Sunday, June 14, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
My son finished his last day yesterday! I had been thinking about this idea for quite awhile. I had the jars and the chalkboard spray paint. I just wasn't sure what I was going to do with them. I did some research online and couldn't find anything like what was in my mind. Since his teacher and assistant teacher couldn't get their present in the Summer I just did it ;) Here is what I came up with. I figured they could use them to put their pens and pencils in or stuff for the classroom. I had my son write thank you on the jars after I was done. But, explained they could erase and write what they wanted. They really liked them!! Plus it's a "Green" present since we recycled!
You will need:
- 2 Empty clean glass jars (mine were Ragu)
- Chalkboard Spray Paint (I used Valspar)
- Painters tape or masking tape
- Newspaper or something to cover
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks (a heavy duty glue would probably work)
- Chalk to prep the surface
4. I grab some cute coordinating ribbon I had in my stash. I have a little ribbon addiction. So, that took awhile choosing the right colors with his teachers likes in mind. Heat up the glue gun. I always burn my fingers using that thing! I applied the top ribbon first. Applying the glue in the threads of the jar then sticking the ribbon on flat. I folded the end for a finished look. Then I applied the ric rac on the chalkboard edges for a finished look.
5. I prepped the surface in the morning. Taking chalk and rubbing it all over the chalkboard paint. Then wiped it off. So, it was ready to go. That was actually hard for me. Since I like a clean look...lol. Then I had my son write thank you on each one. I thought they turned out pretty cute!
What have you transformed with chalkboard paint?
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
On our Learning to be Nice week we plan to make something for her. Little Man's idea. Not sure if you guys remember that "Free Hugs Campaign" You Tube video awhile back about hugging. I cried when I watched it the first time (add every time after...lol). But, I remembered that video and gave her a hug. Weird how a hug can mean so much. I know that sounds goofy. But, in my head I was thinking will she think it's weird and instead I just did it. She even asked my son for a hug after and the little goober chickened out and took off running. I'm going to try to hug more often :) Now to just work on little man's hugging etiquette :). He of course didn't hear the conversation about her losing her husband. I explained that later and told him it was okay to hug her if she asked.
My Grandma with my cousins daughter
My family actually wasn't very huggy growing up. Then I moved away to college near my dad and my step family is very huggy. I actually learned to give a real hug from them. You know the ones that make you feel good. Well, I brought that back home with me on my first break from college. I'm glad I did because my Grandma passed my Junior year in college and I can't imagine not getting lots of hugs from her before she passed away. Now my family hugs without me there. Which makes me happy.
I found the link. Worth watching.
Now go hug someone ;)
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
It's a Kenmore 596 sq. in 3 Burner Gas Grill with Side Burner. I had eyed his present for over a month. I just couldn't buy it till his birthday. Since I had no where to hide it or I would be tempted to give it to him early. I had his parents pick it up on their way to his birthday party. He was nicely surprised. I baked him a cake and we ordered pizza at his request. I even insisted on singing happy birthday with the candle lit. He's not big on spotlights on him. But, I think I made his day special and it was nice having his parents over. Can't wait to use it. Have to get the propane tank filled. Weird they don't include the tank with the grill. I couldn't find my camera in time to take pictures either. But, it was a great day.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
They are my little Yin & Yang ;)
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I was gone all weekend at garage sales. The city I live in holds an annual garage sale where pretty much every block has at least 2 houses participating. Lots of traffic. But, lots of fun. My poor boys got pulled along on a walking garage sale tour...lol. I figured the traffic is a pain. So, we would just walk. So, I couldn't buy anything big. Since it wouldn't fit in the stroller. Lots of what looks to be junk. But, I have plans of making the the 2 plastic picture frames into chalkboards. One for the kitchen and one for my oldest son. I spent a whopping $.50 each...lol. Gotta love that bird...hehe. I'm trying to decide if I want to keep the clock. Might be kinda neat looking and one of a kind. Hopefully, you'll see there transformation soon.
The Perogie maker from 1984! Looks like it was never used. Only $.75 and I figure one use will make it worth it. It makes other stuff too. I'm thinking of making little pizza rolls. Joe goes through those fast. Basically, you roll out your dough, put it on top of the form, make indentations into the compartments (24 I think), put in your favorite filling, then put on a top layer of dough, use a rolling pin to create the seal and perforate the edges, flip and they all pop out! I guess I like a new tool for the kitchen.
Then my last purchase. The little Rolodex for $1.50. Guess it's not really little. I have to think of another use. My cell is my personal rolodex...minus addresses. But, the size is great and the little compartments can be removed to hold longer items. Maybe for mail on the counter. Do you think spray paint would work on it? Not a fan of oak.
Not such a good deal if you forget to send them out before the deadline. I had been meaning to get these done. So, I added it to my list of things to tackle ;)
Tips on Rebating:
I just started this past summer doing an occasional rebate. I don't go overboard though. But, this is what works for me. I keep the advertisement or rebate entry form in one place. Then I will add the receipts and UPC's needed in the same area. If you do them more often you could keep them in an addressed envelope ready to go. Once you have compiled everything just add a stamp and pop it in the mail.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
- White Card stock
- 2 different sheets or scraps of scrapbook paper
- Printed out on white card stock "Happy Mother's Day" I outlined mine in a black square.
- Glue Stick or adhesive
- Paper trimmer and/or scissors
I made a handmade card out of white card stock. Picked the size I wanted and folded in half. Then I cut two different colors with a 1/4" border surrounding the card.Added what I call a belt ;) One strip of white paper and a skinnier strip of black.
Little man tried to help with his sneaky grin and not going to match tasty yellow marker...lol.I then glued the saying on and tah-dah. A pretty card on it's way to my mom with a matching key fob I made (see them below). Now, go get some paper and make a nice card for your mom. It's easy and Hallmark can't compare to the TLC from something homemade.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Here is how I clip my coupons. I clear the table, then lay out each page and stack the second, third set etc on top. It makes a fun matching game for my son. He loves that part. See...coupons are educational too...lol. This particular Smart Source I had 8 of!!!!! Then I cut them in stacks.
Then I sort them into like piles. Laundry, free's, juice, snacks, etc. Then I file them away in my never left at home coupon holder. Which I even took the time and pulled all of the expired. That's a task in itself. It's super organized now!
It is stuffed to the brim after adding all of the new coupons!
She's all ready for Super Double coupons at K-Mart now...lol. They are doubling in most areas right now up to $2 coupons ($4!). Check your ad. It's worth the trip.
Monday, May 4, 2009
I actually followed through last week besides Friday. Joe brought home coney's from Gold Star Chilli (yum).
Monday: Bob Evans Pork Roast with Homemade Mashed Potatoes (never got to it last week)
Tuesday: Cinco De Mayo Mom's Night (Dad's night)
Wednesday: Spaghetti and Meatball Stew (new recipe)
Thursday: BLT's or BLTA for me
Friday: French Toast Kabobs (New recipe from Martha Stewart Kids)and eggs
Saturday: Italian Sausage Mashed Potato Pie (new recipe)
Sunday: Mother's Day (not sure if we'll be eating out)
Friday, May 1, 2009
Domestic Craftiness ;)
I have been thinking of finally beautifying my recipe collection...aka stack of index cards. I really want to feel inspired when I go to cook or bake. Seems like a win/win. I try to always print on a 4x6 index card. I just like the feel of a card and I have it formatted on my computer. So, once I find a recipe I just copy, paste and print. I personally like to cook with one recipe in front of me. Plus when you print your own you can add permanent notes.
So, I thought about putting the 4x6" cards into a photo album (2 slots per page). I could flip through them and have them all in one place. If I grow out of it I can have specific binders. Like desserts, dinners, etc. I can also scrapbook the dividers and the cover. That way it's personal and not boring. Plus it will be organized and easy to thumb through! I could even have the top slot be a picture with the recipe below. But, baby steps first...lol.
My other idea I have had since the lunchbox craze way back when. I actually made my mom one for Christmas in vintage inspired Granny's Kitchen by SEI. Her kitchen matched the style. Never did take a picture of it though...darn. Next trip to Washington I'll have to remember. I had made different ones that I sold to customers. A wedding planner, mom planners, and recipe holder. I loved those things. So hard to part with! I even used my oil paints for the flowers.
So, how do you organize and store your recipes?
Monday, April 27, 2009
I haven't been doing my weekly menu plans. So, here is hoping I stick to it.
Monday: Homemade Kaiser Rolls (new recipe) and Pork Roast that was slow cooked all day and shredded. It was really good!
Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan
Wednesday: Tasty Tuna Burgers (new recipe)
Thursday: Bob Evans Pork Roast with Homemade Mashed Potatoes
Friday: Hot Dogs and Mac N Cheese
Saturday: Soft Tacos
Sunday: Meatball Subs on Homemade Sub Rolls
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
My sons birthday falls on April Fool's Day. Go figure ;) Will always be fun. So, I decided to make something extra special and in theme with the day for his birthday party at Chuck E Cheese. Best part no drips ;)
Everyone at his party loved them! Only dilemma I had was how to transport them??? Then I thought about all the containers I had and the cookie tin came to mind. So, I popped them all in little plastic cups and into the tin. It was easy to get them to the party. I stuck toothpicks in the sides and used plastic wrap over the top. They were so tightly fit it worked great!
Recipe from Betty Crocker Site:
Ice Cream Cone Cakes
A creative twist on the traditional birthday cake. Kids will love eating their cake in a cone instead of on a plate!
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 1 hour 20 min
Makes: 24 cone cakes
1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® party rainbow chip cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix box
24 flat-bottom ice cream cones
1 to 2 containers Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy frosting (any flavor)
Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
Make cake batter as directed on box. Fill each cup 2/3 full of batter (1 heaping tablespoon each). Place ice cream cone upside down on batter in each cup.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean (cones may tilt on batter). Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Remove paper baking cups. Generously frost cake with frosting, and decorate as desired. Store loosely covered.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Follow High Altitude directions on cake mix box. Fill cones about 1/2 full to make 36 to 40 cones. Bake 20 to 25 minutes.
After frosting, enjoy a downpour! Sprinkle frosted cone cakes with any of the following: breakfast cereal, animal crackers, dried fruit, candy sprinkles, crushed hard candies, graham cracker crumbs, granola, mini chocolate chips or chopped nuts.
My tips: They will all be crooked!!!! LOL Once cooled I took a knife and shaped them into ice cream scoop shape (easy). Frosted and added sprinkles. Cute idea I thought of was to take a lifesaver and put a candle in it for the birthday child!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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