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Hearts Galore its Valentine Decor

My valentine decor is up. Was going to leave my house quiet for a little while longer but couldn’t stand it . If you look under my “Free Printables” page, there are a couple blogs with free Valentine printables that are really cute. Enjoy and inspire!IMG_0426

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My Monogram B

Had to get a craft in today, something easy peasy. I wanted a Monogram B for my motor-home. I found the “B” in the font that I wanted and enlarged it and printed out onto card-stock. Spray painted it black. The popular trend right now is “Black and Gold” and “Polka-Dots” and I like to have a few trendy nick-nacks around. Maybe make a vignette out of trendy pieces. So this is where I am starting. I got my gold sharpie and put polka-dots on it. Total it took me maybe 15 minutes. I will mount it with some two-sided mount tape. My hair dresser Aimee G. just got a vintage trailer and she thinks she wants to decorate it in Black and Gold. I say go for it and maybe we should make you a “G”   IMG_0370

I wanted this thin and light and a special font since it is going in my motor home.You can always go to Hobby Lobby and buy there pre-made letters and do the same process.

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Valentine Swizzle Sticks

2015/01/img_0352.jpg I love to do little easy crafts. If it takes to long I’m outta there. So yesterday I got that craft bug, you know where you just gotta make something cute and fast. This is what I came up with: Valentine Swizzle sticks I bought those little fuzzy balls at Hobby Lobby and hot glued them onto bamboo skewers. I think they will look really cute in our Girlie Drinks on Valentine’s Day.

Recipe

Stuffed Pumpkin

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I loved making this Stuffed Pumpkin. It was fun, it turned out nicely and it tasted good as well. Wow dont you love it when everything goes so well.The hardest part was cleaning out the pumpkin.

The 3-lb pumpkins are small and I found mine at CVS pharmacy for .99 cents each. At Safeway they were $2.99 each so check out your local CVS. I was inspired by Pinterest with this recipe and I followed it pretty much exactly and only changed a few things that I just had on hand. For the cheese I had some leftover Apricot & White Cheddar, Cranberry and Swiss. What a nice blend that was, but so would almost any cheese. I used dried thyme and about 1/8 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice just for the heck of it.

Now since I have made this once I can see how you can change this recipe up in SO many ways with a varity of ingredients. Different meats, spices, fruits etc. I am defiantly making this for Thanksgiving and just probably use the stuffing that my Dad makes. The pumpkin makes a awesome cooking vessel. It looks really cool when you take it out of the oven.Slicing it is easy if you let it cool a bit and set up. I have never eaten fresh pumpkin like that and I loved it.

I hope you enjoy this Stuffed Pumpkin as much as I did. I found that even the kids could help you with cleaning out the pumpkin and stuffing it. This pumpkin will be a hit at your Thanksgiving Dinner this year!

  • 1 pumpkin, about 3 pounds
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 pound stale bread, thinly sliced and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1/4 pound cheese, such as Gruyère, Emmenthal, cheddar, or a combination, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 2–4 garlic cloves (to taste), split, germ removed, and coarsely chopped
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked until crisp, drained, and chopped
  • About 1/4 cup snipped fresh chives or sliced scallions
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme (my addition)
  • About 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • You need to really salt the inside of the Pumpkin before you stuff it

preparation

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment, or find a Dutch oven with a diameter that’s just a tiny bit larger than your pumpkin. If you bake the pumpkin in a casserole, it will keep its shape, but it might stick to the casserole, so you’ll have to serve it from the pot—which is an appealingly homey way to serve it. If you bake it on a baking sheet, you can present it freestanding, but maneuvering a heavy stuffed pumpkin with a softened shell isn’t so easy. However, since I love the way the unencumbered pumpkin looks in the center of the table, I’ve always taken my chances with the baked-on-a-sheet method, and so far, I’ve been lucky.

Using a very sturdy knife—and caution—cut a cap out of the top of the pumpkin (think Halloween Jack-o-Lantern). It’s easiest to work your knife around the top of the pumpkin at a 45-degree angle. You want to cut off enough of the top to make it easy for you to work inside the pumpkin. Clear away the seeds and strings from the cap and from inside the pumpkin. Season the inside of the pumpkin generously with salt and pepper, and put it on the baking sheet or in the pot.

Toss the bread, cheese, garlic, bacon, and herbs together in a bowl. Season with pepper—you probably have enough salt from the bacon and cheese, but taste to be sure—and pack the mix into the pumpkin. The pumpkin should be well filled—you might have a little too much filling, or you might need to add to it. Stir the cream with the nutmeg and some salt and pepper and pour it into the pumpkin. Again, you might have too much or too little—you don’t want the ingredients to swim in cream, but you do want them nicely moistened. (It’s hard to go wrong here.)

Put the cap in place and bake the pumpkin for about 2 hours—check after 90 minutes—or until everything inside the pumpkin is bubbling and the flesh of the pumpkin is tender enough to be pierced easily with the tip of a knife. Because the pumpkin will have exuded liquid, I like to remove the cap during the last 20 minutes or so, so that the liquid can bake away and the top of the stuffing can brown a little.

When the pumpkin is ready, carefully, very carefully—it’s heavy, hot, and wobbly—bring it to the table or transfer it to a platter that you’ll bring to the table.

Serving
You have a choice—you can either spoon out portions of the filling, making sure to get a generous amount of pumpkin into the spoonful, or you can dig into the pumpkin with a big spoon, pull the pumpkin meat into the filling, and then mix everything up. I’m a fan of the pull-and-mix option. Served in hearty portions followed by a salad, the pumpkin is a perfect cold-weather main course; served in generous spoonfuls, it’s just right alongside the Thanksgiving turkey.

Storing
It’s really best to eat this as soon as it’s ready. However, if you’ve got leftovers, you can scoop them out of the pumpkin, mix them up, cover, and chill them; reheat them the next day.

Don’t forget to roast your pumpkin seeds 🙂

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Halloween Decor

I am up and running with my Halloween/Fall decor. I’m sharing it with you to help inspire you to go drag out those boxes from storage, dust off the witches and pumpkins and  bring them all to life again. I love the Halloween and Fall holidays, it brings out the “kid” in us and the warm feeling of family and the comfort of home.

This is the skeleton picture that my son drew for me last year, one of my favorite’s.IMG_0218.JPG

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This spider picture was a idea from Pinterest. He is a real cutie. My son drew him for me and I colored him in with green chalk, black poster board from Hobby Lobby. Cheap, easy and one of a kind!IMG_0214.JPG

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IMG_0227.JPGWhen Halloween is over I will pluck out the scary stuff and leave the fall thru Thanksgiving.

Happy Halloween, now go get your scary on!

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His & Hers 2014 Football Charts

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Couple more days until the official football season begins and I gotta add something about Football to my decor. Football season always reminds me of the beginning of Fall and back to school. In my day 1st day of school was always around the same time as Football season, now here in the Desert we start school beginning of August and Fall doesn’t really start until October, just not the same.

So for the football decor I once again made the “His & Hers” schedules. We enjoyed it last year and its easy, fun and cute:) Can you use the word “cute” in football decor?
Hope it inspires you to make your own schedules and by the way
“GO FORTY NINERS”!!!!!!

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Summer Banner

Summer Banner

“Summer loving happens so fast”, remember that movie Grease. I loved it, love John Travolta 🙂 Anyway I am always looking for things to decorate my mantle with and I saw this on Pinterest and I had made one of these for spring so one for summer will go with all the summer holidays.

Listed are the items I used, all purchased at Hobby Lobby.

1. Spray Adhesive

2. Sheet Moss

3. Chip Board letters

4. Glitter

5. Banner Template I made myself

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I traced my banner template onto the moss sheet and cut out. Traced my banner template onto cardstock, sprayed with the adhesive and glued the moss onto the cardstock. If you have never used to Moss Sheets they are really cool, you can cut it out to any shape and can glue it most anything.I saw it being used in a lot of Easter Decorating.

I placed my chipboard letters onto waxed paper, sprayed with adhesive and sprinkled the glitter onto them very heavily. When dry shake off excess and hot glue letters onto the moss covered banner pieces. You could always make the banner templates any shape you want, pendant shape, square, round, have fun and make it your own.

I took the mini clothespins (also available at Hobby) and pinned them to the twine. This is where you can change it up with some colorful ribbon or I think next time I might try some cloth strips.

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It was a fun & easy project to make and I think it will look great with my July 4th decor I am going to put up. Hope you enjoy.

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Bird feeder Chandelier

Bird Feeder Chandelier
Bird Feeder Chandalier

This is what I crafted this weekend. My husband found this Chandelier in the DUMPSTER! Always amazing what people just throw away. This is evidence that dumpster diving can result in rewards. It even still had the lamp shades on it in perfect condition.

So I took off the lampshades, stripped the electrical stuff and removed the light bulb holders. Took all of 5 minutes. Spray painted it first with a dark brown exterior primer paint, then    sprayed several coats of this Teal colored exterior paint.

Shopped the thrift store for these little dishes @ .75 cents each which will hold the bird seed. Attached a chain purchased at Lowe’s and TaDa cute easy Bird Feeder.

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Ombre’ Easter Eggs

Ombre' Easter Eggs

This was my first attempt at these eggs and I used blue dye but they turned out kinda purple like. So with like anything else my second round will probably turn out even better. I got a teal color that I want to try next.

Here are the directions I followed:

Ombré Easter Eggs

You can create this dramatic display with just two 0.25-ounce vials of blue dye you may already have in the kitchen. Set out six 12-ounce glasses, labeled A through F. Add one cup of boiling water and two teaspoons of white vinegar to each and stir, using a separate spoon for each glass. Then, mix in the color as follows: A, two drops; B, six drops; C, 10 drops; D, 20 drops; E, 45 drops; F, 60 drops. Submerge a hard-boiled egg in each glass. Steep for five minutes, or until you’re happy with the hue, then remove and place in an empty egg carton to dry. Repeat with additional eggs (up to three dozen).

I followed these directions exactly using some gel food dye that I purchased at Hobby Lobby. I didn’t put A-F on my jars cause I could figure that out on my own 🙂 I also let mine soak for about 8 minutes. I let them dry on a rack before placing them into the egg cart.

I was happy with their out come, but next time I will try some of the dye from the grocery store type because I believe it is thinner and to make sure the dye water is mixed up well and try soaking up to 10 minutes.

Enjoy your Easter decorating

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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.