Sunday, July 31, 2011

Homemade Laptop Cover

I stumbled across this tutorial online to make a homemade skin for my laptop.  I am pretty pleased how it turned out!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Christmas Crafting

As many of my blog readers know I joined the Make It On the 25th Club over at Sew Many Ways
I made this snap bag for the little brother this morning.  Had to give it to him already, but I plan on making more for Christmas gifts!  They have measuring tape in the top band to make it snap when you close it!  I love that idea!  You can get the pattern Snap Happy over at Stitchin' Sisters  It was easy to follow and fun to make!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Favorite 33

Sarah and I took a class on machine applique, and I am really enjoying it!  Here's what I got so far... I can't wait to add the borders, binding and backing!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Coming Along...

Still working on my string quilt, but it is coming along!
 Here are my blocks.

Focus fabric squares

 Laid out how it will look

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tuesday Tip 33: Christmas in July

Trying to make a little list of things I want to make for Christmas.  I posted earlier about the Make It On the 25th Club I joined over at Sew Many Ways called the

I am putting her Fabric Gift Bags down as a must make for the holidays!  So cute, easy, and reusable!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Meal Plan Monday 33

Here's this weeks meal plan.

Monday- Fiesta Bake
Tuesday-  Anniversary Dinner Out (Happy 3 Years)
Wednesday- Roasted Lemon Shrimp Bake
Thursday- PTO meeting- Pizza
Friday-  BBQ Chicken
Saturday-  Dinner out
Sunday- Grillin'

If I pulled the recipe from a website, then it is linked for you to try yourself!  I will also share other favorite recipes throughout the weeks and will link them when used for meal planning.  Bon Appetit!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday Favorite 32

Friday Favorite this week.... FRIDAY!  First week back to school and I am so glad the weekend is here!  So listen to the Hoff and strike a pose!

Picture from

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Chicken Enchiladas

This is a family favorite that was given to me by a wonderful co-worker and friend, I still have the original note she wrote it out on...

Chicken Enchiladas

Flour Tortillas
Shredded or chunked chicken
1 large jar of salsa
1 can of green chillis
1 small carton of heavy whipping cream
2 cups shredded cheese

Pre-heat your oven to 350.  Mix salsa, chillies, and chicken in a large bowl.  Take mixture and place in the middle of a flour tortilla.  Roll in up and place it seam side down in a greased casserole dish.  Continue until you have used all your filling.  Cover with shredded cheese and then pour on the heavy cream.  Bake uncovered for 1 hour or until cheese is bubbly and melted.

Here they are ready for the oven!

Fresh out of the oven!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tuesday Tip 32: Sewing Ruler Tip

Don't you hate it when a pattern calls for a certain size ruler and you don't have it.  These quilting rulers are not cheap, so you don't want to go out and buy one every time you need a different size.

I took a quilting class these past 2 weeks at a wonderful shop called Whistle Stop Quilt Shop and the instructor Connie showed us this neat trick.

Just use painters tape to tape off the size you need.  Cut 2 edges, then rotate and cut the other 2 edges.  Done and done!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Meal Plan Monday 32

Here's this weeks meal plan.

Monday- Chicken Enchiladas (recipe coming this week)
Tuesday-  Sewing Class-Leftover Enchiladas
Wednesday- Lasagna
Thursday-Oriental Chicken Salads
Friday- Tacos
Saturday-  Dinner Out
Sunday- Grillin'

If I pulled the recipe from a website, then it is linked for you to try yourself!  I will also share other favorite recipes throughout the weeks and will link them when used for meal planning.  Bon Appetit!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Homemade Orange Pineapple Ice Cream

 So you might remember a few posts back that I mentioned buying a lime green ice cream maker.  Well I put it to good use this weekend!  I wanted to share a super easy and yummy recipe for homemade orange pineapple ice cream!

You will need:
1- 2 liter bottle of Crush Orange Soda
2- cans of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
1- large can of crushed pineapple
Rock Salt

In a large bowl mix soda, eagle brand milk and pineapple.  Fill your ice cream container.  Add ice and rock salt all around the edges like you would for any other ice cream and let the machine run 45 minutes or until you see/hear it having a hard time churning.  You will be left with something delicious like this:

Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday Favorite 31

This is a favorite I can't believe I haven't posted yet!  Thanks to my Asst. Principal for asking me about it the other day, and reminding me I never mentioned it on the blog ;)

So if you are ready to waste a lot of time drooling over wonderful ideas and inspiring pictures then click on over to Pinterest!

I'm serious, it is going to suck you in!!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Build a Magazine Rack

I found this online and it is going on the to make list!  That is turning into a long, long list!
How cute is this?!  You can find it over at This Old House

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tuesday Tip 31: Sewing Vinyl

This wonderful tip and bonus a tutorial comes from the blog Rosey Corner Creations.  On this post she shows how to make 2 versions of a cute little vinyl card wallet.

She also gives a great tip about sewing on vinyl.  Which is so annoying because the presser foot gets all hung up on the vinyl but the fabric sews fine and you end up with a mess!  She shows the cheapest, easiest method ever.... Scotch Tape!


Monday, July 11, 2011

Meal Plan Monday 31

Here's this weeks meal plan.

Monday- Stromboli
Tuesday-  Quilting Class, not cooking
Wednesday- Chicken Alfredo 
Thursday-  Tilapia
Friday- Grillin'
Saturday-  Dinner Out
Sunday- Hamburgers

If I pulled the recipe from a website, then it is linked for you to try yourself!  I will also share other favorite recipes throughout the weeks and will link them when used for meal planning.  Bon Appetit!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Make a Gift on the 25th

When I read this on Sew Many Ways, I thought genius!  So I decided to get myself a button (see right side column at the bottom) and join the Make a Gift on the 25th club.

Here's what Karen says on her blog...
"For the next 5 months...July - will start, make, complete or continue to make one gift on the 25th of each month. You can start a new project of your own choice or finish one you've already started. If you can't do it exactly on the 25th of each month, try to participate during the "week" of the 25th. Having a designated time and day will help eliminate proCRAFTination."

So here's to no more proCRAFTinating!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sickly Saturday

I'm sorry I didn't get to post today but my baby has been sick.  No not a human infant but my sweet puppy dog.  I think she is starting to feel a little better but I am still keeping a close eye on her.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Friday Favorite 30

Going to concerts!  There is nothing like a summer night on the lawn listening to some great tunes.  Its awesome and I get to do it many, many times this summer thanks to the Country Mega Ticket.

Tonight I got to see...

The Band Perry

Luke Bryan


Tim McGraw!

All photos from: Country Music Tattle Tale

Thursday, July 7, 2011

BlogLink Giveaway!

Hello friends!  I must truly love you to share this because I really want to win it bad but wanted to pass along the goodness to you (and it earns me another entry for telling you).

This is what this amazing giveaway is for...
An EZ View Craft Desk from The Original Scrapbox!
Look at it!  OMG it is WONDERFUL!

Enter to win the preliminary giveaway of one Ribbon Box  and one entry into the Grand Prize Drawing for an EZ View Craft Desk in your choice of color.
You can enter the preliminary giveaways with a chance to win an entry into the grand prize drawing at the following blogs:

A Girl and a Glue Gun
Somewhat Simple
I Heart Naptime
Sugar Bee Crafts
Lil' Luna
Rachelle Writes
Craftaholics Anonymous
Mod Podge Rocks
Oopsey Daisy
The Original Scrapbox Blog

Good luck friends!!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tuesday Tip 30

Today's wonderful tip comes from How About Orange
What a quick, cheap, smart way to keep those pesky cords from falling behind desks and nightstands!  I have some super cute binder clips that I plan to use just for this!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July

Happy 4th of July Everyone!  Here's a cake I made... I love how it turned out!

Meal Plan Monday 30

Here's this weeks meal plan.

Monday- Grillin' out for the 4th
Tuesday-  Porkchops
Wednesday-  Stromboli
Thursday-  Beef Stew
Friday- Grillin'
Saturday-  Dinner Out
Sunday- BBQ Chicken

If I pulled the recipe from a website, then it is linked for you to try yourself!  I will also share other favorite recipes throughout the weeks and will link them when used for meal planning.  Bon Appetit!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Friday Favorite 29

This weeks Friday Favorite is finishing projects!  I had a very good friend talk me into buying this
Dr. Seuss Kit from Linderella's Quilt Works.  I had wanted it for so long, but couldn't justify buying it.  Thanks to a 20% off coupon, I was able to get it without feeling so guilty!  So this week, I put my mind to it and finished the top!  I am waiting until I take a stippling class next week to quilt it.

The Whole Quilt Top

Top Section 

Middle Section
Bottom Section
I love it!  I can't wait to pick out the backing fabric and get this cutie completely finished!  And the answer to the million dollar question is, no we are not expecting and it is not for sale.  I just love Dr. Seuss and this is a limited edition fabric (in fact the kit I used is no longer available).  I plan to hang it in my 1st grade classroom or in my sewing studio.