Poofy Cheeks: March 2012

March 28, 2012

What I Wore - Movie Night

On Friday we were able to get my mom to watch the kids so we could go see a movie. Movies are a rare thing in these parts. With a four and two year old - it leaves little time for theaters where the main component is listening. Not to mention, Mike and I rarely have a night off together! So what movie did we see...? HUNGER GAMES of course. We met my mother-in-law and sister-in-law for the 10pm show. At first my husband wasn't convinced he was going to like it, but he did. He likes the killing type stuff.

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Since I rarely dress up these days - I made Mike take some pictures of my outfit for a W.I.W. post. He is pretty good with the camera I must say. (Yes husband I am giving you a compliment here on the blog! ((He always reminds me that he should be mentioned for his skills!)))

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I only have one criticism. He doesn't really have an eye for outfit details. Like the fact that my bra straps were showing, or the little hanger ties were popping out in almost every picture.)

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Outfit Rundown - Shirt is Lauren Conrad from Kohls, Jeans are Levi rolled up a few times, Shoes are Toms, Necklace is from Live.Laugh.Love.


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March 27, 2012

Broccoli Slaw Recipe - Perfectly Paired

Warm weather is here which means burgers on the grill! Of course the obvious side dish is french fries, but I have fond memories of my mom making broccoli slaw throughout the summer months. After a hot day a cool and light dish was just what we needed.

Call my kids weird, but they both LOVE broccoli, so this seemed like the perfect side dish tonight.

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Ingredients-
  • 1 Bag of Broccoli slaw (found near the packaged salad mixes in the produce isle)
  • 1 Package of Chicken flavored Ramen Noodles
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 TBSP of sugar
  • 2 TBSP of white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
  1. Pour the broccoli slaw mix into a large bowl.
  2. While ramen noodles are in the package use your fist to crush them up. Open and pour into the broccoli slaw mix. Then add sunflower seeds. Store in the refrigerator.
  3. In another small bowl mix sugar, vinegar, vegetable oil, and chicken flavor pack from ramen noodles with a wisk.
  4. Pour over the slaw 15 minutes before you serve and toss. You don't want to let it sit too long or the ramen noodles get soggy and loose their crunch. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve and give it one last mix.
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The slaw was perfectly paired with the delicious burger recipe I found HERE from Pinterest!

Enjoy,
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March 26, 2012

Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit Juice Recipe


One of the great things about living in Florida is the abundance of citrus. If you don't have some sort of citrus tree in your yard, your neighbor is sure to. My parents have a neighbor with a grapefruit tree, so two bags of wonderful grapefruit showed up at my house a few days ago.


What better thing to do with grapefruit (besides for eat it!) than make juice? I was inspired by a Citrus Shakeup I had at the farmers market a few months back. It had grapefruit and lemon juice in it and was so refreshing!


You will need:
  • 2 Grapfruit
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1/4-1/3 cup of Sugar
  • Ice and Water
  1. Squeeze the juice of your grapefruits and lemon. It doesn't really matter how much juice it gives you.
  2. Add sugar into a large glass filled with ice (mason jars work well!). Then pour in the juice.
  3. If there is still room left in the jar fill it the rest of the way with water.
  4. Using two glasses pour the mixture back and fourth until most of the sugar is dissolved. 
  5. Add a straw and sip on your juice!






Enjoy!

March 24, 2012

In Full Bloom Link Party #1 - Featuring Take the Cannoli

Welcome to the very first link party and shop feature for our In Full Bloom series. In Full Bloom is a series by Skye from Neathering Our Fest and I. The focus is to feature shops we each love and give ALL Indie Biz owners a chance to link up their shops for a little exposure!

in full bloom: helping grow your indie biz!

Today I am featuring the shop Take the Cannoli which is owned and operated by Natalie (aka Nat)! Take the Cannoli is filled with hand stitched loveliness. Nat hand stitches awesome and inspiring pieces and often adds a bit of vintage fabric, lace, and other embellishments.Her hand stitched items are so original and I think that is why I am totally smitten by them! Besides for being a stitchin' star, she is also a wife, momma, and blogger who lives in sunny California. So... meet Natalie!

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Who or what encouraged you to start your Indie Biz?
God 100%. Embroidery became a therapeutic outlet for me. It was my quiet time while going through a rough time in my life. I felt he opened the doors for me in having my heart come to life through these hand stitched lovelies.

What is the hardest Challenge you have as an Indie Biz owner?
Creating custom pieces for people but still having my style and design aesthetics as the basis.  


What helpful advice can you offer to other Indie Biz owners?
What you sell should be something you love. It helps keep the motivation and passion behind your business. It helps drive you to create more and makes the work behind the product enjoyable.


What is the ultimate goal you have for your Indie Biz?
That my creations will be loved and displayed in home and offices all over. That they will be a blessing to others and ultimately will hopefully blossom into something I can use to bring Glory to God. 

Check out Take the Cannoli here-

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Time to link up YOUR Indie Biz!!
Don't forget to head over to Neathering Our Fest to see her shop feature too!

Every other week Skye and I will both be featuring a hand-picked handmade shop on our blog and hosting a linky party for you to link up your shop! We want to help spread the word about what you are doing and help grow your sparkly slice of the internet. Since we are co-hosting this shindig - if you link your shop up here it will also show up on Skye's blog post. Here are a couple of guidelines for linking up:
  1. Link up shops/shop platforms only. Please do not link to a specific item, a blog post about your shop, your blog (unless your shop platform is hosted on your blog) or anything other than your beautiful shop.
  2. After you link up, visit two or three of the other shops that have linked up and tweet, pin, or facebook about your favorite item from their shops!
  3. If you have a blog and want to help spread the word, feel free to add this button to your sidebar:
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March 23, 2012

Paper Pinwheel Tutorial

There is something about pinwheels that just scream SPRING! When I went to decorate my entryway, I instantly thought of pinwheels! I thought they would add a lovely touch. Today I am showing a tutorial on how to make your very own paper pinwheel decorations! They are super easy and a great craft for the kiddos too!

Paper Pinwheel Tutorial - Spring Banner
 
Here are the supplies you will need:
  • Scissors
  • Double sided scrapbook paper cut into squares. (Mine were 6x6 inches)
  • Buttons
  • Large brads (optional)
  • Clothespins
  • Hot glue gun
Fold each square of paper diagonal from corner to corner. Unfold and fold the other corners together.

Paper Pinwheel Tutorial - Spring Banner
 
Paper Pinwheel Tutorial - Spring Banner
 
Paper Pinwheel Tutorial - Spring Banner

Then you are going to cut from each corner halfway to the middle.

Paper Pinwheel Tutorial - Spring Banner

Now you are going to put a dab of hot glue right in the center where the two folds meet. Fold one corner into the middle and press. (Make sure you are not picking two corners next to each other or it won't come out as a pinwheel.)

Paper Pinwheel Tutorial - Spring Banner

It doesn't matter if it looks kind of messy with glue because that is what the brad and buttons are for. If you don't have any large brads you can just use a button. I gently pushed the brad through the layers and then used hot glue to add a button on top.

Paper Pinwheel Tutorial - Spring Banner

Paper Pinwheel Tutorial - Spring Banner

Paper Pinwheel Tutorial - Spring Banner

On the back I hot glued a clothespin so I could attach my pinwheels wherever I wanted. Some of them were attached to twine to make a pinwheel bunting, and others were added here and there to tie the theme together.

Paper Pinwheel Tutorial - Spring Banner

Paper Pinwheel Tutorial - Spring Banner

Paper Pinwheel Tutorial - Spring Banner

Paper Pinwheel Tutorial - Spring Banner
Enjoy,

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