Friday, August 31, 2012

Reused Tie holder for jewelry holder

I have been scouring garage sales for an old spice rack.  Something like this:

My thought was to find one with shelves and then add cupholder screws and hang my jewelry on it like this:

Why is it though when you are looking for something at a garage sale, thrift store, or elsewhere it is never to be found?  So discouraging. 

Then I stumbled on some tie racks....and they have movable hooks!

I screwed them to the wall above my dresser/jewelry box and now have this easy-to-access jewlry holder!


This works GREAT for seeing all of my necklaces and they don't get so easily tangled!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Milk and Cookies Baby Shower

Being part of the baby shower/wedding shower party planning committee at church, we get the joy of coming up with great parties for lucky mommas-to-be and wives-to-be. 

Our recent theme was "Milk and Cookies". 

We offered three different kinds of milk, 1%, 2%, and chocolate.

We had plates of homemade cookies and cake pops.

Also, for decor and drink option, we wrapped water bottles with colored theme paper.  Our theme colors were black and white with a hint of blue. 

I used the font "Lucida" in 250 to make the letters for the banner and glued it to a white piece of cardstock over a black piece of cardstock and then threaded ribbon through holes in the tops of each side. 

We had a fun time playing games.  

Clothesline game: 
Items needed:  Rope for clothesline, 2 baby dolls, 2 baskets of baby clothes, clothespins, cordless phone.

String a rope as a clothesline.  (We used two ladders).  Have a basket of baby clothes for each "mom."  Each mom must cradle the phone (like she is talking), hold the baby in the burp position, and hang up clothes.  If the mom drops the baby, she loses.  The mom with the most clothes hung up, or their basket completed first wins!

Another game was It's a wrap.
Items needed:  Baby doll, cloth diaper, diaper pins.

Two people either hold one arm behind back or wrap their arms around each other.  They must diaper the baby using only one arm from each person with the diaper pins.  The fastest team diapering their baby wins!  (You could add more steps such as powder and baby butt cream as well).

We always include a devotion for the baby shower.  Everyone can use some pearls of wisdom, especially those from God.
Cassandra, momma to be
It was a great time at the baby shower.  I can't wait to create another one!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Meal Ideas and Helpful hints for deliverying to those in need

In our church, we like to help a family in need after a new baby, a surgery, a funeral, etc. What makes this difficult is that whenever it's my turn to create a meal...I blank.....totally forget any ideas of what I can make for others.  (It probably doesn't help that we tend to get stuck in a meal rut and so that doesn't help my creativity either)

Here is a website with 10 meals for delivery...I can't wait to try them. 

I really like the idea of bringing a few snacky things or breakfast items to the people in need.  Dinner/lunch isn't the only meal they will be eating. 

Here are a few  ideas:

  • Make some frozen waffles (and syrup) and take to the receiving family in a ziplock back separated by wax paper for easy single serve removal.
  • Corn muffins, biscuits, rolls.  You can make these homemade or not and again, deliver in a ziplock.  The family can freeze and thaw as needed.
  • Blueberry muffins, choc chip muffins, etc.  Who doesn't love a good muffin?  Nuf said.
  • Soup--Remind the recipient that they don't have to eat it all at one time.  Freeze in a ziplock quart/gallon baggie what doesn't get eaten right away.
  • Ice cream in a baggie:  Check out this link for the recipe/instructions. (I had to put mine in the freezer for about 30-45 minutes after shaking to was oh so yummy)
  • Homemade Applesauce:  It's SO easy to make
Black bean soup
Chicken Pot Pie
Shredded Pork in the crockpot
Beef Enchiladas
BLTs (not put together yet)
Homemade Pizza (frozen for easy baking)

I am so glad that I get the opportunity to be a blessing to others by feeding them.  (Granted, my husband might not use the word "blessing" when it comes to my cooking....ha ha)