Monday, December 02, 2013
It's funny how kids are about containers…at least mine are. From a very young age, Ella loved to put things in different jars, containers, and purses. She hasn't really changed much at nearly 9 years of age.
Today at Life as MOM, I'm sharing a tutorial and a free printable on how to make this cute little Monkey Jar. You could take the same idea and adapt it for a number of themes. Fill it with some Monkey Munch and you've got a cute little gift.
Head on over to Life as MOM to check it out and get the free printable.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The other day, I whipped together this little journal to use for Thanksgiving. It was practically free since I scored the composition book during back-to-school sales and I have more scrapbook paper than I ever know what to do with. I was so pleased with how it turned out that I just might head out for more composition books so that I can make some from gifts. Ella wanted to claim it as her own once she saw it. The girl has a love of composition books.
Today, I'm sharing the tutorial over at Life as MOM. Head on over there if you want to make one of your own. There's even a free printable for the cover title and some bible verses for the inside. It's easy, I promise.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Oh. Hello there.
Yeah, I haven't written much here lately...as evidenced by my last Mermaid Tail tutorial a month ago! Strangely enough, having kids in school all day long doesn't really give me any more free time. I guess that is because I've increased my work-from-home hours. My days just pass in the blink of an eye.
Anyway, because it's Thanksgiving week, I got inspired to get back on the ol' blog and write something. I actually really love Thanksgiving. Since we're poor and the husband has finals coming up, we aren't traveling to see the fam on the West Coast. We're gonna stay local as we have the past two years. Although we will miss seeing our family, we're so blessed to have some family right here in town.
Our Thanksgivings have looked like this the past couple of years. My sister-in-law Aimee and I make a pretty good cooking team and are busy in the kitchen. Our husbands (the brothers) hang out, catch up on life, inspect the latest home project, and maybe sort of oversee the Turkey Placeholder crafts for the kids (see this free printable for instructions and turkey template). Our girls run around the house and play all day with a short break to make the aforementioned turkeys. Then we feast. And then we hangout and look at the Christmas deals.
Our Thanksgiving Menu this year:
- Turkey - I think we're keeping it simple for the pre-brined turkey from Trader Joe's this year. We typically follow these turkey cooking tips from my sister.
- Green Bean Casserole - I made this Really Homemade Green Bean Casserole last year and totally love it. I subbed Parmesan for the Asiago because I didn't want to buy any other cheese and it was fab. I think it will be my go-to from now on.
- Mashed Potatoes & Gravy - I love these mashed potatoes, and I'm doing make-ahead gravy this year because we're using a brined turkey. I heard somewhere that making gravy from the brined juices doesn't work that well because it is too salty. So, I'll just whip up this gravy the day before.
- Cranberry Sauce - Aimee makes a yummy homemade one.
- Veggies - We need to add a bit more color to the plate. We might do roasted veggies. Last year at Christmas I roasted a rainbow mix of pepper, zucchini, yellow squash, and grape tomatoes that was really yummy. We might do that again. Or maybe some carrots - Aimee made some last year that were delicious. Or maybe this simple corn with thyme. I guess I need to verify with my cooking partner. :)
- Desserts: There might only be 4 adults and 4 kids under the age of 9 at our meal, but we're having three pies and fudge. Oh yes, yes we are. The men are contributing to the desserts this year. My brother-in-law will make his famous apple pie, and my husband will make fudge. As for me, I'm going to make this Streusel Topped Pumpkin Pie and a Lemon Cream Cheese Pie.
As for the rest of the week, I'm just following this Meal Plan to Print & Cook #30 from Life as MOM. Nice and easy. Oh, and yummy. That's very important. I hope y'all have a great Thanksgiving!
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