Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Catching up with the Family

I have been adding a lot of other things to my blog recently and I have neglected talking about my children.
Starting with L, She is back in school and living at home. She decided to stay at home to try to save money but she is missing the social aspect of it. One benifit of living at home, her grades are almost 100% in everything. She is enjoying playing her Clarinet again in the campus band. She left it alone for about 2 years after graduation. She is also experiencing Campus Choir. One of her regrets in High school is not trying out for choir. She has a great alto voice. She decided she wants a job at a ranch or at a national park. She put out applications to a few places. She had a phone interview at a national park that is a few hours away from us. If you know what park that is and are going there this summer contact me and I will let you know where and what she is doing. She would LOVE to have people she knows stop in and say HI! It seems like a pretty good job. She will be working 40 hours a week. She will have meals provided. She will have a cabin to live in. She is really excited.

Now for D she participated in the Distinguished Young Women program (Formerly Jr Miss) She fiddled a number that was written by Natalie MacMaster. The fiddle music was on line and we just printed it off. However we did not have the accompniment. We had a very talented neighbor couple compose and record the music for her. She did a great job. There were 34 girls total. D had a lot of comments about how well she did. She learned a lot through the adventure. She is now getting ready for the Sweetheart Ball. It is kind of awkward that it is a girls choice dance. with the whole "sweetheart" thing it makes the youth think they have to be a couple to go. D did ask a boy that she has been friends with for a long time and she hopes that it takes that pressure off.

On to H. What can I say H is H! He has calmed down a lot from the energetic little boy he use to be. I think he has grown up a lot in the last few years. He is loving choir and feels good about his singing ability. I think he is definatly following in his Dad's footsteps in this area. he also is still doing Ballroom. I think that as an 8th grader he feels a little odd because he likes ballroom and choir and gets teased about both but I keep telling him that in the long run these things will be things that other boys look back on and WISH they could do. I also ask him if being teased makes him want to stop and he just says NO!!! So on we go. He seems to be getting a little better control of his homework and grades. In the past this is a huge contention in our lives. However this semester, he is getting a B average.

Now for Sabot, He is showing his age. We are all sad that our little puppy is getting old. He has a haze over his eyes and sometimes when he drops food he knows it is there but he cannot see it. I think he also has arthritis in his legs. Once in a while he limps and he also does not like climbing the stairs in the front of our house. He is okay climbing the inside stairs. I think the outside stairs are just a little steeper than the inside stairs. It will be a very very sad day when he is no longer a part of our little family.

Dad, there are changes that may be coming but it is too early to anounce them yet.

Mom, same ol' same ol' taxi driver, maid, laundry mat operator, and head chef!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Mod Podge picture frame

A few years ago when L was in a pageant, a friend suggested instead of getting her flowers that
will die, make her a frame that has the pageant theme to it. This way she can keep it forever. This year D is in the same pageant. Her theme is Urban Jungle. I wanted to have a thick frame and do a sky line across the bottom but I could not find the right type of frame so I scrapped the skyline idea.

I found a picture frame for 50% off at a local store. I made sure that the frame was flat on the front.

 I decided where to put the line between the two papers to be on the front of the frame and I traced it.

 I used Mod Podge to glue the paper to the frame (yes I love mod podge).

The main colors other than jungle was a light blue and purple. Her group was the pink flamingo's for the opening number and she wore purple for her fitness routine. 
You cannot see it but I used a big jewelry bead to put the pink feather in. I then used a heavy duty epoxy to attach it. I also put Urban Jungle on the bottom with her name on the top but because I do not use my kids name on this blog I did not take a picture of the final product. I also shadow cut her name out of purple and the blue for the main letters. It really is an easy project and my daughter loves it. :)

Thursday, January 12, 2012


Saturday, January 7, 2012


My favorite saying for a long time has been Come what may and Love it. I now have another faveorite saying. Hmmm should I change the name of my blog?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

duh why did I not think of these!

Great tips!!!
  1. Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.. I didn't know that!
  2. Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!
  3. Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.
  4. Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.
  5. To make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.
  6. Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic, and at the end of the recipe if you want a stronger taste of garlic.
  7. Reheat Pizza Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.
  8. Easy Deviled Eggs: Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.
  9. Expanding Frosting: When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.
  10. Reheating refrigerated bread: To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.
  11. Newspaper weeds away: Plant your plants in the ground, work the nutrients in your soil. Then wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go, cover with mulch, and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.
  12. To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.
  13. Flexible vacuum: To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.
  14. Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip to eliminate static cling. It works; you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and ... Ta DA! ... Static is gone.
  15. Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.
  16. De-fog your windshield: Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!
  17. Re-opening envelopes: If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Voila! It unseals easily.
  18. Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.
  19. Goodbye Fruit Flies: To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2' with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup an d gone forever!
  20. Get Rid of Ants: Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it 'home,' can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!
  21. Wash your dryer filter: Did you know that cleaning your lint trap with a dryer sheet can ruin it? Dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free, and smell good. You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box? Apparently that stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it! You can test it by running the lint trap under water. If the water goes through you are good. If not then you need to clean it. The best way to keep your dryer working for a long time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months.
  22. Drop a small object on the carpet and can't find it. Place panty hose over the end of the vacuum hose and start vacuuming. The panty hose will trap anything to large to fit through the tiny hose and keep it from getting sucked into the vacuum.
  23. Wearing a skirt or dress on a windy day. Cut open a few sections on the bottom seam. slip in some heavy washers or flat weights (anything small heavy and flat will work) then sew the seam back up.
  24. Need to cut some corn off the cob. Use your bundt pan. Place the ear on the opening in the center of the pan, and as you slide the knife down the ear, all the kernels will collect in the main part of the pan

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Mod Podge suitcase

For Christmas, I encouraged my kids to make each other something. I was sweetly surprised. This is a photo of an old suitcase that H got from grandma's house. It was dark blue cardboard with holes in it. It has sat at her house and not used for at least 40 years. He spray painted it white. Then he mod podged the fabric that he found. I did a little bit of helping him when it came to tricky corners but for the most part he did this himself. :)
BTW His sister LOVES IT!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Mod podge necklaces

D made some gifts for her freinds as Christmas gifts. They are really easy and take about 15 - 20 minutes per necklace.
For the instructions click here.