Archive for September, 2008

Busy Lately…Okay, Always Busy

September 26, 2008

What have I been up to….

Crafting, baking and thrifting to start.

I have been busy making my daughter some more Christmas presents.  I have made some matching cards out of cute little animals I found at Hobby Lobby for $.59 each, a marker, and some foam board.  I think I got the idea from  She has a lot of great ideas that she uses to homeschool/unschool her daughter.  I also made her some of the shapes from too.  I have had a felt flower garden pattern for some time now, so I finally just got down to business and completed that the other night while Monday Night Football was on.  Yes, I am a Brett Favre fan, but crafting needs to be done too.  Here are some pictures.

Felt flower garden…

Matching shapes to outlines…

You’ll have to forgive my lack of technology skills in not turning my pics the right way.  I’ll eventually figure it out.  It can’t be that hard right…

Let’s see, here are some great thrifting finds from this morning.  I found them at two different shops about 20 miles from where I live, but close enough to my grocery store to justify the trip.

A giraffee puppet with the tags on for $5.50.

A reversible Oshkosh winter coat with the tags still on for $14.99!!!

A cute winter hat for $2.00.

IKEA miniature furniture for my daughter’s tiny bears.  I think she’ll love them!  They were $3.99.

And I guess I don’t have many pictures of my baking, but I made some delicious honey bars and this Penne with Roasted Veggies casserole.  I found this recipe on Food Network’s website.  Yum!! 

Um, what else.  Well, my daughter is growing fast.  She is saying a lot of new words.  Yesterday she said, ‘mailman.’ Cute.  She is still cutting those pesky cuspids and has been now for a month or so.  Hopefully soon they will be in and we can be done with teething for awhile.  She was cold the other morning after I took her PJ’s off and she came running back to me and when I opened her closet door she said, “socks.”  Smart girl!

My husband and I have a date night tomorrow.  We are excited, but don’t really have any plans yet as to what we are going to do.  I’m sure we will think of something.

Well, more to do and sounds like nap time might be over.  Ta Ta for now!

Oh, and Happy Birthday to one of my big sisters.  I love you!



September 19, 2008

I made these gifts for my daughter for Christmas.  I got the ideas from

I'll give her the picture as a guide and then she will put the puzzle together.

I will give her this picture and she can put the puzzle together with my picture as a guide.

Here is the next crafty thing I did…
She can learn her shapes and colors.  She can also make designs out of the different shapes.

She can learn her shapes and colors. She can also make designs out of the different shapes.

And here is another…
These were made out of scrapbook paper and balsa wood.
These were made out of scrapbook paper and balsa wood.

I am planning on putting the matching cards in a little bag I purchased at Hobby Lobby.  I got four small canvas bags for $2.99.  What a steal!  I am planning on making some more things as well.  I hope she likes them!

I made this brown sugar body scrub for myself.  I think next time I will but it in the food processor and add the olive oil slowly, as it is all sitting on the top of the mixture right now.  Oh well, I’m sure it will work just fine.  I got the recipe from  I used a glass peanut butter jar instead of buying a new jar.  We usually go through one of these peanut butter jars about once every few weeks, so I should be set for jars if I decide to make these for a gift. 

I made this in a matter of a few minutes.  Next time I'll add some lavendar essential oil.

I made this in a matter of a few minutes. Next time I'll use a food processor for sure!

 I am excited to try this.  Now, I only have to find some ‘me’ time!!!

Oh, here is the recipe if you would like to try some for yourself:

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp. honey




Blueberry Breakfast Bake

September 15, 2008

I found this recipe from a flyer at Whole Foods.  It is good, but does have a hint of an egg taste.  Also, my little one ate some of the bread before we could get it in the casserole, so I bet it would look a little different than the picture too.  I don’t know if I’ll try this one again or not.  Not bad, but not awesome either. 

  Here is the recipe for Blueberry Breakfast Bake.

1 day old baguette, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 pint blueberries
12 oz Cream Cheese
1/2 cup sugar
8 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2/3 cup milk
maple syrup is optional
Place half of the bread in a greased 3 quart baking dish.  Sprinkle with blueberries.  In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.  Add and beat in the eggs, sour cream, vanilla and cinnamon.  Gradually add in the milk until it is blended.  Pour this mixture over half the bread.  Top with remaining bread and then the remaining cheese mixture.  Cover and refrigerate overnight or up to 24 hours before baking.  Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.  Cover and bake for 30 minutes at 350.  Uncover and continue cooking for 20 minutes or until inserted knife comes out of the center clean.  You can garnish with some blueberries if you wish. 

Clothes, clothes, and more clothes. Did I say clothes?

September 15, 2008

Okay, so the seasons are changing here rather rapidly and I find myself cleaning out our closets.  Where to go with all the clothes of the season?  Well, what I haven’t woren this season I have stashed in a rubbermaid container for a Summer of 2009 garage sale.  The stuff I have woren, I haven’t figured out where that is going to go.  I need to pare down though.  I don’t need all this stuff.  It gives me great pleasure to open up my closet and see only a few things.   For some this might cause an instant panic attack, but for me, it is the opposite.  Clutter equals panic to me.

So for my daughter’s closet, it is pulling out the summer clothes and also what she has outgrown.  I have been giving away what our next child won’t wear, but now I will add these to the Summer of 2009 garage sale bins as well.  In a separate one from mine of course, so it is organized when I go to mark it next Spring.  I organize the clothes we are keeping by size.  Like 6-9 months, 9 months, 12 months, 12-18 months and so on.  It is a process, but will pay off when I need to quickly find clothes to clothe our next little bundle of joy.  God willing of course.

Landscaping Fun…Not Really

September 11, 2008

Landscaping is hard work!!  I didn’t think this project would take that long, but it has taken a long time.  I’ve been working on it on and off all summer.  I demolished some old railroad ties and my husband hauled them away for me.  Thank goodness for his help on that one, because I didn’t know what to do with them.  He also helped me get rid of a bee problem in one of the railroad ties.  Again, he saved the day.  I’ve done all the other work myself though and I’m very proud of it.  Pretty much I took out some rock and the railroad ties and I’m cleaning rock, then laying down weed barrier.  We will put in new stepping stones from the deck to the back of the garage and plant grass.  Next year we will plant some plants by the deck, but we want to research it more first.  I’ll post some pictures when it is complete this fall.

Reading Rainbow

September 11, 2008
Her bookshelf

Her bookshelf

These are all of her books we keep in her room.  These go back on the shelf after we are done reading them.  She has another collection that we haven’t even touched yet because they are not quite age appropriate yet.  In a few years though.  She also has another set of books in her reading corner in the living room.  She likes to take each book off the shelf and read them one by one or lots at a time.  The shelf is very low to the ground, so she just sits right down and reads them.  The shelf is at the bottom of the changing table my brother-in-law made for us.  Very nice!  Can’t beat home-crafted!

One of her favorite books right now is The Napping House by Audrey Wood.  What are some of your children’s favorite books?

A Clean Closet

September 11, 2008

Organizing clothes for a little one is a full-time job in itself.  It seems like every few weeks I’m going through her closet and pulling things out that don’t fit.  I don’t just throw them in a drawer or some random container either.  I take the time to organize them. 

Here’s how I do it:

  • Look through pieces one-by-one and decide if it still fits and is still in season
  • If it doesn’t fit or it’s out of season, it comes with me downstairs
  • I keep a large rubbermaid tote labeled, “Add to first…Needs sorting”
  • When the “Add to first…Needs sorting” rubbermaid tote is full, I go through it piece by piece and put the clothes in piles.  For example, 6-9 months, 6 months, 6-12 months, 12 months, 12-18 months, 18 months, 18-24 months, etc.
  • When I have my piles, I arrange them in the tote with the larger sizes on bottom (18-24mths. on bottom, then18 months, then 12-18 months, then 12 months, then 6-12 months, etc.) until my tote is full.
  • Each tote is labeled with the exact contents of what is inside. 
  • The newborn/3-6 month tote is in front, while the 12 month/12-18 month/18-24 month tote is in back on the shelving.  This way, when number 2 comes along, the clothes he/she will wear first are in the front and easy to grab.

Feels good to accomplish something and you have a clean house to boot.  Happy cleaning!

Cooking Up A Storm

September 11, 2008

Here are a few recipes that we have recently tried and liked.  They are very user friendly and very yummy!