This page is about a Mom who likes to think she is closer to the Hot side than the alternative. Here is my story of the daily journey of a less than rich, less than skinny and more than happy lady :D

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Drama Mama

Please pray for Piper and her family today. The bone marrow transplant is underway.
On a side note-  Just looking at my facebook feed I see people lifting up prayers and well wishes to friends in need, people being thankful for what they have, then I see a random post about how someone has such a crappy life. Maybe those crappy-life-people should try to see the good in things and make better choices. It is okay to have a bad day but I'm sure you have not seen the half of it. The other people I know- the people that are truly struggling- sure do sound a lot happier than you. Check yourself before you wreck yourself PEOPLE! And I'm off my soapbox :D

Friday, December 23, 2011

Honeybaked Holidays

It amazes me how the holidays bring out the best and worst in people. I guess it may be that you see everyone's truest colors. Traffic is bad and someone will cut you off but then someone else will let you into traffic. Folks will hold the door open when they see you coming with your hands full while others will steal your parking spot- even when you have your blinker on! Also it is a time when people are willing to share their ideas and time only to have someone take advantage of their generosity.

The lesson I'm learning this holiday is to keep it simple. Remember what really matters and keep that in perspective. Don't let those "ya yaers" get to you. And no matter what its okay to keep good ideas to yourself and not share them- at least until you have given out all your crafty Christmas gifts so sneaky folks can't give the same gift before you have a chance to give yours and steal your thunder even though your the one who thought of it and helped them make their gifts too.

And I'm off my soapbox :D


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Friday, September 23, 2011

Too Tired For Breakfast

Cooper just could not make it through breakfast this morning... Lots of food everywhere but in the mouth. Gosh I love this kid!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Happy Fall Y'all!


Fall is my the kick off of my favorite seasons! I love Fall, love Christmas, LOVE them!

This was a fun way to get into the season. 

You Will Need:
- At least three pumpkins (I used the fake ones from Michael's)
- Craft paint
- Stencil, stickers- anything you want to decorate
- Something to put the pumpkins on (I used my Christmas topiary from Garden Ridge)
- Razor, Exacto knife- something sharp
- Flathead screwdriver or drill with small bit

Lay out your design before you start cutting. 
Paint your words first, then do the cutting. 

HAPPY pumpkin, the topper- I painted the word HAPPY with a mixture of red, yellow and brown craft paint. It only took about 15 mins. for the paint to dry. Once it dried I cut out around the word HAPPY so the lights would shine through the pumpkin. I used the Exacto knife. Make sure you leave some of the words connected so the words don't cave in. Also carve gently so you don't push the whole side of the pumpkin in. 
Only cut out the bottom of the pumpkin so it will sit on top of your base.

FALL pumpkin, middle- I painted the word FALL with brown craft paint. I had two foam leaf stickers that I traced on the pumpkin. I cut those out with the Exacto knife then put the stickers on the pumpkin. You can use real leaves, fake leaves, etc. Use Modge Podge, regular or stick glue to apply those. Cut a hole in the bottom and the top of the pumpkin so it fits on the base. 

Y'ALL pumpkin, bottom- I painted the word Y'ALL with yellow craft paint. At first I used a screwdriver but the holes were not very big or noticeable. I used a drill with a small bit to make the holes more pronounced. Cut a hole in the top and the bottom of the pumpkin so it fits on the base- don't cut too big or your base will be wobbly. 

I stuck a ripped up brown paper between the pumpkins to cover the gaps. You can use straw also but the paper stays in place well. 

I used the fake pumpkins so I can bring this out year after year without having to do all the work. Enjoy!




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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

How To Be A Dad

This website really had me rolling this morning so I wanted to post here in case I ever forgot and needed a pick-up.

http://www.howtobeadad.com/

Here are a few diagrams I "borrowed" from them:





Monday, September 5, 2011

Monkey Bread Bites

Monkey Bread and Monkey Bread Bites- 
the kissing cousins in delicious breakfast treats!




 Read over this expert advice before beginning with my rigged version of a family favorite:

  • You will need: 
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 8-count cans cinnamon rolls
  • 1 8-count can of biscuits
  • 1/2 cup butter- stick form works best
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • Cooking spray or butter
  • Mixing bowl/ Gallon size storage bag
  • Muffin pan (Monkey Bread Bites) or Bundt cake pan (Monkey Bread)


Preheat your oven to 325. 

To make the bites first you need to grease your muffin pan (or Bundt cake pan if you are doing Monkey Bread)... LOTS of butter!


Next mix your sugar and cinnamon. This can be done in a bowl or a Gallon size storage bag.


Now for the kicker- I use a combo of cinnamon rolls and biscuits! Cut each cinnamon roll/biscuits into 4 parts, roll around in the cinnamon/sugar mixture 
then plop into your muffin pan (or Bundt cake pan).


Once you have half of your cinnamon rolls cut up you need to combine the brown sugar and butter on the stove top. Let this come to a low boil while you finish up your "chopping".



Take whatever you have left of the cinnamon/sugar mixture and add it to the brown sugar/butter mixture on the stove. 

This is now a super yummy glaze for your Monkey Bread Bites. 
Drizzle this over your "muffins" before placing in the oven to bake. 

   

Allow your Monkey Bread Bites to bake for about 12-15 minutes. 
If you are doing Monkey Bread allow to bake for 35-40 minutes.
Once it starts to brown on top keep a close eye so your drizzle doesn't burn. 



The best part about using cinnamon rolls is the icing! 
Use this on top of your slightly cooled, finished product. 

Now sit back and enjoy the "fruits" of your labor! 

Daphne's improvements to an already awesome breakfast dish!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Faking It Ice Cream Style

I love ice cream- like eat it every day love it!


Here is a trick to a healthy version of what my family calls a Redneck Milkshake. 


First the history of the Redneck Milkshake:
My dad is the ice cream trailblazer of our family- and I inherited this gene. He would always take chocolate ice cream and pour milk over it in a cup. Then he would add his sweet of choice- peanuts, peanut M & M's, etc. Next he mixes the ice cream and milk up with a spoon. It gives it this grainy texture and it is great eating it with a spoon. Biggest plus- you don't have to pull out the blender. 


Now that you know where it started here is where it has turned...


You will need:
Orange juice (you can use frozen but it is easier in my opinion to use "fresh")
Vanilla frozen yogurt
Cup
Spoon
Ice cream scoop


I am certain if you have never tried one next time you are in the Atlanta area you MUST go to the Varsity and order a Frosted Orange... This is the next best thing!


First scoop the frozen yogurt into your cup. I fill my cup about 3/4 way up with the yogurt.




Next shake up the OJ then pour over the ice cream. I fill the cup about 1/2 way up with the OJ.


Now stir with the spoon. You may need to add more yogurt or OJ depending on the texture you like.


This can be frozen and saved for a later time. Enjoy!




Here is some information from www.Livestrong.com:



Benefits

Orange juice is often recommended as a good start to the day, as a drink with breakfast. It contains a number of nutrients, including almost a day's recommended serving of vitamin C, according to FloridaJuice.com. In addition, it delivers potassium, niacin, folate, vitamins B6 and A, carotene, magnesium and thiamin. You can purchase it fortified with calcium, and the vitamin C can help with iron absorption.


Considerations

Orange juice contains about 110 calories per 8 oz or cup. It also contains the concentrated sugars of the orange, as much as 20 g. This might not sound like a lot, but when calories are restricted, every calorie counts. This can make orange juice a questionable choice, depending on the other foods you would like to enjoy during your day.


Recommendations

A well-balanced, nutritious diet for weight-loss should have a wide variety of nutrients and should start with a good breakfast, recommends MayoClinic.com. Incorporating orange juice for breakfast can help make your diet more enjoyable and boost your energy throughout the day. Consider diluting it with water to reduce calories and sugar intake. Orange juice is also a substitute for soda, helping you wean yourself off higher sugar drinks.


Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/374578-orange-juice-weight-loss/#ixzz1Wot936w1

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

That Sewing Thing...

Over the past two days I attempted to make a dress... Let's just say its wearable but most folks will quickly figure out that it is homemade. Otherwise I am feeling great about the fact that I figured out the sewing machine and I accomplished something. I am going to try again with this dress thing. Here is my first attempt:

Monday, August 29, 2011

31 Days to Clean




I took on this challenge and I have to say even though I modified I am loving this! 

This really is a great way to reflect on your role in your home but also get things cleaned up! 

After going through 7 days worth of cleaning in 2 hours I felt so refreshed. It was hard work and lots of scrubbing along with a few surprises... Like garlic butter pooled in the bottom of my fridge :D 

I also am really getting a lot out of the devotions. I am definitely a Martha so its nice to learn how to become a Mary for my family and for myself. 

Here is to three more weeks of house and soul scrubbing!!!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Wedding Paper Flower Wreath

Here it is, my newest round creation! I took the parchment paper hydrangeas we used for our wedding and finally put them to use as something more than a blob of dust collectors. This wreath was super easy and quick.

Here is the website that inspired my creation: http://www.vanessachristenson.com/2011/08/v-and-co-how-to-hydrangea-wreath.html

You Will Need:
10 hydrangeas
Hot glue gun
Wine vine wreath (I used a 14")
Wire cutters

Here are my hydrangeas. Mine are made of parchment paper and left over from our wedding. Cut the stem so it is about 3". Some of them that I didn't cut short enough I just wove the stem into the wreath.


Stick the flowers down in the wreath to determine how close they need to be.

Once you are happy with the way that your flowers look and your spacing/fullness of the wreath make sure the flowers are all fluffed out. Stick a little bit of hot glue on the stems (I did it from the underside of the wreath) so they won't shift as you are hanging the wreath.

And TA DA! There is your wreath!

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Take that Zaxbys!


My own version of the Kickin' Chicken sandwich!

I LOVE Zaxbys... Love it! So I decided to make my own version of the Kicken' Chicken Sandwich. I was pleased with the way it turned out. I just wish I had some of their ranch to add. I will have to pick up a few extra next time :D

You will need:
Frozen chicken breasts (the pre-cooked kind that come in a bag)
Provolone cheese
Texas Pete Hot Sauce
Butter
Ranch
Garlic Powder
Texas Toast

Cover the chicken with TP Hot Sauce and add butter. (I use stick butter so I can put a few pats over the chicken breast)

Follow the instructions on the package to cook the chicken. (Usually at 425 for 18-22 mins- I cooked mine in a Pyrex dish.)

When the chicken is almost done flip it over and add a little more TP Hot Sauce and butter.

While the chicken is cooking make your "buns"
Put butter and garlic powder on one side of the Texas Toast and toast until golden brown.

Remove the chicken and place on a cutting board. Cut into long strips.
Place chicken on Texas Toast, cover with a piece of Provolone cheese, just a little more TP Hot Sauce and smother in ranch.

Serve with fries, tots or whatever else you like. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Oh my Hot Glue Gun!

So I went a little nuts with the hot glue gun last night... Pulling old clothes, jewelry and nonsense out of my closet. I think some of this stuff is pretty cute and super easy :D











Thursday, August 11, 2011

Pom Poms Around Your Neck!

So of course this idea came from Pinterest- I am creative but I can't always come up with everything :D

I am a huge football fan but I am not a huge fan of the attire assigned to the ladies department when it comes to team spirit. I want to look cute, be comfy and cheer on my team! After holding onto a pair of plaid, Jacksonville Jaguar teal PJ pants my hubby ripped for about a year I figured out what to do with them- make them into a pom pom necklace of course!

I found the tutorial on this site:
http://www.littlemissmomma.com/2010/12/pom-pom-bib-necklace-tutorial-lmm.html
http://www.littlemissmomma.com/2010/08/scrunch-fabric-flower-pom-pom.html

YOU WILL NEED:
1 felt square- try to get something close to the colors you are using
Cotton fabric in the color of your choice- I used two different materials
Scissors
Necklace- I used a chain but you can use anything
Hot Glue Gun
Glue Sticks
Unsharpened pencil (this saves my fingers time and again when working with hot glue)



Take the felt square and cut out five circles per necklace.
The circles should be at least 1".



Next take your cotton material and cut out LOTS of little circles.
Use your felt circle as a guideline and don't get too picky- the circles do not have to be perfect.



Take the fabric circles and pinch them together so that they are scrunched on one end.
Put a drop of hot glue on the end.



Put that end on one of the felt circles.
Now repeat what feels like 100 times until you are happy with the amount of material forming your pom pom.


 Eventually you will get to this point :D


Now take three of the flowers and place them on the felt.
Glue them down to the felt.


Next step is to glue the necklace to the back of the last two flowers.
Then glue the last two flowers down to the felt.


Cut out around the felt and you will have your Pom Pom Necklace!

I will post pictures of me wearing this on the town as soon as I go somewhere cool enough to wear it!