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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

DIY Glitter Candlestick - Quick and Easy!

I discovered glitter blast spray paint and I've been waiting for the perfect time to use it.  While cleaning up my craft supplies I found glass candlesticks that I thought needed a little sparkle.  With the holidays right around the corner, I thought these would look great on my table for Christmas and New Year's Eve.  However these can be used year round and they also make great last minute gifts...think newlyweds and house warmings!

To see how to make your own set of glitter candlesticks, watch my video tutorial below:



Tuesday, December 1, 2015

DIY Chalkboard Christmas Ornament


This year I'm feeling extra festive so I'm starting my holiday crafts early!  

I got the idea to try chalkboard paint on glass ornaments to make Chalkboard ornaments.  I thought these ornaments would add a nice touch to our Christmas gifts.  

This project is quick and easy to make and it's also very inexpensive.  The cost to make 6 ornaments (with chalk) was less than $12!!! 

To make your own chalkboard ornaments, you can follow my video tutorial (below):



Thanks for stopping by!!!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

DIY Advent (Christmas Countdown) Calendar


I put my advent calendar together the day after Thanksgiving...which is a record for me.  Typically I purchase the store bought kind that come with a candy in each compartment and I don't buy it until December.  I always felt that was a little "blah", so I wanted to make my own.  

I put together a video tutorial on how you can make your own quick and easy advent calendar.  I bought most of the supplies from the dollar bin at Target and a few other places.  It definitely cost more than the store bought chocolate advent calendar but I know my children are going to love it...and that's all I care about!  I hope you enjoy the video!!

  


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

DIY Christmas Wreath


Last year I bought "unbreakable" ornaments for our tree and I let the children have fun decorating the tree.  Of course that resulted in all the ornaments along the bottom of the tree and almost all the ornaments destroyed before Christmas.  *Sigh* 

With only 4 kid proof ornaments left, I decided it would be a great time to try a new Christmas color scheme.  After asking the Mr. for his ideas, he suggested Red, White and Blue decorations.  Done!  


I have never seen red, white and blue decorations in the store so this meant I had indirect permission to get crafty...right?!  I mean the whole color scheme is his idea...I'm just making it happen.  #muricanchristmas


For my first Christmas project I decided to make a wreath.  I've never made a wreath before but I think mine turned out pretty well (and it cost less than $25 to make).  


Are you ready to make your own?  Great! Let's start off with the supplies you will need:


Supplies:

  • Pine Wreath (small size, purchased 50% off at JoAnn's)
  • White Poinsettias (5 per stem)
  • White Eucalyptus
  • Another other type of accent holiday florals you wish to use (I selected blue berries)
  • 1 package of 22 gauge cloth wrapped floral wire
  • Hot glue gun and glue stick(s)
  • Wire cutters
Watch my video tutorial to see how to make your own wreath!  Click on the video below:




Thanks for stopping by!!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Turkey Lasagna Cupcakes Recipe


With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought I'd share a family favorite with y'all.  These "healthy" turkey lasagna cupcakes make great appetizers and they are also a wonderful way to monitor your food portions.  

Let's get started!

This recipe makes 30 Turkey Lasagna Cupcakes (serves 6-8)


Ingredients:   
  • Cupcake tins for 30 (I use two of the 12ct trays and one of the 6ct)
  • Cooking Spray (to coat the cupcake tins)
  • 1 package of round won ton wrappers (if you can't find round, then you'll have to trim down the square won ton wrappers to make them round)
  • 2lbs of ground turkey
  • Morton's Nature's Seasons (you can substitute this with salt and pepper)
  • 24.5oz Mezetta Napa Valley Bistro Homestyle Marinara Sauce (or your favorite brand)
  • 16oz Skim (or low fat) Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/2lb of 2% Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
*Use your regular utensils to measure out the ingredients.*

Instructions:
  • To start, spray your tins with your cooking spray and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Begin your layers by pressing your won ton wrapper into the bottom of your tin.  If you have the square wrappers, you can use a round drinking glass as a template to make the round shape.
  • Cook your ground turkey until completely done. Season with Morton's season all or salt and pepper.
  • While your turkey is cooking start layering your cheeses in your tins...half a spoonful of grated parmesan, ricotta and a sprinkle of the shredded mozzarella. 
  • Once the ground turkey if fully cooked, you can add a teaspoon on top of the cheese layers and then top it with a spoonful of marinara sauce and repeat the layering process. 
  • After you have added a second layer, you can leave your lasagna cups open faced...or if you prefer to have them covered, you'll need to purchase another package of won ton wrappers. The package I buy contains 60 wrappers total, which is only enough for 2 wrappers per lasagna cupcake.
When you're done, pop these babies in the oven for 15-18 minutes (if you're using dark metal tins) or 18-20 minutes (for lighter colored tins, like the one in the picture).  

Allow to cool  and harden for 5-7 minutes and remove them using a small spatula.


Buon Appetito...


...and Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Pumpkin Pie Squares Recipe


*Previously published on my old blog (Distractions).*

This is one of my favorite recipes ever!!  A former coworker brought in this delicious dessert every year for the holidays and she was kind enough to share the recipe (so if you love it you can thank Sharon from Petaluma).

Please note that I did change this recipe a little but not too much.  I simply reduced the amount of pumpkin required.

This recipe has three parts: the crust, the filling and the topping so I will list all the ingredients below and tell you how much to use in each part of the recipe.  

Ingredients:
  • 1 package of Pillsbury Yellow Cake Mix
  • 3/4 cup of butter (1/2 cup for the crust and 1/4 cup for the topping)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Baking spray or grease
  • 15 oz can of pumpkin 




Alright, now that you have everything you need, let's get started.


Getting Ready:
  1. Spray or grease the bottom of your 13x9 inch pan.  If you are using glass, I'm pretty sure you can skip this step.
  2. Set aside 1 cup of yellow cake mix to use later for the topping.
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.


The Crust:
  1. Combine the remaining cake mix, 1/2 cup of melted butter and egg in a mixing bowl.
  2. Once everything is mixed, press the mixture into the bottom of your pan.  I find that using a spatula helps spread it somewhat evenly. 



The Filling:
  1. Combine the 2/3 cup of milk, 2 eggs and the 15 oz can of pumpkin (the original recipe calls for 3 cups of pumpkin pie mix or a 1 lb 14 oz can, but I only use a 15 oz can), blend mixture until smooth.
  2. Evenly distribute the filling over the crust.


The Topping:
  1. Combine the 1 cup of cake mix, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 cup of butter.
  2. Sprinkle the crumbs over the filling.



Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until thoroughly baked.  To check if it is thoroughly baked you can use a knife or a toothpick and put it in the center of the pan, if it comes out clean then it is cooked.  After it is baked, let it cool and add a little whip cream on top.


Right click the image below and save to print the recipe card







Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Sweetheart Halter Pattern Review


*This post contains affiliate links.  Also, I made this 8 months ago.*

When I bought the Sweetheart Halter pattern, I was a little disappointed that it didn't have actual pattern pieces...Although it's not difficult to cut out rectangles and squares, I am lazy.  This pattern sat in my pattern stash for a year before I finally decided to use it.  It was quick and easy to assemble this top and the pattern mixing options are limitless.  I wanted to make a girly Army inspired top for Violet and I think I nailed it!  She loves it because it's like Daddy's uniform and because Mommy tells her how cute she looks in the top.



I followed all of the instructions in the pattern except for making bias tape for the tie.  I didn't want to use up a lot of fabric so I just cut small strips and sewed them together.  The top looks fine to me and I have enough fabric to make something for Nik.  





I cut this out in a size 3T so it would last more than one summer.  The back drooped a little but the top fit pretty well.  I can't wait to make more of these tops next summer!