Creating a Memory
by Jennifer Hammond-Moore
The hardest part of encountering Mother and Father’s Day is WHAT DO WE GET THEM?! When parents have given so much, how do we say Thank You with one single gift? I have tried to get hints at something they may need or want, but always feel that I come up short. If I think of this in reverse, what do I like to do, or what do I need? Well, one of my favorite things to do with my own grandkids is to cook! But alas, you must be dressed for the part! Solution for Mothers and Fathers Day presents – Aprons! They are fun to make, easy to decorate and can be used for years to come! Plus, they are good for the indoor or outdoor chef!
I have a beautiful old apron passed down from my grandmother; too delicate to still use, but full of memories. I recall spending hours cooking in the kitchen with her. The amazing smells that emanated throughout the house will never be forgotten. She was never without an apron; pockets full of clothespins or toys. This DIY may not be grandma’s apron, but it can be the start of more memories!
- premade aprons -unless you have time to make your own! (premade are easily found in Walmart, Michaels or online in the arts and crafts area in adult or child size)
- contact paper – clear is fine (you may even have some leftover from our previous crafts)
- acrylic paint in your favorite colors
- Stencils -helpful, but not necessary
- paint brushes, foam daubers, sponges or steel wool
- Paper plate or somewhere to apply paint for daubing
- Prewash the apron and iron flat. (If you skip the pre-washing, handwash in cold after paint has dried.)
- Determine the design you are going to use. I like to block out the apron on a mat with a grid. If you are the more adventurous type, just go for it on the design.
- For the flag apron design, I blocked out the area that the flag would be on first with contact paper. Using steel wool, I daubed into the paint and then around the square flag area. The paint dried fairly quickly and I was able to remove the contact paper without making a mess.
- Cut ½ in strips to block the edges where the blue-star area will be. Either cut stars or purchase stickers and place in the blocked area. (blueflagpic)
- Using the foam dauber, apply the blue paint over the stars, be careful not to go outside the blocked off area of contact paper. Was dauber while this is drying.
- Remove stars and cover over the blue star area, if it is dry, with contact paper. Place contact paper over the outside border area as well. Lay contact paper strips horizontally where the stripes will be.
- Daub away with the red paint!
- Let red paint dry and then remove the contact paper.
The second apron I used a stencil, making sure that the paint was dry before I moved the stencil. I also wiped the stencil off after each application. Do not just
apply and slide it over. This can cause a mess from bleeding paint.
Be creative! Make a Chef Apron for your favorite Barbecue Guy! This can be a great family activity! You could even give Mom or Grandma a DIY basket with all of the supplies. Plus you can include the gift of TIME spent with them to make the project! Now THAT is a gift!
Putting the Apron to Use
I always remember my apron AFTER I have started using powdered sugar. Before long I am a powdery mess, but the results are oh so sweet! This recipe is one of my family’s favorites and was recently requested for my daughter’s wedding.
AH-MAZING Dark Chocolate Frosting Recipe
- 1 cup Butter, softened (NOT melted)
- 4 oz Cream Cheese, softened
- 4 cups Powdered Sugar
- ¾ cup dark Cocoa Powder
- 1 Tbsp Vanilla (I love vanilla!)
- 3-4 Tbsp Milk (almond or coconut milk work fine)
- In a stand-up mixer, cream butter and cream cheese until smooth.
- Slowly mix in powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla and milk.
- Mix on low until all ingredients are combined. Stop mixer, scrape bowl, then turn back on to med-high for an additional 2 minutes to make fluffy.
- If frosting is too thick, add more milk before turning up for the last 2 minutes.
I like to make chocolate cupcakes and fill with raspberry preserves, then top with this dark chocolate frosting and add a raspberry for decoration. This dessert should be illegal!
Regretfully I no longer have to find a perfect gift for my mother since she is an angel, but I am blessed to have a wonderful mother-in-law that has filled an empty spot in my life!
I wish all the wonderful mothers and fathers Health, Happiness and JOY!!!