Monday, March 18, 2013

Chevron and Burlap

I had a few pieces of scrap wood ,
some adorable new chevron paper,
and two friends who needed special gifts...
 After a quick spray of Heirloom White,
I used modge podge to cover the front side of the blocks.
For the frame block, I attached the Tim Holtz clips
with E-6000 and added a burlap bow.
For the monogram block,
I used the cricut to cut the letter and decoupaged it on.
I just tied the burlap in a simple knot to top it off.

I love when two for my biggest crushes collide...
chevron and burlap!
Such a fun personalized gift,
I made myself one!
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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Low Carb Turkey Rolls

We just love these turkey rolls!
My mom has made them for years...
They are easy, low card, and wheat free!
All you need is love,
turkey (or ham) slices,
1 block of cream cheese,
and a bundle of green onions.

Chop your onions and mix them with the cream cheese.
This works best when the cheese is at room temperature.

Spread about a tablespoon of the mixture
onto a turkey slice.

Roll 'em up!
We store them in a plastic tub...
kinda grab and go!

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

New Recipe With Extra Veggies

We have been trying lots of new recipes,
since we started our wheat free lifestyle.
We have also tried to double our vegetable intake
and even gone back to meatless Mondays.
This dish- hits all three!
I was inspired by this one HERE
on my pinterest board from Perry's Plate.
(super yummy blog!)

So here is my take on the...
 Veggie Enchilada Casserole

1 poblano chile, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 head of cauliflower, chopped
1 medium onion, sliced

1/2 bag frozen corn
3 T olive oil

1 1/2 tsp cumin
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt and black pepper
2 cups pico de gallo
2 ounces baby spinach

9-10 corn tortillas, halved
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
green onions for garnish

Preheat the oven to 425'. Lightly oil a large cookie sheet.
Place poblanos, bell peppers, cauliflower, onion, and corn kernels (any other veggies you like) onto cookie sheet. Drizzle on the olive oil and coat with cumin, garlic, salt and pepper. Toss them well,so that it is nice and covered. Lay the vegetables evenly in the pan. Roast for 30 minutes. You can turn or mix the veggies half way through. (PS. we love our veggies just like this, but keep going...)

Reduce the oven to 350' degrees.
Spray your casserole dish with pam or coat in olive oil. Spread 1/4 cup of pico into the bottom of the baking pan. Now start layering... tortillas, veggies, spinach, cheese! Top with with a layer of tortillas, extra cheese, and the green onions. Bake for 20 minutes or until it is heated all the way.We had ours topped with avacado and sour cream!

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Magnetic File Folder

I have a love/ hate relationship with
sticking papers on my refridgerator.
I love having the reminder in clear view
and I love the ease of looking at the school calenders,
but I hate the clutter and it always looks messy.
Enter the new Front Porch Kit...
"Say Cheese"!
I am so blessed to design for these scrapbook kits...
they really bring out my creativity!
This kit came with an accordion style file folder.
As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted it in my kitchen!
I covered it with scrapbook paper and chevron fabric. 
It turned out so cute I almost want to keep it
on the front of the fridge, not on the side!

I just love the layered ruffles and button embellishments!
It is the details that make this project
 look like decor and not a clutter hider!
And would you believe that this label is made from chalkboard paper!
I can easily change the title out...
recipes, schedules, receipts, stuff, etc.
What a fix, right?
If you need a few more details on how to make one.
come on over to my scrappin' blog...
and if you want to purchase the kit,
head on over HERE!
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Friday, March 1, 2013

What in the world...

...have we been up to?
Mostly just delighting in these two!
Are they getting big or what?
Would you believe, we had 4 Valentine's Parties!
That was alot of candy and a lot of fun!
I got such a kick out of Mike writing each card to his friends-
It was very serious work.
I re-opened the Etsy shop and I am currently filling orders
 and coming up with new designs.
What a blessing this shop has been to our family!

We have also started trying out a little more
"home school" type stuff.
Unlike Mike at 3- Adelyn loves "working"
She knows all her letters, shapes, colors, numbers,
 and even most of the letter sounds.
The dentist knows our family really well this year...
we all had check ups.
Mike and I had to go back...
He had to get TWO teeth pulled because
new ones were already coming in.
Me? Ummmm.... I had a cavity.
Redoing Adelyn's room has turned into the project that never ends.
We are currently repainting EVERYTHING
and this Texas weather is not helping,
but on a high note-
my neighbors have been helping!
I can't wait for it to be finished- you will love it!

It is also time for a new Front Porch Kit!!!!
and I have been scrappin' away!
Be sure to come back for my
"clear the clutter" project...
it is darling, if I do say so myself!

We have also been delighting in our church more...
I am teaching Sunday school and
it feels so good to put that hat on again!
Adam has been helping out in the garden and
has a pretty bad case of spring fever!
Tonight, Grandma is keeping the kiddos and
we get to go hear Joe McGee!
We are making it a date night!!
SO... I promise to blog more...
well, I promise to TRY to blog more ;)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Playdough Exchange & Playdate

 Addy and I hosted a fun Play Dough exchange
and play date awhile back.
It was lots of fun!
 I put out simple snacks, juice boxes
 and colorful bowls and napkins.

Each mom signed up to bring a different color play dough.
There were 8 kids, so we bagged up 8 balls of our color to trade.
Each kiddo got to take home 8 fun play dough colors...
what a life saver this was the rest of the week!

Here is the recipe I used from Living Well Spending Less.
I did not use glitter, but another mama did and the kids loved it!


1 cup of flour
1/4 cup of salt
2 teaspoons of cream of tartar 
1 cup of warm water

1 tbsp. coconut oil (I used canola oil)
assorted glitter (optional)
assorted essential oils (I used almond extract-haha)

Throw it all in a pot and heat on low... it takes about ten minutes.
It will start to get firm and hard to stir.
Let it cool and ball it up.
So easy and this recipe will last a long time in an air tight container!

Aside from old kid scissors and cookie cutters, 
this Melissa & Doug set is our very favorite.

Adelyn did get this as a gift and it has been fun too...
You get to push, pull, and grind up the play dough 
to make fun ice cream shapes.
As you can see, it is very fascinating work!
This does requires a little more help from mom, but I like playing with it, too!
Check out my Amazon shop below for the details.

I had three tables set up for the play dough and it worked out great!
I do have wood laminate floors all down stairs, so clean up was a snap.
But this would also, be a fun outside or park play date.
We can't wait to host this one again!
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Peanut Butter Banana Bites

We love real peanut butter around here.
Aside from organic chicken, 
peanut butter is our "must be organic" staple.
Try it... it will change your life.
Speaking of life changing...
Adam and I have read Wheat Belly 
and wow is it eye opening!
I am happy to say we have been wheat free for four weeks!

Trying to gather yummy wheat free snacks I came upon
She added yogurt and mine are just what they look like...
So we call them...

Banana Bites!
Slice a banana or two and top with a blob of organic peanut butter.  
Chill them like this for about five minutes.  
If you skip this step the tops will slide off!
Pull them out and top them with another slice of banana.
Stick them in the freezer for 20 minutes or so and they are ready.
I have been keeping a baggie of them in the freezer...
the whole family loves to grab a few for a quick and healthy treat!
PLUS, its a much better way to eat your too ripe bananas, 
than baking banana bread- right?

Let's go make something,


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