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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Lyrical Thursdays - Eli Young Band - Even if it Breaks your Heart

Eli Young Band has covered one of Will Hoge's song. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

New Girl Christmas Shirts

I love the way these turned out.  Merry Christmas!!!!


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday Night Dinner - Bourbon Chicken

Bourbon Chicken like all the Chinese restaurants sell in the mall.....yes that's what this tasted like.  I found the recipe through Pinterest of course (Bourbon Chicken Recipe).  Served it over rice, side of steamed asparagus and some frozen pork potstickers that were surprisingly very good.  It was as if we had ordered carry out.  Jarad said I could make it again which in this house means it was pretty tasty. 


*I doubled the sauce and I added the cornstarch that I mixed in a bit of cold water.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Labels

My sweet mother ordered me iron labels for the things I've been making. I finally got back to sewing after a week off and got to add my touch to the first item.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Lyrical Thursdays - Will Hoge - When I get my Wings

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Only wish I was at the concert tonight...why did I start listening to this...makes me want to get in the car and go now....

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thoughts on Tuesdays

The moment when you're almost finished and the bobbin runs out.....
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Gratitude

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Hawaiian Sweet Roll Ham Sammies

In the mail a couple weeks back I got a coupon from TXU for a free ham.  So the search began for what I could make with them besides the same ol', same ol'.  After I found this recipe pinned on Pinterest this was the winner and man were they delicious.  At Fajita Friday where they were served the boys, including mine who said I shouldn't make them, raved and said I could make them anytime.  I didn't put the poppy seeds in them as the recipe suggests and I didn't get a picture of them.  They weren't around long.  

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Thankful for a lot this year!!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Christmas Shirts

Yes I know Thanksgiving is still tomorrow.  I know Christmas shirts don't need to be worn soon. But they need to be ordered if you would like one and I enjoy making them.  Here are a few that I've made and I have some more ideas as well.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thoughts on Tuesdays

A new cricut blade works wonders. 3 1/2 months I guess is the max.
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Lyrical Thursdays - Roger Creager - Turn it Up

Love this song. Can't wait to hear the rest of his cd and see him in a couple weeks.


Friday, November 11, 2011

Busy week...

It's been a busy week. Between the orders from the shop, getting back to quilting and oh yea work it's been busy but oh so fun. The pillow covers have been added to my shop and can also be put on a shirt or onesie instead.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Lyrical Thursdays - Sean Hayes - Powerful Stuff

I almost forgot to post a song...but I have a song that I love the sound of.  This song is being spotlighted on a Subaru commercial. And this Sean Hayes should not be confused with the actor that played Jack on Will and Grace.  I only know this after trying to find the song once I heard it a couple times on the commercial.  Hope you enjoy!!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Turkey Onesie for a little girl

This onesie taught me so much about having the right needle, product, extra for a project. I love the learning process and this is my first item sold!!!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Snowman Shirt

This shirt is for my nephew Turner for his holiday outings. I just love this shirt. Would be super cute on a onesie as well. This has been added to my shop.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Lyrical Thursdays - Michael Buble - It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas

Even though I think establishments start to decorate for Christmas way too early I was excited to see last week that Michael Buble has put out a new Christmas album.  (Not as excited to see Justin Beiber's)  I love Christmas but enjoy it for that period of time after Thanksgiving until New Year's day.  Then I'm done with it until the next year.  So although I won't really be enjoying this song fully till the Friday after Thanksgiving I thought I would share since it already is starting to look like Christmas with all the decorations going up around town.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Turkey Shirt

I made this shirt for my nephew, Turner, and have added it to my shop.  The feathers can be changed to different color schemes for boys or girls.  It can be added to tshirts of any colors, long sleeve, short sleeve or on onesies.  I've also seen where the feathers are ribbons which is very cute.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Yo quiero pizza mexicana!!!!!

My all time favorite fast food item is the Mexican pizza at Taco Bell.  So when I came across a pin on Pinterest with an imitation recipe I had to try it. It tasted just like I had gotten it from the nearest Taco Bell but better.  It tasted so good I have to confess that I ate two of them but hey the meal comes with two tacos so what's the difference right?!?  (Click here for the recipe)

Monday, October 31, 2011

My Shop

I'm so excited to have added a shop page and look forward to creating items for those that want different and unique gifts. I'm continually trying to come up with new ideas and love giving what I've come up with.  I wanted others to be able to have that opportunity too and new things will be added as I create them.  There are already three projects in the works that I will be able to post soon. I look forward to hearing your feedback and your ideas on other things to create.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday Dinner - Steak, twice baked potato casserole, sauteed mushrooms

After a great weekend away for a wedding I wasn't sure if I wanted to make dinner because I was a little tired from all the festivities.  But with a little inspiration from Pinterest I came up with a pretty good dinner menu.


The steaks I just broiled in the toaster oven. The mushrooms I used this recipe and the potatoes I used this recipe.  Served a lite caesar salad from a kit and everything turned out yummy.

Now to rest and watch a little tv before the work week is back upon us.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Lyrical Thursdays - Luke Bryan, I don't want this Night to End

In an effort to be a better blogger I think some themed days will keep me on a schedule.  So for my love of music, on Thursdays I am going to share a song that I've been enjoying throughout the past week.  This week's song is Luke Bryan's song, I don't want this Night to End.  The country station that I listen to that comes out of Conroe has been playing it regularly and I crank it up everytime.  Enjoy!!


"Don't Want This Night To End"

Girl I know I don’t know you
But your pretty little eyes so blue
Are pulling me in
Like the moon on your skin

I’m so glad you trusted me
To slide up on this dusty seat
And let your hair down
Get out of town

Got the stars coming out over my hood
And all I know now is it’s going good

You got your hands up
You’re rocking in my truck
You got the radio on
You’re singing every song
I’m set on cruise control
I’m slowly losing hold
Of everything I got
You’re looking so damn hot

And I don’t know what road we’re on
Or where we’ve been
From staring at you girl
All I know is I don’t want this night to end

Gonna cuss the morning when it comes
Cause I know the rising sun
Ain’t no good for me
Cause you’ll have to leave

Gonna make the most of every mile
Do anything to make your smile
Land on my lips
Get drunk on your kiss

Clock on the dash says 3:35
There’s plenty of gas and the night’s still alive

You got your hands up
You’re rocking in my truck
You got the radio on
You’re singing every song
I’m set on cruise control
I’m slowly losing hold
Of everything I got
You’re looking so damn hot

And I don’t know what road we’re on
Or where we’ve been
From staring at you girl
All I know is I don’t want this night to end

You got your hands up
You’re rocking in my truck
You got the radio on
You’re singing every song
I’m set on cruise control
I’m slowly losing hold
Of everything I got
You’re looking so damn hot

And I don’t know what road we’re on
Or where we’ve been
From staring at you girl
All I know is I don’t want this night to end

I don’t want this night to end

No I don’t want this night to end 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wedding Gift - 1st Christmas

For the wedding that we are going to this weekend, I also made this ornament. I've seen this done on Pinterest and a few friends have made them as well. What a neat way to keep your invitation and celebrate now and remember throughout the years at Christmas.
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Wedding Presents and decorations

We have had several weddings in the last month and I have always liked the plaques that have the couples new name, wedding date, etc.  So after seeing several ideas on pinterest I made a couple for the weddings that have past and the one this weekend.



The below I made for Natalie and Joe and she got to use as decorations at the wedding.  It matched the burlap table runners I had made as well as the Mrs & Mr pillows.





The back of the Mr and Mrs pillow is some chic green patterned cotton fabric.  The blue thread on the tableclothes matched the bridesmaid dresses perfectly.

All of these projects were simple and easy but a custom present for the new couples that I hope they will proudly display in their homes.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday Dinner - Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches

Sundays are usually the only night during the week that Jarad and I have dinner together. So on those nights we sit at the table and enjoy a "family dinner." Tonight I made a crock pot recipe from my Better Homes and Garden crock pot cookbook. It was super easy. The recipe called for flank steak but I used a thin sirloin because it was on sale. You brown the 1 lb or so piece(s) on both side on medium high heat. Place a cup of sliced onion and a sliced pepper on bottom of crock pot. Sprinkle on 1 1/2 teaspoon of italian seasoning. Place meat on top and then pour a can of beef broth over and cook for 5-6 hours on high. Assemble the sandwiches on a crusty bun with provolone cheese and horseradish mayo. I found a horseradish dijon mayo that was so good. Served the sandwiches with sweet potato fries and voila a pretty inexpensive (about $10 for entire meal depending on what ingredients you may have in cupboard)and a yummy dinner.
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Monday, October 10, 2011

Texas Mourning Wreath...ok not really

A couple weeks back I made a fabric wreath for our door. There are tons of tutorials out there and tons of themes that could be done...sports, holidays, colors, etc. I'd always wanted a wreath for the door and football season was the perfect excuse. A yard and a half of three different Texas Longhorn themed fabrics, wood circle (I used embroidery wood hoop. Some use a wire hanger), black ribbon and a Texas ornament was all it took. Simple but just enough to show our Texas pride. I should have done one side Texas and one Tennessee... maybe next season. A Christmas one is already in the design phase and I already have a hoop since an embroidery hoop is actually 2 hoops. Oh and I'd like to thank the academy... I mean my neighbors for leaving the hook on their door when they moved out. I knew those extra command strips would eventually come in handy. Yes I've had them since college.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Operation Save Jarad's Pants

Another favorite saved....


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Monday, October 3, 2011

Mr Pete's Treats

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Oh Technology....

I can now post on my phone.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Pintrest Recreation - Birthday Cake Rice Crispy Treats

Mr. Pete's Birthday was Saturday and a bbq and college fotball as what he wanted to do with his day.  Everyone needs a little treat on their birthday and so I went to my Bake It, Make It, Shake It board on Pinterest Tmake sure you're following me) and founf something appropriate for the occassion.  Birthday Cake Rice Crispy Treats were the winner and they were delicious.

Picture to be added soon.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Tray Makeover for bedside


Our sweet basset hound Petey's kennel is beside the bed on my side and I use it as my nightstand.  The grates of the kennel don't fair well with the glass of water that I like to keep beside the bed.  I had been using a hard back book as a stabilizer but wanted something cuter and larger.  One day I would like to have a wood kennel like the below.


As I was thinking about my diliema I decided that a tray would be the perfect solution.  I went to Ross cause I knew they had inexpensive trays.  I couldn't find one that I liked but I went ahead and purchased and planned to paint it.  The tray looked like this from the store.



I mod podged a piece of scrapbook paper to the bottom and painted the rest with brown paint.  I was attempting a bit of texture but wish I would have done it smoothly instead.  All in all I am happy with the turn out.


It works perfectly and matches nicely with the decor of the room.  Since having the tray I haven't spilt my water and I can keep all my bedside items in one spot nicely.




Tuesday, September 13, 2011

We've taken a hiatus...but a short one...

We've taken a hiatus from quilting...but a short one.  Last time we both finished our quilt tops.  I think next week or over the weekend is the perfect time to get back at it. 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Cheeseburger Pizza

What better to make on a Friday night than homemade pizza.  Natalie recently sent out her rehearsal dinner invites and they are having it at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse.  They have a Cheeseburger pizza on their menu that is so yummy and one of the choices that we will have at their dinner.  Since I got the invite I have been craving this pizza and September 30th is too far away and so are any of the local BJ's.  So I set out to make my own.  I looked at several recipes online and put together my own.

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • half of an onion
  • 1/4 t minced garlic
  • pizza crust, 2 individual or one large
  • 1/4 c 1000 Island Salad Dressing
  • 4 oz Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • Iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • small tomato, chopped
  • dill pickles, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Then brown your meat with the onion and garlic. Adding salt and pepper to taste.




I walked around the grocery looking for the large Boboli or the like pizza crust and could not find them.  I wasn't in my normal grocery and didn't want Pillsbury in refrigerator section.  I finally found flatbread in the bakery and thought it would be even better since it was just me this Friday night.



You then spread the dressing on to your liking.  I didn't want too much but enough to get that flavor.  Then spread half of the meat on each crust if making two.  I made one last night and the other for lunch today.  Cover with cheese.


Bake for 7 to 8 mins.  Pull out of oven and let sit for a couple minutes.  Then put lettuce, tomato and pickle.  Cut and enjoy.  Didn't taste exactly like BJ's but was still quite tasty and will make again.  Maybe for the husband next time.



And what's a Friday night without a little wine.  I had a bottle of my favorite on hand.  When I first purchased this wine I bought it because I liked the label.  That's how you chose wine, right?!?! But then I really liked it because it wasn't too dry nor too sweet and now Sam's, which is right across the street, sells it for $7.99/bottle. 


Back Label reads "Our vineyard works hard to bring you the richest, smoothest Cabernet Sauvignon from California's desirable Central Coast, where the sun drenched grapes create full and elegantly-textured wines. Scrumptious flavors of decadent dark fruits, molten mocha and toasty oak melt into a long silky finish.  In other words: Sinful.  Serve with warm baked brie drizzled with honey or petite filet mignon with a cabernet reduction."

Friday, September 9, 2011

Organization at it's simplest

In one of my nights of endless Pinterest stalking I saw a picture of a dish drying the rack that was used as a file folder holder.  Genius idea since we have one that was tucked in the top of the laundry room out of use.  We hardly have any counter space and we love the dishwasher method.  I dream of a bigger kitchen on a weekly basis.  So I set the computer down, shook myself out of my Pinterest trance and made this idea happen.



And it was perfect.  I even think my crafting buddy liked it.  He told me so!!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Natalie's Bridal Shower - the card

I'm all about making my cards to go along with my gifts since I have a) gotten the Cricut and b) been gifted and purchased some great paper.  I saw this post, Wedding Dress, on one of the blogs I follow and knew that I had to try my hand at it and Natalie's shower was the perfect reason to make it.  It took me several trys to get the lace to shape to a dress.  I started it and put it down cause I got so frustrated.  But I think after the many attempts it came out too cute. 


A closer look.  I loved the addition of the little bling because every bride needs a little.


I borrowed the wording for the inside from a card that I got at my bridal shower.

"The perfect gown, the perfect day, the perfect bride-to-be, a shower of wished for everything you need to go with you perfect man!"

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Natalie's Bridal Shower - the food table




The theme for the food was all of her favorites.


Each item on the table had a place card with what the dish was and what Natalie's favorite is.  Some of her favorites we had to reinvent to party / finger foods.  For instance, she loves chicken enchiladas and so we made a enchilada ring.  The place cards were simple blue paper wrapped with same green ribbon from cork board that held favors and then a white card printed with menu item.





I still had extra fabric after making invitations and cork board and we were serving cupcakes even tho Natalie said she didn't like cupcakes. She's said they are messy to eat.  So I made cupcake picks.  I covered a 2" circle with the fabric in a button / rosette type look.  Then covered the front fabric bunch with a 1 1/2" white circle that I glued a 1" M and stamped with the mini J & N.  The J & N stamps were from a mini stamp set that I got in the $1 bin at Michael's. Steal!!





How pretty were the flowers.  Tina bought them a couple days in advance so they would be open day of.  Her MIL shared a neat trick tho that if you don't purchase in advance no worries use a blow dryer to coax open.


We had two dishes that were rings or circles and of course one had to be a giant diamond ring.  I printed a diamond clip art on white card stock, painted glittery clear glue over it, cut a slit in side of ham ring (Natalie's fav was honey baked ham) and stuck it in.  Simple and cute.



The other rav of the party was the mashed potato bar.  Again very easy to put together and served in martini glasses (shhh don't tell but the glasses were from the dollar store and the perfect green).  They made for a stellar presentation and yummy fav.


Everything turned out perfect and there wasn't too much food left.

Menu :

  • Buffalo Chicken Dip (there are many variations of this dip.  Tina had her own that included blue cheese)
  • Olive Cheese Spread (Tina's MIL made this and was delicious.  Want this recipe)
  • Mashed Potato Bar
  • Ham Ring (she told how to make this. seemed fairly simple. will have to get the recipe and will share once I do)
  • Veggie Tray with dip made from Greek yogurt and ranch dry dip mix
  • Chicken Enchilada Ring (recipe here)
  • Super Moist Chocolate Cupcakes (unfortunately just a box but were good.  I had made peanut butter filled chocolate cupcakes out of Martha Stewart cupcake cookbook but they were a fail )
  • Cocktail weenies (that simple recipe that has been around awhile that is made with 1 c grape jelly and 12 oz of chili sauce)