Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Crock Pots!!!

Crock pots; I love them!  I love to cook in my crock pot. I think I use mine at least 3 times a week. We have basketball and piano around the same time that I should be preparing dinner, so this beauty makes life easier.
Do you LOVE your crock pot?

Okay, so I'm going to post some yummy recipes as I make them, but to get us started, lets do a Crock Pot Lasagna. I will admit, I didn't really know what to think when my sister in-law told me of this recipe, but I had to try it.
Okay, here we go.  
You will need:
  • 8 lasagna noodles broken up into bite size pieces (try oven ready since they will be in the crock pot for 8 hours on low... I found mine got soggy because I boiled them first.)
  • 1 pound ground beef scramble fried
  • 1 28oz can of diced tomatoes with the juice
  • 1 5.5oz can of tomato paste
  • minced garlic, oregano, and basil to taste-just eye ball it.
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • about 2 cups shredded mozzarella 
So you need to put the cooked meat into your crock pot and then add the remaining ingredients, except the noodles. And then give it a stir.
Now top with your noodles, cover and let the crock pot go on low for about 6-8 hours, or on high for about 3-4 hours.
*Note: My mom did this as well, and she added her noodles slightly cooked 2 hours before serving and her noodles weren't soggy.

Let me know how it turns out!  I would love to hear what you did to make this recipe your own, as well!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Vase from a Mason Jar

Okay, Aiden brought me home some flowers the other day because I was having a horrible day.  He returned all the pop bottles, and this is what he came home with.  He melted my heart.  And we really needed something to put them in.  So I had a great idea pop into my head.

And this is what you do:

  • A Mason canning jar (I have a 1 quart jar pictured here)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon
  • Decorations
What you do:
  • Give your jar a quick clean and dry it.
  • Determine how long you want your ribbon.  I just cut and tied a bow around the jar to make sure it was long enough.
  • Using your hot glue gun, glue the ribbon to the jar.  I just added dots in 4 points.
  • Place a flower or decoration through your bow.
  • I placed some crystal like flowers on the jar to give it more of an embelishment and so Aiden could feel like he had something to do.
  • Add your water and flowers when everything is dry and in place.
  • Enjoy.
This seriously only took 10 minutes and I love how it looks.  It give my table a fun little spring pop, especially after that 14 inches of snow we got the days.  
Any questions, just shoot me an email!


So late posting this... but here we go!

 Well, my niece and nephew were here the other night... late.
So, Kirby helped me put my quilt together.
This girl was so good at trying to make sure that no two squares that were the same were near each other.
After about an hour we found that no matter what, some of them would match.
But it was fun to work together.

So, I was impressed at how well even my pinwheels and owls actually matched up.
Not back for my first quilt!

Now to just get my boarders on and pick my backing.
That is my goal for the middle of February.
I want to be quilting this thing and have it finished by the end of February.
But, what do you think for a backing:
Minky Swirl or Flannel....
I don't have anything picked out yet to even show you examples.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Happy New Year!!

Well, the holidays came, food was ate, games were played, family time was had and in we had a blast.  What didn't get done were the projects I needed to get done for Christmas.  It was a little bit hectic, but that's alright.
One project has now turned into Emily's birthday present for her 3rd; I can't believe she's going to be 3.  She got half for Christmas.  I will post pictures once it is all complete.

My quilt top is almost done.  My 8 year old niece helped me figure out where to put the owls last night.  She was such a help and I had fun chatting with her while putting it all together.  I plan on doing the boarder tonight and then I really need help picking out what to use for the backing.
I have also, at least, another 1000 projects I want to complete this year.
The hubs just bought a new TV and then our couch's spring came right through the cushion... so needless to say with those two new additions to our living room, an TV stand is greatly needed.... ours right now is really falling apart.  We have a plan in mind.  I can't wait to share it with you.
We are also debating about putting up our lovely trailer for sale this year, so lots of organization needs to be done in our home.  A few things are in mind to be built to make it look great: like a garbage can holder that can also sit our microwave on top, bookshelf, and hopefully a little bit of storage for our kids' room.  I also want to make some new valances and curtains for our home.  All of these projects are adding up though.  Yikes!!  I think I'm going to need to win the lottery.
I have lots of new recipes I want to try and hope to share with you, too.
It's going to be a very exciting year.
Also, I am trying to give this blog a little facelift and try to expand.  This is going to be a fun project, too.  I hope!!
Happy New Year and all the best to you all in 2011!!

Monday, January 10, 2011

11 Step Program for Those Thinking of Having Kids

So, I got this on Facebook the other day and I know it has nothing to do with crafts, cooking, or anything that I made.  It's a good laugh, though.  I laughed so hard.  Anyway, enjoy while I get ready to do up a few posts this week.

Lesson 1

1. Go to the grocery store.
2. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.
3. Go home.
4. Pick up the paper.
5. Read it for the last time.

Lesson 2

Before you finally go ahead and have children, find a couple who already are parents and berate them about their...
1. Methods of discipline.
2. Lack of patience.
3. Appallingly low tolerance levels.
4. Allowing their children to run wild.
5. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child's breastfeeding, sleep habits, toilet training, table manners, and overall behavior.
Enjoy it because it will be the last time in your life you will have all the answers.

Lesson 3

A really good way to discover how the nights might feel...
1. Get home from work and immediately begin walking around the living room from 5PM to 10PM carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 pounds, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly. (Eat cold food with one hand for dinner)
2. At 10PM, put the bag gently down, set the alarm for midnight, and go to sleep.
3. Get up at 12 and walk around the living room again, with the bag, until 1AM.
4. Set the alarm for 3AM.
5. As you can't get back to sleep, get up at 2AM and make a drink and watch an infomercial.
6. Go to bed at 2:45AM.
7. Get up at 3AM when the alarm goes off.
8. Sing songs quietly in the dark until 4AM.
9. Get up. Make breakfast. Get ready for work and go to work (work hard and be productive)

Repeat steps 1-9 each night. Keep this up for 3-5 years. Look cheerful and together.

Lesson 4

Can you stand the mess children make? T o find out...
1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains.
2. Hide a piece of raw chicken behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.
3. Stick your fingers in the flower bed.
4. Then rub them on the clean walls.
5. Take your favorite book, photo album, etc. Wreck it.
6. Spill milk on your new pillows. Cover the stains with crayons. How does that look?

Lesson 5

Dressing small children is not as easy as it seems.
1. Buy an octopus and a small bag made out of loose mesh.
2. Attempt to put the octopus into the bag so that none of the arms hang out.

Time allowed for this - all morning.

Lesson 6

Forget the BMW and buy a mini-van. And don't think that you can leave it out in the driveway spotless and shining. Family cars don't look like that.
1. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment.
Leave it there.
2. Get a dime. Stick it in the CD player.
3. Take a family size package of chocolate cookies. Mash them into the back seat. Sprinkle cheerios all over the floor, then smash them with your foot.
4. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.

Lesson 7

Go to the local grocery store. Take with you the closest thing you can find to a pre-school child. (A full-grown goat is an excellent choice). If you intend to have more than one child, then definitely take more than one goat. Buy your week's groceries without letting the goats out of your sight. Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys. Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.

Lesson 8

1. Hollow out a melon.
2. Make a small hole in the side.
3. Suspend it from the ceiling and swing it from side to side.
4. Now get a bowl of soggy Cheerios and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon by pretending to be an airplane.
5. Continue until half the Cheerios are gone.
6. Tip half into your lap. The other half, just throw up in the air.

You are now ready to feed a nine- month-old baby.

Lesson 9

Learn the names of every character from Sesame Street , Barney, Disney, the Teletubbies, and Pokemon. Watch nothing else on TV but PBS, the Disney channel or Noggin for at least five years. (I know, you're thinking What's 'Noggin'?) Exactly the point.

Lesson 10

Make a recording of Fran Drescher saying 'mommy' repeatedly. (Important: no more than a four second delay between each 'mommy'; occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet is required). Play this tape in your car everywhere you go for the next four years. You are now ready to take a long trip with a toddler.

Lesson 11

Start talking to an adult of your choice. Have someone else continually tug on your skirt hem, shirt- sleeve, or elbow while playing the 'mommy' tape made from Lesson 10 above. You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.

This is all very tongue in cheek; anyone who is parent will say 'it's all worth it!' Share it with your friends, both those who do and don't have kids. I guarantee they'll get a chuckle out of it. Remember, a sense of humor is one of the most important things you'll need when you become a parent!

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