Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Easy Wedding Pen Holder

Easy Wedding Pen Holder
Thank you to Expressions Vinyl for providing the vinyl and to LB Designs for providing the wood for this project. All opinions, instructions, photos and text are 100% my own.


Today's post is a contributor's post on Clark's Condensed. I love Katie and love sharing on her blog. If you haven't ever visited Clark's Condensed, I invite you to visit today. 

My son proposed to his beautiful bride to be in July and the wedding is in December. Now we are in the planning phase. They are getting married in the temple, so we don't have to plan anything there, but they want a nice reception with a dance, so we do have a little planning to do there. Actually, there will be two receptions, but I'm only helping with the one where we live. The other will be a few weeks later in the the city where she grew up. It's going to be a fun time for sure!! 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Tips and Tricks 24

Hi there! It's Fall. Are you a lover of Fall? I really am. I love the colors and the little bit cooler temperatures. Our falls aren't usually very long though. Winter is a greedy season in Idaho. It has been a lot more like Spring in our area this weekend, breaking records for the amount of rain we have received. Not so good for the farmers and I feel bad for them. Hopefully it will dry out soon so they can finish their harvest before it gets cold. 

This week's feature are these DIY Marble Dipped Mugs from House of Hipsters. Aren't they pretty? I really love them and will be trying them out for sure.





Cheesy Green Chili Cornbread

Cornbread with an amazing cheesy and green chili flavor


I am a lover of cornbread. It's one of the things I remember my mom making us when I was growing up. She actually made cornbread sticks, in this little cast iron pan where the sticks were the shape of corncobs. Have you seen those pans? I loved those things. I don't happen to have one of those pans, but I still make cornbread. 

When we lived in Latvia a few years ago, my youngest daughter decided to try her hand at making cornbread. I have to say, she did a dang good job. Especially since we were dealing with ingredients that were just a little different than the ones we were used to, in a kitchen that was very far below our usual kitchen. The whole apartment was below what we were used to, but it was what we could find and it worked. To be clear, all of Latvia is not like that, just this little area where we were living. Kassandra has earned her spot as our usual cornbread maker and has actually turned into quite a great cook, as are our other two kids.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Paper Pumpkin Cards

 We received these awesome boxes of supplies from the Paper Pumpkin to review and write about.
All opinions expressed here are 100% our own. 

 Have you heard of these Paper Pumpkin card kits yet?? They are perfect for when you need a little crafty escape. I was able to make these cards, all during nap time. They are perfect for all occasions, and they would be really great for a Christmas present!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Pudding Parfait

Pumpkin Pie Pudding Parfait #LorAnn
I'm so grateful to LorAnn Oils for providing the Bakery Emulsion for this post. The recipe, all photos, opinions and text are 100% my own.

Today is the day I've been building to this week. A great big LorAnn Oil recipe round up of 40+ recipes. I'm super excited to see what the other bloggers have been cooking up. Get it?! It's a pun. HA! I kill me.  

For a very long time, my mom has been using LorAnn Oils to make cinnamon, cherry, root beer  and other types of hard candy. She usually makes them at Christmastime and gives them as gifts. They are pretty great candies. When my kids were growing up, my mom would send us cinnamon candy and my kid's friends would sneak in and grab a few pieces because they are that good.  Needless to say, I have a pretty positive opinion of LorAnn Oils because of my experience. 

Fast forward to about 6 weeks ago and an opportunity to select some oils and emulsions from LorAnn and create some recipes. I was all over that opportunity and very excited too. Today, I am sharing this recipe with you and also sharing about 40 other blogger's LorAnn Oils recipes. It's pretty exciting if you ask me.