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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

LDS Family Home Evening Pictionary

Need a fun game to liven up your Family Home Evening? What about playing "Pictionary" with church words?! Here's our game! 2 white boards, 2 dry erase markers, and 1 jar of church words! So simple and so fun! Check out the list I made, and add your favorites to the mix!

FHE "Pictionary" list

Noah's Ark
Nephi's Broken Bow
The Gold Plates
Nephi building a boat
Fish and Bread
The 12 apostles
The Salt Lake Temple
Jesus Being Baptized
Camp Fire
The Brother Jared & the Glowing Stones
Bow and Arrow
Joseph Smith
Daniel in the Lion's Den
City of Enoch
Tree of Life
The Liahona
Ice Cream
Adam & Eve
David & Goliath
Covered Wagon
Joseph in Egypt
Moses parting the Red Sea
Abraham & Issac
Hammer & Nails
Word of Wisdom
The Garden of Eden
Samuel the Lamanite
10 Virgins
Stripling Warriors
Girls Camp
Boy Scouts
Pinewood Derby

Add your own and have fun with your family!

(Warning- this might get competitive!) 

My favorite place to find games, book and other church supplies is at LDS Bookstore. They have awesome products and great prices! Check it out! You'll get hooked just like me!

Click HERE to check out their website! 

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Pampered Hot Pad

I am thrilled to tell you one of my dearest and oldest friends is getting married! I was so excited to attend her Bridal Shower and knew I just had to make a cute gift. I decided to make my Kitchen in a Mitten, but I couldn't find any cute oven mitts I liked. So I got a simple oven mitt and some plain hot pads knowing I had the perfect fabric to primp them up! My mom showed me how to take a plain hot pad and pamper it to look pricey! So EASY and one of a kind!

Take your Dollar Store Hot Pads and place them on the fabric. Leave a small border like so, and cut around the hot pad.

Place your cut out square on the hot pad. 
 Fold over the "raw" edge of fabric pinning as you go.

Here it is all pinned.

Sew around the edges you pinned.

Turn OVER the hot pad you just finished sewing, and sew along the patterned lines. 
(You can sew just a couple lines, or you can sew all of the lines, it's your choice)

It needs to be sewn all together, or it will gap in between the layers of fabric wen when pushed together to grab a hot pan or plate.

As you can see I sewed just on the diagonal lines- I didn't want the "cubes" 

I wrapped the hot pads around the plain brown oven mitt to make my...

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Chicken Bruschetta Bake

Here's a twist on a classic. This Chicken Burschetta Bake was AWESOME! I've recently been looking for more recipes that don't have creamed soup as a base for casseroles, (it seems like ALL of them do!) This one was AWESOME! Stuffing mix, chicken, diced tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese- YUMM! Check it out!

Chicken Bruschetta Bake

1 (14 oz) can Diced Tomatoes - undrained
1 box Stove Top Stuffing
1/2 c. water
1 lb. diced chicken - sauteed in 1 T. olive oil - leave a little pink in the middle
1 c. shredded Mozzarella Cheese

In a bowl mix the stuffing, diced tomatoes and water. 
Place the " half-way cooked" chicken in a casserole dish or a greased 8x8 pan. 
Sprinkle the cheese over the chicken. Pour the moist stuffing mix over the chicken.

Cook at 375 for 20-30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Graduation Gift Ideas

Have you received any graduation announcements yet? I have! 
 I know!
Well it gets me thinking... what am I going to give this year's graduates?!
Last year I was most fortunate to take pictures of my nieces graduation presents as she opened them! So this year, I have LOTS of ideas!
Thanks to her, I get to share them all with you!

Candy Box filled with money instead of chocolate!

Journal & Candy

Reusable Cup filled with fun sized candy

Handy Tool Set

$25 in Quarters - laundry money, car wash money, etc.

Crock Pot with crock pot recipe book

Hanging Closet Organizer

Picture Holder

Earring & Necklace Holder

Towels & Reusable Bag

Journal, Stationary & Bookmarks

Emergency Kit

Visa Gift Card

Tub of bagged laundry detergent and quarters

Key Chain & Watch

Towel & Lanyard 

Umbrella with money dangling from fish line

Kitchen supplies in an oven mitt

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Strawberry Banana Milk Parfait

Need a light breakfast? How about trying a Strawberry Banana Milk Parfait? Why milk and not yogurt? I was raised with oats, fruit and milk, no yogurt. Yogurt was a BIG treat! So, this me reminiscing, I loved it back then and still love it now! Not to mention fewer calories! This layered fruit and granola is just the ticket to keeping you happy and healthy. What a way to start the day!

Layer your granola, diced strawberries and sliced bananas in a glass or bowl, cover with milk and dig in!

See Recipes for Granola Here:

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Graduation Cap Centerpieces

What do you think of the centerpieces I made for my nieces graduation last year? 
I made 8 of these Graduation Caps. They looked SO nice on the tables! 
Plates and Bowls from the dollar store spray painted black never looked so good!
Add a couple glue dots to put them together and a tassel to finish it off! 

8 Square plates
8 bowls
Black Spray Paint
Thick Glue Dots to attach the bow to the plate and for the button
8 key chain tassels
ribbon to match the tassels 
black card stock circles - for the button on top

Step by step 
Refer to the pictures above along with the written instructions

1. Spray paint the bowls and plates black.

2. Place your "thick" glue dots onto the bottom rim of the bowl and place it on the bottom of the square plate.

3. Take another thick glue dot and center it in the middle of the "hat."

4. Press the matching ribbon and tassel onto the glue dot. Place a small black circle of paper on top to look like a button.


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Turkey Meatball and Spinach Salad

Yummy Yummy in my Tummy! I love spinach salads as they are, but when you put these Turkey Meatballs on top- whoo wee! These make eating a salad feel like you're not eating a salad! Delicious and simple. These are great to make a head of time then heat up for a quick dinner or lunch the next day!

Turkey Meatballs:

In a small saute pan - place...
1/2 c. Chopped Onion
1/3 c. Chopped Celery
1 T. Olive Oil
Saute until onions are transparent and both are fragrant.

In a bowl combine
1 lb. ground Turkey
1/2 tsp. Ground Sage
1 T. Flour
1 egg
Previously Sauted onion and celery
a few dashes of salt and pepper

When all is combined, start forming the meatballs, place them in a greased deep pan (with lid). Brown the balls on one side then on the other - When the other side is browning... Pour
2 c. Chicken Broth (chicken bouillon and water)
Over top. Put the lid on the pan and steam the meatballs for 10-15 minutes or until done- no pink inside.

Place the Meatballs over a bed of Spinach, scoop a little "juice" from the bottom as your dressing. 


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Friday, April 11, 2014

Finger Puppets

Who doesn't love Finger Puppets? Well, these little felt bad boys I whipped up have saved us from a LOT of embarrassing moments. These keep my kids QUIET during church- at restaurants etc. They are AWESOME! I previously only made the 5 "farm animals" and quickly realized I needed to make another 5, so each of my children could have a handful of finger puppets. These were quick and easy! 

Grab your first piece of felt and a thin sharpie - trace around your finger to make a template.

Cut it out and use that "hour glass" template for the rest of your felt animals

I cut all of the details out and placed them under each finger template! Can you guess what they are just by seeing the color and felt details?

Grab your templates and fold in half - good sides touching-, sew down both sides.

Turn right side out

Then repeat - Sew your other felt finger puppets.
Sewing DONE!

Grab your hot glue gun and a thin sharpie

Hot glue all of the details onto the finger sleeves then draw eyes, mouth, nose, tail etc. 

Continue until all are done! SO CUTE!

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter BAG

Practical - Genius - "Why didn't I think of that?!"
This Bag NOT Basket idea has been in our family for years. Being in the military we are a little scrunched for storage space. But, Military or not, who has the space to keep BIG Easter BASKETS all year long and to use them for 1 day a year!? I don't know many people who do. My sister Candace came up with this a few years ago when they were traveling over Easter. She couldn't haul the baskets around their hotel undetected by her kids so she packed cute "foldable/flat" gift Easter bags and laid those out instead! It's been a hit in our family ever since! I wanted to share her wisdom and GENIUS with you!
Still darling bags yet PRACTICAL for space saving!

Check out the amount of storage space you have to give up.

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