Thursday, August 22, 2013

Watercolor Banner

I saw this banner on Pinterest and knew that we needed one for our playroom.  The next morning I cut triangles out of coffee filters and set up watercolors for the girls.  I left it out all day so they could paint when the mood hit them.
Once we had enough flags, I glued them to yarn and hung the banner in the playroom.
I absolutely love it! I've been wanting a banner for that room but didn't want to sew one.  This was a perfect and easy solution.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Miscellany Monday

1. I can't believe I've been gone for a week.  I have lots of fun projects to share with you later this week.  Plus an update on freezer group.
2. We had a house guest again this weekend.  The girls have loved their time playing and snuggling with the dog.  I have to admit having a dog around isn't too bad.  Maybe the girls will get a puppy one of these days.
 3. I am trying to be more intentional about shopping with the girls.  I usually just throw them in the cart and zip through the store.  But now I'm giving them a shopping list so they can have an active role in the store.  Side note- I.can.not.draw.
4. If I wasn't looking at a calendar I would think it was October.  Yesterday, I found myself looking for a sweater and jeans to wear.  August has been so mild I have a feeling September is going to be a scorcher.
5. This girl and I went shopping for a first day of school dress. There is no doubt that she knows what she likes and will not compromise.  I know that will serve her well in life.
6. I have another big shop update.  I now have these fun banners available.  They are perfect for a celebration or wall decor.  I have the HELLO banner hanging on my mantle and the READ banner hanging above the girls reading nook in their playroom.  The banners will also make great photo props.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Miscellany Monday

1.  Two weeks ago I hosted a messy party. It was sooooo much fun.  We had a mud pool, paint water balloons, shaving cream slide, cloud dough table and powered donuts hanging from string.  Everyone was a hot mess. A friend took the above photo of Emily. She sure can make flour and chocolate look good.
2. Our garden is over flowing with tomatoes.  I've been canning tons of salsa over the past two weeks. I love how fresh and colorful it is.  I've made a lot of batches of basic salsa and cucumber salsa.
3. I also made a batch of Kelsea's roasted tomato sauce. Oh so yummy!!

4. For the past four days the girls haven't watched any tv. At first it was punishment for not cleaning their playroom, but has time has gone by I've noticed that they've not really needed it.  They spend a lot of time playing, using their imagination and creating art.  I've found it to be rather peaceful...well until I look at the mess in their playroom.
5. I've updated the shop with new bookmarks. Now they are longer and can accommodate very large hardback books and textbooks.  Just in time for the new school year.  I also added bookmarks with a less feminine look for those male book lovers.
6. In addition to the bookmarks, I've added plush fabric letter and number sets to the shop.  My girls love playing with them.  Emily has been learning her letters, while Olivia is learning some very simple sight words.  It has been cute watching them come up with their own letter games.
7. On repeat: Video Games by Lana Del Rey. I'm slightly obsessed with this song.

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Ten on Ten {August 2013}

Ten on Ten: take a photo an hour, for ten consecutive hours, capturing the ordinary beauty in your day to day life. 

Friday, August 9, 2013

from the garden: jalapeno hot sauce

Our garden has been producing a lot of peppers this year.  Hubby loves all things spicy, so it made perfect sense to make my own hot sauce.  This sauce is very flavorful with a bit of heat.

Jalapeno Hot Sauce

1 small onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
15 jalapeno peppers, tops cut off *
¾ cup water
¾ cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt

1.  Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil for 3-5 minutes. 
2.  Add jalapeno peppers and saute for another 5 minutes.
3.  Put onions, garlic and peppers to a blender.  Add water and vinegar. Blend until everything is liquid.
4. Strain the sauce and put it into a sauce pan.
5. Add mustard, sugar and salt.  Bring it to a boil.
6. Let it cool and enjoy!

*for a milder sauce, remove the jalapeno seeds. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Recycled t-shirt dress

Over the weekend I made this dress out of recycled t-shirts for Olivia.  I knew she'd love it because it had Rainbow Dash on it, and I was right.  She wore the dress for three days straight. For the win!!
I love the idea of recycling t-shirts.  The bottom of this shirt had a stain but now you'll never see it.  I followed Cheri's tutorial, but I sewed my seams inside instead of outside.  Now I need to make one for sister.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

from the garden: cucumber salsa

I love this time of year. I love walking out to my garden and picking ingredients for a recipe. I'm proud to say that the cucumbers, tomatoes, green pepper and jalapeno pepper for this recipe came from our garden. Yay! 

Salsa is the perfect summer food. It's so light and fresh. I could eat it  If you like salsa, you'll love this recipe. It is very crisp (thanks cucumbers). 

Cucumber Salsa

Make 4 cups
 2 medium cucumbers - peeled, seeded, and chopped
 3 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
 1 jalapeno pepper,  minced
 1 small red onion, chopped
 1 clove garlic, minced
 2 tablespoons lime juice
 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon salt

In a medium bowl, stir together the cucumbers, tomatoes, green pepper, jalapeno pepper, onion, garlic, lime juice, parsley, cilantro and salt. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

* If you like heat, add more jalapeno
* Not a fan of onions? Try a sweet onion.  
* Take the bite out of the onion by soaking it in water for 10 minutes after you've chopped it. 

Summer Salad Swap

Monday, July 29, 2013

Miscellany Monday

1. Two weeks ago we had a heat wave and last week it was cold!!  Our temps were in the mid 70's with lows in the 50's.  Crazy July weather.

 2. Our tomatoes are starting to ripen.  Finally!!  I see some salsa, tomato pie and bruschetta in our future this week.

3. This little lady is going to be three in a little over two month.  Eeek!!!  This week we've gotten serious about potty training.  Oh my!  Potty training is no fun.  It is definitely a thankless job.  My mantra: It will get better each day, it will get better each day, it will get better each day.  Right?!?

4. "The intensity of spirited kids sizzles and snaps.  It can burn you to the core.  You breathe deeply trying your best to block the blow.  At fist, like drops on a rainproof jacket they roll off.  But the torrent grows heavier, the drops more penetrating, roaring in your ear, and piercing your composure until you may find yourself also screaming, threatening and slamming doors". Raising Your Spirited Child

Oh how I love this girl, but oh my she is a daily challenge.  Her intensity can be overwhelming.  I pray everyday that God gives me the grace and wisdom to raise her to be the woman she is destined to be.
4. This is a beautiful letter. A beautiful reminder to breathe in His grace everyday and to remember that you are not alone. 

5. On repeat: Band of Horse- The Funeral

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

from the garden: sweet pickled banana peppers

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers;
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked;
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

Our garden is producing a lot of peppers this year, so I decided to make some sweet pickled peppers.  We love them on salads, sandwiches and pizza.

1/2 pound banana pepper, sliced into rings

Pickling Juice
2 cups white vinegar
2/3 cup white sugar*
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
2 garlic cloves, sliced

1. Sterilize 2- 1/2 pint jars.
2. Bring the vinegar, sugar, mustard seed and celery seed to a rolling boil.
3. Place peppers in the 1/2 pint jars.
4. Pour on the hot pickling juice and bring liquid to within 1/2" of the top.  Be sure the edge of the jar has no juice on it.
5. Place lids and screw on bands finger-tip tight.
6. Seal jar and leave in fridge for one week.

*less sweet- 1/3 cup white sugar

After a week enjoy your sweet pickled peppers.  

Monday, July 22, 2013

miscellany monday

1. Emily enjoys eating vegetables straight from the garden.
2. Despite last week's heat wave, we still have a lot of green tomatoes. I think it might be time to ripen some in brown paper bags.

3. Why go down the slide when you can walk up it? This is Olivia's philosophy in life. She's determined to do things her way, regardless of how hard it may be. And that makes me love her even more.
4. Thanks to Netflix (and hubs) I'm obsessed with Sons of Anarchy. I still have one more season to watch before season six starts in the fall. Did you know it is loosely based on Hamlet?
 5. On Repeat- Birdy. I love her voice.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Kid Art: Pet Rocks

One of the activities on our summer bucket list was to make pet rocks. I'm not sure which the girls loved more, painting or drawing faces. In case you can't tell, the purple rock is crying.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Bedtime Friends

Friday, July 12, 2013

Busy Bag Swap for Toddlers & Preschoolers

A friend of mine recently hosted a toddler/preschooler busy bag swap. It was some much fun and I loved the variety of the bags.  The busy bags were a hit with the girls while traveling to SC.
I made the craft stick puzzles. Instead of using photos or clip art, I used flash cards. Super easy and super cheap.