Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 what a bust ... positive thoughts for 2013

So I have completely neglected this blog this last year ... sorry ... I had to many other things going ... Here's to 2013 with great intentions of at least posting once a month :)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub

So ... I found this recipe on Pinterest. 

Begin my mixing 2 1/2 Cups of Sugar with 1 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add in 4 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice {or scented essential oils to your liking}. This mixture will make enough to fill a 12oz. Mason Jar {and you'll have just enough left over to clean your hands afterwards too}

Mix really well until a gritty paste forms and spoon into a glass container. {make sure your container has a lid that seals}

I'm not sure what I think of it ... the veridict is still out ... when I make a decision I will let you all know.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Egg Basket

So, I am going to start by saying that we have absolutely wonderful neighbors that watch our chickens when we are gone.  I was talking with Easton about having them watch our chickens the next time we go away and Easton comes back with, "but mom, Dave & Jen don't have a basket to collect the eggs" (they haven't watched them since they started laying!) and that led to my little egg basket for the neighbors.



So, its amazing what a bucket from the dollar bin at Target matched with vinyl cut out with the cricut can create ... and it only took a few minutes.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


So, I know that I have been slacking on my blogs (all of them) ... I just can't seem to make myself sit down and type out what I'm doing (maybe I've just been to busy shopping for great deals!!!  Anyways my hopes are to get all of my blogs back up and running and to ACTUALLY post on them.  In case you forgot or need a reminder they are: --- our life :) --- my savings and shopping --- crafts and recipes

I'm going to TRY!!!


Monday, February 28, 2011

Refresh and Renew

So ... I know I have been ignoring this blog as and have been taking what little time I do have.  However, I want to keep this blog alive and going and with spring right around the corner (hopefully) it seems like a great time to start some new projects.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hot Buttered Rum Mix

I tried it this afternoon (without the rum) and it was yummy.  Todd thought it was a little to "spicy" for him ... whatever!

1 c butter, softened
2 c confectioners' sugar
1 c plus 2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
2 c vanilla ice cream, softened
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (you could add less if you wanted)
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp rum extract (I used vanilla since I didn't have any rum extract lying around!)

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add the ice cream, cinnamon, nutmeg and extract.  Transfer to a freezer container; freeze overnight.  The mix may be frozen for up to 2 months.

To prepare hot drink.  Dissolve 2-4 tablespoons of rum mix in boiling water (recipe calls for 3/4 c - but I just filled the cup up), stir well.  Add rum if desired.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Creamy Bacon-Potato Soup

So here is the recipe that I use:

6-7 bacon slices (1/2 package of "cheap" bacon), crisply cooked and crumbled, drippings reserved.
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried oregano, crumbled
salt and pepper to taste
6-8 potatoes (depending on size), peeled and cubed
2 (14 1/2 oz) cans or 1 box chicken broth
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
3 c milk, divided
2 c Tillamook medium cheddar cheese, grated (I use the pre-packaged ones you can get on sale at Fred Meyers 10 for $10- they work great out of the freezer in a recipe like this)

In saucepan, place one tablespoon bacon drippings, onion, garlic and oregano.  Saute until onions are translucent.  Season with salt and pepper, add potatoes and chicken broth.  Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 35 minutes, then mash with potato masher; don't drain.  Blend flour with 1/4 cup milk, stir into potato mixture.  Stir in remaining milk and cheese until smooth.  Add bacon and heat through until soup is thick.  Ladle soup into bowls, add a salad and garlic bread ... and dinner is done!