with my future husband but still as oblivious as ever.

Our Relationship - Moving On OutThe night started as usual. Some gaming, some laughter, some food. After a while we were getting quite competitive in a game, Forza in fact, and started sabotaging each other. You know, throwing pillows at the controller, blocking the others view, pushing the other around trying to mess up their controls. And we ended up tickling each other in an attempt to win.

Our relationship - Volunteering at 7am

But, close contact like that with all the associated laughter, tend to make you reflect on how close you actually are to someone. So he chose that time to say “Do you think you and I could…” I was caught a bit off guard, I mean, I was not planning on starting a relationship just months before heading away to university. So I replied with “Maybe.

Our relationship - PaintballingYup, the last thing anyone wants to hear. It is probably even worse than a no since the person has literally no idea what is going through your mind! But that is all I gave him.

His reaction…

He kissed me.

He won that tickle fight. With a tender kiss and an evening of laughter, he won me over.

So that is it. That is how my relationship with my husband started. With a tickle fight and a maybe.

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How did your relationship start? Did you commit fully or give a maybe to start things off? I’d love to hear other people experiences but no matter what,

I am glad that this story…is mine ours!