Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
I'm currently working on a sewing project that I'm excited to share, mainly because I feel like I'm finally facing my sewing machine fears. Come to find out the dreaded seam-ripper isn't as terrifying as I thought and it looks like it might be the beginning of a long friendship. I'm almost finished and I'm visiting my sister's on Tuesday so I'll have a little model to try it on. Look for that post on Wednesday! In the meantime I wanted to make a cute flower headband to go with it. I'm still in love with all the fun flower designs in blog world and I've tried several varieties. I may be a little late to this party but I figured I'd share this tutorial more for my sake than anyone elses. The flower I chose to do is one I found on the House of Smiths- if you have some free time make sure you stop by her fabulous blog.
- Cut out 12 circles, 6 of one size and then 6 a little smaller. The size you make your circles all depends on how big you want your flower. My large circles were about 2 inches in diameter and my smaller ones 1 inch in diameter. The flower ended up being just bigger than 2 inches in diameter. Don't stress about the exactness of the circles-it really doesn't matter (one more reason I LOVE this design-it's SO hard to mess it up).
2. Fold each circle in half.
3. Then place a small amount of hot glue in the center of the folded circle along the bottom of the
fold (right where my finger is).
4. Next fold one side halfway into the center of the circle (see below) and press into the hot glue.
6. Cut out a circle approximately 1 inch in diameter. This is the base of the flower. Cover it in hot
glue and begin adding the large flowers.
and there will be some overlapping.
8. Once your bottom layer has been created add some hot glue to the center of flower and add the
smaller 6 petals on top of the first layer. Again overlapping will occur.
9. Add a small dot of hot glue to the center of the flower and add a button or jewel to the center.
Now your flower is completed and you have a cute flower to add to whatever project you want.
10. Cut out a small piece of felt or fleece. I used fleece because that's what I had on hand :)
11. Slide the fleece in between the clip and hot glue the fleece and the bottom of the clip to the
Friday, August 26, 2011
One way to tackle my air conditionless (is that a word?) kitchen is by using a crockpot. This meal is so simple and could be made on the stovetop as well (air conditioning is recommended). It only has 4 ingredients, 5 if you like a little more spice.
Crockpot Sweet and Sour Chicken, Veggies & Noodles
- Bottle of Sweet & Sour Sauce
- 2 Chicken Breasts, cut up into bite-sized pieces
- 1 12oz bag of mixed vegetables (mine were carrots, broccoli and cauliflower)
- 1 9oz. bag of Japanese Style Noodles
Combine the Sweet & Sour Sauce and chicken into the crock-pot and cook on low for about 3.5 hours. Then add the mixed vegetables. Continue to cook together for 1.5 hours. During the final 15-20 minutes boil the Japanese Noodles according to the directions on the bag. Once the noodles are cooked, add them to the crockpot, mix until coated, then serve.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Back to crafting-here's my inspiration
Here's my version:
I'm in love with my husband (in case you didn't get that from the pictures) but more importantly with this wall in my living room. I could just stare at it. I told my husband I wanted to pull runners off the street to have them glare at this amazing masterpiece!!! Don't worry I haven't done that, yet.
I didn't get pictures of every step but I'll work on that for my next craft post (sorry I'm still new to this). The first step was visiting the Distribution Center (Utah's version of GoodWill). I found 9 frames and I only spent $11.50. Then I visited Walmart and picked up Krylon Spray Paint. I love Krylon! It is seriously the best and so easy to use.
Now it's time for the fun part-getting down with the paint!
First trace the frames on paper and cut them out. You now have the exact dimensions of the frame and can place it on the wall where you think it will go. Trace each and every frame and place it on the wall. This will allow you to easily move the paper around and create the PERFECT arrangement. I also taped my vinyl to the wall in order to ensure their correct placement as well.
Once you have your arrangement in place it will look like the picture below...lovely. Wait we're not quite done yet. My sweet husband helped me hang the pictures and gradually the vision in my head was coming to pass.
Here it is again. Be my guest, go ahead and stare!
I'm linking up to these great parties:
Making Monday's Marvelous
Just Something I Whipped Up
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
First of all I figured I'd start with the rice. While I was preparing the rice cooker I had this great idea to cook the rice and beans together. I didn't have a recipe so I winged it. Here's what I did:
Rice Cooker Rice & Beans
(I'm so creative with names-don't you think?)
- 2 cups White Rice
- Water (I filled to the 2 line-read your rice cooker instructions to determine how much water to rice ratio)
- 2 smashed Bouillon Cubes
- 1/3 C Dried Onions
- 1/4 teaspoon Cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon Coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
- 1 TBSP Lemon Juice
- 1 can of Black Beans
This recipe came from Our Best Bites and they have an amazing tutorial w/lots of pictures on here. (Side note- if you don't have their cookbook you're missing out)
Here's how mine turned out. The most frustrating part was trying to get them to be circles. If you are a perfectionist I would recommend store bought tortillas :)
The recipe says the dough should be the consistency of play dough- I wasn't allowed to play with it as a kid (result of my mom being a bit of a clean freak-I'm sure I'll be the same way) so I wasn't sure what that consistency was. I just guessed.
Here's the final result. I just added the grilled chicken, rice & beans, cheese and some green salsa. Yum!!! The rice & beans were lightly flavored so they didn't overpower the dish and the tortillas were worth the stress of trying to make them circular. Nathan said it was a keeper, however I may trick him by buying the uncooked tortillas from the store.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Plus I was so excited to use these...
Washable Dry-Erase Crayons- How cool are those? Kinda makes me wish I was a kid again :)
Here's what you need:
- 1" Binder (which are on sale pretty much everywhere since it's back to school)
- 1 pack of Dry-Erase Crayons
- Clear sheet protectors (they have to be clear)
- Coloring pages- you can print activities from the Friend by clicking here, or pull from coloring books
- Pictures (only if you want to turn them into coloring pages Tutorial here)
- Little munchkins that like to color
Love the coloring page on the right- it's my dad and Tyse. It was a lot of fun doing these pages, I've always wondered what I'd look like in a coloring book :) Here's my tip-pick a picture that has a clear view of their faces and has little in the background. I'm not perfect at it, but I'd be happy to help. I also quickly came up with a title page that I can easier change and send to anyone who is interested.
Well that's about it for these books. Sorry my pictures weren't the best, I'm still learning how to take photos for blogs, plus I was so excited to give them to the boys that I took the pictures late the night I finished them.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Lion House Chicken Noodle Soup
- 2 tsp chicken soup base, or 2 bouillon cubes
- 3 cups canned chicken stock (broth) -I usually just make 3 cups of broth from bouillon cubes
- 2 Cups chopped carrots
- 3/4 Cup Chopped Onion
- 2 cans (10.5 oz each) Cream of Chicken Soup
- 1/4 C evaporated milk or 1/2 C Whole Milk -I use skim milk
- 2 Cups cooked diced chicken
- 2.5 oz (about 4 Cups) cooked noodles -egg noodles are great
Love this recipe. It's so good on a cool night or when you're not feeling well.
Monday, August 15, 2011
|Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
|Servings 6||Difficulty Easy|
- 1 pound Thin Spaghetti
- 4 Tablespoons Salted Butter
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
- 1 whole Lemon, Juiced And Zested
- 2 cups Sour Cream
- ½ teaspoons Kosher Salt, Or More To Taste
- Plenty Of Grated Parmesan Cheese
- Flat-leaf Parsley, Chopped
- Extra Lemon Juice
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook spaghetti until al dente.
In a skillet, melt butter with olive oil over
LOW HEAT. When butter is melted, add minced garlic. Squeeze lemon juice into the pan. Turn off heat.
Add sour cream and stir mixture together. Add lemon zest and salt. Taste, then add more salt if necessary. Pour mixture over drained sp
aghetti and stir together, then pour spaghetti into an oven safe dish.
Bake, covered, for 15 minutes. Then remove foil and bake for an additional 7 to 10 minutes. (Don’t bake too long or the pasta will dry out.)
When you remove it from the oven, squeeze a little more lemon juice over the top. Top generously with Parmesan cheese, then chopped parsley. Give it a final squeeze of lemon juice at the end.
Serve with crusty French bread and a simple green salad.
Here's how mine looked. Nathan said it tasted a lot like Alfredo but with a lighter lemony flavor :-)