Baked bacon wrapped asparagus

Initially I wanted to make this for the wonderful Easter potluck party we had two weeks ago. However, I was feeling so relaxed, because my DH helped to make a delicious lasagna dish *yum yum*, that I totally forgotten to prepare this for our guests. *Oops* 😳 Anyway, this dish is really simple and easy to cook. Not only it looks good, it tastes good too. You should give it a try if you love asparagus. πŸ™‚

Asparagus spears, trimmed 4 to 5 inches long tips
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
a few dashes of black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Lightly coat asparagus spears in extra-virgin olive oil. Season the asparagus with black pepper. Use a slice of bacon to wrap a few asparagus spears bundle and secure the spears together. Since I love crispy bacon, I wrap a bacon to two asparagus spears. πŸ™‚ Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Place the asparagus bundles on the pan and bake for 20-25mins or until the bacon are crispy.

(Original recipe adapted from Rachel Ray)

Spring craft : recycled magazine flowers

recycled magazine flower craft

What you need :
old magazines
pipe cleaners
twigs (optional)

Steps to make a magazine flower:
1. Tear out a few colorful pages from an old magazine.
2. Cut out circles of different diameters and trim them into flower petals pattern.
(Tips: you can also use the same fold and cut technique that you use to make snowflake patterns for this.)
3. To make the flowers look more interesting, stack or glue two or three petal patterns of different sizes together.
4. Thread a long pipe cleaner through the center of the petal and leaving about 0.5-1″ of the pipe cleaner to form the center of the flower by either twisting it into any patterns you like or tying a knot.
(See below close up pix for idea.)

recycle magazine flower close up

5. Continue making the flowers until you are satisfied with how your vase is filled out.
We made about 10 and because the pipe cleaners are a little to soft, I attached them to a twig that we found in our yard and it turns out really beautiful.

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