Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Recipe of the Week#114 -Crock Pot Chicken and Gravy


Crock Pot Chicken and Gravy
2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
14 ½ oz can chicken broth
2 packs chicken gravy mix

Put chicken in crock pot. Pour in broth and cook on high 3–4 hours or until chicken easily pulls apart. Pour 2 cups of chicken broth from crock pot into saucepan. Discard remaining liquid. Add gravy packets to broth and whisk well. Simmer on low to thicken. Remove chicken from crock pot and shred into large pieces. Serve with the gravy over the chicken.

This is seriously one of my favorite meals that I've made this year. The gravy was simply delicious. We all liked it so much that I am going to add this to our menu every other week!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

He who earnestly seeks good finds favor,
but trouble will come to hm who seeks evil.
Pro. 11:27
This post is linked to Between Naps on the Porch and The Dedicated House.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Personalized Spring Wreath

Since it's mid-April and somehow southern Texas is having another cold front (practically unheard of at this time of year!), I thought that our front door needed a little "spring-ing up."
And this is what I came up with.
A sweet and simple wreath.

This was super easy to make.
I bought a grapevine wreath at Michael's for $3.99.
I got a chipboard letter S at Hobby Lobby for $1.79.
I picked up four two-packs of daisies with clips at the Dollar Tree ($4- and I have a few left over).
Pretty reasonable, huh?

To make it, I started by covering the chipboard letter S with a page out of an old book.
I even cut 1/4" strips and adhered them to the edge so the chipboard wouldn't show on the sides.
Then I hot glued the letter to the bottom of the wreath.
I finished it off by clipping on some daisies on the upper right side.
Who doesn't love daisies? They're such a happy flower, aren't they?
If you'd like to replicate this and are unable to find the flowers on clips like these, you could use regular flowers and attach them with a glue gun instead.
I have to say, I'm pretty pleased with my simple- and cheap- wreath!
Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.
But from there you will seek the Lord your God,
and you will find Him if you seek Him with
all your heart and with all your soul.
Deut. 4:29
This post is linked to Skip to My Lou, Plucky's Second Thought, and Sunday Soiree.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Cross Made From An Old Pallet

Earlier this week, my hubby was sweet enough to help me prepare for a project for Children's Church. We wanted the kids to be able to make something for Easter.
So he used an old pallet that he had out back, cut it up, and made crosses for the kids to paint.
Luckily, there was enough wood so that I got a cross too!

I couldn't decide what color to paint mine, so I just left it in the natural wood color.
Then my friend gave me the delightful idea of adding fabric rosettes.

Would you believe that my hubby cranked out eight of these in an hour?
He cut the wood, then I sanded the pieces before he attached them.
They stand about 15-16" tall and are about 12-13" wide.
I am so happy with how they turned out that it's got my wheels turning
about what else I could do with pallet wood. . .
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Psalm 36:5

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thrifty Thursday #112

This week's thrifty haul is short and sweet.
I'm happy with what I got though.

I found this vintage scale. I love scales.
It was priced $8.
I wanted it, but I didn't know if I wanted it $8 bad.
So I asked the checker if she'd take any less. She said, "How about $5?"
I definitely wanted it $5 bad! Score!
I brought it home and my hubby said, "Don't you already have two scales?"
It's true. I do. But not one like this:) 

I've been on the lookout for vintage jewelry. I got this pretty broach for $1.50.
I'm very inspired by Bel Monili and the pieces she makes from vintage jewelry.

This brand new pack of memo cards was only a quarter.
They'll make great journaling cards for scrapbooking.

My last find is a small one- just a novel.
It only cost a quarter. Sandra Brown's books are usually quick and fun reads.

Well, that's all she wrote! I hope you all have good luck while secondhand shopping this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Do not fear or be discouraged.
Deut. 1:21
 This post is linked to My Repurposed Life, Junkin' Joe, and Embracing Change.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Layout of the Week #84

I take lots of photos, and I love it when I make a layout that allows me
to use several photos on one page.
On today's Layout of the Week, I incorporate eight photos.
If you follow along these easy steps, you, too, can complete this layout.

Here's the layout we'll be creating.
Yours will look similar, but not exact as you'll be using your own products. 
When I make these layout tutorials, I intend for you to use materials that you have on hand
 rather than going out to buy new ones.
I don't know about you, but I have quite a stash of items that I need to use up!

To make it, you'll need:
one piece of 12"x 12" cardstock
one piece of pattern paper measuring 3 1/4"x 11 3/4"
letter stickers for the title or a title card (mine says "So Fun")
journaling card
small paper bag or envelope (to place the journaling card)
optional: small embellishments (I used Washi tape, a small doily, and small word stickers)

First, adhere the pattern paper strip along the top of the cardstock.

Then trim your photos. Starting at the bottom, adhere the photos.
 I wanted three narrow rows, so I trimmed mine to only be 2 1/2" tall on the bottom row,
3 1/8" tall on the middle row, and 2 1/2" tall on the top row.

You could also leave your photos 4" tall and just have two rows.
You'll determine how long to make the photos depending on how many you have and how much you'll need to crop them to make them fit.

When you add the top row,leave a space in the center for the title.

Adhere your pocket or small sack so it sticks out above the top row of photos and is slightly behind the top left photo.
Your journaling card will go in this sack/envelope.

Place your title in the blank space.
I used a pre-made title card.
You could also use letter stickers.

Place 2-3 embellishments to the left of the small sack/envelope.
Add a few embellishments at the bottoms of some of the photos.
I placed small pieces of Washi tape and a few word stickers here and there.

That's it! One more layout ready to place in a scrapbook!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
Stop by every other Wednesday for a new Layout of the Week.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

I will give You thanks in the great assembly; 
I will praise You among many people.
Psalm 35:18

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Recipe of the Week #113- Cinnamon Roll Bites

Cinnamon Roll Bites
1 12 oz pkg biscuits
3 Tbsp melted butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Grease 8" baking dish.
Cut each biscuit into fourths. Mix sugar and cinnamon. Add cut biscuits to sugar mixture and coat well. Spread pieces in baking dish. Cover with melted butter. Bake 20-25 minutes.

1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled
1 Tbsp vanilla
1-2 Tbsp milk

Mix ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over cooled biscuits.

These bite size cinnamon rolls are simply decadent! They may or may not make you want to keep eating them until you feel sick- not that that happened to me or anything:)

My hubby and boys LOVED them! But seriously, who doesn't like cinnamon rolls?!?

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psalm 34:1

This post is linked to My Girlish Whims, I Heart Naptime, and Between Naps on the Porch.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Mini Album Monday #27- Month by Month Album

Every year I make a month by month scrapbook to document what my family does during the year.
 I prepare the book at the beginning of January so that at the end of every month,
I can print off the photos I took and put them in this album.
I'll be honest. . . sometimes I get a month or two behind, although I always catch up!:)
Here's a look at my 2014 album. . .
I cut a file folder in half on the fold line for the front and back covers.
Then I used some papers from the Simple Stories Snap Life Collection.
This line worked great as it has all kinds of products
for documenting the year- and I love the color scheme!

I used a pack of page fillers that are actually made for a smaller album. I like the pop of color and randomness that they add to the album.
Doesn't it look fun?!? :)

Each month has a clear refill page (originally made for a photo album)
that fits two horizontal 4"x 6" pictures.
I placed two cards in each pocket: the top pocket contains the card that names the month.
The backs of these cards contain a quote.
The card in the bottom pocket is a journaling card for the month. I place this part to the back and let the pattern paper face out so it acts as a mat for a photo.

See the page on the left- it's the back of the photo filler page with the quote at the top and the journaling card at the bottom.
On the journaling card, I write what went on during our month.
(All I do is copy down this info. from our family calendar.)

For each month, I added a piece of kraft cardstock measuring 6"x 11 1/2" so that 
I have lots of room for photos.
I also added an envelope which is a 8 1/2" x 11" manilla envelope cut in half.
I always like to have lots of room to add extra mementos.

I followed the same scheme for every month.
I add as many photos as I can- usually just one photo per event though.

See how nice and full it gets?

When I add the photos, I try to add captions for each.

Here are some photos of the upcoming months so you can get the idea without my family photos getting in the way.
This is the intro page for April.

As you turn the page, you can see on the bottom left that I have a card to write the goings on for the month. Next, there's a decorative page just waiting for photos.

After that page, there's the blank kraft cardstock ready for photos.
That page turns and there's a large envelope to place fun stuff in.
That's it.
I find that when I prepare an album like this, it's easy if I just follow a pattern throughout each month. Notice that there's nothing really fancy about it either- just a file folder, some photo album refills, kraft cardstock, and a few pieces of pattern paper.
I try to keep things simple:)
If you like this idea, you can go here and see some of my past year in review albums.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord; it shall rejoice in His salvation.
Psalm 35:9
 This post is linked to Skip to My Lou, Plucky's Second Thought, and The Dedicated House