Sunday, October 19, 2014

Much Ado About Monday {No. 82}

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Welcome to the 82nd Much Ado About Monday link party! We are so happy you are here!

This weekend was a busy one for us, and we decided to divide and conquer. My husband took the two oldest kids with him to visit his mom in San Antonio and I had the youngest and went to help my sister prep her house for a massive paint job. She recently bought a new home and all the ceilings, walls, doors, and trim were painted beige. Since my sister choose the color gray for her walls{and gray and beige don't really go all that well together}, we decided the first task was to paint all the ceilings white. Which meant EVERYTHING had to be taped off and covered. It was a large undertaking but we managed to get it all covered on Saturday. On Sunday, I went with my littlest to a friend's first birthday party{while my sister, brother-in-law, and mom stayed behind to paint everything}. The party was on the family's Christmas tree farm, where we celebrated outside and went hunting for baby pumpkins among the tress. So cute and fun!



Speaking of cute and fun, be sure to check out our posts from this week past, where Jill shared her adorable Mason Jar Toothbrush holder and I told you guys about the best potato salad recipe ever. Seriously, you have to try it.



Our fabulous features this week are:



Emily's Pick: Little Turkey No Sew Thanksgiving Onesie via Creative Ramblings
Lydia's Pick: Creepy Crawly Spider Earrings via Jewelry Making Journal
Jamie's Pick: Simple Homemade Caramel via Luv A Bargain
Jill's Pick: Pumpkin Ribbon Sculpture via The Ribbon Retreat Blog


And our most clicked link this week was the awesome DIY Embellished Pumpkins tutorial via Blooming Homestead.


These DIY Embellished Pumpkins are so easy and add such a touch of Spook to your halloween decor! #Halloween #decor #pumpkin


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Mason Jar Toothbrush Holder

Hi, Y'all! 

I hope you all are having a wonderful Friday! I live for the weekends, even more so now that my oldest is in Kindergarten, and we've got some fun plans to look forward to :-) 

 Today I'm sharing these awesome mason jar toothbrush holders. 



They took less than 15 minutes to make and I absolutely love the look! They also double as cotton ball/q-tip holders. For now we'll keep the kid's toothbrushes in them... because we all know how long q-tips and cotton balls would last with a 4, 3, and 2 year old with sticky fingers  creative ideas.



To make these, we took a plank from a pallet and trimmed it to be 14 inches long. For the holders, my husband picked up some pipe clamps that were large enough to hold the medium sized mason jars. Because I didn't want to see the hanging hardware, and also wanted it to be very sturdy (being that it holds glass and kids will tug on it), we screwed them right into the wall with anchors.



The screws anchor the pallet to the wall, while the pipe clamps fit on like make-shift washers. The screw goes into the pipe clamp, through the pallet and into the wall anchor.




We hung the mason jars by the collar with the pipe clamps. All it took was a little bit of tightening with a screw driver. We clipped the excess pipe clamp and filed it down for a rounded edge.




And here they are, ta-dah!



Maybe one day they will serve a more decorative purpose, but for now, toothbrush holder it is!



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Thursday, October 16, 2014

German Potato Salad {recipe}


Now that it's starting to get chilly here in Texas {a brisk 50 degrees at night, y'all}, it's time to start thinking about those fall recipes. One of my favorites is this warm potato salad {cuz cold potato salad just doesn't cut it when it's brisk outside}. You guys, this is the most amazing potato salad recipe EVER. While most people think of potato salad as yellow and chilled, this recipe is different. It is spicy and warm. And it has bacon. Told you it was the the best.



This is my family's traditional German Potato Salad recipe. My Grandmother was first generation American and boy, did she know how to cook. Raising ten kids gave her a lot of practice, I think.

The bacon gives this potato salad that savory flavor while the vinegar gives it a slight tartness, which I love! Everyone who has tried this recipe has declared it the best they have ever tasted and I admit, it's hard to go back to the cold, yellow variety after the warm goodness of this one. So proceed with caution.

Ingredients:
6 cups potatoes
1/2 lb bacon
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon celery seed
Dash of pepper
1/2 cup vinegar
1 cup water



1. First, boil your potatoes, skin them, and then cut them the way you prefer {my mom likes them sliced but I like them cubed}.


2. Fry up that bacon until crispy. Crumble into bowl. {If you are able to do this step without snitching a piece or two, you are a stronger person than me.}

3. In the bacon grease, cook onion until tender.

4. Blend in flour, sugar, salt, celery seed, and dash of pepper.


5. Add vinegar and water. Cook and stir until thick and bubbly.


6. Add bacon and potatoes. Heat thoroughly.



Enjoy! 
*This post was originally featured over at From Gardners 2 Bergers.*



Sunday, October 12, 2014

Much Ado About Monday {No. 81}

Happy Sunday everyone!!

What a great weekend we are having. My oldest little Princess turned 5, which blows my mind because it feels like she was just born. I'm so proud of the smart, beautiful, caring little girl she's become. My world truly changed for the better 5 years ago when she was born. This weekend was naturally all about her so we spent the weekend out at the lake, doing her favourite things; water skiing, swimming and playing with her best friend Ella. The cake, ice cream and presents sure were fun too! ;) And tomorrow, she has the day off from school so we are heading out to the zoo. A pretty good birthday weekend if I do say so myself. :)


This week Lydia shared her absolutely too cute Little Hula Girl Costume Tutorial. If you haven't checked it out, it is a must!!


We loved all of your posts last week as well, and you all again made it so hard for us to choose our favourites, but we managed to narrow it down to these tops:


Jamie's Pick: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast via Abundant Wellness
Lydia's Pick: Monster Mash Munch via Life with the Crust Cut Off
Emily's Pick: Halloween Oreo Cake Bars via I Dig Pinterest 
Jill's Pick: Spooky Spider Halloween Cards via The Pin Junkie

And our most viewed post of the week was Crunchy Peanut Butter Balls via Craving Some Creativity



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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Little Hula Girl Costume {Tutorial}

Every year, my extended family gets together for a reunion, where we reconnect, play games and have a blast. This last reunion, we had a Hawaiian theme night and we all dressed up in our best tropical attire.We listened to luau music, ate delicious tropical fare and even limbo-ed. {I didn't win, by the way.} It was such a good time and it was so much fun to dress up and wear leis and grass skirts.


I decided to make my youngest a little hula girl outfit for the occasion, since I couldn't find a tiny grass skirt to fit her {she's one}. And I'm glad I did, since it turned out so cute! It would be such an adorable Halloween costume and it was super simple to make, not to mention really cheap! It is a bit of a spin off from Jamie's Rainbow Ribbon Dress and could easily work for any age using either a onesie like I did or a shirt like Jamie did for her dress.


Materials Needed:
- Onesie that fits child
- Green ribbon {I used 5/8" width ribbon for the waistband and 5/8" and 1/2" width for the skirt}
- Brown ribbon 
- Scissors
- Fray Check or lighter
- Sewing Machine
- Brown fabric
- Heat n Bond Lite {you can find it at your local crafting store or follow this affliate link to amazon to purchase:Thermoweb Heat N Bond Lite Iron on Adhesive 17"X5 1/4 Yards 3525}  

1. After finding a onesie that fits your child {I just used a plain white one that I already had}, measure the width of the onesie to determine the length of the waistband. {I believe mine was around 18" but I added a few more inches and cut the waistband at 20".}

2. Cut your wide ribbon the length you need and then figure out how long you want the skirt to be and begin cutting your ribbon for the skirt.


3. I wanted my skirt to have different textures and colors in it, so I began by pinning down the dark green ribbon and the sheer green ribbon to the waistband ribbon, pinning them about an inch apart and alternating using the sheer ribbon. If you want the skirt to be all one color, you can skip to step 5. .


4. Pin the contrast ribbon all the way across.



5. Now take your main green ribbon and begin pinning, overlapping the previous ribbon by about half. {At this point, I removed the first pins and made sure all three ribbons were pinned down with one pin.} When you flip it over, it should look like this:


You can go ahead and Fray Check the ends of the ribbon at this point. {NOTE: I did not seal the edges of my costume with Fray Check or a lighter and that was a mistake. The ribbon unraveled quite a bit more than I expected and it was a bit of a pain. So be sure to finish your ribbon's edges so you don't have the same problem. I got your back. :) }


6. Once you have pinned the whole length of the waistband, sew along the bottom edge, making sure to catch every ribbon in your stitch.



7.  Now pin it to your onesie, making sure to stretch the onesie a bit as you do this, so it will be easier to put on later. To make it easier to pin, I stuck a piece of cardboard inside the onesie so I was sure I didn't catch the other side while pinning.



8.  Take it back to your sewing machine and sew along the top edge of the ribbon to attach it. You can go back and sew along the bottom as well, but it's not needed {unless you have a grabby one-year-old, like I do and want to be sure she can't pull it off}. Fold over the ends of the ribbon at the back, for a nice, finished look. The skirt part is done!



9. Moving on to the coconut top, figure out how large the circles need to be and after applying the Heat n Bond to your brown fabric, trace your circles, then cut them out.


10. Lay out the circles where they should be on the onesie and line up the brown ribbon so it will tuck under the circle. Make sure the ribbon is long enough so it can tie in the back. Pin in place.


11. Sew the brown ribbon in place. Iron coconut circles in place, following Heat N Bond instructions, making sure to cover ribbon attachment site. You can sew around the circles if you want, but that didn't sound fun to me, so I didn't {Hey, it's just a costume right?} and there wasn't a problem with it.



12. All done! Accessorize with a lei and a flower in the hair {my little girl is not a fan of anything in her hair so we skipped this} and get ready to say Aloha! And Trick or Treat!


My daughter loved her outfit and played with her ribbons all night.



She also loved to dance in the costume and watch the "grass" skirt move. She is just too cute. {Mom's can be biased, I know.}


We all had a fabulous time dressing up and my youngest daughter was the hit of the night.



Have a fun and safe Halloween, trick or treating with your little Hula Girl!



 
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