Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Today I want to share some of the cake pedestals that I made over the Christmas holidays. They are so easy to make. This has become one of my favorite crafts because they are so easy and take very little time and because...... well, I just like cake pedestals. They're so cute! All you need to make a pedestal is a plate and matching or coordinating bowl , as well as E6000 glue. This glue is some strong stuff, so make sure you use it in a well ventilated area, but do not use it outside in cold weather. It will not stick! Make sure the plate and bowl are clean and dry. Turn your plate and bowl over and pipe a line of the E6000 on bottom rim of the bowl and then center the bowl onto the back side of the plate. Press lightly. Let it sit for a while to dry. When it is dry you can leave it plain or tie on a ribbon as I did on the white one pictured above. You can change the ribbon for different occasions. How fun! I can't wait to make more. The possibilities are endless! They make a great gift, as well.
This is a pedestal I made for my cookie swap. It cost $2! I found the bowl and plate at Dollar Tree. It went perfectly with my red and white snowflake theme I had for the swap.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
The Howell Family--Will, Missy, Trent, Laci and Ivy
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Today I want to share a few of my favorite items of Christmas decor that we have around our house. They are definitely not fancy things, but are still some of my favorites. The first is our stockings hung on our mantel. I searched high and low for stockings that I liked one year. I actually found some at Pottery Barn that were very cute, but just couldn't wrap my head around paying $40 per stocking. Ours came from Kirkland's. The guys have dark green and the girls have a sort of brick red color. You can't really tell from the picture, but they have stitching on the front and the cuff is embossed and embroidered with our names. The mantel is quite simple with some lighted garland and candles. It's very nice at night when we have the lights off in that room with just the glow of the lights on the mantel.
Next is a picture that I made a few years ago after seeing a similar one on splitcoast stampers. This year it is displayed on our piano.
I think this one is a favorite because the kids like it so much. It is our "Cookies for Santa" plate. This fun little find came from the Christmas on the Coosa event that we have here in town each year. It's so cute with the polka dots and is personalized just for the kids. They love putting the cookies on this plate. What are your favorites?
Monday, December 22, 2008
Last Thursday I hosted a cookie swap at my house. Well, kind of. I had planned on doing the cookie swap last Tuesday, but my daughter was sick, so I called everyone and canceled, but rescheduled for Thursday. I was quite disappointed that I had to cancel. Everything was ready for Tuesday. I had my red & white snowflake decor all ready. Along with little red place cards with popped up white snowflakes so everyone could write the name of their cookie and cookie cutter party favors to take home. But Laci comes first and she was so miserable, so we headed off to the doctor on Tues. and she was better by Thursday. Anyway, only one of my friends was actually able to make it on Thursday, which I totally understand. Some were sick and others already had other plans. Maybe I'll just have to do it again next year. We were few in number, but big on fun! We visited, laughed, played with the kids and tasted 4 different yummy cookies.
No-Bake Cherry Crisps
1/4 c. butter, softened
1 c. powderedd sugar
1 c. peanut butter
1 1/3 c. rice krispies cereal
1/2 c. maraschino cherries, drained, dried and chopped
1/4 c. plus 2 Tbsp. mini semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 c. chopped pecans
1 to 2 c. flaked coconut for rolling
In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar and peanut butter. Stir in cereal, and cherries, chips and pecans. Mix well. Shape teaspoonfuls of dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in coconut. Place on cookie sheets and chill in refrigerator 1 hour.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Okay, so last night I was cooking like a mad woman until midnight. Crazy, I know! I couldn't do it earlier in the day because I had tons of other things on my list. Anyway, my son was taking a breakfast casserole to school for breakfast, so I got that all put together so we could stick it in the oven in the morning. Then I went on to these little "midnight" brownies(like the name?) that I kicked up a notch. They are soooo simple. Just mix up a brownie mix and bake them in a mini muffin pan. Let them cool completely. Then melt 1 small square of vanilla almond bark and drizzle over the top of the brownies, sprinkle with red and green sprinkles. I also put a dab of the melted almond bark and a pecan half on some of the brownies. This turns a simple brownie into a more decadent treat!
The brownies are part of Trent's gift to his teachers which we packaged up in these cute take-out boxes from Hobby Lobby. I hope they like them.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I have been busy trying to finish up gifts that I am making before next week. Whewww! I think I'll get it done. This is Snowman Soup that I finally got packaged up this morning. (Sorry, not the best picture) Again, this is a gift I've been making for years because it's so cute and simple. It's not my idea, I think it came from the splitcoast stampers website, but I'm not sure. In the past my husband has taken these to co-workers, my son has given them to his teachers and I've taken them to ladies from church that I visit, which is what I'll be doing again this year. I like this little gift because you not only get yummy hot cocoa(I used french vanilla), a candy cane and mini marshmallows, but you also get the mug! Their is also a cute snowman soup poem to go along with this. I think the poem adds that extra little touch.
The poem reads:
Always glad to hear it
With freezing weather drawing near
You'll need to warm the spirit
So here's a little Snowman Soup
Complete with stirring stick
Add hot water, sip it slow
It's sure to do the trick!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Check out these adorable rudolph pins I picked up this weekend at Christmas on the Coosa. It's an annual event we have here in our town. The downtown area is basically shut down so you can walk around to different vendors that have just about anything from crafts to leather goods to homemade candy. Their is a parade later in the day(which was the parade that would never end this year). The longest parade I've ever seen!!! We were all frozen after that. Then the day wrapped up with Santa water skiing into town on the Coosa River and a huge fireworks show. It's great for us because we just go down to our neighborhood park, which overlooks the river, and watch the fireworks. It was a fun day for our family!! Now back to the pins. I thought these would be perfect for Trent and Laci's teachers. They also look pretty simple to recreate. I'll store away this idea for next year.
Have a great day!!!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I have yet another ornament to show you today. I absolutely love this one. A friend of mine shared this idea with me and I thought it would be perfect for the ladies at church, so I've spent the last couple days getting these ready to give away tonight. The ornament is just a nail, well it's really a spike, that I tied ribbon onto to hang. How simple is that!!! It has this wonderful poem to go along with it that helps us remember why we celebrate Christmas, our Savior. The poem is meant to remind you of Jesus Christ when you see this "simple piece of iron" hanging on your tree. I just loved this.I think I'll frame mine and display it. In the chaos, rush and busyness that can come with the Christmas season, I think it's great to have reminders to help us focus on Christ, his birth and his love for us.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Today I want to share with you the super cute ornament I made with Laci's class yesterday. They are adorable and simple to make. Tricia over at craft addict told me about this project. Thanks! I had a fun time making these with all the kids. They will trim their classroom tree with these and then take them home for their family tree. I really wanted some pictures of the kids with their ornaments, but by the time I was done they were off to P.E.
To make these cuties, you will need a blue glass ornament, preferably with a matte finish. Then use white acrylic paint to paint your child's hand. Set the ornament in the middle of their hand and have them grasp the ornament leaving their hand print. Their hand print will become the snowmen. Let them dry and decorate the fingerprints with different colors of Sharpie markers. These little snowmen had orange carrot noses, top hats, scarves, buttons and stick arms and hands. I also wrote their names and the date on the back of the ornament. These were so fun. I'm sure we'll be making them again in the future.
This is Laci's super sweet teacher, Mrs. Ellis. She played with Ivy and let her explore her fun classroom while I was working with the kids. That was a big help! We were also able to see more of the cute things Mrs. Ellis has already made with the kids, which were adorable. I can see why Laci loves going to school. Mrs. Ellis makes it enjoyable to learn.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Recently I posted asking for your ideas for Christmas ornaments I could make with Laci's kindergarten class and got some great ideas, but I totally forgot about these easy domino ornaments. I made these a few years ago after seeing them on splitcoast stampers. Actually, I remember gettin' a little crazy with the domino ornaments. I made A LOT of them for friends and family. They are so easy and can be made fairly quick.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
1. My family
2. The Gospel
3. Crafting, hobbies
1. Something happening to my kids or husband
2. Being all alone
---3 obsessions or collections
1. new craft items,i.e. stamps, gadgets,embellishments
2. cook books
---3 surprising facts
1. I lived in South Korea for 3 months while my husband was in the army there. It was not a spouse sponsored tour for him, so I lived by myself in a tiny apartment. I would see him at nights and on weekends.
2. I can't sleep if the closet door in my room is open.
3. I am the sports junkie in my family. Roll Tide!!!
I tag Wendy, Becky and Will!!!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
What a pretty little tree! This is a tree my friend Kim and her family gave to our family last year for Christmas. They made tiny gingerbread dough ornaments to decorate the tree and a cute tree skirt to go with it. It now serves as a decoration in our home and a reminder of our kind friends. I remember the wonderful smell of the ornaments, like a kitchen with fresh baked gingerbread. Mmmmm! Kim kindly shared the recipe for the ornaments so that I can share them with you. Just a note to remember, the ornaments are not for eating, just decorating.
3 Tbsp. shortening ½ cup sugar ½ cup molasses
¾ cup water 3½ cups flour 1 tsp. of cloves, ginger, & cinnamon
Beat shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy, stir in molasses. Sift the dry ingredients together. Stir them into shortening mixture in 3 parts alternating with a 1/4 cup of water each time. Dough will be stiff. Refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to 350°. Cut dough into 3 pieces. Knead to warm dough slightly, then roll each piece out about 1/4 inch thick. Cut cookie out with a gingerbread pattern of your choice. Use a drinking straw to punch a hole in center if ornament will be hanging. Place cookies on cookie sheet and bake 20 minutes, turn oven off and let cool in oven.Remove from cookie sheet and place on rack to dry for about 3 days to totally harden. These cookies are purely for decorative purposes and not to be eaten. If you wish you can seal cookies with 3 coats of clear acrylic and decorate with colorful acrylic paints when dry.
Note: This dough is for crafting only. Make ornaments to hang or put in baskets that look and smell like real cookies, are made with normal ingredients, bake up rock hard, smell great, and keep for years. Use your favorite cookie cutters to make gingerbread man garlands, gingerbread ornaments and houses.
- from www.handmadecountry.com
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Today I want to share with you this cute desk set. It is made up of a 2009 planner, embellished pen, post it notes with embellished holder and a jumbo paper clip bookmark. These little sets are fun to make! You could,of course, embellish the it any way you like. The jumbo paper clip bookmarks are my favorite piece in the set. To make them you will need jumbo paper clips, which can be purchased at office supply stores, glue dots, scalloped circle punch, 1 1/4 circle punch, glue dots and ribbon. Just punch out two scalloped circles and two 1 1/4 circles in desired colors. Stamp image onto one of the 1 1/4 circles then glue that on to one of the scalloped circles. Next, affix 3 glue dots onto top portion of the paper clip and stick on your stamped, scalloped circle, affix 3 more in the same spot to hold the other scalloped circle that will be the back of the bookmark. Cut a piece of ribbon and tie on to the paper clip, which is just for some added cuteness. Ta da! You're done! Sorry if it is not explained very well. If you have a question just leave it as a comment and I'll try to get back to you. Have fun making yours!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Yesterday we had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday filled with good food, fun and family. We are glad we got to share our day with my parents that came down to have Thanksgiving dinner with us. I hope you a great day as well. I also wanted to announce the winning dish from my " What's Your Favorite Thanksgiving Dish?" poll. The winner is......... mashed potatoes and gravy!
For one of our Thanksgiving day desserts, I made this scrumptious coconut cake. I like just about anything with coconut in it and this cake is one of my favorites. It doesn't beat my nanny's coconut cake, but it is soooo good! This cake is sweet, moist and delicious. Be sure to make it a day ahead to let it sit in the fridge overnight. It only makes it better!
1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1 1/3 c. water
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1 (16 oz.) container Cool Whip, thawed
1 (16 oz.) pkg. coconut
1 (16 oz.) container sour cream
1 c. sugar
Preheat oven to 350. Spray two 9 inch cake pans with non-stick spray and set aside.
Beat together cake mix, water, eggs and oil with mixer until combined. Beat on high for 2 minutes. Divide mix into prepared pans. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from pans. Cool cakes completely. Meanwhile, in a large bowl fold together Cool Whip, coconut, sour cream and sugar. Torte, or split cakes horizontally, Place 1 layer on serving platter. Spread with 1 1/2 c. of icing mixture. Repeat layers 3 times. Spread remaining dessert topping mixture on sides of cake. Store in refrigerator. Serves 16.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
* What key has legs and can't open doors?
*If the pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for?
*What kind of music did the pilgrims like?
Norma Lee who?
Norma Lee I don't eat this much.
* A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but couldn't find one big enough for her family. She asked the stock boy, "Do these turkeys get any bigger?"
The stock boy answered,"No ma'am they're dead."
Monday, November 24, 2008
Let me just say that I will be pictureless on my blog for the next few days. Our desk top computer is out of commission until our new video card gets here so I am using our notebook computer. William wouldn't like me to download all my pictures onto it because I can get a little crazy with the pictures. All that said, I would like to share with you my favorite Thanksgiving dish. I know it's not all about the food, but it's a pretty big part of Thanksgiving. My favorite dish to eat for Thanksgiving dinner is......drum roll...... sweet potato casserole! Oh it's so good! It's just not the same if I don't have this for Thanksgiving. I feel like I'm missing out. I will be making my casserole in a few days. I can taste it now. Yummy sweet potato, brown sugary, pecan goodness!You can find my recipe below. What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish? I don't really know why I want to know this, just curious. Take the poll on the side bar and we'll see which dish wins on Friday!
Sweet Potato Casserole
3 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
1 stick butter
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix all ingredients together and pour into 2 qt. casserole dish.
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter, not melted
1 c. chopped pecans
Mix sugar and butter until coarse crumbs. Add pecans and stir.Sprinkle topping
on top of sweet potatoes and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Enjoy!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Also, some of you that visit my blog have said you don't have a username and password, so you couldn't leave a comment. All you need to do is use your email address for your username and then your password for that account in the password box. Try it! Can't wait to hear your ideas.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I'm not sure what the weather is like where you are, but here it is pretty cold. Well, cold for Alabama. I think it's supposed to be 52 today with a windchill factor, so it will feel like it's in the 40's. Brrrrr! But I thought some summery beach scenes could help to , at least, warm our hearts.
These pictures are from our summer vacation that we took with my parents to Panama City Beach, FL. Boy was it hot! It was nice to see the beach again and smell the ocean. It was gorgeous! The kids, especially, had a blast playing around in the ocean, building and burying in the sand and swimming in the pool. It was a fun trip! Are you warm yet?????
Monday, November 17, 2008
Lately I've been noticing the pretty trees all around and the beautiful colors of their leaves. I have been meaning to get out and take some pictures of them at GoldStar Park here in town, but just haven't done it yet. The park is down by the Coosa River and the trees along the river are so pretty. I've also been noticing the sea of reds, golds and yellows as I cross the bridge to come back into town. It is picture perfect. It just gives me a good feeling every year when I see the leaves start to change colors. Since I haven't made it to the park for pictures, I decided to go out in our backyard. This is one of our trees with its fall leaves. So pretty! Remember to take time to enjoy the nature that sorrounds you.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
These embellished letters are one of the crafts my sister and I were going to do when she was here a couple weeks ago, but we didn't get to them while she was here. So, I finished them up. They are so fun and easy to do! These are not for my daughter,Ivy, but for another teenage Ivy that we know. She likes pink and brown, so I think these will be just right for her. But, I think I might just make some for my girls as well.
Their are endless possibilities when it comes to embellished letters. So many things you can spell and then use for decor. How about THANKS for Fall or Thanksgiving, NOEL or JOY for Christmas, or just LOVE, FAMILY, or LAUGH.Monograms are hot these days, so why not do one letter for a monogram. Oh, I could go on and on. So fun!
This is how I made them:
*I picked out coordinating scrapbook paper and/or textured card stock.
*Then I picked out the embellishments I wanted to use. I used different coordinating ribbon and ric-rac, flowers, brads, flower clips, and stick on rhinestone flowers.
*Next, I traced my letters onto the scrapbook paper and cut out. My letters came from Wal-Mart's craft section.
* Then, I applied a thin layer of mod podge onto letters and then I applied the coordinating paper letter. Be sure to smooth out any air bubbles. You can also brush mod podge over the top of the letters and it will dry clear, but I didn't do that for these.
*After that, I put embellishments on to each letter.
(Wow! I said letter a lot )
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
On this veterans day, I just wanted to say how thankful I am for those that have served and are currently serving our great country in the military. Thank you for your sacrifice. I am blessed to live in this land and thankful to have the freedoms that I have. I pray that we will always have those freedoms. On this day, I especially remember those of my own family that have served honorably. My husband, Will, Army; my pop, Talmadge Jackson, Army; my father-in-law, George,Army; Will's grandad, Milton,Army. I can't forget my sister-in-law, Sherri, who is currently serving in the Marines. We miss you Sherri! Thank you.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
So you may be wondering why I'm showing you a picture of cake,huh. Well, as I was browsing through my pictures, I came across this and a few other pictures of cakes I have made and decorated in the past and was just thinking how thankful I am that I learned the skill of cake decorating. Now, I'm no Martha Stewart, but I do okay. My mother-in-law, Marlene, taught me some cake decorating skills when Will and I were first married. Thanks Marlene! I had iced cakes before, but never really knew how to do borders and other little tricks of the trade. Over the years I have learned a little more here and there. I don't sell cakes or anything like that. It's just fun to decorate a cake ,most of the time, except when you have little hands that want to get in the way. It has saved us a lot of money as well. I usually make all of the kids' birthday cakes so I don't have to run out and buy one. I'm really glad that I have been able to use this talent for other people as well. I think it's important for us to learn new skills and things that we will enjoy. In my opinion, that makes us happier and better equipped to serve others. I am thankful for this simple thing in my life, as well as the big thing that usually benefits from it. My family.