DIY Stocking Stuffer Ideas

12 Dec

If you can believe it, Christmas is less than two weeks away!

But no worries, there is still time to pull together some inexpensive but thoughtful stocking stuffers for the members of your family.  Here are some of our favorite ideas from some of our favorite blogs:

The following are fun ideas to make the magic of Christmas even more fun for the Toddlers in your life:

Minnie Mouse Button Hair Clips from Architecture of a Mom:

http://www.architectureofamom.com/2013/04/minnie-mouse-button-hair-clips.html

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Gingerbread Playdough from The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle:

http://www.sweetsugarbelle.com/2011/12/gingerbread-playdough/

Gingerbread Playdough

Cozy car caddy from Homemade by Jill:

http://homemadebyjill.blogspot.com/2009/12/cozy-car-caddy-tutorial.html

cozy car caddy

Busy Bag: Velcro Sticks from The Tip Garden

http://www.thetipgarden.com/2013/02/busy-bag-velcro-sticks.html

Busy Bag - Velcro Sticks

Here are some fun tips to stock the stuffings for the Tweens/Teens in your life:

Cord Rollup Project from Brit & Co.

http://www.brit.co/cord-roll/

Cord Rollup Project

Pipe Cleaner Pencil Topper by Chica Circle:

http://club.chicacircle.com/pipe-cleaner-pencil-topper-crafting-extravanganza/

Pipe Cleaner Pencil Topper

Ribbon Bookmarks from The Partiologist:

http://www.thepartiologist.com/2013/08/back-to-school.html

Ribbon Bookmarks

Fabric Scrap Key Chain from Craftiness is not Optional:

http://www.craftinessisnotoptional.com/2011/06/scrap-your-stash-guest-post-living-with.html

Fabric Scrap Key Chain

These last suggestions are appropriate gifts for Anyone on your List:

Felt HandWarmers from Henry Happened

http://www.henryhappened.com/diy-heart-hand-warmers.html

Felt HandWarmers

Washi Tape Pencils from The Pink Doormat:

http://thepinkdoormat.blogspot.com/2013/06/decorate-your-pencils-with-washi-tape.html

Washi Tape Pencils

Cord Bracelet from Thanks, I Made It:

http://www.thanksimadeitblog.com/2012/05/diy-cord-bracelet.html

DIY Cord Bracelet

Poured Glitter Tin Candles from Something Turquoise:

http://somethingturquoise.com/2012/11/16/diy-poured-glitter-tin-candles/

Poured Glitter Tin Candles

Hot Chocolate on a Stick (yum!) from About.com:

http://candy.about.com/od/christmascandy/r/Hot-Chocolate-On-A-Stick.htm

Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Do you have any ideas for DIY stocking stuffers that you can share with us?  Please let us know by leaving us a comment.

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If You Want Children To Keep Their Feet On The Ground

9 Dec

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Yummy Detox Drink

5 Dec

Here is a brief break between Thanksgiving and Christmas posts….  maybe what some of us need as we race head first into the Christmas season….

We all know that water is the best thing you can drink for your body.  Water keeps all our parts (and by parts, I mean internal organs) properly hydrated so they can move the toxins through our bodies.

I don’t like the taste of water… My husband thinks I am crazy – which is not totally untrue at some points – but I think water has a taste and it’s a taste I don’t particularly like.  I like coffee, and tend to drink cup after cup of coffee all day long.  The Keurig machine makes it so easy to have a fresh cup of coffee whenever you want.  It’s certainly the appliance that gets the most use in my kitchen…

But it’s not a problem because:

detox drink - need coffee

I have to admit, I haven’t been feeling particularly peppy lately, and I’m pretty sure my choosing coffee over any other beverage is part of the problem.  OK, I’ve admitted this problem to the world and I’m hoping I found a solution that will help….

What you need to make 1 gallon Yummy Detox Drink:

1 lemon

½ cucumber

Handful of fresh mint leaves

Ice

Water

Gallon-sized container

detox drink - ingredients

You will want to put this drink together at night and let the juices of the ingredients infuse into the water so you can drink it throughout the next day.  You will want to make a fresh batch each night because after about 24 hours, the ingredients will turn bitter.  It is recommended that you drink between ½ gallon and a gallon of the beverage each day.  Some folks do this Detox drink for a 3 day stint while eating healthy, other folks drink this every day – totally a matter of personal preference.

To extract the most flavors into the drink, you will want to slice the lemon and cucumber rather thin.  I also tore the mint leaves by hand instead of cutting them with a knife.  I started by cutting the mint leaves, but found the knife bruised the leaves more than if I tore them.  Since I wanted to keep this drink as fresh as I could for as long as I could, I went with the tearing method.

detox drink - slice ingredients

Since I was making this drink in the morning to drink that day, I needed to help the flavor infusing process move along a little faster.  I put the cucumber, lemon & mint into the container and ‘smooshed’ the items to release the juices and oils.  If you are able to make this the night before you will be drinking it, you should avoid this ‘smooshing’ step since this will definitely bruise the mint pieces.

detox drink - in a rush

Add ice to the container if you want your drink to be ice cold.

detox drink - add ice

Add water to the container up to the 1 gallon mark.

detox drink - add water

Let this jug sit in the fridge for approximately 8 hours, or overnight.

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After your 8 hours of beauty sleep (I wish…), you should wake up, pour a big glass and

detox drink - enjoy

Do you have any recipes for yummy detox drinks?  Or any yummy flavored water drinks that are good for you?  If so, please share with us by commenting on this post.

 

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Kids learn integrity from us

2 Dec

Kids learn integrity from us: “Integrity is what we say, what we do, and what we say we do.” – Don Galer

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Thanksgiving Blessings

28 Nov

thanksgiving blessing

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Children Are Great Imitators

25 Nov

2013-11-25 children are great imitators

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Thanksgiving Recipes

21 Nov

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just one week from today?  Now is the time to kick your Thanksgiving dinner preparations into high gear!

Here are some recipe ideas that should help you out – whether you are cooking the whole meal for your family and friends, or if you just want to bring something to the hostess so you don’t walk in empty handed.

Appetizers

Turkey Vegetable Tray

Turkey Vegetable Tray

http://www.livinglocurto.com/2012/10/turkey-vegetable-tray/

Turkey Veggie Platter

Turkey Veggie Platter

http://www.eatingwithfoodallergies.com/turkeyveggieplatter.html

Cranberry-Stuffed Brie en Croute

Cranberry-Stuffed Brie en Croute

http://www.annarbor.com/entertainment/food-drink/holiday-brie-en-croute/

Creamy Artichoke Bruschetta

Creamy Artichoke Bruschetta

http://www.culinary.net/recipes/RecipeDetail.aspx?ID=3512&CourseName=Appetizers&CourseID=1

Soups & Salads

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/roasted-butternut-squash-salad-with-warm-cider-vinaigrette-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback

Pumpkin Soup with Chili Cran-Apple Relish

Pumpkin Soup with Chili Cran-Apple Relish

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/pumpkin-soup-with-chili-cran-apple-relish-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback

Main Course

A Simply Perfect Roast Turkey

Simply Perfect Roast Turkey

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/A-Simply-Perfect-Roast-Turkey/Detail.aspx?evt19=1

Olive-Oil Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Sage

Olive-Oil Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Sage

http://www.marthastewart.com/1038824/olive-oil-mashed-potatoes-garlic-and-sage?czone=food%2Fthanksgiving-center%2Fthanksgiving-center-dishes&gallery=274448&slide=1038824&center=276949

Quick Skillet Garlic Green Beans

Quick Skillet Garlic Green Beans

http://magpiesrecipes.blogspot.com/2013/02/quick-skillet-garlic-green-beans.html

Sausage Stuffing Recipe

Sausage Stuffing Recipe

http://www.chow.com/recipes/29030-sausage-stuffing

Baked Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Baked Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

http://southernfood.about.com/od/sweetpotatoes/r/bl40329j.htm

Honey Glazed Carrots

Honey Glazed Carrots

http://www.katiekayskitchen.com/2013/02/honey-glazed-carrots.html

Desserts

Pear, Apple and Cranberry Crisp

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http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/pear-apple-and-cranberry-crisp-recipe/index.html

Easy Blackberry Cobbler

Easy Blackberry Cobbler

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/easy-blackberry-cobbler-10000001816143/

Double Apple Pie with Cornmeal Crust

Double Apple Pie with Cornmeal Crust

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/double-apple-pie-with-cornmeal-crust-10000001831980/

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/pumpkin-pie-recipe/index.html

We are so grateful for our loyal customers and friends and we wish everyone a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

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The Bond That Links Your True Family

18 Nov

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each others life. – Richard David Bach

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Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere!

14 Nov

Between jack-o-lanterns for Halloween and pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, it seems like pumpkins are everywhere for the months of October & November…. Growing up I thought they were just for Halloween, but the older, more mature (?) me appreciates so many things about pumpkins…  Here are just a few of those things:

Decorating With Pumpkins

There are SO MANY ways pumpkins can be dressed up for the season.

Here is a link to our post on How to Make a Pumpkin Planter

how to make a pumpkin planter

How about these pretty pumpkins?

pretty pumpkins collage

You can carve your Pumpkins…

carved pumpkins collage

Cooking with Pumpkins

Make a Pumpkin Shake:

2 scoops of vanilla ice cream

1/2 cup of milk

3 tablespoons of pumpkin purée

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Tastes just like pumpkin pie in a glass!

pumpkin pie milkshake

Pumpkin Bites – see our previous post for how to make them

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Roast Pumpkin Seeds:

2 cups pumpkin seeds

1 1/2 TBSP butter

1/2 tsp salt

1/8 tsp garlic salt

2 tsp c

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.  Clean and dry to seeds.  Melt butter in saucepan and stir in salt, garlic salt & Worcestershire sauce.  Add seeds and stir to coat.  Spread seeds on a single layer on a large un-greased cookie sheet.  Cook for 60 minutes stirring at the 15, 30, 40 and 50 minute marks.  Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.

roasting pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin Soup (courtesy of Allrecipes.com)

Makes 8 to 10 servings6 cups chicken stock1 1/2 teaspoons salt

4 cups pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

1 cup chopped onion

1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

5 whole black peppercorns

Directions

  1. Heat stock, salt, pumpkin, onion, thyme, garlic, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes uncovered.
  2. Puree the soup in small batches (1 cup at a time) using a food processor or blender.
  3. Return to pan, and bring to a boil again. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for another 30 minutes, uncovered. Stir in heavy cream. Pour into soup bowls and garnish with fresh parsley.

pumpkin soup

And finally, you can always store your false teeth in them!

pumpkin with teeth collage

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Thank You To Our Veterans

11 Nov

2013-11-11 Veteran's Day

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