Made it Monday



I been really busy this week and for some reason I forgot to tote my little camera around with me.  Even though I have made a few things I like many of you probably can't share them here since Christmas is just days away.  Can you keep secrets?  I am proving to myself that I can and that I will keep my mouth shut for a few more days!

One of the things I did do this week is make a newborn announcement for a brand new little client.  She was such a doll and quite a excellent poser!

The little writing at the top says, "Welcome to the world little one."
And just because I love this shot I'm going to show it off too.

Not too bad for 12 days old.  She is excellent at following directions and striking a pose :)

What have you MADE(That you are willing to share 4 days before Christmas!)

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Penne Pesto!

This is one the best pasta dishes I have had in years and one that you MUST try. 
Ingredients:
4 Quarts of Water, 1 1/2 tablespoons of salt, 16 oz penne pasta, 1/3 cup heavy cream,  1 cup Pesto, and freshly grated Parmesan Cheese.

First you make the pasta according to the directions.  Reserve 2 Tbs of your pasta water when you drain your pasta.

To make your sauce combine the pesto, 2 Tbs pasta water, and cream and mix well.  Add this to your pasta and toss well.

We added some sliced grilled chicken breast and topped with the fresh Parmesan Cheese.

This is better than any dish at any restaurant hands down.  I plan on planting lots of basil this year in our garden so I can make and freeze pesto to use year round.  This is a 5 star dish!

Made it Monday



On Friday's I sometimes post about great and creative finds that I find through out the week.  A while back I posted about a little navity set that you can create yourself.  Apparently the stickers are hard to find so I came up with my own little solution.


I found this picture of Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus and "the" star on a coloring page online.  Since none of the characters overlap I thought this would the perfect alternative.

First you print them, cut, and then color the figures.

Next Modge Podge the figures to the boards and then give a generous
coating of Modge Podge to the entire board.

Let Dry and then play away!


I found a package of four little boards that measure 2.5 in. by 3.5 in. at Hobby Lobby for 99 cents!  What a great deal.



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Made it Monday


This week for Made it Monday I did my own little version of the  Red Letter Words signs.  If you haven't seen this business before you should check them out.  I love what they are doing.

I just didn't have it in my budget this month to order one.  My little version cost me about $5.  I used a 40% coupon from Hobby Lobby and picked up a 14" x 18" stretched canvas.

First thing is to spray paint the whole canvas which ever color you want.  I had some left over Red that I thought would look great for Christmas.

Next I used the computer and made my project 14" x 18" and typed out the verse just the way I wanted it on my finished project.

Print out the words and cut them out.

Then the time consuming process of tracing your letters onto the canvas with a pencil.

 Then I used puff paint since it has that nice tip to color in the letters.
This part only took about 30 minutes.

Let Dry and Hang.  I love the way it turned out.  I actually may do this again sometime. The only change  I would make is to use painter's tape to keep the words in line.



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Tortilla Soup...just warm and serve!

This has got to be one of our family's new go to favorite.  Tortilla Soup.  I got the reciepe from my sister in law, who got it at her wedding reception; so I unfortunately can't give original credit because the trail goes cold there.  This is so simple and easy any beginner can master this one.

Shopping List:
1 can of corn, 1 can of black beans, 2 cans of chicken broth, 1 small can of tomato paste, 1 can of rotel, 1 10oz can of chuck chicken (near the tuna), a sprinkle of cheese, and some tortilla chips.

The How To:
Open, Combine, Warm on Medium Heat on Stove, Divide, and Serve.
Add the cheese to the top and throw in some chips and eat away!
Served.
Stirred.
Gone.

My favorite part is that you don't even have to cook the chicken you just throw and go!  Try it this week I bet it will be a new go to favorite for your family too.

Submitted to the KrazyKitchen for Simple Suppers.Visit Tasty Tuesdays and Tempt my Tummy for other yummy recipes.

Friday Finds

Really fun ideas that I came across this week:

Felt Rose Bouquet; beautiful and simple.
Creative Jewish Mom as all the instructions on her blog.


This great washer necklace came from The Small Object.  She gives a wonderful step by step tutorial for how to thread the washers.


Delayed Gratification

If you ever need a lesson in delayed gratification bulb planting may just be your answer.  This weekend the Remington Man helped me plant 40 tulips and about 40 daffodils.  This time around I borrowed a little tool from my mother it worked a lot better than using a trowel.  Basically you just twist the thing until it is filled with dirt and then lift it up. 

You are left with a pretty little hole at the desired depth.

Then you just drop in the bulb.

And squeeze the tool and the dirt plops out back in the hole.  I didn't take a picture of the dirt because I thought you knew what dirt looked like.  However, it would have tied a nice little bow on this story.
In the spring I hope we will see something like this...
Love tulips...they are my favorite.  Unfortunately, they don't return very well here in Oklahoma. These bulbs came to me as a gift and gifts are meant to be enjoyed!

Made it Monday: Advent Wreath


This week for Made it Monday I created a centerpiece for our kitchen table that will be a functional Advent Wreath.  Advent is one of those Christmas terms thrown around and yet most people don't have a clue what it stands for.


For those that are curious... Advent takes place the four weeks before Christmas and each week a candle is lit preparing our hearts and minds for Christmas; which is the celebration of the birth of Jesus.   Jesus is known as "the light of the world" since he offers peace, love, forgiveness, and hope to those who want to accept it.  The people in our world are known to be fairly dark since sin, greed, and selfishness are everywhere... any one with a two year old will know this to be true since "mine" is their favorite word and they mean it!  In our country Christmas is very commercial and Santa is usually the main guy of the holiday.  This is a little way once a week during dinner to focus the attention a little more towards the birthday boy :)

My functional and reusable Advent Wreath only cost me $4 and surprisingly looks great!  I had four battery operated candles left over from last year.  The rest came from the Dollar Tree:
(1) 15" evergreen wreath, (1) 12" evergreen wreath, (1) double pack of glittering fruit stems, (1) pack of cranberry picks.

First I put the candles in the 15" wreath and wrapped a piece of
evergreen around the bases to hold them in place.

Then I added the 12" wreath inside and twisted a few evergreen stems to secure it.

Then I removed the fake leaves from the fruit steams.
The leaves were just too fake for my taste!

I slid the stems into place.

Lastly I added the little cranberry picks and turned on the first light since this is the first week of Advent.

I love it!  I love that little exploring hands won't get burned. And I love that there is no wax to clean up and that it will look just as good next year when it is put back on our table.


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Tote in Style

All the ladies in my family got together this afternoon do a little crafting.  This little tote was sooooo easy to make. 

First you take a paper doilies...

and use spray glue to attach it temporarily to the bag.
                           
                           
Next you use a little black fabric paint and dab it over the doilies.
      
Then pull off the doily while it is still wet and it will leave the design.  The lighter you are with the paint the better the design comes out.
                         
                               Then I printed out the letter J cut it out and traced it onto the bag.
                          
Then carefully fill it in with the fabric paint.  Let dry and use!
                          
How fun are these!  Now go Tote Away!


This project came courtesy of Ashley Ann.

Families, Thanksgiving, and a little "Cheese"

This is one of the busiest weeks for family photography. Families are together for the holidays and want to get a picture for their Christmas Card. Besides being with my own family this week; here are a few other families with whom I got to share a bit of the week!



P.S. The "whom" was suggested by my journalist sister-in-law.  I don't think I have ever actually used that word...ever.  :) 
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