Friday, October 24, 2014

Blessings Banner

Blessings Banner with the Paper Pumpkin  #PaperPumpkin
Thank you to The Paper Pumpkin for providing the supplies for this project. 

Yesterday I told you that I received my orange box from The Paper Pumpkin in the mail and showed you how I made these great gift boxes with part of the kit. Today I'm showing you this fun Blessings Banner I made with some of the other parts of the kit. I like the way it turned out and it will be a great reminder through-out the month of November. 

In case you don't know what the Paper Pumpkin is, I will tell you really quickly. They provide a monthly subscription where you receive a box in the mail to make a paper craft of some sort. Sometimes it's cards, sometimes it's holiday decor. It's loads of fun to get it in the mail. So much better than bills. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Gift Boxes with The Paper Pumpkin

Gift Boxes with The Paper Pumpkin
Thanks so much to The Paper Pumpkin for supplying the fun box for this project! 

Before I get to today's project, I'd like to address a couple of blog related items that have been on my mind. We have had this blog up and running for about 18 months and it really does take a lot of time and keeps our brains in the creative mode much of the time. These are really great things to us and we love getting to know our readers. When you leave comments for us about our projects, we really love it! 

In case you haven't noticed, our posting schedule has been a little bit off schedule lately. I told you that I started a part time job, which is really awesome, but takes a lot of my creative time. Plus, Samantha has decided to take a step back from the blog for a little bit. She is working and has her kids and just doesn't have loads of time right now to create and write. She will still post occasionally, but not too often for now. So, going forward, we will hopefully have three posts a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I'm also looking for a few folks to guest post every once in awhile, to bring in some other ideas besides just me. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Tips and Tricks 27

Hello there! Happy Tips and Tricks day! How is your Fall going so far? We're one month into it already. That is so hard to believe to me. We've been pretty lucky with the weather so far this Fall and that's so awesome to me. A few days less of cold weather is alright with me. 

Halloween is coming up and I just found out I have to work that night. That's okay because I don't have any little kids at home and a lot of my co-workers do, so they should be with their kids. Plus, i've said I don't love Halloween, so it's really fine. I will put together a little treat bag for my kids, grandkids and neighbor kids and call it good. Are you making big plans for the night? 

This week's feature is from Lou Lou Girls and it's this amazing Delicious Almond Joy Squares. Don't they look amazing? I'm thinking I will have to make these sometime very soon. My husband will love them too. Such a rare thing for him to like desserts. 

Slow Cooker Au Gratin Ham and Potatoes

Way back when, like in 1997, my husband started a job where we moved  a lot. When I say a lot, I mean holy cow, a LOT. We generally stayed in a place for about three months, but sometimes less and sometimes more. He had to go to the first job without the rest of the family and then we all got to go with him. At the end of that first job, I pulled my oldest daughter out of school, put almost everything we owned in storage, packed up the kids and a pickup bed with our stuff and off we went. 

#slowcooker #potatoes #augratin

Friday, October 17, 2014

Cheesy Italian Meatballs

This summer I took a trip to Virginia because my husband was stuck there for work. He had already been gone two weeks and his trip was extended another month. Six weeks was just too long, so I went there to hang out for the last month of his trip. 

On the way there, I had a layover in Minneapolis and of course, I was hungry. I found a TGIFridays in the airport and ordered what sounded like a great choice, Parmesan Meatballs. I was so glad I ordered them because they were so so good. I decided then and there that I wanted to try to make them myself.