Friday, 28 December 2012
For this project I just used
4 8x10 canvases
Left over material
Wooden letters which I painted black
I cut the material to match the size of the canvas. Then using the spray adhesive I glued the material to the canvas.
Next I hot glued the ribbon and the letters onto the canvas and that's it. This project was so easy and only took about 40 minutes from start to finish.
What do you think?
Monday, 24 December 2012
Our family has always received PJs for Christmas. Since I was a little girl. But I had never heard of PJ the Elf until my sisters introduced me to the idea when my children were little.
Now I go all out for Christmas Eve and PJ the Elf. He has special wrapping paper. A special knock and even his own special poem. I thought I would share the poem with you just in case you need one to attach to your PJs. This was written by my sisters a few years back:
You have been good so Santa has said,
Now put on your pj's and go straight to bed.
Your jammies will keep you so nice and cozy,
from the tip of your toes to your cute little nosey.
So hop into bed, dream of reindeer in flight
For Jolly ole' Santa is coming tonight!
Nothing gets a child to bed quicker than the thought that Santa is on his way.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Here is what I did:
First I took a poster board and wrapped it into a cone shape. I glued the flap so that it stayed a come shape.
Next I cut it to the height I wanted.
I then attached four Popsicle sticks to the bottom all even so that it would stand on its own.
Next I hot glued Popsicle sticks and Popsicle wood chips (all can be found in the craft store) to the cardboard. I started at the borrow and layered them all the way around until I reached the top. This is the longest part of this craft.
Once the poster board was covered completely, I hot glued a snowflake Christmas tree ornament inside the top hole of the poster board / Christmas tree.
Finally I decided to stain mine. You could leave it Popsicle stick color but I felt I wanted it to look a little more rustic.
I've made two and they sit on the mantle with the snowman I made earlier this year too.
If you have any questions let me know. I'd be happy to answer them for you.
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
8oz cream cheese
1 stick of butter at room temp
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1/2 packet dry ranch dressing seasoning
Cream the butter and cheese together. Add the Ranch dressing packet and finally the cheese. Shape into a ball and serve with your favorite crackers.
You can use the whole Ranch packet but even with unsalted butter, to me, it's just to salty. But season it to taste. You can't go wrong. Enjoy!
Monday, 3 December 2012
About 2 months ago I bought this old armoire. I actually went to pick up a sander I bought from someone. She asked why I wanted it and I expressed my interest in refashioning furniture. Then she proceeded to tell me about an old armoire she needed to sell. It was given to her mother in law years earlier but was now just taking up space. So I looked at it but was certain she wanted far to much for it! When she told me I could have it for $50 I jumped right in it. It was just stained wood with gold handles. Nothing special. The drawers were broken and had to be fixed but over all the structure was fine.
Well here is the finished project. It went really quick because I pulled my husband out to help me. Lucky, I know.
What do you think?
Sunday, 4 November 2012
Saturday, 20 October 2012
1 package (14-1/2 ounces) gingerbread cake mix
1-1/4 cups water
4 cups cold fat-free milk
4 packages (1 ounce each) sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding mix
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon each ground ginger, nutmeg and allspice
1 carton (12 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed
In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water and egg, beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into an ungreased 8-in. square baking pan.
Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. When completely cooled, crumble the cake. Set aside 1/4 cup crumbs for garnish.
In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in pumpkin and spices until well blended.
In a trifle bowl or 3-1/2-qt. glass serving bowl, layer a fourth of the cake crumbs, half of the pumpkin mixture, a fourth of the cake crumbs and half of the whipped topping. Repeat layers. Garnish with reserved cake crumbs. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving.
I will definitely be making this again. What's your favorite pumpkin recipe?
Saturday, 6 October 2012
Tonight for dinner I made Pumpkin Pie French Toast. I put a picture up on Facebook for all my lovelies to see and had an overwhelming number of requests for the recipe. I guess I'm not the only pumpkin lover out there.
So as requested here is the recipe:
Pumpkin Pie French Toast
1/2 c. Pumpkin Purée
1/2 c. Milk
3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
2 teas. Vanilla
1 teas. Pumpkin Pie seasoning
1 loaf of French Bread sliced thickly
Mix the eggs, pumpkin purée and milk together. Add the brown sugar and vanilla and mix well. Finally add the pumpkin pie seasoning and give one final mix.
Heat a frying pan or griddle to medium and spray with your favorite non stick cooking spray.
Dip the French bread into the pumpkin mix. Make sure to cover both sides. I really like to let the soak it up. Place on your fry pan or griddle for 2-3 minutes then flip and cook the other side for the same amount of time. You want both sides to be a lovely light brown color.
Serve warm with maple syrup and/or whipped cream. For a special treat I whip up my own fresh cream with a little sugar and ginger added to it. Lovely.
Friday, 5 October 2012
I wanted to do something and quick so after a little discussion about what words are right and what words are wrong we sent him off to conquer the world one bad word at a time. It must has worked because last night we watched Jumanji as a family and someone said OMG and he asked why if we cant say those words would we watch movies with those words. Nothing like a 5 year old to put you in your place :)
Anyway I was flipping through this months friend and found this totally awesome story and Pledge. The "Help Stamp Out Bad Language" Pledge. Needless to say we will be doing this for our FHE lesson on Monday evening. If anyone else is interested and doesnt have the Friend, here is a link to the website and page. Maybe we can all help to "Stamp Out Bad Language" In our own little parts of the world.
These bad boys are easy to make and oh so tasty. The thing that takes the longest is unwrapping all the Kisses.
So here's what you do:
1 pkg Pumpkin Spice Hershey's Kisses
1 box Chex Cereal
1 cup Powder Sugar(or more if you like
Unwrap all the Hershey's Kisses and put them into a bowl. Melt them by sticking the bowl in hot, boiling water so as to heat the bowl melting the chocolate. Stirring constantly.
When the kisses are all melted add about 9 cups of the cereal to the chocolate and mix well.
Finally put the powder sugar in a ziplock bag. Add the chex cereal covered in chocolate and do the Wiggle Dance shaking that bag so all the cereal is covered in the powder sugar.
Open the bag and pop one of those bad boys straight in your mouth. It's not my fault if you can't stop at just one. I know they are simple divine.
Saturday, 18 August 2012
Some of you may remember nearly two years ago I had a very traumatic pregnancy when my water broke at 18 weeks with my now two year old.
Here is Siena at 2 years old. She is with her big sister and little brother.
You may even remember that I had explained how I always have very difficult pregnancies and that out of the three children I had never been pregnant longer than 34 weeks. My oldest was born at 34 weeks and my middle born at 26 weeks.
Well for this reason I was very hesitant to tell the world that I was expecting my fourth child. We are back in the USA now and I was very hopeful that things would be different and I can now tell you that things have been very different. I am now 38 weeks and am scheduled for a c-section in 11 days. I am so excited. This pregnancy has been wonderful. Im not going to say that it has been 100% easy but I have the most amazing Dr. who has worked with me so well to prevent anything from happening and everything he has done has worked. For the first time I am now carrying a full term baby.
This is the reason for the lack of posts over the past nine months. Being a full time mom and taking care of this unborn child have been my main priorities. I love being a mom. I feel that it, along with being a wife, are the two most important things in my life right now.
I have been crafting and the next few posts will be a few of the things I have worked on recently and over the last nine months. I have more to do before this little GIRL (yes we will have 3 girls and 1 boy) arrives and I will try to get some of them posted before she arrives.
Me at 37 weeks pregnant. I get asked a couple times a day if I am having twins. Nope just one, but she is a very big girl already according to the sonograms.
Monday, 13 August 2012
- Preheat oven to 325F
- Combine Flour, Brown Sugar, Almonds and melted butter and spread in an 8x8 pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Stir a couple of times. Once done allow to cool completely.
- Once cooled press 2/3 of the mixture in the 8x8 pan to create the crust
- Beat egg whites and sugar until stiff peaks form
- Beat whipping cream until soft peak
- Combined beaten egg whites, whipped cream, lemon juice and crushed strawberries. Spread mixture over the crust.
- Sprinkle the remaining crust/crumb mixture over the top
- Freeze 3 - 6 hours
- Cut into squares and serve. I garnish with a little fresh whipped cream and strawberries.
As a side note this last week when I made this I used Splenda brown sugar blend and Splenda Sugar substitute. It worked very well. When frozen they needed to defrost a little bit before serving but it actually worked very well and tasted very good still.
Coronation Chicken Sandwich Filler:
1 Can Chicken (Or 2 chicken breast cooked and shredded)
3 Tbsp Mayo
1 Tbsp Mango Chutney
1/2 teasp cinnamon
Curry powder to taste
1 - 2 small boxes of raisins
Mix all these ingredients together and serve on your favorite bread. I love it best on homemade Honey Wheat. Either way even on the cheapest store bought bread this recipe is delicious and I am sure you will enjoy it as much as we do!
Friday, 4 May 2012
I have some ideas for the other days I just haven't gotten around to making them yet. But I will post those as the week goes by too. If you can use this please feel free to its a size 8x10 but you can shrink it down to whatever size you would like :)
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
I kind of have a purple theme going on in our living room. I am not sure why I just really liked it with the black so it stuck. Here is a link to the site where I found the idea. I really didn't follow her tutorial just because it was so simple to do. But if you need a tutorial she has a great one. Happy Crafting!
Thursday, 26 April 2012
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
So since we moved back to the US I have been trying to decorate. I have a million and one projects on the go and about the same number to blog about. Here is something that I made today for a little table in our living room. Im sure there will be more of these to come.
Saturday, 14 April 2012
There are two tips I want to share with you:
1) Always wash your face twice. The first time all you do is remove make up or dirt that is on top of your skin. The second wash is to actually was your skin.
2) Wash your face with warm water. This opens your pores and allows you to clean your pores. When you are finished splash your face with cool water. This will close your pores up and keep any new dirt from getting inside.
Friday, 3 February 2012
4 cups torn romaine lettuce
3 cups cut-up cooked chicken
1 can (15 oz) Progresso® black beans, drained, rinsed
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
2 ripe medium mangoes, seed removed, peeled and chopped
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup lime juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, if desired
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Red pepper sauce, if desired
In 3-quart glass trifle bowl, layer lettuce, chicken, black beans, tomatoes and mangoes.
In jar with tight-fitting lid, shake dressing ingredients. Drizzle over salad; serve immediately. Or, cover and refrigerate salad and dressing separately up to 4 hours; drizzle salad with dressing just before serving.
Friday, 6 January 2012
The other day we ran to Joann's and brainstormed in the isles to try and come up with a really cute valentines day swag. Something not to red or pink but totally cute!
Here is what we did.
2 pieces of card stock. We got the kind you can sand. Yeah totally awesome stuff!
1 piece of scrapbook paper
We cut the burlap into 8 squares 4" wide and 5 1/2" tall. Then we folded a 1" flap and sewed them over this is where you will pull your string through to hang it.
Next we cute a heart in the felt. We used a cookie cutter to gage the size. We used the outside of the cutter for a bigger heart made of felt, the inside of the cookie cuter for a heart made out of card and then just cut a smaller heart out of scrapbooking paper.
We then, using our sewing machines, sewed the hearts together and into the burlap. Way Cute!!!
Last I just strung them together and hung it on the mantle. So cute. Not to red or to pink but just enough to know that it is Valentines.
What do you think? Cute?