Friday, July 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Baby!

Today my sweet baby girl is turning 2!  I know busy week for us!  Stay tuned for great project ideas after I finish the party. 

We love everything about you little princess.  We love your super sweet laugh and adorable sense of humor, I especially love when you bat your eyes at me.  I love how different you are from the rough and tumble boys.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

In honor of her special day we are eating pancake cupcakes.  Yep it is just what you are thinking pancakes shaped like cupcakes.  Hello CUTENESS!!!

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I used Kitchen Dough Dough’s recipe (which I think is the cutest name ever)

CUPCAKE PANCAKES

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Large egg
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter, melted
  • 2 Cups Buttermilk (or cheat and add 2 Tablespoons lemon juice or white vinegar and enough milk to make 2 cups and let it stand for 5 minutes)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a muffin pan with non stick spray.
  2. In a medium sized bowl whisk the dry ingredients together
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the wet ingredients
  4. Pour the wet ingredients in to the dry and stir gently until just combined do not over mix
  5. Pour the batter about 1/3 cup of the batter into the prepared muffin pans
  6. Bake for 10 minutes or until it springs back when gently pressed.
  7. Allow to cool for a few minutes and run a knife along the sides and pop the pancakes out of the pan.

I filled mine with maple cream filling and topped them with whipped cream and sprinkles.  You could also filled them with strawberry jam or whatever your hear desires.  The kids loved them and went back for thirds!

I think they would be a fantastic everyday breakfast on the run with a little piece of cooked link sausage in them.  Yummers! I think I may make some a freeze them for when the kids go back to school.

See you next week!

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Love Like Crazy

10 years ago today I married my best friend.  People, I thought were friends have come and gone and none  have stood by my side faithfully like you.  You let me cry, be silly and sometimes grumpy and never stop loving me.  I am blessed to have a loving husband like you.   Thank you for making all my dreams and crazy schemes come true!

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Picking up Pretty Girls on the Side of the Road!

I was out driving around when I saw this sad looking girl on the side of the road. There she was I spied her, I looked her up and down. Prince Charming gave me the stink eye and kept driving, he knew what was on my mind.  We arrived at our destination and I tried to put her out of my mind.  I couldn’t I knew she was out there standing alone, I left Prince Charming and thought, “oh I will just drive by and see if she is still there lonely and sad.”  She was still there so car seats were moved and I helped that sad girl into my car.  I know you shouldn’t pick up strangers but she was all alone what was I supposed to do?  I stopped by to pick up Prince Charming. He saw me coming the hatch is open he shakes his head, the kids jump out and tell him how they had to help me get that girl in the car.  I thought I took a picture of that sad and lonely girl but alas I forgot.  She had pretty features but was kind of plain.  I took that poor girl home and gave her a makeover……

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Isn’t she lovely?????

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She was originally that orange brown stain color, I sanded her down and gave her a pretty new cottage chic look.  I switched out those plain Jane knobs for some cute stylish ones.  I picked those knobs up at Hobby Lobby.  They carry the most adorable knobs I have ever seen! 

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I rubbed and sanded her until she was perfectly distressed.

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Dressed her up with some cute new accessories, and made a place in my home for her. 

Prince Charming hasn’t seen her yet and he will probably strangle me since this is the 4th table I have had here, but I do love her so hopefully he will understand.

She didn’t cost me anything except the knobs and those were only around $4.00 each.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cool Mom-4 Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

DSC03549 I  picked up a Pampered Chef cookie press new in the box for $5.00 a few days ago because it looked like a whole lot of fun in a box.  I don’t really love spritz cookies which is what you typically make with a press so I thought I would see if other cookie dough would work, and boy did it.  I tried this recipe and not only do they look stinkin cute they taste yummy too.   It took me about 2 minutes to make the dough, and the kids couldn’t stop smiling.

 Score one for the cool mom!

4 Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 1 box devils food cake mix
  • 1 80z package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  3. Mix for 2 minutes on low and then another 2 minutes on medium.  *****I used my kitchen aid mixer and did not mix it that long I only mixed it about 1 minute total until I had a nice dough.
  4. Roll into 1 inch balls and flatten slightly with a fork or be a super cool mom and use your cookie press according to the manufacturer’s direction.
  5. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until the edges are set
  6. Cool and enjoy!

Enjoy!

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Partake in my pantry prettiness

I couldn’t take it any more my pantry was obscene!!!  So obscene there is no way I was showing you a before picture.  We will just say that two bags of trash came out of there.  In my defense I did get rid of all the boxes that everything was in but still.  So today you get no cool craft because this is what I was doing all day.

I swear you can hear angels sing when you open the doors.   I still need to cut the labels for the jars but they will have to wait I am supposed to be working on the party for the Princess.  And no I am not just out of groceries.  I actually moved food that was in different areas into my pantry because those jars were so much more efficient than my previous system.  Which involved a lot of stuffing.  Hey it is a system, right?

It all started when I picked up those super cute vintage canning jars and I saw this…….

  pantry ps  AMAZING!!!! I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with those cute vintage canning jars but then I saw this amazing pantry and I knew exactly what to do with those cuties! Ok mine isn’t quite as cool as hers, but it sure is heck of a lot better and mine is only so big and I think Prince Charming might have a heart attack if I started painting things in there.   I would love to find some cool wooden crates if anyone sees any do share.

To go check out more of her amazing blog click on the photo or go to the link on my sidebar.

Enjoy!

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Just a little something

Just a little something I whipped up for my BFF and her kids.  They moved into a brand new house and invited us over.  Ok we invited ourselves over so I thought the least I could do was bring a little something.  Thanks Christi we LOVE your new house!!!!DSC03475

A little something cute for the kids. I purchased some little tin buckets for a dollar each and embellished with vinyl.  Throw in some freezer pops and you have 3 happy kiddos!

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And a simple little monogrammed vase.  I was going to etch it but I didn’t have time so I used vinyl on it this time.  I like the look a little something different.

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Enjoy!

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Making lunch fun-Octopus dogs

Bet you were thinking I was making some gross new hot dog with tentacles.  EWWWW!

Have you ever heard of a Bento box?  Neither had I until recently and I love BENTO Boxes!!!  This is a Japanese tradition for serving meals in cool containers.  It is a simple concept but oh how I adore it.  My favorite part is it is all about portion size and balance.  I have never seen the kids so excited to eat fruits and veggies, and honestly it only takes a few minutes more to take a simple meal from boring to extraordinary! 

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How cute is that?  What kid wouldn’t like to eat that cutie up?

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I adore how portable it is!  Look no plastic baggies to fill up the landfill!

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A morning snack bento A blueberry scone, grapes, blueberries, banana chips, yogurt and a little pudding.  Yummy!

I don’t have any of the fancy tools nor do I even have fancy boxes but it works for us.  I picked up my little containers at the dollar store and I love that the little ones fit right inside.  Even Prince Charming loves when I pack him a Bento box.   I picked up the “Yum-Yum Bento book at the library and for more ideas you can check out this really fun blog:

http://bentolunch.blogspot.com/search/label/ben

Enjoy!

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Twirly Pillowcase Skirt

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Here is a fun up-cycle skirt for ya!  My grandmother gave me this funky pillow case and I thought it would make a cute little skirt for the Princess.  I love how soft pillowcases are and how well they wear.  The Princess has  not learned all those Princess skills like don’t roll in the mud yet so this way we can still be girlie and not worry if we muss our dress. DSC03432

1. Decide your finished length, in my case 9 inches and add 1 1/2 inches.   You will cut your length from the open end up.  It will save you from having to hem.  I can’t wait to show you what I did with the other half!

DSC034332.  Turn down the raw edge 1/2 inch and iron a nice crease.

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3. Fold over 1 more time about an inch and iron again to give you a nice casing.

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4. Stitch your casing but don’t go all the way around.  Leave a small gap so we can slip our elastic through.

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5. Attach a safety pin to your elastic and slip through your casing.

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6. Once you have pushed your elastic through safety pin the end so it doesn’t slip all the way in.

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7.  Once you have threaded your elastic all the way around pull both ends out and sew the ends together creating a complete circle.

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8. Slip the elastic back in and adjust your gathers.  Sew your casing shut and your, done super easy!  It took maybe fifteen minutes from start to finish.

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Enjoy!

 

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Check it out-Fun organized Library bags

We are so excited we have a brand new library, and it is fantastic!!! They have thousands of movies for kids and adults and great books! When we got our fancy new library cards we also got fun bags to hold all of our books.

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I couldn’t just leave them alone, so out comes my cricut and vinyl!

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Here is the organization part. I want the kids to be responsible for the books they check out. So I printed off these two little signs and sandwiched them with scrapbook paper. On one side it shows how many books and the other how many movies. Then I laminated them using clear contact paper, so they can write on them with a dry erase marker each time we check something out. Simple but valuable.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Super Simple Birthday Bunting

Hey all! 

I just want to stop by and say hi!  I am still here.  I didn’t want you to worry I had been eaten by a bear.  We had a phenomenal trip over the weekend to our favorite spot.  We even got the heat working.  Wanna know the funny part?  We have had our pop up camper for 4 years and I swear the heat never works for one reason or another.  Well this trip we finally got all the bugs worked out, and I was too hot with the heat on!!!  I had to turn it all the way down.  Figures! 

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The wild flowers are blooming like crazy since it has been so nice and cool. 

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I was thinking of doing this for our Christmas cards!  LOL

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Just a cute one.  Bet you can’t guess who did the lettering on Prince Charming’s atv?

Ok back to the actual thing I want to show you.  The Princess is turning 2 at the end of the month so I am working on her party.  I think this is so cute I had to share with you before I am finished with everything. 

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I picked up these placemats at the Dollar store.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them at first and then it hit me! Super simple bunting of course.

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I simply cut the triangles out of the placemats and sewed a ribbon along the top.  How easy is that?  The placemats didn’t even have to be hemmed yipeee!  Aren’t these colors so much fun?  Wait until you see the rest of the party!  I was going to spell Happy Birthday but I was afraid it might be too much.  What do you think?

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Camping food-Dump Cake

Hey everyone!  We are getting ready to head up to our favorite camping spot, so I thought I would share a really yummy and super easy camping recipe.  

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Dump Cake is called dump cake because you do just that you dump it all in, and don’t stir it.  I know it sounds crazy but trust me it is awesome! 

DUMP CAKE

1 can pie filling any flavor you like

1 cake mix any flavor

1 stick of butter

1 can of soda any flavor

1.  Pour the pie filling in a dutch oven.  I line mine with foil to make clean up a breeze

2. Dump the dry cake mix on top

3.  Dice up the butter and dump that on top.

4.  Pour 1 can of soda on the whole thing.

5.  Cover the dutch oven with a lid and place on hot coals with a few on top as well.  Allow the cake to bake for about 20-30 minutes.

See super easy but amazing!!!  The photo is apple with yellow cake mix and a sprite.  Are you impressed  I remembered to take a photo for my blog while camping?  Hence the fancy styling of a paper plate!

Black forest is also amazing.  Use cherry pie filling, chocolate cake mix and a coke mmmmmm!  You can also use a can of peaches yummy!  I was wondering if maybe mandarin oranges would work and an orange soda??

You can serve it with ice cream if you so desire. 

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Simply sweet little gifts

This weekend my adorable niece turned 10.

  Happy Birthday Madison!!!

I always like to make gifts for the kids, it is just my calling card.  Hopefully they don’t think I am the aunt the always knits that hideous sweater that their mom makes them wear.  You like my gifts right?  Tell me you do!

DSC03011This is what I whipped up to go with the cute purse I made awhile back.  Click on the picture and you can see that post.

DSC03360DSC03361I made her this really cute lip gloss holder.  I picked the lip gloss up crazy cheap and then jazzed it up!  I used my cricut to cut the case. I LOVE IT!!!  If anyone wants to give this a try I do have a million of these, I went a little crazy because they were so cheap.  Just shoot me an email and we can work it out.

DSC03357DSC03358I also made her a scrabble tile necklace.  I used the exact same technique I used for the washer necklace which you can check out here.   You wanna know the sad part?  She has no idea what scrabble is.  Oh no I am officially getting old, my toys are antique!!!  It still is out there, I know I saw it!  I picked up a game of scrabble at the thrift store and I will have an endless supply of letters!

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I am throwing this one in just because it was fun.  This is my niece and her cute hair that I did for the 4th. 

Happy Birthday I love you Madison!

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A new addiction Heat transfer vinyl

Hey everyone!  I wanted to share this before the 4th of July but I hopped on my computer to find it was dead.  AAAAAAAA  you might as well cut of my right arm.  I need my computer!!!  Luckily my uncle aka computer guru had it back up in a couple hours so we could still make our bbqs that we were invited to.

If you know me you know how much I adore my cricut.  I use it almost every day and use all kinds of mediums, fabric, paper,chipboard, fondant, and of course vinyl.  Well now I have another fun medium that you have to try, heat transfer vinyl!!!  Now I can make all kinds of cute shirts and not pay near as much as you would at the store.   I picked up some T-shirts last fall for .75 cents each, and I have been waiting for the chance to make something great. 

Here is a simple tutorial on how you can make your own really cool t-shirts using heat transfer vinyl.

1.  Design your layout either using Sure Cuts a lot or any image from the cartridge.  Make sure you flip your image so it is a mirror image because when we cut it out we are cutting the backside and if you don’t the words with be backwards. DSC03342

2.  Lay your heat transfer vinyl on your cutting mat with the shiny side down and the non shiny side up.  The shiny side is the vinyl backing that you need in order to transfer your image.  Cut your image out.  You only want to kiss cut the vinyl otherwise you have to transfer each letter and that could be a pain.  I use a setting of 3 for my pressure.  It will only cut through the vinyl and not the backing.

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3. Now weed all of the vinyl that is not part of your image. If you have an intricate piece I use a push pin to weed in between the image. DSC03344

4.  Now lay your image on your prewashed, dried and ironed shirt.  Don’t use fabric softener when you do this.   Since it is on the backing it is super easy to lay it out how you want it which you can see I cut mine apart and moved it around.  The shiny backing will now be on top.DSC03345

5.  Cover you image backing and all with a thin cloth to protect your iron.

6.  Iron over all of your image using medium to heavy pressure and high heat for about 20 seconds.

7.  Allow your image to cool and peel the backing off.

8.  Lay your thin cloth back over you image and iron one more time just to make sure it sticks. DSC03346DSC03347

9.  You can easily layer vinyl colors like I did here.  Just allow the first layer to cool and then repeat everything for the next.

See these are the cute shirts I made which is why I wanted to post this before the 4th but there is always next year!

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I embellished the little Princess’s with Glitter fabric paint, and then added the adorable ribbon ruffle.

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Enjoy!

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