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Green is good

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Green is good

I know it’s past St. Patrick’s Day, but to be honest, I don’t really care.  I have cute pictures of my kids and I intend on sharing them 🙂

I decorated the kids’ shirts this year.  I got all of the shirts on a clearance sale at Walmart for a dollar and I already had the supplies to decorate them at home… Super Score!!  Each child has a different shirt.  Sporty, Pork Chop and Bubba all had freezer stenciled shirts and Short Stack had an appliqued shirt.

For Pork Chop’s shirt I did a freezer stencil of the words “Lucky Girl” and then added some polka dots with a sponge brush.  After it was dry I added little hand painted hearts to the center of each polka dot.

I appliqued a shamrock onto Short Stack’s shirt and then painted some gold fabric paint over the top of it.  When she wore it, she had braids with bows tied in them from the same fabric.  This is her “new” smile…  She said she’s trying to look “dreamy”.

Sporty is getting to the age where he doesn’t really like all the bells and whistles on his clothes so I just did a simple freezer stencil of the phrase “Pinch Proof”.

Bubba had a freezer stencil shirt that said “IT’S YOUR LUCKY DAY” with the word “lucky” done in gold fabric paint.  He’s wearing a pair of seersucker pants I sewed  him last week (so proud of myself) from a tutorial I found on MADE.  It’s such a great tutorial and easy to follow!

One more picture and then I’m done… My husband asked me to sew him a kilt for St. Patrick’s day.  That’s just the kind of guy he is.  I have never sewn a kilt before, nor did I have a pattern for it.  I burned the heck out of my arm ironing pleats.  PLEATS PLEATS PLEATS!!  I am tired of pleats that is for sure!  Anyway, I think it turned out pretty awesome and I made sure not to remind him that kilts are Scottish and St. Patrick’s Day is Irish.  Why ruin his fun?

 

Pinterest Win

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I’ve mention Pinterest in a previous post and I’ll say it again, if you haven’t checked it out, you are totally missing out!!  I’ve recently added a “follow me on Pinterest” button on my sidebar, so please feel free to click it and check out my pins.

I’m proud to say that I’ve actually tried out some of the things I’ve found on Pinterest including this recent success:

Donuts from biscuits  These insanely easy to make donuts were insanely delicious!  Just get packaged biscuit dough (any kind but flaky)  I found a pack of four for less than $2.  Cut out a hole in the middle (don’t forget to save the little pieces for donut holes!), fry in veggie oil (watch them carefully because they brown quickly) then dip in butter and cinnamon sugar, sprinkle on powder sugar, or even make a glaze (I made some odd approximation of a maple glaze) and go to town!  I didn’t really like how they tasted the next day (a little like stale cake donuts) but oh my gosh my family devoured a TON of them the day we made them!

The Pork Chop

Bubba

Short Stack

Sporty

As you can see, everyone enjoyed the donuts!  A Pinterest Win if I do say so myself 🙂

 

Not the neatest stitch in the hem

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Let me just start by saying that I am a lazy person when it comes to keeping a clean house.  I blamed it on my kids for a while, complaining that I was just so exhausted trying to keep up with their snail trail of clutter.  This was not a valid excuse however.  Ask my mother.  My childhood bedroom was a pit… a toxic waste dump… a black hole where my belongings went to die.  My roommates lucked out because I tended to keep my clutter to my bedroom.  My husband (Mr. Mild Case Of OCD) found out that my side of the bed was almost never clean and dishes seemed to stack up into little towers beside the sink.

It’s not that I’m a messy person.  I have the desire and the ability to be neat and tidy.  I just struggle with being lazy.  I can find a million excuses not to clean.  Unfortunately, living in a cluttered house causes me to be incredibly stressed.  I get frustrated and angry and I find no peace.  My bedroom is not a retreat for rest, my kitchen is not a pleasant place to cook meals for my family.  My living room is living it’s own life.

2012 is my year though.  I started the 52 Week Challenge to and Organized Home which I found on Pinterest (which by the way, if you are not on Pinterest, you should be!!).  Week 1 was kitchen counters and sinks.  I followed the advice of the challenge and defined the purpose of my space.  I was using valuable counter space as a catch-all for the kids’ school work, the mail, and little odds and ends.  Once I put everything where it belonged, I noticed I had TONS of counter space!!  Week 2 just started and I’m working on my cupboards and pantries.  It’s great because someone has given me a defined task and a defined time frame.  I’ve found I can accomplish a lot in a small amount of time because I’m just focusing on one thing, not getting distracted by tons of other tasks.

I’m already less stressed which is WONDERFUL!  It’s nice too because now that it’s been really cleaned, it doesn’t take much to maintain the space.  Plus I’m being a good example to my kids (who I constantly hassle to keep their rooms clean and help pick up around the house).  I’m noticing I have the desire to do other small tasks too. Like today, instead of worrying about cleaning the whole bathroom, I just cleaned the toilets.  It was small, but it was an accomplishment.

Part of my desire for 2012 is to live a healthier lifestyle.  A clean house = less stress = less cortisol.  Cortisol is a basically a “stress hormone” which can really negatively affect your health and even contribute to increased abdominal fat.  INCREASED. ABDOMINAL. FAT.  That is definitely something to avoid!

So here’s so a year of less stress, a cleaner house, and maybe even a little less belly to jiggle come next Christmas.

Interested in joining the 52 Week Challenge?  It’s not too late!!  Either click on the link in the post (it will open in a separate window) or click the button below.

 

52 Week Organized Home Challenge

Bettah with Feta

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I used to hate feta cheese.  I thought the word “feta” sounded too much like the word “fetid”.  Anybody with me on that?  Anyway, I’m not quite sure what the turning point was, but I have come to believe that feta makes everything bettah!  I’m not a fan of goat cheese and I can’t stomach the thought of blue cheese, but feta – it’s soft and sour and wonderful.

Here are just a few ways to add feta to your meals:

On hotdogs – Skip the ketchup and mustard and try something new!  Sprinkle a little vinaigrette on your hotdog and top with feta cheese and fresh cilantro!

Italian Crostini Pizzas – Cut a few slices from a loaf of your favorite crusty bread.  Spread with cream cheese, pesto (you can buy this at the grocery store or use this recipe here) and add cut up artichoke hearts.  If you’ve got some leftover bbq steak chop it up and throw it on.  Then cover with a nice heavy dose of feta and pop into the oven at 350 for about 5-10 minutes (or until bread is crisp)

Corn on the Cob with Shallot butter and Feta – Make up a batch of my delicious shallot butter by finely mincing half a shallot and mixing it in with about four tablespoons of butter or margarine spread, add some lemon pepper to taste and chill.  Now cook up some sweet summer corn and put a healthy helping of the shallot butter, then top with feta cheese.  Delish!

Add feta to your spinach salad, throw it in your scrambled eggs or on top of your bagel.  It tastes good on chicken, adds oomph to pasta salad and on top of your Hawaiian pizza it’s fantastic!

Try it today and you may be adding feta to your weekly menu!

Mummy! I Want A Cupcake!!

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I decided today was a good day to bake, but I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to make.  First I thought a nice big cake- four layers, lots of frosted goodness.  The truth is, I didn’t want to mess around with a cake, so I decided to do something simple and cute in keeping with the month of October.  Mummy Cakes!  I can’t remember where I saw these, but I thought they were super cute and I’ve been dying for an opportunity to try them.  I picked butter pecan cake with a butter rum flavored frosting.  Very sweet, but a little spicy too.

Mummy Cakes

Mummy Cakes

The eyes were the tricky part.  I was going to use Peanut M&Ms but I didn’t have any in the house.  What I did have was a bag of  yellow molding chocolate.  I wanted to make the eyes round, but not too flat and I didn’t have a good mold.  I searched around the house and found that I had one of those bubble packages that cough drops sometimes come in.  I washed it well and used it as my candy mold.

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I filled the little compartments and put in my freezer to solidify them quickly

I purchased the molding chocolate at JoAnn Fabrics

I purchased the molding chocolate at JoAnn Fabrics

After I made enough chocolate eyes, I got everything ready to frost.  I chose Wilton Tip #47 because it allows you to pipe nice flat lines.  It is a double sided tip so make sure to check before you pipe otherwise you’ll get a more corrugated look.  I attached the chocolate eyes using a little bit of the frosting.

Wilton Tip #47

Wilton Tip #47

Attatch the chocolate eyes to the cupcake using a little frosting

Attatch the chocolate eyes to the cupcake using a little frosting

When applying the frosting I used long strokes.  Don’t try for any sort of pattern here, you want it to look like bandages wrapped around a mummy’s head.  Finally, I used a little dark mint molding chocolate to make little pupils for the eyes.  I had so much fun I even made a little cake!

Mummy and her little kids

Mummy and her little kids

I had so much fun making these, and I hope you try them out this month.  They would be a big hit at a Halloween party!

Bubbles

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I love bubbles.  They relax me.  Well, most of the time they relax me… when I’m cleaning up spilled bubble solution, or sorting out an argument about who’s bubble container is whose, or calming a screaming toddler who is angry that bubble time is over- that’s not so relaxing. 

So summer time is almost over and with the kids starting school next week, I wanted to find some fun projects to finish out August.  Today I grabbed up a pyrex baking dish, some bubble solution, some Joy dish soap and two metal hangers.  I bent the hangers into bubble wands and filled up the baking dish with bubble solution and dish soap (it made the bubbles more stable) and sent my oldest two out to blow the biggest bubbles they could make. 

Taking turns

Taking turns

 We had a blast running around the yard chasing giant sized soap bubbles.  My favorite part?  The look of wonder on my kids’ faces each time those bubbles formed.  We all enjoyed our moment of wonder.

The First Bubble

The First Bubble

Look!  The bubbles are the size of my HEAD!

Look! The bubbles are the size of my HEAD!

 

Blowing Bubbles

Blowing Bubbles

Blowing Bubbles

It’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

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…would you be mine, could you be mine, won’t you be my neighbor?

Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the world. It’s about time!

I want to get something out of the way right now… sort of lay all my cards on the table if you will: I have no idea what kinds of things will end up on this blog! It’s supposed to be a craft blog in theory, but I have an extremely crazy life, and I’ll tell anyone about it, so I guess you never know what you’re going to get.  I can promise that if you want a little peek into someone else’s mind, this is the place to come!

Sound like fun? Sound like the same thing you’ve seen other places? Well, I promise to add in a healthy dose of my crazy life and I am not the same thing you’ve seen other places! So if you like creating, shopping, stories about poop (that’s right, I’ve got a baby so you know there are going to be poop stories) or you just get a voyeuristic kick out of reading about someone else, stick around! I’m glad to have you 🙂

Me and my two little bugs

Me and my two little bugs