Sunday, March 22, 2015

Calling All Crafters 2015: 12th Edition

Welcome to the 12th Edition of Calling All Crafters 2015! 

Ah! There were so many great posts to choose from this week!
Keep them coming!!
I am loving all the inspiration!
And clearly I need it! 
My craftiness is lacking lately! 

Calling All Crafters is a place where you can share your craftiness!
Each week, I ask my readers to link up what they have been up to!
Recipes, Organizing, Crafts, and more!

I love checking all the links, and seeing what you are creating!
 This week I am loving...

Spring Time Tablescape

Home on the Corner's 
Springtime Tablescape
(Oh how I wish I could set the table and leave it pretty! But with three little ones... It wouldn't last!)

Here are the "rules":

-I want YOU to stop on by, and share what you are up to, cooking, cleaning, crafting, you name it!
If you can copy and paste the link, I want to see it!

-If your not a follower, please become one, this let's me easily find and visit your blog too!
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-Come back next week to see if your great idea has been featured!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Spring 2015!

It's here! Spring is here!
Well, not quite. 
Even though today is the first official day of Spring,
 it won't feel like Spring for a couple weeks temperature wise.

But, that won't keep me down!

So to celebrate the first day of Spring, I am thinking of...

 Flowers first, then veggies.
But to be honest, I am just starting to get good with flowers!
But they have to be hardy perennials!
Last year, was my first year with peonies! 
And they were stunning! Can't wait for them to come up this year!

Last night, I started some sprouts in a jar! 
I've tried in years past, but never really got the hang of it.
But I recently found you need to leave the jar tilted so that any little bit of water drips out!
Fingers crossed!

I'm still working on this years garden plan, and overall think I know what is going where.
My winter sowing jugs are ready for the warmth to get the seeds started! 

Also, my potatoes leftover from last years crop, well,
They sprouted. A lot. so I am anxious to get them planted! 
I've read mixed information about potatoes too. 
Some say plant as soon as ground can be worked (weeks before frost)
others say 2 weeks after!  

I'm planning on building a potato tower this year, out of wood 
since my past ones were only a one year use product.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

{Cooks} Bacon Mac & Cheese

Ah! Things are still super crazy here, so I've been pulling out all my easy recipes!

When my husband and I first bought our home in 2007, 
I perfected my Mac and Cheese making skills.
Little did I know, he wasn't as head over heels for Mac and Cheese as I was!

So last week, when I decided to whip up a batch on a busy night, I decided to add something my husband loves. Bacon!

I've seen a ton of recipes online, but I just went the easy route. 
Make my Mac and Cheese, add crispy bacon crumbles!

To make My Mac and Cheese:
Elbow Macaroni, 1/2 box
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
2 cups milk
2 cups cheese (your choice!)
I cook my pasta according to its direction, drain and set aside. 
Then using the same pasta pot (less dishes!), I melt the butter and stir in the flour.
You want it to form a paste, so to speak. This is called a roux.
Using a whisk, I add the milk. I like to work over a medium heat, so I don't scorch the milk.
Once all the roux is incorporated, you start adding your cheese. 
We had some cheddar (not sharp) straight from Wisconsin! It was amazing!
 (long story on how we got cheddar straight from Wisconsin!)

Now, in a frying pan, while I cooked the pasta an cheese sauce I cooked my bacon.
Once it was all cooked, I crumbled it over top the the Mac and Cheese.
Oh my. Why have I never done this before?!?!
There wasn't any left!

What are your go to easy and quick meals?

Don't forget you can always make Mac & Cheese in the crockpot too!