Friday, November 21, 2014

Bakes: Peasant Bread

Oh. My. Word.
I'm going to gain a million pounds if I keep making this bread.
I'm a sucker for good bread...


So easy, so good!

We took our grilled cheese and tomato soup to an entire new level!
Homemade bread, and homemade tomato soup. 

I followed this recipe, except I used my Pyrex 323 (look on the bottom of your bowls) to make one large loaf instead of two small. I baked for the same amount as for the little loafs and it worked out fine. 

For the tomato soup, I use my canned sauce and add chicken broth, more info here. If you like a thicker soup, more like Campbells you can make a rue (equal parts butter and flour) then add the broth and tomato (combined). I found my husband and kids like the thicker version. While I like both!

This bread was so good, I'm tempted to make rolls for Thanksgiving using a muffin pan!



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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Happy 2nd Birthday Ellie!

It's amazing how life changes.
When we had Carter's first birthday, we rented a hall and invited everyone we knew.
I went all out with the Ocean One-derland theme, coordinating the food, the decorations you name it.

Since then, I've stepped away from Pinterest and all the perfect parties and became more realistic.
It's one day, one birthday. 
We invite fewer people, I make less food, and I know I enjoy it more!
I'm not as stressed to throw a picture perfect party, and then forget to take pictures anyway!


For Ellie's 2nd Birthday, we went with Frozen. She loves it.
 So much so I had to mail the DVD back to Disney for replacement!

For Ellie's invites I found these great free printable invites and party accessories!
Since I send mine through email I put it in photoshop to add my text.
I ended up not being able to match the font, so I erased what was there and replaced half of it with a font on  my computer so that it all matched.

For the other half, I found Ice Kingdom that matches the font/graphic used for FROZEN. 
(Of course, two weeks after I make the invite, I cannot find the link to where I downloaded it!)
(It was a free font download, and in my font book on my computer it comes up as Ice Kingdom)

Another fun touch I did was I found these,
 and in photoshop added Happy Birthday Ellie, or Ellie is 2! Or my favorite...


I printed them out on full sheets of paper, and just hung amongst the streamers throughout the house.

To finish off the decorations I purchased these balloons, so worth it!
 They are still floating today on her actual birthday, 5 days after we bought them! 
Once they deflate, I will be trying to cut the big one in half, to see if I can hang it like to portraits on her wall! 

Lastly, my sister made another amazing cake! 

{I think this is the best picture we got of it! ;( Guess she will have to remake, just kidding!}

We had trouble finding little figures that we can put on the cake, so she printed and laminated her own!
Worked perfect, and Ellie had been playing with them like they are little paper dolls!

She made a mini "wedding" cake so to speak, then a sugar cube staircase, and icicles out of blue and white candy melts! I love that I never have to worry about my kids cakes, I tell her the theme and she runs with it! 




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Monday, November 17, 2014

Calling All Crafters 2014: 44th Edition



Welcome to Calling All Crafters! 







A place where you can share your craftiness!

 This week I am loving...

flower applique on baby frock with template


Creative Khadija's
Floral Baby Frock

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-I want YOU to stop on by, and share what you are up to, cooking, cleaning, crafting, you name it!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cooks: Spanish Rice

Taco Tuesday will never be the same!
My boys loved the Lego Movie, and now insist we follow suit by having Tacos on Tuesday!
So, weve been having Taco's, with plain rice but this week 
I decided to go the extra step with Spanish Rice, and boy was I pleased!

Who knew adding two ingredients would change plain old white rice to this!


1 cup white rice 
2 cups broth (or water)
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 jar rotel 

Start by toasting your rice(I added about 1/4 cup orzo too)  in your saucepan dry. 
If you'd like to put a little oil in you can. 
While your rice toasts, chop and add your onion. 
Once your onion softens a little, add your liquid.
Once the rice is cooked, add your rotel. 

So simple, but made a huge difference in Taco Tuesday!


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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Calling All Crafters 2014: 43rd Edition



Welcome to Calling All Crafters! 







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 This week I am loving...



Pickles and Pepper's
Upcycled Wipes Box

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