Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Recipe of the Week: Chunky Cheesy Potato Soup

This week I decided to make a cheesy potato soup in my crock pot. Now that weather is getting cooler there is nothing like a nice hot chunky soup to warm you up. I'm going to share with you my easy receipe that I used.


- several red potatoes unpeeled
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 chicken bouillon cubes
- 6 cups of water
- 1/4 lb of velveeta cheese
- 1-2 cups of chopped cooked ham
- 2 cups of milk
- 1/2 cup flour mixed w/ water


Put potatoes, onions, butter, bouillon cubes, cheese, ham and water into crock pot all day (8-10 hours) on low.

Half hour before serving add milk and flour to thicken.


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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tip of the Week: Gift Wrapping

It's that time of year again! Time to start wrapping all of those presents that you have bought and start putting them under the tree, or goodies that you have made. I have found some fun and helpful tips to make gift wrapping less stressful and to look presentable to display under the tree or to give your friends and neighbors.

Cellophane Bags - Clear or printed cellophane bags (like the ones florists use for corsages) can be a lifesaver for small non-fragile gifts, candies, or baked goods. Simply insert the item into the bag (wrapped in tissue if desired) and seal the top with ribbon, raffia, cording, or a twist tie. These bags come in several sizes. Look for them in bulk at a paper warehouse outlet.

Colored Tissue Paper - Tissue can make any gift seem more festive. Collect several colors to use when lining gift boxes, to cushion delicate items, inside cello bags, or even to use as gift paper.

Making Gift Tags - Craft and stationery stores have blank tags in a variety of shapes. You can also make your own tags in any size or shape using colored paper or cardstock. Scalloped edge scissors will also help create beautiful looking tags.

Recycled Greeting Cards - Cut off the fronts of beautiful holiday cards and attach them to your gifts using double face tape. The picture on the card will dress up your gift and add a bit of color and style. Use a simple cording as ribbon. (I never would have thought of this.)

Happy Wrapping.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Tutorial: Baby Sock Advent Calendar

The Martha Stewart website has a pluthera of crafts and ideas! I found this super cute advent calendar.

Isn't that just the cutest thing ever!? To make this adorable advent calendar go here for instructions on how to make it.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Fun Friday: Giveaway Winner - Sneak Peak

And the winner of the Holiday Countdown giveaway is Lisa Gier! Congrats Lisa I will be contacting you shortly.

I've been working on a new holiday project the last few days and it's almost done! Here is a sneak peak as to what it could be.

Any guesses? Stay tuned for a tutorial on this holiday project!

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Guest Blogger - Kristikoo

I so excited to have another guest blogger! Today's guest blogger is Kirsti from Kirstikoo. I've know Kirsti since high school and love her products and creativity. I will turn the time over to her now!

Many Thanks to Danesa for featuring me on her blog today!
I love these fabric pumpkins, they are so easy to make and you probably have all the supplies at home since they are made from toilet paper!!

Come visit me over at Kirstikoo for the full tutorial- I promise it's the easiest project EVER!
and come see more great Fall and Thanksgiving tutorials and ideas from other bloggers in my Thanksgiving Link-Up!
Thanks again for having me Danesa-- Hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks Kirsti for sharing!

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Tutorial: Autumn Rosette Wreath

I saw this really cute wreath this morning and had to share it with you.

Pretty, huh!? I would totally make it but I already have an autumn wreath hanging on my front door. But if you don't have one check out Cheap Cheap Chickadee on how to make it.

Happy Crafting!

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Guest Blogger - Lovin Simplicity

I'm so excited to have a guest blogger today! My friend Sarah from Lovin Simplicity wanted to share a fun fall tutorial with your today.
Here is she!
This pumpkin was so easy to make and it turned out beautifully. I actually made two of them! I have the tutorial on my blog Lovin Simplicity.

I got all of my supplies at Hobby Lobby but I'm sure you can find the same supplies at any craft store.


Check out her blog daily for more fun crafting ideas!! Thank Sarah for sharing.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Giveaway - Holiday Countdown

It's time for another giveaway! I'm so excited to this one. I've been waiting for the last couple of months to do it!

Remember this picture from a few posts back?

Well it is part of my Holiday Giveaway!

A Holiday Countdown or Advent Calendar, whatever you want to call it!!

What was your favorite advent calendar growing up?

Go to my Giveaway Rules on how you can win this fun prize!

You have until Nov 18th to enter. On Friday morning the 19th the winner will be announced.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Tutorial: How to Make a Thanksgiving Turkey Decoration

I love reading through Totally Tutorials just to see what's new and what someone has come up. Today I saw this.

This was created by Therapeutic Crafting. Go here to see how to make it.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Kids Craft - Tiny Toms

Time to bring out the turkeys. I was looking for a fun Thanksgiving craft to do with the neighborhood kids and found this cute little turkey activity.

Super cute! It looks very easy and fun. Go here to see how to make it, there is even a little video that will walk you through it.
Happy Crafting!!

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Recipe of the Week: Pear Pie

I'm so excited to share with you this week's recipe, it comes from Arizona Vanilla! The brains behind this yummy recipe is my stepmom, who always seems to making up something new.

Pear Pie

1 store-bough pie shell (for time saving)
1 can pears
Raspberries, blueberries, and mint leaves for garnish

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cooking the pie dough. Remove from oven and let it cool.

Pastry Cream
2 cups milk or half-half
1/8 tsp Madagascar vanilla extract
½ tsp Pear extract
¼ cup sweetener (sugar, honey, agave syrup)
A pinch of nutmeg
1 egg + 2 egg yolks
3 tbs corn starch
3 tbs cold butter cut in small pieces
Ice water

In a small pot, bring to a boil the milk, extracts, sweetener, and nutmeg.

In a small container, mix eggs with cornstarch. When the milk mixture is starting to boil, and reduce heat. Slowly pour about ½ cup to egg mixture whisking fast to incorporate air. This is called tempering. Pour the egg mixture into the pot with the milk whisking fast and cook on medium-high heat until thick. Do not overcook.

Put the pot on ice water and add the butter little by little until all incorporated.

Slice the pears; pour the pastry cream in the pie shell and arrange the pear one close to another. Garnish the center with raspberries, blueberries, and mint leaves.

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

* for more yummy recipes visit her blog at Vanilla Rocks *

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tip of the Week: Bringing Fall into Your Home

I know that I've mentioned this before but Fall is one of my favorite seasons. So in order to get into the spirit of fall I wanted to share with you some fall decorating tips that I have found.

Swap out Fabric: It's time to get cozy on the couch. Bring out your favorite throws, especially those in luxurious chenille or velvet! And don't forget to add a cozy blanket to your guest rooms as well.

Welcome Wagon: The first thing your buyer sees is your front door. So, make this space inviting. Use mats, wreaths, or a simple hanging cornucopia as a seasonal display.

Scents: Fall is a great time for warm, rich scents, such as apple-cinnamon, French Vanilla, and anything related to cookies or baked goods! Just keep them away from your dining table, so that their scent doesn't overpower the tantalizing aroma of your home-cooked meal!

* tips were found at Realty Times *

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Tutorial: Fall Leaf Garland

Sorry for the week long hiatus. I had a busy week and working overtime at my day job that I just didn't have time to update. But I'm back and with a really pretty Fall Garland tutorial. In my search to find a unique garland for fall to display on my banister I found this at UCreate.

Pretty right!? I think so. Go to UCreate for the tutorial. I found a new weekend project.

Happy crafting!

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