Fabric Flower Tutorial

I have been wanting to make a couple of fabric flowers lately, but just haven't. I finally cut up some old clothes and spent the 5 minutes to do it. Here is a quick tutorial on how I made them. I know there are a ton of different ways to do them, but this was the quickest and easiest.

In a couple of days I will show you the frame that I put these flowers on so that you can see what I have been working on.

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My new addiction...

I love finding new sites that have great ideas that I would actually use.

Make It and Love It is seriously a site where I could Make it and love it.

She does everything from lengthening the hem line on a dress to cake decorating tutorials, to glass etching, recipes, and even decorating.

Check it out. Let me know what you think.

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Menu Planning Monday

Monday - Eat Out with Family

Tuesday - BBQ Chicken, Potatoes and Broccoli

Wednesday - Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

Thursday - Chinese Chicken Salad

Friday - Foil Dinners (Camping)

Saturday - Homemade Pizza

Sunday - Salmon, Rice Pilaf and Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Enjoy your week, I sure will. I Love the 4th of July.


Sunday's Sermon

My procrastination actually paid of today. I have something wonderful to share with you.
Today at Church on of our lessons was based on a General Conference Address by Donald Hallstrom titled ' Turn to the Lord'.

I really felt the spirit while the teacher was speaking.

The quote that I like the most was ' Don't let an earthly circumstance affect your spirituality.'

How often have we heard of someone getting offended at church and not coming back or letting the death of a loved one affect cause them to start drinking or the circumstance of divorce cause them to not come back to church.

I don't ever want to be a person who lets an earthly challenge come in the way of or affect my eternal life. And I was reminded of that today. Thank goodness for wonderful teachers who are in tune with the spirit.

Here is another quote from the talk.

'In the most difficult circumstances of life, there is often only one source of peace. The Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, extends His grace with the invitation “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). He further promises, “My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you” (John 14:27).'


Rainbow Party

Sorry I haven't posted much this week. I have been busy with family in town and working on my daughters 5th birthday party.
I had great aspirations for this party and I ran out of money. Luckily the one thing that turned out how I had planned were the cupcakes.
I love how they turned out.


Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special

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Dream Master....

I am obsessed with this Master Bedroom. I LOVE it! I can't get enough of looking at it.
Not only do I love the textures but I LUUUUVE the color, the size and shape of the room (okay, that might not be something that I can duplicate) and of coarse the furniture. Take a look....

I think my favorite thing is the combination of the light blue, navy blue and yellow. I am totally changing the colors of my master bedroom now. And this is what I am basing it off of. Do you think I can pull it off in my tiny little bedroom?

I got the idea for this on a website that always has great ideas.... Brooklyn Limestone.

PS...if you are in love with the tufted comforter like me, Walmart currently has a line of them in the Better Homes and Gardens line. The only problem for me is that they don't have that light blue that I love.

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Menu Planning Monday

This week is a weird week. The Food budget is gone for the next two weeks, so we will be eating our of our food storage. My mom will also be in town with my brother and his friend, so I don't know what to expect. I am sure we will end up eating out with them a night or two. But here is the tentative plan.

Monday - Bisquick Pancakes

Tuesday - Italian Cream Cheese Chicken in the Crockpot

Wednesday - Cafe Rio Pork Quasilinear

Thursday - Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Friday - Homemade Pizza

Saturday - Eat Out

Sunday - BBQ Chicken , Baked Potatoes and Broccoli Salad

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Sunday's Sermon, Happy Father's Day

First off I want to say Happy Father's Day to all of you out there, especially my father, father- in - law and especially the father of my children. These three men mean so much to me. I don't know if I could ask for better examples for me and my children. They are the most loving, kind, patient and fun men to be with.

I also have to let you all know how much I am thankful for my Father in Heaven. Without him, this life would not mean much. The fact that he has given me the ultimate gift of eternal life, I will be ever grateful.

I saw this new Father and Sons video this morning and thought I would share it with you all.

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Guitar Grooms Cake

This was a cake that I did a year ago for my sister's wedding. There were two parts of the cake; the guitar for my brother in law, and the water polo ball for my sister. I was very happy with the results, especially considering that it was a hectic week and I was literally finishing the cakes during the luncheon right before the wedding.


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Italian White Pan Sauce Chicken

1 lb. Chicken Breasts
1 T. Oil
2 T. Flour
8 oz Cream Cheese
1 1/3 c. Chicken Stock
1 T. Italian Seasoning

1. Cut Chicken into 4-6 smaller pieces. Cover in Flour.
2. Heat Oil in Skillet. Cook Chicken 5-6 minutes on each side.
3. Remove Chicken (cover to keep warm). Pour Chicken Stock and scrape drippings from the bottom of pan. Cut up Cream Cheese and Melt into Chicken Stock (2-3 minutes).
4. Add Italian Seasoning and return chicken to pan for 3 minutes to warm thoroughly.
5. Serve over rice or Egg Noodles.

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Dr Pepper Ribs

If you love Dr. Pepper or you just love tender ribs, then you NEED to try this recipe.

Pretty Simple, just give it time....

Isn't that what good meat always takes...Time!

Don't worry, these are worth the time.
Don't they look amazing?

1 Rack of Ribs bone in (Pork or Beef)
3 Liters Dr. Pepper
2-3 bottles BBQ Sauce

1. Start by separating the ribs in groups of 2 if you are doing large ribs or groups of 3 for baby back. Place into a deep pan.
2. Cover Ribs in Dr. Pepper. And bring to a boil. Boil on Med-High for 1 - 1 1/2 hours.
3. Pour out about 1/2 Dr. Pepper. Add 2 bottles (possibly 3 if you have a large rack). Bring back to a boil and lower boil to Medium.
4. Boil for 2 hours so that sauce thickens and decreases. (Prep grill while ribs cook)
5. Place Ribs on the Grill for 3-5 minutes on each side.


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Menu Board

I have been wanting to make a Menu board for a while.
I even had the right frame to start with, but just haven't had the time.

It is still a little unfinished since I want to buy some vinyl letting to put the words 'Menu' and each day of the week.

Here is the before...

And here it is completed with my menu from this week.

I love how it brings a little color to our dining room and also puts the list out there so that my family knows what to expect.


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Busy Day Parmesan Pork Chops

If you like Pork, then these are for you. They are easy, fast and delicious. I found them in a Cooking Light Magazine a couple of years ago.

Here is the full recipe:

Busy Day Pork Chops
By:Tamber McAllister


¼ c. fat-free milk

¼ c. grated parmesan cheese

¼ c. seasoned bread crumbs

¼ t. salt

¼ t. garlic powder

1/8 t. pepper

4 boneless pork loin chops (4 oz ea)


Place milk in a shallow bowl

In another bowl combine cheese, bread crumbs, salt, garlic powder and pepper. Dip pork chops in milk, then coat with crumb mix.

Place on a baking sheet and coat w/ cooking spray. Bake at 375 for 9-11 min on each side.


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Menu Planning Monday

Monday- Pizza

Tuesday - Garlic Chicken Pasta and Rolls

Wednesday - Turkey Melt's, Fruit and Salad

Thursday - Black Bean Casserole

Friday - Pasta (Pre-race Carb Load)

Saturday - Homemade Pizza

Sunday - Homemade Cafe Rio Pork Salads

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Sunday's Sermon

It seems like I am surrounded by people who have lost their loved ones recently. I am so thankful for my religion, my beliefs and my knowledge of living with our families for eternity.

I remember when I was a child, I slept over at a friends house. I could have only been 6 or 7 and yet we stayed up all night talking about how I believed that I could live with my family forever. I remember how amazed she was at that concept after recently loosing an extended family member. Now, this isn't a story of conversion, in fact, I don't even remember her full name nor do I know where she is now, but I do know that I planted one of the most important seeds of the gospel.

I love the most recent Mormon Message where President Monson gives a story conveying this same message. You can see it here...
Until We Meet Again

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Watermelon Love.

Watermelon is like Gold in our house.

I look forward all year to watermelon. I wish there were a way to freeze the refreshing summer taste of a perfectly ripe watermelon.

But there is not (or maybe you all are hiding something from me...please don't hesitate if you have any life altering suggestions of ways that I can include more watermelon in my life)

Call me a 'green' housewife, but this tip has changed my life
(scratch that...this tip has changed my summer life).

So, How do you cut a watermelon?

This is how I do it...

Start by cutting your watermelon in Half, then into thin wedges.

Lay the slice flat and slice vertically.

Then slice Horizontally.

Then separate the watermelon from the peel as seen below.

And there you have it... A perfectly sliced Watermelon...don't mind the piece that is missing :)

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Semi-Homemade Clam Chowder

Some day's I really don't feel like cooking, but I am a mom and I can't starve my family. I have a couple of recipes on file that are quick and easy. This is one of them.

It is a Semi-homemade Clam Chowder.

Here are the cast of characters....

I start by boiling the water as according to the directions on the back of the Bear Creek Creamy Potato Soup. While that is warming to a boil, I chop my potatoes into somewhat small pieces. I like to leave the skin on...you don't have to.

Then I drain my Clams. I don't like to bit into my clam chowder and get a big bite of chewiness, so I go ahead and let my cute daughter chop those clams a little smaller.

Once the water comes to a boil, wisk in the amount of mix that you need. Then add the clams and the potatoes so that they can soften while you simmer the soup for 15 min. Yeah, 15 minutes. The whole process takes about 20 min. Not too Shabby. And this is what you end up with.

You don't have to use bread bowls if you dont have them. If you would like an easy recipe, use Rhodes Rolls. That is what I did for these ones in the picture. I thawed the bread the quick way (cause when do I ever plan ahead), took it out of the oven from raising, placed it on a floured surface. Then I cut the Bread Loaf in Half for the big ones and into fourths for my children, Shaped them into round circles and placed them on a sprayed cookie sheet. Make sure you give them each their own space so that they don't touch each other. Brush the rolls with a beaten egg. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double (30-40 min). Cook at 350 for 20 minutes.

When they are done, let them cool a little while, then cut the top off. You don't want to pull too much of the bread cause then it will collapse. Leave about 1/4 in - 1/2 in of bread around the edges.

I hope you enjoy this quick and easy meal.

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Teacher Gifts

Can you really thank the teacher's of your children enough?

I don't feel like I can.

I definitely don't have the patience of a teacher.

I really wanted to make something for Emma's 4 teachers.

And publicly, I would like to say Thank You to Mrs. Minda, Mrs. Candice, Ms. Holly and Mrs. Terry. Not only have they been so loving of my little girl, they have prepared her to go to kindergarten next year....Scary!

This is what I made:

I Found the Idea on Bushel and a Peck of Fun.
Check out her creative teacher gifts and the tags that you can print out for each of the ideas.

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