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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Hello Everyone and Happy Thanksgiving!!


I am so thankful for my husband who makes me proud of the man and Army Officer that he is. He is romantic, supportive, giving, and thoughtful. He makes me a better person, always makes me laugh, loves me and our fur baby Holly unconditionally. He always encourages me to excel at all of my crafts and this year I have been very busy with testing patterns, sewing things for him, Holly, family and friends. I am also knitting him a sweater (my first) and a cabled cape for myself (my first).  He has been very busy too with excelling at his guitar and bass and being an amazing singer/songwriter. Did I mention he can paint too??!!


Things will be a little bit different over here in Germany. I will be watching the parade at 3:00 pm (Germany time) at 9:00 am (EST). We won't be with family and friends back home. We won't be spending it together either. He is currently TDY (Temporary Duty) in another country and won't be back until after Thanksgiving. It will be difficult, but, Holly and I will make the best of it.

First Santa float in the Macy's Parade, 1924.
I want to wish all of our troops serving our Country and their families a very Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for keeping Americans and our country safe. 

This picture below says it all and I know all my other HH6's (Household 6's = Army Wife) knows this feeling. Please remember all the Soldiers and Military Families this holiday season.Thank you for standing by your Soldiers side and support what they do. Please keep them in your thoughts every day.

I am thankful for my family and friends back home who have been so supportive about this assignment overseas. You have been so supportive and our rocks when we needed it...especially when we miss back home.

Also, thank you to all my blogging friends out there, old and new, who have been supportive since I started blogging 5 years ago this past October. You have all been so kind with your encouraging words, funny comments and making me a better blogger.I have really enjoyed reading your blogs, learning from and getting to know you.

From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving. May your day be filled with family, friends, food, and fun!!!


Have a wonderful day!!

Note: I usually have a scheduled post for Thanksgiving Day, but, I just wanted to get this out there a little bit earlier this year.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party #43 and Giveaway!!

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Welcome to the 43rd week of

Wake Up Wednesday "Linky"

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 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
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I feel better about life when my nails are painted. It’s such a silly “first-world” thing that I’m almost ashamed to admit it…almost. But I say that because I know I’m not alone in that fact. I realize all of my male readers are currently rolling their eyes at me or clicking off my blog, BUT before you do, hang with me a second.

I Am Officially a Curler - Nicer Than New

To be honest, that title is a stretch. In reality, I am now a member of a Friday night mixed curling league. So I am assuming it is official.
For those readers who are from the Southern US or other parts of the Globe, you may have no idea what I am talking about. For starters, being a curler has absolutely nothing to do with HAIR!


Pumpkin Pie Sugar Cookies - Robyn's View

Look no further for a kid-friendly treat this fall because this recipe for Pumpkin Pie Sugar Cookies is not only delicious, but these cookies are adorable! Get all the fall fun of pumpkin pie without grossing out your picky eater. These cookies are the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving dinner, school party, or work party!

WHIMSICAL CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS - All The V's

We’re not a family of serious people, for the most part. I mean, just look at the decor on my desk: a Minecraft “torch,” a Doctor Who thermos that started leaking and was repurposed as a pen holder, a desk calendar from Someecards that currently says “Congratulations on not being sterile,” and there are very tiny painted characters from the Half Life video game series lined up under my monitor that my husband painted for me, because he’s awesome at painting incredibly tiny things and is also silly and nerdy like me. We’re dang near sole mates, I tell ya. Silly, nerdy, dorky sole mates.


Make Your Own Princess Hair Tie Holder - Gym. Craft. Laundry


I am still in the middle of my decluttering project but I had to share this next craft with you guys. Pea has long, luxurious, snarly hair so I always put it up. If you have a little girl with long hair or long hair yourself you probably have the same problem I have…


Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub
Who doesn’t love the smell of baked goods? Sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and other spices being warmed up in the oven creating an irresistible smell. They make an amazing scent for homemade body products too- Like this delicious Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub. This scrub exfoliates gently and leaves your skin soft, moisturized, and fragrant. I like to keep a jar of this on the shelf next to the shower and use it a couple times a week for a quick spa experience. It also makes a wonderful homemade gift in a pretty jar with a simple tag attached to identify the scent. What is your favorite body product scent?


Baked Cinnamon and Sugar Pumpkin Donuts - A Dash of Sanity


An easy, baked recipe. And what is great about this recipe if you don’t have a donut pan, just use a mini-muffin/cupcake pan and make these into donut holes. YUM!
With the cinnamon and sugar coating and the pumpkin and spiced donut, you seriously won’t be able to get enough.
I have always thought that donuts were hard to make, that was until I made them.
This fall will be known in our family as the “Donut Year” well become recently I have only made a few.


Infused Water - Robyn's View

You know that you are supposed to drink those 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. But what are you to do when you can’t stand the taste of water? Maybe you think it lacks flavor at all and doesn't interest you; maybe you think it has an off flavor that you can’t just get past because of the treatment to make it drinkable. Whatever the reason you are turned off by water, you can improve the taste and the nutrition of your water by infusing it with fruit.

Rustic Log Holiday Card Display - Anything and Everything

Pretty soon those beautiful family Holiday cards from your friends and family will start filling up your mailbox. Will you have somewhere to display them when they do? Well now you will. I have always been the one that just places them all over the fridge, just crowding up space and leaving it looking even more cluttered than it already is. So when I stumbled upon some branches from my neighbors tree that he had just trimmed, I jumped on the opportunity to take a few off his hands


The Importance of Daddy Time - Winks and Eyerolls

In celebration of my husband's recent birthday, yup my sister and husband's birthdays are 4 days apart. November is a party month for us :) Anyway, I thought I would take a break from the typical mommy post to talk about the importance of daddy time. My little guy has always had such a great relationship with my husband and I am so thankful for that. I am extremely blessed that I have a husband who from day one has been very hands on. This is going to sounds bad to admit but here we go...I didn't even change one of little man's diapers until he was three weeks old and my husband went back to work. Daddy award is deserved right there!


                                  

Do you like to give gifts in mason jars? There are so many ideas for what to put inside-candy, jams, cookie mixes, candles, even sewing kits. Here's how to wrap them up so the contents are a surprise: cute fabric drawstring bags!


South­ern Grits and Germany - A Mothers Shadow

Grits
Can you for­give some­one who has wronged you or your family?
Can you love an enemy? I have an expe­ri­ence to share that will encour­age grat­i­tude and extend­ing a help­ing hand.

Totally Rad 80’s Things Your Kids Need to Know - Simple Hacks Living

Before streaming, dvd's, or cd;s. There was the 80's. Back when using your tape recorder to make a mix tape off the radio was cool. A time when real people worked at the radio station, and you could call and dedicate a TOTALLY AWESOME song from White Snake. Madonna was as scandalous as we got  and regular people still smoked cigarettes on TV.
Boy have times changed for the good and bad! But you all know that as a child of the 80's you have a responsibility to share the neon pink, big-haired, blue-eyeliner days of the past.

thanksgiving collage
I love decorating for the holidays! Each holiday is so different that it’s fun to come up with new things. I’m in love with my THANKS sign. It was so simple to do but makes a big statement. First, I sprayed my board with a texture spray paint. It is so cool, it looks completely different that regular spray paint.


DIY: Super Easy Snowflake Pipe Cleaners - Living Frugal with Erika


I love to find simple crafts to do indoors during the colder months. If you are looking for something fun, try this out! Not only is it a simple and fun craft, you can use them to decorate the house! Our kiddos love to see their decorations on our house! You can pick up the supplies needed at most any store and will not break the bank for this fun craft!

Bee's Wax Christmas Ornaments - Country Mom At Home

My cousin Amy brought a crock pot full of bee's wax on her visit last weekend. We wanted to make a few projects with it. When I went downstairs to find candle wick to make candles, I found a Christmas chocolate mold instead and I thought to make ornaments with it.

Yellow Coconut Cake with Cocoa Buttercream Frosting - Our Nourishing Roots

yellowcoconutcakeflowers
Tender yellow cake is layered with fluffy cocoa buttercream, and all gently sweetened with the floral notes of raw honey. Fresh milk, eggs with richly colored yolks, and dense coconut flour combine to make a cake of substance that won’t throw you into a sugar-spiral. It is nice to enjoy your food without having to pay the price for it later!

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Lounge Pants

Hello Everyone,

My husband is a huge NY Yankee fan. I wanted to make him comfy lounge pants for the wet and raw evenings we have here. Here is my dilemma...I cut the wrong size. My mind was elsewhere when I was cutting the pattern. So, now they are going to be my NY Yankee lounge pants LOL. Good thing I am a huge fan too. We both got a good laugh out of it.


I used Simplicity pattern #2503 (option A). The pattern was easy to follow, it has a cute pocket, drawstring and elastic in the back.


Last time, I used McCall's pattern #4244 to make these lounge pants for him here.



Tomorrow, I plan on using the correct pattern, using NY Ranger's fabric and make lounge pants for E. I will make it up to him, pick up the same NY Yankee fabric and make him lounge pants from this pattern too. He deserves it!!!

I am linking up with these wonderful parties, Remodelaholic, More the Merrier and TCB

Also, every week I co-host at Sew Crafty Angel's Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party. Please stop by link up and see everyone's amazing link-ups.

Have a wonderful week.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party #42 and Giveaway!!

Hello Everyone,






Welcome to the 42nd week of 

Wake Up Wednesday "Linky"

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Before we party this week I wanted to 
remind everyone that Sew Crafty Angel is Hosting a 

Make sure you enter.


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We are so excited to have you all party with us.
Thank you so much to all those who participate in our party.
Last week we had  370 awesome linkups!   

 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
We want to be inspired, entertained, laugh and have a good time!

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Slouchy Gray + A Fun Announcement - Le Stylo Rouge

How are your layering skills? Fall is a good time to get some practice runs in, before winter takes hold and we’re all bundled up three sweaters deep. Use this transitional period to figure out how to mix pieces that keep you warm without overdosing on the bulk.


Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
Um, there’s nothing better than a nice warm bowl of creamy chicken noodle soup to chase away the frore, fall chills. I usually make this creamy soup every fall (and winter) for my family. And it always turns out delicious! This soup will seriously warm your family up this fall (and winter), and it’s also perfect for those chilly days when you just cuddle up and watch TV with your family (um…who doesn’t love cuddling up with their family, right?). Your family won’t believe you didn’t spend all day chopping, stirring, and cooking this creamy and delicious soup. You can use whatever veggies you like — but I like to use carrots, celery, and an onion mix. You can use rotisserie chicken, baked chicken breast or leftover grilled chicken from the night before. Sounds super simple, right? That’s because it is.


Fall Chalkboard Sign - Crafty in Crosby

Don't you just love it when a project turns out even better than you anticipated? This one sure did! I'd had this picture in my mind of a chalkboard sign with a pumpkin on it for quite some time and I found the perfect plastic platter at Dollar Tree for the base.


a Friendly Public Service Announcement: This recipe is fully loaded. Fully loaded with all the decadent sorts of ingredients you would expect from an Ultimate Chocolate Brownie – if you are on a diet, anti-sugar, anti-butter, anti-chocolate, anti-eggs, and really you just like raspberries then I kindly suggest you buy some fresh raspberries and do not read any further, doing so will be harmful to your blood pressure if not your health This recipe is that good it comes with a warning – haven’t done that before! It is a sometimes treat, all things in moderation, moment on the lips a lifetime on the hips yadda yadda yadda…te he he


I grew up eating coconut right from the shell. Just as you see pictured here. Mmmm. It was kept on ice and opened when sold. The coconut water is so delicious. Double Mmmmm. And the flesh is really soft and sweet. Triple Mmmmm. Alright enough reminiscing.



That someone wasn’t me. I lie to my kids all the time. I’m not just talking about the trifecta of deception: Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. I don’t creatively bend the truth. I straight up lie like Pinnochio. Am I ashamed? No. Lying to my kids saves my sanity, not to mention time and money.


Starbucks-Inspired Cinnamon Dolce Latte Recipe | www.pinkrecipebox.com
Let me set the scene for you. It’s the middle of June, 90+F in Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. The sun is beating down, we’ve been riding roller coasters for hours on end and our clothes have literally begun to drip with sweat. It’s time to re-hydrate. What drink do we choose to freshen us up on this scorching hot day. Why, a round of Cinnmon Dolce Lattes from Starbucks, of course.

Cornucopia Snack - three kids and a fish

It's that time of year where we celebrate all that we have been blessed with! Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year! I love all things fall, football, comfort food, and my birthday and Thanksgiving has them all! 
This cornucopia snack is easy to make and the perfect sweet, salty snack to enjoy this Thanksgiving season!

Texas Turtle Sheet Cake - About a Mom

I have been making this cake as far back as I can remember, minus the ingredients that make this a “turtle” cake. I thought it would be fun to mix things up with some caramel and pecans. After having this version, I might not go back to the original. Although, I am tempted to try it with some salted caramel next time. Doesn’t that sound good?


Paper DIY Christmas Ornaments - Girlfriends Are Like Shoes

handmade tree decorations
I found this adorable musical note paper at Michael’s and knew right away that I wanted to make some Christmas ornaments out of it.
I looked for a template to use and found this tiny box template at Craftsy in the free downloads.
I didn’t print the template out on my musical note paper, instead I edit it to plain white and just print out a copy I could use as a stencil.


I have this thing, weird as it may be, about being able to easily see ALL of my fabric. 
Its a little difficult at times, especially with all different sizes of fabric. 
This is the solution that I use for my fabric that is close to a yard to 2 or 3 yards.


Fall just seems to lend itself to soups and stews, and one of my favorite meats to use in stew is lamb.  So when I was asked to create a lamb recipe by the American Lamb Board I made this rich and creamy lamb stew, inspired by Indian flavors.



Whenever I wanted to sew something bigger than a hat or a ball, there's that additional cumbersome work that needs to be done BEFORE any cutting and actual sewing can happen: tracing the large pattern from the template onto the fabric. Oh, I hated that! I wanted to sew, not to trace and draw and then observe how much I missed the desired pattern line...
Until I found out about this easy solution to do it:



Baking powder. It’s the white fluffy stuff that makes your pancakes and biscuits rise, and it can be found in the kitchen of most baking moms across the country. But do you know what’s in it? Let’s take a look at the ingredients in one of the major brands of baking powder found in most grocery stores:
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