Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine Jar

I decided to make some SUPER QUICK Valentine Jars today for family and friends. 
They turned out so cute I had to share them with you!
Yes, I do make quite a few things that never end up on my blog, sad, but true. 
These, I couldn't pass up sharing! I know it's last minute, but these jars were last minute ideas too! I put them together in 10 minutes and already had everything on hand. They will be so fun to give to people tomorrow! 
Happy Valentine's Day!


Wide Mouth Jar

Candy and Valentines (or quotes) - Full size candy bars and fun sized candy
(My kids wanted to give Valentines to EVERYONE! So yes, they have kid valentine's inside, "Frozen" and "Captain America" are in the jars! Ha ha)

Pieces of curled ribbon as "filler"

Tissue Paper

Scrapbook paper "label" taped to the jar


Delivered with extra LOVE!

In the back ground of the picture is my Valentine Paper Banner and my Fence Post World Map.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Dad's Candy Car

I am CCRRRAAZZZYYY excited about this post!
 I don't know about you, but I STRUGGLE with "men gifts." SERIOUSLY THEY ARE SOOO HARD! Well, I have just saved our bacon when it comes to men's birthday's or Father's Day!

We were out of town a few months ago and tried a new restaurant for lunch one day. The waitress brought the kid's lunch in these card board cars! I thought they were ADORABLE and said to my kids, 
"BE CAREFUL NOT TO SPILL! I want to keep those!"
(They were excited that we got to keep them too, it wasn't just me.)

Anyway, we've had these fun cardboard boxes for a few months now and have only used them once for a fun snack day. I looked at the cars this morning and thought of my dad. He LOVES cars, especially oldies! I thought to myself,
 "These would be darling birthday decorations for my dad! Get a bunch of these cars and decorate my parent's house with them! Hmm.... WAIT A SECOND! I can fill this car with...... flowers, no, not flowers, you idiot he's a guy!.... Hmm...........CANDY! Like a CANDY CAR!"
(DING! That's the light bulb that literally went off above my head)

I hurried around my house and grabbed the candy I had on hand to take pictures of this so I can share it with you! YES, YES, YES! I had to laugh at myself because, yes it's February, and Father's Day isn't until June, and yes, it's February and my Dad's birthday isn't until September! 

But I am SURE that not EVERYONE'S Dad's birthday's are in September! So HERE you go! All other children of the world; make your dad a "Candy Car" that he won't forget!
This would be cute for ANY occasion really!
Anniversaries, Valentine's, you name it! 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Snickers Valentines! (Free Printable)

I am so stoked for Valentine's Day! More than usual because I have my house decorated early, and I have these SA-WEET Valentines lined up for my kids! Who else was the kid in school who LOVED to get chocolate for Valentine's Day? Maybe it was just me, but man, if you brought chocolate on a Valentine, I took you VERY SERIOUSLY! Ha ha.

Snickers is one of my most FAVORITE candy bars of all time! I had to get the fun sized bars and make Valentines to share the love! I came up with four phrases with "Snickers" and put these together early; I'm just so excited I can't wait! Click below the picture to get your free printable! 
Hope you love these as much as I do! 
Happy (early) Valentine's Day!

Print your Snicker's Valentine's HERE!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Lazy Leftover Ham & Potato Soup

Any one else have left over ham they don't know what to do with? Well, I did, until I made this yummy soup! I was feeling like Ham and Potato Soup this afternoon. It's a balmy -2 today, (YES NEGATIVE 2,) and wanted something warm for lunch. I knew I had leftover ham in the fridge and making a soup would be a sinch! 

Well, I was feeling a little lazy when it came to peeling and dicing the potatoes thinking, "Man, that will take FOREVER!" Then I thought, "Hold the phone, I totally have cubed hash browns in the freezer! SCORE! I'll use those!"
This basically has 6 ingredients in it and makes a full pot. Not to mention it only took about 20 minutes TOTAL to make! OH YES!

Lazy Leftover Ham & Potato Soup

1 Small Onion - diced
24 oz. Bag Frozen Cubed Hash browns
2 c. Leftover Ham - cut into cubes/bite sized pieces
6 c. Milk
3 T. Green Onion - chopped
2 T. Chicken Bouillon (I would have used ham base, but didn't have any. This was a great substitute!)

In a large pot place 1 T. Olive oil and Diced Onion. 
Saute' for 3-4 minutes or until the onions begin to turn transparent.
Add frozen Hash brown cubes, Leftover Ham, Green Onion and Bouillon.

Simmer for 15-20 minutes. 

Salt and Pepper to taste. 

This is the season of giving! 
Throw some of this simple soup in a quart sized jar and give it to a neighbor, widow or friend.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Best Beef Chili

I've wanted to come up with my own beef chili for a while now, but it just never happened, until last night that is.  I wanted to make my chili extra thick and savory, and not to toot my own horn, but I NAILED IT!! DELISH to the last drop! I'm going to be making this often!

I am CRAZY about sour cream and cheddar cheese in my chili. It makes it so creamy and delicious! MM...mmm!

Best Beef Chili

2 quart Jars of Stewed Tomatoes (OR) 2 large cans Stewed Tomatoes (1 drained and 1 un-drained)
1 Green Pepper - seeded
1 small Onion
1 can White Great Northern Beans - drained and rinsed
1 can Kidney Beans- drained and rinsed
1 can Black Beans- drained and rinsed
1-2 lbs. Ground Beef 

2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Chili Powder 
2 tsp. Basil
1 tsp. Cumin
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Ginger
1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp. Cayenne Powder

In a blender place Onion, Green Pepper, and drained Stewed Tomatoes, blend until smooth. 

Pour into a stock pot and turn on heat to Medium/Medium High

In the same blender place the 3 cans of drained rinsed Beans, and undrained Stewed Tomatoes. Pulse until desired consistency.

Pour into the heating stock pot and stir until combined.

Add all the seasonings. 

In a separate skillet brown the ground beef with salt and pepper. Drain the grease the best you can. 

Add the browned beef into the chili and simmer for 15-20 minutes. 

Salt and Pepper to taste.

Garnish with sour cream and cheddar cheese.

**If too thick for you add Beef Broth in 1 cup increments.

One of my favorite things about blogging food is eating my pretty plate!

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Laundry Room / Sewing Room Fix Up

I'm crazy excited about my new "sewing room/station." Ever since we moved into our home, last February, I haven't been able to find a permanent place to set my sewing machine. I sew constantly. I am mending holes in pants, fixing dresses, taking in shirts, and making pillows for us, family and friends. Seriously I use my sewing machine ALL the time! I've needed to find a set spot for my sewing machine that wasn't in the way but functional at the same time.

I went into my laundry room the other day and I looked at the small counter and cabinets next to my washer and dryer with new light. I don't fold my laundry in the laundry room, I fold it on the couch so I can watch a show and sit comfortably while I do a chore I sincerely dislike VERY much. 
The counter top and cabinets have been very under used. The drawers were empty and the cabinets held a few books. Nothing that couldn't easily be moved. 

(My brain conversation)
"Why have I not thought of this before!?! 
This will be PERFECT! I can put my presser foot into the large cabinet and sit up at the counter top. YES! 
Oh man, the blue cabinets. I am not a fan of these blue cabinets. The cabinets aren't the worst color though, someone took quality time to paint these, they're not that bad. Mixed with other colors, they could be nice... hmmm.... what could I do to bring in more color? I love blues and greens together... I could make a pallet that had this cabinet blue in it. But what could I do to fill the wall space? I want something fun, I want something cute to look at while I sew.... WAIT.... I HAVE IT! GIANT PAPER FLOWERS!"
(exit brain conversation)

I have been LOVING the pins on pinterest of "giant paper flowers!" They are GORGEOUS! I was in SHOCK at how easy they are to make! Just paper, hot glue and some time, then you have a wall to WOW at! Seriously! 
I am BEAMING at how I took something I already had and made a totally new space with supplies on hand! Look around your home and see things differently. Look for new options you may have not seen before. It took me 8 months to see this one. Possibilities in every home are endless!

My niece Maren and I made these fun paper flowers. She was a great help and loved getting crazy crafty with me. I simply looked at the great tutorials on Pinterest of how to make these giant paper flowers and just went for it! They were so easy! Just about an hour of time and we had 6 fun flowers to make my sewing station fun! 

Click HERE to see the Pinterest page of tutorials.

*Thanks for your help Mare-Bear!

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

2 Ingredient Strawberry Fruit Dip

This summer my dear friend Jenn, got our family hooked on this recipe. I was FLOORED when she told me it was only 2 ingredients?! SAY WHAT??!!! 
Oh yes, only 2 ingredients make this perfect, delicious, smooth fruit dip! 
(You may drop your jaw)
This is a MUST at any party! Whip it up in 1 minute and serve! PERFECTION! 
Our little girl calls it "frosting!" So here it is, "Strawberry Fruit Frosting!"

2 Ingredient Strawberry Fruit Dip

1 small container Strawberry Cream Cheese (room temperature)
1 small container Marshmallow Cream

Place both ingredients in a bowl and whip with a mixer until smooth. 
Serve with fruit. Delish!

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