Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Crafting a Christmas Ornament

While googling a "how to" for a current project I am working on, I stumbled across this neat-o, easy project from

I think this is a project that THE BOY, THE GIRL and I will do today for our arts and crafts lesson.  The bonus?  I have all of this stuff onhand! 


Elmers Giveaway @Katydid and Kid

I love FREE stuff. 

I love to get stuff by winning it--although it hasn't happened too often. 

If you love to craft...

love Elmer's products....

and love to win stuff...

check out Katydid and Kid


for her Elmer's giveaway she is hosting. 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Jump Start your Christmas Projects (with Martha)

Here are a few Great ideas for Christmas decor and gifts from Martha Stewart:
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Tinsel Stars

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Paper Stockings

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Magazine Christmas Trees
Mini Shopping Bags
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Button Ornaments

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Great Idea Thursday-Thankful

Since it's Thanksgiving, the perfect Great Idea on this day is:

Be Thankful. 

People, places, friends, family, traditions, status, and everything CHANGES, but in all things, JESUS is still the there is always a reason to be thankful.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving fun

Here are a few things this week that you can gaze at, recreate or use for fun!


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Thanksgiving Oreos

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Thanksgiving printable


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Have a great day!

Friday, November 18, 2011

It's Friday!

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I can't believe next week is Thanksgiving. 

I am excited/scared because I will be making a turkey this year....a whole one.....(I made a turkey breast years ago and burnt it, so fingers crossed this won't burn).

I have joined the Pinterest site and have been busy uploading my fave pics to it.  It gets pretty addicting.  Wow!  I'm still in my pj's?

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We are hosting the Main Dish for the church youth group now I am off to chop and prepare for a taco/burrito bar! 

AND.....we finally finished the main work on the church building and we are all moved IN!  Yay! 
(We still have little things to do, but at least we are in and no more grouting, cove base, ceiling tiles, sheetrock to mud/tape/paint---except for THE HUSBAND...he gouged a hole in the wall in the hallway moving a file cabinet--oops!)

I am looking forward to a GREAT Friday! 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Great Idea Thursday-To Do List

Make a to do list.

If time gets away from you....

If you don't feel like you get many things accomplished....

If you feel too busy....

Make a to do list.  It will keep you on task, help you finish what you start, and remind you what you need to do next. 

For fun, check out To Do List blog and see the lists that she has compiled. 

Good reading!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Magazine for all of the Creative party makers

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon an awesome blog with GREAT ideas for parties and crafts:

Bird's Party puts together a magazine stuffed FULL of pics and great ideas for parties.  They just came out with their December issue and you can view it online for FREE or buy it as well. 

Check out Bird's Party for great party ideas!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Candy Flower Bouquet

As I sat staring at my handful of snack size Snickers to take to my pal Shelly in the hospital after having her baby, I thought "I can't just take her a handful of can I dress it up?" a dash...literally 15 minutes I made this.

Here is a quick HOW TO in case you wanna do it.

Start with your supplies:

Once I started, I realized I wasn't going to make just one I added more candy.
I started by making some circles tracing a glass.  I used the larger circle and taped on the candy to it.  (This was wrong....i will explain later)

It helps to have an audience while you make these. 
THE GIRL also helped take pictures as did THE HUSBAND.

Next, take your dowel rod, or whatever you are using for to support the heavy candy topper and wrap it with ribbon. 

Again, I taped the stick to the flower.....WRONG...keep reading.

I realized...Hey...this tape is NOT gonna hold the I broke out the glue gun.  Instead of taping...use the hot glue...just don't melt the candy :)

At this point, I realized that I needed something to stabilize the candy bars to keep them from flapping forward.  Floral wire worked great and glued it to the circle cardstock behind the candy.

Then I taped the candy bars to the wire for support (this is the back of the flower).

I hot glued the smaller circle to the front...again careful not to melt the candy.

I completed a second version with Twizzlers.

 Then, THE GIRL taped individual candies to floral wire and we used those as a filler. 

The tootsie rolls at the bottom are brown...just like soil. 

The best part...It won't die!  (Just hopefully get eaten!)

Great Idea Thursday-Freebies

Save Money----Sign up for FREE samples

One way to save money is to sign up for free samples. 

There are so many wonderful blogs out there that advertise the links for these free samples.  Just be wary of the ones that require you to sign up with a credit card.   Those obviously aren't free.

Here are a few great sites that often offer links for free samples on haircare, lotion, baby stuff, medicine:

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

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Weekend Cooking

It has been SOOOO busy around our house and church lately that when I woke up Saturday morning and didn't have any files to type (I transcribe for a psych hospital on the weekends) I felt a surge of energy to oddly bake and clean. 

First on the list was:  CLEAN.  I had my staff children stay busy with chores helping me around the house.

I pulled out an old recipe that wasn't so great the first time I made it, (I lacked an ingredient), so I figured i would try it again.

Bean/Cheese Burrito Crockpot Casserole

**This was kinda bland by itself, but topped with sour cream wasn't too bad. I would switch to garlic salt instead of the powder and this will probably add more pizazz.  Also, I added some browned hamburger meat, and probably should have added more if you add hamburger, mix taco seasoning with your meat. 

Also, I had THE GIRL start a box (yes a box mix) of sugar cookies.  We needed to go meet the new neighbors and our previous batch of "from scratch" cookies were BAD.  I needed reassurance that I wasn't wasting ingredients.  Then THE BOY and THE GIRL and I (with aprons on) rolled out the dough and shaped our cookies.

While they were busy doing this, I was busy making homemade Salsa.  I haven't actually tried it yet as I have two 1/2 bottles in the fridge.  If it is any good, I will post the recipe later.  :)  (I had to reduce the recipe 1/4 since it called for 16 lbs of tomatoes and I had about 5 lbs.)

 Then onto the cinnamon rolls. 

I took the picture while they were rising again the second time.  These were yummy straight out of the oven...

What a productive day it was and it was really great to have the kids help and create memories together. 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Cinnamon Rolls

I LOVE cinnamon rolls.  I extra love them with raisins and icing.  Mmmmnnn.  Tempted to grab one right now....

I thought I would share my cinnamon rolls recipe (c/o Betty Crocker) with you.  The last time I made cinnamon roll dough in my bread machine, they tasted too yeasty, so I made these by hand.  Also, you can use the dough and make sweet rolls, or something else instead of cinnamon rolls. 

Traditional Sweet Roll Dough Cinnamon Rolls
2 pkgs active dry yeast
½ c warm water
½ c lukewarm milk (scalded then cooled)
½ c sugar
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
½ c shortening or butter softened
4 ½-5 cups flour

Cinnamon roll add-ins: 
1 stick butter softened and cut into small pieces
½ c sugar
2 tbsp cinnamon

Dissolve yeast in warm water.  Stir in milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening and 2 ½ c flour.  Mix in enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle.  Turn dough out and knead until smooth and elastic about 5 minutes.  Place in greased bowl.  Turn greased side up.  Cover, let rise in warm place until double, about 1 ½ hours.  Punch down dough and roll out onto floured surface.  Roll out into large rectangle.  Generously add the pieces of butter.  Sprinkle entire surface with sugar and cinnamon.  Roll from the top to the bottom to create a large log.  Cut into 2 inch slices.  Place in 13x9 pan.  Sprinkle with remaining sugar and cinnamon from your surface.  Let sit until doubled in size again.  Bake 375 for 25 minutes. 

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Bean/Cheese Burrito Crockpot Casserole

Bean/Cheese Burrito Casserole Crockpot

1 onion, peeled and sliced
1 green pepper, seeded/chopped
2 (14.5 oz) cans Rotel
1 tsp garlic powder (I suggest using garlic salt if you prefer a saltier dish)
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin
8 flour tortillas
3 (15 oz) cans pinto beans, drained
4 c. shredded Mexican cheese

Stir onion, spices, green pepper, tomatoes.  Layer tortillas on bottom of crockpot. Scoop onion/tomato mix and add to tortillas.  Next add beans, then cheese.  Repeat layers.  Top with cheese.  Cover and cook on low 6-7 hours. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Great Idea Thursday-Be Thankful

Be THANKFUL for your spouse.

We tend to take for granted our spouse, and sometimes forget the many wonderful things that they do quickly.

One way to get your day off to the right start, and to start the day with positive feelings about your spouse is to write down 3 things each day that you are THANKFUL for in your spouse.  Use a small notebook, or something to keep yourself accountable for this DAILY thankful list.

(A preacher at our Missions Conference a few years ago gave me this idea..your list doesn't have to be detailed and could be something simple like "washing the pizza pan after dinner".)

Here is my THANKFUL list for today.

1. I am thankful that when my husband is up earlier than I am that he is quiet and is considerate so that I can still sleep.
2. I am thankful for the wonderful father that my husband is.
3. I am thankful that my husband moved the couch into the garage without my help.

With warm fuzzies flowing for your spouse, your attitude will be better and it will remind you of the reason you married your spouse! 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Baby Shower with tutorial links

Saturday, we had a fantastic time at church showering two new mama's to be with a baby shower.  My pal Kim and I were in charge of the decor and "stuff", so that meant scouring the Internet for ideas. 

I saw these adorable booties at Beneath My Heart and had to make it.

Here is my version:
These are SOOO easy to make.  

Also, we minimized our expenses and didn't have food (wise choice for budget) so to add more decor with function, the water bottles were decorated with a simple piece of scrapbook paper and extra letter "J" or a baby hand/foot.  (Both ladies are having BOYS and naming them with a "J")

Also, I picked up several items from consignment to make diaper baby cakes and had some leftover onesies and KNEW I had to incorporate it into a banner.  I got the idea here at UCreate.  Here is how mine turned out:


Also, the diaper cakes that adorned the present table: 

Here is a quick tutorial if you need to make one. 

And the food table (sans the sherbet lemonade)