Saturday, February 26, 2011

Homemade French Bread

I searched out a French Bread recipe that I could make in just a couple hours and without a Cast iron pot. 

I still need to get one of those. It is very popular now to bake your bread in it.  But you need a 5 qt...and I'm holding out for a great priced one with the ceramic enamel coating...ahh.

So I found this recipe from

I don't have the kitchen aide mixer, so I just mixed mine by hand. It turned out great. 

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Antique Hopping in Michigan - A great way to spend the day

 So many little time!  She's set her eyes on the big dogs...the Yellow Rubber Boots.  This is in Michigan, at an antique store.
 Loved these chairs...they were yellow...a great yellow.
These chairs would be awesome if I could put some new fabric over the turquoise.  I'm thinking something geometric.
 It was a dreary day, but we sure made the best of it. This is by St Joseph in Michigan. I insisted that I had to see the water.  Not much to see that day.
 So many things to look at. I was asked why I took this picture... I don't really know...the colors looked nice? ;)
 I so wanted this, but it was $35. A dollar less and I would've taken it! Ok, not really. More like $30 less.
 This barometer would've been cool if it actually worked...It was HUGE.
 I really liked these as well. Is that fuchsia? Love Fuchsia.
 One of the places we went to, had great windows, and another barn full of antiques.
 So much Fiesta brand stuff. I didn't even look at the price. Very nice stuff though.
 So very cool. Need I say more?
 I ended up with a purse full of Puffs (baby snacks) that emptied everywhere. But it was a good time.
 Headed back home. I believe it's to the left....and about so many miles.

 Do you know of any great antique places?

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Map Wall Hangings

This one is Alaska.
 I found a Map from 2007 to cut my pieces from.

This one was hidden away. We used to get a new one every year. 
Seattle, WA
I just cut out the ones I wanted, and Viola!
My bathroom is this green above, white and blue.
You could also use Vintage Maps to give it a cool look.  The other White frame is sitting on the floating shelf that my husband put up above the commode.  I love it. 

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Embroidered Patch Baby Blankie

I love these little baby blankets. Thin, and great for layering.  

I had an extra Monogram for Claire, so I patched this onto one of her blankets.  Love it! Easy peasy!

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Good times with Mexican Stuffed Shells and Cookies!

Christie and I had a chance to get together and make dinner for both our families last Friday.  We both have a little one, so this was a great time to conserve our energies and work together to make 1 dinner to split.   

You can get the recipe here: Mexican Stuffed Shells

We did substitute Refried beans for the Black beans and added more cheese to the top. These turned out Great!

Then we went on to make cookies! Oh, yummy Cookies!  Her house smelled so good.
Oatmeal Raisin and Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip! YUM!

What is your favorite Cookie to make?

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Flower Hair Clip Tutorial

 Aren't these cute?

Things you'll need:
Fabric Flower, pulled apart
Hair clip
Hot glue

Cut Ribbon to cover clip. Hot glue on, start from the inside top. Glue as you go, folding it around. 
Hot glue your flower back together, without the stem. I added some gems to the center, but you can also cut the inside part and glue it back on, like the yellow flower above.

Glue your flower to the barrette and your done! So simple, I love it.  You can also clip these to a fabric headband. Very cute!

Aha! Caught her getting into my craft case again. What a stinker. How I love her.

I saw this on: and did my own tutorial. They have a great website. 

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Baby Girl's New Embroidery Hoop Wall Hangings

I bought these embroidery hoops from Ebay.
Easiest Wall decor, Ever!
Monogrammed her Initials.

This was scrap fabric that I had.  My girl is already supporting breast cancer awareness!
I was waiting for the sun to come out today, but no luck. Not the greatest picture, but it makes me happy!
These are 8 inch hoops. I only paid .99 cents plus $2.00 for shipping!

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Home Sweet Home

Good 'Ole Joann Fabrics! I got this 70% off on Valentine's Clearance! 
My home is Sweet in March, April and May too!

 I better put this back up quick, before I never see it again. Hmm.. I think the Highchair is officially too close to the table. ;)

I'm doing some Decor also in my Little Girl's room. I'm hoping to show you tomorrow! Very inexpensive and Easy.  What more could I want?

So any ideas from you? Decorations for Spring?

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Stuffed Pork Chops

It's finally here, Stuffed Pork Chops. How I love them. Very tender and delicious! I make them every other week now. 
4 Boneless Pork Chops (1 inch thick works great)
3/4 Cup brown sugar
1/4 Cup Salt
1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

3 Tbsp. Butter
1 Small onion, diced. 
3 Strips of green pepper, diced.
1/2 Tsp Salt
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Tsp. Thyme
2 Cups of Bread Cubes
2 Tablespoons of cream, or Butter and Milk.
1/8 Teaspoon Pepper

Cut a pocket through into the side of each chop.
Dissolve Sugar and Salt into about 6 cups of water, into a Ziploc bag. Add Pork Chops and seal. Refrigerate and hour or so. 

For the Stuffing, melt butter in skillet. Add Onion, green pepper, cook till softened. Add garlic and herbs, cook for 1 minute.
Transfer to a bowl, add bread cubes, cream, and pepper. Toss to combine.

Stuffing the Chops
Turn on oven to 450 F. Place Baking sheet inside. Take chops out of brine. Stuff each with 1/4 of the stuffing. Season each chop with pepper. Heat oil in a pan, and brown both sides. About 2-3 Minutes per side.

Transfer chops to the preheated baking sheet using tongs. Chops only take about 15 minutes total. Turn once halfway through cooking.

Take chops out when they reach 130 F degrees.  Tent with foil for about 5 minutes. It should now register 145 degrees F. 

I promise it becomes really easy.  You can also stuff them with leftover stuffing from yesterday's dinner. So much you can do with these. Really tender too.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wall Hangings

One I had...Trying to keep this one up a little longer! So cute.
 Thanks for all your dinner ideas.  I look forward to the recipes! 
I'm doing a bunch of cleaning today, as it is at least -2F today. Yikes!
These are from Faith, Gracias!

I have so many ideas for St Patrick's Day decor.  These above are my inspiration.   I really love stuff that can hang on our pegs in the living room and hallway.  It's an addiction I think!   
I also really love burlap and linen right now.
 I think that will be the material I will use.  Now, to find some frames to use.  Any suggestions?

 Decor is one of my favorite things. I love wall hangings and table tops. 

 Anytime I would visit my Sister's house, I would feel so at home. I figured it out...she has lots of cute decor!


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