Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Gift of Sweet Memories

Handmade gifts…..I love them!

Personalized canvas art….oh so simple.

Grandpa's Gift 2

We have two grandparent birthdays right in the middle of the holidays season so we have to think of gifts for several occasions. 

Our grandparents love handmade gifts. 

Shhh, don’t tell them I shared…..but it is really sweet when grandpa or grandma gets a picture made just for them and the other gets jealous and puts a request in that they would love something like that.

We recently went to visit and little guy was able to take his first ride in the boat on the coast.  Grandpa and Grandma love to fish and crab.  So what better to give Grandpa than the memory of this little guy doing something so special with them.

How did I do it:

  1. Paint the canvas a solid complementary color.
  2. Print pictures. (I used a 8x10 and 4x6)
  3. Choose a scrapbook paper that works with your theme and rip the edges back to front.  This will leave white edges around your paper.
  4. Ink edges of paper is desired.
  5. Mod Podge paper onto canvas and coat once on top.
  6. Mat pictures on cardstock and embellish. 

This can easily be done in a day.

Allow each wet step 15-20 minutes to dry.

(I  placed 8x10 flat and used foam adhesive to raise the 4x6.  I found 3 coordinating fibers and stapled to each side of the picture tying a bow where they met on the front.  “Precious memories” was a rub-on.  I made two tags with some journaling and again adhered with foam adhesive to give dimension)

Grandpa's Gift

He is going to love it and I am sure Grandma will too!

Don’t forget little ones can help with many of these steps, and they will be so proud of what you create together.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Simple Ribbon Stand

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I needed a solution for containing spools of ribbon.

Ribbon Stand 3

I first got my inspiration from Sew Many Ways.  You have to check out her series called Tool Time Tuesday.  She thinks of so many clever uses for things found at hardware stores as well as recycling.  So the inspiration was to use the 12 inch spikes found at a hardware store to hold spools of ribbon.


(similar to this)

{can be found on the same aisle as nails and screws}

I bought three 12 inch spikes for a very nominal amount.  For a while, I just stacked my ribbon on them.  However, with little guy now running around and climbing I can’t take the chance that one might fall.

So my solution was to make them part stable and steady!

All I needed was:

  • Scrap piece of wood
  • 3 – 12 inch spikes
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Felt pads
  1. Cut scrap piece of wood to 12 inches in length
  2. Find center of board and make a mark at 2 inches, 6 inches, and 10 inches.
  3. Drill a hole about the same diameter as the spike.
  4. Paint board and finish as desired.
  5. Use hammer and tap spikes through the holes.
  6. Place felt pads on each corner of the bottom.
  7. Stack ribbon spools on spikes and enjoy.

Ribbon Stand 2

My finish was Rust-oleum’s 2x coverage heirloom white spray paint with Valspar Asphaltum antiquing glaze .

Ribbon Stand Construction

The felt adhesive pads help prevent scratches, allow stand to sit evenly, prevents need to countersink spike heads.

Ribbon Stand Craft Room

And here she is in her home.

(Sorry craft room doesn’t have natural light for photo)

How do I keep the ribbon from unraveling?

pearl push pins

Ribbon Stand Pearl Pins

Cute, simple, and easy to use!

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Oven Roasted Salted Pumpkin Seeds

Who knew such yumminess existed?

Pumpkin Seeds

I have always discarded them!

Who knew they were so good for you?

Who knew they were called pepitas?

Well I don’t know where I have been all my life, but it just changed today with my first pumpkin seed experience!

I followed this easy recipe by Petit Elephant.

They are delicious!

Pumpkin Seeds 1

I can’t wait to search and find some sweet and spicy variations.

My little pepitas,  I will never discard you anymore Smile

Monday, November 7, 2011

Snow Cream

Last year, I said…when it snows next year!

Then a friend of mine reminded me that one of my to-do’s was to make snow cream.  Growing up in Florida, I have had to wait until an adult age to make snow cream.  I don’t have a childhood memory of this, but even better I think little guy and me will have this memory together.

So now that my yard looks like this,

Snow cream yard

I went out and got some fresh snow.

Snowcream snow

Then I turned it into this sweet white fluffiness.

Snowcream Fluffiness

And now I have some sweetness in my freezer.


I am sure that there are many recipes out there on how to make snow cream, but I just went with my friends advice as a place to start.

  1. Gather snow in a bowl
  2. Add milk to the consistency that you prefer
  3. Add sugar and vanilla to taste

Then enjoy!  It is so good!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Breakfast Burritos

So there are times during the year when I look like this.

Hunting Me

And this coming week is one of those times.

{as a matter of fact, I am leaving as soon as I finish this}

Yes, I love hunting.

So we are in the woods during archery and rifle season.  Since little guy came along we go both seasons so that we can trade off hunting with little guy duty.  This year rifle season again is my turn to hunt and little guy gets to hang out with daddy.  Oh…of course we all go and camp, little guy is just still too small to actually be still or quiet. 

So to make our week a little more relaxing, I usually cook some things ahead.

Breakfast burritos are something that is easy, handy, warm, portable, and so yummy.

I have received many compliments before and they are so easy….

So here is a tutorial that is so simple

{with lots of pictures}

I have not given measurements or amounts as this is super easy to adjust to the amount you prefer.

Fry some potatoes

{I peel, microwave or bake them ahead, and then cube}

Burrito potatoes

Brown and drain sausage

(or any breakfast meat that you prefer)

{any kind works, I am using antelope sausage}

Burrito Sausage

Scramble eggs

Burrito eggs

Combine potatoes, sausage, and eggs with shredded cheddar cheese

Burrito Cheese

Then my secret sauce….

Burrito Green Chile

{yes, it is that easy.  I hope to learn to make green chile in the future, but for now this works}

Add sauce

Burrito All


Burrito mixed

It is good enough to eat this way, but….

Have you ever had fresh tortillas?

Burrito tortilla

I will never buy tortillas in the grocery store again.

Gather your tortillas, foil, pan, and mixture.

Burrito Assembly

Place some of your mixture on a tortilla.


Roll the center of the tortilla over the mixture and fold both sides in before rolling.

Burrito rolled

Fill you pan, warm in the oven and enjoy.

Burrito pile

We will certainly love taking these out and eating while we are camping in the colder weather.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thanksgiving Thumbprints

It is busy around here between Halloween, Little Guy’s Birthday, and Thanksgiving….then straight into Christmas and New Years.  No wonder everyone feels the bustle.  But after birthday and Halloween, I wanted to switch gears for little guy and begin focusing on Thanksgiving and giving him something to look forward to and appreciate. 

Thumb print

So as soon as the Halloween decorations were down, we need a craft that incorporated something more than pumpkins.

Since we are still little and not completely independent (or mom isn’t completely afraid to let him make a huge mess), we like to do thumb print art.  He can also help with paper punches and turn his art work into something a little cuter.

A turkey it is!

Thumb print turkey

Isn’t he cute?  And little guy is so proud!

A new word, a new holiday, new experiences and memories.  This is going to be so much fun.

Linky parties I love and hope you will visit too:

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pumpkin Patch Fun

We had so much fun going to the Pumpkin Patch!

Every year we go to a true pumpkin farm and pick pumpkins from the fields.  There are so many fields that you truly can get away from crowds.  Last year we went just prior to our little guy beginning to walk so he sort of propped on pumpkins. 

Now we run and laugh making the pumpkin patch so much fun!

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Pumpkin Patch Collage

Pumpkin Patch Gazing

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Front Door Rescue

Rescue is the word that I wasn’t intending on needing until we got our house painted this year and noticed that the front door needed to be a priority so that we didn’t lose it!

Really….lose it?


It was a stained door that is west facing and through the years has taken a beating from the sun!

Although we decided to have the exterior of the house painted by professionals, I decided that I would rescue the front door.

Front Door Before

I am really bad about remembering the BEFORE picture so this was taken after I sanded the door and began prepping it .

There was a decision to be made stain or paint.

Paint, won!

My general thinking after rescuing the door was that paint would give a little more protection from the elements going forward.

So after some deliberation over what color works best with the house….here is the finished door.

Front Door Painted

Pumpkins and all,  Happy Fall!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Mickey Mouse Birthday Party

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It has been busy lately getting ready for our first real birthday party.  Last year our little guy’s first birthday was celebrated with mommy, daddy, grandparents (via Skype), and a large cupcake! 

This year was going to be a small event! 

I knew it was going to be a Mickey Mouse themed party and began searching for ideas because I knew it was going to be homemade as opposed to the limited commercial products available.  So here it is!

2 Birthday Centerpiece

The centerpiece was one of those inspiration pieces that I found here at Shay Bocks.  I decided to take the general idea, but adapted the technique to something that worked best for me.  Tutorial to come soon….

The entry was decorated to greet our guests with balloons and a sign that I made with paper and a spray painted dollar tree frame.

2 Birthday Entry

The sign said….

2 Birthday Sign

My little guy loves to say things are “big, big” .  Smile

2 Birthday Table

The other great inspiration that I found…..

2 Birthday Cupcake Collage

The cupcake stands were from Bee in Our Bonnet.

The chocolate cupcake and vanilla cupcake recipes were found at Our Happy Medium.  Thank goodness I found these recipes that were delicious and perfectly adjusted to work at altitude!

2 Birthday Bottle Collage

Paper straws in milk bottles was a great idea that I had seen somewhere in the past.  I had to improvise, and decided that Frappuccino bottles were perfectly within budget.  The bigger kids actually loved the straws and drinking from the bottles.

The candy coated cake ball cupcakes were adapted to color coordinate from Bakerella's Cupcake Bites.

2 Birthday Banner

A birthday banner made on my computer.

Script was a free download “Walt Disney Script v4.1”

2 Birthday Light Fixture Distance

What do you do with a light fixture.  Well, that is a craft fail story….I originally tried to cover it with a drum type shade that I made, but without some more reinforcement to keep it’s shape, I could not make it work.  I would have been better off trying to cover each shade, but I was out of time so the next best option….

2 Birthday Light Fixture

I had extra cupcake toppers and a pom ball, so improvise with some coordinating ribbon to hang from the light fixture to incorporate it, but not hide it. 

Great last minute solution.

As favors for our guests I put together a bag of little goodies.

2 Birthday Favor Bags

I kept it simple with white lunch bags, blue ribbon, and red tissue paper.

Inside the bags….

2 Birthday Favors

A bottle of homemade bubble solution for “Big, Big, Fun”

A Mickey Mouse bubble wand made from a black pipe cleaner

Extra pipe cleaners for some wand creations

A bag of animal crackers with a Mickey Mouse topper

Mickey Mouse stickers

A Mickey Mouse coloring sheet with a Thank You for coming to Matthew’s Party

Mickey Mouse crayons (markers for the older children)


And to share why this celebration means so much to us…

2 Birthday Boy Collage

Our little blue eyed charmer is now “2”!!!

A celebration like this deserves more partying, so…you can find me here:

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Acorn Squash from the Garden

Our garden was abundant with acorn squash this year.

Fortunate for us our little guy likes this as well as we do.

Acorn Squash1

I used to prepare my squash (acorn, butternut, spaghetti…) by cutting in half and removing seeds.  Then I would place it in a glass dish face down with a little water and cook in the oven.

It changed my life once I read that you can cook any of these squash by piercing with a knife and baking them whole.

Acorn Squash2

Now, I line a cookie sheet with foil and bake all my squash at once whole!

Once they are done, I split them and scrap my seeds.

Our favorite way to enjoy acorn squash with our little guy is smooshed with butter and cinnamon.

Acorn Squash3

I can’t wait to make the next batch.  I think they will be halved and filled with maple granola and drizzled with honey!

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