Wednesday, October 2, 2013
I am ready for a new collection of recipes to go along with the changing weather. For the last week I have been getting excited about Fall foods :) I was thinking Of all our favorites... Chili, chicken-n-dumplings, and beef stroganoff.... Oh Beef Stroganoff... One of our favorites!!! I have always just bought the mixes in the past but yesterday I got brave and decided to do it myself :) I found his recipe on Pinterest:
All the kids (and even the hubby) gave it 2 thumbs up. I will be adding it to our family recipe book. I think I need to do some more recipe searching. What are your family favorites?
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
All the windows in this house are covered with mini blinds (just so you know I really don't like mini blinds) so I have been trying to come up with alternative window covers that won't break the bank. The back door has a little window that was of course covered with a mini blind and I got to thinking it would look really cut to do the peel and stick window covering there. I will have to say I didn't realize how much that stuff cost!! So here is my alternative ...
To start with I took down the mini blinds and cleaned the window. Here's what I thought about the blinds :)
So,this is what I had to work with.
I went and found the roll of contact paper that I had bought to laminate some of the kids art work to hang on the wall, some scissors, and a piece of card stock. I drew a design on the card stock and cut it out. This is my stencil. Not sure what pattern to use? There is inspiration everywhere. I got mine from a piece of material. After I got my stencil "just right" I traced it on the back of the contact paper and started cutting out my pieces.
I used a razor to trim the edges. It isn't perfect, but I love the way it turned out! And the best part was that the contact paper only cost $6 and I still have over half a roll left!
Here is the finished project :)
Monday, August 12, 2013
So.. My Little Guy had a birthday last month and we let him pick his theme. Of course being the typical 11yo he went with a Minecraft Theme. Being that this Mom knows just the bare basics about Minecraft I decided it was time to click that Pinterest ap.
After looking around we found these inspiration photos:
Of course you know that I waited until the very last minute to do anything!! But I put the teenagers on decorating duty, and they did such an awesome job.
They made the cups and balloons as well as several minecraft blocks, and a huge creeper on the wall! Now that decorations were done it was time to tackle the cake. Now I love to bake but I have never done cake like this before! I found a recipe for marshmallow fondant. Like this one here-->
And jumped right in! Thankfully I had lots of help (and let me say my hubbies amazing at this!). The cake turned out perfect even though we had a few bumps. We ending up painting the red on because we just couldn't get it to mix in at all! Also when I say last minute I do mean it ( we finished the cake maybe 10 minutes before my parents walked in!!). But my little guy was tickled and that is all that really matters. Here are a few pictures of the finished product.
Friday, August 9, 2013
Thursday, August 8, 2013
I love looking at all the great craft ideas on Pinterest.
I mean they all look so easy and the finished product is always picture perfect... Right???
I can dream ... Can't I?
Anyway... I was looking at all the super cute chalk paint colors and all the really neat chalkboard painted tables, and I got to thinking (I know scary- right?). You see my kids really LOVE board game. You heard me right!! They love old-fashion board games
See what I mean!! So when I started seeing all the chalkboard tables I thought "I really need to do that!"
So with this as my inspiration:
I set out to make our kitchen table a game/art table. I decided to just go with the black chalkboard paint (mainly because it will make a great backdrop for picture taking). After a quick run to the store, my girl and I started painting. I think it turn out pretty good, and the kids love drawing on it. In fact my bigs use it as scratch paper when doing their algebra homework.
So I started with this:
And we ended up with...
Of course one of my sweet loves just had to see if you could write on it with a pencil (BTW pencil does NOT come off) which lead to this note.
Which they thought was just sooooooo funny!!! Anyway I'm happy with it. Now back to Pinterest to see what I can do next :)