Thursday, August 25, 2016

Made some costumes for Taya and Sienna's play "The Wizard of Oz"
Munchkins, Tornado, and The Lulaby Guild

Some more Itty Bitty Baby Dresses for Indie & Irie Frogley, Jane Collette, and Indie Nethercott

A tie onsie and shoes for Vance Frogley

Repurposed one of my maternity skirts to fit again....gonna have to take it in some more soon:)

One of the bows i made for the girls

And a Valentines Banner I made!































Saturday, March 14, 2015

Family craft time!


I want to remember the little hands and little feet of my little people ALWAYS!!!!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Blue Cheese Chip Turkey Burger - Rachel Ray's Ohio nacho Turkey Burger

Blue Cheese Chip Turkey burgers!!!! SOooooooo delicious!

I don't like spicy foods, so I just left the hot sauce saute out:)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated or pasted 
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey 
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 
  • Salt and pepper 
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, finely chopped 
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce  
  • 4 burger rolls, split and toasted 
  • Good-quality thick-cut potato chips 
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles 
  • Chopped chives or finely chopped scallions
Serves 4

Preparation

Place the cream and garlic in a small pan and bring to a bubble. Reduce by about a third, 7-8 minutes; stir in the parm.

Meanwhile, heat a large, cast iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Combine the turkey with the Worcestershire, salt, pepper, grated onion and parsley and form four patties that are thinner at the center and thicker at the edges for even cooking. Cook for 10 minutes, turning once. Remove to a plate and add the butter to the pan. When the butter foams, add the hot sauce; flip the burgers in the hot sauce.

Place the burgers on the roll bottoms and top with the potato chips, cream sauce, blue cheese crumbles, green onions and roll tops.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Growth Chart!

Daddy's handiwork made this bad boy!
I've saved all the measurments of when the kids were babies, and then in our old house we just put paper on the wall to keep track. Now we have a board that can go with us anywhere! I LOOOOOVE it!!

He stained the wood, then used vinyl numbers for the numbers and the foot marker blocks and just used a black sharpie for all the little lines, then put a final sealing coat on top to make is shiny too:)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Swimmable Mermaid Tails!

My girls absolutelly LOVE these!!!! 

I had pictures of each step of my tutorial....but I can't find them anywhere!!!!
Until i do, this is what I did.
UPDATE: FOUND THEM!!!!

Trace little girls body, from waist all around toes and back up, cut out, cut out tail and lay over tracing just over where their feet would be. There's your pattern. For the front side, I made it a little longer to allow for seam at the feet access pocket, did that first, then, cut out the back side, then, right side together, sewed them up, made a casing at the top for elastic- not really sure you need it becaue the material (which is just swimsuit material) is so stretchy. Then just at the fin, I top stitched right on the edge to give it that fin-y look!












House Projects!

 My hubby made these picture rails that I absolutley LOVE!!!!! I'm always adding new pictures and rearranging them, so it's perfect for me. I actually might need some more!
He found some tutorials on pinterest!



A coffee table we found at D.I. for 10 bucks or so.......turned it into an ottoman....LOVE it!!!! Now now matter where you sit on the couch, you can stretch your legs:)
 We took the glass out and one of the pieces of wood to go across. And painted it white.
Then latticed upholstery ribbon across the whole thing and stapled it down real good.
Then we cut the foam to fit and craft glued it into place.

 We started to staple the batting across the whole thing......and realized we could take the legs off and make a much cleaner look.....so we did!

 Then we had to find the center and lined up where all the buttons were going to go- premade holes for them. Then tied string around a nail and sewing the button on and the nail kept then string from ripping through the foam. Then we could just twist the nail to tighten the buttom if we wanted more tuffing to show on top:)


 Then we "hotel bed/sheet cornered" the corners of the fabric.....it turned out nicely:) Stapled it all down real good. Then covered the entire back with a dust jacket. Then replace the legs and screwed it all back into place!


 Viola!!!!! There you have it! Perfect for resting my weery pregnant feet:)


 LOVE IT!!!!!!


 Some before pics of this mirror that we have had forever......never really loved it, so I painted it white!



 YUMMY peanut butter cup chocolate cookies!!!! 
Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies
The Reese's will break when you beat them into the cookie batter..you want there to be chunks of peanut butter cups, but they will break apart.
Ingredients
  • 1 (18.25 oz) box chocolate cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 8 oz bag Reese's Minis
How to Make
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. With your mixer, beat together cake mix, oil and eggs until combined.
  3. Pour in entire bag of Reese's Minis.
  4. Mix on low until Reese's are evenly incorporated.
  5. Roll the dough into tablespoon sized balls and place n a parchment lined baking sheet about 2" apart. Cookies will spread.
  6. Bake for 8-9 minutes.

And YUMMY bread pudding!
With DELICIOUS homemade buttermilk syrup!!!!!
(I used this syrup instead of caramel sauce- the bomb!!!)
 Buttermilk Syrup
1 cube butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. corn syrup
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Bring first five ingredients to a boil. Remove from heat immediately and add Baking Soda. To avoid boil over I use a fairly deep, heavy pan.


Cinnamon Pread Pudding!
Ingredients:
  • 1 1/3 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 (1-pound) loaf cinnamon-swirl bread, cut into 1-inch cubes or cinnamon raisin bread
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • Cooking spray
  • 2/3 cup fat-free caramel sundae syrup
Direccions:
  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add bread,finely grated orange zest, vanilla extract and pinch of salt -mix gently.. tossing gently to coat. Cover and chill 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°.
  3. Divide bread mixture evenly among 11 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm with syrup and whipped cream or Ice cream!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Relief Society Meeting- "Who's Game is It Anyway!)





We had so much fun!
 I got lots of ideas from This ladies blog: todaysfabulousfinds.blogspot.com !
It's a combination of Minute to win it, Jeopardy, Pictionary, and Family Feud!
The general rules:
Divide group into even teams. Each team rolls the HUGE dice to see who goes first. Then they roll the dice, count the spaces, and the color they could be landing on- if they win the points- corresponds to the game they play to get the points.  Then, it's all play. So all teams play against each other in that game to get the points. Then they play, and winner takes points (the number rolled on die) and moves.
Next team rolls the dice to see what game we will be playing. We played, and whoever crossed the finish line first, won! 

Towards the end, we made some games double points- or I would recommend have 2 dice, or higher numbers on the dice.  




Here are all the minute to win it games- remember, I had to have enough for all 4 teams (that's how many we ended up with) to play at the same time.
We decided to have these 6 games to choose from:
Defying Gravity, This Blows, Face the Cookie, Bite ME, A Bit Dicey, and Breakfast Scramble
I typed up the instructions that the computer lady on the show tells the contestant so I could read it to the teams before they started.
FACE THE COOKIE

 The human face is composed of many muscles, with 2 large groups that help make us smile or frown. In this challenge, the contestant must move a total of 2 cookies from the forehead to the mouth using only their facial muscles. If a cookie drops, the contestant may reset the cookie on the forehead and try again. Failure to complete this task FIRST will result in zero spaces to move on the game board.





BITE ME

 In this challenge, the contestant must raise 5 paper bags of various sizes off the ground using only their mouth and place them on the table. No body part besides the feet may touch the floor. Therefore, the contestants must rely on balance, flexibility, and creativity to bite and lift them. Failure to complete this task FIRST will result in zero spaces to move on the game board.

 

  

A BIT DICEY

 Stacking 6 dice can be difficult; balancing them atop a Popsicle stick is even harder. Building a dice tower on a Popsicle stick held in your mouth, …now that’s a minute to win it challenge. With a cliched jaw and ninja like focus, the contestants must keep all 6 dice balanced for 60 sec. Failure to do so will result in zero spaces to move on the game board. (If more than one contestant still has all 6 dice balanced on their Popsicle stick, the contestant who got all 6 stacked first, and held it for 60 seconds will receive spaces on the game board.)





BREAKFAST SCRAMBLE

 Minute to Win It has combined the wholesome goodness of breakfast cereal with the innate hardness of jigsaw puzzles. The front of a cereal box has been cut into 16 squares, randomized, and must be re-assembled by the contestant. The fact that all pieces are the exact same shape, adds to the difficulty. Failure to complete this task FIRST will result in zero spaces to move on the game board.



  
DEFYING GRAVITY

 The common party balloon is designed to float. In this challenge, the contestant must use coordination, concentration, and ninja like reflexes to keep the 3 balloons in the air for 60 seconds. At no point in time may the balloons touch the ground. Failure to complete this task will result in zero spaces to move on the game board.





THIS BLOWS

 The sound of a rapidly deflating balloon is amusing, and rather embarrassing. In this challenge, the contestant must blow up a balloon, and use its escaping air to knock down plastic cups. This must be repeated until 15 cups have been blown completely off the table. Failure to do this FIRST will result in zero spaces to move on the game board. 




For Pictionary we had a white board, or chalk board for each team as well- and we made up things to draw like, Angel Moroni, missionaries, bishop, sacrament, Relief Society, Nursery, Iron Rod, Tree of life, Adam and Eve, Baptism, prayer, commandments......you get the picture:)

For Family Feud, and Jeopardy we used these questions, and just got buzzers from the game "taboo" for each team.
She pointed me to these family feud questions at this website:http://www.sugardoodle.net.
She also gave me the jeopardy questions:

Jeopardy Questions from
“Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society”

1. In the first meeting of the Relief Society, this sister said, "We are going to do something extraordinary”. Who is Emma Smith?
2. In 1971, the 'Relief Society Magazine' was discontinued and replaced with this.
What is the Ensign

3. To increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and provide relief by seeking out and helping those in need.

What are the purposes of Relief Society?

4. A book that gives historical accounts, personal experiences, scriptures and words of latter-day prophets and Relief Society leaders and teaches about the responsibilities and opportunities Latter-day Saint women are given in Heavenly Father's plan of happiness.

What is Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society?

5. In the Worldwide Leadership Training Meeting in January of 2004, he said, "I have been quoted as saying, 'Do the best you can.' But I want to emphasize that it be the very best. We are too prone to be satisfied with mediocre performance. We are capable of doing so much better."

Who is Gordon B. Hinckley?

6. This current member of the First Presidency said, "The history of Relief Society is recorded in words and number, but the heritage is passed heart to heart."

Who is Henry B. Eyering?

7. If you visit the church web site www.lds.org you can read "Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society" in this many languages.

What is 23?
8. In 1918, the Relief Society sold 200,000 bushels of wheat to this organization. Who is the United States Government?

9. This sixth President of the Church urged Latter-day Saint women to "lead the world and to lead especially the women of the word, in everything that is praise-worthy, everything that is God-like, everything that is uplifting and that is purifying."

Who is President Joseph F. Smith?

10. She was the second Relief Society General President, and she said, “I am well aware that a great deal is donated that never reaches the [record] books. Another book is kept of your faith, your kindness, your good works, and words. Nothing is lost.”

Who is Eliza R. Snow?

11. In the first meeting of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo, she was appointed to be the secretary of the organization and later she became the second Relief Society General President.

Who is Eliza R. Snow?

12. She was a prophet’s mother known for saying, “We must cherish one another, watch over one another, comfort one another, and gain instruction, that we may all sit down in heaven together.”

Who is Lucy Mack Smith?
13. In 1913, these three words became the Relief Society motto.

What is Charity Never Faileth?

14. This current President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said, “This great circle of sisters will be a protection for each of you and for your families. You will be save within it.”

Who is Boyd K. Packer?

15. In a general Relief Society meeting in September 1995, this prophet read “The Family: A Proclamation to the Word.”

Who is President Gordon B. Hinkley?

16. In 2007, she began serving as the Relief Society General President.

Who is Julie Bangerter Beck?

17. After plans were announced to build this in 1945, each member of the Relief Society was asked to donate $5.00 to the project.

What is the Relief Society Building?

18. A monthly visiting teaching message is included in these two magazines.

What are the Liahona and the Ensign?

19. The prophet Joseph Smith said, “The Church was never perfectly organized until [this group] were thus organized.”

Who are the women?

20. When this prophet told Relief Society sisters to “live up to [their] privilege,” he combined that encouragement with the promise that, “The angels cannot be restrained from being your associates. ....If you will be pure, nothing can hinder.”
Who is Joseph Smith?


We also had all the sound bites and music for each game so we could play them on the loud speakers from the ipod before we played each round, or sometimes during- this REALLY added to the game and made it so fun!!!!!


Since we had a life size game board, and dice, we had life size team markers too.....like a real toaster, a real rocking horse, a giant stuffed bear.......and so forth:)

Of course we had a host- me, dressed as much like a man as I could, and of course my Vanna White helper. She helped be a judge, moved the teams markers......etc.


Feel free to comment with any questions if you want to try it out!