Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Simple Framed Wreath

I've been wanting to make a "Framed Wreath" for a LONG time, I just never had the supplies to make it. I finally got what I needed and made it happen;
and I LOVE IT! It seriously only took me 15 minutes to make 2 framed wreaths.

This is a beautiful way to add a little depth and color to a wall, fireplace, or any space you have in mind! Take a look and make it happen!


1. Supplies:
-Frame(s)
(I got my frames from a second hand store!)

-Burlap Ribbon

-Long Greenery Garland
(I bought mine at Oriental Trading HERE)

2. Use wire cutters to cut the garland to desired length.
Fasten the ends together with a piece of wire.

3. Measure and cut ribbon to desired length.

4. Loop the ribbon through the wreath and frame.

5. Hot glue the ribbon the the frame.

VIOLA! 
A gorgeous "Framed Wreath" to hang ANYWHERE!


This is my dining room! 
I AM SO EXCITED about my "Framed Wreaths!" 
They turned out EXACTLY like I wanted them to!




Monday, April 10, 2017

Quinoa Salsa

We've been eating this Quinoa Salsa for the past few years, but I just now have measured out the recipe. I got the original recipe from one of my Aunt's, she is definitely an incredible cook, so I begged for this healthy, DELICIOUS recipe shortly after we first tried it. It's very much a "throw in to your liking" recipe, which makes it fun and different for every family. 
This is a GREAT summer salsa/salad you eat with chips! But, our family puts it on EVERYTHING! My husband likes it on his eggs. We also like it on our tacos, nachos, burgers, grilled chicken etc. It's AWESOME! Put this on your 
"Make ASAP List." 


Quinoa Salsa

1 1/2 c. Quinoa (Rinsed with a strainer under warm water then transferred to a medium pot.)
3 c. Water/ Chicken Broth

Bring quinoa and water/chicken broth to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat for 17-20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Let cool to room temperature, or put in the fridge to cool.

Place cooled quinoa in a medium/large bowl.

Add:
6-7 diced fresh Tomatoes (We love Roma Tomatoes - they have a little bit more "meat")
1/3 bunch of Cilantro - finely chopped (We use the "top half" of the cilantro (leaves and small stems))
1-2 Limes - squeezed (fresh limes are the BEST! We've tried bottled lime juice and it's just not the same)
1/4 c. Olive Oil
1 tsp. Salt  (salt to taste)

Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

OPTIONAL:
To give the salsa a little more "tang/zip" add 1-2 T. Apple Cider Vinegar
You can also add 1/2 chopped onion


Very simple and VERY FRESH!

Eat with your favorite Tortilla Chips, Pita Chips or over Grilled Chicken, options are almost endless! 

Enjoy!



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Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine Jar

I decided to make some SUPER QUICK Valentine Jars today for family and friends. 
They turned out so cute I had to share them with you!
Yes, I do make quite a few things that never end up on my blog, sad, but true. 
These, I couldn't pass up sharing! I know it's last minute, but these jars were last minute ideas too! I put them together in 10 minutes and already had everything on hand. They will be so fun to give to people tomorrow! 
Happy Valentine's Day!


CONTENTS

Wide Mouth Jar

Candy and Valentines (or quotes) - Full size candy bars and fun sized candy
(My kids wanted to give Valentines to EVERYONE! So yes, they have kid valentine's inside, "Frozen" and "Captain America" are in the jars! Ha ha)

Pieces of curled ribbon as "filler"

Tissue Paper

Scrapbook paper "label" taped to the jar

VIOLA! DONE!


Delivered with extra LOVE!


In the back ground of the picture is my Valentine Paper Banner and my Fence Post World Map.




Friday, February 10, 2017

Dad's Candy Car

I am CCRRRAAZZZYYY excited about this post!
 I don't know about you, but I STRUGGLE with "men gifts." SERIOUSLY THEY ARE SOOO HARD! Well, I have just saved our bacon when it comes to men's birthday's or Father's Day!

We were out of town a few months ago and tried a new restaurant for lunch one day. The waitress brought the kid's lunch in these card board cars! I thought they were ADORABLE and said to my kids, 
"BE CAREFUL NOT TO SPILL! I want to keep those!"
(They were excited that we got to keep them too, it wasn't just me.)

Anyway, we've had these fun cardboard boxes for a few months now and have only used them once for a fun snack day. I looked at the cars this morning and thought of my dad. He LOVES cars, especially oldies! I thought to myself,
 "These would be darling birthday decorations for my dad! Get a bunch of these cars and decorate my parent's house with them! Hmm.... WAIT A SECOND! I can fill this car with...... flowers, no, not flowers, you idiot he's a guy!.... Hmm...........CANDY! Like a CANDY CAR!"
(DING! That's the light bulb that literally went off above my head)

I hurried around my house and grabbed the candy I had on hand to take pictures of this so I can share it with you! YES, YES, YES! I had to laugh at myself because, yes it's February, and Father's Day isn't until June, and yes, it's February and my Dad's birthday isn't until September! 

But I am SURE that not EVERYONE'S Dad's birthday's are in September! So HERE you go! All other children of the world; make your dad a "Candy Car" that he won't forget!
This would be cute for ANY occasion really!
Anniversaries, Valentine's, you name it! 







Saturday, January 21, 2017

Snickers Valentines! (Free Printable)

I am so stoked for Valentine's Day! More than usual because I have my house decorated early, and I have these SA-WEET Valentines lined up for my kids! Who else was the kid in school who LOVED to get chocolate for Valentine's Day? Maybe it was just me, but man, if you brought chocolate on a Valentine, I took you VERY SERIOUSLY! Ha ha.

Snickers is one of my most FAVORITE candy bars of all time! I had to get the fun sized bars and make Valentines to share the love! I came up with four phrases with "Snickers" and put these together early; I'm just so excited I can't wait! Click below the picture to get your free printable! 
Hope you love these as much as I do! 
Happy (early) Valentine's Day!





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Monday, December 19, 2016

Lazy Leftover Ham & Potato Soup

Any one else have left over ham they don't know what to do with? Well, I did, until I made this yummy soup! I was feeling like Ham and Potato Soup this afternoon. It's a balmy -2 today, (YES NEGATIVE 2,) and wanted something warm for lunch. I knew I had leftover ham in the fridge and making a soup would be a sinch! 

Well, I was feeling a little lazy when it came to peeling and dicing the potatoes thinking, "Man, that will take FOREVER!" Then I thought, "Hold the phone, I totally have cubed hash browns in the freezer! SCORE! I'll use those!"
This basically has 6 ingredients in it and makes a full pot. Not to mention it only took about 20 minutes TOTAL to make! OH YES!



Lazy Leftover Ham & Potato Soup

1 Small Onion - diced
24 oz. Bag Frozen Cubed Hash browns
2 c. Leftover Ham - cut into cubes/bite sized pieces
6 c. Milk
3 T. Green Onion - chopped
2 T. Chicken Bouillon (I would have used ham base, but didn't have any. This was a great substitute!)

In a large pot place 1 T. Olive oil and Diced Onion. 
Saute' for 3-4 minutes or until the onions begin to turn transparent.
Add frozen Hash brown cubes, Leftover Ham, Green Onion and Bouillon.

Simmer for 15-20 minutes. 

Salt and Pepper to taste. 
DELISH!


This is the season of giving! 
Throw some of this simple soup in a quart sized jar and give it to a neighbor, widow or friend. 


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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Best Beef Chili

I've wanted to come up with my own beef chili for a while now, but it just never happened, until last night that is.  I wanted to make my chili extra thick and savory, and not to toot my own horn, but I NAILED IT!! DELISH to the last drop! I'm going to be making this often!


I am CRAZY about sour cream and cheddar cheese in my chili. It makes it so creamy and delicious! MM...mmm!

Best Beef Chili

2 quart Jars of Stewed Tomatoes (OR) 2 large cans Stewed Tomatoes (1 drained and 1 un-drained)
1 Green Pepper - seeded
1 small Onion
1 can White Great Northern Beans - drained and rinsed
1 can Kidney Beans- drained and rinsed
1 can Black Beans- drained and rinsed
1-2 lbs. Ground Beef 

2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Chili Powder 
2 tsp. Basil
1 tsp. Cumin
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Ginger
1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp. Cayenne Powder

In a blender place Onion, Green Pepper, and drained Stewed Tomatoes, blend until smooth. 

Pour into a stock pot and turn on heat to Medium/Medium High

In the same blender place the 3 cans of drained rinsed Beans, and undrained Stewed Tomatoes. Pulse until desired consistency.

Pour into the heating stock pot and stir until combined.

Add all the seasonings. 

In a separate skillet brown the ground beef with salt and pepper. Drain the grease the best you can. 

Add the browned beef into the chili and simmer for 15-20 minutes. 

Salt and Pepper to taste.

Garnish with sour cream and cheddar cheese.

**If too thick for you add Beef Broth in 1 cup increments.


One of my favorite things about blogging food is eating my pretty plate!
Yummm.....



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