Wednesday, December 7, 2011

For Chandler's class Christmas Party he is to bring the non-food
treat.  How does someone who enjoys her food so much make
something that doesn't involve a little somethin somethin to munch on?

While reading one of my all time favorite blogs The Crazy Farmers Wife
(I want to be just like her when I grow up, the funny part of that is when I
was a teen I always said I would NEVER want to live on a farm when I was
 older) anyways back to Non-Food Treats, I was reading her blog and she had
shown these popcorn snowman.  I could not wait to make them...I made
the wrapper on printshop, chalked cheeks, cut out a nose, and drew on eyes
 and mouth, and last used a pair of gloves as the hat.  I think they turned out
so cute.  Thinking we might have to make them for Sunday School Classes. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

This years Singing Christmas Tree was nothing but amazing once
again.  "While You Were Sleeping" the story of Christ's life was
told through Nathanael's son Joseph.  Joseph was staying with his
Uncle and Aunt whom did not believe that the Messiah had come
yet.  The story line was of a couple who missed what God wanted to give
 them; who looked at events around them with open eyes, but saw nothing. 

Could you miss Christ even when he is all around?  Don't let the things of the
world keep you from Heavenly Father.  Don't be one who is sleeping, but be
awake and aware and receptive for all God wants to give us. 
A great message for us as we go into the Christmas Season. 

I am so thankful we have made this family tradition to go to the
Singing Christmas Tree, not to only see a baby in a manger but the
work of Christ while he was on earth, his death, and resurrection.  It is
important to me that my boys understand the reason Christ, the Son
of God, came to earth.  It was for each one of us.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Today we woke to the ground covered in beautiful fluffy snow, and Daddy
was on his way home!  It was a perfect day to go get our live Christmas Tree.
We have not had one since the famous "Fallin Tree of 2003" ok so maybe it
was push over by a little boy-but we won't name any names.  Right RILEY!
We went out to Hines Pines Tree Farm just outside of Cozad. 
I am so thankful that this was the weekend that worked best for us,
with the fresh first snow of the year on the ground.

 I have so many great memories of going out in the field and getting
our family Christmas Tree growning up.  Oh Christmas Cow...a classic
Chandler Family Song or sledding and hitting a tree...Mom flying off. 
I want to be able to make these kind of memories with my boys.

Though there was so many great choices this was THE ONE!

Friday, December 2, 2011

After blog surfing my night away (I should really be looking for a program
and get help) I found how to make lotion and had to try this for myself-lotion
for REALLY dry skin.  We have that issue in this house between the dry
weather, cracked feet, and a few of my daycare babies with eczema. 
The gal said that it was so wonderful she uses it even as her night cream. 
It sounded to easy and figured if it was not any good I'm not out anything. 
 1-20 oz Johnson's Baby Bedtime Lotion
1-13 oz Petroleum Jelly
8 oz Vitamin E Skin Cream

Dump and mix altogether really well. 
It ends up being super fluffy and light. 

This lotion is WONDERFUL, no I just need to go find a
pretty jar to store it in.  This would be great for a baby gift or for a child
to make for Grandma for Christmas, just remember to take a little off the
top for yourself, you are going to LOVE IT!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

This was the first year that Riley got to carry his gun and shoot his own
Turkey, this was a big deal for him and I have to admit a little scary for this
 mom. (I am a worry wort what can I say)  Ry got TWO turkeys with one
shot, they where standing one in front of the other and when he shot
they both went down.  What a great first hunt story!

 We actully love Wild Turkey-I took the smaller one and boiled
it with just salt and pepper till it was falling off the bone.

 then cleaned it off the bone and shred,
mixed 1 can Cream of Chicken, 6 oz Sour Cream,
3 Tablespoons Milk, and 1 Tablespoon Onion Onion
(or drided onions)

 spread in a baking dish than make 1 box of Stove Top
Stuffing (we like Chicken) and spread over top.

Bake in oven at 350 till bubbly hot.

Supper was very yummy and nothing can beat a proud child!  Riley was so
excited that this dish was his turkey.  At supper he said "I am proud to know
if my family was starving I could make sure there was food on the table"  Melted My Heart! 

F.Y.I.-You do not have to go out and shot a Turkey for this tasty dish,
use leftover Turkey or even sherdded Chicken works great!

Chore Award...

My boys are very good at getting their chores done and I don't have to get
 after them much for not getting something done.  Joe and I choose not to
give our children an allowance (we all work together to keep a nice home-
if they want money they can work for it in other ways).  So we try to have
 an award system here and there to give the daliy chore list a bit fun. 

For some time now we have had a ticket system where each chore was worth
 X amount of tickets, each ticket was worth 1 minute of video game time
during the school week.  I found this cute Lotto Ticket idea and thought
it would be fun to do something new!  You can adjust it to fit your needs.
 first I made my cards and then cut them apart

than put a small piece of contact paper over the number

next mix a small amount of dish soap with silver metallic paint

paint over the contact paper-it took 3 coats and dries fast

Now you have your own Lotto Ticket-boys get to chose one after they are
finished with chores.  They may collect their minutes or use them right away.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Over at I {heart} Naptime she is giving 50 Christmas Craft ideas and I loved
 this Noel Bunting Banner a free download from Sugartotdesign.  I made it
last night and put it together this morning.  It is a gift for our piano teacher
but of course I am going to have to make one for myself!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

This morning I made Cinnamon Roll Waffles for breakfast, I figured...why simple-just spray waffle iron and place one roll on each plate, close, and cook.  Of course
Cream Cheese Icing was in order too!  They turned out great!!!
This in no way will take place of a yummy cinnamon roll hot out of the oven but for something
different for the kiddos for a hot breakfast it was fast and easy.

I also made Cheesey Vegetable Soup-it is the perfect snowy day for a bowl of my
Grandma Laura's soup and homemade rolls!  This is a creamy soup with tons of veggies
 and the kids don't even realize what all they are eating :)
First wash and cut: a head of broccoli, a head of cauliflower, 5 large carrots,
1 medium onion, and 5 stocks of celery.  Put the raw veggies in the food processor until
they are chopped fine.  Then shredd 5 large potatos (like you were making hash browns).
Put all your veggies in large pot of water with salt and boil till they are cooked, then drain.

 this is what your cooked veggies will look like.

In a large stock pot make the cheesey broth, put 1 large can of Chicken Broth,
1 Half & Half, and one box of Velveeta cubed.  Melt it all together to make a creamy broth.

Add 3 cups of cubed cooked Ham

Put Veggies and Ham in broth and Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

For about 9 years I have made my own cleaning supplies and in the last 6 months I have been making my own laundry soap and dishwasher soap.  It is amazing how much $ is saved just in making them myself (money saved for my trip to France).  I can honestly say I like clean and if they didn't work there would be NO way I would use it-but I have been so happy with the results.  Today it was time to make more dishwasher soap and thought I would share...1 cup Salt, 1 cup Baking Soda, 1 cup Borax, 1 Cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, and 1 bottle of Lemon Shine (I use white vinigar also due to our hard water)  Mix altogether and use 1/8 cup in every load of dishes.  

This cost me under $5 and only have to make it about every 2 months.
Remember I have a daycare and run my dishwasher ALOT!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

For supper tonight I thawed out Pork Loin not knowing what I was going to do with it this morning
and not having a whole lot in my cupboards to work with...I had one McCormicks
Chipotle marinade packet, so I added 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup olive oil, and 1/4 cup honey mix in
 ziplock bag and let pork marinade for the day.  Put on the grill. 

As we like to say in the Books household "it's so good it made me lick my eyebrows TWICE"
It was so YUMMY spicy and sweet!!!  Need to create recipes more often.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

So it doesn't take much to make me happy...I love dishes!  Really I love anything that has to do with my kitchen but dishes might be one of my favorite accesories.  When I came across these beautiful dishes I had to have them and even better they where 70% off which made them only $12.88. 
Joey says my crazy love for dishes reminds him of his grandmother-whom had a set of dishes for all occasions...if I had more cupboard space I would have a set for my every mood :)

I also wanted to share this beautiful fall gourd arrangement that my sweet boy made me.  Chandler came home from school with all these gourds that his teacher had given him.  He wanted something to make with them-so I suggested that he put them in the wooden bowl with a candle.  I got him a candle and ring and he washed and dryed all of his gourds and placed everything the way he wanted them.  I LOVE IT and he is quite proud of his work!!!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Today I made birthday cupcakes for a little girls
8th DIVA Birthday Party
I designed the cupcake toppers to look like the napkins and decorations.
I am pretty proud of how they turned out!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I had been asked by my friend Kelli to donate a handmade bag for her 
Art in the Bag benefit
that is held in Omaha, October 15th 2011.  A silent auction of
handcrafted bags-live music and proceeds goes to benefit Cancer Awareness.
I was honered to be asked but was a little worried as
 I am not much of a patteren follower...
so I have been looking and thinking what can
I use to make a different and fun bag???

While cleaning my craft room I had come across burlap that
 I had bought for a table decoration. 
Then thought I love my new sling bag I had bought from New York-
so I just went for it who needs a pattern anyway???? 
Ok Maybe me-but I don't have that kind of time.

So this is the cute bag I came up with today while the kiddos were napping  (I may need to change the name of my blog to "While they were Sleeping") 

Burlap Bottom
Jute Button Loop
 Fun Button-from Prairie Point Junction

 Large over the shoulder bag

I might have to make myself one!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A Whole New Light...

For some time my friend and I have been thinking we would like to
'Renew' our light fixtures.   
Last Friday as Chandler was home sick I did a little blog surfing and had come across a gal who had made a neat candle chandelier out of her old kitchen light (which had looked very similar to my hideous gold fixture above my kitchen table)  I just wanted to get to redoing mine right away-I could not wait much longer I was very close to flippin the breaker myself. 
So this morning Joe took down both fixtures
 in the kitchen and I began painting. 

 After getting them down and clean, I covered the light
socket with painters tape.
Than spray painted Black, I had to do three coats.  I also tried antiquing it with white around the edges but I did not care for i-so painted it back all black.

 Once it was dry Joe hung it back up!

I am pretty pleased with how it turned out-best of all it cost $6.98
for the paint and now I have two new fixtures!!! 
Julie it is a MUST!!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011


I was asked to make Hannah's 8th Birthday Cake.  I had never used fondant before but I was
so excited to try it.  I am so happy with the way it turned out and even better the cake was tie dyed!

In the same week I also was asked to make Dylan's 4th birthday cake and cupcakes.
The Buzz Lightyear was tie dye and cupcakes where chocolate.