Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Who you should marry

One of the teachers I work with sent this email out to everyone today.  It's too funny not to share!
(written by kids)
You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you, like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
-- Alan, age 10
No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry
God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.
-- Kristen, age 10
Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.
-- Camille, age 10
HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED? You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
-- Derrick, age 8
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON? Both don't want any more kids.
-- Lori, age 8
Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
-- Lynnette, age 8
On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
-- Martin, age 10
When they're rich.
-- Pam, age 7
The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.
- - Curt, age 7
The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.
- - Howard, age 8
IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED? It's better for girls to be single but not for boys.
Boys need someone to clean up after them.
-- Anita, age 9
There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?
-- Kelvin, age 8
And the #1 Favorite is.......
Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck.
-- Ricky, age 10

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Mini Egg Rolls

When my husband and I first got together, his mother introduced me to the simplest way to make mini egg rolls.  They are seriously delicious and totally addictive!

You will need:
-2 packages of wonton wrappers
-1 bag of cole slaw mix
-1 lb ground beef or turkey
-salt and pepper
-soy sauce (for dipping)
-small bowl of water (for rolling the egg rolls)
-vegetable oil (for frying)

-Pour the bag of cole slaw mix into a big pot and cover with water. Sprinkle in salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil until soft.
-While the cole slaw is cooking, brown the meat with salt and pepper.
-Once both have finished cooking, add the meat to the big pot and mix it together.
-Begin rolling the egg rolls:

Step 1: Wet the wrapper by dipping your fingers in the bowl of water and rubbing them all across the wrapper. Spoon a small portion of filling into the center of the wrapper.
Step 2: Begin rolling from the bottom corner to the top corner.
Step 3: Fold the side corners into the middle.
Step 4:  Heat the oil to 375 degrees (I use my deep fryer; Hey, I never said these were healthy!) and fry for about a minute until the egg rolls are golden brown.

-Once they are all fried and have cooled for a moment, theyare ready to enjoy! Try dipping them in soy sauce, duck sauce, CHEESE sauce (trust me on this one!), or anything you prefer. And they make a ton so they're great for a party =)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Burlap Wrapped Diaper Box

I'm pretty sure everyone has seen this pin on pinterest, or at least something similar. 
Photo from Mandy's Krafty Exploits

With all the diapers we received as gifts, I knew I had tons of supplies to make one of my own.  I changed it up a little bit from the tutorial in the first pin.

What you need:
Diaper Box
fabric (I chose burlap*)
Hot Glue

Using scissors, I cut the flaps off the top of the box leaving it wide open.

*As I began to wrap the box in the burlap, I noticed that the printing on the box was showing through, so I painted the box black to cover it up. After that dried...

I wrapped the box in burlap like I was wrapping a gift with wrapping paper, using hot glue along the way to make it stick.
I made sure that there was enough burlap at the top (opening) of the box to tuck inside and glud down (removing the need for a liner).
I glued some ribbon around the top to make it more decorative.

It is the perfect size to fit underneath the side table in Sweet P's room, where it sits holding all her stuffed animals. Best part was that I had everything I needed at home, so this cost me NOTHING!

First Glimpse at Spring

The very small tree in my front yard has decided that it is Spring Time! I've never seen my yard in the spring (we bought it over the summer), but if these blooms are any indication, it's going to be lovely!

Window Treatments

When my husband and I first bought our home over the summer, we had just found out that we were expecting. We actually put the offer on it and it was accepted before we found out! Talk about some good timing!
The room that we chose for the nursery was used by the previous owners as a guest bedroom.  They had lived in the house since the late 80's.  When they moved out, they left the curtains and rods in all the rooms.  They were pretty, but not my taste, especially for a baby's room.
We took them down when we first painted back in the fall.  They left some pretty large holes in the wall.  I should have closed them up, but I didn't have anything to do it with at the time, and I was so eager to start painting!
I recently found some light and airy curtains at Target (I tried to find them online but couldn't). I couldn't really find any curtain rods that went well with them without looking too heavy.  I decided to use tension rods to hang them instead, but that left the windows looking unfinished, especially with my giant holes in the wall. 
My solution: I made something to cover them up.  I purchased stretcher strips from Hobby Lobby (two 40" and two 8" per window).  I assembled the strips and stretched my yellow gingham fabric around the frame and stapled it into place.  I hung them abouve the windows on thumbtacks since they are so light weight. It completely hides the holes =)
Total on this project was less than $30! Not too bad in my opinion.


DIY Finishing Powder

Almost three years ago, I bought Bare Minerals make up for my wedding.  It lasted for quite a while, however, once it was gone, I couldn't justify spending THAT much money on make up.

As I was cleaning out my make up bag, I discovered the last little bit of mineral veil powder left in its jar.  In my pregnant brain, the thought occurred to me: "That looks just like baby powder." I currently have 75 lbs of baby powder at my house.  (Well, maybe not that much, but it seems like it. We got several containers at baby showers.)  I put on my make up and tried out the baby powder on top.  It worked pretty well, but made me look washed out (duh, it's white powder).  To tint it, I added a little bit of cocoa powder.  That solved that problem (and made me hungry for brownies). 

One last issue with it: it didn't really stay on for too long.  My skin would start to get oily and the powder didn't do too much to stop it.  Solution: corn starch. Voila! I had done it. Cheap "mineral veil" that works basically the same for a fraction of the cost. So here's the breakdown:

1 tbs cornstarch
1/2 tbs baby powder*
sprinkling of cocoa powder  (add a little, stir a little, until you reach your desired shade)

Apply with a big puffy brush on top of your make up.

*Recently I've had a lot of emails and comments talking about the baby powder component of this.  I wasn't aware that there were different kinds of baby powder (first-time mom!), but the kind I used is pure cornstarch infused with aloe and vitamin E.

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Cheater's Beignets

While linking up to some of the blog parties I usually attend, a link for homemade doughnuts caught my eye.  My husband has been after me to make some recently, and this seemed so simple! I already had canned biscuits at home!

I popped open the can and realized that my biscuits were a good bit smaller than the ones in the original post.  I decided not to put the hole in the middle.  By doing so, I was no longer making doughnuts.  I was making beignets... basically the same thing, but I enjoy the fancy name.

I set my deep fryer to 375 degrees and placed my biscuits, a few at a time, into the basket.  I fried them for 20-30 seconds on each side until they were a beautiful golden brown.  As I removed them from the basket, I dipped one side into a bowl of sugar.  They are extremely hot when first removed from the oil, so I used tongs to dip them and put them on the plate.

The best part was that my husband had no idea that I was making them, so when I rounded the corner into the living room, he got pretty excited!  I'm really glad I stumbled across that link! They were quite simple and incredibly delicious =)


Friday, February 15, 2013

Pizza Bites

I made these for our small group get-together tonight.  Now if I can just wait until tonight to eat them =)
You will need:
2 cans of no-seem crescent rolls
1 bag of cheese cubes
1 bag of pepperoni
parmesan cheese
Italian seasoning
onion powder
garlic powder

Unroll the crescent dough and cut it into 2" squares. Spray the foil with some cooking spray so that the dough doesn't stick.
Stack a piece of the dough with a pepperoni and a cheese cube.

Roll it up into a ball. 
Combine the parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder in a small bowl.
Roll the pizza bite in the seasoning. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray, arrange the bites, and bake at 375 for 15 minutes.

They will come out nicely browned and completely delicious! (I made some extra so I could try them)


Serve with marinara sauce or ranch
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Our Good and Perfect Gifts


 "Every good and perfect gift comes from above." James 1:17
I have never been more sure of this until I found out I was pregnant.  This baby really is my good and perfect gift from God. 
Four months after we found out we were expecting, our very good friends had the same exciting news!  They just found out ther baby's gender (not saying anything yet because they haven't told the kids in their youth group), and I was blessed to be able to take pictures of their gender reveal, just as she took pictures of mine.  I got them a little gift with some gender-specific items and wanted to also include something a little more personal.  I love the verse from James, and I knew what I wanted to do.
I designed the verse on Picmonkey and printed it out on regular paper.
Using the same technique as I did for my Pallet Christmas Tree, I transferred the words onto an 8x10 canvas, then filled them in with a paint marker.

I am so excited for our friends, and I look forward to watching our children grow up together!

Chicken Pot Pie

I love this recipe based simply on the fact that it requires such little work!

3-4 smallish chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (could also use canned chicken)
1 can cream of chicken and mushroom soup
1 can veg-all (drained)
1/2 stick of butter, melted
3/4 cup sour cream
1 frozen pie crust
1 can buttermilk biscuits
shredded cheese

Preheat the oven to 375.
Combine the first 5 ingredients.
Pour the chicken mixture into the frozen pie crust.
Arrange biscuits to cover.
Top with shredded cheese.
Bake for 25 minutes.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Drum Onsie Printable

My husband is the percussion director and assistant band director at the school where we work.  I wanted to make something for our little one that would represent her dad's passion for music and band.  I saw this onsie here and loved the idea.

I knew exactly how I could change it up to make it fit what I was wanting to do.

I designed this using Picmonkey and found the drum clip art here. Now all I have to do is print it out onto some transfer paper, iron it on a onsie, and it will be ready to wear when Sweet P gets here =)

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Bathroom Mini Makeover

As I mentioned in my last pregnancy update, the nesting instinct has really kicked in, so all those small, "we'll-get-around-to-it" projects have suddenly turned into "we-must-get-this-done-now" projects.  One of those is our hall bathroom.  When we got married, we bought a really pretty green shower curtain for our bathroom.  It looked really nice with our dark brown accessories.  When we moved into our new house over the summer, I knew the shower curtain was going to have to go.  There is green tile on the floor and half way up the walls.  Add a green shower curtain to the mix and it did not work at all.  Ripping up tile at this point is not an option for us.  So when I simply couldn't take it anymore, I headed to Target for a bathroom mini makeover.
Green walls, green floor, green shower curtain...

Nothing really on the walls
New candle and shower curtain. Hung up a painting.

New shower curtain and towels

The plan is to also replace the light, the medicine cabinet, and paint the ceiling teal to match the teal in the curtain. I really don't much mind the tile now that not everything is so green in there! Eventually, yes it will come down, but at least until then I have something I'm happy with!

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Monday, February 11, 2013

My "Little Project"

When my husband and I first found out we were going to be parents, I knew right away that this nursery was going to be very "DIY."  I found this dresser at a thrift store.  It is the exactly right size for the space that we have.  I was not concerned about the horrible navy blue color, the shiny navy paint on the top, the scratches, or the 4 (yes, 4!) different styles of handles.  I was going to re-do it.  We bought the dresser before we painted, and we painted before we found out what we were having, so I probably got it around week 14-16 of the pregnancy.
See what I mean about the shiny top? It's like a mirror.
4 different kinds of knobs/handles.
Fast forward to week 33.  The dresser was still in all its Navy-blue, gold-knobbed glory.  The time had come.  Something must be done about this dresser.  My husband's friend came over with his sander and paint sprayer.  They sanded it down and got it painted.  (I wanted it to be a cherry brown color to match her crib.)  It stayed at that level of "complete" for a couple more weeks. 
I took the top drawers out, because basically they are the ugliest things in the world, and who really needs drawers with four knobs??  The plan was to put baskets in the top to use to hold diapers and things I need quick and easy access to.  There was no bottom underneath the drawers. Just a hole leading to the drawers underneath. I went to Lowe's and the nicest man helped me find a cheap piece of pressboard to make a shelf.  I had my measurements and he cut it down to size for me.  I took it home and painted it. Then using wood glue and clamps, my hubby and I attached the piece to the dresser. So now I had a dresser with a self for baskets, with no baskets and no handles.  But it was getting closer and closer to being finished!
In week 35, I went to Michael's, but couldn't find any baskets I liked.  They did have some really pretty photo organizing boxes that were a great size for the space, so I picked up four of them.

I didn't get this print, but the boxes are this size/shape.
Finally, in week 36, I went back to Lowe's and picked out some handles.  My options were quite limited because I needed 2.5" and most were 3".  I do really like the ones we got.  No chance of little fingers getting stuck or pinched. Once they were on the dresser and everything was organized, my "little project" was finally finished... 20 weeks after it started =)