Mardi Gras Smoothies

Mardi Gras Smoothies
Mardi Gras Smoothies

Good Monday morning!  I hope your morning is better than mine.  I had to get up and go back to work today, which I’m not overly excited about.  This is the norm around here every Monday morning.  Sad dragging faces because it’s back to work and school.  I had a great weekend getting to visit with my mom, aunt, and uncle.  Then I helped Revyn work on fair projects.  Plus, Revyn and I even went to see the “Junie B. Jones” play that was in town.  Revyn loved these books when she was little, so this was fun.  Enough of my beeswax, let me show you these layered Mardi Gras smoothies I made.

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I made several of these because they bring fun to breakfast, and will be quick to grab this week.  I layered a green smoothie, a blueberry smoothie, and then a mango-pineapple smoothie.  First I added the green, froze it for ~10 minutes, added the blueberry, froze for ~ 10 minutes, then added the mango-pineapple smoothie.

Here is the green smoothie I used from our local HEB freezer section.  I wasn’t sure about making one of these spinach healthy green smoothies, so I just bought this one (plus it was on sale!).

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Here are the recipes for the other smoothies.

Blueberry Smoothie

1/2 cup Milk Low-Fat (I used Almond Milk)

1/2 cup Plain Yogurt Non-Fat (I used Greek Yogurt)

1 cup Frozen Blueberries

1/2 tsp Vanilla

Sweeten to taste (I used Truvia, but you could use honey, sugar, splenda, etc.)

Mango Pineapple Smoothie

1 ripe Mango (peel and chop into chunks)

3/4 cup fresh pineapple

1/2 cup Milk Low-Fat (I used Almond Milk)

1/2 cup Plain Yogurt Non-Fat (I used Greek Yogurt)

1/2 tsp Vanilla

2-4 drops Yellow Food Coloring to get the yellow color

Ice Cubes

Sweeten to taste (I used Truvia, but you could use honey, sugar, splenda, etc.)

Once I had them all layered in canning jars, I added the lids (well, only after I snapped a few pictures) and put them in the freezer.  Here they sit ready for me to grab one each morning for a quick breakfast as I rush out the door.

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I thought this would be a fun healthy way to celebrate Mardi Gras.  So gather up some canning jars and make you a few quick breakfast smoothies to grab as you run out the door.

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Flea Market Friday 1.23.15

Flea Market Friday 1.23.15

Woohoo it’s Friday!!!!  Are you ready for the weekend?  I am, but I will still be helping Revyn with her fair projects.  This weekend it’s all about sewing.  Pray for us that we get through it all.  I have a sewing machine and serger, but I’m not a seamstress.  I wing it.  It’s going to be some You Tube watching to get through this.

Before we get to sewing it’s Flea Market Friday.  Here is what I found and bought.  I’m really not sure what they were used for.  All G and I can come up with is that they are links on a metal conveyor.  Whatever they are, they are awesome!  Let me know what you think I’m going to make with them. Let’s see if anyone guesses what I’m thinking about doing!  Have a great weekend.

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup
Chicken Tortilla Soup

The weather here in TX has been amazing.  It’s been in the low 70’s and feels like spring.  It’s got me thinking about spring projects already.  We just got out of cold spell, and one is supposed to be coming the end of this week.  Whenever it is cold we tend to want soup, chili, soup, stew, and soup.  We enjoy different homemade soups when the temperature drops.

Here is a recipe I made during our last cold spell.  It can be made as spicy as you want.  Plus, you can take out the tortillas (go low carb) and just have a mexican chicken soup.

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Here is the recipe.  It makes a HUGE pot.  We ate 2 suppers and had lunch for 3 days.

1 Rotisserie Chicken skinned and debone (or cook your own and save the stock)

1 Large Onion chopped

1-2 Tbsp of Butter

6 Cloves of Garlic pressed or minced

1 Jalapeño Pepper chopped (more if you want more kick) (Can also used chopped jalapeños in a can or jar)

60 ounces of Chicken Broth

1 (15 ounce) can of Diced Tomatoes

1 small can Enchilada Sauce

1/4 cup Lime Juice

1/3 cup Cilantro chopped

1-1/4 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Black Pepper

1/2 tsp Cumin

1 Tbsp Red Wine

Garnishes:  Cotija Cheese, Cilantro, Lime Wedge, Tortilla Chips

Debone the chicken.

In a large pot on medium heat, melt the butter and sauté your onions.  Add the garlic and jalapeños and cook until your garlic becomes fragrant and the jalapeños are soft.

Add the chicken stock, cumin, salt, pepper, red wine, diced tomatoes, enchilada sauce, and lime juice.

Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Add in the chicken and cilantro and heat until the chicken is warm.

Ladle into bowls, top with garnishes, and enjoy!

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Wire Wrapped Bracelet Pinterest Challenge

Wire Wrapped Bracelet Pinterest Challenge
Wire Wrapped Bracelet Pinterest Challenge

How was your weekend?  We were busy making shower plumbing repairs because both showers in this house were broke.  Good thing we have a separate tub in our master, because that was all we had left the last two weeks.  They started leaking and broke when he was traveling, so he was trying to figure it our over the weekends.  Naturally this is when no plumbing supply store is open!  He finally finished it up, so we can take a shower tonight!!!  Yep, we are shower people and we missed it!

So while I was playing plumbing assistant all weekend I did manage to squeak in Pinterest project.  I’m trying to do more things that I pin, instead of them just hanging out there in cyberspace.  So, a while back I pinned this tutorial on how to make wire wrapped bracelets from Clumsy Crafter.   I figured I could do this rather than pay $20-$25 for one.

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Her tutorial was detailed and looked easy.

I can do this.

I want one!

So I gathered my supplies and started.

First, I wrapped it around a jar with a diameter that will fit my wrist and get over my big palms.

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Then I did my first wrap.

So far so good.

I got this.

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Then I added the bead……this is where I was questioning my ability.

I was so frustrated!

Wire was difficult to work with.

I couldn’t keep my bead flat.

My wraps would get loose.

I couldn’t get a good transition from one bead to the next.

I am frustrated.

I didn’t take a picture until I was 3 beads in.

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See how it does not look as good as her tutorial.  I was majorly frustrated at this point because it’s not turning out like I had pictured.  But I was going to finish it!  Here is how it looks completed.

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It’s finished.

I tried.

Probably not my thing.

Looks a lot more messier than hers.

More than likely the last one I will ever make.

But that’s ok.

Sometimes it doesn’t work out.

I think I’ll just buy one!

Flea Market Flip Friday 1.16.15

Flea Market Flip Friday 1.16.15
Flea Market Flip Friday 1.16.15

How has your week been?  We’ve been pretty busy around our neck of the woods.  Lots of projects going on around here.  Many things laying around in all sorts of stages as Revyn gets ready for county fair.  January is always full-blown CRAZY here at our casa.

Remember the printer blocks I bought at the flea market that I showed you last week?  Click here to see what I found.  Here is a little secret.  I actually bought these the first of November but I couldn’t share them because they became several Christmas presents.  This one booth had tons of them, so I stood there and picked out letters for Christmas gifts.

I’m a typography lover, so when I saw these the ideas started popping into my head.  My list kept growing.  In fact, I went back there two other times because I would think of other gifts.  Good thing she had lots of letters.  Here are a few that I ended up making.  All I needed was a little E600 glue and these printers blocks.  These were for the kids.

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We live in the country, so I wanted to do something unique for G.  As we were walking around I thought of it and had to run back and buy these two.  This was my second trip back to her booth.  Too bad I didn’t get a frequent shoppers discount!  Once G started running cattle he designed a brand for his herd.  At the time it was for him and his Dad, but then when we said “I Do” it became the brand for him and I.  Now it’s probably more for him and Bracken cause they do most of the cattle work.  So here is what I gave G for Christmas.

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The brand he designed and made is “2M”.  So I really like how this has a personal meaning.  So the next time you see a pile of printers blocks, stop, take some time, get your hands dirty, and dig in so you can make some personalized gifts.

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Wrecking Yard Wednesday 1.14.15

Wrecking Yard Wednesday 1.14.15
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Do you remember at the end of 2014 when I told you about a new series that was going to be G’s projects?  Well, in true fashion with his job, this idea lasted one month.  Problem is he works about 45-50 hours a week, then has to come home and do things here with the cattle and all.  There is only one of him, and he gets tired.  So, this Wrecking Yard series will have to be sort of random.  It will have to be whenever he has the time.  Let me tell ya he has the ideas, he just needs the time.  That man of mine is talented!

The last Wrecking Yard Wednesday was a lamp he made from a 1939 headlamp and gear.  It turned out really awesome.  Then I told you in that post that he was going to make something from parts off a rotary hoe.  Well, he did but kept telling me he didn’t have any ideas.  Sneaky, because it was becoming my Christmas present.  I absolutely LOVE to get gifts that he or my kids make!  So here is what he made with one of them.

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Yes, it’s a rotating jewelry holder!  It’s rustic, industrial, unique, and just awesome!  No more digging around in the drawer for the necklace I’m going to wear each morning.  Now I can keep my favorites that I wear the most out and easily accessible.  Great job G!

It’a hard to believe he started with just one of these.

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Moments, Gratitude, God, and Expectations

Moments, Gratitude, God, and Expectations
Moments, Gratitude, God, and Expectations

I hope you had a fantastic weekend full of fun and blessings.  We had fun spending time together in this cold rainy weather.  In fact, our whole Christmas break was pretty low key, and we spent lots of time together doing the simple things.  Playing games, listening to music, and just talking.  This post is a stray from my normal post, because I wanted to give you a little more info about what fills my soul.

One thing that really moves our family is music!  We listen to lots of music, but our favorite is by far Texas Country.  These artist just have way of writing lyrics that are so raw, real, quirky, and that just really speak to you.  We try to make live music concerts whenever possible.  Saturday night we had the opportunity to go see Ray Wylie Hubbard at our local Cultural Activities Center (basically our community arts center).  We wouldn’t miss him when he is right here in our own town.

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He is a legend in Texas country music, and has written many hits on his own or with other song writers.  Perhaps his biggest hits are “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother” (which is still a popular hit since he recorded it in 1973), and “Snake Farm”.  This is the second time we have seen him, and he performs a fantastic show.  He is quirky, funny, and as he says, “I’m an acquired taste.  Not for everyone”.  However, we have that acquired taste for his music and lyrics.  One of the things that has really touched my soul from his performance was this quote he said.

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This quote helps me realize to stay true to my 2015 OLW of Moments.  It’s about focusing on the gratitude of the moments instead of the expectations that your worried about accomplishing or getting done.  Such profound words.  He performed a 2 hour show that has us laughing and singing along.

Over Christmas we went to Gruene Hall for some live Texas Country.  Talk about a place that is a legend for Texas Country!  This place is so rustic, and is the oldest dance hall in Texas.  It’s sort of like a right of passage for Texas Country music artist to play here.

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We’ve seen lots of artist here, but over Christmas we saw Aaron Watson.  He is another amazing Texas Country Artist.

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This was our first time to see him and he was amazing.  He is such a great singer, who loves God, his family, and music. Revyn has really liked him for some time, and now I know why.  During his performances and songs you know real quick that he is a Christian.  He actually talks about accepting our Lord Jesus Christ as your savior during his performance! Now that’s a country artist I want my kids listening to!  His family was there with him and he included them in a few songs, Jake played guitar, Jack sang, and Jolee Kate came out on stage as well.  This guy shows his love for the Lord and his family.  What a great example he is.  As a momma, I had to tell him after the show how much I appreciate him doing that while Revyn got this picture.  We waited in line maybe 15-minutes, and this just made her day.

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Many time we may just turn on music to break the silence, or to be background noise to help us get through a task.  If you take time to really listen to the lyrics, you might be surprised at what speaks to your soul.  I’m guilty of not really listening all the time (just ask my kids) because my mind is bouncing around at all the things I want/need to do.  Live performances make me realize this, especially when you hear the stories as to why they wrote the song.  After hearing their story, you want to really listen to the lyrics, and you gain a new appreciation for their song and their talent.  Thank you Texas Country Music Artists for sharing your story and your journey!

Flea Market Friday 1.9.15

Flea Market Friday 1.9.15

Well, it’s a new year and I’m back for Flea Market Friday!  I’m just stopping in for quick post because today is a BUSY day.  This first week back at work has been way busier than I expected.  Ugh!

So here is what I picked up in December.  Can you guess what I am going to do with them?

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Come back next week to see what I do with them.  Then I have a surprise with them in February.  Have a fantastic weekend.

Vintage Finds Used For Organizing

Vintage Finds Used For Organizing
Vintage Finds Used For Organizing

Are you still on the organization bandwagon?  Or maybe just now getting on it.  My biggest organization project so far has to be the transformation of our crap room to craft room.  Click on that link and check it out.  I’m loving it!  There is so much vintage in there that it just makes me happy!

I wanted to share in more detail a few of the smaller vintage storage items I have in there.  I used whatever I had from our flea market trips and they are working out great.

First is this small chicken feeder that I use to store my circuit cartridges.  They fit in there like it was made for them.

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Next is this cage thing I found.  It has 3 doors that are spring-loaded.  I keep ribbon in here that I buy from the dollar bins at Target and Michael’s.  They fit in there perfectly.

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On the other end of the chicken feeder is this wire door storage box I bought for $10 at a flea market.  I store 6×6 paper and crayons in it.  I hung my “ASAP” wood cut out to remind me to “Always Say A Prayer”.

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Lastly is one of my favorites.  It’s a vintage dust pan that hangs by my sewing machines.  Since I don’t sew on a frequent basis, it holds my manuals and tips and tricks I’ve printed out.

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See how you can make just about anything a storage container!  So before you go buy lots of things, just take inventory of what you have in your home, garage, or storage shed.  Just be creative on use things in an unusual way.

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Pantry Organizing

Pantry Organizing
Pantry Organizing

How is 2015 going for you and how was your Christmas?  We had a great time just spending time together.  We had lots of lazy days just lounging around, playing games, and watching movies.  It’s been really nice, but now it’s back to work and back to reality.

January seems to bring about resolutions, cleaning, and organizing.  It’s a time to wipe the slate clean and start all over with a fresh start.  I quit doing resolutions and instead starting picking one little word to help me achieve some things and grow as a person.  For 2015 my one little word is Moment.  In 2014 I picked Clear, and you see how that word helped me achieve things here.  Do you have resolutions or pick a little word?  If so let me know because I’d love to cheer you on.

Now organization is something I start every new year.  My first project was organizing our panty…..AGAIN!  I’m trying to only use what I have and not buy extra things this year.  So I went around the house and gathered up things I thought I could use to make it more organized rather than just stacking stuff in there.

So open the door and see what’s inside.

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When you opened the door here is what I saw before.

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So I took it shelf by shelf and reorganized.  I added a few more containers to corral some things.  I already used some vintage finds for gathering up items, but I just added some more containers this time.  Now here it is all organized.

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Here are some closer pictures of what I used.  You can see that I got a thing for tags and labels.

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I’m so glad it is more organized now.  I found things that were out of date or that I didn’t know I had.  Now things are so much easier to find.

So to keep getting organized, I’m challenging myself to a drawer a day.  Here is drawer number 1!  Yes, I enjoy chewing gum.  Can’t ya tell!

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I figure that if I take time to do a drawer each day, and bigger items on the weekends, that I will have one organized home by December.  Doing a drawer/cabinet each day shouldn’t take more than 15-20 minutes a night.  I waste more time than night on unproductive stuff!  So would you like to join me on this drawer a day challenge?

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