Sunday, February 28, 2010

Piggy Bank

So I have been searching for the perfect piggy back for our little fella, and I could never find one I loved.  So I decorate one myself.  Here is what you need:

piggy bank, found at Michel's
scrapbook paper, cut into pieces or torn for the edge look
modge podge
paper letters

Here is the finished product:

Ruffle Apron

Another dishtowel apron.  This time I made just a half apron or one that ties around the waist (I guess all aprons tie around the waist), well anyway by the pictures you see what I mean.  I work at a school and a wonderful family gave me these dishtowels for a Christmas gift.  They are very cute but I am pretty bad at remembering I have holiday dishtowels and always forget to get them out or I get them out and they don't get put back after the holidays until summer ;-) Anyway, I can hang an apron with my others that are always up for the fun of it.  Forgive me for my lack of instructions, it is pretty basic so I pretty much just wanted to show off what I had accomplished!

1.  I found the middle of the first apron and cut it in half the short way.
2. Cut a 5" strip lengthwise on the second dishtowel to make the ruffle.
3.  Pin the ruffle strip about every 3", and sew.
4.  I attached a coordinating ribbon to each side for the tie (about 12").

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Reuse: Formula Cans

Now You aren't going to do this to every formula can that comes with a little one but I cleaned up a few and made these cute storage tins.  I have used these cans for several different things as our little guy has grown.  At first it one held lotions and creams, another small toys next to our changing table.  Lately they have been used as crayon containers and markers for easy and gun storage to bring our and sit at the table.  And might I add super cheap when you aren't thinking about how much you paid for formula.

What you need:
* empty, cleaned formula can (s)
* 12x12 scrapbook paper
* ribbon

1.  I don't recall how tall the cans were, I will get back to you about that, but measure the height and cut your 12x12 paper to that height.
2.   Roll adhesive on the short end of your paper and start to place the paper onto your can, add adhesive as you go.
3.  Embellish the can with any ribbon or stickers you wish to add.
4.  I did keep the lids and painted them in a coordinating color to the paper.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

1 Bag, 5 Meals

Recipes from Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade oct/nov '09 Click Here For Recipes!

Day 1 ~ Chicken & Dumplings
Day 2 ~ Chicken Fried Steak with Cream Gravy, Thyme Biscuits and Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes
Day 3 ~ Spicy Red Beans and Rice
Day 4 ~ Oven Fried Pork Chop with Roasted Red Potatoes and Buttery Green Beans
Day 5 ~ Italian Pot Roast

Grocery List:

Fruits and Vegetables:
1 small onion
4 medium carrots
red potatoes
green beans
russet potatoes

Meat and Poultry:
1 rotisserie chicken
4 boneless, center-cut pork chops
16 oz. smoked andouille sausage
4 cubed steaks
1 (2-2 1/2 lb.) chuck roast

shredded parmesan cheese
grated parmesan cheese
unsalted butter
1 (8 oz.) shredded monterey jack cheese
1 (8 oz.) sour cream

Packaged Goods and Others:
1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen seasoning blend, McKenzie's
2 (8.8 oz.) pouches ready to serve long grain rice, Uncle Ben's
2 (15.5 oz.) cans red beans
1 (10 oz.) cream of chicken (I have been substituting cream of celery)
saltine crackers
all-purpose baking mix, Bisquick
Italian-style panko
beef broth
chicken broth
olive oil
dry red wine
cajun seasoning, Tony Chachere's