Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Knock off bracelets

Chan Luu grey pearl singe wrap
Anthropologie satin sparkle cuff
I had a little extra time on my hands due to four snow days away from work which turned my weekend into a six day weekend:)  So, I had time to make two bracelets.  Pinterest is full of Anthropologie and Chan Luu knockoffs so I thought I would try my hand at one each.  Here are my two inspirations.  I also had great tutorials to follow from these two blogs Flamingo Toes and

For my Chan Luu knock off I used beads from a $3.00
Walmart clearance necklace.  Originally I was going to use black leather and black waxed linen thread but I found this inspiration and changed to brown leather cord and turquoise braiding cord.  I prefer waxed linen but I can't find it locally so I just used braidng cord from Wallyworld.
My satin sparkle cuff is a metal cuff bracelet I bought at Goodwill for a dollar, and I used satin ribbon from Walmart.  The jewel is a vintage earring from an estate sell. 
I just pried off the back and use E6000 to glue it on.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What's Cooking Wednesday-Homemade Chicken Noodle-FAST

Homemade Chicken Noodle (the fast way)
     My family LOVES chicken and noodle soup.  If they are lucky, I stew a chicken and make home made noodles.  But.....if it is a week night, game day, practice night, conference night.......(insert any of the miriad of activities here), we take shortcuts.
  • rotisserie or grilled chicken, bones removed
  • chicken broth
  • carrots
  • celery
  • onions
  • Reams frozen egg noodles

     Throw your chicken in a stock pot, dump a 32 oz jug of broth in, water, diced onions, carrots and celery, salt and pepper to taste.  Bring to a boil and continue to simmer.  30 minutes before dinner, throw in your noodles and continue simmering.  If it is too soupy for your taste add a little cornstarch with water.

 I have a hard time paying for the rotisserie chicken, it just seems lazy and not nearly thrifty enough for me.  I buy my boneless, skinless chicken breasts in bulk.  When I grill them, I ALWAYS fill the grill.  Then I dice or shread the extras to freeze for those quick meals.  Check out my best grilled chicken post.
Dinner is served

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Just call me Miss Glitter

I have been  in a little bit of funk lately and have not felt very creative or inspired to post, but Valentine's Day put me in the mood for a little glitter.  Many years ago, over 20 to be exact I was happily teaching elementary art as a single gal, better known as Miss Ridder.  One of my cute kindergartners gave me the nickname Miss Glitter since everything in kindergarten looks better with a little bling.  So this post is for you, Logan, where ever you are....

Pinterest is full of diy glitter ideas so I thought I would embellish a t-shirt I bought on clearance last year for my 13 year old daughter, who of course would not be caught dead in this particular Valentine's day shirt.  Well, this year I decide to bling it on so I looked in my freebie stash of donated stuff at school and found my supplies.  I used  Plaid Royal Coat Decoupage Finish and some Be Inspired scrapbook shimmer glitter in red.  I just brushed on the decoupage glue on the LOVE part of the t-shirt which had a distressed look already so  I left some areas of the letters un-glittered so I didn't worry too much about being to exact with my glue.  A few sprinkles with the glitter and I was all set for Valentine's Day.  Check out this post at Wobisobi on more great tips on how to glitter fabric.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Thrift Store Thursday-Tip #1

Tip #1-Where to start at the thrift store?

     If you are a first timer, or even a seasoned pro, thrifting can be challenging and at times daunting.  I hope my "thrift store thursday" feature will showcase thrift store finds and tips that will inspire and motivate you.

  • Check out the area around the fitting rooms.  This will be the shops best picks already sorted out by previous shoppers.
     Most thrift stores are under staffed, so the area outside the fitting rooms can have quite an assortment of items.  I NEVER pass up this area and ALWAYS hit it first.  :)

Go ahead,  get out there and thrift

"do you have a thrift store tip to share, I would love to hear from you"

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What's Cooking Wednesday-Sweet and Spicy Honey Grilled Shrimp

Sweet and Spicy Honey Grilled Shrimp
with Coconut Rice and Egg Drop Soup

    This was one of my pinterest finds, and it got my family's thumbs up.  Thanks to 'Our Best Bites' for the Sweet and Spicy Shrimp and the Coconut Rice.  Thanks to my husband for the egg drop soup guidance.

I didn't alter the  shrimp recipe much.  
  • I substituted dried ginger for fresh ginger
  • Instead of putting the shrimp on skewers, I used this wonderful grill pan my husband bought me at World Market.

I didn't altar the rice at all, surprisingly the family loved it.  Don't be afraid it definitely is a compliment to the shrimp.
    The eggdrop soup is simple.  I use chicken broth (sometimes diluted with water) in a saucepan.  I add either green onions or diced yellow onions, which ever I have.  Then, I whip up a few eggs and drop them in the boiling broth.  It is a great addition to any meal!  Oh yeah, and some fresh ground pepper to taste.

Get Cookin


Monday, February 11, 2013

Monday's Musings-What's My Blog For?

What's My Blog For?

  Where do I begin?  
    I started this post last week, got the first sentence down...then writer's block.  Or should I call it blogger's block...hehehe!
    I created my eblogger account in 2008, as a class I took to get college hours for re certification   I never thought I had any practical use for it in my classroom or life.  Then....
    I stumbled upon some crafting blogs, which lead me to Pinterest in Dec of 2011.  Well my creative juices were flooding me.  Pinterest became a new passion and challenge all at once.  Not only did I repin the wonderful crafts and recipes I saw, but it was my personal mission to try to make them all.  After a few successful creations, I wanted to show the world.  I am sure friends and family were getting sick of the picture texts of completed projects.  So, I quickly found the pinterest app and started a board of my completed projects.  But that wasn't enough for me, I wanted to say more (sometimes I never shut up!), so I embraced my blog and asked my sister to join me.
     Last year, while blogging I felt random undirected and all over the place.  In my head, I was questioning 'why blog'.  
    Well, this year I am not sure I have the answer yet but I do know that; I want intentional posts, direction for the future, maybe even a following, in short My Blog Goal is to have a Blog Goal!!!! Maybe as I discover this goal I will be able to answer "What is your blog for?"

Searching for Blogging Direction

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Valentine Treats & Box 2013-Rockin Valentines

He's a Jukebox Hero...

     I can't get that song out of my head, ever since my daughter and I spent Saturday building her Valentine Box.
    My daughter first chose the valentines she wanted to share with her class.  She settled on these cute pop rock valentine's inspired by 'a small snippet'.
     She changed her saying to "You Rock My World Valentine".  We found the Pop Rocks at the Dollar General store.  While there, we purchased the gift bags to put them in, and tissue paper to use on our box.
     She wanted to stay with the 'rockin' theme for the box, and had the great idea of a jukebox.
    We created the shape from a cereal box and some scrap cardboard.  We worked as a team on the modge podgeing (is that a verb?).  I  don't know about anyone else, but when I modgepodge, (is it a compound word) watch out, it is everywhere.  We built up the edges with cardboard scraps and contrasting tissue paper.  The silver stripes are the twist ties that came with the gift bags, Ha! My daughter created the decals on the front on the computer, and of course she had to add the bling.

I got stars in my eyes,

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Lord Jesus It's a Fire!

Making Lemonade out of Lemons

    Living in Kansas, we adapt to the ever changing weather. Last year, we encountered a "gustnado", "straight line wind", or "tornado" on the back part of our property.  We had several trees uprooted.  Instead of looking at what was damaged, we looked at it as an opportunity to create a memorable family bonfire.
   This isn't our first "christmas tree" fire (named after the shape not based on the wood source).  My husband ran the chain saw, cutting longer branches, as we stacked the larger branches for the base and stuffed the center with the brush.  Although it looks enormous from this perspective, it was only about 8 feet tall. 
     The tree stood lonely for several months, while we waited for the perfect opportunity to ignite.  The perfect combination of weather and family visiting presented itself.    Our niece and nephew drove up from Texas to visit their grandmother.  We hosted a gathering at Barn Number 2 with burgers and beer....

  The beauty in this type of fire is how spectacular it is and how quickly it reduces to embers.  You can go from 30 foot flames to embers in the span of 45 minutes to an hour.
    We lost quite a few trees, but turned it into a great family memory.

Everybody's got time for that!

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