Add good fortune and fun with these charming projects that are inspired by lucky symbols and traditions.
Four-Leaf Clover Quiche
According to tradition, a four-leaf clover is believed to bring luck to those who find it. With this recipe, no searching is required as this four-leaf clover is certain to bring happiness to whoever tries it.
Enough dough to make two 9-inch pie crusts
3 aluminum pot pie tins
3 oz. cream cheese
⅓ cup milk
10 oz. bag frozen spinach (thawed and drained)
½ cup diced onion
½ cup grated cheddar cheese
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
Preheat oven to 425º F.
In a large bowl, mix cream cheese with eggs, one at a time.
Mix in milk, salt, pepper and the rest of the ingredients (spinach, onion and cheeses).
Shape the pot pie tins into clovers by taking a pair of scissors and cutting four equally spaced points on the lip of each tin (at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock).
Carefully push the cut edges towards one another to make a clover shape. Round out the sides where needed.
Lightly spray the pans with nonstick cooking spray.
Roll out the dough between two sheets of plastic wrap.
Split the dough into three equal squares and place a square in each shaped pan. Press the dough into the bottom of each pan and around the foil leaves. Take a fork and lightly prick the interior of each crust and then use the tines to press into the top edge of the crusts.
Refrigerate the crusts for at least 10 minutes.
Fill and bake for 20 minutes.
Carefully remove the quiches from the aluminum tins, line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and place the quiches on the lined sheet.
Place the quiches back in the oven for 5-10 minutes, until the sides of the crust crisp up.
Let cool for 10 minutes, then serve.
Thank you to Susan at www.diamondsfordessert.com for sharing this recipe.
Fleece Horseshoes Game
Horseshoes are often regarded as lucky symbols that ward off evil spirits. Our horseshoe craft will also ward off an evil spirit — boredom!
Wooden dowel 2” thick and about 24-36 inches long
Paint (if desired)
Tracing paper (for pattern)
Needle and thread
Dried beans, peas or popcorn
Attach the wooden dowel to the base with wood glue. Paint if desired.
To make a horseshoe pattern, trace a picture of a horseshoe onto a piece of tracing paper and cut it out.
Use chalk to trace the horseshoe pattern onto the back of the fleece. Cut out two fleece horseshoes.
Sew the fleece pieces together, being sure to leave one small side open. Note: For greater strength, sew around the horseshoe twice.
Use a funnel to fill the horseshoe with dried beans or popcorn and then sew the open end shut.
Repeat steps until you have made three or four horseshoes.
Thank you to Jessica from www.craftinessisnotoptional.com for sharing this idea.
Lucky Bamboo Vase
According to feng shui principles, bamboo brings good energy into a room, as it’s a strong, vital plant that thrives with minimal care. This craft highlights the propitious plant by creating a translucent vase that is simple yet lovely. An added bonus is that it takes five minutes to make.
A glass vase (available at most dollar stores)
Enamel paint (any color)
Rag or old towel
“Lucky bamboo” plant (available at grocery or chain superstores)
Clean the vase with soap and water.
Pour some paint into the vase and swirl it around until the surface is mostly covered.
Pour out the excess paint and then place the vase upside down on a rag. Note: more paint will drip out so check on the vase from time to time to avoid a big mess.
Wait 48 hours or until dry.
Place bamboo and water in vase and enjoy.