Things to do in Havasu

Yuma 2015

Been doing this motorcycle run since 2001 with great friends. This year was no exception                                                                                 See you all next year Yuma 2016

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Labor Day Weekend Pumpkin Project

These are two pumpkins I made that we’re super easy and fast. They are my book page pumpkins and below are the links where I got the basics to make them. I added my own flair with the items that I glued to the stems.

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These links will help you on how to do the book page pumpkins, super easy and fun. I also went to Thrift Store and bought an old music sheet book and used the sheet music pages to decoupage some other pumpkins. I gave those away before I took a picture so I must make some more.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEot7Scaags

This is a great tutorial on how to make the “Book Pumpkins”. I then decorated the pumpkin stems differently with buttons,tulle, homemade flowers,ribbon etc… This is where you can make it your own.

I love these pumpkins and they go so well with all different types of decor,depending on what you add to them, be it whimsical, scary, modern or vintage.Hope you enjoy as much as I did and Thank-you to the women I got the links from.

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Thrift Store Finds

20120601-113741.jpg I visit Thrift Stores for goodies and here is what I found today. I accent rooms with a touch of Orange and got all these orange covered hard backs that I will tuck in a dark spot to brighten up. The glass ware I will use in some way for hostess gifts, add chalk board labels to them or fill some with homemade treats. Spent $10.00 bucks and saved a bunch.

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DIY Beach Hair Spray

This is REALLY good spray and it REALLY works. I think most of us love that wavy, tousled hair we get at a day on the beach. I do and I can kind of get that look with hair spray (lot of it) and crunching my hair as I blow dry. But it never stays for all day and I have to curl a few sections that didn’t turn out right. I found this spray in a magazine and it really works. I purchased all ingredients at the grocery store. I bought Organic Coconut Oil which was a little pricy, but I wanted to make it that day and figured it would be good for my hair anyway, but probably can find cheaper if not Organic.

Here is what you need to make your Spray and how to:

1 cup hot water

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

2 Tbsp Alcohol (rubbing or drinking like Vodka)

2 Tbsp Sea Salt

1 Tbsp any brand Hair Gel

1 Spray Bottle

Pour hot water into your spray bottle followed by Coconut Oil, shake well and add all the following ingredients. Shake well again and let set for a short while so ingredients can all melt together.

TIPS: Make sure the water is warm-hot so the coconut oil melts.

Coconut oil smells awesome and keeps your hair healthy. If your hair is super dry, just use 2-3 tbsp of coconut oil!(this was my first time trying this spray and I think next time I will add 2 tbsp of oil)

You can also use drinking alcohol like Vodka. It lets the spray last longer and helps to break down your hairs oil build-up.

If your hair is more oily you can add more sea salt. But please make sure to use sea salt. Do not use table salt

A few spritzes of hair gel gives your hair a better hold and texture.

Make sure to shake it all up and always do before each use.

I washed hair as usually and let air dry to damp, then sprayed my entire hair with the spray ( you may want to go outside or back into the shower because the spray does leave a residue on the floors, counter etc.) Dry hair with the blow dryer crunching it as you go.

TA DA Beach Hair, I had to be my own Model because I was the only one home 🙂 This was my first try at it and my second time came out even better, so practice makes perfect.

Have fun Ciao! Maybe turn on some Beach Boy’s

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D.I.Y. Beverage Bottles with Chalk Board Labels

So start saving all your favorite empty bottles. Soak them in hot water and peel the labels off.

Mask off the section of the bottle you want to have the Chalk board label at

Purchase Chalkboard paint from your local Hobby or paint store. It comes different ways, spray paint or paint on. There is even a website  where you can make your own, but I went the spray paint version.

Follow the directions on the can, I sprayed several layers, horizontal than vertical and let dry between layers. After 24 hours its ready to use. You can write on them with regular chalk or you can purchase chalk paint markers in different colors which add a whole lot more creative fun. The use’s for these are endless, beverages, flavored oils, vases, bubble baths. You could tie a piece of chalk around the neck with twine, fill with your favorite whatever and what a great gift. I really enjoy these and I hope you do also.

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Your next favorite Superbowl Snack

Fly away Hot Wings and run along little Doggies, Texas Bites are riding in: The Best Man in my wedding brought this recipe from his home town and made them for us and we have been in love ever since. I have often thought of renaming them “Havasu Bites” since I have made them for so long but it just does not seem right and “Texas Bites” just sounds BETTER. Try these for your Superbowl Menu and see how people respond, they are AWESOME and you will be to if you make these.

Texas Bites

TEXAS BITES: (makes approx. 16 bites)

1 lb. favorite bacon (thick sliced seems to work better)

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size chunks

1 onion cut into big chunks

1 2.0 oz package Ranch dressing & seasoning mix

1 jar pickled jalapeno’s

Get all your ingredients together and start an assembly line

Texas Bites
Texas Bites

Cut your bacon slices in half, place down a chunk of onion, cut chicken into bite size pieces and dredge in dry Ranch mix. Place chicken onto onion piece, top with jalapeno ( or leave jalapeno off if you are wimpy) and roll up tight, stretching bacon a little bit to keep ingredients inside. Place the bite onto skewer making sure it goes thru chicken, onion and jalapeno so nothing falls out while on grill.

Texas Bites

Grill turning occasionaly maybe 15 minutes. We like them with Ranch dip and some Franks Hot Sauce. Enjoy and may the best team win the “SuperBowl”.

Ciao!

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It’s A Wrap

Every year our own little Motorcycle group works real hard and raise’s money for a local charity. It’s one we have personally picked and is close to our hearts and helps the needy children in our community. The girls gather the donated money and head to our Wal-Mart to shop for are little Angels. Wal-Mart gives us an extra 10% off our total purchase so a high-five to them for that. The girls shop, bag and deliver the gifts to the next destination which is “The Wrapping Party”, this years party was held at Sharon’s home and a fun time was had by all.

We chit-chatted for a while then got to work. We wrapped, wrapped and wrapped some more, scissors were cutting and the tape was taping. There was laughter and stories shared to keep everyone updated on each others lives. I think I can speak for us all on how blessed each of us are feeling as we do this Christmas deed for others.

Being the great Hostess Sharon is she fed us well to keep up our strength so we could wrap some more.

There were festive goodies she baked for us

The last box was wrapped and we stacked them high, proud of our accomplishment we ended our evening with warm feelings deep in our hearts

I wish all of you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and pray that everyone has good friends and a loving family at this time of year.

“It’s a wrap”

 

We also had a special guest:

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Turkey’s and Owl’s for Dessert

This guy is just too cute and easy to make. The kids could help!

♥ Golden Oreo Cookies

♥ Bite Size Nutter Butter Cookies

♥ Candy Corn, Red Gummi Bears, Can Squirt Frosting in Vanilla,mini chocolate chips

♥ Lollipop Sticks, cello bags, ribbon

I unscrewed the Golden Oreo and made a ring of icing on one half, then placed 6 or 7 candy corn for its feathers and the lollipop stick, placed a dab of frosting to hold other half of cookie on,placed cookie top back on. Put a dab of frosting on mini nutter butter and placed it on Oreo. Cut off piece of red gummy and the white tip-off a candy corn and glued them in place with frosting. Put two dots of the white frosting for eyes and top with a mini chocolate chip on both for pupils. You have to let them sit for a while so the icing can harden and hold it all together. Place in a cello bag and tie with ribbon. I thought they would be cute displayed in one of those styrofoam pumpkins, stick the lollipop sticks into the pumpkin to hold up and display before they eat them all.

Lets see WHO is next:

Hoot Owl Smores:

These little guys are really easy also, Here is what you need:
♥ Graham Crackers

♥ Big marshmallows

♥ Yellow Melt Aways (you can get them at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby)

♥ Candy Corn, Chocolate Chips

♥ Can of squirt frosting in Vanilla

Break the cracker in two, cut marshmallows in half and set them on the cracker cut side up, place a yellow melt away in each marshmallow and microwave anywhere from 5-10 seconds, until the marshmallow starts to puff up and the melt away will become soft. I had to play around with this step cause kind of tricky, but you will figure it out. Then I put a dab of frosting on back side of chocolate chip and placed on the melt away for the pupil and a dab of frosting on back side of candy corn and placed in the middle for the nose. Then let them sit awhile so every body part is glued together and you can then bag them and place some ribbon. You and the kids can have fun making these also.

I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Ciao

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Thanksgiving Themed Bunco

My favorite time of year is Fall and the Holiday of Thanksgiving, and go figure I live in the Desert where there is no changing of leaves and all that fall color. So I bring it indoors. Decorate with all the fall colors and smells and enjoy to my heart’s content until Christmas.

As you know my “crew” and I have our monthly Bunco game and this month was MINE 🙂 I could make everyone endure all the pleasures of fall. I themed it”Thanksgiving Bunco” and had my friends start their ovens and begin baking.They had to bring a favorite holiday baked good with the recipe,enough so everyone could get one to sample.Everyone out did their selves and I think it was a fun addition to our party nite.

We all love to eat so we started the evening with some homemade croutons w/mariana dipping sauce. Sugar & Nut Glazed Brie w/Apple slices & buttery crackers, Spiced Cider & selected spirit’s, we mingled,munched and enjoyed each others company until the game began. Wanting to follow with the “Theme” I made Mini Turkey Pot Pies for our intermission snack. As we played I could smell the Pie’s and the scent of the Cider and I was so happy to be here at this moment with all my girlfriends,surrounded by my favorite fall colors & smells, laughing and enjoying each others company, I thought ” this is a part of what Thanksgiving is about”

I picked gifts that I would love to receive and wrapped them in fall wrappings and passed them out to the lucky winners. 

I had a wonderful evening with my girlfriends and am truly blessed to have them all in my life, so this holiday season they are all in my prayers and I am Thankful to have them as my Crew.

Party Recipes:

Sugar and Nut Glazed Brie
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

Prep Time:10 minInactive Prep Time: -- Cook Time:8 min
Level:
Easy
Serves:
16 to 20 servings

Ingredients
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts or pecans
1 tablespoon brandy
1 (14-ounce) round brie
Apple wedges, for serving
Pear wedges, for serving
2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice
Crackers, for serving
Directions
In a small bowl stir together the sugar, nuts, and brandy. Cover and chill for at least 24 hours or up to 1 week.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

Place the brie on a ovenproof platter or pie plate. Bake for 4 or 5 minutes or until the brie is slightly softened. Spread the sugar mixture in an even layer on top of the warm brie and bake for 2 to 3 minutes longer, or until the sugar melts. Brush the fruit wedges with lemon juice and arrange them around 1 side of the brie. Place crackers around the other side.
*I doubled the amount of the Nut Mixture because it really added alot to this recipe and the amount they had just was not enough.

Mini Turkey Pot Pies:

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of cooked turkey breast, cut into cubes
  • 2 sheets of pie crust
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, cleaned, and thinly diced
  • 2 carrots, cleaned, skinned, and thinly diced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • 1 tsp of dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 tbsp fresh flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg, beaten, for brushing on top of the pie crust
  • Ramekins

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Gently roll out the pie crust and lightly flour them. Take a ramekin, and press into the dough, gently cutting into it. Repeat this process with both sheets of dough until you have 12 dough circles for your 6 ramekins. Lightly butter the inside of each ramekin, and take a dough circle, and place inside of each ramekin, pressing inside to form the shape of the ramekin.Reserve the remaining 6 dough circles.

Mini Turkey Pot Pies

Place the ramekins on a baking sheet, and place in the oven for 8 minutes. Remove them after the eight minutes.  Let them cool.

Now for the filling. To a large pot, add the butter, and slowly melt. Next, add in your onions, celery, and carrot and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring on occasion. Add in your flour, and stir, cooking for another couple of minutes. Whisk in your milk and continue to whisk until smooth. Stir in the chicken stock, and sherry. Bring the heat to low, and cook down for another 10 minutes. You will notice the sauce begin to thicken. This is what you are going after. Next, stir in the thyme, parsley, peas, turkey, and season with salt and pepper. You will want to taste this a couple of times, getting your salt and pepper right on point before adding the mixture into the ramekins.

Fill each ramekin to the top with the mixture. Top each ramekin with a dough circle, making sure it is just a bit longer than the top of each ramekin. Seal the top of each ramekin by gently pinching around the edges. Brush the beaten egg onto the top of each ramekin, and sprinkle with kosher salt.(I also sprinkled some fresh Rosemary on mine)

Place these back in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until they are a nice golden brown.

*I made my own crust this time because I wanted to do something special and I only put on the top crust. But usually I just use the pre-made pie crust cause it is truly just as good and much easier.MB

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It’s October 1st, and do you know where your Decorations are?

I finished putting up my Halloween & Fall Decor, YES! This is one of my favorite time’s of year. I put out Halloween & Fall Decor together and after Halloween passes I pluck out the Halloween and enjoy the Fall decor until after Thanksgiving. I figure you guys do the same and I just wanted to share some of my favorite things:

This is my Dining Table and sometimes I put so much stuff you can’t sit down and eat, so I cut back a little this year.

In the middle is a Hurricane Lamp that I layered with moss (from Craft store) and little skull heads from Kmart, I love that one (idea stole from Pottery Barn)

It looks so scary, I caught my grandson Brody just staring at it 🙂

The place setting at the left is another skull head from Kmart and the napkin ring is a set of plastic vampire teeth (that was my idea)

The Wine bottle is from Trader Joe’s and if you zoom in you can see the cool label it has for Halloween and I doctored it up with some ribbon & small skull head (Kmart)

On some of the family pictures by the front door I stuck google eyes on their eyes, kind of makes them look silly & a little scary.One year I put google eyes on ALL the pictures in the hallway & my Grandson Gage got so freaked out he wanted me to take them all off.He got over it 🙂

I got some big skull heads and placed them in these lanterns thru out the house for a cool effect. 

In the kitchen I decorated my spice wheel and when my printer starts working I have some creepy labels I’m going to print out (Martha Stewart.com) and stick on the salt jug and the Olive Oil bottle.

My neighbor pulled out a dead tree from his yard and all this week I kept driving by it thinking “I want that tree”, so I got Michael to go drag it home for me and chop off a big branch and I made this scary tree to put by my front door.I filled an Urn with dirt stuck the branch in and attached a few crows to it, its really cool and I think I will go get some more of that moss and string it  from a few of the branches. I think that would be a cool effect also. Then I stuck this cute little pumpkin that I got at Lowe’s in one of the potted plants,he has a cute face.So those are a few pictures of some of my favorite things this year, I hope you all have fun with your decorations and will send me some pictures of your fav’s.

My Candy Jars, Kmart skull head :), Candy Korn, Black Licorice and that is a scary spider on top of the Candy Korn

Ciao!