Monday, April 1, 2013

Tayte and Tenerys Coral and Caribbean blue wedding...

So remember how I ALWAYS say I get overwhelmed and then I get behind on stuff so I get more overwhelmed and more behind...well this is one of those things! It was almost a year ago now I swear and I still haven't recovered on the project level! But I am getting there. I just thought I would share a little of what I did to get so overwhelmed...happily overwhelmed! :)
 I didn't take this picture but...I can take credit for the hair! Ha ha both of them...such a cute happy couple! This was when we were melting in Mesa!
 Someone else had these doors so that was lucky. They were just three old doors crudely painted and hinged together with 2x4's cut and screwed onto the back to support it standing up! I added the paper doily bunting (from my sisters wedding) and just hung some pictures...we also had their initials hanging from ribbon on the side from a sign hanger!
 When my mac fried I lost all the pictures i had taken of how I did these to make a tutorial but it is pretty easy we just collected whine bottles and any clear bottle really and painted the inside I mixed various oranges and pinks to get different coral shades you put paint in and shake and tilt until it is all covered then stand up in like a cardboard box to dry!
 For the open house my mother in law wanted a backdrop so we made one on the cheap...with the paper doily bunting (my favorite thing!) and some flowers hot glued onto fishing line it was actually so pretty! We suspended it between two pieces of pvc. It was EASY!
These are my cute kiddos bearing the 118 degree weather in Mesa! I made Hinkley's headband always fun for an excuse to put her in something extravagant like that! Again my tutorial pics got fried away...but put simply you make different kinds of fabric flowers grab some buttons, pearls, feathers whatever tickles your fancy and arrange on top of a felt piece and glue in place then trim felt and add a headband or clip to the back!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Cleaning Upholstery (and my awesome thrift find!)

So...I realized something...in my head I am such a good blogger! You should see the posts! I do so many things, recipes, projects, etc., that I never document and I also have so many things I start to document then never post. Yeah if I could post everything I do I would have a blog over flowing but...it is what it is. 
This is something however I just had to share! I was at my local DI and saw two sea colored beauties I couldn't pass up! I have wanted to do my living room forever! And I am starting to snatch things up as I can so this is where I am starting! There are two squatty chairs and I love them! But they were dusty and had a few scary spills on them so I had to clean it up and hope for the best! I reasearched some DIY upholstery cleaning and came up with a simple solution!


First, I vacuumed it like crazy! I did it in all different directions and sprinkled baking soda on the seat cushions to add a little extra  oomph...and that brightened them up quite a bit then I clean cleaned them. I took 2 cup warm water to 1/4 cup blue dawn and whipped it up for about 2 min to get a foam that I blotted on the fabric and blotted back off after a few minutes with a clean damp cloth. i had to rinse my cloth off a few times because it seemed dingy but that seemed like a good thing.  I used a little extra foam and a soft bristled toothbrush on the more scary spots...and did not have a problem! They cleaned up beautifully! 

I can't wait to find the rest of what I don't know I have to have for my living room and get it all together to show you!


Friday, January 11, 2013

Sound It Out: an ADORABLE educational app for android and iPhone!

Hey! Its been a while.. Christmas, new years, I am just outta the swing of things but I just found this app for kids it is so so cute! I think every parent with young children should have it...it is the best I have found. My little guy is three and loved it and  my  little brother who is almost 15 loved it almost as much (really ha ha)! This is the app description:

Sound It Out is a game that will help your child learn and discover phonics. It was developed by a kindergarten teacher to promote beginning phonics. It has beginning, middle and ending sounds. It has a trace option as well as a spell option. There are two levels of play. One level for beginning spellers and the second level is for those that need an extra challenge.
Sound It Out uses CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant) to promote letter sounds and spelling. It helps children use letters and their sounds to create words. Colorful pictures are provided to show the child which word they are sounding out and spelling.
Sound It Out is great for teaching your children or students sounds, letter recognition, words, letters and spelling. If you child is already learning sight words, dolch words, fry words, CVC or flashcards then this is the app for you. It works well for preschool, kindergarten or first grade (1st grade).


It is so cute, adorable pictures, sounds, everything to keep the kids engaged and learning! We loved it! It is only $0.99 and worth every penny! Give it a try! Search Sound It Out by Havoc to find app!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Pumpkin Doughnuts w/ Cinnamon Sugar


OK...yes I know it is December. And i know pumpkin is more of a fall thing but seriously when you make these you will want to make them ALL THE TIME! So yesterday 12.12.12. pretty awesome! Last repeat day EVER and it also happened to be my one and only's birthday. (I am kinda a brat but it was like the first time ever it was cool for his birthday to be in December.) My hubby is SO low key but for this once in a lifetime cool birthday we had to do something!

So that something: dozens of doughnuts! Cute right? 12.12.12. dozens, doughnuts. Yeah anyway my plan was to make all homemade and thankfully my good friend swooped in and saved the day with buy one get one Krispy Kreme coupons because there were a few disasters, and a lot of tears...but the ones that i did finally end up having work out(all thanks to mommy) were amazing! 

These doughnuts were cakey but so soft and and...just plain old yummy! People were snatching them up so fast we were all having to juggle them because they were still so hot! But seriously going in the family recipe book for sure!


Pumpkin Donuts
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 eggs 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • Canola oil for frying

Cinnamon Sugar
  • 1 cup sugar to
  • 2-3 tsp cinnamon
  • butter for dunking

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, spice and sugar. Whisk together all of the remaining ingredients (except for the canola oil) in a second, medium bowl. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and stir them around the bowl until the mixture is well combined. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, rolling the donut dough to approximately1/4-1/2″ thick. They really puff up when you cook them!  Cut with a donut cutter. (or a glass cup and an apple corer if you are me but a cutter would be much faster!)
Heat 3 inches of oil in a dutch oven or large skillet over medium-high heat.  When the oil is hot, gently slide the donuts into the oil, frying on the first side until the edges of the donut are lightly browned, flip carefully and allow to cook on the other side until lightly browned.  
Remove and place on paper towel. If glazing do it as fast as possible or even skip the paper towel step. We dunked in butter (just one side but if you are feeling indulgent go ahead and do both) then cinnamon sugar! Eat as soon as you can! YUM!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Dinner Rolls- with a surprise

So for the first time ever my Parents will not be home to see on Thanksgiving which is weird but leave it to my amazing mother...she made sure to have a dinner before they left and the reason...so we could have her rolls! In her wisdom she knew it would just not be Thanksgiving without her rolls. Whenever there is an event she is asked to bring the rolls. They are those rolls in our family. First they were Grandma Greens and now they are hers and they are amazing. Yummy! And this year she did something really cool! She rolled little pieces of paper into them that said "I am thankful for..." It was so fun to sit down and see who got rolls with them in them! We all ate like seven rolls so there was a lot of love going around. And the perfect way to really get the thanks rolling. It was so fun!

How to make the paper hold up when you cook the rolls is by buttering it! Melt some butter and brush it over the paper with a basting brush. then whether you fold or roll your rolls cut it up and put them in! It was really so fun to have that I think it is a tradition we will keep up!

And as a parting gift the roll recipe:

Grandma Greens Hot Rolls

5 cups milk
6 tble sugar
2 tble salt
1 cube butter

Heat half of the milk; add sugar, butter, and salt and other half of the milk; while warm (not hot) add:

2 tble yeast, let sit for a few minutes add 3 beaten eggs

Gradually Mix in 14-16 cups of flour.

Let rise, Mix down and let rise a 2nd time. Roll out and use pizza cutter to cut (if rolling like crescents) or use a cup/cookie cutter to cut in a circle and fold in half; place on pan, let rise.


Bake approximately 20 minutes at 350. Makes 50 rolls. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Marshmallow Witches




So my birthday is on Halloween...so I am totally bias about the holiday! It is just the best! I love it...not really the creepy bloody yucky Halloween but the adorable fun and spooky Halloween. So for my birthday this year my mom gave me a present early! It was an adorable Halloween recipe/craft/fun book from Taste of Home! And as soon as I got it I just had to make these with the kiddos! It made for a FUN FUN craft and treat!

They used Reese's under the Kiss but I thought just a kiss almost looked cuter and they used chocolate wafers for the hat...I couldn't find them so I used a generic chocolate cookie a lot like a tag a long and thought it worked great! So try it! Dye the hair different colors, add a pull and peel mouth! Just have fun! And if you serve them at a party invite me! :) any Halloween party is my favorite!


Marshmallow Witches

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vanilla frosting, divided
  • 36 miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 12 large marshmallows
  • 1 drop each green, red and yellow food coloring, optional
  • 1/4 cup flaked coconut
  • 12 chocolate wafers
  • 12 miniature peanut butter cups
  • 12 milk chocolate kisses

Directions

For the face of each witch, place a dab of frosting on the bottom of three chocolate chips; press two for eyes and one for nose onto each marshmallow.


For hair, combine green food coloring and a drop of water in a small resealable plastic bag; add coconut and shake well. Spread a small amount of frosting on sides of marshmallows; press coconut hair into frosting. I actually dumped the coconut into a bowl and just sorta rolled and pressed and that made it really easy!

For hats, color the remaining frosting on the bottom of a kiss; press press onto cookie. If you are going all out: cut a small hole in the corner of pastry or plastic bag; insert a small star tip. Fill the bag with frosting and pipe stars around the base of each kiss. But I just made frosting a little thick and let it overflow out to make an EASY rim. Secure a hat to each witch with a dab of frosting. Yield: 1 dozen.

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