Sunday, October 31, 2010

Do you ever feel like Miss Betty Homemaker???

Or just go ahead and call me Martha Stewart..haha.....I was just making all sorts of things yesterday!  Going from one thing to the next and I had a bunch of fun!
Finishing up my daughters Rock Star Costume accessories
Bakin' & Makin' goodies to give, to take and to eat!
We were also carving pumpkins in the mean time
then it was time to get ready for the Spooky and Fun night!

Rock Star Costume

I just used some Sparkly Iron On letters I found at Walmart to add the "Rock Star" letters.  It almost looks like it was meant to be there....super fun!
A few Bottle Cap accessories, an interchangeable Magnetic bracelet and choker necklace.
I actually made these for 2 of my other kids as well, a Batman Bracelet for my son who was Batman (he kept calling it his Batman watch, he thought it was super cool =), and a Pink Batman Bracelet for my other daughter who was a pink Bat girl.  I'll be making plenty more of these as well, they are super fun to mix and match, trade and interchange....Love it!

 The Tutu and Tutu Hair bow also turned out super cute and she also loved the Sparkly eye makeup I put on her!  It all turned out better than I imagined it.

Just a Bakin' & Makin'...

Mmmm...milk please!  Just because I can on my FREE day from the 8 week challenge =)
 A little "Amish Friendship Bread."  Have you ever tried this?  It's really good and an interesting process while you wait 10 days before you bake it and then pass some more starters onto friends.  So today was day 10, I made some for us and some starter bags and recipes to pass on with a little sample as well.
I also made some "Chicken Bowtie Salad" today to take a long to our ward Trunk or Treat Dinner.  I love this salad!

Chicken Bowtie Salad

1 1/2 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
1 1/2 cups rotini pasta
1 1/2 cups diced cooked chicken
1 (20 oz can) pineapple, drained
1 cup red grapes, sliced in half
2 ribs of celery, diced
3 green onions, diced
1 cup craisins
1 cup cashews (if desired) or try slivered/sliced almonds
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup mayonnaise

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and cool pasta. To large bowl, add pasta, chicken, pineapple, grapes, celery, onion, and craisins. In a separate bowl mix sugar and mayo. Pour over pasta mixture and toss. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. Mix in cashews just before serving.
{I actually don't add 1/2 of this stuff!  You can take out and add whatever you like in this salad. When I make it I only use a full package of Bow tie pasta, not rotini and usually only chicken, celery and grapes.  Just mix it up and change it every time you make it.} 

Felt, Tulle & a Bottlecap...what more do you need!!?

I love this little lovely I created as a last minute hair clip for my Vampire Costume....I was going to make the bottle cap say somthing spooky like, "I want your blood"....haha, but I figured my girls could wear this later on too!
 I put a French clip on back just because that's what I had on hand, but these have a nice secure hold.  You could also add an alligator clip or pin back or snap clip...whatever you choose.
 I love how simple and cute it is....I'll definitely be making more!
Yah, I can never make a spooky face....haha.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Yummy Potato Soup...Mmmmm

I really love this recipe, I got it from my sister in law. It's actually cooking on the stove right now.  It will be super nice & easy for my hubby to heat it up tonight for dinner while I'm teaching Music class.  I try to make things ahead of time that he can warm up or stick in the oven because I don't have time to make dinner a few nights out of the week because I'm teaching.  So, this is a great one....especially this time of the year!
Here ya go...let me know if you try it out.

Potato Soup
1 Cup Diced Onion
Diced Carrots
Diced Celery
3/4 Cup Butter
3/4 Cup flour
4 tsps chicken buillion granules or 4 cubes
3 Cups water
4 cups diced potatoes
2 Cups half & half
2 Cups Milk
16 oz velveta cheese (the recipe actually calls for 12 oz, but I never find 12 oz)

Mix onion, carrots, celery & butter in stock pot and cook till onions are clear.  Add flour and stir in then add bouillon then water and stir good.  Add Potatoes, half & half and milk.  Cook slowly with lid on till potatoes are tender then add Velveeta cheese and cook short time longer.  To keep warm use crock pot on low or warm.  (Do not let boil or soup will look curdled, although it won't affect the taste :) Can add more milk or half & half as needed to thin down. 

{A few things...sometimes when I don't feel like chopping an onion I just use the onion flakes.  I'm not a big onion person anyway and I really don't like cutting onions....any tips on that??  Also I usually add 5 or 6 buillion cubes, I like a more salty taste.  It's just me...I sorta love salt, yes I know...not good :)  My husband likes it with more potatoes, so I usually add about 5 cups or so, until it looks potato-ey enough....haha.  Enjoy!  It's so yummy!}

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Another Fabric Flower Tutorial

This is another good Fabric Flower Tutorial.  I used the same fabric as the ones in the last post.  I really love the design of these ones! I'm excited to make a lot more!  Here is the great tutorial.  Try it out!  You can add a pin back to add style to an outfit or a bag, an alligator clip or french clip for your hair or put it on a headband.  Super Cute!  I added a non slip alligator clip for these specific ones for my girls. 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Fabric Flowers & a Great Tutorial

I enjoy playing around with fabric and making little accessories.  Here are the latest ones I have made.  I followed this tutorial.  There are so many different ones you can find online and different styles to try!  So Fun!

White Tutu and Matching Headband

I made this Tutu as a Custom Order along with the matching white woven headband.  I love the "all white" and I am loving how it turned out!  Both of the Hot Pink flowers are removable. 

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