August 31, 2012

Homemade French Fries

Whether you call them French Fries or Freedom Fries, they're still delicious!
Super easy, too!

1. Wash potatoes
2. Peel taters
3. Cut into fries shape
4. Rinse
5. Pat dry with napkins or paper towels
6. When oil in fryer is hot and sizzles when you dip a frie halfway in, it's hot enough. Dump all fries in.
7. Give it about 10 minutes (as soon as the bubbling dies down and fries start to float), and you're done!
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August 29, 2012

Making a SPLASH at the Splash Pad!

Chelsea has had few experiences with water thus far in her very young life, and each time is a little adventure! I found a rare gem nearby our house and plan to use it frequently!
I absolutely love the water so I'm glad that she appears to be okay with it at least.
We will definitely be doing this again, soon. Hopefully Dad will be able to come with us next time!



Like Chelsea's swimmingsuit? $3.00 at the DI! Shopping for me will NEVER be the same...
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A few things that cookies and sock buns have in common:


Of course we all know that in dance it's all about the sock buns. In fact, those of us who danced with short hair just about wanted to die when we looked at our hair in the mirror after our mother's failed attempt. It is because of the short hair that I decided to make my sock bun for shorties tutorial, but that's not what sock buns and cookies have in common.
Let's start by looking at the evidence...

Exhibit A. Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pie
Cookie:
1 c. unsalted butter
3/4 c. dark brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
1 Tbs. molasses
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
2 c. quick oats

Filling:
2 tsp. very hot water
1/4 tsp. salt (let dissolve in hot water)
1 (7-oz) jar marshmallow cream
1/2 c. shortening
1/3 c. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Exhibit B. The Double Sock Bun
Brush
Hair ties

Comb
Bobby Pins

Hairspray


So far, no commonalities to the untrained eye. However, this eye is not untrained.
In both exhibits A and B, we begin with basic ingredients. From there, we add the ingredients together, butter with sugars, molasses, vanilla, eggs and high pony-tail with back-combed hair and LOTS of bobby pins. We make adjustments here and there, adding the dry ingredients, baking at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes (until golden around the edges), and the second sock bun on top of the first.
At last, we do the finishing touches, making the cream and spreading it between cookies and pinning down any loose hairs while also including a light coat of  hairspray all around.
In the end, both turn out beautifully!
But to be perfectly honest, probably the only things these cookies and sock buns have in common are that I did them both over at Leanne's house and I got the ideas off of pinterest. What stellar ideas have you gotten from pinterest? I am looking for a new project and I just might try yours out...

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August 27, 2012

Effortless Enchilada Pie!


This recipe is delicious, AND doesn't require many of ingredients!

You will need:
14-oz Enchilada Sauce
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 lbs. grated cheddar cheese (or however much cheese you want!)
flour or corn tortillas
cut up chicken or turkey.

First you'll have to cook your turkey or chicken, unless it's already cooked chicken or turkey. I halved my recipe so I only used one chicken breast.

Spray a 9x13-inch pan with Pam. Mix soup and enchilada sauce together in a large bowl.

Warm tortillas (enough to cover tray) in microwave, and dip the shells in the sauce/soup mixture one at a time.

Arrange sauced tortillas in pan.

Add a layer of meat,

then cheese.


Repeat those steps (tortillas, meat, cheese)
Add one more layer of shells and pour the rest of the sauce/soup mix on top.
Add remaining cheese on top.

Cook 45 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Feel free to add olives, onions and more enchilada sauce to the soup if you want.

YUM!

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Matchy matchy!

Last week I went
To the DI
When I got there,
I thought I had died!

So many clothes
With different prints!
What is it I wanted?
I'll give you a hint.

When I go to a thrift store,
You'd better believe,
I don't look for clothes
To let them be.

I like to look
For fabric that's good
And once I walked in,
I knew that I would!

This time I went
In the section for girls
I hoped to find
A hidden pearl.

Once it was found,
I went home to sew
Matching headbands.
Cute, I know!

So what do you think?
Go ahead and say!
Comment below.
I haven't got all day!

Made from a 24 months onesie for $3.00
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Gluteus to the Maximus!

Hey friends! So once I had Chelsea, I had a sad realization... That cute, perky butt of mine was gone! Sure, I'd rather have old pants that are too big than too small, but I miss that 'ol butt! So here's my plan...


Thank you yay micro for lending me your wallpaper. If you're a visual person, here's this one!


Happy Maximizing!

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August 26, 2012

Painless Pretzel Bites


These pretzel bites were super easy and really delicious! Andrew and I cleaned up our plate in no time flat! Here's how you make them:

You will need:
1 1/2 c. warm water
1 packet dry active yeast
1 Tbs. sugar
4 c. Flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 or 3 eggs
Coarse salt (for sprinkling on top)
1 Tbs. unsalted butter
Parchment paper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 c. warm water and packet of yeast. Leave for two minutes. Next, add sugar and mix until sugar is dissolved.

When sugar is dissolved, mix in four cups of flour and 1/2 tsp. of salt. The dough should be crumbly.

Turn dough out onto clean, flowered surface and knead a few times with floured hands until smooth.
Separate dough into five sections and make some snakes!
Cut each section of dough into 1 inch pieces.

Crack eggs into small bowl, beat the eggs, and coat each pretzel bite in a layer of egg.
Place bites on parchment paper (wax paper will melt!)
Sprinkle with coarse salt and pop them into the oven for 8-10 minutes until the bites are golden brown.
Spread melted butter on the tops and sprinkle more coarse salt on top if desired.

Voila! C'est très délicieux!

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August 25, 2012

Lace Three Quarter Sleeve


I was looking at stuff online
And I thought it might be fine
To copy some clothes
Out of the ones I chose
That I wanted to be mine.

So here's the first I saw
That I made myself, ha ha!
Nice try UO!
Glad I gave this a go!
Did it cost a lot? Naw!

Leave a comment if you want a tutorial!
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August 24, 2012

Gray and Blue: LOVE!

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Sock bun for shorties!


Who says sock buns are only for girls with long hair? Granted, it's not as easy with short hair and it takes a lot more bobby pins, but it's still possible!

You will need:
Regular hair tie
Thin hair tie
LOTS of bobby pins

Step one: Put hair in pony tail at height of desired sock bun.
Step two: tilt your head down until your hair fans out in all directions (including forwards as my picture fails to demonstrate).

Step three: take your skinny/thin hair tie and put it around your fanned out hair, doubling it over if necessary.

Step four: begin gently pulling at your hair so that your "so far sock bun" becomes more loose, like a regular sock bun.
Step five: start pinning down your hair. If some shorter pieces have come out, that's okay! Just try to tuck them under the longer pieces.

And you're done! Sock buns for shorties!


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August 23, 2012

A POP of color

While browsing online, mostly through pinterest and some of my favorite blogs, I've been noticing this little trend with some of them... Bright red lipstick. At first, I was skeptical, but while at the store the other day, U decided to give it a try... I kind of like it even though Andrew won't even let me get NEAR him with it on! What do you think?
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August 21, 2012

Feeling fit

Last year, before I knew I was pregnant with Chelsea, I did a pretty good job of running at least three times a week. I got to the point where I could run 10 miles without stopping. I liked to think that the Rexburg locals started recognizing the crazy girl in pink shorts! Once my last semester of college started and I found out that I was pregnant, however, I lost my routine. When I was about six months pregnant, I started getting into my groove again, beginning my days with a half an hour walk while reading a book (Keeper of the Bees). Once Chelsea arrived, this routine also vanished.
So here I am an entire year later, sitting at home when Andrew comes to me and says, "My work is doing a 5K on Saturday and I signed you up."
WHAAAAAAA?!
"Uh... Okay. Sure! In three days? What the heck! It's only been a year!"
Saturday arrived and Andrew and I suited up for the 5K. It turned out to be not so bad. We stopped a few times to walk, but ended with a time of 35:00. Not bad for not having run for a year!
Since then, I've decided it's time to start running again. So far it's been going well. Here's my schedule:


As time goes on, I'll raise the standards. My runs will be a greater distance, and my at home workouts will increase in amount of time/sets. My goal? A half marathon. Eventually I'd like to run a full marathon, but for now, I'll stick with the 5Ks.
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August 20, 2012

Basic Button Up


This shirt was so much fun to sew because it was simple, easy, and turned out great! What's better than all that, though, is that it cost me a grand total of $5.00! Wanna know my secret? Thrift stores. The D.I. To be precise! I went with Mari shopping on Friday and we hit the store! While exploring the knit tops, electronics (I was hoping to find some speakers for our computer), blouses, and skirts, we found this beauty...
Exactly what I was looking for. I bought it for $5.00 and mapped out my plan...

Here's what you'll need:
1 very large button-up shirt
Scissors
Thread
Double needle (optional, but I would strongly suggest it!)

Here's how you do it:
1. Lay your blouse out, buttoned up and as flat as you can get it.
2. Cut a straight line down from just outside the seam connecting the sleeves to the end of the shirt. Do this on both sides.

3. Decide how long you want the shirt to be on you then add one inch (for the hem) and cut it to that length.

4. Now take your shirt, and fold it in half so the sides of the front are together. Doing this will ensure that the curve of your neckline will be the same on both sides.

5. Cut a half U for the front of your shirt and cut just below the collar for the back.
 

6. Now use a zig-zag stitch down the sides of your shirt (front and back). If you don't have a double needle, also do the sleeves, neck line, and bottom edges of shirt. This is so that your shirt won't fray when you wash it! Make sure you're not sewing any parts of your shirt together yet!

7. With right sides together, pin the sides of your shirt from the bottom up until you are about 7 1/2" from the shoulder on both sides.

8. Begin at that point and straight stitch at 3/4 of an inch or more depending on how tight you want your shirt to be.
 

9. Now for the sleeves. If you have a double needle, install it now and hem your sleeve at the length you want your sleeve to end up.

If you don't have a double needle, that's okay. That's why you listened to me and zig-zag stitched all your edges already! Hem.

10. Before you start going hem crazy and pinning everything in sight, make sure you make little clips about two inches apart all around the neckline. You NEED to do this so that you can hem without pulling on the material. Trust me.
 

11. Hem the neckline and bottom of shirt. Make sure you're not sewing the top or bottom fronts together because you need to be able to unbutton your shirt!

Voila! C'est fini! Your very own Basic Button Up! Happy sewing!

 

Couldn't resist putting one in of the babe!

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