Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wednesday Printables

It's time for some free printables, so I looked and found some really good ones for Easter on some great blogs and sites! :)

I found some really cute printable tags at i heart nap time. She also shows us how to make cute mini easter baskets.

I love this subway art from landee see landee do. Perfect to add to your Easter decor!

This Easter banner from cakes likes a party is adorable!

Sing Spring Treat Bag Topper Digital Scrapbooking FreebieI love this Easter treat bag topper from pixel booking. I think it would be so cute for visiting teaching or my young women!

I love this printable  from tip junkie too. I love Easter decor! (sorry the pic is so big)

I love these easter party decor printables from catch my party. I think I need to throw a party just so I can use these cute items!

These little bunny cupcakes look so fun to make. skip to my lou shows us how to make these!

I found invites for an Easter party too! bnute has some adorable ones!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday's Menu

So today I thought I'd share a recipe that we love to eat around here. Zuppa Toscana just like Olive gardens. It is so easy and really tastes great!


1 lb ground Italian sausage

1/4 tsp crushed red peppers

1 large diced white onion

4 Tbsp bacon pieces

2 tsp garlic puree

10 cups water

5 cubes of chicken bouillon

1 cup heavy cream

1 lb sliced Russet potatoes, or about 3 large potatoes

¼ of a bunch of kale

1.Sauté Italian sausage and crushed red pepper in a large pot. Drain excess fat, refrigerate while you prepare other ingredients.
2.In the same pan, sauté bacon, onions and garlic over low-medium heat for approximately 15 mins. or until the onions are soft.

3.Add chicken bouillon and water to the pot and heat until it starts to boil.
4.Add the sliced potatoes and cook until soft, about half an hour.

5.Add the heavy cream and just cook until thoroughly heated.

6.Stir in the sausage and the kale, let all heat through and serve. Delicious!

Here's a recipe for a yummy chocolate zucchini cake too!

1 1/2 c sugar

2 eggs

2 1/2 c flour

4 T cocoa (heaping)

3/4 c oil

1/2 c buttermilk ("make" buttermilk by adding 1 TBS lemon juice to one cup milk and then letting it sit for five minutes to sour. Then use 1/2 cup for the recipe).

1 t. soda

1/2 t. salt

2 c grated zucchini (packed, push all the water out of it)

Mix sugar, eggs, oil, zucchini and cocoa. Add salt and soda. Then add flour alternating with buttermilk.

Pour in a greased and floured 9 x13 cake pan.

(24 muffins bake for 18 minutes)

Then sprinkle chocolate chips over the top - cover it completely!

Bake at 325 for 35-40 minutes. (Mine was done in 35 min and I used a lighter non-stick pan). Insert a toothpick in the center to see if done. Make sure it is not in a place where there is a choc chip because it will come out gooey.

*****Healthier version; replace the oil with apple sauce same amount and do half wheat flour half white.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Fantabulous Friday Finds ~ flower edition

Today I thought I share some fun DIY flowers :)  My girls and I love making flowers, I've also taught several classes on making flowers and it's so addicting :)

A few tips I've found is buy your clips from a beauty supply store. I got a hundred for 5.00.  I always glue ribbon around my clips, it makes them look more finished and professional. Old shirts are great for cutting into strips for making rosettes. Plus you can use the flowers for other things besides your hair. I made some with pins on the back so i can interchange them on my shirts and cardigans. I also use the flowers for purses and scripture bags. You can even make cute necklaces with them :)

These one's are so fun and easy. I like them for shirts especially. Live originally gives great instructions on how to make them.

This one from still dottie is so classy and pretty.

My girls love these zipper flowers. We've made a ton around here! d thats sew me shows you how to make some.

Here's some really pretty felt ones from mrs priss that I can't wait to make.

We love the rolled fabric hairthings. We have them in every color :)  lil blue boo shows you how to make them.

 tator tots and jello  also has a great tutorial on rolled fabric flowers. I think the wrist band would so great for easter.

I love that there are so many different versions of fabric flowers. miss lovie creations has another cute fabric flower that she shows us how to make.

We've made so many singed flowers around here that my 7 year old can make them with her eyes closed.  We have found a candle works great. I made them for a YW activity and the girls all loved them. We added feathers to some of them. craftaholics anonymous shows you how to make them.

Well hopefully there is a few ideas for you. I know we'll be making some more around here this weekend!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wednesday printables

Here are some adorable free printables I found on some talented peoples blogs! Thought I'd share a few of my faves!

I love these tags I found at The Crafting Chicks!  I am so going to make these!

I l-o-v-e these recipe cards from homemade by jill. I think these would be so cute attached to a dinner you bring to someone so they can have the recipe!

Kind Over Matter Printables

I love these fortune cookies I found at kind over matter. They would be fun to make your own slips to put inside too!

I love these printable lists found on heirloom paperie. A little motivation always helps :)

These tags would be so cute to send in your kiddos lunch boxes! alpha mom is so creative!

This one cracks me up! My hubby will be so glad I found this one! erinvale design made these fun ones!


Erinvale design also made a fun shopping list printable! Love it!

 melissa esplin made these adorable easter egg baskets. My young women are going to love these!

Cloud Box

Melissa esplin also made these darling boxes.  Who doesn't love chocolate?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday Menu's

So each Monday I'm going to share my favorite dinner ideas and a dessert too.....cause I love food! lol.  I always try and do one new meal a week at our house. It's so fun to try out new recipes. We definitely have some favorites around here too.

Just thought I'd share a easy teriyaki recipe. I love to throw this in the morning into the crock pot and let it cook all day.
As many Chicken thighs as you want ( I throw in around 12)
3 cups soy sauce
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp ginger
salt and pepper
water to cover chicken

After chicken is cooked (I cook it 8 hours on low) I peel off the skin before I serve it. The skin keeps the moisture in while it's cooking. Chicken thighs work the best. Breasts get too dry. Really good over Botan rice.
And here's a really yummy dessert!
Pumpkin crisp
1 lg can of pumpkin
1 big can of sweetened cond milk
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 eggs
and pour into bottom of casserole dish.
Sprinkle one box yellow cake mix on top.
Add over top 2 cubes melted butter and bake at 350 for 50 minutes. Oh la la this is so good. Add a spoonful  of cool whip on top.

Seriously better than even pumpkin pie! I highly recommend this yummy pumpkin crisp!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Fantabulous Friday Finds! ~Baby edition

Ahhh how I love Fridays! The start of the weekend. I thought I'd share links to a few crafts I found that would be fun to make tomorrow! Today I am going to focus on fun things for babies!  Happy Crafting everyone!~

I saw these shoes on homemade by jill and about died!!! How adorable. She even gives instructions on how to make them. Man I wish I had a baby girl!

I am really into the crocheted hats for babies right now. In fact I just ordered a bunch for photography props from a friend. When I came across Little Birdie Secrets post on crocheted hats I fell in love! She gives instructions too! So sweet!

 I also love her tutorial on making a darling baby blanket easy-argyle-baby-quilt-tutorial. This one would be a great gift!

I love flowers for headbands! I found these adorable felt flowers on Just Drink a Coke. She shows you how to make them, and I think I may have to try this one tomorrow!

Here's a great one for baby boys. I love this shirt from~ Jens own road. Easy and adorable!

Here's another tutorial on making a darling quilt. Film in the Fridge shows how to make a strip quilt.

I found a tutorial on making matching onesies for twins at The Cottage Home. If you don't have twins this is great for just one baby too!

Gotta love homemade burp rags! Especially when they are this darling! Sugar Bee Crafts shows how to make these baby must haves.

I hope you find something  you can make this weekend!

Young Womens lesson 7

YW lesson 7~Our Purpose in Life

Here's the free printable handout~YW lesson 7 handout

Here's the link to the lesson~YW lesson 7


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ahhh you guys made my day!

I just read through some comments that you guy's have left me :)   You so made my day! I'm glad I'm able to make these for you guys.  Enjoy! If you have requests let me know!

Young Womens lesson 6

YW lesson 6~

Here's the free printable handout~YW lesson 6 handout

Here's the link to the lesson~YW lesson 6


Young Womens lesson 5

YW lesson 5~Creating a Spiritual Environment in the Home

Here's the printable~ YW lesson 5

Here's the link to the lesson~ YW lesson 5