Homemade Marshmallows

Have you ever made your own marshmallows? I made some for the hot cocoa baskets we did this past Christmas. I know it seems time consuming for something you can usually pick up at the dollar or grocery store, but I think it adds a nice touch to a basket…. especially if you colour them to match the season.

I didn’t cut mine into any fancy shape for Christmas, just added food colouring to make them a nice green colour for the season. As I said, they do take a bit of time but I think it’s worth it to add that little bit extra to a gift basket!

Sandie

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Cricut Project- Nerd Baby Bibs

I’m not sure if I’ve said anything yet, but amid all the unpleasant things happening there has been some very good news. I am going to be a grandmother again… to a baby boy! So… when I was looking for a project the other day to try to occupy my mind for a little while I thought why not make something for the baby.

Since my grandson is going to be brought up “nerd,” that seemed a good place to start. I started searching different clipart images until I found something that looked easy enough for me to turn into svg cut files. I decided on images from everyone’s favourite wizard book and movie series… Harry Potter.

I chose the images I wanted, cleaned them up in Design Space, cut them out of Heat Transfer Vinyl and then ironed them onto some plain white bibs I already had.

Now I have some cute little Nerd bibs ready for my grandson when he’s born!

Sandie

Taco Ground Beef and Rice

I took our ground beef the other night with the intention of making a pot of chili…. only to find out I had used the kidney beans I had to make a pot of Vegetable Soup. That totally messed my dinner plans.

I could have always fallen back on one of my Freezer Meals… yes, I do still have some lol… .but I had already thawed the ground beef so I had to use it.

This meal came to mind and the end result was very well received!

I didn’t take as many “step by step” pictures as I should of because…. well, when I get my camera app open, someone always seems to look so cute that I get pretty distracted and forget what else I am supposed to be taking pictures of originally….. little Miss Lucy lol! She is a joy and is getting so BIG already!

Sandie

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Sausage and Egg Breakfast Crescent Rolls

Two days in a row… who would have thought???

This is another one of the quick breakfast ideas I used over the holidays to keep everyone fed and relatively quiet so I could go about my business in relative calm.

It was quick and easy to prepare, even more so because I already had some scramble cooked sausage meat from another recipe I had made.

Sandie

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Crayola Craft Kit – Christmas Gift

Look…. two days in a row with posts!!! I am on a little role! I can’t guarantee it will stick but at least it’s more than one day in a row!

Dillon bought me this craft kit for Christmas. I thought it was pretty cool and couldn’t wait to try it out. I had the perfect spot for it, it my kitchen window. While Dillon bought it as a sort of joke gift because I can’t keep a plant alive in the house to save my own life, it was still a fun project to do!

This is the kit I received.

It came with everything needed except for the scissors to cut the hanging cord.

The dough was very malleable and I got straight to work “designing” my hanging pots. I will admit I did redo them a few times until I decided on what I wanted the final look to be, making sure to also push the plastic succulent into the tops of each pot to make the hole before it dried. While they may not be perfect, they still look cute hanging in the window.

NOTE: I pushed a wooden skewer through them after shaping for 2 reasons…. one as a space for the cord to hang them and two, so I could use the skewer to hold the pots over glasses to dry during painting.

I let the dry/cure for about 2 days because they were sort of thick, then painted them with the provided paint.

Once the paint dried, I threaded the provided cord through double thickness, knotted it for hanging and pushed the succulent into each pot where I made the hole before drying.

Here are the little succulent pots hanging in my kitchen window. I used a tension rod to hang them inside the window frame under my window valance.

Thank you again Dillon…. it was fun to make!

Sandie

Rocking Chair

Again I must apologize for not being around to post. Life is just a little overwhelming right now, but I will pop on and post when I am able. I was however pleasantly surprised to see how well our blog has been able to hold it’s own while I have been absent.

This one should have been posted either before Christmas or right after but obviously wasn’t. We found a cute rocking chair at a second hand chair and I wanted to refinish it for our granddaughter for Christmas! We painted it in a bright pink and black because I wanted to do a Minnie Mouse theme and then I used my Cricut to cut vinyl to decorate the chair. In my humble opinion, Grandma and Grumpy (our version of Grandpa lol) did a pretty good job with the second hand store rocking chair! (Don’t mind the background view of the disaster area I call a craft room right now… I have barely been down there since Christmas and it needs some serious reorganization… again)

Chris sanded it down for me, filled in any spots that needed it it with wood filler and then spray painted the bright pink colour on for me, I painted the black and did the vinyl! He did take pictures for me but I keep forgetting to ask him to send me the pictures so I can upload them…. imagine that! So…..

This is the rocking chair after all the painting was done….

And this is the picture after the vinyl of course. I just used a Disney font that I bought and downloaded and made a bunch of white polka dots for the seat of the chair. I was going to make a skirt for it out of tulle, but since they also have a cat I opted to forgo the skirt for obvious reasons!

The finished rocking chair that Kim has already sent me pictures of our granddaughter, Scarlyt, sitting in reading her books!

Sandie

Daily/Weekly Planner

I apologize for being absent again. Between the holiday exhaustion, starting a course online and now, some family health issues, I find myself stretched way too thin for my brain and body to take. I have to accept the fact that I won’t be able to post as often as I would like to, posting only when I am able to pop online to do so.

Today, thankfully is one of those days!!! I found a site called Canva online at http://www.canva.com. You can create just about anything! Calendars, planners, facebook posts, facebook cover pages, presentations, pretty much anything you can think of! I decided to start off with Daily and Weekly Planner pages that can be printed out and placed in a pretty binder or even a doutang, something like that to help organize my/anyone’s schedule!

It took about a half hour or so to familiarize myself with the site and how it worked and then it was on to the creating part of the process. There are thousands and thousands of templates to get you started!

I chose the basic template I wanted and then went into the various editing options and changed the background, text colours, sizes and fonts to suit what I wanted as well as other changes until it looked how I wanted it to look.

This is the final outcome of my Daily and Weekly Planner pages! Not “too” shabby for a first try lol!

Sandie