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, 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:

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
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:

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
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!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Book Wreath

I have to admit that I am creative when I see other's ideas... I just don't always come up with my own. Here is a crafty notion I saw and loved. My first wreath. Made out of book pages. Only requires hot glue. Perfect!

Paper towels
Unsharpened pencil
Craft paint in the colors of your choice (I used brown and silver)
Wreath ring- foam (any size will do- I used 16")
Hot glue gun- don't forget the glue sticks
Book- mine came from the Dollar Store, just make sure the book is not too big or your wreath will stick way out from the wall :D

Put your paint on the paper towel and wipe on the outside of the book pages. I did all three sides. Use a darker color first then a lighter color if you choose to use multiples.

Here is the link from the page I used- I just threw in a few of my own tips:

Take the pages of the book and roll them loosely, form into an S shape or roll together like a scroll.

Put the hot glue onto the end of the pages that is torn from the spine of the book- make sure your painted sides are showing!

DO NOT flatten your pages anywhere but on the end you are gluing- you want them to be full and round.

Use the end of your unsharpened pencil to push your pages with the hot glue on them down onto the wreath. This will save you from lots of burns on your fingers.

The first layer of paper needs to go flat onto the wreath. This will become the back of the wreath.

Once you have completed that layer turn your wreath over and start gluing on the other side. Fold these flat on the ends you are gluing so the paper will cover the foam wreath and give your wreath some depth.

Once you have lined the wreath once around go in and plug in your holes with more pages. I used all three rolling techniques.

This is the skeleton version of mine. I am giving this as a housewarming gift to my in-laws.

Feel free to use a book that means something, follows a theme, or sheet music. You can make this very personal.

Please comment and let me know if you made any changes- I would also love to see if you attempt this!

Iced Coffee for the Coffee Wimp

I love Frappuccinos from Starbucks- LOVE them... But my one income family does not like the price :D

I combed the internet for the best DIY Iced Coffee recipe I could find. After some tweaking here is my version. I like my coffee like I like my men- blonde and sweet.

1/2 gallon of water (64 oz.)
1/2 pound of coffee (8 oz.)
1 12 oz. can of evaporated milk
1 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
Honey, Chocolate syrup...
Coffee filters or cheesecloth (I used filters)
Mesh strainer (you can use your spaghetti filter, your flour sifter, or buy one for $2 at Target)
2 large bowls
Squirt water bottle

(Once you are sure you like it you can double the recipe to 1 gallon of water and 1 lb. of coffee- this should last you close to 1 month if you are an avid coffee drinker)


1. Pour your water into the large bowl.

2. Dump the coffee into the water in the bowl.

3. Stir to make sure all the grounds are saturated with water.

4. Leave the bowl, covered, in the fridge for at least 12 hours. (I left mine overnight)

5. While you are waiting 12-ish hours for coffee, make your sweetener mixture:
Put the 12 oz. can of evaporated milk and the 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk in the water bottle with a squirt top. Shake it up. Refrigerate.

6. 12 hours later....
Get the filters, strainer, ladle and the other large bowl. Line the strainer with the filters and place it above the large bowl. (I took a cookie cooling rack, placed the bowl under the rack in the sink, then placed the strainer on top of the rack so I would not have to balance the strainer on the bowl.)

7. Ladle the coffee mixture into the strainer. This takes a while and can be messy. (Pouring was way too messy. I had to change out the filters twice and I filtered mine twice just to be safe- so I used 12 filters total.)

8. Once you are finished filtering pour the coffee mixture into the pitcher and grab your glass!

9. Fill the glass up with ice. Fill the glass just over halfway full with your coffee mixture. Then add your sweetener to taste. You can drink as is or put it in the blender. (I chose the blender.)

10. Add what you like- I added two large drops of honey. Some add chocolate syrup or flavored coffee creamer.

ENJOY!!! Please post your add-ons. I would love to try them!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Sweet Verbena: Simple Bow Tie Top : a tutorial

Sweet Verbena: Simple Bow Tie Top : a tutorial: ". I'm so happy about how this turned out. This is one of those projects that's been on my to do list forever and now t..."

Monday, August 1, 2011

Post Office Debit Machine

Today I have to share my experience at the post office that has assured me that babies make pretty much everyone happy!

We were finally called up to the counter where there was one teller working. I always try to get out of there quickly because really, who wants to be at the post office any longer than they have to? I have Cooper on my hip, three people in line behind me, and I just need stamps. All of a sudden I hear the loudest giggle my son has ever owned. I look and he is laughing at the debit card machine on the counter. It became a scene- people coming from the back, stepping out of line just to catch a glimpse of Cooper. He was laughing so hard he was rolled into a ball, mouth wide open and droll just dripping on the floor. It seemed like time just stopped and we all decided to enjoy this moment.

Wish I had it on video but was a great feeling that my son brought a smile to every face in the lobby. Joy!