Wednesday, February 23, 2011


I think I have calmed down enough that I can talk about my frustration.  Venting is a good thing right??? I think I have mentioned in the past that I don't always love my sewing machine.  Well, those feelings were growing very thin yesterday. 

I found this cute tutorial over at Brown Paper Packages for a Do-Rag sports band
   Sidebar:I evidently have a weird head b/c those stretchy headbands that keep your hair out of your face while you exercise just don't stay on me.  I will be 10 minutes in an exercise class and comes flying off the back of my head. 

Okay, sorry about that.  When I saw that I could make an adult version of this cool headband I went straight to the basement and set to work.  Well I tried at least.  My machine keeps getting the top thread caught up in the bobbin wheel.  I am sure it has a name, but I don't know it.  Anyway I am about half way through making this headband when I give up b/c I have threaded and re-threaded my machine so many times that my mind and fingers are going numb.

I am hoping that either me or my machine will be more willing to cooperate tomorrow.  If I get it finished I will show it to ya. 

Since I have heard you shouldn't have a post without pictures...Here is one that makes me happy!!!

Mr. E right before he turned two...he is "reading" and he put his own shoes on.  My what happened to that sweet little thing? 
Hope you are having better crafting luck than me!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Last Minute Valentine Attire

I decided Friday night to make a cute little Valentine outfit for Miss C.  I  decided to make a pillowcase top out  of some FREE Valentine fabric that was passed on to me. 

Here is Miss C after church yesterday modeling for me. 

I couldn't let her be the only one with Valentine goodness.  So, I made myself a little poesy flower to add to my black dress.  If you haven't noticed I like for us to coordinate. 

I hope you all are having a WONDERFUL Valentine's Day!!

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What's For Dinner Friday-Hot N Cheesy Chicken Casserole

This is the first time I have made this recipe, but it was easy and yummy.  A good combination in my book.

Here is what ya need:

2-3 cups cubed chicken
2 cups cooked rice
1 1/2 cups frozen peas
14 oz. frozen broccoli
can of cream of chicken soup
can nacho cheese soup
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1 cup crushed Ritz crackers

Place the cubed chicken in the bottom of a large casserole dish. 

In a bowl combine the frozen broccoli, peas and cooked rice. 

Pour over the chicken.

Combine the soups,  1/2 cheeses, and milk in a bowl. 

Pour them on top of the rice mixture.

Sprinkle with the cracker crumbs and top with the remaining cheeses.

Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

Let it cool a bit, and enjoy!!

Happy Baking!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Valentine's Semi-Homemade

Mr. E is supposed to have a Valentine's Party at school on Thursday, well if they have school! 

I decided that I didn't want to buy the box of Valentine's for him to hand out.  I found a bunch of Valentine stuff at Target's Dollar Section the other day and new that I hit JACKPOT!!

Mr. E has really gotten into coloring and cutting and a little bit of crafting.  I decided that with the basic cards and stickers Mr. E could make his own Valentine's.

We started with the basics blank cards.  I put the messages on the inside and left space for Mr. E to write his name.

We used the felt hearts to decorate the outside of the cards.  Mr. E and Miss C had a good time pealing off the paper backs and putting the stickers on.  I had to turn Miss C's hearts around, she put everyone on upside down.

We had extra hearts left over so I decided to make little heart stamps on the outside of the envelopes. 

It took some time, but Mr. E wrote his name in every one of the cards.  This was good practice and he definitely started improving.  I have decided that you shouldn't name your child anything with more that 4 or 5 letters!!  It would take WAY too long to teach them how to write their name.  Mr. E only has 5 letters in his name, and one letter is repeated.  I told the hubby he got to teach Miss C how to write her name, she has 8 letter, and none of them repeat!!! 

Here is the final cards signed and ready to go.

Happy Crafting!!

Linked to:
Tatertots and Jello

Monday, February 7, 2011

A Marshmallow World

It looks like the Stay Puff Marshmallow man exploded in my yard! 

We have gotten some snow in my little neck of the woods.  I know this is a light dusting compared to what parts of the country experienced this past week.  It isn't that much snow, but the roads sure are messy.  Complete slush that will probably turn into a nice sheet of ice overnight. 

My last class for the day was cancelled and my Mom graciously offered to keep my kids one more night at her house.  So, on my way home I stopped and got myself a treat!

I am gonna need that caffeine kick to get through my homework...I guess I really need to get back to it since I have complete free, uninterrupted, quite, childless time. 

Am I crazy or what!!  That sounds like the perfect time to do something fun right?

Hope you are having a great Monday!!  And for those of you in warm climates...can I come visit for about a month until Spring comes???? 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What's for Dinner Wednesday- Roast and Veggies

I am salivating just thinking about a yummy roast with soft delectable vegetables on the side. I can smell it too. I guess that makes since because one is baking in my oven right now.

This is a great meal to make for company or just the family. It is filling and warm. A great combination during the cold winter months. Although I could eat this everyday of the year.

What you need:

A roast (I use a 2 to 2 1/2 lbs roast. Don't get one that is too lean. You want there to be a big strip of fat going down the middle. This is what males it so tender when it is done!!)
4-6 potatoes (I'm lazy so I just wash and dice them)
3/4 a bag of baby carrots
2 onions sliced.
Worcestershire sauce
Steak sauce

First you need to line your baking dish with heavy duty aluminum foil. I buy the really wife kind and just use it when I fix roasts. You want to make a nice bag for the roast and veggies to cook in, so leave enough on the ends to be able to completely cover the dish.

Place your meat in the dish and stab it with a fork or knife. Make sure you do this on both sides.

Next, cover both sides with he Worcestershire and steak sauces. This seasons the meat and veggies.

Add the veggies to the top of the meat and evenly disperse.

Take the foil and wrap the meat and veggies. seal the edges together.

Now place in the over at 300 for about four hours.

Cooking the meat on a low temperature for a longer time will yield more tender, juicy meat.

Now go relax, read a book, or if you have to do some house work non a couple of hours you will be eating this savory meal!!

Happy cooking!