I just don’t spend any time on the computer anymore. Life is so much better without it! Go outside and live your life! I’m not hating on the Internet at all, but I do think too many people sit in front of their computers and eat crap and play games all day. It’s no wonder people are so unhealthy and no wonder people are forgetting how to interact face to face anymore! The kids and I have walked a total of 10 miles this week, it’s been so beautiful here! I am going to leave you with a precious photo from today’s 2 mile walk
For my Mom and sister's birthday I made them scarves. I wanted to do infinity scarves for them both, however I picked a silky fabric for my Mom and was unable to sew it by hand into a circle. Instead hers became a silk scarf, but it still looks wonderful! I was influenced by the lovely Infinity Scarf tutorials by…
Over the past few months I have been working very hard planning an amazing Murder Mystery party for a group of some of our closest friends. The party was this past Saturday and I have to say, it was AMAZING. everyone did a great job playing their roles and we had so much fun! I think this will probably become a yearly thing now, just because it was so much fun.
Most everyone showed up by 7:30 and the party was in full swing by 8. I think everyone enjoyed themselves and had fun acting. It was a really great break from the “real world.”
We had “Pictures with Santa” after the party, and mug shots, as well as photos of our faces in a little cardboard cutout (see photos below for examples.) I made Lasagna and Salad, friends bought veggie and fruit platters and drinks, as well as yummy desserts! We even handed out awards for best dressed (me lol) Mr. Money Bags, and a few others. All in All I’m very happy with the turn out and the fun times we had!
Well November is here, full swing. Our long amazing Indian Summer is long over. It’s getting the low 20′s high teens at night… I’m really ready for snow now. Christmas time is quickly approaching, and I survived until today, I caved and watched Christmas movies, sang christmas songs and bought some more Christmas presents. I am OH SO READY for Christmas to come
It was brought to my attention that I had “slacked” on my thankful posts. Quite the opposite however, I decided that the things I’m thankful for do not need to be publicized. It’s not about sharing with the world what I’m thankful for, it’s about recognizing the great things I have and realizing within myself how thankful I am. I thank god every day for all the wonderful stuff I have, all the amazing people, and everything in my life.
Moving on, I’m on a HUGE DIY kick right now. I made home-made wreaths for myself for Fall and Winter. I also made one for my Mamma It’s really simple and a GREAT addition to your holiday/seasonal decor.
I’m going to share a tutorial on how to make these beautiful tulle wreaths, and I’m actually going to pin it on Pinterest.
If you read, you’ll see she does not give a tutorial, or anything and it sorta, bothered me. Surely she could have taken the time to make a tutorial. Especially after ALL the comments and love people have sent her. But alas, she did not. Maybe she was too busy? I don’t know, I can tell you though, that I am here to the rescue! This is my take on her winter wreath, and I did one for fall too
If you have a JoAnn’s near by, you can get EVERYTHING you need there
for the AUTUMN wreath:
2 yards of Brown tulle
Fabric/fake leaves (I got mine from my mom, who bought them at the dollar store in Oregon…haha.)
Ribbon, any color or type, this is going to be used to hang your wreath up, so make sure you like it
First step is to cut your tulle, it’s all about personal preference. Do you want them long, or short? Thick or thin? I liked mine kinda short, and kinda thick haha. Here’s a photo of me cutting the white tulle for the winter wreath:
I folded my Tulle in half, and then in half again, then cut the strips. Once my strips were cut, I went back and cut them in half simply by cutting them apart at the folded end. As shown above.
You’ll want to figure out the pattern/look you want to accomplish before starting the project. My Autumn wreath had 4 brown, 4 orange, 4 brown, 4 orange…
Once you have the idea, and the pattern figured out it’s time to start! It’s REALLY simple, all you do is tie the tulle strip in a knot like when you start to tie your shoes. Then, double that knot and you’re set! You want to make sure it’s pretty tight, no sliding around!
Once your whole wreath is covered, it’s time to glue your leaves on! Plug in that hot glue gun, and pick out the leaves you want to use!
Take the time you have waiting for your glue gun to figure out how you want the leaves glued on. Also now you’ll want to tie your ribbon around the wreath, so you can hang it, find the part you want to be the top, and arrange your leaves around it, so none of them are hidden by the ribbon. Here is a photo of my wreath hanging up by the ribbon I chose to give you a visual:
THE WINTER WREATH:
Please post, share, re-pin and tell your friends if you truly enjoyed this tutorial, or even making your own! Share your photos, I’d LOVE to see what you’ve come up with!
I’m hoping to post at least once a day from now until Thanksgiving (the end of the month if I can manage it.) So here is my first post
Today, I’m thankful for this sweet blonde haired blued eyed little girl. She is a huge ball of energy. I’ve watched this princess go from a tiny itty bitty baby to a bright sweet ball of excitement. I cannot even begin to tell you just how wonderful this little girl is. Spending 5 days a week with her for the entire span of her little life so far has been amazing. I truly am blessed her family picked me to watch her grow with them.
I’ll always cherish being able to watch her grow and sing songs with her. As she grows I’ll always be able to look back and smile at the days when she’d sing “We ya ya” and “I wuv yoo” I’ll never forget the year she was a peacock for halloween (photo above, with the help of my friend, we made it.) The first year she went trick or treating and every time someone complimented her she’d say “FANK YOU, SO ARE YOU!” and “I’M CUTE!” I just adore this little girl, and I’m blessed to know she adores me just the same
“Love means never having to say you’re sorry. However, it is with sincere regret that I must now kill all of you.”
Today I’m here to share with you, an amazing apple breakfast bread recipe!
I passed a loaf of this along to Mitchell’s parents, and gave some to my neighbor, I don’t know what the Smith’s thought, but our neighbors LOVED it.
It’s REALLY EASY and SUPER DELICIOUS. It makes a GREAT breakfast loaf. I think I’ll make this for Christmas. It’s great the day off but even better the day after, heated with butter. Yummmm.
What you’ll need:
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup granulated white sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1/2 cup apple cider
2 1/4 cups chopped apples (Obviously cored, and peeled)
Pre-heat oven to 375 and grease your loaf pan. I managed 2 loafs out of this recipe, but it depends on the size of your pan.
Mix dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves) in a bowl. I suppose most people would tell you to sift, but I never do and it turns out fine
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars. Beat in eggs. Add in flour mixture alternately with cider- I did mine in thirds. Mix until everything is combined, but don’t over mix.
Next gently toss in and stir the apples.
Pour batter into loaf pan(s) and place in oven. Bake until toothpick comes out clean. About 50 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool (about 20 minutes) then remove from pan, place on wire rack to finish cooling and either enjoy or wrap up for consumption the next day. I’m warning you now, it is AMAZING. It wont last long!