Monday, October 31, 2011

Made it Monday Costumes!

Today I am showing off the costumes we made for trick or treat and "Howl -o-ween"

Meig was Little Red Riding Hood and Raj was The Wolf

She made everything, the red cape, The polka dot dress, and Raj's whole costume. See more details about her costumes here.

I made a fox hat for me, a cat costume for Julie, and Finn the Human hat for Tony.

You can see more details about the costumes I made and the pattern for fox ears here.

I also made a couple capes for some kids I know

                                                                     The vampire

And the super hero

Well thats what we have been working on lately. Happy Halloween everyone!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Foodie Friday Linky Party

This is the last Foodie Friday for October. Meig and I are big fans of Thanksgiving so I am not sad to see October go because that means turkey day is around the corner. We are planning currently planning for a low key Thanksgiving with some awesome family and friends and ofcourse Meig's famous pumpkin cheesecake! I am a huge fan of pumpkin but I admit I may have over done it this season. So I am doing one more pumpkin recipe and then I am cutting myself off from pumpkin until Thanksgiving day.

ROasting pumpkin seeds is super easy and you can flavor them similar to popcorn. They can be salty or sweet or both but this is how I make mine.

1 large pumpkin's worth of seeds (about a cup and a half) rinsed.

Coat them in olive oil

Add 2 tsps sugar, and 2 tsps salt

lay them on a cookie sheet and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice over them (just a little)

bake at 250 degrees for an hour and a half.

Now enjoy.

Did you know pumpkin seeds help you sleep? They are really good for you.

Also, did you know everything tastes better from a mason jar?

These don't last long in my house they are so yummy especially right out of the oven! Have a great weekend and link up!

And now it's your turn to share some of your favorite foodie things, favorite recipes, food tricks, etc. with us! Please don't link up etsy shops, giveaways, or other such things. Please just link up blog posts of your own. Also, please put our button in your post or on your page somewhere.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thankful Thursday: Pet Edition

Good morning!! Today I'm thankful for my pets. Yep, my pets. Most of us have them, but I'm so grateful that I have these loves to come home to every day. They love me even when I'm wearing my sweats and eating ice cream on the couch and they are always excited to see me when I get home. I often am shoved out of the way in my bed because they want to sleep there too, but it's ok because they keep me warm in the winter and company all year round.

They hang out with me while I sew, crochet, cook, clean, eat (even though I know they're really just trying to convince me to share my food with them), and do just about everything else. Raj, the dog, because he's more portable, goes on trips with me and we go run at the dog park at least once a week. It's our social time!

So, today I'm thankful for my companions. My closest friends. My confidants. My babies. My pets.

What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesday Ten

Happy Tuesday! This week's ten is pretty things.


2. Hair

3. Flower tree painting

4. Bobby Pin


6. Sky

7. Leaves


9. Peggy Skirt

10. Furniture

That's my pretty ten. I hope you are having a great week.
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Made it Monday

Hi everyone! I'm going to share with you some of the things I made the last couple weeks. It's been insanely busy around here and this is just a little bit of what I've done, but I wanted to share my favorites with you.

First, I made two cowgirl vests for my coworker's granddaughter's for a birthday party:

I found three-packs of frames at Target on clearance for $4 so I grabbed one and did a little re-framing. The painting in the middle was done by Brandi. It's my favorite painting of the two (yep - two) paintings in my house. The photos flanking it are ones that I took in Ireland and England when I was there.

This isn't something I made, but I wanted to show you how Raj helps me work. I was crocheting a hat and he was snoozing - taking up more than his fair share of the couch, too!

We got a request for a custom order in the shop. Sue loved our penguin hat but needed it in her size so I made this one for her. She should be getting it this week! She's going to be a penguin for Halloween! Cute! (Pattern by Micah Makes:

This is one of the two monkey hats that will be for a friend's twins. This is the girl version, boy version is chocolate brown and blue. I love this hat so much, it might appear in the shop!

Last, but not least, this is a 'Wal-Mart' vest I made for friends at church. They're going to be greeters for Halloween and asked me to make them some vest. I screwed up the first ones and this is the successful one. Oh well, trial and error, right?

I hope you all had a great weekend! I'm off to finish up a few more projects here. Feel free to share with us things you've done recently. We love to see your ideas!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Chili? No, I don't think so.

Happy Friday everyone!! Today it's my turn again for Foodie Friday! This week I posted in my Tuesday Ten about chili and how I love a pot of it on the stove. Well, it just so happens that was the BEST chili I ever made and I actually remember how I made it!!

1lb ground turkey
1/2 package bacon (or more if you want - or less, for that matter)
1 can dark red kidney beans
1 can light red kidney beans
1 can diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
1 can stewed tomatoes (the kind with the green peppers and onions)
1 medium sized onion (chopped)
Chili powder
Cayenne pepper (I know chili powder has it in there, but I like a little extra)
1 packet Sazón seasoning (made by Goya - you can get it in the hispanic aisle of the grocery store or you can omit if you wish)
Garlic powder
Adobo (or any other season salt you wish)
Salt & pepper

First, I took the bacon and cooked it in my stock pot (kudos to Brandi for that idea). I didn't really take the effort to lay it out nicely, I just threw it in there and let it crisp. Once it was crispy, I took it out and let it dry on a towel while I tossed in the onion and the ground turkey.

Once that was almost cooked I added the seasonings. I tend to do seasonings by smell so I added a lot of chili powder, a bit of cayenne pepper, the whole packet of Sazón (my staple seasoning - I learned about it when I was in Puerto Rico and now I add it to just about everything), some garlic powder, Adobo, salt, pepper, and then I added some more chili powder for good measure.

After the seasonings mixed, I added the bacon back in, then added in the tomatoes and the beans (drained the beans but not the tomatoes). I like a really thick chili so I didn't add any water to it at all.

I let everything heat and then put some in a bowl with shredded cheddar, sour cream, and dipped some Frito Scoops in it! Yum!!

I also want to share with you another one of my favorite things about fall in my house. I think this is Brandi's favorite part of visiting my house during fall. :) One visit to my sister's house many years ago, I smelled something delicious and asked her what it was. She informed me that she had a pot on the stove with cinnamon sticks, an apple, some other spices, and deliciousness. She just let it sit on low and the smell permeated the house and made it smell like what I imagine only heaven can smell like. Naturally, I had to do the same thing. So, I take an apple (doesn't matter the kind - I get the cheap ones from Save-a-Lot), some cinnamon sticks, some ground cinnamon, some nutmeg, some pumpkin pie spice, and whatever else I find in my spice rack that smells like fall (this time I added some vanilla extract - yum!), put it in a pot, and let it simmer. :) It looks pretty gross after a while, but it smells DELIGHTFUL.

There you have it! I hope you all enjoy chili nights and pot-o-yummies. Let me know how it goes for you!

And now it's your turn to share some of your favorite foodie things, favorite recipes, food tricks, etc. with us! Please don't link up etsy shops, giveaways, or other such things. Please just link up blog posts of your own. Also, please put our button in your post or on your page somewhere.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Thankful Thursday- Husband edition

Last week was our 2 year wedding anniversary so I want to talk about my husband for Thankful Thursday.

My husband puts up with a lot of crazy from me. I have some terrible anxiety, Ptsd, and have dealt with depression in the past and he is a huge support for me in those areas. He has never made me feel bad or abnormal for that.

I have a serious, deep fear for spiders, he hates them too but he braves it and kills them for me.

My favorite thing about my husband is that he is a really great Dad. He is very patient with our daughter and she just adores him. We have recently switched roles and he is now a stay at home daddy and he is doing a great job.

That picture is a great example of those two. They are both really silly and Julie has him doing circus tricks for her. :)

What are you thankful for this Thirsday?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tuesday Ten - Fall Time!

Hello everyone! Today I'm going to share with you 10 of my favorite fall things around my house. Fall-time is my favorite time of year and I just love breaking out the sweaters, afghans, and flannel sheets!!

1. Chili cooking on the stove. I don't care whose stove it is, as long as I get a bowl!! Brandi and I try to get together on Sundays to watch the football games together and eat chili. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't. But at least we try to have traditions!!

 2. My PartyLite candle stand thingy. No, I don't know the official name and no, I'm not going to look it up. :-P I scored this at a party I hosted for super cheap and I absolutely love it! I use it all year 'round but the pumpkins are my favorite. :)

3. My ceramic jack-o-lantern. Every time my mom sees this or a picture of it she says 'oh THAT'S where that went' because she's convinced I stole it. I swear she gave it to me. :)

4. My fall wreath. I made it!

5. This little scarecrow guy. I got him at Pat Catan's for about $1, but I think he's super cute with his buttons and hat.

6. New love: Pumpkin Scones. Recipe. Delicious. 

7. I love my couches and this chair is my favorite part of the set. I scored the afghan that's on the back for a whopping: FREE. It was on the curb up the street and I stopped to look at a sewing machine/table to snag for Brandi (also FREE!!) and grabbed this beauty, too. Sweet old lady made it and her son said he's glad it's going to a nice home. *tear* Anyway, that's not what I love most: I recently rearranged my living room and made this corner into a little 'reading nook' and it's sooo cozy there. You can't keep me away!

 8. My flannel sheets. I only wish they were plaid.

9. This is my favorite sweater. It's technically a 'jacket' and I scored it on sale from Old Navy (think it was $10 on sale originally like $30) and I wear it all the time. It's sooo comfy cozy!

10. This afghan was crocheted by my Great Grandma who I never knew. My older family members loved her, and my sibs got their own afghans because they were babies when she was alive. I wasn't, so I didn't get one, but when my Aunt Penny died I got first dibs on an afghan from her collection and I chose this one. I use it all the time.

So, there you have it! 10 of my favorite fall things around my house. I hope you enjoyed the mini-tour of mi casa and seeing all the things I love. What are some things you love most about fall?

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